I received the book as a review copy from the author herself, and I finished it the same evening as I received it, I just could not put it down, it was so captivating. This book has three books in one, namely, House of love; Arranged marriage and Love Tango. And I shall be reviewing the book story by story. All the three stories are set in Dallas and are somehow connected to each other by the way of characters. As the book blurb mentions:
Three intriguing women, Three imperfect men, Three fascinating stories!
House of Love
Real estate agent Nikki Desai has a rule of not dating her clients. When she hosts an open house on a cold Dallas afternoon, she didn’t know what was in store for her. Much like Dallas’ unexpected weather, Karan Malhotra, a business consultant, walks into her life and challenges every belief she holds close to her heart. Karan manages to cajole Nikki, but is she making a mistake in breaking her rule by dating Karan?
Arranged marriage – where love happens after marriage or does it?
Ishan, a NRI from Dallas, Texas visits his home country, India and gets entangled in his parents’ plan to get him married. Sonali is a simple girl from a small town called Meerut and has no desire to leave India. However, she reluctantly agrees to marry Ishan. But when she settles with him in a foreign country, she is completely lost and homesick.
Will Sonali find love in a conventionally arranged marriage?
Maya Sarin is sensuous and enterprising. She runs a dance school in the suburb of Dallas. Tahir Ali is an aspiring author who owns a Mediterranean restaurant in the area. When his regular dancer bails out on him, he rushes in Maya as a replacement. Maya is the inspiration that he had been longing for; she feeds his creative soul.
Do they have any future together? Explore their passion and intrigue in Love Tango.
House of Love:
For Nikki Desai, 24, real estate is almost her destiny and dream. She is doing well as a real estate agent and has an open and friendly policy with her clients. A daughter of a real estate agent, Nikki has done everything without the help of her father, who does not even encourage her let alone appreciate her. She is a good judge of people and has a chatty and understanding personality. Her brother, Virat, hero worships her and wants to learn the strings of business from her.
Karan Malhotra, 28, travels across the country wherever his consulting firm places him. Now, he has moved to Dallas and has to look for a place to stay as his duration is getting extended and so he approaches Nikki for a lease and that too just after she has just finished one open house for a client and she greets him with her pepper spray, thinking him to be a stalker.
She agrees to look for an apartment for him and this is how they meet each other again. And then Karan asks her out for dinner, but Nikki has made a policy of not dating her clients and she is confused. But her best gym buddy, Maya, comes to her rescue and tells her to break the rule once and so she does.
Then comes the misunderstanding in the form of Sasha, the daughter of his mother’s best friend and the girl his mother wants him to marry. She stays in Austin, his hometown and comes to Dallas for some work and on seeking Nikki introduces herself as his fiancée.
House of love is a sweet, simple story with the right ingredients in the right proportion. I loved Nikki’s character and Karan is a sweet charming boy. The relationship shared by the Malhotras is so different from the relationship between the Desais.
Ishan Suri, 32, comes to India for a month long trip to spend quality time with his parents but is upset that all they are doing is asking him to get married. He fins the concept of arranged marriage too old-fashioned. One evening, he discusses this with his childhood friend, Ajay, who writes the address of his relative from Meerut, whose parents are also in search of a groom for her and stuffs it into his shirt pocket. And this bit of paper finds its way into the hands of Mrs Suri, who calls up the girl’s parents about meeting even before he gets up next morning, as the elder Suris think that Ishan is in love with this girl and is too shy to come out with it.
Sonali Thakur, 25, an English graduate does not want to get married to someone outside India but still meets the Suris only to get an affirmative answer. Two weeks later, Ishan and Sonali are married and packed off to the US. There Sonali makes friends with Maya and Nikki as Nikki’s husband, Karan, is Ishan’s friend. Initially, she is homesick but Ishan tries to make the adjustment easier for her. As the relationship between Ishan and Sonali starts moving forward, Nikki mentions Tina, Ishan’s ex-girlfriend.
Arranged marriage is a beautiful story about and NRI groom and an Indian girl, something that happens very commonly in India. The author has depicted the relationship of the protagonists beautifully and also their feelings. I felt that Sonali feeling insecure after Tina’s name popped up was something that was very natural.
Tahir Ali, 32, is the son of Turkish immigrants. He is the owner of the Istanbul Restaurant in Dallas has live performance of belly dance by Laila for the last five years. His restaurant is at the top of the list in the area for Mediterranean Cuisine. He wants to write a book but words were not materializing in his head
Maya Sarin, 27, runs her own school, Fusion Dance Academy and had a good following and her students adored her. She loves to know about the juicy details of all the actors and form her own theories about why a celebrity behaved in a certain way. She is an introvert opened up only to a few people, Sonali and Nikki being two of them. Her family owned a chain of hotels in New Jersey but she had opted to live life on her own terms.
Laila has cancelled for the first time today. So Tahir asks his assistant to look for a replacement and the replacement comes in the form of Maya. When Tahir comes back home, he has words in his head and writes fifteen pages of his book at one go. He meets her and she also starts liking him until she sees the book he is writing and feels he is using her.
Love tango is a well written story. The author has depicted the feelings of the characters very beautifully.
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