Against All Odds: An enemies to lovers romance by Aarti V Raman is the fifth story the Geeks of Caltech Series.
Bharat Shrinivasan, former bad boy of Indian tech is back. To prove himself, to give full rein to the ruthless ambition that has driven him for the last six years.
He is the proud creator of Caliban – an AI software that will redefine the way businesses run.
He arrives at Sydney’s Consumer Convention, looking for an investor who believes in the vision that is Caliban.
Not for love…and certainly not with the woman whose life he’s already destroyed.
Sophia Roy has spent the last six years working on cruise ships so she can send all her savings home. It’s her pathetic attempt to help her brother, Nakul, hold the sinking family business together.
Because, her family has been devastated by the ego and actions of one man – Bharat Shrinivasan.
She has no time for love… Especially with the enemy.
But when Bharat shows up at her casino table, all the rules go out the window. And she starts to think that maybe…falling for the enemy against all odds is not the worst thing in the world.
AGAINST ALL ODDS is an enemies to lovers redemption romance in the Geeks of Caltech series. A unique band of friends bonded by loyalty, brotherhood, and pain, the Geeks of Caltech are to die for and their women all they wish to live for!
Bharat Shankar Shrinivasan, an orphan from Velacherry, Chennai, a product of IIT, Kharagpur, was only 24 when he was handed 400 million and told to go ad make every app on the market accountable to JoyXS. And three years later, he was written off by the seven member board of his company, JoyXS, his vision created from his code and Indian media. He is removed from the post of CEO and his 54% stake is bought for 2 million rupees. He still begs for a job but is made to sign an agreement that he would not entertain working for the competitors, clients or anyone remotely associated with JoyXS. All this because of his reckless and irrational action for six months- drinking binges, wild parties, questionable women, getting arrested for drug possession. He feels let down, even by Rajeev Kulashreshtha, the man he respected and a replacement father figure. And his friend Shiv tells him to come to Pasadena, US.
Now, six years later, Bharat is mended following rehab and staying as a recluse working on Caliban, a new software. He is in supreme control of himself, the situation, interested in the job, distractions bore him and he is not going to jeopardize one precious minute of his second chance. And now, he has new investors.
Bharat is in Sydney with his investors to pitch Caliban when he meets Sophia Roy on a cruise ship where she works as a hostess. She is working to send money home to her brother, Nakul and their father, for his treatment. Sophia has had a nomadic childhood with dad taking her and Nakul wherever he felt like till she reached second standard and required a firmer discipline.
Nakul wants her to take a revenge on Bharat and Bharat does not know that he has done irreparable damage to her and her family.
What happens when the past comes up?
This is the fifth book of the Geeks of Caltech series and I have read all of them. The characters are realistic and have been developed well. Bharat has had a guest appearance in some of the previous books so was a familiar person. Sophia’s back story has been developed well and she felt familiar. The story has been written in a simple language and is unputdownable.
Is Nakul’s story next?