I picked up Love by Surprise by Shilpa Mudiganti from the Kindle Unlimited Library as I liked the cover.
Previously published as “Startup Bride”…
Serial dater. Workaholic. Math Wizard.
I’ve heard them all, but that’s not who I am. I’m just Ryan.
I’ve dated my fair share of women but it’s not like I have commitment issues. I just never met a woman that I wanted to give my heart to… until I met her.
She’s a spiraling mess struggling to get her life back on track and I can’t help being fascinated by her. She has a past that should have sent me running in the other direction, but I have no desire to let her go. Leave it to me to fall for the one woman who is too stubborn to accept my help.
Not that I’m complaining. I just wasn’t expecting love to take me by surprise.
Ryan Penn, 32, is handsome, confident, successful, smart and rich. Having established two start-ups, he is now the CFO of one of the largest app companies in the United States. He has commitment issues and moves from one girl to the next. Arav is his best friend and he has spent half of his childhood at Arav’s place while growing up. Things change when he sees Anshi Jain, Arav’s fiancé, Nisha’s sister, at their engagement party and he has not dated anyone seriously. And all his attempts to meet her never succeeded.
Anshi Jain, the second daughter of Kamlesh Jain, the third rich Indian American, was lost after the death of her mother though her grandmother made up for the unpleasant memories with her constant pampering. She had run away from home with her best friend at 16, got arrested for drunk driving at 19 and then made infamous at 24. Now, after spending two years in Chicago, where she was staying with her aunt and then at a rehab, Anshi returns to New York. She has an argument with her father and has to leave the house in six months either to her own place with her own money or agreeing to an arranged marriage. Having taught herself graphic design, she is freelancing and building her portfolio for her design agency. She was always meant to take over her dad’s real estate business.
Ryan needs a date to attend Arav’s wedding. So he flies his sister, Allison from Boston to New York but she also stands him up. There he meets Anshi. She is on the lookout to steal the groom’s shoes (an Indian wedding custom) and the possibility of leaving with some serious money in her pocket after the wedding is over, which would help provide security while she got her design agency off the ground. One thing leads to another and he offers her a job as a design consultant for his start-ups.
The story has been written in first person from the points of view of both Ryan and Anshi. The characters are realistic, I could feel for Anshi and how she was going through the pain of losing her mother and how unsupportive and unrelenting her father was. I understood her insecurities and her trust issues. I loved her relationship with her grandmother and also that she shared with her sister, Nisha. I wanted to know more about Ryan, his family and his sister have been mentioned, but details would have been welcome. Ryan is sweet and patient and understanding. I loved how he stood up for her.
The story is simple and fast paced, I finished the book in one sitting and am looking forward to the next one in the series.