Book Review

More Than Just Desire: Book Review

Title: More Than Just Desire28232082
Author: Summerita Rhayne
Number of Pages: 146
Genre: Fiction


The Bollywood diva who ran away

Piya walked out of an explosive situation three years ago. She married Arfaaz for security but left him facing chaos she created. Now she’s back in Bollywood and searching for the crown she gave up when she ran away. In the competitive world of starry glamour, the only way she can begin her career anew is to trash the past and get a divorce.
The man who wants her atonement
Arfaaz is determined to get his revenge on Piya for making a farce of their marriage and leaving him to face the mudslinging. He forces her to keep up the appearances and stay with him so she can play the loving wife and repent on her sins. But Piya drives him crazy with her antics. On the top of that, the attraction between them sizzles and threatens to make him forget reason.
A passionate conflict
Piya knows she has lessons to learn but she cannot let this man enter her heart. There is too much to risk and she cannot afford to forget the real reason she has come back. Success is her mantra and her worship. She can be faithful to only her goal…


Piya lands in Mumbai after having fled to Boston three years ago, leaving behind a successful and glamorous career in Bollywood. She had a marriage of convenience with Arfaaz, a film director. She however didn’t want to be tied down and left him for another man. When Piya came down to Mumbai she was whisked off from the airport by Arfaaz. What does he want? Revenge? Is their love in their hearts? Will they reconcile and consider letting bygones be bygones? Or would Piya want to climb the success ladder in the alluring and bewitching movie industry?
What got me hooked to the story was the depth of the main characters- Piya and Arfaaz. Every human being has a dark side and the author was successful in depicting the emotions with profundity and ease. Typical Bollywood scenarios like gossips, papparazi, the costumes were accurately explained. The flow of the story was good and as a reader, I could find myself understanding the characters more as the pages were turned. That said, there is a love-hate relationship I had with them (not necessarily int he right order). But, you would definitely love the ‘imperfections’.
This is my second book by Summerita and though I liked this one, I feel Against All Rules is a better one. I was left with wanting for more after reading the book.
The language is simple and the romance- Sensual. There is a fine line between Sensual and Erotic and the author had beautifully penned down the hot and steamy scenes without sounding obscene. Yes, the story is about more than just desire- literally.
Go for it if you love a fast-paced love story.
My Rating: 3 on 5.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same. Thanks for the opportunity.

The limo slid through wrought iron gates and came to a stop in front of the entrance of the huge house designed like an ultra modern Italian villa.

‘I’m not getting out here. I’ve booked a room and I want to go to my hotel.’ She averted her gaze and stared straight ahead as Arfaaz held the door open. 

For answer, he paused. An inhalation expanded his chest, drawing her unwilling gaze. He’d discarded the ridiculous narrow jacket and the white dress shirt drew taut against his pectorals, sending something threatening and alien coiling through her. 

The next moment he’d swooped down and picked her up, taking advantage of her inattention. 

His hands went under her as he gathered her in his arms as easily as he would a bird in his hand. She had to duck her head to escape the side of the car and then he was slamming the door shut with a foot kick. 

‘How dare you!’ She flailed at him furiously, pent-up frustration escaping. ‘Let me go. Now!’

He was warm, too much so. She found her throat clogging for some unknown reason. 

Before she could react anymore, he let her slide down, but she was struggling and squirming so much, she lost her balance and fell, smack against his body. 

He stepped back as though she burned him and mortification swept over her skin at the implied rejection.  

‘You can’t force me to do what you want!’ she bit out, breathless from effort. 

‘I’ll get what I need to know out of you anyway I can.’

‘What do you want to know? Why am I here? Okay, I’ll tell you. It’s to lay down this ghost between us. This meaningless tie…’ She made a gesture to denote contempt and tipped up her chin at him. ‘I want a divorce, Arfaaz. And I want it as quickly as possible.’

‘Very well.’ The soft agreement dropped in the silence with thunderous force, like a rock thudding down from the mountain. ‘Don’t doubt it, Piya. You’ll get it.’


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 Summerita Rhayne writes contemporary and historical romance with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. She firmly believes if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters will find a way to make the writer pen them down, even when writing time is in short supply. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book!At heart, she’s a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, romcoms, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking.

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