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 Book Review: Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne
Title and Author: Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne
No. of Pages: 229 Pages
Publication Date: August 2014
Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Desi Romance, Indian Writing, Debut

Book Review:
Against All Rules narrates the bumpy story of a happily-ever-after for Samara and Tahir who work together as PA and boss. Samara is efficient and ambitious and intensely attracted towards her boss, Tahir. Tahir, on the other hand, is unaware of Samara as a woman and only sees her as an automaton hired to work for him!
What happens when Tahir suddenly becomes aware of Samara as an attractive woman?
Would they go against the rules and indulge in an office affair?
"...when the fire is set, it's hard to avoid the blaze..."

This is Summerita Rhayne's debut novel and although at first glance this story seems like the cliched PA and boss romance, there is so much more going on here.

The cover of the book is attractive but could have been made more appealing. I could not visualize Tahir and Samara based on the actors on the cover. The blurb is appealing and promises a spicy, sensual and intense love story with lots of conflict, scorching romance and a happily-ever-after which this book delivers.

The book made me remember the Mills & Boon romances from authors like Maya Banks, Carole Mortimer etc. The story is crisply executed with well planned twists and turns to throw the reader. Somewhat predictable, the twists and the engaging style of writing of the author kept me interested in the book till the end.

The dialogues are well constructed and sketch the situations, the emotional conflicts and the character glimpses expertly. I could visualize the story in my mind and it kept running fluidly like a movie until the end. Kudos to Summerita for being able to do this in her first attempt. The romance is sensual, intense and the scenes very engagingly constructed. The attraction between Samara and Tahir will surely leave you scorched! :)

The characterization is beautifully done. Tahir and Samara are shown as contrasts to each other and the development in their characters admirably carried out. Tahir is determined never to open his heart to anyone. Disillusioned by the concept of love and marriage, he has pledged never to trust any woman again. Samara, on the other hand, loves her boss and is a firm believer of the power of love. Her dedication and love for Tahir is what kept her supporting him even when he wasn't very appreciative of her support. The other characters play their part well but I would have loved to see more development in Tahir and his father's angle.

Although, I absolutely loved the battle of will, emotion and love between Samara and Tahir, I did somewhat feel irritated with Tahir's stubbornness and Samara's sudden flip from all her ideals of never getting involved in casual flings in the later part of the book. However, when the end came it left me misty eyed and smiling a lopsided smile satisfied at another happily-ever-after reached for people I had come to care about! :)

I specially loved the below quote and feel it is apt to describe love.

"...love is the faith that that one person will stand by you, through your mistakes, through your rotten behaviour, through it all, even if no one else does. That one person can make your world. But without that one person, the whole world falls to pieces."

All in all, I enjoyed reading Against All Rules and recommend it to all spicy romance lovers who enjoy intense romantic scenes set against a backdrop of an engaging story. 4 out of 5 to the book and I look forward to reading more from Summerita in the future. She is a talented writer and not to be missed.

I received a copy of the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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