Monday, 20 October 2014

Review of 'Against All Rules' by Summerita Rhayne


                Tahir is the quintessential poster boss. Self made, dynamic, driven, balanced and incredibly sexy to boot: the only fly in the ointment is that he is involved in a messy divorce. Samara is his secretary and has carried a torch for him from day one. She has taken pains to hide this from him and concentrate on her work. This pays dividends as she grows and develops personally and professionally. She is a compassionate, loyal friend who will do anything to protect Tahir from getting distressed.  When he is hurt, she hurts too. When he is attacked, she is ready to defend him no matter what the cost to her.
                Their relationship takes a turn when she goes to his house to check up on him. The attraction is electric and combustible and the effect is felt in every aspect of their lives. Tahir is not willing to get into another relationship and puts it down to an intense physical attraction and wants to see it through by giving into it. Despite the intense attraction, Samara knows that if she does that she will lose everything.
Will Tahir be able to overcome his misgivings before it is too late?  

I loved the character of Samara. She knows where her loyalty lies and goes for it no matter what the consequences. Her emotions come across as raw and earthy. Tahir on the other hand is so cool and collected on one hand and yet has such a knotty, turbulent personal life in which he just can’t seem to take a stand about anything. This does get frustrating but oddly enough also adds a very believable dimension to him.  The attraction for each other fairly jumps off the pages in its intensity. However I felt the book was getting too stuck on this aspect. Maybe the author was trying to bring out the depth of the emotions in play over here by placing such emphasis on it.

All in all a fast paced, interesting office romance for a light weekend read.

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