I’d received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There were a number of reasons I accepted this, the biggest being that it had been a long time since I read a good romance. Reading the blurb told me that I was going to read one such. Of course, the title promises some steamy scenes, but there is more to it than just that, as I will get to in a minute.
Prisha is a career-oriented journalist. But when the boy she’s engaged to be married to insists that she give up work, she breaks it off with him. He is also condescending and wants her work to include cooking and caring for him, doing his laundry, making his bed, and having babies with him. So of course Prisha left.
Cut to a month later when it is her first day of work at one of the most prestigious papers of the country. She has an instant crush on a senior colleague who avoids her like the plague. But they have to go on a business trip together. Whatever could go wrong? Or should we ask, what could go right?
The reason why the book is more than just a love story is because of its strong, independent protagonist, Prisha. It is only beginning to be seen in today’s India that girls prefer not to marry a man if he wants her to sit at home and gets in the way of her dreams. It’s such a refreshing thing to see because all these years, it has been taken for granted that women should be the ones giving up for their families. And for a man to love her for who she is and what she comes with is something that has been there for a long time, but is only being seen more frequently these days.
The way the author has sketched all the characters in the story is encouraging to see. They don’t shed their characteristics at any point in the story. There’s no miracle showing them truly transformed, which one might usually expect. It’s uniform all along, and that is another reason why I love Seductive Affair.
Like I said before, the title does suggest a few steamy scenes. But they really don’t seem out of place. Instead, the romance in the story builds up quite naturally, in my opinion, and you don’t feel any sort of pinch as they happen. It’s an office romance, so of course you should expect them.
All in all, I’ll just say that if you are looking for a whirlwind office romance, then look no further. Seductive Affair is an easy, fast-paced read that will leave you feeling happy.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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