Adite Banerjie – June 2014

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Dancing with the enemy

The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal is a contemporary romance set in India. The protagonists are very modern in their outlook and world view and yet have traditional Indian values. It’s a classic revenge trope with a family twist. Maya needs justice and she will do anything for revenge against the man who ruined her father. Krish is her enemy’s son and though he doesn’t know about his father’s crimes, he feels conflicted as apart from being an independent self-made person, he’s also one who will not shy away from being there for his family. When Maya and Krish arrange their own marriage—to serve their own personal agendas—there is conflict all around. Can love overcome all obstacles? And what happens to Maya’s need for revenge?

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Reviews for The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal

Renita D’silva, author of Monsoon Memories says:

This is a great read which hooks you from the first page. The characters are brilliantly realized and you can identify with each one. Loved Maya, she is so feisty and full of life. The chemistry between Krish and Maya is there right from the first page and I for one wanted to read on to find out more. There is so much more to this book than the romance between the two main characters – there is family drama, tension, conflict. Loved it.

Nas Dean says:

This is an astounding story of family, betrayal, love, romance…sigh…and ultimately resolution. I loved this story. The heroine, Maya is strong, talented and very honest person. The hero, Krish is gorgeous and fun-loving yet sensitive when he is needed to be!

This was a new to me author but I would definitely be reading her other books. Author Adite Banerji wrote a heart-warming story which would hook you from the first page as you flip pages to get to the end. It is an emotional romance peppered with family values and betrayal.

Highly recommended for all lovers of romance.

 

Excerpt

Maya sipped a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and surveyed the ballroom. The crème de la crème of New Delhi was out in full force. The women, dripping diamonds and showing off their freshly acquired Botox pouts. The men in their Armanis, sipping eighteen-year-old Single Malts, talking shop as their eyes did the inevitable chick checkout. She smirked—men would be men. Predictable down to the tips of their Gucci-clad toes.

Entrepreneurs and politicos, corporate honchos and models, fashionistas and aspiring social climbers mingled with ease as champagne flowed and a live band played. Kamalkant Dev, the Chairman of Dev Group of Enterprises, darling of the media as much for his high-stakes corporate takeovers as for his celebrity lifestyle and affairs with nubile Bollywood nymphets, was celebrating his fifty-fifth birthday. KD, as he was known among friends and foes alike, was never known to do anything in half measures and this party wasn’t any different. But to her he was Enemy Number One.

For thirteen out of her twenty-three years, KD’s very name had evoked just one emotion—pure, unadulterated hatred. She felt a shiver of dread run down her spine. What would it be like to finally come face to face with the man whose very existence filled her with such malevolence? She hoped and prayed she wouldn’t freeze. She had prepared, planned and plotted for this day ever since her Papa died four years ago.

Yet when she finally got a chance to break into the inner circle that this filthy-rich incarnation of the Devil thrived in, it felt almost anti-climactic. In fact, there was something uncannily chancy about the whole thing. The phone on her office desk had rung just as she was about to leave for home. She had had a good mind to ignore it but she picked it up. It was her client at the British High Commission. After making a few enquiries about the ongoing landscaping assignment, Jane Hill got to the point. ‘If you’re free tomorrow night, you may want to be at a party that the Dev’s are throwing at their new hotel. Apparently, your work at our lawns has impressed Mr. Dev. And he is keep to meet you in person.’

‘Really? You mean the Kamalkant Dev of Dev Group of Enterprises?’

‘Well, someone from his office called and wanted to know if we had your home address. But I thought I would check with you first. If you ask my personal opinion, this could be a big turn in your career.’

‘Oh, thanks so much for the heads-up, Jane. I really appreciate it.’

A gold-embossed invitation had arrived promptly at her address. And Maya marvelled at the lucky break she had got. But, as some wise soul had said, ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’ She had to grab every opportunity that came her way to achieve her only objective—to bring down the man who had tormented her father’s every living moment and made his life an eternal hell.

The Dev Residency was the newest uber-opulent hangout of the rich and famous. Surrounded by acres of greenery in the heart of Delhi, its grand architecture and décor harked back to colonial times but its amenities belonged very much to the twenty-first century. Heck, some would even say twenty-second century. For Maya, the Residency’s appeal lay in its sprawling gardens, which boasted some of the most exotic flora. She would give an arm and a leg to be able to just walk through the marvellous grounds.

But now that she’d got the invitation she was in panic mode. Conjuring up appropriate evening wear for the occasion from her pathetic wardrobe would defeat even a master magician. Visions of her walking into the ballroom dressed like Cinderella in rags gave her the heebie-jeebies. After an extremely stressful shopping session, Maya had found just the outfit that would pass muster. But boy, the hole that it had left in her meagre bank balance…well, that was something she would panic about some other day. For now, it was ‘party time’!

She scanned the ballroom, looking for her quarry and couldn’t help notice that the choice of floral decoration was the exquisite lavender rose. A sharp pang twisted through her, reminding her of Papa, who had perfected the art of growing these beautiful, exotic flowers. She reached out to touch a delicate petal. The presence of Papa’s special flower was like a good omen; as if he was watching over her. She felt lucky tonight.

‘Beautiful,’ drawled a deep, gravelly voice.

Maya’s eyes darted towards the man standing a couple of feet away from her. Awareness zinged through her as her eyes clashed with a pair of dark, dancing eyes set in a face that was all sharp angles, framed by thick cropped hair. It should have made for an all too severe effect but for the deep cleft that dented his chin. His lopsided sexy smile had her pulse doing a crazy dance. He left her in no doubt that she was the object of his appraisal.

Flustered, she dragged her eyes away from his sexy cleft chin and tried to gather her scattered wits. ‘It’s a shame to present such beauty with so little imagination.’

‘You would have done it differently?’

She stole a quick look at him. The light stubble only accentuated his chiselled jaw while his cream-coloured silk shirt parted ever so slightly to reveal a superbly toned body.

‘Maybe,’ she replied, annoyed at herself for being so easily waylaid by his sex appeal, which he no doubt regularly used with deadly precision on women at parties like these.

‘You’re right.’ He turned his mesmerising dark eyes on her again ‘Exotic beauties need to be treated with more delicacy and…’ he gave her a slow look-over ‘imgination.’

Her body thrummed with awareness. He smiled knowingly, almost as if he’d felt her instinctive jolt of reaction, and held out his hand. ‘I am Krish.’

‘Maya.’

‘It will be a pleasure to get to know you,’ he muttered almost to himself as he turned the handshake into something less formal, more intimate, touching his lips to her fingers. Maya felt the tremor of awareness go up a notch higher on her internal Richter scale.

 

About the author

Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable she would fall in love with both films and books.

She turned to fiction writing after a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist. When she penned her first romantic short story, she won the Harlequin India Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012). Her debut title, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story, was released in December 2013 in India. The e-book is available internationally (from June 2013). Her second title (Trouble Has a New Name) releases in India in July 2014.

Adite lives in New Delhi, India, with her writer husband.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter

Website: http://aditebanerjie.com

Twitter: @adite

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17903685-the-indian-tycoon-s-marriage-deal

 

Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: Adite, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal. What can you tell us about this beautiful, heart-warming romance?

AB: The pleasure is all mine. Thank you for hosting me on TRS. =)

Here’s the synopsis:

Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome. But is this dazzling beauty really all she seems…?

Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango, it leads to an engagement to Krish—her enemy’s son!

Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage…if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!

HH: What do you like best about Maya and why will readers identify with her?

AB: She is a strong, independent woman who has seen some tough times but hasn’t allowed that to overwhelm her.  Readers will identify with her sense of self-belief and her desire to be her own person.

HH:  What do you like best about Krish and why will readers love him? 

AB: Krish is an ambitious, successful young man who has charted out his own career path, one that is separate from his tycoon father.  He has some major issues with his dad but is not in-your-face about it. He is self-made but not selfish, and that’s what makes him such a likeable hero.

 HH: This is your debut title. What can you tell us about your journey to this point in your career?

AB: It’s been quite a ride ever since I won the Harlequin India Aspiring Authors Contest in 2012. I developed the short story entry into the 50,000-word The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal. The book released in India in September 2013 and has now been released by Harlequin E worldwide.

HH:  What do you think readers will love about the story?

AB: Readers will love the Indian setting and a glimpse into Indian culture. While the characters are universal, it is, as one reviewer said recently, “an unusual contemporary romance that’s well grounded in its context”.

HH:  What else do you have come up for lucky readers?

AB: Oh, I should be so lucky if readers like The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal! J Coming up next is a light romance, with a lot of comedic elements, titled, Trouble Has a New Name. The book is set in the beautiful Andaman Islands. It releases in India in July and should be available worldwide by end-2014.

HH: What is your writing schedule like?

AB: I’m a morning person and my best writing happens at the ungodly hour of 4.30 am! J

HH: Where do you mostly draw inspiration for your writing?

AB: Having been a journalist, I find inspiration from newspapers, blogs and just about anywhere. It could be a snatch of conversation, an interesting headline or a picture that could inspire the question, “What if…?”

HH: What do you enjoy reading personally?    

AB: I love reading historical fiction, non-fiction and anything that features dogs in it!

HH: Where can readers find you online?

AB: I love to connect with my readers at:

Website: http://aditebanerjie.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter

Twitter: @adite

The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal is a contemporary romance set in India. The protagonists are very modern in their outlook and world view and yet have traditional Indian values. It’s a classic revenge trope with a family twist. Maya needs justice and she will do anything for revenge against the man who ruined her father. Krish is her enemy’s son and though he doesn’t know about his father’s crimes, he feels conflicted as apart from being an independent self-made person, he’s also one who will not shy away from being there for his family. When Maya and Krish arrange their own marriage—to serve their own personal agendas—there is conflict all around. Can love overcome all obstacles? And what happens to Maya’s need for revenge?

 

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