- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Rupa & Co (1 January 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788129119377
- ISBN-13: 978-8129119377
- ASIN: 8129119374
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,15,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Your Move, Wordfreak! Paperback – Jan 2012
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About the Author
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Falguni Kothari lives in New York with her husband, two children and dog. This is her first novel.
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Alisha is a successful divorce attorney from Mumbai on her way to meet Wordfreak, the man she has played Scrabble against online for month. Alisha doesn't really have time for a relationship and isn't looking for anything serious but she loves talking to Wordfreak, real name Aryan. Aryan is an architect who specializes in design green buildings. These two instantly hit it off and what follows is a wonderful story of courtship as Aryan and Alisha date, learn each other and fall in love.
What I love most about this story is that it could be the story of a friend or a family member. Aryan and Alisha had just the right amount of similarities and contrasts. This romance is the best combination of perfect chemistry and showing the work it takes to make a relationship work. These two both must make compromises and learn to trust each other along the way. I do have a few quibbles, one of them being their first kiss didn't take place on-page.
Despite all that I honestly think the best quality of this book is Aryan and Alisha's relationships with their friends and families. They enrich the story so, so much. Small town romances are a dime a dozen but the balance of family and big city in Wordfreak is great! I felt completely immersed in their lives. I laughed, I even shook my head in frustration right along with Alisha a time or two. In addition to the fully fleshed out secondary characters were wonderful descriptions of Aryan and Alisha's surroundings. From Mumbai to London I felt like I was right there.
As far as contemporary romance goes I think this book is just the thing if you want something that's a little bit different but still has everything that makes CR, well CR. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
Also, Aryan calls Alisha 'Sunshine'. Seriously - what's not to love?
This is a great contemporary romance from Falguni Kothari. I felt completely immersed in the life and family of the two MCs, Alisha and Aryan. They meet online and decide to see if the online sparks are there in real life. The story takes place mostly in locales in India, with some scenes in London. I've never been to India but Kothari does a great job of placing the reader there. The descriptions throughout are vibrant; you can feel the heat of Mumbai, shiver to the London rain. Both Alisha and Aryan are fully drawn with real life baggage, close families, good friends, interesting jobs - it's all there. We see them learn to love, and Aryan especially, how to overcome the things that make each build walls. Sexy times are on the page but not overly graphic, the right amount of heat. I enjoyed this one a lot.
I read this on Kindle Unlimited. It's definitely worth purchasing.
I really enjoyed this romance set in Mumbai. I have recently been reading a lot of Indian romances and I am loving learning about the culture .
The characters in this book, Aryan and Alisha are strong, well developed and so relatable.
The idea that a scrabble game online started their love story is one so unique and fun, I enjoyed every minute of this book. I have to say its quite adorable that Aryan still called Alisha "Sunshine" even when he was less than pleased with her.
I really enjoyed the ending as well, but I am not a spoiler type of girl, so you NEED to get this book for yourself.
I loved the premise of this book (& the darling cover), but unfortunately, it fell far short of what I expected.
My first disappointment stems from the book's description. I feel mislead, I expected more of the actual courtship between Alisha & Aryan. But the book starts with their blind date. I felt left in the dark about how they met, only being told throughout the novel now & then that their chats were flirty, risque, or witty.
I never felt any real attachment to the characters. Aryan is alright. I was a fan of Alisha's... Until Mr. Kumar showed up. Then, the "strong" girl tried to talk rationally to an abuser, allowing herself to get pommeled "in the name of justice." Aryan shows up the next night, sees her lying broken, & instead of feeling empathy or sympathy or hell, sadness. He gets enraged with her not letting him know- to the point that he hurts her in his "point making." She screams at him to get out & her mom comes in calmly, saying that she heard the conversation. Yet, she says to stay with him.... After he has blown up & pinned her injured daughter down in fury. After this point, I honestly stopped caring.
I found Alisha to be weak, Aryan to be insufferable, & his "bombshell" explanation for his brooding was anti-climatic. It didn't play out like I thought it would, & I don't mean that in a good way. I would have been done with Aryan a long time ago. It's odd- I'm a child of divorce & the daughter of a stroke survivor, but still, I wasn't emotionally invested in this plot.
The end, when I finally reached it, seemed rushed. Admittedly, the epilogue did make up for it a bit.
A non-plot related thing that bugged me was that non-English words were italicized but not explained. Obviously, I figured out a brief definition based on context clues, but a thorough one would have been nice. This book would have benefited from a glossary or footnotes.
I wish I liked this book. Truly, I do. I wanted to love it. I'd think about reading the sequel, but only if I won a copy.