Sajni Patel comes to the blog today with her debut offering, a romantic comedy that combines family, traditions, self-determination and a dash of daring with
The Trouble with Hating You
Smart, driven, and caring, Liya is the epitome of a successful woman. With one small hitch: her parents are very traditional: their world means she is already married with children OR living at home and meeting and considering the men her parents have chosen as a potential mate. But her relationship with her parents is strained and has been for years, and while part of her wants to be ‘dutiful and obedient’ that just is NOT who she is. Or ever really will be. Scandalous is a term Liya is familiar with – but her friends (all varying in their degrees of ‘rebel’ against the norm) all know that she’s in their corner, even to with the occasional drink, partner or harsh condemnation of ‘aunties’ and others at their temple. Things really heat up when Liya, believing that she’s going to her parents’ house for a meal with just them discovers that it is yet another “set up” with a willing and eligible male and his mother. Being Liya, she ducks out of the house, only to run into Jay as she’s escaping…literally run in/run over him.
Jay is a lawyer, dutiful son and one who is constantly trying to ‘ease’ the realities of the world for his mother. Guilt, grief and plenty of heart make him a wonderfully complex man, with plenty to offer. Sure, he’s not really interested in getting married, but meeting Liya as she sprinted away was a bit of a blow. Still, after seeing her – something intrigues, and he’s more than fair when his own friends bad-mouth Liya’s reputation, even as he is furious with her leaving that night and sending his mother into a spiral of self-doubt and self-recrimination. No-one is more surprised than Jay when it turns out that he and Liya will be working together to save the company from dissolving, particularly when he understands why she ran, and still can’t seem to get her out of his mind.
Described by many as an enemies to lovers story, it’s not quite the description I’d use. Personally, aside from believing that Jay is yet another arrogant (in her experience) Indian male, bent on making her into the ‘traditional’ Indian woman, she’s got nothing against Jay per se, just the idea of yet another male determined to push her in a direction she doesn’t want. But there are fireworks, sparks, flames, and more than a few surprises as their friendship (as tentative as it started) grows, Liya and Jay start to share their own failures and insecurities and new friends add depth to the tapestry that is the story – full of references, food, growth and plenty of heart. A supremely clever story that highlights similarities and differences as the two characters are absorbing bits of both cultures to build a life that is both unique and wholly their own. Grab this for the sheer enjoyment, it’s on my list of favorite reads for this summer!
Title: The Trouble with Hating You
Author: Sajni Patel
Genre: Assimilation, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Sociological Relevancy, Southern
Published by: Forever
Published on: 12 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 46 minutes
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A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy debut about first impressions, second chances, and finding the love of your life in the most unexpected way.
Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she's out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later -- the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What's not surprising: he's not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.
Jay Shah looks good on paper...and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He's also arrogant and infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.