THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER
Kensington Publishing Corp
Contemporary Multicultural Romance
Rating: 5 Cups
Thirty-one year old Meena Shenoy was quite comfortable in her role as marketing and public relations for Rathnaya – a software developing agency. That is, until she found herself sprawled flat on her back one day with a sprained ankle. Not only had many of her coworkers witnessed the embarrassing tumble, the source of the accident was none other than the CEO of the firm, Prajay Nayak.
As Prajay apologizes profusely and insists on driving her to work until her ankle gets better, Meena gets to find out more about her boss during those trips to the office. As their friendship builds, Meena develops some more serious romantic feelings for Prajay. Since they both come from the same Indian Konkani background, Meena’s family is just about planning their wedding.
But Prajay has an assignment for Meena that brings her feelings crashing down around her. He is almost forty and experiencing the pressure from his family to marry, asks Meena if she could perhaps place advertisements for him in Indian newspapers and on internet dating sites. Furthermore, because he trusts her so much, Prajay also asks her to help him narrow down his choices for a suitable mate. But will Prajay ever be able to truly open his eyes and see his true match?
This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel. The main and supporting characters were unique and well-developed, and it was really interesting to encounter Hindu Indian-American culture through them. I experienced all the emotional highs and lows of falling in love, and how family and friends support each other through this process. In fact in this story, family, culture and tradition is intertwined with individual aspirations, goals and dreams, and all of these elements together create a perfectly absorbing and engaging read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More