THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER
Bantwal’s latest is a fun romance. Meena’s American modernity clashes with her Indian upbringing in a rebellious manner that will leave readers smiling. Though Meena’s shameless obsessiveness with Prajay may annoy some, this novel is overall enjoyable. Contemporary romance fans should definitely give this cute and sweet novel a fair chance.
At age 31, Meena Shenoy loves her job as a PR consultant for a major technology company in New Jersey. Although she comes from a Konkani Indian background, Meena is a born-and-bred American, and is slightly distressed when her family begins pushing her to find a man and settle down. When her new boss, Prajay Nayak, assigns Meena to be his marriage consultant, Meena realizes that she is falling in love with the smart and powerful man. Despite her feelings for him, Meena’s professionalism prohibits her from going too far in pursuing Prajay — especially when she is required to consult with him in his quest to find a sophisticated wife. (KENSINGTON, Jun., 352 pp., $15.00)