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Friday, January 6, 2017

their biggest fears - Now and Forever (Inconvenient Relations #2) by Simi K. Rao

" The moment you start reading you’re hooked and their passionate romance, cute fights, the twist and turns are sure to take you on a roller-coaster ride. [...]
So I recommend this book to everyone, it’s a must read." - Priyasree, Goodreads


Published: October 10th, 2016

Can Shaan and Ruhi face their biggest fears and unite together?

Shaan and Ruhi Ahuja, very much in love Indian newlyweds, discover each other in Simi K. Rao’s Now and Forever—the sassy and sexy sequel to Inconvenient Relations. After getting the scare of their lives while traveling in the Grand Canyon, Shaan and Ruhi go back home to one dilemma after another. Shaan’s job is in jeopardy, and one of Ruhi’s closest friends, Sunshine, needs her. How will Shaan and Ruhi handle life’s hurdles, while still trying to get to know each other as husband and wife? Will they be able to forsake all others and consolidate their relationship?


A few moments after the vehicle had disappeared from sight, she sank down to her haunches and waited patiently for the rumble of the Jeep, a signal of its return. She was pretty sure he would come back for her. He had to, didn’t he?

How long she stayed in the position, she couldn’t say as she was rapidly growing insensitive to the passage of time. Moisture was evaporating from her body even before it turned into sweat. Her delicate skin was starting to redden and char as the sun beat down mercilessly on her spine. There was nothing nearby for her to get shade from the sun under, and with the fire radiating from the asphalt, Ruhi felt as if she was being cooked alive.

“I’m being broiled slowly in my own juices in order to better bring out the flavor,” she murmured and burst into a hysterical giggle. She looked around. Then, grabbing a twig began to draw circles in the sand.

She could go back the way they had come. It would mean walking for miles, but she needed to find shelter.

“Why isn’t he coming back? Does he not love me anymore?” She wondered aloud as she absently wrote his name over and over in the light brown sand. “Why should he anyway? Maybe he wants things over between us?”

All of a sudden she exclaimed gaily as she sprung to her feet. “You did the right thing, buddy! Peace!” The movement caused her to lurch forward and almost plummet face down on the ground, her legs having transformed into listless stumps of dead wood. Still, she gathered her wits about her. Though the incredible heat had begun to warp her brain, her inborn verve and zest for life remained very much unscathed. She wasn’t done yet. She would survive.

He left me? It was hard for her to believe. He had practically handed her a death sentence by leaving her out here alone, in the middle of the desert. Throwing a searching glance down the road just in case he’d prove her wrong, she began to vent at the top of her voice. “You lout! I shall see how you live your life without me! Mr. Shaan Ahuja, you haven’t seen the last of Ruhi Sharma yet! I’ll make you pay dearly for this. You…you!” Shaking an angry fist, she got ready to hurl a few more choice epithets when a faint rustle close by put an abrupt end to her tirade. Her spine froze despite the 120-degree heat. 

About the author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years.

The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.
A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family.

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Unknown said...

Simi is a new author to me and I'm looking forward to reading Now and Forever.

Jan Lee said...

I've not read a book by an Indian author before. I do have much respect for their culture, which makes me want to read this book :)