Book Review: More Than Just Desire
Author: Summerita Rhayne
Rating: Four stars
A B-World saga with a tryst of vengeance, intimacy, and sensual romance makes More Than Just Desire a hot selling proposal set against the backdrop of the Hindi film industry and the big bad world of Mumbai. On one hand, there is glamor and the crazy desire to make it big in filmdom and on the other hand, the complexity of an odd relationship thriving solely on ‘Friends with Benefits’ kinda relationship ruse that gets more complicated when the women you want to settle scores with is a sensual siren, causing a rush of adrenaline in your senses. Can it get more complicated than that?
Author Summerita Rhayne takes you on a heart-pounding journey exploring the complexity of an ego-ridden relationship coupled with arousal and fire of intimacy between her protagonists. The result is simply scintillating as she unearths the complexity of human relationships in their quest to make it big where no reason is good enough, even if it means walking on each other’s toes.
The Bollywood diva who ran away. Piya walked out of an explosive situation three years ago. She married Arfaaz for security but left him facing chaos she created. Now she’s back in Bollywood and searching for the crown she gave up when she ran away. In the competitive world of starry glamor, the only way she can begin her career anew is to trash the past and get a divorce.
Arfaaz is determined to get his revenge on Piya for making a farce of their marriage and leaving him to face the mudslinging. But Piya drives him crazy with her antics. On the top of that, the attraction between them sizzles and threatens to make him forget reason. Piya knows she has lessons to learn but she cannot let this man enter her heart.
The book, ‘More Than Just’ Desire is a tale of sleeping with the enemy where Summerita Rhayne explores an already ‘dead’ and ‘done’ relationship to boost the ego trip of Piya, a sultry heroine and Arfaaz, a film director. The author has chosen a unique theme based on a couple who called it quits and to be reunited in the most wayward manner. The characters, Piya and Arfaaz were husband and wife till the latter cheated on him. In reality, both of them are foes who have no qualm of being used by each other and after all, they are compelled to survive together. The culprit: divorce papers. The story gets as fancier where the author injects a certain realism but the novel never loses its steam. She has successfully built the sexual tension before the act that doesn’t get diluted and it has been constructed, weaving the strings in an effortless manner. Mind you, the book is fiction which in other world means, escapism, but gets very real.
The sexual tension has been done in a very natural and fluid manner which propels the emotional clash for both know deep inside that it will sow the spell of destruction. Summerita Rhayne also explores the core of relationship by injecting streak of grey in her characters to make them far from perfect.
“I’m only human. I can forgive but forgetting…it doesn’t come easy.”
A very powerful dialogue that tells a lot about us as flawed human beings but doesn’t that make us evil or take away our individualities. Certainly no! It’s such streak of character in Arfaaz and Piya that makes the novel distinctly beauty.
The author has chosen a very tough subject that explores intimate chemistry between the most unlikely couple. However, there are quite a few instances or characters that could have been better explored. I feel that the character of Arfaaz’s father is a tale of blink-and-miss that doesn’t have an impact on the story or for that matter, Piya’s past should have been better explored to take readers into her grim past.
The author, Summerita Rhayne’s forte lies in the fact that she always comes up with a uniquely different but compelling subject that engrosses her readers. Her latest offering More Than Just Desire is crisply written and explores the relationship between Arfaan and Piya in a boldly sensitive manner. It’s the coming of age where sensual romance and relationship is explored in a deft manner. Go and grab the book for its high entertainment voltage gently unfolding intimacy in perfect sync with the storyline. A compelling read.