Deepali of kolorpencil.com reviewed Against All Rules. Here’s an excerpt of the review.
Tahir: – Suave, professional, dashing and super-confident yet vulnerable at some point. You want to hate him, love him, and sympathize with him…all at the same time.
Samara:- Decent, smart and modest small town girl who wants to focus on career. You fall in love with her right in the beginning.
Against All Rules is a sensuous roller-coaster ride of emotional tug of war between Tahir and Samara. In couple of chapters initially, the story constantly reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey. But I was about to shrug it off as yet another soppy erotic tale built only upon lust, I was taken in by the deep emotional hurricane brewing in the minds of these characters. The author has done a good job of balancing passion and judgment.
The story revolves around Tahir and Samara, two completely opposite characters. Tahir is a self-made business tycoon who likes professionalism and excellence in whatever he does. Though he does not let emotions overcome his sensibilities, he is acutely aware of his responsibilities and fulfills them albeit mechanically and methodically sometimes. Samara is a typical small town girl who wants to make it big in the corporate world. Her absolute dedication and ability towards her work as Tahir’s PA makes her almost indispensible. While Samara successfully pulls a façade of being extremely professional, she is completely smitten by her boss. Everything looks totally under control until Tahir kisses Samara under the influence of alcohol while brooding over his failed marriage. A whirlwind of emotions, attraction and desires is let loose as Tahir and Samara try to remain professional but are drawn towards each other dramatically.
Tahir who does not want to get into any relationship after his disastrous divorce is intensely attracted to Samara, who wants to stay focused on her career and does not want to get into a physical-only relationship. The story gradually takes its course as Tahir and Samara struggle to deny their evident desire for each other. As I said earlier, you want to both hate and love Tahir and the feminist streak in you wants to tell Samara to not fall for the uptight boss. But both of them have their side of the story.
The typical boss-secretary falling for each other office- plot is somewhat predictable. You know that it’s only a matter of time before both of them give in to the forces of attraction but the intense writing style of the author keeps you hooked. The writing oozes sensuality and passion without sounding vulgar. If you like Danielle Steel type of love and romance genre, you must read Against All Rules.
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