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More Than Just Desire

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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 glamour, the only way she can begin her career anew is to trash the past and get a divorce.
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Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published December 15th 2015
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Preethi Venugopala
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a very fine read. I loved the chemistry between Arfaaz and Piya and the gradual changeover to true love. The charm of Bollywood is described delightfully by the author. The darkness that often clouds the lives of artists and gets hidden under pretenses and attraction, which often becomes a way of coming up the ladder of success.

The intimate scenes were not overly graphic but were sensual and aesthetic. Just the way I like it. The background stories of two big stars and the undercurrents o
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Shree
May 31, 2016 added it
Note : This Review has been published in my blog - Book and Ink

Bollywood and that title – Just enough to grab my attention. I had read the previous book by this writer which was a historical fiction - the stories are virtually incomparable that way.

Plotline

The plot line is more of a realistic glimpse into the life of a typical celebrity. Does being a successful actress mean that she shouldn’t have humane feelings and commit mistakes just like a common man? Piya our protagonist, walked away from
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Arti
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story is beautiful and so are the characters. The author has developed the characters in a way that it was very easy for me to feel for them and to understand why they were doing what they were doing. She has effortlessly introduced their upbringing in the story. The palpable chemistry between the estranged couple has been described in a way that I felt moulded into story frame. She has described the feelings of both the characters and the story from their points of view.
The language is simp
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Reet Singh
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Summerita's "More Than Just Desire" has a well developed plot - it is clear that she knows her Bollywood - she uses the information with finesse to generate conflict between Piya and Arfaaz.

The characters are well-rounded: there's good and bad and ugly - well, in Piya's character mostly since Arfaaz is all good, slurpy hot good!

The antagonism between them, and the passion, is very real. Simmering heat is something Summerita does well.

The resolution made me tear-up - it was heartbreakingly honest
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Wendy Jones
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy this author's writing. Her style is so fluent and draws you in. With great chemistry between the characters, she leads you on a journey you just have to follow. Recommended.
Rubina
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Love is in the Air:
The chemistry and the history between Arfaaz and Piya are apparent from the first page itself. The moment Piya lands in Mumbai, her estranged husband, Arfaaz whisks her off from the airport. What follows is a series of accusations, retributions and reconciliation. Piya was a successful actress and after a gap of three years she now has to make a comeback in the glitzy world of Bollywood and also dissolve her marriage to the only man she had ever loved. Will she be able to achi
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Inderpreet Uppal
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
More Than Just Desire is a book that reiterates the fact that marriage or love needs a lot of work – hard work. It entails understanding, empathy and compromise especially when it involves two damaged and abused people. Writing a romance for perfect characters is easy but to write and justify love for a flawed person is what sets a book apart. More Than Just Desire does that with aplomb!

Afaaz is the strong and silent types, confident, concerned, good looking and determined to save face while try
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Vishal
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 sir ...more
Devika Fernando
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had already read two books by this author and loved them a lot, but those were historical romances, so I was curious to see how I’d like one of her contemporary romances. I have to say I loved this book too, although her novels with the strong-willed princesses will remain my favourite.

The story’s title is very apt. There is a lot of forbidden and unwanted desire, sometimes tamed, sometimes unbridled, sometimes of the hot-and-cold, love-and-hate kind. And then there’s so much more. I really en
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Shantala  (Shanaya Tales)
I have read a few books by this author, and this is so far, my favorite one by her.

Firstly, the premise of this book is interesting. It's the story of a marriage, which was entered into for all the wrong reasons, though it eventually develops into something truly wonderful.

But the journey to happily-ever-after is ridden with guilt, conflict, and a world of hurt, which by the way, the author has handled masterfully.

Also this tale has a Bollywood backdrop, which I loved, as it made everything so m
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Floryie
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is another first-time author for me and I didn't know what to expect from her book. I went in blind and for that, I am happy because if I had any expectations I surely would not have enjoyed it as much as I did.

The characters were unlike any other I have read. Usually, an author portrays the protagonists mostly in a good light. But this author is different. She keeps her characters realistic enough with her various shades of grey in th
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Shalini
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Piya lands in Mumbai after having fled to Boston three years ago, leaving behind a successful and glamorous career in Bollywood. She had a marriage of convenience with Arfaaz, a film director. She however didn’t want to be tied down and left him for another man. When Piya came down to Mumbai she was whisked off from the airport by Arfaaz. What does he want? Revenge? Is their love in their hearts? Will they reconcile and consider letting bygones be bygones? Or would Piya want to climb the success ...more
Lata Sony
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It started a bit slow and predictable for me with run-of-the-mill romance between an obsessive aggressive man and flighty commitment-phobic woman. Romance and humor seemed a bit forced at a couple of places. Perhaps I didn't find the two characters likeable enough to be interested in the beginning. Or there were more instances of tell than show. However, by the middle of the book, the writing picked up and I wanted to know more about how the two became what they became. I thought I might be aski ...more
Vivian Muia
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the different-ness of the book; set in Mumbai, More Than Just Desire is a story about a couple that finds love after marriage. The woman has to choose between her ambition (her line of work favours “undomesticated” women) and the man, he has to choose between his need for revenge and his feelings for her.

The book starts very well, and particularly in the beginning I struggled to put down.

I also like that part of the story is the heroine’s internal conflict, and that in the end she has a
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 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
More than just desire is a passionate romance written by sensuous and historical romance writer Summerita .I have lost the count… I am fascinated at the way in which she keeps her readers hooked on to her stories .More than just desire is one such book served to us with some of her special ingredients like love , lust , throwing attitude and behaving independently .

‘Piya’ the female protagonist of this book is strong with a lot of fears pent-up in her heart. How she handles it by signing a bond
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Shilpa Suraj
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I'm reading by Summerita Rhayne and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by the author's work. Arfaaz as the hero is the kind of guy you fall for immediately. He's gorgeous, powerful and has every quality in between that makes him the perfect package. Having said that however, it is the heroine Piya who holds your attention. Starting off as negative and then moving in to shades of grey that slowly uncover her rationale beyond her otherwise difficult to understand actions ...more
Nimi
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Summerita Rhayne's More Than Just Desire is an emotionally charged story of Arfaaz, a director in Film Industry, and Piya, a famous actress. So, obviously, the story is in the backdrop of Bollywood.

Arfaaz and Piya are kindred soul, with heart rendering experiences in their past. Although they have been married for years and lived together for the first six months of their married life, they don’t know each other.
They both have their secrets that they could never share with each other.

Through the
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Ruchi Singh
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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More Than Just Desire does full justice to Summerita Rhayne’s brand of sensuous romance. The author effortlessly pulls you into the glamorous world of Arfaaz and Piya.

Set in the back drop of India’s film industry, Bollywood; MTJD takes us through an emotional journey of Piya. A top actor—a Diva to millions—had abandoned everything to seek peace in life and discover herself. But as they you can never ignore your inner calling; she comes back to Mumbai. Arfaaz, the handsome director, her estrange
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Apr 19, 2016 added it

Book Review: More than Just Desire by Summerita Rhayne

How does divorce, revenge, atonement figure for both Piya and Arfaaz along with combating the sizzling attraction between them they both are not averse to? You can find all the synonyms of hot & red in these pages :D
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Summerita Rhayne writes sensual romance which is sheer escapism with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Writing, she finds, is the only way to deal with the numerous story ideas bubbling in her brain which pop up more rapidly than her keyboard can do justice to. Her pet belief is t ...more