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NetGalley Book Review: Startup Fiancé by Shilpa Mudiganti

Thank you NetGalley and Inkspell Publishing for providing me with an e-copy to read and review.


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Genre: Fiction, Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: The Startup Series, book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via NetGalley):
Sometimes Love Can Be Arranged.

Arav Shetty had it all. The handsome, self-made billionaire topped the list of New York’s most eligible bachelors and sat at the helm of the city’s biggest tech empire. He also had a plan – buy out the brilliant upstart nipping at his heels, and dominate as the biggest and best tech company in New York.

The strategy had worked for him in the past. He had the resources and skills to pull it off. And, he was determined to overcome his father’s dark legacy, and prove he had what it took to stay on top. Nothing would distract him from his goal. He’d buy out his biggest rival but the company’s owner, Nisha Jain wasn’t the pushover he believed.

Nisha Jain had a plan, too. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, her early years had been a carefully scripted fairy tale. She was determined to make everyone sit up and notice when she achieved stupendous success – without her father’s money or brand influence. She knew she was on the right path when her biggest competitor wanted to meet with her.

But when they met, nothing went as planned.

Neither expected the instant spark of attraction, nor the hurtful words tossed around like confetti. With meddling family members and an arranged marriage thrown into the mix, the fate of both companies – and Arav and Nisha’s undeniable attraction – hung precariously. What was supposed to be a cakewalk became more complicated than either ever imagined.

Compromises needed to be made. But between a billionaire whose life work is on the line and an heiress out to prove her own worth, who would blink first?


My Review:
I absolutely loved this story. Startup Fiancé is a light contemporary romance novel with a captivating plot, endearing characters, and charming love story.

Arav and Nisha are both very similar when it comes to their business, but its the contrasting backgrounds that provides the most contention to war against the attraction they have for each other. There was seemingly no way for their relationship to really thrive when their businesses are in the same field and mean everything to them. I wondered how the characters would handle such an obstacle – because they obviously like each other – and how the author would convince the reader how a love between Arav and Nisha could exist. That obstacle made it hard to see if love was possible but I held out hope from start to finish.

It was all so suspenseful because both characters had much to prove to themselves and others. They would try to talk it out but opposing forces would make themselves known at the worst possible times, hooking me into the story that much more.

In the beginning, I feel Arav’s feelings for Nisha made a complete 180 too fast. I would be reading one section where he was feeling one emotion and then in the next a completely different emotion. The pacing of his emotions threw me off somewhat. The epilogue I liked the very beginning of, but the rest I question. It is either one of two things: a hint at something in the future or an attempt to give everyone a happy ending. I’m satisfied with everything up until that point. I also wish we had some information – even if only a small bit – about the features of the note-taking apps Arav and Nisha built or what about them made them so popular and successful.

I admire both main characters for what they’ve been able to accomplish in life in so short a time. I also enjoyed the cultural aspect and learning more things about Indian culture. This story was just so fun and interesting and delightful. I’d definitely recommend this book.

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