Love, as Tanya Kumar knew, developed over time, and possibly involved hearts, balloons, and violins. Her Prince Charming had always been Ritwik, her childhood friend-turned-sweetheart. Until she met Neil, her new boss, who broke every one of Tanya’s notion about love and happily ever after. If Tanya loved Ritwik, why did her heart race whenever she was with Neil? Will Neil be able to convince Tanya there’s more to love than what she envisioned?
“Dinner?” Neil abruptly changed the topic. “I don’t know about you, but I’m starving.”
“Okay, I suppose,” Tanya mumbled.
“You could try to be a little more enthusiastic,” Neil teased her.
Tanya simply rolled her eyes in response.
They went to a new, hip place in the same area that had amazing food and drinks. There was even a dance floor, where several people were already swaying to some funky music. Tanya stepped in, glad she was dressed just right for the swanky place.
“Want a drink?” Neil got them a beautiful table by a corner.
Tanya shook her head. “No, thank you. Just water.” She wanted to have a clear head.
They both ordered some appetizers and Neil some wine before they settled back in their chairs. “So, now that you have your clothes sorted, aren’t you wondering what next?”
“Huh? I don’t know. I suppose I should wear fancy clothes after Ritwik gets back and keep my fingers crossed?” Tanya replied, her eyes turning doubtful behind her glasses.
Neil threw back his head and laughed. “You’re not real, are you?”
“If that’s an insult…” Tanya began in a menacing tone.
Neil put up his hand. “Not at all. I am simply stunned there could be a woman like you, totally guileless.”
“Yeah right, some good it has done to me. I haven’t even been in a proper relationship in my life.” Tanya looked down in mortification at what came out of her mouth. To her surprise and shock, Neil ran a finger along her cheek.
Tanya looked up, her cheeks turning crimson at the unexpectedly intimate gesture. “Neil…” She was stopped by the waiter, who placed their food and drinks on the table.
“The clothes are only part of the deal. You need to make him sit up and take notice of you.” Neil’s voice had softened, his gaze boring into hers.
“How do I do that?” Tanya tilted her head slightly, to look at him.
“By flirting. With your eyes, your body, and most importantly, your mind.” Neil’s husky voice created a cocoon around them. Suddenly, Tanya felt too warm. She cleared her throat and looked down. She was terrible at flirting, never having flirted or having had the inclination to. Yet, sitting across the handsome stranger, she wanted to know how he’d react if she used her feminine charm on him. Abruptly, Tanya came out of her thoughts. What am I thinking? This is for Ritwik’s benefit.
About the Author
Dee James writes sweet, dreamy, romantic stories. Born and brought up in India, Dee James is a software professional by day and a writer by night. Her books feature a heavy dose of the contemporary Indian scene, with lots of romance of course. If she isn’t spending time with her son, you’d find her nose in a book. She loves to read, write, sing, and cook. Apart from lipsticks and romance, coffee is her other weakness!
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