Rapid Fall by Adiana Ray is a short whirlwind of a love story between the charismatic JD and the sweet and simple Sonia. Destiny brings the two souls together, human weakness separates them and good sense brings them back again.
It’s a well written, tight and fast paced rom com that has all the elements of a Bollywood movie. A charming dashing man with a high flying career meets the conservative and good natured girl, there are arguments and sparks initially but soon they recognize and give way to their tender emotions.
The circumstances, in which they meet are not so pleasant so we see a spate of tempers flaring and bitter disagreements yet there is an unmistakable attraction that none of them can overlook. The pull in their heartstring and the intensity of their passion resembled the wild untamed nature around and resonated the exact same tempo of the gushing waters of the river gurgling down the mountains and breaking all barriers around it.
When the marketing group from Ritam Exports come down for a tema building exercise to Rishikesh for rafting it was Rakesh who was suppose to be their guide. A freak rafting accident leaves Rakesh with a broken leg and JD as a favour takes over as the guide for the group. Though aware of his attraction for Sonia JD cant shake off his past and is shies away from commitment.
The rest of the story unfolds in Mumbai. JD and Sonia’s love story take a flight but when Sonia comes a bit too close to JD unable to make sense of the whole affair brings it all to a screeching halt. He is reluctant to take the next step, which horrifies the conventional and the mild mannered Sonia.
The title of the book leads the reader to believe that it would be a rocking tale of adventure and that is where it disappoints. The rafting trip is very short and leaves you with a feeling that it can only be dangerous and not too enjoyable, whereas my personal experience proves it to be on the contrary. The romance plays out not in the foothills amidst the adventure but in the dirt and grime of city life. Somewhere to my mind the team building exercise too is not fruitful if the team does not do anything worthwhile together. This leaves you with the feeling that it’s not very well fleshed out but then again Ray has tried to keep it short and sweet so that she can keep the readers captivated. The narration and the flow keeps the pace of the story admirably well though maybe the ending was a bit too rushed making Sonia look a little too gullible for a HR professional.
Despite some of its shortcomings its Ray’s style and poise that ultimately comes out as the winner in this short tale of love and romance.
JD’s recent divorce, however, has left him commitment phobic and bitter, and he doesn’t seem to want more than a physical relationship. At heart, Sonia is conservative; can she bring herself to accept a modern ‘live-in’ relationship, or will she push him away with her demands for a commitment?
I also write under a pen name M.X Steele. Why? My daughter thought Adiana Ray was too boring a name.
I do hope you enjoy reading all my work because I believe passionately that though we writers love pontificating and are totally in love with whatever we write; at the end of it all it is the readers that matter and above all what we write has to be ‘entertaining’.