Shilpa Mudiganti has created a fascinating world where two tech giants are not only in competition with each other but find that they are more similar than they thought!
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?
"Why do you want to give it a chance? You think I am a spoiled brat living on my dad's riches. I didn't peg you for a gold-digger.” she said, the bite back in her tone. She leaned back on the glass wall, her arms crossed again. "Maybe you think you are going to merge Note Nirvana after the marriage, and free me from the burdens of managing this company. And while I rest at some fancy house of ours, you take TechNotes to greater heights."
Her breathing was heavy, anger coloring her cheeks a different shade of pink. I didn't want an encore of that. I debated whether I should just walk out now, because she clearly had no interest in my proposition. I knew a lost deal when I see one, and this was beyond lost. This was a disaster.
Yet, I was unable to move. My heart was lodged in my throat, and I found myself speechless. The woman in front of me was one-of-a-kind. Smart, confident and beautiful. She made my heart sing with just a look, and right now, my heart was singing a whole opera. I wanted to fight for this woman. I needed to fight for her, for us, for a chance. It wasn't difficult for me to make a decision when I knew what I wanted.
"If that's what you fear, let me make it clear that I would never take the cowardly way of marrying you just to get your company. I would buy it for what it's worth."
She took a sharp breath and pushed herself off the wall. "I am not selling it to you."
"Fair enough. I am not buying it, until you show an interest in selling it."
"Not happening,” she said, her tone sharp. I raised my hands in surrender.
"Got it." I paused. Her expression softened, and I grabbed the opportunity. "Now can we think about giving this a chance? We had a bad first meeting that was all business. We should meet again and just get to know each other, to see if we are a good match."
"Because I like you."
Shilpa Mudiganti believes life is too short to read tragedies. She writes romance and fantasy fiction that always has a happy ending. No matter how hard the circumstances are, the hero and heroine will walk into the sunset holding hands. IT professional by day and dreamer by night, she loves to hear from her readers about their life experiences. There is no inspiration like life.
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Shilpa is also the author of:
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Always You – A Second Chance Romance Novella
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Forever Yours – A Short Story
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