BLURB :“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?”

Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does – and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel – Neel Arora – and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.

Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm!

Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!

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RATING : 3.75 out of 5


Tired of reading clichéd novels on young adult romance ? Need a break ? Want to read something different , on the same theme? Well, welcome to Nirvana Resort of Andaman Islands which forms the backdrop of Adite Banerjie’s novel, Trouble Has A New Name. For a Gossip Girl series lover like me, the novel was a treat to my thirst. Honestly, to begin with, if you are expecting a novel, blended with philosophical notes, well, you should go for some other one. But if you want to read something to relax your nerves from your daily routine, just pick up the book and start reading it .

Adite Banerjie has chosen a very simple plot , of love and heart breaks and gave them an outlandish environment and the characters, unique in their own ways , but somewhere , we do find our own reflections in them. The novel is all about fashion statements, luxury resorts, grand wedding and above all, simple human emotions which penetrate even into the hearts of people who work in entertainment industry.

The language of the novel is simple and lucid and the novel gives you less time to ponder over what is happening and makes you flip through the pages , to know, what happens next . The way the plot unravels itself is interesting and the scenes in beach will make you crave for a vacation far away from the humdrum of mundane life. The narrator is very reader friendly and the introduction of the concept of ‘ Rayna Book Of Immutable Laws ‘ is pretty interesting. The episodic structure of the novel reminded me of some of my favorite American drama series.

Amidst the simplicity and the fashion statements, comes out the bold voice of Rayna Dutt, one of the top models of the fashion industry. Adite Banerjie carefully curves out a strong feminist side of her protagonist, which attracted my attention. The writer makes sure that her protagonist has a dusky color and emerges as a beauty, who is desired by all. Adite Banerjie breaks out from the contemporary notions of what Rayna calls ‘ fairy is lovely ‘ in India and when Julie compliments Rayna , she replies, ” Chocolate skin tone is so not cool”. This boldness in Rayna is also expressed in her words when she confronts her ex boyfriend Sid, at her best friend, Milee’s wedding. She becomes the epitome of the independent Indian woman who stands for herself and is strong enough to support the decisions she takes of her own.

Overall, the book is an easy and fast read and it will not haunt you again and again. The aroma of the novel will linger along like a sweet fairy tale rom-com. I wish the author all the best with the book and I look forward to read more books from her.

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  • Why did you choose the Andaman islands as a backdrop of the novel?


The Andaman Islands are so beautiful …perfect for a romance, don’t you think so? Besides, there seems to be a trend of weddings taking place in exotic islands,  especially, the big fat wedding variety.  So, instead of Mauritius or Fiji or the Carribbean Islands, I decided Andaman Islands would be the perfect venue for my protagonist Rayna’s best friend, Milee’s wedding.



  • Do you relate to any character? If so, how?


Strangely enough, when I write characters I never put myself in their shoes. I believe that the character should be likeable and should have a flaw that I as a writer can relate to. And, of course, something that readers will also be able to relate to. I try to see the situation from the filter of the characters’ unique traits so that their actions are believable.  Besides, it would be impossible for me to relate to every character  that I write.


  • How could you write strong erotic scenes without a single hint of pornography?


If they come across as sensuous, I’m glad that I have been able to convey what the characters were feeling for each other.  What Rayna and Neel feel for each other is love—though they haven’t recognised it as that! And when love comes into the picture, it’s all about emotions, not about sex.


  • Do you want to stick to this adult- romance genre for your upcoming books? If so, why?


Umm…well, when you put it as ‘adult romance’ it makes me think of the Censor Board’s ‘A’ certificate! LOL.  As far as the classification of my books go, I think Trouble… is more of a romantic-caper or romantic-comedy and my next book is a romantic-thriller.  So, yes, the romance and how the couple gets to the happily-ever-after are going to be an important part of the story. 


  • What is your advice for aspiring writers? 


To read a lot in the genre that they are writing, hone their writing skills, and write as often as they can…if possible, every day.


Had a great time answering your questions. Thanks, Aparajita, for hosting me on your site. 


Meet the Author

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Adite Banerjie has been writing professionally ever since she graduated from college. After an exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she turned to freelance writing, crunched numbers and wrote reports about consumer behavior and social development issues. Somewhere along the way she got on to the screenwriting bandwagon and wrote scripts for documentaries and spec screenplays for feature films. She was hired by a filmmaker to write a feature script based on a true story. When she penned her first romantic short story she won the 2012 Harlequin Passions Aspiring Authors Contest. Two of her books, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name have been published by Harlequin India. And she is currently under contract to write two more for the same publisher. She lives in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, with her writer husband. She loves to connect with readers and writers.

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