Thursday, 18 September 2014


Rapid Fall

by Adiana Ray

The Blurb
  Sonia and JD’s tempestuous attraction is as stormy as the rapids at Rishikesh. Not even a dip in icy waters can douse the sparks that fly when they are around each other.

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?

My Review:
The opening chapters make a great read as I love adventure and adventure sports. The 'rapids' which the author describes set my adrenaline soaring. The setting was great for some really good romance. But it was too short lived for my taste only to pick up pace in the big city of Mumbai.

JD's character has been given prominence, his phobia, his uncertainties and his fears regarding his relationships are well sketched making him more humane, prone to make mistakes without a thought.

Sonia is the girl next door who is the beauty with brains and long legs too. Love is blind and being intelligent doesn't stop you from falling in love, does it? She hates being lied to and that's how she ends up heartbroken.

The supporting characters of Monica, Reena, Navin and Rakesh are given as much importance as needed without needlessly exaggerating their roles.

What I did not like:
When a person realizes he is in love, he will hardly wait. In this age of instant gratification waiting for a person to make a move for 6 months is a bit far fetched. JD doesn't seem like a person who would wait for 6 months. And for Sonia, who took the effort to stay away from JD accepts his explanation instantly and reconciles with him.

A typical light romantic read with the roller coaster ride of emotions similar to  the 'rapids.' A well researched sport.  I would have liked a bit more romance than conflict.

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The Author's Thoughts

'Sixteen and counting' are the number of cities that I have lived in so far. I like to think of myself as a 'Metronaut'. The myriad city cultures, the food, the hustle and bustle, the people are all elements of life that I thrive on and if you can have an 'Astronaut' why not a 'Metronaut' after all there are so many more of us out there?
I believe in the Zen tenet that every situation has a 1000 truths. It helps me write and it definitely helps when I am dealing with my two children. I like reading, I like cooking, I like travelling and I love sitting like a mindless zombie in front of the TV and if anybody says anything to that....Aha! a 1000 truths come in very handy.
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'.

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