by M.K. Schiller
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Recovering addict Nick Dorsey finds solace in his regimented life. That is until he meets Shyla Metha. Something about the shy Indian beauty who delivers take-out to his Greenwich Village loft inspires the reclusive writer. And when Shyla reveals her desire to write a book of her own, he agrees to help her. The tale of a young Indian girl growing up against a landscape of brutal choices isn’t Nick’s usual territory, but something about the story, and the beautiful storyteller, draws him in deep.
Shyla is drawn to Nick, but she never imagines falling for him. Like Nick, Shyla hails from a village, too…a rural village in India. They have nothing in common, yet he makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. She is not ready for their journey to end, but the plans she’s made cannot be broken…not even by him. Can they find a way to rewrite the next chapter?
She shrugged. “The writing’s good, but I didn’t care for the characters.”
“They felt one-dimensional. He comes across as a womanizing, self-indulgent fool.”
Nick arched his brow, his lips quirking into a grin. “He’s got his faults, but I wouldn’t describe him that way.”
“As bad as he was, though, the heroine was even worse. She seemed stupid and fake…almost vapid. She was always getting herself into trouble and falling into hot water.” Encouraged by his amused smile, she continued, “And I refer to hot water in the literal sense. The one I read, the girl was suspended from the ceiling over a pot of boiling water until Max Montero swooped in at the last minute.”
“It was acid, and he likes saving beautiful women from danger. What’s wrong with that?”
“She could have saved herself, or better yet, not gotten into the situation. And he…well, he could have been nicer to her in general.”
“Not every hero comes in a one-size-fits-all package, Shyla. Don’t hold back, though. Tell me what you really think.”
“Okay, I will. I can appreciate a different kind of hero, but I’d like one with a functioning set of scruples. In the scheme of things, these books don’t deserve shelf space with the others. They definitely fall into the dime store drivel category.”
“Ouch,” Nick said, pouring himself another drink. “I don’t think you understand the concept of sarcasm.”
She opened and shut her mouth as the realization hit her. “You were joking when you asked me to tell you what I really thought?”
“Yeah, but don’t worry about it.”
“So, what do you do for a living?” she asked, anxious to change the subject. It was possible she’d accidently insulted one of his favorite novelists.
“I’m an author.”
“Have you written anything I might have read?”
“The dime store drivel you’re holding.”
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I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but in the dark of night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is!
I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that friends asked me to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. You’ve heard of fan fiction… this was friend fiction.
I hope you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor.
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4 out of 5 stars
Unwanted Girl by M.K. Schiller is a contemporary romance and women’s fiction story that explores cultural mores and the contrasting challenges faced by two people who have to learn how to overcome the vast differences in their lives in order to find common ground. The shy reserved student, Shyla Metha, and the author who is a recovering meth addict, Nick Dorsey, embark on a project that will expose a tragic reality even as they each travel on a journey of personal discovery that unfortunately, may not have the same endpoint.
This compelling multicultural tale provides a dismaying picture of the horrors of discrimination even as it tells a gentle story of attraction and romance. The glimpses of the frustration of being categorized based on one’s appearance is contrasted with the concept of discrimination against one’s gender in an eye-opening story. Certain elements were easy to guess but there are several nice twists that give this story a unique flair and keep one invested in it. The characters evolve from almost stereotypical caricatures to complex and textured individuals and I found myself impressed by their ability to work past their issues and reach for happiness. I enjoyed the insights into a culture that I am not very familiar with, even as I mourn the revelations of how misguided that culture can be, a pattern that has been repeated over and over around the world. There is an enjoyable combination of romance and emotion, with the added flair of the exotic, and it was lovely to watch the progression as two individuals dealt with their respective dragons and found a way to overcome the scars from their pasts.
A copy of this story was provided to me for review