Reviewer : Puja Roy

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Puja is an avid reader who loves to explore life’s various facets and bring them out through her short stories. A Copywriter by profession, she also blogs at speakometer.wordpress.com.

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Blurb: Rising corporate star Reeva Rai is offered a prestigious position in a top-notch PR agency. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. But working with Enigmatic Billionaire Kunaal Kabi was not going to be easy. Even as she develops feelings for him, she is determined to prove herself. But when an activist friend turns to her for help with a real-estate scam, Reeva has to make a high-stakes choice. Can she retain the credibility of her prominent clients while helping hundreds save their homes? As she digs deeper to find solutions, a nefarious scheme unravels with unexpected connections. A no-holds-barred race ensues, blood is drawn and Reeva is trapped in the eye of a political thunderstorm. If she succeeds, powerful people will have much to answer.

A 400-page novel with not a single dip in the plot, not a single boring chapter.

The story begins with our protagonist Reeva, beautiful and intelligent girl who works for an Ad agency gearing up for another ‘hectic’ day at work. After a busy day, she comes and discovers that she needs to make it for a family wedding. Though reluctant, she goes to the wedding and meets the billionaire, handsome and enigmatic Kunaal Kabi. Both get attracted to each other and in a magic turn of events, Reeva gets promoted to manage the ‘PR’ section of her company and Kunaal becomes her Boss. Their love witnesses an emotional ebb and flow, as Nihaal, her colleague also falls in love with her discreetly, thus building a triangular love.

Amidst all this, there is an election in the anvil wherein the JBP party, which is running high on anti-incumbency wave and may very soon win the election, gives a contract to the PR firm where Reeva and Kunaal works to promote the work of the party for the upcoming elections. But that’s not it, there are people who want to tarnish the image of the party and Reeva and Kunaal must battle against them!

An ugly nexus of a dishonest politician, revenge-seeking businessmen, an overambitious news reporter and a mysterious guy called Fixer draws Reeva and Kunaal into a PR battle the likes of which they have never encountered before.

Trust Me Not has a perfect blend of romance, political fiction, drama and thriller. Author Ankita Verma Datta brings in a lot of characters to narrate her story, from influential folks to the ones, struggling to make a difference, the range is huge. With a level-headedness, sincere professionalism yet a softer corner, Reeva comes across as quite a likeable character. The darker side of Kunaal which is hidden from the society under the garb of this warm personality in public, is also quite interesting to read. The author manages to intricately weave these two characters along with the other side characters with the political background of the plot.

The climax of Trust me Not was totally unpredictable and gave a befitting end to the huge build-up that preceded it.

I recommend this book to all of you who like political thrillers and subtle romances for this book is a perfect combination of both.

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