Partners in Crime- Review
Partners in Crime
By Alisha Rai
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars
Indian Matchmaking meets Date Night in this fun, romantic adventure by Alisha Rai — “One of the very brightest romance writers working right now.” (Entertainment Weekly)
Mira Patel’s got a solid accounting career, good friends, and a whole lot of distance between her and her dysfunctional family. All that’s missing is a stable romantic relationship. Armed with a spreadsheet and professional help, she sets out to find her partner in only legal activities, but much to her matchmaker’s dismay, no one is quite right.
Including Naveen Desai, the very first match she unceremoniously rejected.
Lately Naveen’s been too focused on keeping his sick grandfather’s law firm afloat to think about love, and he’s stunned when Mira walks back into his life to settle her aunt’s affairs. He’s determined to keep things professional…though it’s impossible not to be intrigued by all of the secrets piling up around Mira.
If getting back together with an ex is a bad idea, getting kidnapped with one is even worse.
Suddenly, Naveen and Mira find themselves in a mad dash through Las Vegas to escape jewel thieves, evade crime bosses, and follow the clues to untangle the mess her family left behind. As her past comes back to haunt her, Mira despairs of ever finding someone who might understand her…but maybe, over the course of one wild night, she’ll find that he’s right by her side.
I read some heavy books before Partners in Crime so this book was a delight and a balm on my soul. Naveen and Mira have a past but are reunited when her aunt dies. Their awkward reunion is quickly interrupted as they get kidnapped and forced into an adventure together in Las Vegas. Mira’s family is into some dangerous stuff and despite her attempt to distance herself, she and Naveen are pulled into a mystery and a lot of danger. This makes the book very fast paced and engaging for the reader. The drama and the adventure Mira and Naveen experience is heighten by the renewal of their attraction to each other. Even more so, this forces Mira to reveal secrets she’d hidden from Naveen and for her to confront her past. Add to that the steamy attraction and this story checks all the boxes. I will say, usually I’d annoyed when couples are in a lot of danger and manage to find time for intimacy. It always seem to be at inconvenient and possibly dangerous moments but in this case, those moments actually made sense to me. At times I felt like the issues between Mira and Naveen were too easily resolved and maybe it was just that the ending felt rushed and we needed to see more of them as a couple after the danger passed.
Overall, this Alisha Rai book really worked for me and it was a delightful read!