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An Acquired Taste by Shameez Patel Papathanasiou

Olive has just arrived in London and landed her first job, as a marketing strategist for an investment company, though she is a qualified engineer. It is the first time she has been by herself, in her life, let alone being in another Country solo. She left South Africa to escape the aftermath of a dishonest relationship and the embarrassment attached to the cancellation of her wedding. On the way to begin a new life with new beginnings.

She entered the interview room and there he was, Christopher Anderson, the CEO of the company and also the one that was conducting her interview. He had piercing green eyes that unintentionally matched the color of his shirt, straight pearl white teeth, charismatic and certainly unnerving. Olive was certain that he was used to women swooning over as to how drop dead gorgeous he was and what a godly sight of a perfectly beautiful specimen of the male species.

She looked around for him on her first day of work and was utterly disappointed when he was not there, for couple days after, too. When he did get back to work, he invited her for coffee which turned out to be dinner. Was she ready for another relationship just yet? In the days to come, she found herself being drawn into a secretive relationship as dating the boss is not something that can be shared easily with the public. Apart from the relationship is a secret she also found him to be a mystery of many sorts, finding she was questioning herself and at the same time surrendering into his enigmatic charm. Did she really escape her past? Did the past made her anxious and distrusting and was she just imagining things?

And then there was Thomas, her neighbor. They were friends and then they were not friends!

I cannot say the book was well written and there were no frills and thrills about it, but it is a captivating romance that certainly will make the reader turn the page each time. Quite a predictive story line and was written in first person narrative and I often felt like I was reading a news article where the author herself was involved in some kind of scene she was reporting on. Quite often, I also found that the thought patterns of the protagonist felt disjointed and hit a bump, almost losing its fluidity in the story, maybe a bit too rushed in writing.

I relatively enjoyed this easy read. Once I started reading, I actually did not put it down till I read the whole book. It was a simple story but I found elements of it that popped out from time to time that was quite relevant to relationships that seem perfect on the surface with many underlying concerns. I like that all these misunderstood incidents that was mentioned in the story, highlights and relates to many dysfunctional relationships where we want to forgive the ones we love but are we really in love if we have to continue the cycle of forgiveness as the time frame of these minor swept under the carpet, yet heart-wrenching incidents that happen gets smaller thus become more frequent as time goes on. Although the book does not specifically and directly speaks abuse as such, I found certain scenes could have easily suggested this but depending on who was telling the story and whose perspective it was coming from, it may have loads of validity. This I found apt to the problems we face in relationships that are innocently harmful.

A book I would definitely pick up for a quick, light and easy read. It was fairly good. I liked that the storyline is relative to issues experienced by many.


Pragashnie Naidoo