Get it at Amazonfrom our B+ review: The Takeover Effect is a big, fat, luscious chocolate truffle of a book. It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s heartbreaking, it’s romantic; it luxuriates in the playgrounds of the rich while giving us down-to-earth people to root for, and it’s grounded strongly in a central family that provides a lot of entertainment as their tale spools out. The whole book pops and sparkles like a firecracker, and dazzles just as much. Deepak Singh has built an empire with his bare hands. In thirty years, the fifth son of a fifth son has founded Bharat Inc., an image processing and recognition software company that’s made him a billionaire. Deepak and his wife, Rose, have three sons, each different, each special to them in a different way. It’s with Hemdeep, his oldest, that Deepak has the most difficulties – he hasn’t spoken to the jet-setting lawyer since an argument over Rose and Deepak’s meddling in Hem’s engagement tore them apart. Hem has been trotting the globe for a year and a half, working out kinks in his new firm, trying to gain clients and develop trust with them. He still blames Rose and Deepak for two things: encouraging the company to go public against his wishes (which it seems has caused it to lose money), and putting so much pressure on his fiancée to rush their wedding that the engagement fell apart. Thus he’s been avoiding them and the States ever since. When his middle brother Ajay calls him with news of their father’s heart attack, it’s accompanied by the announcement that WTA Digital is attempting a hostile buy-out of their company, Hem quickly flies back home to participate in the upcoming vote over the takeover - and to visit his recalcitrant father. Lawyer Mina Kohli lives in a world dominated by men. Her mother died in an accident when Mina was a teenager, and she’s determined to regain a partnership in the family law firm her mother built from the ground up but was screwed out of by the brothers she gave up her youth to raise. She’s considering consenting to an arranged marriage with Virat Aulakh, son of the managing partner at J.S.S. Immigration Law, which would give her an equity partnership position and merge her family’s company with his, creating the largest South Asian run law firm in America. Unfortunately, Mina is not attracted to Virat at all, so she’s dithering about the decision. Her uncle Sanjeev, who runs the law firm engaged to oversee the merger, brings Mina on board as part of the impartial committee, but puts pressure on her to ensure the deal goes through, insisting that unless she sabotages her due diligence review – a criminal act – he’ll fire her or force her to marry Virat. Naturally she feels compelled to comply. When Mina and Hem meet, sparks fly. Hem is immediately attracted to Mina’s looks and effortless confidence, and she finds Hem’s strong presence and assertive behavior intriguing. Hem tries to work out something with Mina, but she plays hard to get – in more ways than one. But Hem is nothing if not persistent, and soon they end up tangled together in matters legal, business, and romantic. They try to stay away from one another to ensure Hem can salvage the family business - and Mina doesn’t end up having to cash in the chips on her devil’s bargain.
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