The Marriage Code

Montlake Romance: Amazon. Jan. 2021. 382p. ISBN 9781542025072. pap. $12.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Feeling adrift after turning down her boyfriend’s very public proposal, app developer Emma throws herself into her work and lands a promotion and a job in India. Rishi, the lead developer on her new project, was all but promised the promotion that Emma received. After some misunderstandings between the two in Seattle, Emma burrows her way into Rishi’s good graces through her wit and excitement about exploring India. When Rishi’s family decides it’s time for him to marry, he enlists Emma to write a marriage code to find potential brides. Yet the more time Emma spends with Rishi looking for his future wife, the more the pair realizes they may actually be each other’s perfect match.
VERDICT Two engaging leads, plenty of family drama, and the vibrant backdrop of India blend in a slow-burn romance that is as much for seasoned readers as it is for those who are new to the genre. Burroughs is an author to watch. [Previewed in Kellie Tilton’s “Choosing Love,” LJ 10/20.]
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