Review: The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

Reviewed by Olive

The Takeover Effect is the first book in Nisha Sharma’s Singh Family trilogy. It tells the story of the eldest Singh brother, Hemdeep, who broke his father’s heart when he left the family multinational corporation to create his own legacy. At the start of our tale, sales and profits are down far enough that a buyout offer is made and Daddy Singh has a heart attack. As the Singh brothers scramble to respond without disclosing the health issues, lawyer Mina Kohli shows up to lead the Board committee reviewing the offer.

Mina is trying to rebuild her mother’s legacy, tarnished by her younger brothers when they kicked her out of the firm she started. To accomplish her planned coup, Mina needs to make partner and her uncle dangles that cheery in front of her on the condition that her recommendation aligns with his interests. She can smell a rat but what other option does she have?

I really struggled with this one. Most of the writing is gorgeous and engaging and un-put-down-able. There’s a corporate espionage mystery, beautifully portrayed family dynamics, well-drawn MCs that are struggling so hard to find – and prove – themselves. Alas, the whole book really needed a stronger editor and the editing problems knocked this book to it’s knees and it never really recovered.

Hemdeep instantly knows he wants Mina, and that’s great, but she keeps trying to put him off and he’s not willing to listen … and that just isn’t hot for me. It plays out a bit too often in real life in ways that aren’t hot at all. Also, the sex scenes had some of the poorest editing of the book. The first time they use a condom. The second time they don’t – no discussion, just no condom. I actually went back to check for this. A few pages later there’s a throwaway comment from Hem about how they’d discussed it the last time … and, no, they hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I know that conversations can happen off the page but it doesn’t fit with the story or the characters for this to be one of those conversations.

Similarly, though for the most part I really loved the way that family dynamics play into this story, there are some head scratchy moments as well and they kinda killed my enjoyment. Both MCs have deep wounds inflicted by their respective families and neither is resolved well. Hem has things he needs to say to his father for basically the whole book. His intention firms as he resolves the issue with his brothers and his mom. Then his dad actually shows initiative and brings it up and Hem – without a conflicted internal monologue – shrugs it off as unimportant? WTF? They do have the chat, thankfully, but that reaction from Hem was odd.

Then with Mina – all signs point to evil uncle being evil as the story progresses, there are multiple minor plot lines about her letting go of the need to reshape her mom’s legacy cuz she *is* the legacy, yet there’s a random accusation during a family dinner with a potential arranged marriage match at 60%. I assumed it was just evil uncle being evil, per the rest of the story, but then at 87% there’s a hella awkward conversation between Mina and her dad where he reveals all and the Big Reveal™️ doesn’t make any sense. Mina’s mom died when she was 15 and there’s no way that she could have the memories she has of her mom if the accusation was true. Again, it jerks the reader out of the story and … it doesn’t even need to exist. As I mentioned, there are already other reasons for Mina to change her life goals and evil uncle is plenty evil, so why even have this plot element?

Then there’s another seemingly random cliffhanger ending involving Mina’s best friend, who we’ve only barely met in the story, so … ?

This is why the book would’ve benefited *SO MUCH* from a stronger editor. The bones of the story are lovely. All the corporate espionage bits and contract bits, the majority of the building chemistry between the two MCs, the dealing with hurt and family and finding yourself —> all of that was great! At the end of the day though, my enjoyment was soured by these, and other, inconsistencies and that’s unfortunate.

Rating: B-

*ARC provided by publisher*

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The Takeover Effect
by Nisha Sharma
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Avon Impulse

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