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We ll get married, but I ll pay you a monthly salary to behave and appear for all practical purposes as my wife If you agree, the marriage vows can be taken on the phone on Saturday, since I have an hour free in the morning Shahira, a young, divorced mother of a seven year old son, wants nothing to do with men ever again But circumstances have forced her hand, and Hussain s unusual proposition leaves her secretly relieved As per their contract, she ll have his name, will be paid to look after his ailing mother and motherless daughter and will be left well alone by him Perfect Until her new husband decides to stop playing by the rulesHussain is suave and rich He is nobody s fool and is not about to be bested by the ex schoolteacher he is married to He has Shahira in his sights and she has to have all her wits about her in order to hold him at arm s length


10 thoughts on “The Contract

  1. Sara Naveed Sara Naveed says:

    The Contract was an amazing book to read really enjoyed it I finished reading it in just one sitting because it only consisted of 95 pages I must say, it s a well written book Apart from Zeenat s writing, I found the plot wayinteresting I really liked Hussain s character and could easily imagine his well mannerisms had he been a real person In fact, all the characters were lovable and relatable.I loved how Zeenat has weaved in the story and made Shahira and Hussain fall for each ot The Contract was an amazing book to read really enjoyed it I finished reading it in just one sitting because it only consisted of 95 pages I must say, it s a well written book Apart from Zeenat s writing, I found the plot wayinteresting I really liked Hussain s character and could easily imagine his well mannerisms had he been a real person In fact, all the characters were lovable and relatable.I loved how Zeenat has weaved in the story and made Shahira and Hussain fall for each other eventually, not forgetting the fact that both of them had seen a horrible time in their past Beginning their relationship as a business contract, they get to know each otherwith the passage of time and finally fall in love Zeenat Mahal is a terrific writer I can t wait to start reading her next book, Haveli I wish her all the best with her future endeavors I would definitely like to recommend this book to all the romance lovers


  2. Sruthi Sruthi says:

    I rly rly enjoyed this book It was humorous and the situations , characters seemed very real I really liked Hussain , Shahira , the two adorable kids and of course The loveliest mother in law ever.


  3. Kritika Kritika says:

    I rarely read novellas However, this is a novella that made me change that decision of mine This is a short and sweet novella and I would recommend everyone to take a few hours off and read it.The author did a good job with the hero and heroine s characters The hero, Hussain, a businessman always on the move He is a widower who has been thoroughly disillusioned with matrimony and also has a small daughter The heroine, Shahira, is a 30 year old divorcee with a son Her previous husband and i I rarely read novellas However, this is a novella that made me change that decision of mine This is a short and sweet novella and I would recommend everyone to take a few hours off and read it.The author did a good job with the hero and heroine s characters The hero, Hussain, a businessman always on the move He is a widower who has been thoroughly disillusioned with matrimony and also has a small daughter The heroine, Shahira, is a 30 year old divorcee with a son Her previous husband and in laws were abusive As a result, she left her previous marriage with emotional scars and has lost faith in all men.Circumstances throw them together and they both agree to a contract Shahira gets Hussain s name and financial security for herself and her son while Hussain gets someone to take care of his daughter and his mother.It was nice reading how the hero and the heroine fell in love with each other despite the scars they bear from their previous marriages At first, Hussain comes off as very unemotional but it is tempered by Shahira s sweet nature Slowly, Hussain found himself drawn to herandShahira, however, is scared to trust again and it was wonderful how Hussain wood her and attempted to win her over It was also nice to see that the heroine had a backbone inspite of her previous marriage.Salma s efforts to get the two of them closer were hilarious It was beautiful reading how the contract turned an actual marriage.Kudos to Ms Mahal for writing such a nice and entertaing novella My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this story for sharing an honest review


  4. Shabana Mukhtar Shabana Mukhtar says:

    Non review Rant The Contract was literally how I found about GoodReads.Back in January 2018, I was ready with a few draft novellas as well as a list of catchy titles ready I, however, wanted those titles to be unique I googled a couple and viola, the second one Terms and Conditions Apply was taken What surprised mewas that the writer was a Muslim The story features Muslim protagonists And it was based on one of my favourite romance tropes contract marriage or marriage of conv Non review Rant The Contract was literally how I found about GoodReads.Back in January 2018, I was ready with a few draft novellas as well as a list of catchy titles ready I, however, wanted those titles to be unique I googled a couple and viola, the second one Terms and Conditions Apply was taken What surprised mewas that the writer was a Muslim The story features Muslim protagonists And it was based on one of my favourite romance tropes contract marriage or marriage of convenience Could it beof a coincidence You may wonder why I am obsessed with contract marriages but now it not the time, so sssshhhh.As I was saying, I clicked on the google result and it took me to Goodreads.I didn t read the book then, though Plot Review Plot The book is about Shahira who has been divorced after an abusive marriage Hussain has his own demons Circumstances force them to agree to a contract marriage.Review It is a typical Urdu digest story when two wingle parents come togehter to a marriage of convenience.The writer has paid attention to create a detailed back story for both Shahira and Hussain Shahira had an abusive marriage Hussain s wife thrived on sleeping around Hussain was no saint, either.It is a story where we know how it is going to end I liked the other nuances like how Hussain s mother, Salma plays cupid so they can spendtime together She was quite a drama queen There are some witty lines in the book, my favourite is Salma s act.And bless his mother, she was quick to cough up a fit worthy of a tuberculosis patient, as she said with a breathlessness that was pitiful to watch, Really Shahira you can t expectme cough cough to accompany you, a wheezy breathy pause, young people I m too old Cough.The other benefit of being written in English, in my opinion, was how much detail are given when Shahira and Hussain finally get together The Urdu versions cannot and do not talk about libido and orgasms and stuff Generally.Like I said, it is a typical story but narrative is so vivid I love the language, which makes the mundane things sound better.The book is short It makes for easy and quick read I thoroughly enjoyed it


  5. Adiana Ray Adiana Ray says:

    REVIEW FOR THE CONTRACT Shahira and Hussain are two beautiful but scarred individuals one by an abusive husband and the other by a promiscuous wife Thrown together by circumstances, they get into a contractual marriage which is supposed to work like a business arrangement no relationship, no sex and no emotion Hussain finds someone to look after his daughter and also manages to get his match making mother off his back whereas for Shahira it spells financial security for herself and her son REVIEW FOR THE CONTRACT Shahira and Hussain are two beautiful but scarred individuals one by an abusive husband and the other by a promiscuous wife Thrown together by circumstances, they get into a contractual marriage which is supposed to work like a business arrangement no relationship, no sex and no emotion Hussain finds someone to look after his daughter and also manages to get his match making mother off his back whereas for Shahira it spells financial security for herself and her son It seems to be just what they both want, or so they believe As they spend time together, Hussain finds himselfanddrawn to Shahira and he wants to look after her and protect her Shahira however is too scared to trust again, so he decides he has to woo her and win her over so that she can be a real wife and not just one bound by a contract The author has brought out the problems faced by a single mom so vividly esp by a woman in a conservative, patriarchal society Her description of Paris was magical and made the family holiday come alive for me right in front of my eyes It s a beautiful, sensitive story and as for me, I was rooting for Hussain from the word go


  6. Jacqueline J Jacqueline J says:

    This was an okay read with some pluses and some minuses First of all the major plus was that it was a romance written about another culture written by a person from that culture There was a very real sense of a different set of social s They were however presented in an accessible manner for someone not of the culture There were however enough commonalities to traditional western romances that the story was a comfortable read Minuses included a lack of real sexual tension between the tw This was an okay read with some pluses and some minuses First of all the major plus was that it was a romance written about another culture written by a person from that culture There was a very real sense of a different set of social s They were however presented in an accessible manner for someone not of the culture There were however enough commonalities to traditional western romances that the story was a comfortable read Minuses included a lack of real sexual tension between the two leads Another was the rather unpolished writing style.All in all an interesting read


  7. Zubee Zubee says:

    My yearly re read of this author s books stands the test of time and presents an interesting take on a contract marriage Love this h s practicality and the H s outrage as he realises h s gives him the marriage he thought he wanted but realises he doesn t he invests time and effort to win h over worth reading


  8. Hira Hira says:

    I loved loved loved this book I gobbled it up in one go and had so much fun reading it Story This novella was about two scarred people who heal each other They don t know it but they are what the other person needs The author expertly took a serious subject, abuse, betrayal, dysfunctional relationship, and told it in a lighthearted way Don t get me wrong, this book is pretty deep and a food for thought But it makes you think without being too serious I love contract relationship plots I loved loved loved this book I gobbled it up in one go and had so much fun reading it Story This novella was about two scarred people who heal each other They don t know it but they are what the other person needs The author expertly took a serious subject, abuse, betrayal, dysfunctional relationship, and told it in a lighthearted way Don t get me wrong, this book is pretty deep and a food for thought But it makes you think without being too serious I love contract relationship plots I haven t read them in books much but I ve seen plenty in Kdramas and I love them So I enjoyed that very much in this book too There is just something about two people who are unlikely to ever meet let alone fall for each other are somehow forced into a relationship and then fall for each other It s just so cute Especially when the guy falls first I really enjoyed this story, especially how everything was so perfectly balanced.Writing Zeenat Mahal did such a good job I really enjoyed her writing It s gripping without being overly expressive and I like how she can keep balance between different aspects of the story She expresses the characters thoughts and emotions really well and I loved the humor and romance Characters I loved Shahira She is very relatable and I love strong women like her Even though she had past horrors she took control of her life and refused to let any man control her I was so proud of her She deserved all the happiness She has become one of my favorite book characters.I really liked Hussain He was such a gentleman If only guys like him existed in real life He had his past ghosts too and I liked how he was eager to give a new relationship a chance He was so caring He seemed selfish but I felt like he really did love his family I loved the things he did to get closer to Shahira He was so cute when he was teasing her Aunty Salma was such a fun character She was like the fairy godmother except she wasfunny and endearing I really enjoyed her plans of getting Hussain Shahira closer Nudrat was the evil witch trying to get between our couple She was really well written and even though I hated her I also felt sorry for her.Overall I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to fans of contemporary romances It is really well written with great characters and an awesome story


  9. Nikita (Njkinny& Nikita (Njkinny& says:

    is finally living her life on her own terms She is free of her abusive marriage, is independent and has a son who completes her world So what if she is divorced with no male protection She wants to prove to everyone that women don t need men to protect and support them.But a sudden tragedy forces Shahira s hand and she has to agree to the unusual proposal from Hussain who just wants a mother for his daughter and a wife in name only so that his e is finally living her life on her own terms She is free of her abusive marriage, is independent and has a son who completes her world So what if she is divorced with no male protection She wants to prove to everyone that women don t need men to protect and support them.But a sudden tragedy forces Shahira s hand and she has to agree to the unusual proposal from Hussain who just wants a mother for his daughter and a wife in name only so that his ever matchmaking mother is satisfied and he is free to carry on his life as he wishes What starts as a business proposition is soon converted to something deeper when hearts and emotions get involved When I read the blurb of the book, I was instantly attracted to it I love stories with a handsome, brooding hero and a strong, independent heroine Their altercations are so entertaining and fun to read about The cover is fine, nothing very special about it but it still engages the reader The story starts a bit slow but just after a page or two it picks up pace and takes the readers on a journey with unexpected twists and turns Whenever I thought I knew what would happen next, Zeenat gave a completely new turn to the story.The writing style is engaging and gives an insight into the Pakistani lifestyle, their traditions and beliefs I was really surprised to know that marriages could happen on the phone Maybe this happens but I didn t know this and was a bit amused but largely shocked Marriages are very important events and I just cant imagine having mine on the phone The general thinking of people where they consider women subservient to men and don t expect them to stand for their own is pretty common in India too so I could empathize with the author here.The characterization is very real like and I could connect with every character in the story Shahira impressed me with her strength of character, her resolve to stay independent and her levelheadedness She is smart, beautiful, a book lover, an eager learner and a loving mother Hussain is suave, handsome, brooding, often unreachable but with a soft heart inside a hard exterior I loved the scenes between these two There is wit, humor, sass and a battle of wills They were adorable together with some very intense moments The children, Natasha and Shahaan are both cute and addfun to the overall reading experience Hussain s mother, Salma is a hopeless romantic and a determined matchmaker She wants Shahira and Hussain to be together and her efforts to throw them together are funny and very adorable The author takes up some social issues in her book like abusive husbands, physical and mental harassment of women at the hands of her husband and in laws, the expectations from a woman to stay with her husband even if he is traumatizing her and also stay agreeable to him at all costs.I thoroughly enjoyed the book except one point More romantic tension should have come from Shahira apart from Hussain Hussain s part is great but Shahira s actions needed a bitdevelopment This should have been remedied a bit.Apart from this small point which you may or may not notice amidst all the action, this is a great read and I had great fun while reading the book A perfect leisure read which thrills and excites, I give The Contract a 4.5 out of 5 and strongly recommend it to everyone Zeenat is a talented writer and I look forward to readingfrom her in the future.I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced


  10. Prity Malhotra Prity Malhotra says:

    After reading a hell lot of books with themes like Dystopia, Apocalypse, Thrillers, Romance, I found this book a welcome change I never thought I would like this book so much that I will give it a 5 star The plot reminds me of a Current TV show featuring on Star Plus Ye hai Mohabaattein that my Mom religiously watchs Coming to the Plot Shahira teacher Hussain businessman are both plagued by the thought of falling in love again due to their failed marriages Hussain s daughter is a After reading a hell lot of books with themes like Dystopia, Apocalypse, Thrillers, Romance, I found this book a welcome change I never thought I would like this book so much that I will give it a 5 star The plot reminds me of a Current TV show featuring on Star Plus Ye hai Mohabaattein that my Mom religiously watchs Coming to the Plot Shahira teacher Hussain businessman are both plagued by the thought of falling in love again due to their failed marriages Hussain s daughter is a student of Shahira s Hussain s mother Salma plays the role of Cupid, tries to tie the Knot between Hussain Shahira Having Once Bitten Twice Shy, Hussain Shahira marry under the disguise of mutually benefiticial Contract However after the Marriage, the Contracts wavers off in a direction that none of them expected I think the reason why I loved this book was coz of the way Zeenat Mahal narrated this book in a very Saas bahu Tv soap fashion There are lot of laughs thrown in peppered with dollops of romance Hussain is like Fire while Shahira like Water Its hard not to like Shahira who has gamuts of talents hidden under her sleeves which she reveals slowly The Naughty antics of Salma made me laugh hysterically The Climax was weaved in Beautifully This book sure is a hidden gem that only a few lucky bookworms have discovered