Never Stopped Loving You by Ruchi Singh

Something Old, Something New
– A DRA Production

Seven bestselling authors. 
Seven incredible second chance romances. 
One epic anthology. 

What would you do for another chance with the one you love? 

Something Old, Something New – a unique novella anthology – tries to answer this question with fantastic, different, desi dramas. 

Whether it is shapeshifters or shifting interracial relationships, single moms in small towns or rich alpha heroes, friends-to-lovers or passionate ex-husbands; this anthology has something for everyone. 

Something Old, Something New explores the many different facets of love, forgiveness, fated mates and more in seven, distinctly Indian tales!

Never Stopped Loving You by Ruchi Singh

Will they be able to put aside their differences and come together to fight the unknown enemy?

Bad memories surface, as Radhika steps back into big bad city Mumbai. A budding fashion marketeer she doesn’t have any option but to deal with her inner demons and make a name for herself. 

A chance encounter puts Radhika in Arjun’s path once again. To his acute disappointment, he finds that she still had the power to affect him in the worst possible ways. 

As both fight their feelings for each other, a secret comes to light which blows their world apart. 

Read an Excerpt from Never Stopped Loving You

All of a sudden, he turned around and faced her. “Radhika, this is not the right place to talk. Something has come up. Please have dinner with me whenever you are free. We have to talk!”

“About what?”

“About us.”

“There is no us.”

He blanched as if she had slapped him. 

“Lance was the person with you that night at the resort.”

She staggered back and caught hold of the chair-back.

“He told me everything last Tuesday. Karishma misled… me. I don’t know what to say. Sorry seems so lame in the light of… in the light of how I reacted and treated you.”

So that was the reason! Mighty Arjun Singh Tomar, the hotshot lawyer, had come to know the truth and now wanted to apologize. A sliver of anger ran through her. A mere dinner and an apology couldn’t erase the torment she had gone through. She wanted to rant and shout at him, to inflict the same wounds on him that he had given her. But she did nothing. What would that achieve? She had Yash. He was coming to pick her up in the evening and she didn’t want this to linger on.

“Radhika, I… I don’t know where to begin—”

“It’s not required. Apology accepted. You don’t need to do anything else. Please leave now.”

He stared at her, looking uncertain again. “Radhika?”

“It’s okay. I have moved on. You should marry Karishma. She loves you. You both will be perfect for each other.” 

His face contorted distastefully. “Like ACP Yash Kelkar is perfect for you?” he sneered. “Is he the reason you want to get rid of me? Is he coming today? Are you guys going out for dinner again?”

To her panic, he came around the table.

“Does he make your pulse go wild the way I do?” He caught hold of her hand and jerked her to him.

“Arjun!” She struggled against his grip. His familiar perfume made her pulse go really wild. What was wrong with her? She was now equally angry with herself too and lashed out, “If nothing works, bring it down to sex. Is that what your modus operandi is now?”

His grip relaxed but he didn’t let her go. “I have never been myself when I’m around you.” He trailed a finger from her cheek down to her throat.

She jerked her head away. “Great! So, blame everything on either Karishma or on me.”

To her surprise, he let her go. “Do you love him?”

“Do you really expect an answer to that question?” She glared at him. 

He sighed. “No. But I’m done with Karishma. I never realized she would go to this length to separate us. Radhika, pl—” Thankfully his phone rang, taking his attention off her, else his affectionate demeanor had begun to unnerve her.

She watched his back as he spoke over the phone about some case and she noticed his wrist that caused a memory to jiggle back into her head. He was wearing the watch she had gifted him on their honeymoon. She closed her eyes. Why was he doing this to her? Disrupting her life again with little gestures of affection. The way he had done in Panchgani—playing with the kids, going on treks with her, including her in the conversation with their grandmothers.

He concluded his call and turned around. “Listen Rads, this needs my attention. I have to go. But I’m not giving up. I’ll call you later, so please, do answer the phone.”

“I won’t.”

He smiled, a bit sadly and a bit in amusement, saluted her and left.

About the Author:

Author of the bestselling romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional and novelist. Her other notable published novels are ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’ and ‘Guardian Angel’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi also publishes short stories under ‘Hearts and Hots’ series, besides being a contributing author to many anthologies. For more visit her Website.

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