A Convenient Marriage by Jeevani Charika
TW: mentions of self harm
Chaya and Gimhana both work in London, but they are always under pressure from their Sri Lankan families, who want to see them settled. Chaya still pines for a love she lost and Gimhana knows that his being gay will destroy his parents - and dissuade his law firm from promoting him. Gimhana suggests to Chaya that they enter a marriage of convenience. And it's just what they need... until complications ensue.
This is such a beautiful platonic love story. It's quite rare to find that kind of love story in women's fiction and I'm pleased to have happened across it. Chaya and Gimhana have a relationship that enables both of them to grow - we all have many variants of these relationships in our lives, so this felt true to me. The only thing I would have liked to see was a bit more of Gimhana's romantic past, since it was reduced to one violent on-screen incident and some throwaway lines.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't buried in a book or drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, is a keen writer of science fiction and romance. She has published two novels and four novellas in her space opera family saga, The Galactic Pantheon Series.