This is a breezy, quick read which I devoured in a couple of hours, like a refreshing drink and a spicy snack mixed into one because of its fluent style and its steamy undertones. Ram sounded like a hero Iâd fall in love with, being so mischievous on the one hand and so kind and quiet on the other hand. I think he found a perfect match in the vivacious yet slightly insecure Sapna with her apt name (it means âdreamâ). I found it interesting that the author chose to make him a very masculine sort of hero but with softer, deeper sides to him â especially as he designs and sells jewellery. As for the heroine Sapna, she struck me as a little stubborn but smart and sassy too. I was somewhat reminded of the heroine in âThe Madras Affairâ by the same author (which happens to be my favourite of her novels). She had no tragic past holding her back, though, so Ram managed to win her over eventually.
The title of the book is pretty perfect. I liked its simple style, fast pace and sizzling scenes. As with the other book in the series by Sundari Venkatraman, it gave me a glimpse of previously encountered characters from another book (The Runaway Bridegroom, to be specific) and further endeared itself to me with that. Also, it took me on a short trip to an exotic location (Madurai), and thatâs always a treat.
If you like short reads that donât lack some tension and have nicely fleshed-out characters but no unnecessary clutter, then youâll like this Indian novella. I just wish the story had been a bit longer.