This is the authorâs first try at writing a novella that is decidedly hotter than her contemporary romance novels. Regarding its style, it reminded me a little of her romantic suspense novel "An Autograph for Anjali", mostly due to its brevity, its succinct language and its daring foray into an area not too many Indian romance novelists touch.
I had already caught glimpses of Shikha and Abhimanyu in Sundari Venkatramanâs novel "The Runaway Bridegroom", so they felt nicely familiar. But I think that even if you havenât âmetâ them before, youâre pulled right into their lives and will find them authentic and entertaining. Hot-headed, red-blooded Shikha is a real whirlwind that quiet, suave yet confident Abhi sets out to tame. It isnât an easy feat, but his love for her helps both of them. I found it interesting to see the heroine and not the hero deal with an addiction for a change. The reasons for her alcohol problems are revealed later in the book and make the story more credible. As for Abhi, he makes a gorgeous hero, and I can see why these two match so well.
This is a novella, so get ready for a very short but also very satisfying ride (pardon the pun). Thereâs a lot of steam and sexiness going on, but nicely woven into a well-constructed plot. If youâre looking for a quick fix that can be read in one go and is like a tasty, very spicy bite that makes you long for a full meal of Indian temperament and temptation, then this is the right choice. Iâm sure Iâll enjoy Book 1 (Her Smitten Husband) too.