There’s a lot to love about this romantic suspense novel set in India. It starts with a bang, smack in the middle of a kidnapping in Ladakh that makes your heart ache for the heroine Naina. What follows is an adventurous hike through the mountains. It’s a roller-coaster-ride of action, emotion and interesting character development. The hero Arjun – intensely droolworthy, if I may say so – is part of the team that rescues Naina, the daughter of a wealthy, influential Supreme Court Chief Justice (and an outright jerk). Of course the two fall head over heels in love with each other.
It seemed predictable, which the characters themselves acknowledge, and which is one reason why they don’t give in to their powerful feelings – the other reason being that Naina is to marry "Fatty", an ugly and brainless politician from the uppermost of the upper social strata. Of course their status in society stands in the way of love too.
The predictability stopped right there. The author managed to weave a tale with credible developments and unexpected twists, and with nicely fleshed out protagonists that you can’t help rooting for. I loved the way Naina dealt with her selfish tyrant of a father and with her backbone-less puppet of a mother. It was wonderful to see her change and grow.
I was really surprised at the way Suraj made Naina and Arjun meet again. It was simply brilliantly executed. Things got more and more complicated, and I found myself biting my nails at times because I wanted them to have their Happily Ever After so badly. They do get it, and in a wonderful way that once again combines hilarious and tragic moments and makes their strengths (and the author’s) stand out.
What added to the power of the book was the crisp writing style of the author. She stuck to simple but crafty language that fit the theme of the story well and made the novel thoroughly entertaining.
As if that isn’t enough to make a reader happy, we have secondary characters that are just perfect and play a crucial role too. Thanks for giving me Aryan, another hunk to drool over while Arjun is busy with his Naina…