‘The Author has penned a Harlequin Romance.’ This was my first impression before I started reading the book, when I received an email saying I have won the book in THE BOOK CLUB’S Tornado Giveaway 2.
I was away in Kolkata attending to some personal work in December, and when I came home I found a bunch of parcels (all books, imagine my happiness) waiting for me! Incidentally amongst all the books that had landed on my doorstep this was the first book that I picked up.
The cover showed the backdrop of a mountain, an explosion and two silhouettes walking hand in hand, I was still not convinced, but as I turned the cover page I found this:
And that is exactly how Aarti V Raman won me over!
I started the book and I was hooked.
In the Acknowledgements Aarti herself says that her muse for the protagonist’s character was Akshay Kumar, and I couldn’t agree more. Krivi Iyer is silent, brooding, macho and all things heroic that make you swoon, he is THE Hero. Aarti’s portrayal of her protagonist is near perfect. To match him up you have the beautiful and fiery Ziya Maarten. Their love forms the spine of the book, together they create a romance that makes you yearn for their happiness.
In the body of a very well-crafted thriller, this book is actually about love, relationships and emotions. The side characters have been drawn well, Noor leaves a long lasting effect on your soul. The antagonist of the novel The Woodpecker is drawn horridly to perfection, at points I wanted to kill him myself!
Aarti has delivered a top notch read, her use of language is brilliant. She knows her craft well. Her narrative voice is absolutely magnificent. She effectively uses the setting in her storyline, I can’t divulge the plot for it would take away the suspense factor of this superlative thriller.
I would recommend it to all who love a mix of thrill and romance.
On the down side I would say that she has been let down a little by the average editing, given that it is from Harlequin, you kind of expect better proofreading quality.
Overall an excellent book! A wonderful world of love, adventure, excitement, betrayal and destiny awaits you. What are you waiting for? GO! BUY! READ!…