The best part was when I downloaded it in my iPad. She is the first Indian Mills&Boon writer, whose book I could download via the electronic media. Before that I tried Milan Vohra's "Love Asana" but could not. (I am still searching for a copy).
I am sure it would have been exciting for Shoma Narayanan, but for the Indian readers abroad it was totally a new way of looking at a Mills&Boon. Our very own Indian models on the cover. Wow! This was something we all would identify with. The story line was filled with lot of conflicts. According to some reviewers- too many. But I beg to defer.
Dhruv and Riya were college sweethearts but due to the emotional baggage carried by Dhruv it did not have a happily ever after ending. Both carried on with their lives.( Why shouldn't they?Thank god for non tragical Romeos and Juliets) But they were destined to meet again and they do so in Gaurav's marriage. Gaurav was Riya's flatmate ( The first shocker for the Rip Van Winkle in me) while Dhruv being Gaurav's cousin lands up in the apartment they both were staying in. Riya did not know of his arrival and stumbles upon him in the middle of the night.
Old feelings raise their head again and engulfes them. But they did try to fight it off. Oh yeah! Even to the extend of Riya selling off her much beloved car and moving out of the country- only to land up having pre marital sex before going off to Hong Kong.( Okay Rip Van Winkle take a chill pill).
I found the constant clash between the characters interesting. Dhruv battleling with his hangups regarding love in a marriage - due to the constant fights between his parents. On the other hand Riya came from a loving home albeit a poor one. (She definitely had hangups about money)
But overall it was these hangups of the two which kept the story moving. Many readers might feel that every time they were decided to separate only to start kissing after two pages. But isn't that what the clash is supposed to be all about? A clash of emotions?
Besides the love story there was another angle which threw light on the characters of the story. Riya taking care of her parents, proud to ask money from anyone while Dhruv silently helping her parents without informing her. That was the sweetest thing of all. Joining of hearts is definitely important for the success of any relationship but sensitiveness shown towards each others family also creates a stronger bond between two lovebirds.
On the whole I loved this book and would be waiting for Shoma Narayanan's upcoming books. All the best from all the readers.
PS: I think the clash was more between the two covers. Which one to like more? The art or the reality? Leave to you readers.:) Check out the review @ tbcblogtours.com/tbc-blog/review-monsoon-wedding-fever-by-shoma-narayanan