My take on the book: Sensual, Serious & Swift
The premise of the book is evident from the title ‘Double Jeopardy’ as well as the cover; that it still manages to surprise the reader is what is special about the book. The story traces the unrest in the mind and life of Sanya, a rich, pampered girl.
The story is handled in a mature fashion which appeals to readers past their 20’s even though it is about a young girl. The hallmark of a good romance is that it attracts all with its ‘love story’. All age groups can identify with the dilemma the main protagonists face.
The boys Arth and Ansh are perfect Mills and Boon material and leave you drooling for more. In fact, Ansh’s character and personality are developed subtly almost perfectly suiting to the changing moods of Sanya.
Sanya, the little lost girl in the beginning quickly finds her calling and her inherent strength shines through during the hard times, making her more loved by the readers.
The author has sprinkled a generous doze of sizzle and sex in the pages, which have been handled with a lot of confidence. She had not just added pages about a roll in the sheets but has linked it beautifully to the powerful emotion called love. I wish there could have been more incidents as a prelude to the final one. The story moves at a fast pace and the various sub-plots mesh and take the story forward.
I felt maybe the story could do with a little more conflict or drama as most of the issues get solved in a very smooth manner. The fiery Ansh and vivacious Sanya were a potent mix; would have loved to see some more fireworks!
The novella is a breeze to read and I finished fast enough but the story and characters left feeling that maybe the story required more twists and turns. I appreciate that the author has achieved what she set out to do – give us a feel good romance with substance. She handled some sensitive issues as well as she detailed the sensual meeting of two lovers.
My verdict is: Go and grab your copy today, share as much love as you can!
DOUBLE JEOPARDY came to me to be reviewed when I saw it on Write Tribe and requested +Corinne Rodrigues who forwarded the request to +Sundari Venkatraman. The author promptly sent me the links to get a copy of my book from +indireads . The review was requested by me and Write Tribe and the author were kind enough to oblige me.
Sanya last saw the twins, Arth and Ansh Sharma, when she was ten years old. Now, all grown up, she has come looking for gentle Arth, the twin she has loved ever since she can remember. But instead, she is confronted with fiery Ansh, who is hell-bent on seducing her. And what’s worse, she can’t seem to stop herself from responding to him.
As she chases Arth and is chased by Ansh, Sanya finds herself on a crazy roller coaster ride with no way of getting off. How will she deal with these two very different men in her life? Will she be able to convince one twin that she loves the other?
About the Author :
Even as a kid, Sundari Venkatraman, absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on. Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualizing what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
When Sundari quit her job at a school’s office in the year 2000, one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing , needing an outlet to put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape.
Sundari continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. Her luck turned when Indireads approached her to write for them and Double Jeopardy was born.