Wednesday, June 11, 2014

#70 : Twelve Hours of Temptation by Shoma Narayanan : A Review

BOOK TITLE: Twelve Hours of Temptation

ISBN: 9780373207558

AUTHOR: Shoma Narayanan

GENRE: Fiction - Romance




REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy in exchange for a honest review from PR Pundit.

The best mistake of his life? Being chained to her desk is not how copywriter Melissa D'Cruz envisaged spending the night before her first major awards ceremony. No Cinderella moment for this award nominee--instead she's facing a night of deadlines! But Melissa is determined to get to the event...she just has to work out how....

New boss Samir Razdan catches Melissa burning the midnight oil and offers to drive her to the event himself. But the minute they set off Samir knows he's in trouble--because being this close to Melissa is already driving him crazy, and they've got twelve torturous hours of temptation ahead...


Romance has never been my cup of tea at all. I’ve hardly read a handful of romance novels. Harlequin , Mills & Boons have never interested me for some odd reason. When we got a review request by PRPundit, I decided why not? It’s high time I read something that actually classifies as Romance.

I’m just glad that I did break my no romance stand, for I wouldn’t have discovered this beautiful book. I’ve read plenty of books that claimed to have a romantic angle but ended up being pure obscene.  Thankfully this book was nothing like that.

Our protagonist, just like any other average woman, falls for her boss (Samir) post her break up with her Boyfriend. After all, she hasn’t been with anyone as charming after that Aussie Boyfriend.  As like any other man, Samir is portrayed as a male who typically muddles up things. Their relationship goes kaput, courtesy a stupid and the most widely used real life trick played by Samir (Intrigued?! Guessed it? Read the book! I am not giving out spoilers!).

The writer has a beautiful way with words. The writing was clean sans any obscenity or eroticism which is commonly found these days in the so called romance novels. The story line is beautifully woven around the two characters. The characterisation was sensible and seemed truly practical. It was just like reading a true love story.

Emotions are a vital component of a true romance. The writer had done a good job with making her characters emote.

One thing that certainly deserves a mention is the cover - it looks beautiful. I loved the vintage car and the beautiful pink shades on it.
My only weeny tiny bit of complaint would, the story ended on the thoroughly positive note. It’s like “And….They lived Happily Ever After!” It’s not that I’m against happy endings for a romance novel, just that things don’t happen that way in real life always. Nevertheless it does feel good to read such beautiful and clean romance.

Overall, the book was a beautiful read. I’m glad that I simply didn’t look it over as just another one of those mushy romance novels. This book is a brilliant example of clean and beautiful romance.

VERDICT: Go for it! Beautifully written book that certainly deserves a read.
RATING: 4.5 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shoma started reading romances at the age of eleven, borrowing them from neighbours so that her parents didn’t find out. At that time the thought of writing one herself never entered her head. But a couple of years ago Shoma took up writing and was amazed at how much she enjoyed it. Now she works grimly at her banking job through the week, and tries to balance writing with household chores during weekends. Her family has been unfailingly supportive of her latest hobby.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE : Paperback & Digital


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


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