I have read more romance novels than I have read all the other genres combined. That itself lets you know how much I love them. Having said that, I find this genre very difficult to review, mostly because of the following reason.
To me, a romance novel is like comfort food. The flavours may vary, but at the end of the day, one knows that this is no-risk soul food. In a similar way, the story in these novels could take any direction, but there is a certain comfort in knowing that there is a happily ever after waiting for us at the end.
On the flip side, after a while all these stories kind of blend into one another. It takes a lot for a romance novel to stand out.
Take 2 is kind of a contradiction in this respect. It has a plot that is very Bollywood (for the lack of a better word), yet this one has been a standout for me, in-spite of a familiar story line.
The plot of the book revolves around the life of Priya, the quintessential girl-next-door, who married very young and got dumped by her husband Sameer, who used her merely as a means to get ahead in life. Enter Abhimanyu, a chance encounter in Priya’s world, who turns into a friend and ally, and eventually her knight without the armour. 🙂
The story depicts the classic conflict between ethics and desires, and the author takes us along this journey with Priya as she learns to navigate life while balancing her fears and insecurities with her hopes and dreams. It certainly helps that Abhimanyu is not just eye-candy, but soul-candy. 😛 The term Mr. Perfect could have been coined for him. 😀
I especially liked the well thought out supporting cast- the friends, the parents, and even a ‘villain’. They are not just added fluff, they actually play a role and take the story forward.
The dialogues are laced with subtle wit and effortless charm. The characters are well fleshed out and scenes are well written. Together they create a very vivid mental picture. That is one thing that I loved about the book. It was very easy to visualise and played out like a movie in front of my eyes.
With the things I mentioned above, this book already had all the ingredients of a wonderful romantic cocktail, and then the story took an unexpected but interesting turn. I won’t be able to reveal a whole lot without giving out spoilers, but there is a lot of action going on outside of the love story, which involves courtroom drama in the climax, and ultimately leads us to a befitting end.
I must say that for a debut novel, Ruchi shows amazing command over her characters, scenes, and settings. It speaks volumes about her potential as a writer.
Take 2 is the kind of book that will remind you what you love about the genre of romance, and will make you fall in love with it all over again.
I would love to hear from you guys. Have you read Take 2? How did you find it? Do you read this genre at all? If yes, what is the thing that you like the most about it? If no, why not? (just curious)
Disclaimer: I won this book in a giveaway, and this review is written as a part of a Blog Tour conducted by The Book Club.
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