Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman
Sanya doesn’t just have trouble, she has double trouble. Twins Arth and Ansh Sharma, are rich, sexy and sinfully handsome – what’s a girl to do?
Sanya last saw the twins 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?
For a perennial romantic at heart, what can be a more appealing read than a love story bollywood style by the Indian Mills & Boon Queen. To say that I was looking forward to read Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman, is an understatement. And it did not disappoint. An out and out romantic story of a girl caught between two guys, her childhood crush the serious, considerate and dependable Arth and the playful, prankster Ansh who keeps wooing her and vying for her attention.
As Sanya tries to figure out what her heart desires the comfort and shelter of Arth or the passion and intrigue promised by Ansh, she also does a lot of “growing up”. Sundari has described very effectively the charters and their inter relationships. The character of Sanya, begins as a spoilt brat and end up as an responsible adult. The character development happens despite her being controlled by her hearts desires.
Though I feel that the circumstances and the reasons of the choices that all these three characters make could have been described more, the suspense created by Sundari maintains the excitement till the end. Also the inter relationship between these three main characters could have been explored more. Or maybe it is just me disappointed at the length of the book because I surely wanted more of Sanya, Arth and Ansh.
I easily could identify with the depth and growth in the development of Sanya. All in all an expected romance with and unexpected twist. I would rate this story 4 star for it lived up to my expectations of a beautiful romantic story.
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Even as a kid, she absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as Sundari grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising 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. Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she could not write to save her life. She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography.
When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all. All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school’s office and did not know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape.
While she felt discouraged when publishing did not happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up. There was no looking back after that. While publishing took a long time happening, 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.
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