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When I got my hands on Nidhie Sharma’s “Dancing with Demons”, I was excited. Growing up, I loved Mills & Boons and then went off them totally for years.
Jyoti Singh’s “Temptation from Paradise”, which I had reviewed a few months back, got me hooked again and I am thrilled with the Indianisation (if one may use that term) of romance. After all, we in India do know what romance is. Look at our myths, our history and our Bollywood movies!!! Romance in today’s India has also taken hints from its western counterparts and gone are the days of coy girls and hidden romance. So, Nidhie Sharma joining this new upcoming group of Indian romance writers, is another trump for contemporary writing in India.
The book, her debut, starts off with a force, with Karan Pratap Singh boxing, not just his opponent to get to the Olympics, but also his demons from the past, and failing miserably. As with most Mills& Boons heroes, he is this angry, exceptionally hot and desirable man with an attitude that would burn a hole in a delicate heart. The damsel in distress, Sonia is definitely not a damsel in distress, but a damsel that spells distress. She adds a twist by not being the regular pleasant, beautiful and oppressed damsel, but one with a fiery temper and a bag full of secrets and a 7 inch blade. When the two collide, heavens ramble and sparks fly.
Okay, so when I pick up a Mills & Boons, I want romance, that warm fuzzy feeling and many little smiles as I read. Maybe I am being very demanding, but that’s what Mills& Boons have been synonymous with forever. In Dancing with Demons, Nidhie Sharma is unable to create that magic. The story is fast moving and with a few nice punches packed in (literally too). It is the typical boy meets girl and eventually they fall in love. But I didn’t feel connected with any of the characters. It gave me the feeling that I was watching a Bollywood movie.
I wouldn’t write off the book, but I would want something a bit different than the movies we get to watch!
It is a decent read on a lazy Sunday afternoon when you have nothing better to do.