I received a copy of this lovely book from Penguin India. This in no way influenced my thoughts, experience or review of the book.
Author: Saranya Rai
Page count: 240
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Own Voice, Fiction
Blurb as on Goodreads:
She’s tall, beautiful and one of Bollywood’s leading ladies.
He’s goofy, loves to wear outlandish clothes and is constantly getting into trouble with reporters.
When Vicky Behl and Kritika Vadukut meet on the sets of the period drama Ranjha Ranjha, everyone agrees they have serious chemistry–not just on screen. But after her devastating break-up with Raunak Rajput, Kritika doesn’t know if she can handle being with a Bollywood actor. If only Vicky weren’t so damn charming . . .
Will the pressure and scrutiny of Bollywood allow them a happy ending?
I went into this book expecting a fluffy, cheesy romance with a Bollywood setting and a glimpse into the lives of celebrities, both in and out of the public eye. It was all that and more.
Plot & Writing
The story is mainly about Kritika and Vicky, two Bollywood actors co-starring in the film Ranjha Ranjha as the leads, Heer and Ranjha, and how they fall in love between the numerous takes during the shooting, amidst hectic schedules, media gossip, drunken blunders and more.
Every chapter starts with a small snippet of Heer & Ranjha’s story and I liked how it was entwined with the off-camera story. I didn’t know much about Heer-Ranjha before so that was a really nice touch, especially with the clever little twist at the end. Read the book to find out. *winks*
The writing was easy to get into, whimsical in certain scenes that called for it and downright casual in others with a healthy mix of Hinglish in the dialogues (made me feel like I’m listening to one of my friends telling me a story and that reminded me of the movie Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na which I loved!)
All the characters are pretty well fleshed out and we get to see what is happening in the film as well as behind the scenes – not just in the making of the film, but in the lives of the various people involved.
My favorite thing about the whole story, however, was the hero: Vicky is charming as hell and hilarious, has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth too often but he’s also thoughtful and caring, and I really enjoyed reading his parts in the story more than anything. He was just so sweet and funny that I was smiling throughout the book.
Love, Take Two was a quick, fun and enjoyable read! I flew through 80% of it in one sitting and couldn’t believe it when it was over so quickly.
I don’t read contemporary romances very often but this one surprised me and kept me turning pages till the very end. It’s definitely not just another love story.
Overall, the story didn’t blow me away but it was a sweet story that many people would enjoy reading while traveling, at the beach or even curled up on the couch on rainy days – basically any season, anywhere.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Are you a fan of contemporary romance? Let me know some of your favorites in the comments below!