Book Review: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Book Review - Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman, www.mariyamhasnain.comSimha International is the first book of Sundari Venkatraman’s bestselling series – The Bansal Legacy.

The book was published in the month of February and has touched and topped the bestselling charts several times since then.

Further ahead, I am going to critically review this book.

When you pick a book, you set certain expectations from it. Many of you want to read inspirational novels that make you feel motivated. Then, there are some, who want to read full on entertainment.

So, if you fall in the first category, Simha International is not the book for you because it’s a pure entertainment and fun read without giving you any moral at the end of the story.

But, if you’re open-minded and doesn’t mind reading an entertaining suspense novel with a hint of sexy romance in it, I encourage you to go for this book.

I never review a book to say all good things about it. Being critical doesn’t mean using a magnifying glass and looking for plot holes, grammatical errors, or typos but to critically analyse the authors work.

There are several pointers that I use to critically assess the book and as you go further, you will see how it works.

Plot and Storyline: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman is a story of a young and dashing managing director of a hotel (same name as the book’s name) Rohit Bansal and his love interest Tasha Sawant.

Both Rohit and Tasha have bitter memories of broken hearts. Both have suffered the trauma of failed relationships in the past. And when the two lonely souls come close, passion builds strong.

Both aren’t ready to commit but desperately looking for refuge and comfort in each other and whether this desire will transform into love or not is the suspense the book offers. There’s one more subplot goes alongside and that’s there’s a thief in the hotel. The suspects are many.

The plot somewhat looked misdirected with quite a lot of backstory dumping. The descriptions of the scenes and places often seemed like a drag, and I had to skim a couple of pages to avoid getting bored. However, the author has brilliantly crafted the scenes and the narrative and descriptive are well written. The dialogues to narrative transition is smooth and seamless.

The sex scenes are well written. They are cheesy and delicious.

The plot could be woven more tightly. It can be made more intriguing. The subplot of a sneaking thief isn’t very interesting. It would have been better if the author had created a haunting and secretive past of one of the protagonists. But that’s just an opinion 😊

Characters: The book has a whole bunch of crazy characters. Excluding the lead pairs, there aren’t any characters that are described in detail. The characters work like a filler to the scenes, and I found me desperate to read more and more about Rohit and Tasha’s building chemistry which was good. Their chemistry sizzles and steam flows off the pages. However, the relationship lacks any emotional connect. I want to read more about emotions infused conversations. The playful banter and dialogues were good but still I miss the description of human emotions.

The lead pair characters are well developed. I didn’t like Tasha much earlier but as the story progressed she emerges as a strong woman who is clear in her thoughts. She wants Rohit’s company but isn’t looking for taking advantage of his millionaire status. I liked the scene where she declined taking the jewellery set from Rohit.

“I am game till we can be partners. I refuse to play if you insist on giving me expensive gifts. In a partnership, we are equals. Well, I can’t afford to buy you gold cufflinks.” ~ Quoted from Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Rohit seemed like a God-sent angle for Tasha. And is a bit unrealistic at times. I even didn’t like him going in search for his old girlfriend. He fought tooth and nail to trace Aarti. That seemed amateurish. He even appeared naïve and immature when he falls for Aarti instantly.

I like the character transformation of Tarun from a spoilt brat to a diligent human being. Mr. Sawant’s character was one-dimensional and fussy. The most unbelievable character was Pushpa Sawant, Tasha’s mother who behaved worse than a stepmother. I wonder if a real mother is like her. Needless to mention but Arun was literally a scumbag.

Scenes and Narrative Summary (Show verses Tell and Pacing)

As I said earlier, there’s a quite a lot of backstory in the book. There’s not just one but a backstory within the backstory. This slows the pace of the book. The descriptions are quite lengthy and often feel like a drag.

The author described Goa in pretty much detail but missed to describe Mumbai. The smell, the chaos, the fast life of the metro. I would love to read more about the city of Mumbai and the life of Tasha Sawant as a Mumbaikar.

Often at times, the novel is more dependent on Telling rather than Showing but that can be overlooked with the quality of writing and the smooth flow of dialogues.

Dialogues flow smoothly. Writing is immaculate and flawless with powerful vocabulary usage. Indeed Ms. Venkatraman has a commanding grasp on English language. There’s not a single editing error. I am quite peculiar in picking up errors of punctuation and grammar, but in Simha International, I couldn’t find any. I have reviewed traditionally published books as well from big publishing houses, but I don’t afraid in saying that the quality of Simha International is far better than some of the traditionally published chartbusters.

This makes Simha International a complete package. A box full of steamy and delicious love bites, a sexy alpha male, a strong charming heroine, suspense, thrill, and a hell lot of sizzling chemistry.

The lack of depth in the plot, the unstructured storyline, and lengthy flashbacks couldn’t overshadow the quality of writing couldn’t affect the overall rating of this book. The beautiful descriptions, the seamless scene transitions, and the impeccable editing add more stars. So, as an avid reader of entertaining romantic fiction I give Simha International 4 stars. Yes, 4 hot and steaming stars!!!

So that was my take on Simha International (The Bansal Legacy #1) by Sundari Venkatraman.

If you like my style of review, give me a thumb up by liking, commenting, and sharing this post to keep me motivated, and I promise I’ll keep them coming 😊

Huh! That was pretty long… time for a coffee, guys!

Talk soon!

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Mariyam Hasnain lives in the Garden City of Bangalore, India with her husband and son. She writes both sweet and clean contemporary romance as well as dark and steamy passionate romance. Her engaging plots portray strong independent women and rugged alpha men who beat the predictable, display deep emotions and courageously overcome extraordinary circumstances. Discover the intriguing and unusual side of romance with her bestselling books! (You will always want to read more...)

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