Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review :: ‘Dancing With Demons’ by Nidhie Sharma

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Harlequin

Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.

My Review

Don’t we all love a bit of glamour, a muscled, brooding hero and a fiery kick-ass heroine. ‘Dancing With Demons’ has all this and much more. Set in the back-drop of boxing sport, the author churns out an emotional tale with interesting backstories and sprinkling of romance.

Karan loses everything when in a moment of anger, he forgets all the rules and injures his opponent during the final of Amateur Boxing championship. He is banned for four years and spurned by his own coach, Jerry, who was his biggest support. 

The story then moves four years ahead. Having no means for a living he takes up Sonia as PG and sets her up in the spare bedroom of his apartment. Sonia is also fighting her own demons from the past and prefers the arrangement with Karan, except that she has an obsession with cleanliness. Despite their resolve to remain indifferent they are drawn to each other and fall in love.

Now that his ban was over, Karan wanted to go back to boxing and redeem himself. ’Dancing With Demons’ is journey of Karan Pratap Singh to reclaim his dominance in the boxing ring against all odds. Sonia’s story is revealed bit by bit, which keeps a reader hooked. 

The main characters are well developed; while Karan has an anger management problem, Sonia is daring and courageous. Amongst the supporting characters I loved the characterization of Madan, who was both shady as well as endearing. He had his own way of showing affection for Karan.

Coming to romance between our two protagonists. I felt that part of relationship needed more attention. Absence of adequate interaction and communication between them left a void in the narrative. My heart went out for Karan when he was dealing with the childhood trauma, but the romance between Karan and Sonia failed to touch my heart.

Language and narration is fantastic. The author has researched the world of boxing very well and the knowledge expertly woven into the narrative gives the story great authenticity. The novel is fast-paced packed with action and drama. An entertaining read.