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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire #1) by Anju Gattani

Title: Duty and Desire
Series: Winds of Fire #1
Author: Anju Gattani
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Greenbrier Book Co., LLC
Format: Paperback
Pages: 302

Purchase: Amazon

Book Description:


How Can Happiness Survive When Duty Clashes With Desire?

Sheetal Prasad has it all: youth, beauty, wealth, and education. But when this modern Indian woman surrenders love for honor and marries into India's most glamorous "royal family," those very advantages turn against her.

Meet the Dhanrajs-a powerful family bound together by a web of lies where infidelity, greed, secrets, and hidden identities lurk beneath the lush tapestry. The Dhanrajs will do whatever is necessary to mask the truth from the world.

As Sheetal peels back the layers of deceit in the glittering world of Indian mega- wealth-and struggles to control her own fate-she is threatened by the rage she harbors and the blazes of passion she ignites.

Review:



First off I have to say this is the first book I have ever read about the modern  Indian culture and I was very intrigued by it. Anju Gattani really writes Duty and Desire in a way that immerses you in the characters world and culture.

In Duty and Desire Sheetal is being forced into an arranged marriage by her parents. Of course it is the 21st century and she could just say no but Sheetal’s duty to her parents makes her go through with it even though she was in love with someone else and despises the man she is to be married to (Sanjeet Dhanrajs).

Right off I am thinking okay—maybe she won’t go through with it, or
she will end up falling for her husband anyways.

I was wrong and right, I think.

Sanjeet Dhanrajs was, well, to put lightly he was a jerk; a lying jerk at that. He was constantly lying to Sheetal and all Sheetal wanted was the truth. I couldn’t help but like him in a way though. I actually felt sad for him at times. He needs Sheetal and has been alone (emotionally) for so long with his stepmother constantly shoving her opinions down his throat.

However also think that while Sheetal is fighting so much she doesn’t realize how much she actually does start to like her husband. Why else would she care so much about what he thinks or if he is with another woman?

Unlike her family and his, Sheetal didn’t seem to really care much, if any, about a potential ‘scandal’.

Sheetal was so set on hating her husband because she loved another man and her father is forcing her to marry him. Alone I actually think Sheetal would have let herself fall completely in love with Sanjeet—even if he and his family were so…I can’t think of a nice word.

For example:
“Then, Sanjeet slid the door shut. Just before the slab of wood met the wall’s edge, their eyes locked for a split second and he saw her want him.” --pg. 86

Sure it was just want, desire, but it was desire. It is a budding for more stronger emotions. No matter how much Sheetal fights to not like Sanjeet by the end of the book I think deep down she really does love him.

Not that I am condoning half the things that Sanjeet did in the book. At the Dhanrajs home Sheetal is treated really bad, not only by Sanjeet but by his family as well. Sheetal’s mother-in-law was the worst though. 

Sheetal is a very strong woman but her time since the start of the marriage to the end of the book really takes its toil on her emotionally and physically.

By the end of the book things are pretty bad between Sanjeet and Sheetal but things are out in the open, there is a potential hope for their relationship.

I constantly found myself wanting to yell at everyone in this book, but at the same time I couldn’t stop reading. Their story has a way of drawing you in that doesn’t let go. I know I am going to read book two. I have to know what happens between them. I really do think that Sanjeet is going to turn over a new leaf.

3 Moons! I liked it.

*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.



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