I received the book Deceptive baritone (Benson Town Rock Band Book 1) by Reshma Ranjan as a review copy and would like to thank her for the same.
Sitara Menon is eager to meet the man for whom she has been carrying the torch since her teenage years. She hopes to rekindle their love and romance.
Giriraj Parapuram, one of the lead vocalists of the Benson Town Rock Band, considered music, their band and his friends his world. The last thing he wanted was to come face to face with the woman who had made him lose his faith in women and love.
Sitara organizes the concerts in Denver for the US tour of the Benson Town Rock Band, eager to meet Giri, mesmerized by his baritone voice, sweet memories and an unforgettable passion.
Giri is shocked to find the girl of his dreams changed into a woman who challenges him, infuriates and brings out his baser instincts.
Will their past force them apart yet again or will their desires bring them together?
Will Sitara be able to rekindle their romance?
Will Giri be able to trust and love her again?
Sitara Menon used to meet Giriraj Parapuram when she used to visit her grandparents in Benson Town, Bangalore. Giri, a single child, had lost his parents when he was very young and was brought up by his grandparents in Benson Town, Bangalore. And it was his friends’, Jay’s and Arnav’s families which gave him a sense of belonging after the death of his grandparents.
Benson Town Band was formed by sheer chance by this group of friends as a simple act of faith and Sitara had ended up being the team’s official lyricist and Giri, the lead vocalist.
She was sixteen and he was nineteen, when she realized that she had a crush on him and he told her that they were too young.
Now, Tara, 34, as she likes to be called, lives in Denver and works in voice networking for a healthcare company in Denver. Having been independent since her college days, she had done a small stint at modeling in India. A rebel by nature, she had made sure that her family would stop planning for her marriage and unwanted alliances. Pari Prakash, a girl from Kerala, is her closest friend, roommate and colleague in Denver.
Now a concert of the Benson Town Band is being organized by the Denver Indian Association and Tara is coordinating the entire show and has been liasoning with the PR team of the Band for the show.
Giri was her first crush and first love and the last time she had met him there was no affection from his side and she has waited to meet him for thirteen years. And when he sees her she can see only anger in his eyes.
Reshma has taken a simple theme of childhood sweethearts who dream of a happily ever after but fate has other plans for them. She has developed the stories and characters beautifully and it was easy for me to relate to Sitara and Giri. Even the secondary characters have been developed well.
The scenes have been described in detail and there were some scenes that I could actually picturise. Friendships and the understanding between friends has been explored well.
The language is simple and easy to follow and the story flows at an even pace.
Loved this book and am looking forward to reading the next two books of the series.
DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.