The story is about Mahi (Maha Lakshmi Challuri) from Hyderabad. She’s your typical bad girl who’s the bane of a number of people at her college; more so in the case of the brother-sister duo Samrat and Ananya Reddy. Mahi used to be in love with Sidhu, who was equally in love with her. But to everyone’s surprise, Mahi agrees to an arranged marriage set up by her parents and gets married, without even a by-your-leave from Sidhu, and goes to live in the USA.
Fourteen years later, Mahi’s back in Hyderabad, divorced, having purchased her parents’ old house and comes to live in the neighbourhood, across from Samrat Reddy. Sparks fly as the two clash again, and yet again.
I got hooked into the story from the word ‘go’. I so enjoyed the build up of Mahi’s character and even shed a few tears when I read about how she grew up to become what she is.
Samrat’s character – the quiet, intense hero – has also been well penned.
The other characters – Sidhu, Ananya, Shrishti, Rajeev – all had their roles to play and they did very well.
The love scenes between Mahi and Samrat sizzle through the book and have been well written and fit in nicely with the story.
The dialogues were all interesting and I must congratulate the author on coming up with such a lovely story with well-built characters in her very first book.
The story could have a done with a couple of less love scenes as after a point, they seemed to take over the novel and were filling up pages unnecessarily.
There was too much of Ananya’s sob story that didn’t go well with the novel that’s supposed to centre on Mahi. A bit less of it would have worked better.
The end came forty pages too late. The reader keeps traversing the waves, going up and down with Mahi’s and Samrat’s life and emotions, eagerly awaiting closure, when yet another issue comes up at that point. This is one too many and takes away from the reader’s interest in the book.
These are the reasons when a tighter editing (and proofing) would have worked for the better.
VERDICT: All that said, The Same Old Love by first time author M.V. Kasi makes for a lovely romance and is a must read for lovers of the genre.
Disclaimer: I received a PDF version of this novel from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1337 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DPQ46KK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 8 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)