Twilight’s Temptation is the second book in the Shades Of Night series by Shilpa Suraj. It is the story of Manav and Diana. Manav is an ace photographer who harbours a secret desire to become a wildlife photographer. But for now, he does fashion shoots for the money. Manav is broody and angsty, but he hides a heart that cares deeply for his siblings and friends. Diana is a model on her way to the top. She is beautiful and sexy and is well aware of the fact. Diana might seem like a beautiful butterfly but is warmhearted with a strong practical streak. For Manav and Diana, it feels like hate at first sight. They both rub each other the wrong way, going out of their way to antagonize each other. But do they affect each other so much because of dislike, or are there deeper emotions behind their actions?
Manav and Diana were introduced in Dev and Avni’s story, Midnight’s Star. While sparks definitely flew in that book, in this book, it is an inferno. What sets Manav and Diana’s story apart is the emotional baggage of Manav. Quite a few romance novels are from the feminine viewpoint, with the female protagonists dealing with their emotional insecurities. In this book, it is Manav who is struggling. He is sensitive and insecure about his feelings towards Diana. His responsibilities become an excuse for him to hide emotionally. Manav’s readiness to believe in the false words spoken against Diana points to his insecurities. Manav would rather believe Diana to be a false woman than trust his heart. It subtly also points to male psychology, where it is easier to blame the woman than to accept personal shortcomings.
This is another engaging page-turner from Shilpa Suraj. The reader is laughing, chuckling, sighing as pages are turned one after the other. While Dev-Avni’s romance was mostly drama-free, Manav-Diana’s story has dirty family secrets, mishaps, etc. that make it more intense. The ensemble cast of Dev-Avni, Rishi-Seher, along with Manav’s siblings, keep the story entertaining. Manav’s interactions with his siblings are heartwarming, while his relationship with his parents breaks the reader’s heart.
As with all of Shilpa Suraj’s books, the humour is outstanding. The repartees are fast, swift and witty. Diana’s nickname for Manav, as well as her internal monologue, keeps the reader chuckling. The bonding between the three women is refreshing and honest. The characters are so real that you can see them squabbling/arguing/kissing (ahem) in front of you.
Twilight’s Temptation is a perfect romance to be read while relaxing at the poolside.
P.S. Eagerly awaiting Rishi-Seher’s story.
About The Author.
Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author. An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.