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Book Review: #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora (Short Stories)

#JUSTROMANCE
by
Jyoti Arora
My Review of Jyoti Arora's #JustRomance

The title and the cover art of #JustRomance perfectly portray the fact that the stories in there are a celebration of love and make for a relaxed reading that one can escape into.
Besides the common theme of romance that the seven stories share, there is a central female character in each struggling against pressures from society and family and at times, even within. Each tale strikes a balance between ambition, familial priorities, and romantic relationship.

Not all is blindly fair in love, but there are other factors that matter. And this is what makes the stories relatable. What is aimed at is a balance. The craziness of love is not of foremost importance. Love does conquer all though...

Each story starts with a few poetic lines, all of which are delightful and some of which are a little cheesy too.
"Oh darling, don't you see? You are my spacebar. No matter what words I use, my story means nothing without you. I need you all the time."

Are all the authorial comments always universally true? Well, there is much to be said about the universally acknowledged truths, such as this one from Drunk on love in #Just Romance
"Deep inside the heart of even the quietest, simplest, plainest, most morally-culturally-socially-legally-politically-correct good girl hides a mischievous goddess yearning to break free." 

The characters of #JustRomance rebel, but there are boundaries to the rebellion too. These boundaries are at times chosen, and at other times, circumstances help. The choices made are not solely over 'just romance' and for me, this adds to the charm of #JustRomance.

Despite the many commonalities among them, each of the stories is very different too. Some are about discovering self, others about letting go of oneself. There are stories of thrill and mystery, and also of emotional turmoil. The locales vary from metro cities to remote islands.

These are simple, sweet, relatable, true-to-life, and so-very-possible stories of the modern, urban young adults.

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About the author

Jyoti Arora is an Indian novelist and blogger. Besides her books, her writing achievements include several wins in blogging competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 30 English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, etc. 

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