Category: Romance Novels

The Maharaja’s Fake Fiancee ~Alisha Kay

His Highness Veerendra Singh is the scion of the royal family of Devgarh. Young, dashing and wealthy, he is perpetually hunted by marriage-minded nubile women. The only hitch is that he does not want to be on the matrimonial market. To top his disinterest, he has vowed never to marry anyone who would shame their family. Nivy Sharma is a successful Bollywood actress and best friend of Veer’s sister, Jessie. Five years ago, Nivy had run away to Mumbai to create her own path and become an actress. Unfortunately, her current movie, one that she was producing herself, has run out of money. With work stalled, Nivy is back in Devgarh, to lick her wounds. When Veer and Nivy meet again after five years, words and sparks fly. Then Veer proposes something outrageous, that Nivy and Veer enter into a fake engagement. Why does Nivy agree to his proposal? And during this fake engagement, will both of them be able to avoid falling in love with each other, again?

The book, written by Alisha Kay, is your quintessential feel-good romance. The writing is crisp, putting the focus firmly on Nivy and Veer. Since it is written in their voice, it is easy for the reader to understand the perspective and emotion of the protagonists. The dialogues flow fast and swift and the repartees keep you chuckling. The parts where Jessie and Nivy gang up against Veer are hilarious. You get a feeling of camaraderie and underlying love. Nivy is headstrong and ambitious, yet she has a pure heart. She wants to succeed, but on her own terms and doesn’t hesitate in putting in hard work. For her, her work comes first. Battling years of criticism by her mother, she thinks she spoils everything by her headstrongness. Veer is a prince with hidden depths. Events in his past have forced him to be publicity-shy, and he has trouble trusting anyone outside his family. Both of them need to overcome their insecurities to find the happiness they deserve. The supporting cast of Jessie, Rani Ma, Aryan, Anika and Nivy’s mother leave an impact. The exchanges between Veer and Rani Ma are heartwarming and amusing.

One issue which I think was touched upon beautifully in the book was the relationship between Nivy and her mother. It makes you rethink your parenting approach, of how a mother’s constant criticism can chip away a daughter’s self-worth and value. It is not about the lack of parental love, but rather, a parent’s lack of ability to understand their child’s viewpoint. The fact that a child might have different dreams and desires than the parent, and for parents to accept that.

For a romance novel to succeed, certain parameters must be met. The chemistry between the protagonists should be sizzling; The dialogues crisp; the story should move at a fast pace; packed with emotions, and if possible, keep the reader chuckling. The Maharaja’s Fake Fiancee ticks all the above requirements successfully. It is an engrossing light-hearted book, a perfect escape from these gloomy days.

I received this book through Blogchatter’s Book Review program. The book can be purchased from Amazon.

Unloved In Love (The Story Of Imperfect People)~Rituparna Ghosh

“Unloved in Love” is the story of three people,Kiara, Kyle and Karan. Kiara Sen is intelligent, plays the guitar beautifully and has great friends in Saloni and Vinod. She is focussed on what she wants to achieve and is stubborn enough to fight for it. Yet, her mother’s constant criticism and nagging have left her feeling that she is not worthy of love and she suffers from low self-esteem. Kiara decides to start her own venture Bottoms’ Up, with her friend Saloni, fresh out of management school. The decision is partly due to her ambition and also to escape the matrimonial noose Kiara’s mother was insisting on. Kyle Wolf has had his life decided for him by birth. He is supposed to follow his father’s footsteps and take over Wolf Enterprises. He has been ambling along on that path until he meets Kiara and falls in love with her. Coming from a broken home Karan Shergill doesn’t believe in relationships or one-sided love. However, he too gets ensnared by Kiara. Despite all efforts to escape, he is unable to resist her magic.

To tell you the truth, when I first came across the book, I found the title a bit odd. “What do you mean by Unloved in love?” I mused to myself. However, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages and finished the book even before I realised! Written from the perspective of the three protagonists, Kiara, Karan and Kyle, you become privy to all their thoughts and emotions as the events unfold. For the same incident, you get to know intimately what each protagonist was thinking, you feel more involved with the characters as compared to a linear narrative. You are aware of each side of the story. The book has wry humour, the heartbreak feels as if your heart is breaking, the romance makes you sigh. This book is messy with emotions as I chuckled, laughed and cried in this book. Even though some might say, the end is predictable, it is not without its twists and turns, keeping you hooked.

The way the author has written the characters makes you root for all three to achieve their happy endings. Kyle, trapped by the expectations of his family and the path laid out for him, wants to break free but lacks the courage to go against his father. Karan, despite his playboy image, is sensitive and caring. His past makes him wary of relationships, which makes it difficult for him to stay and fight for the one woman he falls in love. I have to admit that Kiara was my favourite of the three. Kiara is someone most of us can relate too. She is a woman who is ambitious and yet full of insecurities. She doesn’t know her charm. She is so busy focussing on her supposed shortcomings that she forgets her own value and worth. Kiara, Kyle and Karan are people whom you might meet in real life, imperfect people. All three have their emotional baggage and insecurities, relationships are difficult for all three of them. They want to fight and hold on to their love, yet their self-doubts and lack of trust in their emotions, hold them back.

Only when I finished the book, I realised why the tittle was Unloved In Love. The book makes you believe in perfect endings. It makes you realise the fact that nothing comes easy, the path of love is strewn with ego, insecurities, self-doubt and heartbreak.

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