When did it all start, Shruti wondered? When did the handsome, sensitive, caring Neil become a narcissist flirt? Or maybe, he was always like that. Shruti had not noticed earlier as all his attentions and flirting were for her. But, she was not part of his admirers. She did not follow him around moonstruck. On the contrary, she was immune to his good looks.
Neil had taken it up as a challenge when his friends had teased him about attaining the unattainable Shruti, the smartest girl in class. He started the ‘chase’ to win over Shruti with a lot of caring, attention and flowers. Shruti was initially surprised and thought Neil will get over it. But he persisted till college ended. And by then Shruti was smitten. Continue reading
The Prince’s Special Bride is a sweet love story between Prince Christian of Taragonia and Marie Kemei, an Anglo-African hotel manager working in the Maldives.
The background –
The book starts with a beautiful sunset in Maldives which Marie loves to watch in solitude. Her solitude is broken when she finds one of the hotel guests sobbing her heart out. Marie soon becomes friend and confidante to Olivia. Christian comes in search of his sister Olivia and finds her staying in the Malaysian hotel. Marie and Christian are attracted to each other. But, Marie comes to know later that Olivia and Christian belong to the Royal kingdom of Taragonia. It is a fictitious kingdom in Europe. Olivia’s distress is she is engaged to be married to the Prince of Visteria. Everything changes when Princess Olivia invites Marie a month in advance to her wedding and asks her to be her special Bridesmaid. Marie is awed by the grandeur of the palace and the way the royals live. Her exotic looks with darker skin and Afro hair makes her stand out in the European kingdom of pale skins and pastel gowns. She feels she is a misfit. It is only her love for the Prince and the friendship of the Princess that makes her stay pleasant. During the course of the month, she discovers a lot about the kingdom and also about herself. So, what makes Prince Christian fall in love with a commoner like Marie.
What I liked –
- I love to read about heroines who are strong and independent. Marie is a very independent woman content with life.
- I have never read a romance where the heroine is of a different skin-color. I would like to see more of such heroines.
- Christian is a dutiful Prince who wants the best for his Kingdom. He is duty bound as Crown Prince and takes his role seriously. He is environmentally conscious, grows organic food and is also ready to help out countries in distress. It actually made me root for monarchy. He is a true knight in shining armour.
- The descriptions are vivid. The author brings the Palace alive in her descriptions, you will wish to go have a walk in it.
- The dresses are described well and there is some excellent designer wear there.
- The language is easy to read and simple.
My only grumble is I wanted to read a little more of their romance in the beautiful palace. They are two very good people who are in love. But, I wanted them to have some lover’s tiffs, some misunderstandings, some distress. But, they truly are a match well-made.
This Cinderella meets Prince Darcy tale is a light, breezy read. It is perfect for an afternoon of good times.
These phone booths were much in demand in the pre-mobile phone era. In India, these were mostly at railway stations. At other places there were regular phones to make public phone calls. The advantage of this phone was, we could hear the person on the other side of the phone, but could speak to him only after dropping the coin. And with the Indian mentality of jugaad, it was abused in various ways to save the coin. Here’s my take for this week.
I won the book ‘Love sees no Reason’ by Reshma Ranjan during the Tornado Giveaway-3. I loved the pretty cover and put it away to be read during one of those days when I feel like reading a bit of romance. I was so wrong. I should have read the book right away.
Love Sees No Reason (LSNR) is a phrase which only those who have truly loved will understand. It is illogical and listens to no reasoning. The book starts with Ria running into the arms of Suhaan, calling him Suhas and fainting. It is a bit dramatic, but it sets the tone for the rest of the book. It is one of those stories which someone like a Bollywood director would love. I had always secretly thought what it would be like if we fall in love with a twin.
Ria is in a marriage of convenience with Suraj who is having a terminal illness. She goes into the marriage with her eyes open, with the sole objective of adopting Mia from an orphanage. Again, it sounds cliche, but the Love Sees No Reason. As expected Suraj dies. Suhaan is back at the haveli to look after family interests. Ria has never met Suhaan and the scene above plays out when she meets him for the first time. Continue reading