by Ruchi Vasudeva
The last thing Rihaan needs in his life is to play a host to a woman who drives him crazy! Saira is gorgeous, yes, but she's also widly infuriating. Yet every time she comes within an inch of him he finds his normally iron-clad control slipping further and further away... Wanting to protect herself from more heartbreak, Saira knows she should keep her distance from Rihaan -but there's something about him she just can't seem to resist... Little does she know that Rihaan is hiding a secret! When it comes to light will it tear them apart -or raise their passion to new, more majestic heights?
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What is with these Indian Mills and Boon titles? :) They are a story by itself. Sorry Harlequin India but recently I has a heavy dose of 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand and just came to realise how the title of a book should be intriguing enough not to tell the whole story but just tantalise the readers enough to pick up the book. Having said that, I will as usual contradict myself. For it was the word 'Royal' which excited me and I clicked on my Kindle to enjoy this Royal journey.
When I got this book for review, I was super duper excited for the simple reason that I don't get Harlequin romance written by Indian authors in the US. (Grapevine News: it's coming soon!!!!)
YCFRA introduced me to Rihaan (the Oomph) and Saira ( the Aaha) of this story. The beginning of the story itself promised to be different. Not only is Saira different from the shy, needy girl, with the urgent need to be rescued by a macho man. Nor is she a feisty woman fighting, trying to rectify a quirkiness in our macho young man. She is introduced as a drunk, spoilt lady who does not care what the world thinks of her. I was hooked -lock, stock and barrel. Never been introduced to a Mills & Boon by a drunk heroine before.
She is Saira. Drunk, a Divorcee and has a Damn the world attitude kind of a girl. She is actually an offshoot of Ms. Vasudeva’s previous novel, ‘Bollywood Fiancé For A Day’ where she was an engagement breaker. The grey shade of her character was in itself a new dimension to this character. Well, none of us are perfect are we? So why not enjoy it when you meet a heroine who has character flaws and a spunk to admit it?
Enters Rihaan - her knight in shining armour. Not to save her from the world but to save the world from her. Believing her to be one who had no qualms in breaking her sister’s previous engagement and marrying the man her sister, Vishakha was supposed to marry. Rihaan, a writer and a man with a hidden past, is all set not to like this lady, But naughty, naughty thoughts creep in his mind whenever he comes near her.
They are thrown together because of Rihaan’s need to protect his friend’s family life, which he thought was getting disturbed due to the presence of Saira. Here is my first peeve with this story. The culture depicted here is a little bit beyond my understanding. I concede totally to the fact that maybe it is my lack of knowledge but there is a contradiction shown here where conservativeness clashes with the modern outlook of the story.
But that has done nothing to hamper the royal attraction they have for each other. Royal? How can a writer or a divorcee, drunk woman have a royal tag? Well, here comes the twist in the story. While both Rihaan and Saira fight this attraction…(Ms. Vasudeva, the shampoo scene is hilarious and I think most of the writers can relate to it.) enters Rihaan’s past in the form of a lovely, sexy woman. (Nopie.. me not telling you her name. And tch.. I have not forgotten the name.. me being mysterious, Babes…:) )
Sexy woman brings out a big secret of Rihaan’s life. ( I really wish my DH had this kind of a secret ) Rihaan is a true Blue Blood Prince! Wow!!! But……………(of course, there is a but….)
…..But he is disinherited by his father - The King!Why? Nah. I’m not telling. Hint: Read the book :) But yes, the mysterious sexy woman is responsible in some ways and how does she affect the life of the two lovebirds makes YCFRA an interesting tale no doubt.
The Rajasthani culture has been brought out very beautifully in this book. Ruchi Vasudeva has been an aptitude for filling the pages with vivid colors - the bandhini prints and the various cultural nuances of Rajasthan added to the beautiful dimension to this novel.
The way she has woven the social issue inside the story, has touched my heart. To jampack sweet romance and pass a message is a really appreciable quality.
Would I recommend this book : Definitely
This book has some beautiful moments. I loved that Saira has a shade of grey. I also loved the way a certain social issue of abuse was brought out and I LOVED the way Saira was depicted as a woman questioning the societies way of thinking regarding the action taken against the abuse. Kudos, Ruchi Vasudeva for bringing this social message across in a light romantic novel.
About the Author
She is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. The writing bug has long resided in her and a contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August '13 with her book 'Bollywood Fiancé For A Day'. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters who come into their own in their quest of reaching out for love. She love to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes. Somewhat coincidently, most of them are from Bollywood.