Book Name: HIS RELUCTANT PRINCESS
Author Name: Kyra Seth
Rating: 3.5 🌟
After a few non-fiction and action-packed fantasy books, I gave myself a break with a short romantic tale. Generally, I do not read romance genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by the book.
HIS RELUCTANT PRINCESS by Kyra Seth has a typical Bollywood masala plot intertwined with steamy mills & boon genre romance about second chances. The book is the second installment of The Royal Guard series by the same author and remains true to its genre throughout the narration.
It starts from the point where the first book ends but if you haven’t read the first part, no worries. The book has enough fillers and the readers can easily fill in the gaps. (I haven’t read the first part myself and it doesn’t mar the reading experience. The first book is called His accidental princess.)
Feisty princess Natasha Raje who calls herself Tasha breaks her unwanted betrothal to Maharajah Digvijay Singh aka DV. She has a history with her mother and is currently recovering from her past traumas at Paradiso, a commune in Goa. A malicious prank on Tasha alarms her near ones and DV moves in, bag and baggage, to keep her safe. Their explosive attraction is challenged by the bitterness of the past yet they cannot keep themselves away from each other. And while the two try to untie the knots in their relationship, a more sinister mystery looms over them. Tasha’s life might be at risk and DV resolves to not leave any stone unturned to keep her safe.
Romance, intimacy, and mystery – a tasty cocktail is brewing in this book
What worked for me
• Breezy read – The book was easy to read. A simple, crisp, and to-the-point narrative makes it easy for the readers. I read the book in a span of a few hours. A perfect read for a short journey, or an evening of leisure.
• Chemistry between the two main protagonists – The romance is toe-curling steamy, their banter adorable and their actions show their love for each other. The author has managed to keep the spark high throughout the book.
• The dash of suspense keeps the reader hooked along with the fun, and sarcasm sprinkled over the narrative. The author does a good job with dark humor.
• Also the POVs of Tasha and DV in alternate chapters make the book narrative more interesting.
What could have been better
• The book had too many adverbs and the style of more tell than show irked me at places.
• The plot was predictable. Even the culprit was quite obvious after a few chapters. The mystery was dull in comparison to the romance but then this was a rom-com and not a thriller.
• The author completely sidelined the supporting characters like Sona, and Samar and did not explore them at all.
In conclusion, overall this is a good book for the genre. The author has done a good job of creating an interesting world of royal romances where privilege is abundant and the setup grand yet the emotions are strong.
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