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His Drunken Wife (Marriages Made in India) Kindle Edition
Outspoken, loud-mouthed and bratty, Shikha Khatri has always had a grand plan for life – have fun and marry rich! Imagine her surprise when the nerdy Abhimanyu Mehra proposes marriage.
For Abhimanyu, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into his office on her first day! For Shikha, though, he has never been on the list of eligible bachelors. When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment.
But soon, Abhimanyu realises that he is caught in a one-sided love affair, as an increasingly irate and distant Shikha continues to drink herself crazy … even at their wedding party!
Where will their marriage lead these two wildly opposite people? Will Shikha ever truly warm up to her husband? And will Abhimanyu be able to put up with his drunken wife?
About the Author
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-four titles (forty books and four collections) to her credit, which have sold more than 1.5 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.
Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.
- ASIN : B07WZTPB36
- Publisher : Westland (11 November 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1929 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 163 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,305 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Shikha, the bold and beautiful girl with an only mission to marry a rich, and a handsome guy enter the office of RS Software seeking a job as a secretary. She thoroughly does a background check on her boss Ranveer who is single, handsome, and filthy rich. Unfortunately, her plan did not hit and settles with the other guy Abhimanyu who has an instant liking towards her from the first day. Initially, she found Abhimanyu as a nerd but her thoughts changed slowly and they got locked in the holy matrimony.
Parallelly the story of Ranveer and Chanda is appended to the main characters. They were married during their childhood, and destiny drew them together to the same office, rekindling their old memories and igniting the spark of love. Later, Ranveer and Chanda got married again.
The author has equally given importance to both the characters Shikha and Abhimanyu and my heart goes for Abhimanyu. He is mature, smart, charming, handsome & systematic - a perfect husband material. His only concern is her health since she is addicted. He was always on his toes to keep her busy and engaged to wave off the urge to drink and smoke. Taking her to a Rehab after their honeymoon induced a turning point to the story reflecting the intensity for his love and concern for Shikha, who was ignorant of his good heart.
Will Shikha acknowledge his love and undergo her treatment in the rehab? What was her behavior rude? Well! You have to read the book to know yourself.
The author Sundari Venkataraman has splendidly expressed the sizzling chemistry between them laced with hot romance. The story covers elements of love, friendship, relationship, and alcoholism. The writing is simple and easy to understand. Being less than 200 pages it is a quick read. The cover and the title of the book are attractive and apt for the content. The character development from a badass girl to a mature alcohol-free Shikha is inspiring.
Overall, a good read.
Shikha is an alcohol addict, hot-headed and skittish. She is appalled when the staid and boring Abhimanyu proposes her for marriage but is amazed when she finds out that he is indeed affluent. She accepts his proposal and moves in to his posh penthouse. It doesn’t take much time for Shikha to find Abhimanyu attractive and handsome. She is pulled into his riveting charisma but defies the attraction and goes about with what she is good at – drinking crazy. How will Abhimanyu put up with Shikha’s alcohol addiction? Will he be able to help her out?
As Abhimanyu plans for a honeymoon to Thailand with his drunken wife, the readers are in for a sweltering ride.
I was put off by Shikha from the very beginning but instantly warmed up to our confident and charming hero Abhimanyu. These two are poles apart. But as the say, opposites attract and that spices up the story. When you find out the reasons for her alcoholism, the story feels plausible. This novella is different from the author’s other works especially since the heat scale hits a high.
The language and writing is awesome s always and I liked the story.
Do I Recommend? Yup- For it is like biting into red hot chilli peppers!
Rating: 4 on 5 from me
The lead characters are always have conflicting emotions contrary to their true nature Here Sundari has created a female beast and a somber male human being who tries to tame her .
Shikha and Abhi are gracefully penned by her .All I can say about this book “Its one time good read ”.
The pace of the book is normal .
Overall the book is recommended read .
I love Abhi cooking for his wife.
The cover of book could have been beautified with brighter colors ..and hence 3 colored lens for this book .
The Cover - Good choice of color and contrast
The Blurb - Crisp and interesting
The story line & writing - Unconventional would be the apt word to describe it. Again, the writer handles a very tough and serious topic of alcoholism in a simple manner. However, if only life was this simple for an alcoholic! The chemistry and romance is way too good!
I have finished yet another book by my Favourite Author Sundari Venkatraman. Its totally different and hotter than any of the books I have read by her ;)
Dont believe it?The Cover will only make your eyes bulge out :D
Top reviews from other countries
Abhi has always loved Sikha (after knowing her for 3 months) and is determined to marry her and help her get over her drinking problem. That is basically the entire plot of the novel. They have lots of sex, get married and overcome her "problem".
Tbh, I did like the copious amount of sex they had pre-marriage. Such a change from the previous book. It was meant to be “modern” – with all the connotations that causes amongst the Indian milieu but I liked it. The chapter are too short for the sex to be as graphic or frankly as moving as in other romance novels but it takes up quite a bit of time here. In fact, it is often used as a distracting from alcohol and nicotine craving. Wonder if that works in real life?
Abhi think Sikha is "perfect for [him] the way she is" – except for her drinking, her smoking, her shouting, work ethic and her eating habits (as in she needs to eat more). Just perfect! When he said this I burst out laughing as every sentence in the previous chapters was about trying / tricking her into changing something - or "taming" / "handling" her.
At least the book acknowledges that Sikha has a drinking problem but the hubby has to trick her into rehab. That’s a no-no but then the whole depiction of alcoholism in the book leaves much to be desired here. I gave it a pass as the author has probably no experience with it and the depiction here is very consistent with how addition is portrayed on other popular Indian media when it concerns women. So either the author was inspirited or someone is glossing over a whole lot of problems in India.
As an example, Abhi had no problem giving her wine or beer even though he think she has an addiction. He made it so that only glass of champagne was served on their honeymoon flight. Moderation is not a choice in this disease but what the heck when the book says that “It looked like Sikha’s issues were all psychological and her cure was imminent if her mind was set at rest”
I rolled my eyes but then I was not expecting great shakes here. The book is short enough and I was smiling at parts so I gave it an "ok" rating in the end.
This is the author’s first try at writing a novella that is decidedly hotter than her contemporary romance novels. Regarding its style, it reminded me a little of her romantic suspense novel "An Autograph for Anjali", mostly due to its brevity, its succinct language and its daring foray into an area not too many Indian romance novelists touch.
I had already caught glimpses of Shikha and Abhimanyu in Sundari Venkatraman’s novel "The Runaway Bridegroom", so they felt nicely familiar. But I think that even if you haven’t ‘met’ them before, you’re pulled right into their lives and will find them authentic and entertaining. Hot-headed, red-blooded Shikha is a real whirlwind that quiet, suave yet confident Abhi sets out to tame. It isn’t an easy feat, but his love for her helps both of them. I found it interesting to see the heroine and not the hero deal with an addiction for a change. The reasons for her alcohol problems are revealed later in the book and make the story more credible. As for Abhi, he makes a gorgeous hero, and I can see why these two match so well.
This is a novella, so get ready for a very short but also very satisfying ride (pardon the pun). There’s a lot of steam and sexiness going on, but nicely woven into a well-constructed plot. If you’re looking for a quick fix that can be read in one go and is like a tasty, very spicy bite that makes you long for a full meal of Indian temperament and temptation, then this is the right choice. I’m sure I’ll enjoy Book 1 (Her Smitten Husband) too.
If anyone could have pulled a female character with drinking problem, smoking issues and an obsession to marry wealth successfully as a protagonist in a romance it is Sundari Venkatraman.
More than the reader in me, the writer in me wanted to see how she did that. But soon the reader in me kicked in. It is not the usual fairytale kind but more an inspirational one.
The patience and strength of Abhimanyu is just rock solid as he stands by Shikha. This romance is not just about a great looking hunk, beautiful lady and love but beyond that, ‘an inspirational romance’ would be the right word.
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Wish the author would not use the word, "retarded child". It's not responsible language and demeaning in the least.