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I was in mood for some light Indianized romance. This book is based on one of old classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”. It’s recreated as per modernized Indian version.
As the blurb says Dhanush Mahasena is rich, stunningly handsome and a royal. When an accident made Dhanush bitter along with ugly scars, he retreats to his family estate, he wanted to have a quiet time. His peace is interrupted when women from royal background visited him, aiming to be his wife.
Tina has a tough background and rough situation. With all her savings gone, she is trying to stay afloat and make ends meet along with perusing her dream. In desperation and keep things afloat and find solution for her problem she agrees for deception and enters Mahasena mansion as his prospective bride. All she has to do is spend 3 weeks in an estate that belongs to a billionaire royal. Will she survive staying with ugly hideous monster?
Tina is strong and sweet at the same time. Dhanush is broody and has sharp acumen, explosive temper and ruthless steak. Two extremes cross paths which made the story more interesting. With explosive chemistry and his fiery temper will beauty be able to tame the beast?
Even though entire book is one-time time-pass read I have rated it low for few reasons. Character development could have been much more better. It was totally good till halfway through the book, but post that I felt author has rushed up to complete the book. I was expecting more lash outs between Tina and Dhanush, in which this book totally lagged. Second half of the book was good, but it didn’t focus more on relationship building. I felt it was mostly focused on their scorching chemistry (I’m not complaining on that 😊).
Plot moved in study pace in first half and it got fast forwarded in second half. i was not able to recognize the narration style, I think, it was limited third person view. Writing style was simple and easy to read. No intriguing secondary characters however Lalitha was delightful.
Overall, this is enjoyable, good, one-time fun read. Enjoy reading this Indianized contemporary “Beauty and the Beast” romance.
I rate the book at three stars. I have been an avid reader of fiction especially in romance genre. While the book is an interesting take on the famous children's story, there are a few things that stand out as odd. The first half of the book is devoted to the character development of the heroine. In this half, though situationally she is forced to live with, tolerate and engage with the ruthless, brooding and silent hero, the plot doesn't give the readers enough meet for her to hold on to the arrangement. We would hav preferred if the heroine would have seen, heard or experienced something more to hold on to the "goodness within" idea for the hero. Other than his interaction with the housekeepers and his sister's, there is nothing to entrust her with the fact that he is deeply a good person beneath a hard exterior. Second half of the story was great where the hero took the initiative to finally shed his inhibitions and pursue the heroine. All in all, worth a read.
A good bedtime read, but I feel at some times the male protagonist behaves too badly like calling her almost a whore after when she took a walk with his cousin at mansion garden. This is not possessive behaviour.