My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OK, confession time. I have read countless historical romances, Regency, Victorian, Highland Lairds, all those dukes, earls, viscounts, etc with their heart-warming romances but I have so far not read one single book with an Indian Rajah and Rani. Don’t ask me why, I have no idea!
The Passionate Princess by Sundari Venkatraman is my attempt to change that curve and what a delicious treat by the author. The historical details captured by the author are breathtakingly vivid. The jewelry, the clothes, the era of the palatial palaces, and being rewarded by the king or the queen with gold or diamonds, I was just left starry-eyed with my imagination running wild. Well, honestly, Sundari Venkatraman also made me wonder how in the world did any of these Raja’s and Rani’s indulge in any kind of clandestine affairs with the kind of dresses they used to wear and the overwhelming number of jewelry they had on their person.
The story about Princess Hema and Prince Deva falling in love at first sight and deciding on marriage is easy but what I absolutely loved is what follows that wedding. As Princess Hema grapples with a discovery after reaching her husband’s palace, trust has to be relearned between the newly married couple. With a Queen who is not too happy about her daughter-in-law and her non-stop efforts to create differences between them, the love story is not without its own thorns.
A highly entertaining and enjoyable read The Passionate Princess transports the reader to the glamorous and wealthy lives of the royalty and the era of not just strong men but also equally strong women. Princess Hema as a character was so skilfully drawn, with her intelligence and her cunning and mischievous ways to heed but also thwart her mother-in-law’s plans. She is efficient and commands respect from her husband and I was positively overjoyed with her soft but strong approach to be sure of her own love.
Go for it, you won’t be disappointed ☂️ ☂️ ☂️ ☂️ ☂️
All it took was one look. And they were in love…
Princess Hemangini is mesmerised by Prince Devendra when she falls into his arms while rushing across the royal gardens.
The Prince of Indrapuri is amazed that the Princess of Mahendrapuri is even more beautiful and graceful than what the visiting bards sang in praise of her.
Their mutual attraction blooms into love and they decide to get married. Tying the knot is easy, but consummating the marriage is another matter altogether.
As their love and passion draw them towards each other, Devendra’s mother, Queen Kanchana Devi, keeps throwing obstacles in the path of the lovers; sometimes in the name of rituals and sometimes inflicting doubts in their minds; doing her best to keep them apart.
As the frustrated bride and groom tolerate the intervening time with impatience, something happens to shake up Hemangini; something that makes her refuse to let her husband touch her.
What will the proud prince have to do to make his princess fall into his arms once again?
Read this historical romance from India to find out if the passionate princess finds happiness with her prince or not.
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