I was enchanted by the idea of reading a book written by an Indian author of an Indian couple who came together in an arranged marriage and eventually found love so I grabbed up this one with great anticipation.
Ruhi is shown a picture of Shaan and agrees to the match her parents and her dad’s friend set up for her and Shaan. She is the apple of her parent’s eye and has led a light easy life so far. She knows she has a lot to offer a husband as she knows she is lovely, she has finished university and she acquired all the skills of a good Indian wife.
Shaan is angered that his dad has set up this match with his business friend. Shaan is in a relationship with an American woman where he lives in LA and doesn’t want this. His dad persuades him that this is his grandfather’s dying wish and that he can end it after his grandfather dies. Shaan reluctantly agrees, but he won’t trick the young woman so he tells her the score. He expects his revelation that he is in an affair to drive her away, but it doesn’t. She insists that they give it a two month trial so that it doesn’t shame either of their families.
Secretly Ruhi is hurt, but still hopeful that she can change Shaan’s mind with the time she has bought them. She will prove to him that he can’t resist her with her skills as a wife in making a home for him. It’s harder than she imagines as he continues about his life just as it was. He is polite, but uninterested. It is only when she realizes that the other woman is in the picture too that she has an epiphany moment. No more! She will now take back the reins of her own life. She will finish out the trial period, but then she’s done. Too bad her heart is still affected by Shaan.
Ruhi doesn’t realize it, but her efforts were successful. Shaan had set aside Des and he was coming to appreciate Ruhi, but Des wouldn’t be easily set aside and does her best to fight his decision. Now Shaan also has a fight on his hands to convince Ruhi that he has come to care.
The general plot on this story was engaging from the start. I was vested and wanted to know how things could possibly turn out well for a couple who started out in such a way. I enjoyed exploring Ruhi’s initial experiences with getting married, moving to America, and dealing with the circumstances of her relationship. Getting to know all the facets of Shaan and why he says and did stuff was intriguing. I applauded Ruhi for deciding enough was enough and I was thrilled that Shaan saw the good thing that was right in front of his eyes right when he was getting ready to lose her, but–
That was when the pace bogged down and things just sat in the spin cycle for over half the book. Ruhi was hurt, angry and wanted revenge. Shaan tries to weather her storm and prove his love. It just went on and on so much of the same thing. Ruhi drove me crazy. Long after it was time to forgive or don’t forgive and either walk away or take the steps of trust she just kept whipping up her petulant anger and acting like a spoiled brat. Shaan was a doormat who just kept groveling hoping she’d snap out of it. I read on to the end because I was vested enough to see what would finally do the trick, but honestly I was done and didn’t care if they stayed together.
So end the end, I loved the author’s colorful descriptive voice, the general plot and enough of the characters and their relationship that I’ll concede that there was quite a bit to like in this one. It’s a unique tale of romance and I’m glad for the opportunity to read it.
Those who enjoy reading romances set in other cultures and don’t mind a long developing romance should give this one a try.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read her book in exchange for my honest review thoughts.
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