Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review :: ‘The Smitten Husband’ by Sundari Venkatraman

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Flaming Sun
Blurb:
Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.

The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.

One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna’s unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding. 

Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will the smitten husband agree to it?


My Review: 
I immensely enjoyed the ‘Runaway Bridegroom’ by Sundari Venkatraman, which told us the story of Chanda. The new novella ‘Smitten Husband’ is the story of Chanda’s eldest brother Ram and second in the series MMII. The author spins another sweet romantic tale which bridges the gap between rich and poor.

Sapna has a ‘Cindrella’ kind of episode where her husband Ram plays the role of the prince as well as the fairy godmother. But there is one hitch—she doesn’t love the prince. 

As all the girls dream, Sapna too had the dream of being swept off by a handsome prince, but Ram doesn’t invoke any such feelings in her when they meet for the first time. She is not able to say no to him since there was nothing wrong with his proposal. He was dashing, rich and ready to wed her without any demands. She marries him as a duty to her parents.

Ram on the other hand is totally enamored with Sapna, and doesn’t understand her reluctance for the alliance and attributes it to shyness on her part. He wants to give her the world, but everything comes to a standstill for him when Sapna voices her condition on the wedding night. The story is sweet as it unfolds and reaches the happily-ever-after end.

Ram is totally endearing in his role as a dotting son, brother and husband. One empathizes with his situation. On the other hand one can’t but agree with Sapna’s logic too. I loved both the characters as they complimented each other. The supporting characters are familiar and charming. And the sexy, sensuous escapades between two lovely characters are particularly enjoyable.

What is love? Is it the journey or a destination. The author has captured both sides of romance expertly in this sweet, sensuous romance novella. Written in her inimitable, simple style ‘The Smitten Husband’ is a perfect read for a lazy afternoon or a stormy night.













Read an excerpt...


“Good morning!” said a sleepy voice. “What are you doing so far away?” called out Ram, before reaching out with a long arm to pull her to him.
A startled Sapna gave him a shocked look that was lost on her husband, whose eyes were still closed. His arms went around her waist like steel bands, his breath hot against her cheek. “Sapna...” he whispered in her ear as his hard lips pressed into her petal soft cheek.
Sapna tried to pull out of his arms, only to have them pull her closer. Her breasts were flattened against his solid chest. Her traitorous body seemed to enjoy the pressure as her nipples perked up. She did her best to hold on to the control that was slipping fast.
“Ram,” she called out loudly, hoping to wake him up. She couldn’t free her arms that were trapped against her own body, as he held her in a crushing grip. His mouth was busy exploring her face, moving inexorably towards her lips. His eyes continued to remain closed, while his hands moved restlessly at her waist. “Ram...” her voice came out in a whisper, as she felt his tongue trace the edge of her lips. Tortured, she made the final move to capture his roving lips, breaking free her hands to hold his face steady.
“Sapna...” sighed Ram, kissing her gently, his tongue first tracing her upper lip and then her lower one. He gently bit the luscious curve. Sapna instinctively opened her mouth to let him explore the velvety cavern with his tongue. Shyly, her tongue reached out to mate with his, making Ram groan with need.
His hands moved restlessly on her body, her nightie bunching up. His muscular legs tangled with her slim ones, making her sigh with pleasure as his hard and hairy skin brushed against her soft and silky one. His hands cupped her lush bottom, caressing it lovingly.
Sapna suddenly became aware of his hardness pressed against her belly. Coming to her senses, she turned her face away, breaking the kiss. “No Ram.”
His wet lips continued to caress her, his tongue exploring her shell-like ear. Even as her heart thudded loudly, Sapna pushed against him. “Ram, please, will you stop it?”
His black eyes opened a slit, desire and slumber at war in them. “Sapna?” If he hadn’t been fully awake before, he was now, as he stared at her lovely face that was so close to his. He slowly recalled what had been occurring over the past few minutes. He had at first thought he was dreaming about kissing the luscious woman in his arms. How had she landed there in the first place?




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About The Author


The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #1 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.




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