Title: The Smitten Husband
Author: Sundari Venkataraman
No: of Pages:104
Genre: Fiction/Romance Novella
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?
*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.
The Smitten Husband is the story of an arranged marriage between Ram and Sapna. Ram, the groom, is a successful jewelery designer who is also wealthy, handsome and generous. He lives with his family in Jaipur and the family is looking for a perfect match for him. They end up meeting Sapna’s family via the recommendation of their family astrolger. One look at her and Ram falls in love with Sapna. She is beautiful, independant and fierce. Ram’s family is large-hearted and do not worry about the poor status of Sapna’s family. However, Sapna is a true romantic and lives in a bubble. She expects to get swept off her feet by her Prince Charming and she is confused whether Ram is the one. She is left with no choice but to marry Ram as this marriage also meant saving her family some huge trouble in the form of dowry or wedding expenses. But will Ram be able to make this marriage work with the strong-headed Sapna? Will love blossom in her heart as she finds how much Ram adores her?
Ram is that kind of hero, I’d fall in love with- spunky, naughty and mischievous on one hand and kind, cordial and good-natured on the other. And yup. He is drool-worthy. There was this one moment in the story where I went “OMG. What now!”, when Sapna puts forth her condition after their wedding. His patience and understanding is commendable. The chemistry is sizzling and spectacular too. I simply loved the story and it is fast-paced, saucy and racy.
The other characters are etched beautifully as well. I loved the bond between the Maheshwari brothers.
As always, the language and flow of the story was impeccable and having read other books from the author, that was a given. Also, the author always try to bring to light a social issue through her books. This time she pondered over dowry. That in itself is a huge plus.
And of course, it is a novella and you would be left with wanting for more.
All in all, I simply loved the book that I immediately bought the author’s next two books in the series.
Do I Recommend? Absolutely- For a light, fast-paced story.
Rating: A shining 5 on 5 from me.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same. Thanks for the opportunity.
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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