Bookish Witch

The Maharaja’s Fake Fiancée by Alisha Kay

Book blurb:

A scandal-averse Maharaja.
A free-spirited actress.
What do you get when you throw them together and add a fake engagement to the mix?
Either a match made-in-heaven or a royal disaster.
Nivy Sharma knows exactly what she needs – the freedom to be herself and follow her passion. Guess what she doesn’t need? A tailor-made husband.
When her meddlesome mother tries to throw her into the arms of a mom-approved suitor, Nivy runs the other way.
Right into the arms of the man who shattered her heart five years ago.
His Highness Veerendra Singh can recognize a pain-in-the-ass when he sees it. Especially when it falls into his arms.
Even if said pain-in-the-ass has legs that go on forever and lush lips that just beg to be kissed, Veer vows to run the other way. As he did once before.
But, when the marriage-minded princess of Tejpur sets her sights on him, Veer runs back into Nivy’s arms to propose a fake engagement.
When ‘fake’ starts to feel very real, Nivy and Veer have to decide what is important – long-held prejudices or the chance for a life with the only person they’ve ever loved.
Will this be their second chance at love or will their broken past ruin their hope for a shared future?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Comedy

Pages: 180

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 99 INR/$2.99

My Ratings: 4.5/5

Nivy Sharma, a successful actress, returns to her hometown after losing the funding for her upcoming film. When she is forced to meet Dr. Jay by her mother, she tries to escape from the arms of this supposedly perfect but stinky smelling suitor and lands in the arms of her long lost but lifelong crush, His Highness, and Maharaja of Devgrah, Veerendra Singh. He suggests a plan to get rid of the irksome Dr. Jay, which would also help him get rid of Anika, who seems hell bent on marrying the Maharaja, despite his attempts to thwart her advances. Will they be able to escape these unwanted relationships, while also keeping their obvious attraction towards each other, in check?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> The relationship between Jessie (Veer’s sister) and Veer and their mother has been portrayed beautifully. I loved the easy camaraderie between the siblings.
-> The story has been written well, in first person from the point of Nivy and in third person from the point of Veer. This meant that we could get a glimpse of the emotions of both the lead characters.
-> The book is hilarious as the repartees keep you chuckling. The parts where Jessie and Nivy gang up against Veer are definitely LOL moments.
-> The scenes have been described in detail and could be easily picturized.
-> The story ticks all the requirements of a Romcom successfully, right from a sizzling chemistry between the protagonists to crisp dialogues and funny moments.

What I did not like about the book:
-> The character of Nivy’s mother and how she constantly keeps putting Nivy down, comparing her to her successful and in her opinion, better respected, elder sibling, Aryan, who is a doctor.
-> Though a series is promised and I’m sure the later books will provide more depth to their characters, I wish we could learn more about Abhay and Jessie in this one as well.

Quotable quotes:
-> “I would never force either of you to do anything,” declared Rani ma indignantly.
“You wouldn’t need to. Not when emotional blackmail is so much more effective,” he replied dryly.
-> There’s nothing fair about life. We just have to make the best of what we have.
-> He started at me with one eyebrow raised. I had practiced that move thousands of times in front of the mirror- unsuccessfully. So, it felt a bit unfair that someone I was rapidly coming to consider my enemy could do it so easily. Was there no justice in the world?
-> My parents believe that getting married and breeding like a bunny will distract me from wanting to focus on my career.
-> The heart knows what it wants.
-> People don’t give a fig about your clout, when they have the upper hand.
-> When in trouble, always deflect- that was my motto.
-> Is public opinion more important to you than your loved one’s happiness?
-> Fantasies don’t need to be realistic.
-> You have nothing to be ashamed of if you’re learning from your mistakes, which is not something everyone can do.
-> “Sure, I could use some coffee”, I said gratefully.
“And some cookies to go with it?”
“Chocolate chip?”
“Are there any other kind in the whole wide world?”
“Nice! I like a man who has his cookie-priorities right,” I teased.
-> “A true Rajput doesn’t raise his hand to a woman, even if he’s convinced that said woman is a chudial in disguise,” he said softly.
-> He had never met anyone like her, who took such joy in small things in life. Nivy didn’t just survive the criticism and constant putting down by her family. She thrived. Despite all the people trying to pull her down, despite randy old bastards who pulled out of her film, despite idiot Maharajas who broke her heart. She didn’t allow any of that to dim the light of her soul. Or that beautiful smile.
-> Women are not helpless creatures needing some rich guy to pay for them all the time. We can pay our own way.
->Relationships are about feelings and emotions, not accounting columns of who brings what into the relationship.
-> People are precious, not things.
-> It is unfair on anyone to shy away from the chance of true happiness.
-> There’s just no appreciation for chivalry these days.
-> You can’t run the engine of a relationship on sex alone.
-> You can’t be upset about the past as long as it doesn’t intrude your present.
-> Life doesn’t follow a script.
->Life is not a game. You can’t go about destroying relationships for stupid reasons, or your career.
-> As long as we got past the fights and believed in the promise of us, we would be fine.

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