13 December, 2016

Inconvenient relations by Simi K Rao - [Book Review]

About the Book

Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.

This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao's Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues.

My Review

This is the first part of the arranged marriage series by Simi. This is my second book of hers and I love the way she writes simple yet beautiful love stories. Any relationship is complex and an arranged marriage is definitely a difficult subject to deal with as each couple have a different story to tell about their companionship, love and adjustment.

The protagonist Ruhi marries Shaan and her hopes are shattered the wedding night itself when Shaan mentions about her love affair and his inclination towards heading for a divorce. Then, the story goes about their companionship, attraction, love,  egos, expectations etc., 

This reminded  me of Mills and Boone's love stories. I loved Ruhi'S character. She is independent,  stubborn and at the same time a traditional teenager with lots of dreams about her married life. There is a constant tug of war of emotions throughout the book. Ruhi like any other bride of arranged marriage believes that her life would be happy with Shaan until he reveals his affair. She has an attraction towards her husband and starts appreciating his gentleman behavior but cannot completely trust him and suffers a lot because of her conflicting emotions . This is very realistic. Obviously, it's not easy to lead life with someone who rejected your rights without any thought and hurt you badly.

I loved the sweet romance and beautiful characters like Sooj and Debo. But, my only complaint is that the novel is very lengthy and gets boring in the middle. The title of the book is very apt and the cover is good.

My Rating: 3/5

I would recommend this to romance lovers.

Ps: I have received this advanced review copy from the Author through book r3vi3w tours in exchange of an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.

About the Author:

Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.

A practicing physician, Rao lives in the United States with her family.

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2) A kindle copy each of Inconvenient relations and Now and Forever. 

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I like the author's bio too.


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