The author managed to make the setting and characters come alive by painting a picture in rich detail without ever letting the plot slacken.
I appreciate the way Rukmani is at once the spoiled, slightly childish, naïve and impetuous princess and also a young woman with a strong will, on a quest for love and for finding herself and her place in the world. Her infatuation with sometimes arrogant and aggressive, at other times caring and intelligent Devesh was all too understandable. He’s a great hero, a hunky and powerful alpha male with feelings hidden beneath the hard veneer, with brain as well as brawn. The two of them make a formidable couple and seem made for each other, despite the circumstances.
I have always been fascinated by ancient India, and Summerita Rhayne took me right back to that intriguing era with its charms and horrors. The power plays and intrigues, the customs and the language transport the reader into the past.
This is a novella gripping enough to read in one go, with just the right amount of background information, with witty dialogue, and with two strong, vivid protagonists that fall in love and in lust.
If you enjoy historical romances and / or stories set in India, give this book a chance!
Rukmani, the youngest of her family, has always had her way and she thinks she would too when the question of her marriage arises. But when she expresses her wishes, her world comes crumbling down because aristocratic affairs seem to matter more than her heart. Who can she run to but the strongest ruler of the region, Deveshwaraya?
Devesh finds himself torn between duty and desire. He is drawn to her yet being with her jeopardizes everything he has worked for. When even protecting her invites trouble, how can he let his heart become involved?
When the walls of monarchical politics rise high between them, will her passion prevail?
Hidden Passion – the story of a princess daring to reach out for her heart’s desire.