My Review of The Maharaja’s Fake Fiancée
Alisha Kay has impressed me with her engrossing storytelling in her debut book, The Maharaja’s Fake Fiancée. It’s a steamy romance with a side of family drama and a generous dollop of feminism.
Although the story is not unique, Alisha’s style of telling it gives it fresh life. Somehow, I kept thinking of the Fawad Khan-Sonam Kapoor film Khoobsurat while reading the book. Maharaja Veer would certainly fit Fawad Khan’s character in the movie with his pride, painful history, and personality quirks.
Alisha turns on the steam in the first few pages and you know it’s going to be a wild ride of ebbing and rising emotions. It’s clear that Veer and Nivy have some sort of past, but what that is exactly is revealed much later. Alisha is adept at giving you all the feel with her descriptions of the encounters between these two.
The descriptions of the Devgarh Palace are enough to make you drool, especially if you’re into ancient artifacts the way I am. The rooms, the furniture, the grounds, the properties — I wanted to be right there in the story to experience it first-hand.
This royal-meets-commoner second-chance romance will make you go weak in the knees and turning the pages faster until you get the HEA you didn’t even know you’re craving for. There’s a pleasant twist towards the end where we learn more about “Maharaja” Veer and his various occupations.
Nivy Sharma, the childhood friend of Veer’s sister Jessie, and consequently known to him all his life, was somewhat of an enigma. How does someone who has successfully fought against the casting couch allow herself to be bullied by her overbearing mother? Perhaps successful people are more insecure than I thought. Success is probably fleeting and the rich and famous feel are desperate to keep it in hand.
How can a spicy romance be complete without some evil, heartless characters trying to ruin it all? Between Anika, her mother Sheela Devi, and Nivy’s mother, I couldn’t decide who was more despicable. Nivy’s mother was an especially terrible person but I know that there are many real-life people who would think nothing of putting down their daughters while tolerating every misdemeanor of their sons.
I welcomed the discourse around Nivy’s profession and Veer’s support of her choice to follow her passion. Books should show both sides of society–the misogynistic people putting down women for pretty much everything and the progressive people speaking up to change entrenched beliefs.
The Maharaja’s Fake Fiancée is a desi romance with modern settings and raunchy characters. It mashes together several popular romance fiction tropes — second chance, fake relationship, and friends to lovers–in an entertaining and oh-so-hot story that will have you swooning away.
This is Devgarh Royals Book 1 and I can’t wait to see who gets the spotlight in the next book. Perhaps it’s Jessie and her mysterious decision to marry an unsuitable man?
(I received a copy of the book from Blogchatter with a request for an honest review.)
You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon India. It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited.