Thursday, 2 March 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Her Secret Husband by Sundari Venkatraman




HER SECRET HUSBAND
(Marriages Made in Heaven Book #3)
by
Sundari Venkatraman



Blurb

The Maheshwaris are back, a little secretly this time!

What do you do if you find a man who looks like chocolate, speaks like warm syrup, looks at you like you were the most precious cake ever created, and he can bake too? You marry him, even if in secret.

Ruma Malhotra falls head over heels and a little more in love with Lakshman Maheshwari, but her parents insist that she marry a rich businessman of their choice. When Ruma's only option is to marry Lakshman in secret, she is left torn between her love for her parents and her passion for Lakshman. Is a secret marriage the solution or will it lead the way to a public disappointment?

Lakshman Maheshwari falls in love with Ruma Malhotra the first time he sets his eyes on her in Ranveer's office. Will he agree to marry Ruma in secret even if it means betraying his parents?

Psst... Those who have read THE MALHOTRA BRIDE might be happy to reconnect with Sunita & Akshay Malhotra in this one. 

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.


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Read an excerpt from #HSH

“What’s up?” he asked, trying to keep the situation light.
She winked at him. “Shouldn’t I be asking that question?” she asked, looking pointedly down at his lower body.
Reacting to her flirtation, his manhood immediately sprang to action, making Lakshman swear. “Cut that out, Ruma,” he growled, sidestepping her as she would’ve wrapped her arms around him. “I need a shower,” he insisted, not meeting her eyes. He went into the bathroom and locked himself in. The place smelled of Ruma. Cursing, Lakshman stood under the cold shower to tame his libido. She looked like she meant business. How could he convince her to wait till they got married? He dried himself with the towel that was on a rack, glaring at the mirror. He needed a shave. But no, they weren’t going to make love, so it didn’t really matter. Just then he realised that he would have to step out in the towel as his clothes were in the wardrobe. Swearing again, Lakshman walked into the bedroom.
“Laki,” called out Ruma, eyeing him avidly. Fascinated, she got up from the bed and walked up to him. He appeared like a Greek God with his chiselled body that was still damp from the shower. 
She stood close to him and raised her left hand to caress his rough cheek. Her right hand was hooked into his towel as if she was going to pull it off him any second. Lakshman clamped his hand on hers, his fingers holding the towel firmly. “No!”
“Huh?!” She looked deeply into his eyes, her brown gaze like melted cocoa, inviting him to make love to her. Her mouth was pouted deliciously, glistening wetly, begging for a kiss. Lakshman groaned deep in his throat, letting go of her hand to wrap his arms around her. He placed his lips on hers, sucking her upper lip. She tasted as sweet as honey, driving him crazy. His right hand moved down the curve of her hip to touch a thigh. He traced the curve, working his way under her nightshirt to encounter her bare bottom.
“Ruma.” He deliberately removed his hands off her and raised his head to look at her.
She stared back at him with slumberous eyes. “What?” A small frown puckered her forehead.
“We’ll make love after we get married,” he declared.
“What if I don’t agree?”
“I’ll have to beg, right?” he grinned weakly. “Please, my love. You know your parents won’t agree to a marriage between us. Doesn’t it make sense to wait until after the event?”
“What if I want you desperately?” She nuzzled his neck, her teeth taking a sharp nip.
Lakshman groaned again, his arms crushing her to his chest. “Do you love me or just lust after my body?”
“Can’t I do both?” 


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My Musings :

Another awesome book from the author. She has a way for making me eager to read her books and keep me completely satisfied with her writing.

The book cover is cute as per the norm for her books. The title is intriguing and that's what prompted my interest in this story. And the blurb caught me in the protagonists' lure easily! A really simple and elegant tale with the right amount of spice in it.

The protagonists, Ruma and Laki, are made for each other. Ruma is feisty and gutsy while Laki is mermerising with his cool take charge attitude especially when dealing with Ruma's family. I love that both of them give enough importance to their families. I loved meeting all the other characters. They all add to the charming story. I haven't read the other books in the series so I am quite looking forward to reading each person's story in order to know them better.

The story's pace is at that perfect flow which pulls you in easily to amble along for the ride. The author sure does know how to hook a reader and keep them there till the end! The steamy parts are also done perfectly with not overdoing them. The author has taken care to etch each scene in balance with the characters and the problems associated with them. There are certain things shown about Indian life which well adds to the realism factor of the tale.

I find that I have to mention the ending. The ending was choreographed so finely attuned to the reader's mood and the characters' actions. I found it so satisfactory especially the deft handling of Ruma's mother. Omg, that part had me cackling in delight!

Only thing I found lacking was the length of the story. I felt there could have been more , especially between the families. Other than that, a loveable sweet and soft romance has once again been the end product from the author's pen.

My one line review : A short and sweet spicy romance with Indian flair

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5

About the author


Her Secret Husband is the tenth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #3 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Book #1 of the series is The Smitten Husband & Book #2 is His Drunken Wife. 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 shorts called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.

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2 comments:

  1. Whoa! What an amazing review. Thank you Floryie :D Glad you liked my book

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