17 December 2016

Inconvenient Relations by Simi K. Rao

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. Her next book, The Accidental Wife, will be available in 2015.

My Review:

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

On one hand we have Ruhi, a modern Indian girl, who agrees to get into an arranged marriage. On the other hand we have Shaan, an NRI, who agrees to an arranged marriage only to appease his family. But on their wedding night Shaan discloses a secret that shatters any hope of happiness that Ruhi might have had.

Well-developed characters. They are easy to relate to given the fact that a lot of Indians are still open for arranged marriage whether by choice like Ruhi or under pressure like Shaan.

The narrative complements the simple language of the author and helps by making the book really easy to get into.

I did not like Shaan at all in the beginning. It was half way through that his characters grows and becomes more likeable. I certainly liked Ruhi a lot more though I wished that she would be a bit more firm at times. This is a quirky romance that will steal your heart!