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Book Review: Of Curses & Kisses – Sandhya Menon


Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

My thoughts:

A contemporary retelling of Beauty & the Beast, set in an exclusive boarding school with an Indian princess and a British Duke’s son as the protagonists.

I really enjoyed the author’s previous book, When Dimple Met Rishi, and this was equally as fun.

Modern technology is the real villain here, with Jaya’s sister being the subject of some nasty gossip at home and the grapevine suggesting it’s Grey’s family’s fault.

This means Jaya isn’t remotely interested in the actually quite interesting Grey, and of course a series of misunderstandings, accidents and coincidences conspire to bring these two together again and again.

This was just a good fun read. And we all need some of those.

I was kindly gifted a copy of this book by the publisher with no obligation to review.

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