Tuesday, November 02, 2010

MAHARAJA'S MISTRESS - Susan Stephens



Stunning! The Maharaja’s Mistress was a sensual and exotic journey written brilliantly by the talented Susan Stephens.

A hot playboy royal and a spirited young Mia who had a crush as a teenager on her brother’s best friend the future ruler of Ramprakesh. This sexy and handsome Ram also had a secret he had kept from Mia, two secrets in fact. Now it seemed that the Maharaja might need Mia because the Monte Carlo race he’d entered required two racers, one to drive and one to interpret the road. His second had to drop out at the last minute. When Mia read the headlines that Ram was in Monte Carlo, this was her chance to see him again and to race with him. However, how would he react and feel when he saw her since her accident?

Like Ram, Mia had a secret, one that had changed her life because she was recovering from an accident which had blinded one eye and left scars. She had begged her family not to tell anyone, especially Ram. However, now she would be meeting with him to discuss the race as he had accepted her invitation to race with him. He was shocked to find her in Monte Carlo and in her present state but he didn’t let on, he treated her as if her scars and the patch she wore over her eye didn’t matter. They had an excellent race but were disqualified but celebrated anyway and ended up on his royal yacht and oh what a floating palace it was, an extremely elaborate one in which Ram did his personal business as well as business for his country. However, it was time for him to return home and rule his people properly. He also wanted to spend time with Mia, time they had both been denied and he wanted to show her his country. Why I wondered, why after all of this time? And then their passion, it literally exploded off of the pages!

Mia had never made life easy for Ram and he was tired of being bored. He remember long ago when he had to say good-bye to her because of an arranged marriage, his secret with the exception that he hadn’t keep from his best friend, Mia’s brother. However, when Mia asked to board his yacht and he finally had her where he wanted her, in his arms, there was a change in plans and he sailed them both out to sea. He had definite plans for Mia, plans I didn’t believe he even realized. Yes he wanted to help her heal, get her independence back, have her resume her interior design, have her in his bed. Talk about a sensual journey on the high seas. It was right out of the Karma Sumatra, I promise. I also had to wonder because it was obvious that Mia had never stopped loving Ram, would she get her heart broken?

Their journey to and arrival in Ramprakesh was magical. The way the author described the country, the people, the scents, and landscape, I felt I was there right along with them. However, Ram changed immediately upon their arrival. Yes Mia wanted to be by his side and she had accepted an opportunity to bid on decorating his new home and refurbishing the ancient palace into something his people could enjoy. But their moods were all over the place. Ram couldn’t get enough of Mia and then she learned one of his secrets, about his arranged marriage and how it had gone wrong. Tension you could cut with a knife both emotional and sensual and a battle that had the possibility of hurting Mia.

Maharaja’s Mistress was not only a romance about old friends, it was a journey of lovers and two people from different cultures. Honestly, I was a skeptic about Susan’s endeavor of writing this romance. I love reading the sheikh genre and realized the popularity of Bollywood but a Maharaja? All I can say, Ram was up against a feisty and spunky young woman, a woman with determination and so full of love. And I promise you’ll melt when Ram’s second secret is revealed, he had always loved her. Thank you Susan Stephens for this most romantic love story and one of second chances with happy endings!

Back Blurb:

Live life in the fast lane with the playboy Maharaja!

Monte Carlo is abuzz with news that Ram Varindha – young, hot and royal – is without a co-driver for the biggest rally event of the year! It might have been years since she last saw him – but Mia leaps at the chance to get up close with the Maharaja!

With time to spare before he takes on more serious royal duties, bedding the beauty is top of Ram’s list. But Mia has long known Ram’s reputation. Is she just in for the hottest few nights of her life…or could her dream of finally taming his playboy ways become reality?



Behind the book:

Susan's discussions at RomCon

From Susan Writing Diary

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