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Book Review #22: His Captive Indian Princess


Author: Tanu Jain
Pages: 192
Publisher: Harlequin India
Genre: Romance

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Characters (Leads):
  1. Gauri Rao- The protagonist
  2. Vikram Singh- Best friend of Gauri’s half-brother
  • Blurb:

Banished from her dynastic family home by her grandmother, Gauri Rao has lived under the weight of scandal. But now her past has come back to find her in the shape of deliciously handsome and dangerously powerful Vikram Singh.

With the Rao family in tatters, Vikram has promised Gauri’s father he will track down his daughter and bring her home—at all costs. Yet somehow the naive girl who ran away has blossomed into an independent woman. Vikram is not used to taking no for an answer…has he finally met his match?

  • Review-

“His Captive Indian Princess” by Tanu Jain is a very different kind of story. Vikram and Gauri are prince and princess of their respective royal families. It all starts with Vikram, 6 years elder to Gauri, getting to know about Gauri’s whereabouts after 6 long years since she had run away from home. He meets her and she is unwilling to return. But as Vikram cannot take “no” for an answer, he sees to it that she abides by him. he reveals to her that his best friend and Gauri’s brother, Madhav, is no more and that her dad is in coma.

The story slowly unfolds to reveal that Gauri and Vikram have both had a painful childhood. Gauri is always criticized by her grandmother and half-sister for being a blot on the family’s name as she was born due to transgression by her parents and is loved and cared for only by her beloved half-brother Madhav and her father. Vikram has a stern nature and he too thinks lowly of Gauri.

Both Gauri and Vikram gradually realize their liking towards each other. The way they ignore their feelings towards each other in the beginning, Gauri’s belief that her brother is alive, the intimate encounters between Gauri and Vikram and the amazing end of story make this book an interesting read.

  • Appreciations:

Although the story starts with the typical style of ignorance first and love later, the script is molded in a way that will make the story appear different and appeal to the reader. Perfect grammar and decent descriptions of intimacies. The script takes care of the background of each of the characters and does complete justice to every character.

  • Let-downs:

The end of the story seemed to be a bit hushed up, it could have been elaborated over one or two chapters more and I guess it would have pitched the appeal of the novel to a greater extent; the hushed end may leave the reader in a confused emotion about the book. The story seemed to be emphasizing on male chauvinism which was something that let me down in terms of character and emotion portrayal.

  • Verdict:

Something different than the usual romances. (3.5/5)
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  • Available at:
  1. Amazon (Rs. 113)
  2. Infibeam (Rs. 109)
    Original price- Rs. 125

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