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5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable historical romance from one of the genre's finest!, 23 Mar 2013
This review is from: Forbidden Jewel of India (Mills & Boon Historical) (Paperback)
A sumptuously written tale simmering with exotic splendor illicit desires and secret passions, Forbidden Jewel of India is an enthralling and engrossing historical romance from the immensely gifted pen of award-winning author Louise Allen!

Anusha Laurens has spent most of her life sheltered and cossetted in her uncle's luxurious palace in Rajasthan. The illegitimate daughter of an Indian princess and an English nobleman, Anusha still bears the scars of her father's devastating betrayal. Anusha has never managed to forgive her father for sending her mother to an early grave nor has she managed to forget the heartbreaking pain which she had to endure when she had been forced to leave the only home she had never known and seek shelter in her uncle's palace. Anusha had vowed never to have anything more to do with the father who had so brutally abandoned her ever again. However, when her life is placed in imminent danger, Anusha realizes that her only chance of survival is if she consents to travelling halfway across India to her father's house in Calcutta. Swallowing her pride is not something which the proud Anusha finds easy to do - and indeed the journey to Calcutta is made even more challenging when she encounters the man charged with protecting her: the devastatingly handsome Major Nicholas Herriard!

There is absolutely nothing that Nicholas would not do for the man who had rescued him from the brink of despair and given him a reason to live: Sir George Laurens. Anusha's father had treated him like his own and made him the strong, intelligent and dependable man he is today. Nicholas had felt honoured and privileged when the man he respected most in the world had asked him to bring his beloved daughter to safety. However, Nicholas hadn't counted on how aggravating and infuriating Anusha Laurens could be - nor had he imagined that he would find himself attracted to her...

With danger lurking round every corner, Anusha and Nicholas must keep their wits about them if they are to survive and reach their destination. Although the two of them had resolved to keep their feelings for one another firmly under wraps, resistance quickly proves futile. Surrendering to temptation might have been inevitable, but does Anusha and Nicholas' love stand a chance of surviving when there is so much standing in their way?

Forbidden Jewel of India continues to assert Louise Allen's standing as one of the most exceptional writers of historical romance writing today. Daring, innovative and wonderfully passionate, this sublimely romantic tale of forbidden love sweeps readers away to an exquisitely rendered and fabulously recreated eighteenth century India. Expertly melding her meticulous historical knowledge with her astounding storytelling prowess, Louise Allen has written a dramatic, dazzling and engrossing historical romance which I couldn't bear to put down!

Atmospheric, captivating and simply breath-taking, Forbidden Jewel of India is a powerful historical romance readers will never forget!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and different, 29 Jan 2013
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I really enjoyed this Mills & Boon. It was different to other ones I've read as it is a cross-cultural love story set in India.
It was engaging and easy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden jewel of india, 6 May 2013
Loved the story. Most stories about the raj start after they came back from india having made their fortune.
This is different as it is set in India.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-written and sexy romance in an unusual setting, 16 Jan 2014
Caz "So many books, so little time..." (Frinton-on-Sea) - See all my reviews
"Forbidden Jewel of India" is well-written and strongly characterised. Category books tend to be shorter than mainstream ones, but Ms Allen is very good at getting straight to the heart of the story and into the heads of her characters and Forbidden Jewel of India is no exception.

One of the things I enjoy about "road trip" stories, is that it affords the author the opportunity to develop the relationship between the hero and heroine at a reasonably fast pace without it seeming rushed. Being thrown together by circumstance encourages the sharing of confidences and the development of friendship and trust; and I always enjoy stories in which the central couple becomes friends before they become lovers. Though both Nick and Anusha are changed by their experiences on the journey and by their association, they retain the essence of who they are; while their deepening attraction and awareness of each other makes for some delicious sexual tension and steamy moments suffused with longing.

I enjoyed Forbidden Jewel of India very much. Ms Allen's depictions of the terrain and of village life brought the locations to life in my imagination and overall, I thought she made excellent use of the unusual setting. It's a quick, entertaining and emotionally satisfying read, with well-rounded and engaging central characters and a well-developed and sexy romance.

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