Tied in knots by Sundari Venkatraman is the second book in the The Thakore Royals.
When Princess Chitrangada Vasudeva of Jodhana runs away from her bodyguards in the European city of Zurich, the last thing she expects is to be incarcerated with a stranger in his hotel suite for three days and nights.
Prince Rajvardhan Thakore of Udaipur is on his way to take part in the ice polo event at St. Moritz and plans to take a much-needed break in Zurich. He’s thrown for a toss when he stops his car to help a damsel in distress. A few minutes into the encounter, he finds out that “Princess” is anything but a helpless female.
Sparks fly, and how!
Until that morning when Princess simply ups and leaves Rajvardhan without a contact number or a forwarding address. He doesn’t even know her real name.
And then they meet again under the most unusual of circumstances back in Rajasthan, during Chitrangada’s engagement to Raja Harischandra Gajanan of Indore. Even stranger is the fact that her fiancé is more her father’s contemporary than hers.
Will the Thakore prince’s endeavor to make the Vasudeva princess his own succeed under the circumstances?
Twenty five year old Princess Chitrangada Vasudeva of Jodhana was brought up by her father, Raja Bikram Vasudeva, her mother having died when she was a baby, she is close to him. Her father wants her to marry twice married, forty eight year old Raja Harischandra Gajanan of Indore, who had fallen for her at a party at a common friend’s place in Gwalior. The engagement was to take place in two months.
An expert at restoring heritage buildings, Chitra takes up contracts with companies and she is in Zurich for some official work. And her father has appointed four bodyguards to keep her safe, but she does not know from what, as she has no threat on her life. So one day, on the way back to the hotel, she gets off the car she is travelling in and runs away. But what she forgets to bring with her is her cell phone and her passport. And as she does not have a passport with her, she is stranded as no hotel will give her any accommodation and the snow is falling.
Twenty eight year old Prince Rajvardhan Thakore, second son of the Thakore family of Udaipur, educated at Harvard has been playing polo for the past seven years. He is on the way to his hotel in Zurich, from where he would go to take part in the ice polo event at St. Moritz, when he sees a lady in red flailing her arms for a lift. And he plays the perfect Knight in shining armour and gives her a lift.
But this is the just the beginning. She tells him to her get an accommodation for her in the hotel where he is putting up and introduces herself as Princess, and he as, Raj. But there is no room available, so they have to share his suite, and she even creates trouble for him, but then, they come to an understanding, she gets the sitting room and he takes the bedroom. And then the blizzard, making the roads and railroads impassable, ensures that they are stuck with each other.
Three days later, when the roads are motorable, she packs up all the clothes he bought for her and leaves his suite without even a good bye, a contact number or a forwarding address as she does not want to be rejected by him. He gets up to find her gone and realizes that doesn’t even know her real name. And after winning the ice polo event, Raj decides that he would find Princess come hell or high water.
I loved the story and the realistic characters. The connect with the previous book in the series has been made beautifully. I felt that this book just continues from where the previous one left off. The characters from the previous book of the series also have roles to play and Samrat, the detective in many of her books, is also mentioned in passing. And the best part is that this book can be read as a standalone too.
The conversation between the characters just flows. The story is fast paced and I finished the book in one sitting. The descriptions are detailed and the twist at the end made my day.
Waiting for the third book in the series, which I feel would be story of the Thakore daughter, Dayanita. Doesn’t that name ring a bell???