Zeenat Mahal is one of my favourite authors in Indireads and I really enjoyed both her books – Haveli and Contract. I finished ‘She loves me, he loves me not’ yesterday and I really couldn’t have spent a Valentine’s day in a better fashion 🙂
Zoella didn’t know whether she was devastatingly happy or happily devastated.
Zoella’s been in love with Fardeen Malik, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family. In short, Zoella has no chance with him.
Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancée, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own beauty—Zoella.
This man, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.
When you read the blurb you will undoubtedly feel that this is probably a modern take on Beauty and the Beast story. It is yet (and this where the author scores) it is different. Zoella has been in love in Fardeen for a very long time yet she does not cherish a hope of him falling in love with her. Fardeen is an easy-going charming young man who doesn’t even remember Zoella’s name (though she has been hanging out in their home with his sis for many years).
An accident changes their lives forever. Fardeen’s fiancee Neha dumps him because he is disfigured and Zoella’s family ditches her and they are forced to get married. Fardeen becomes a beast overnight. He is ugly, angry and being dumped doesn’t help his temperament either. He lashes out fiercely at poor Zoella calling her ‘saint’ and ‘sunshine’ alternatively. But Zoella truly loves him but there is no way to prove it to him because he is completely warped in his mind and she is shy.
I loved the way Zeenat builds her lead characters word-by-word so much so that you are invested in them within a few pages. They also share great physical chemistry between them but don’t go searching for sex scenes in this one. There aren’t any! Nonetheless, you will still be turning the pages to see what happens and feel that tingling sensation that lifts your heart whenever we read a great romance. (Ergo you don’t really need to know how they made love :))
I loved the chemistry between Fardeen and Zoella. They are so right for each other and yet they turn away from each other caught in their own insecurity and misunderstanding. Fardeen’s attempts at being romantic and Zoella’s (channelling of cleopatra) seduction attempts had me smiling through the pages.
Verdict: Highly recommended. Read it if you love romance… read it even if you don’t like romance 🙂
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