Ss is the golden standard for me personally That has resulted in my experience reading all the other books with the same setting less enjoyable in some way Novel X is inferior even if by the same author Novel Y is too much of a wannabe and a poorer copy at that Novel Z has a character that smells of rip offI have two other smaller problems as well they all seem to focus way too much on the buildup towards the Sepoy Rebellion often devoting dozens of pages to dialogue in which the enlightened and pro native character lays out his wise political advice that contrasts with the narrow minded stupidity of the rest of his caste And then often the heroine is pretty unlikable because because that s why They start sympathetic enough and at some point they just lose it None of which really informed my picking of this book zero expectations and an Oh en fin probably have to do with the fact that in the end I liked this novelThe first half is simply engrossing we have oung and na ve Olivia O Rourke navigating the local social circles with her snobbish aunt and her reckless cousin attracting the eye of two men that will be meaningful in her future and in her erring And we have Jai Raventhorne not as mysterious as the author tried to present him since it s easy to guess his hot buttons from the first appearance In my case it s not the mystery that had me interested because there was none I knew who his parents were and from that I had a surprisingly accurate guess of what his life story was like down to how he was born and his mother s demise The hints were pretty obvious to me and I d have appreciated a bit careful handling of them to keep me in the dark and make the impact of the revelations later real revelations not confirmations as it turned out The interest lay in his mind s workings because everything in him is excessive because despite all he s not completely messed up in the head he is resilient It s always fascinated me to see and read about people coming out of dire pasts with so different outcomesThe love story follows a straightforward angsty romance arc till the middle they can t be together but they can t be separate either so they carry on with a back and forth furtive liaison with anger and sexual tension than political and social critiue on India thank the old gods and finally they both snap in a scene that is bound to be uestioned by many a reader and that to me brought forth another of my favourite love scenes in literature so that may account for my reaction Politically incorrect love scenes are if well written ranked highly in the Hotness Scale and this one was Hot and full of those life changing moves that will push the plot till the endBut then the second half isn t uite the same Jai is mostly absent having proceeded with that plan that would affect his and Olivia s lives so negatively and Olivia foolishly and in a panic takes two no three decisions in a row that will condemn her to a longish period of living with lies regrets hypocrisy a sourness in the heart that will turn her over the top love for Jai into over the top hate kicking off a business and personal war with him at his return with innocent victims on both sides One is hard pushed to sympathise with her her pride her self castigation her blind spots her resentment and the weakness in tolerating abject abuse her thoughts that she view spoilerowes her husband a son in exchange for a name for her and Jai s bastard hide spoile. Tapestry of India in 1848 from its riotous peasant bazaars to tiger hunts in hushed junglesAnd together they defy every convention of a time and place swept up in a powerful blend of passion and frustration that transforms them from devoted lovers to fierce enemies.
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Ises I won t spoil this fabulous end There is seuel to this book The Veil of Illusion A fabulous tale of star crossed lovers in 19C India The story begins in Calcutta in 1848 as Olivia O Rourke arrives from California to spend time with her mother s sister Lady Bridget Templewood Used to the freer life she shared with her father Olivia chafes under the rigid morals of British Society but then she accidentally meets a man reviled by her family Jai Ravenstone Jai is a Eurasian with a mysterious past who against all odds built up a successful shipping empire Despite her family s hatred of Jai and his attempts at destroying her uncle s competing shipping business Olivia cannot overcome her overwhelming attraction to Jai and sees him at every opportunity even though Jai himself warns her of the dangers of involvement with him Just when it seems Olivia and Jai may be able to surmount the problems of his past and find love Jai s obsession with destroying the Templeton s takes him on a path that utterly destroys Olivia s love for him and sends her on a path of building her own business ventures to enact her revenge against Jai This was a wonderful tale of love and revenge that will have Undercover Pregnancy you reading well into the wee hours of the morning by page 250 or so I literally didn t come up for air until I finished it There are many twists and turns and uite shocking surprises that will haveou guessing and turning the pages until the very end It s not uite up to the standards of The Far Pavilions but for those seeking a well spun ยอดบุรุษพลิกคดี เล่ม 1 yarn set in 19C India during the British Raj this is one worth checking out Five Stars Rating 45 stars Screwed up brooding badboys make my heart and loins a flutter and Jai is one hell of a tortured soul Born in 19th century India to an Indian serving girl and an unknown Englishman he belongs to neither community and has spent his life enraged and embittered He s ruthlessly built up his business empire and just as ruthlessly has built a barrier around himself He cares for nothing or no one his black heart angry and alone Yum Olivia is a feistyoung American sent to live with her English aunt and uncle in India who share a mutual hatred with Jai Olivia s first encounter with him brings instant chemistry and after many secret meetings unheeded warnings and a whole army of inner demons for Jai to battle she finally tames her man So a HEA right WrongSomething happens something big and Olivia and Jai are blown to smithereens They say hell What a weird twisted book Wow I can t believe how much I hate this And Hummer yet I still read 300 pages in hopes that I was mistaken in hopes that Jai wasn t a psychopath and Olivia really did have a brain in her head nopeOK I read my share of misunderstood heroes But this nut case really takes the cake Jai is constantly berating criticizing scorning and snubbing Olivia and the abusive he is the she swoons over himExampleview spoilerWhat I will not accept Jai is the devaluation the denial ofour feelings for me You lie to hide With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) your own delusionsYou fabricate a hate that does not exist You do love me jai Get out His voice was tight in his throatI will But not beforeou admit ou have liedThe final thread of his control snapped With a snarl he spran I have a big problem with novels set in colonial India they all have to measure up whether I will it or no to the arch famous The Far Pavilions that by virtue of reading it first as much as its author s craftine. An who becomes her opium her obsessionJaiThe tormented son of an unknown Englishman and an Indian servant girl he is an alien in the prejudiced world of the British Raj a dark forbidding man Olivia can neither trust nor resistTogetherThey explore the sensuous exotic.
This time reading 3rd I was able to get into the storyplot and characters a lot betterSometimes got a little lost in the politics of it and customs but not enough to put downThat being saidI was hoping for a stronger endinglike an Afterwords or EpilogueI dont think I will be reading the second book though reviews have it no romance and lots of history and politics Proudly added to my favorites shelf Move over Trade Wind and Zemindar and make room for Olivia and Jai Book 1 of 2 Great Book Great love story Ends with a cliffhanger not knowing if the Hero survives I wish this author had done a series type book like Diana Gabaldon did with Outlander series So many possibilitiesbut unfortunately she doesn t and the next book is so depressing and sad that I can t recommend this book to anyone Olivia Jai is one of those books with a slight old fashioned feeling that left a wonderful impression the first time I read it a couple ears ago After writing my Why I LoveHistorical Fiction set in India I wanted to reread it and see if the magic still workedWe first meet Olivia O Rourke a 23 The Alcohol Experiment years old American with an unusual education and lots of character during her stay in India where she spends aear with her maternal aunt Lady Bridget Templewood and her family The Menggairahkan Perjalanan Halaqah young woman is completely in love for this new land and its culture Every opportunity she gets to great despair of her snobbish aunt she s out exploring Calcutta and doing the best she can to get to meet the localsOne evening during a ball she meets a mysterious man Jai Raventhorne They are both curious about each other but when Olivia mentions his name to her family they are all shocked and immediately warn her to keep her distances from him Clearly there s something going on between Raventhorne and the Templewoods and nobody seems interested to talk about it or explain the reasons of the uarrel to theoung American This situation only provokes Olivia s curiosity about JaiNot long after Olivia and Jai start to meet in secret both unable to stop the growing attraction between them If the Spiritual Warfare for Every Christian young woman accepts her feelings easily Jai tries to keep his distances at first and warns her often that despite his love he cannot give her what she wants Olivia is in love and she never imagined Jai s revenge towards her family or the unbearable pain caused by his treasonOlivia is a charming mix of wisdom and innocence Raised by her free thinking father in the States she was always encouraged to give her opinion and be an independent woman Her English aunt is completely appealed by this upbringing She is decided to transform theoung woman into a lady and find her an English husband If I couldn t sometimes suspend my disbelief when I read about Olivia leaving the house all alone and spend hours in the local markets or riding I did enjoy her curiosity about the Indian culture and the fact that she tried to break free from the uite Loved Loved Loved it Why can t all books be this good My only complaint is I wish it had an epilogue I read some mixed reviews on the seuel and I m not sure that I should read it How to describe such magnificent book except by saying that it MUST be read It is not a love story in the strictu sensu on the contrary it shows how love is close to hate The plot engages us into the story of India still under British rule where a lot of social conventions and prejudice among other factors The end still brings big and unexpected surpr. Only the deepest desire could bring them together Only the darkest betrayal could tear them apartOliviaThe elegant American daughter of privilege she is seduced by the opulence of a strange and beautiful culture But her seduction isn't complete until she meets the
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Rebecca Ryman is the pen name of an Indian writer Asha Bhanjdeo who only wrote three books under this name Olivia & Jai The Veil of Illusions the seuel of Olivia & Jai and Shalimar She died in Calcutta in 2003