Sharing here an excerpt from Hidden Passion the story of Kamboj Princess Rukmani.
Rukmani is impetuous and unconventional as is shown by this snippet.
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He chuckled, startling her out of her dejection, the sound stealing pleasurably to her toes. ‘That passive image is difficult to reconcile with you. No, priya. You’re certainly not so patient as to sit quietly at home. Where did you get that idea? I do wonder. You who’s always after the nearest person she can find to take her spear-hunting or arching arrows or jumping her horse over the obstacles.’
She smiled back, an involuntary shiver stealing down her spine as she saw humour light up those unfathomable eyes which usually gave nothing away.
‘And would you like someone like that with you? Such a wife would be a trial to a Maharaja, wouldn’t she?’
‘I don’t know. He might enjoy taming her wild streak,’ his eyes glinted at her, not backing down.
‘And if she refused to be tamed? What would you do then, maharaj?’
‘Me? I have my ways. I think I’d be able to persuade her.’ His gaze dropped to her mouth.
Awareness rose again, gripping her by the throat. She swallowed as desire to have him physically close swept through her.
She said huskily, ‘Devesh, we are not held by social boundaries now. Why should we have this distance between us?’
Immediately the humour was wiped out of his face, his expression becoming rigid with anger. ‘You’re being foolish. I was jesting. You know I won’t marry you.’
‘I don’t care about marriage.’
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