Sandhya Menon is back with a book I knew I was going to love the second it was announced. It has everything I love in a book: royalty, boarding schools, and romance. Plus, it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was lucky enough to be on Sandhya’s street team and get an early read, and I absolutely devoured it. It’s got sweet, slow-burning romance, a dash of royalty, a boarding school backdrop, and a nice HEA ending.
Princess Jaya is the heiress to a small, non-monarchical monarchy in India and has a lot of expectations about her life. Now, she’s off to St. Rosetta’s boarding school in Aspen, Colorado, a place where it’s said parents ship the kids they need to get rid of. It’s only…kinda like that for Jaya and her sister, Isha. Isha was embroiled in a bit of a scandal with some motorcycle mechanics and a crazy t-shirt back at home, and now she and Jaya are at St. R’s. But…there’s someone else there too: Grey Emerson, a moderate English aristocrat and the youngest heir of a family who was cursed by Jaya’s family in the 18th century. Jaya has reason to believe that Grey is the one who leaked the story about Isha to the press, so she’s out for blood. She’s going to start by making Grey fall in love with her and then breaking his heart into smithereens. But things don’t go quite as planned. There’s an enchanted ruby necklace, side characters with their own love plots, a ski trip, and lots of swooning. Soon though, Jaya will have to choose between her heart and her home, and it won’t be easy.
I am seriously a sucker for boarding school books and I loved the set up for this one and the characters populating it, but I do wish we had seen Jaya doing more school stuff-classes, homework, etc. I loved the simmering romance aspect and how it felt so clean but so dirty at the same time, haha. This is definitely a book about 18 year olds that could be enjoyed by younger people, but it does have some F bombs. I’m really looking forward to seeing what stories the next two books in the trilogy are–I know one is about Isha, but I hope there’s one about Rahul as well.
Okay, I’m done blabbering, but Sandhya Menon is great, this book is really good, and I can’t wait for more books by her! Next up: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky. Obviously, I’m super excited since 10 Things I Hate About You is literally my favorite film of all time.
Of Curses and Kisses is on sale everywhere February 18, 2020.