KK Ghazal in the Moonlight
Was the first man you fell for a brooding desert prince? Or better still, a cruelly handsome feudal lord? Are you a spirited beauty, your fire contained—but only just—by the clinging brocade of your lehenga’s choli? A delicious Kama Kahani is sure to strike your fancy. Dazzling Shameena runs wild in the nawab’s palace in Lucknow until her weak-willed father promises her to Nicholas Winthrop, the richest Englishman in the subcontinent. Furious about the alliance, she rebels and flees her father’s home, disguised as a courtesan. But when Asef, the thrillingly mysterious bodyguard of Nicholas, is dispatched to bring her back, Shameena finds herself caught in a dangerous game, between East and West, fire and ice...
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