Series: Book #2 in the Island Girls Trilogy
Author: Zee Monodee
Line: Ubuntu (geared to African Romance)
Publisher: Decadent Publishing, LLC
Release date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Romantic Comedy/ Interracial Multicultural Romance/ Interracial Romance/ Bollywood/ Humour/ New Adult
Length: 262 pages
Heat Level: Sensual/ 2 flames
It is a truth universally acknowledged that to find a prince, a girl has to kiss a few frogs along the way. But what happens when a modern-day princess comes across…an ogre?
So what if a girl has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince?
Tired of her Indian-origin mother’s relentless matchmaking, Diya Hemant is determined to find her Prince Charming on her terms. Armed with a definitive list of requirements, she is sure she’ll know her man when she meets him…
But looking and finding are two different things, especially on the tiny island of Mauritius…
When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, it’s hate at first sight. And though fate keeps pitting her against him, she’s certain he can’t be turned into a frog let alone a prince.
Can this modern-day princess overcome her own expectations and see beyond the ogre to the man beneath?
I have always asked myself how this can be possible.... Two things/concepts that are totally different, completely at ends – how can they gravitate towards each other?
And isn’t it funny that we see this happen more often than not in real life couples? Romance pulls from that notion, but what is it really about opposites that makes such a great backdrop for love to blossom?
In Light My World, the heroine, Diya, is a carefree, bubbly, and almost overly enthusiastic young woman in her mid-twenties. Diya goes through life like a butterfly high on speed, or crack, or whatever would make anyone as hyper as she is! She loves the good life, is always positive and sees the good in people and situations, the glass always half full. True, though, that she hasn’t met with much setback up till now, and that she has lived her life as she’s wanted and on her terms. From this description, she might sound spoiled...but strangely, she isn’t. A bit of a brat, yes, but she’s lovable, nonetheless.
Now you’d expect such a girl to pair up with the frat boy type – the life of the party, the one who cracks all the jokes. They’d be beautiful, sexy, and always laughing; the epitome of the ideal couple, on their way to big and brighter things while they form a family and have 2 perfect kids who would be just as sunny as their parents. In an ideal world – Diya’s! – this would’ve surely been the case.
But we’re dealing with ‘reality’ here, and things are very different, more often than not, from what we’d imagined them to be....
Enter Trent, the hero. He is older than her, widowed from a bad marriage that has left still-unhealed scars, father of two little boys and in over his head with their upbringing. Jaded, cynical, a pessimist, he’s also got a short fuse and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. In short, he is dark and brooding, the kind that comes with a ‘Beware! Awful personality in here!’ warning sign blinking right off his chest.
Flowers and butterflies...colliding with darkness and doldrums! How can that ever work?
But then, too, they say opposites attract, and for good reason – because opposites come together to form the two parts of a singular whole. Balance, yin to yang and vice versa.
They say, too, that love brings your ‘other half’ to you, and this is never stronger than when opposites meet and get together. Like Diya and Trent, they may repulse before they attract, but we all know the end destination – it’s the journey to get there that’s a thrill to witness.
From Mauritius with love,
About the Author
Zee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she'd stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.
From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence.
This particular position became her favourite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit 'on a fence', whether cultural or societal, in today's world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love.
Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is a head-over-heels wife, in-over-her-head mum to a tween son, best-buddy-stepmum to a teenage lad, an incompetent domestic goddess, eternal dreamer, and an absolute, shameless bookholic. When she isn’t penning more stories and/or managing the Ubuntu line at Decadent Publishing, you can bet you’ll find her with her nose in her tablet, ‘drinking in’ a good book.