Of Curses and Kisses (Rosetta Academy)

Of Curses and Kisses (Rosetta Academy)
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June 08, 2021
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“Fans of Menon’s frothy, contemporary rom-coms will be excited for this venture into new territory.” —Booklist
“[A] dreamy, sassy confection of a romance…Funny, extravagant, and satisfying.” —Shelf Awareness

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

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This Beauty can break the Beast
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What I Loved: Of Curses and Kisses is a delightful reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with a good splash of Romeo and Juliet. Indian Princess, Jaya Rao, ends up at St. Rosetta’s Academy in America after scandalous pictures of her little sister get splashed across the media. She believes the loathsome British aristocrat, Grey Emerson, is at fault. The Rao and Emerson families have been clashing since the 1800s when an Emerson ancestor stole a sacred ruby from a Mysuru temple and the Rao family cursed their line to end.
She implements a plan of revenge upon learning that Grey happens to also go to St. Rosettas.
She puts on her best flirting skills to crack his brooding demeanor and break his heart. Several hearts do get broken along the way. It also looks like Jaya's ruby flower necklace that keeps inexplicably losing gemstones is slowly counting down the days he has left to live.
Only with the courage to understand others and break through the traditions and expectations of the family do they both have a chance to mend their broken hearts.
Final Verdict: This is a unique fairytale reimagining. It is sure to satisfy those that love good enemies to lover’s slow-burn romance with a fairytale ending. The story does not end on a cliffhanger. It is also exciting to note that the next book in the series is already available and features other friends Jaya met at Rosetta's academy.
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