Kismet is a story about East meeting West and the cultural obstacles inherent in such a union. The reader will be taken to the bustling and lively streets of New Delhi and India. It’s a story full of passion, risks and sacrifices.
I travel a lot and I’ve lived in different countries so the Totally Five Star imprint really appeals to me. I enjoyed writing “The King of Infierno” and I love the Totally Five Star concept so I decided I’d write a second novel for this imprint. I also adored my time living in New Delhi and I wanted to use some of my memories and experiences in a story and Totally Five Star was the perfect opportunity.
The research I conducted was mainly to double check and confirm different aspects. I’m lucky in that I have lived in New Delhi, so I’m familiar with the city and Indian culture. I’ve also read quite a lot about India and its history and I’ve visited many monuments and museums which all helps with my general knowledge. I did feel that it was very important to verify some of the more significant cultural elements. Also, I ensured through research that the different Indian terms and names were spelt correctly. In Kismet I wanted to use the local dialect (in this case Hindi) rather than the accepted Western spelling for many of the Indian words.
No. This aspect was tricky! The cultural differences between India and the West are rather complex. I had quite a lot of exposure to these cultural aspects when I lived in India and I have many Indian friends whom I spent a lot of time with so that helped. In writing Kismet, I also confirmed a lot of the cultural facets with a good Indian friend who also happens to be an editor in New Delhi. Her assistance and advice was invaluable, as was her review of my final manuscript — I dedicated Kismet to her.
The BDSM aspects in Kismet are a little lighter than in my other books although there is plenty of hot, kinky sex! I focused more on the development of a BDSM relationship and the testing and exploration of limits. In conservative India, BDSM and related activities is generally considered a taboo subject so I wanted to keep these elements in Kismet, realistic to the environment. Whilst there are no sex club visits, there is plenty of sensual and kinky BDSM play.
I’d like to write something for the Men In Uniform genre. I’m thinking about a series but haven’t decided on that direction yet — watch this space!
Can Tanvi alter kismet’s path?
Tanvi Sharma has always lived life carefully. What has she done, then, to deserve the sentence her family has subjected her to? What cruel form of kismet has intervened so drastically to change her life as she knows it? New Delhi offers Tanvi, who works as a contracted accountant for the Totally Five Star Group, a little solace and removes her from the stifling environment of her father’s business. But she knows it’s only temporary. Soon she has to accept her fate and agree to the marriage her parents have arranged for her—to a man she despises.
She’s all but resigned to her ominous future when a smoldering look from a handsome businessman starts Tanvi’s juices flowing and she allows herself to fantasize about a relationship that can never work. But would a short-term affair be so wrong? Perhaps a no-strings-attached fling with a handsome stranger is just what she needs before entering into a loveless, passionless union.
When Australian businessman Alexander Banks spots Tanvi in the hotel restaurant, the exotic and aloof creature immediately intrigues him. Never one to shirk from a challenge, Alex quickly learns that he has his work cut out for him if he wants to get closer to the reserved beauty.
Alex soon realizes that cultural differences and long-held traditions are obstacles greater than he could ever have envisioned and light years away from his Western rationale. Just when he expects that a relationship with his Indian beauty might be going somewhere, it turns out that someone else has other plans and the Totally Five Star Hotel becomes a dangerous and risky place for them to be.
Reader Advisory: This book contains some scenes of light BDSM.
About Jasmine Hill:
Jasmine was born in Australia and grew up in Sydney. She currently lives in Madrid, Spain with her husband.
She adores reading all genres but in particular she enjoys erotic romance novels and thrillers.
Jasmine loves writing and is always looking for new ideas for stories that will provoke inner passions, stimulate the senses and ignite the imagination.
Her interests include cooking, traveling, yoga and skiing.
She has won some short story competitions and is now excited to have started publishing her erotic romance stories through Totally Bound Publishing.
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