Friday, 26 August 2016

Book Review – Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right by Varsha Dixit

If you feel my words are going slurry and are finding it hard to flow in here and I am a bit loose with my words (wiping of the beads of sweat from my brows) well blame it on the Tequila mini cupcakes made by our own vamp Gayatri Dutta. (Pssst… it took a mad scientist or should I say ‘Mad hatter’ (as she calls him), to make her confess that she baked it. 
The last time I had a great girl buddy time was with Nora Roberts Bride Quartet –girls ;-) Thanks to Varsha Dixit I had a blast with “The Double trouble”  and Gayatri. Boy! Did they have some spunk and grit. They are cheeky and vivacious, loved the Nandini- Sneha the double trouble and their bonding.
The guys were great actually pssst drool worthy especially our Mad hatter, but once you read the book you will realise girls are more fun. No offence, boys ;-) Don’t you agree girls? (You could see the Halo glowing now on my head ;-) For girl Power.)
Never mind. But let me mention our Mad hatter whose real name is Viraj Dheer. Hot! Ahem…. Please wait as I reduce the temperature of my air conditioner.. wiping away the sweat. Hiding behind his loose hanging shirts and lab coat you have this hard muscled, handsome hunk. Trying to loosen imaginary color of my tops ;-) Just the con man to con our vamp Gayatri.
Romance has always been my love. Thank you Varsha for making me love some spunk with romance. My friend who suggested Varsha Dixit’s book had told me either you love her books or hate it. Trust me I am soooo in love with it that I am going to pick the Double trouble’s love ‘ishtory’ ;-)
Readers who have read the earlier books of the series would be surprised to get to the reason of what made Gayatri the ‘vamp’ and her story.  Loved every minute of it, also the palpable hunger and attraction. (Fanning myself with my hand ;-))
Blurb:

Love is in the air again…and this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!
Gayatri, a rich, spoiled diva, is fighting to establish herself even as her tyrant father pushes her into a life not of her choice. Viraj is a genius and a con who shuns society and its hypocrisies.
Gayatri sees Viraj only as a means to an end. For Viraj, Gayatri is the epitome of all that he despises. So when their paths cross, it is a battle of feisty wills and desire.
Will Gayatri and Viraj prove to be each other’s salvation or annihilation?
From the best-selling author of Right Fit Wrong Shoe and Wrong Means Right End comes Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right. All the unforgettable characters of the earlier two bestsellers make a comeback in this unforgettable story of hurt, hearts and hope.
This is a tumultuous journey of two Wrongs who might just make everything Right!



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Monday, 22 August 2016

Book Review - Dangle by Sutapa Bose

*SPOILER ALERT
Just like the title it was a Dangle. Amar and  Steve are projected as very virile and extremely attractive that Ipshita the globe trotter just cant resist. They are just the kind for vacation romance one reads in romances. And Akash the boy who would trigger the protective nature in everyone. It was odd when people around never noticed these three giving us readers warning it is not what it appears. And would we be surprised to realise it was all hallucination, a little yes, a little no. I tried to link the helicopter incident at first with Amar which didn’t link with, so yes I couldn’t predict what was coming up. It kept me at edge. Actually dangling until the last page. Especially the last page when it seemed all was solved and settled the book which was just a psychological suspense turned into a horror at least for me ;-) The ending did remind me of Sidney Sheldon’s Tell Me Your Dreams ending.

The locations: yes I use the word location as I am not able to replace it with anything else. Chicago, Manipur and Indonesia very colourfully and lively presented with words.
Ipshita, a self-made travel show designer and host, but with her own set of mental trauma she had been through. She is very impressive and likable. Adi her friend and confidante, first gave a brotherly feel to his presence around Ipshita. But soon we see the simmering feelings he has for Ipshita. As the story progresses we see Ipshita’s feelings for Adi growing.

It was a Dangle – Y read. GO for it!

Blurb:
Stunning, svelte, smart Ipshita is a globetrotter. She treks across the world to gather bytes for the travel chats she designs and hosts for TV channels. Despite being a self assured and sophisticated entrepreneur, Ipshita is haunted by a nameless fear. Social interaction with men unleashes psychotic turmoil inside her, making her wary of male attentions. Yet, the cold and aloof Ips is inexorably drawn to the three men she meets at different points in her journey. Her arousal to the overtures of these men catches her unawares. Well-built defenses break as her dormant sexuality go into overdrive until she discovers the horrifying truth about them…and herself. Life puzzles. Secrets tumble out. Will she be able to reclaim her life or let it dangle. 



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Friday, 19 August 2016

Book Blitz - His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman


Marriages Made in India
Book #2
HIS DRUNKEN WIFE

by
Sundari Venkatraman



Blurb

The badass Shikha is startled when the nerdy Abhimanyu proposes marriage. She loves... herself, and Abhimanyu doesn't figure on her list anywhere. For Abhimanyu, however, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into RS Software, where the two of them work.

When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough for her, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment.

But it looks like the love is all from only Abhi’s side as Shikha continues to drink herself crazy. Yeah, even at their wedding party.

And then Abhi sets out on a honeymoon to Thailand with His Drunken Wife...

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.
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Sundari Venkatraman
His Drunken Wife
is the ninth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #2 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India; Book #1 being The Smitten Husband. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Book Review - Destiny decides by PG Van

Book Review:  Destiny decides by P G Van 



The book reminded me that I have been missing reading romances. It’s been sometime since I picked up a romance. 

Sameera  and Nick’s meeting  was really interesting: Nick on his Superbike and Sameera in her Mini Cooper. Sameera aka Meera aka Sam a dancer with a regular job, the odd timings of her job, her cautious nature coming in the way to accept the all too perfect Nikhil.  And Nikhil is the very good son, brother, friend and a considerate partner. The life of an NRI is nicely put.
The daily life of Sameera is sketched nicely, Nikhil being mesmerised by her dance class, his mother being spellbound by her performance and a sudden happiness engulfing her and pulling her out of her miseries.  The depiction hits a cord with dance lovers or dancers.
Train ride, limousine ride , Porche... Mmmm now that was a treat.  A little more pace to the story would have been a plus. Also I would have loved to see deeper into Nat, Srini, Mrs and Mr B, Anu and her husband, wanted a more, rounder depiction of them. Probably the author would have planned another book with them as protagonist. Let us wait and see.
Sameera’s scarred past and her doubts in contrast to Nick’s confidence and patience keeps you wondering would she accept their relationship for what it is.
And another aspect of the book... please brace yourself for some strong attraction and intimacy between them.  
The suspense built is not broken even by the end. It leaves you wondering, why? But guess what? The author is waiting to present the next installment of Destiny decides part-2.

Blurb:
"My body arched towards him and my head fell backwards giving him room to move his lips along the length of my neck. I reached out to run my fingers through his hair in response to the thrust from his tongue on my neck. He took in a deep breath against my neck and as he reached my ear lobe, he whispered in a very hoarse voice, “I wanted to do this at your front door”."
 Almost a decade of pain pent up inside her, Sameera manages to lead a simple life with her older sister as her roommate. She wonders if she would have lasting happiness in her life as every time she finds happiness it is yanked away from her before she realizes it.
Nick was her best friend in high school and is now back in her life after all these years and it is very clear that he wants more than just friendship. He expresses his need for her very early on shaking up Sameera’s quiet world.
Will Sameera learn to stop bracing herself for the next big tragedy and learn to accept that she was destined to meet Nick?
Is Nick the pillar of strength for Sameera to work through her challenges and internal conflicts?
Can she trust the guy she had known many years ago? Nick is not a high school kid anymore; He is a successful businessman that leads a life of extreme luxuries. Nick seemed to know everything about her? How? She steps out of her comfort zone for Nick but can she hang on to him. Is Nick the guy that she was destined to meet or is he going to cause her another heart break?
 Take Sameera’s journey in this passionate love story as she discovers the meaning of true love and realizes the power of destiny.



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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Book Cover release - Second Chance At Forever by Summerita Rhayne



SECOND CHANCE AT FOREVER
BY
SUMMERITA RHAYNE

Blurb


What happens when the terrible twos come in threes? 
Stuti loves being a mother to her triplets, but it can be a harrowing routine. She's even more submerged in the craziness when she takes them and her mom-in-law for a trip to Rajasthan, the land of the erstwhile Thar desert royals and their palaces. After the passing away of her husband, she feels she owes it to her mil to take her to her favourite holiday. In the Amber Palace, her reckless toddler rushes onto a modelling shoot. As she picks up her daughter who has tripped over a gorgeous zardozi sari, her gaze clashes with that of the man she'd hoped never to set eyes on again in her life. 

A passion that threatens to set fire to more than just her senses 
Revath was everything she wanted in a man, but six years ago he chose to walk away from her. Now he wants to be back in her life. When she knows he doesn't want the same things in life that she does, would she be wise to let anything rekindle between them? Is it already too late for rethinks? 

Desire that has to be denied 
Revath knew the moment he met Stuti again that he couldn't just let her go. But Stuti is absolutely the wrong woman for him. It was proved six years ago when they chose diametrically opposite ways for themselves. He doesn't believe in forever, so what's he doing asking her for a second chance? 
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Can three little miracles be a barrier to two people finding love?

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Summerita Rhayne writes contemporary and historical romance with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Her pet belief is, if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters will find a way to make the writer pen them down, even when writing time is in short supply. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book!

At heart, she's a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, romcoms, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking. 

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Book Review: Black Pepper – Madhu Purushotaman



“… if you do not want it, you cannot be conquered. Don’t lose your spirit or soul even if you lose your life. A valiant death is better than an enslaved life as it destroys you soul too. How you live your life is all that matters. “
an excerpt from the book. 

A visual treat: the book takes you on visual tour through the southern part of India, now the state Kerala in 18th century. The extensive research on the history and the social conditions provide the authenticity and realism to the  novel.
It is a treat to a Historical Fiction lovers.
As the book started I was waiting for the appearance of the male protagonist as is usually expected. But as the story  progressed, without my realization the three protagonists were etched in my mind.  Women protagonists: not one or two but three. Hook, line and sinker, the girls had me with them through-out.
A society where men set the rules for women, where every level of the caste hierarchy, women were oppressed and treated no worse than an inanimate object. Even the people who wanted the change to happen had their hands tied.
I remember a dialogue in a movie where a woman says,  “ I am just a woman trying to live in the men’s world on my terms.”
That is what exactly  ‘Naayi’ , ‘Valli’ and  ‘Gauri’ did, without proclaiming to do so.
The war for the spices, the European powers trying to gain the control over it and the building tension due to internal politics and war; you will feel it happening right around you.
There are few resonating thoughts which are apt even in today’s time,

“You can put only one-tenths of the blame on the perpetrators. Nine-tenths of our destiny is in our hands.”

“…We have the biggest control over what we are.”

No matter the time or era the rules which tried to hold back women from achieving what they want from life, always existed. In the name of caste, religion, society and culture they have always been tried to be held back. And every now and then you find a Naayi , Gauri or Valli trying in their own possible way to break the mold they are tried to put in.
Staying true to the time and situations without over dramatizing or building up an over the top heroic image the story proceeded convincingly.  The pain and loses were all subtle and realistic. The mystery was held intact till the end adding the thrill.
A must read for historical lovers and a must try for any fiction readers.
Every event of the book was visually engraved in my mind as if I had watched a movie. 

Knowing the language Malayalam helped me as I read. A glossary would be helpful for a reader who is new to the language. Many explanations from the book can be included in the glossaries, hence adding more pace to the flow.   


A good read! A good treat! 


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