GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 146
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
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Bollywood and that title – Just enough to grab my attention. I had read the previous book by this writer which was a historical fiction - the stories are virtually incomparable that way.
The plot line is more of a realistic glimpse into the life of a typical celebrity. Does being a successful actress mean that she shouldn’t have humane feelings and commit mistakes just like a common man? Piya our protagonist, walked away from her marriage with the brilliant and handsome director Arfaaz. Now she is back – is it for good? Why is she here? – These are the conflicts which the writer has turned into a story – a pretty good story. The story was paced quite evenly but still had my attention. By evenly paced I meant, one high was followed by a low and the same was repeated. Typically this kind of pacing would be boring, but the writer surprised me by keeping both the highs and lows interesting. I really had to finish reading the story in one go.
Characterization and Writing
For some reason I felt a world of a difference between the historical fiction I read by this writer and this book. This story was packed with passion and deep emotions. What started as a light yet passionate banter turned into a heavyset intense emotional dialogue. The sensual scenes were “Sensual” as intended and didn’t seem erotic at all. To me, there is a world of a difference between being sensual and erotic. With crackling chemistry between the protagonists and spot on characterization, the book was a treat. The characters blew hot and cold over each other - this was executed realistically. My only qualm would be the lack of elaboration on Arfaaz’s family and Piya’s extended family from her roots.
MY SAY: Sensual read. Crackling story line with the right fireworks in play.
A Passionate Romance
More Than Just Desire
The Bollywood diva who ran away
Piya walked out of an explosive situation three years ago. She married Arfaaz for security but left him facing chaos she created. Now she's back in Bollywood and searching for the crown she gave up when she ran away. In the competitive world of starry glamour, the only way she can begin her career anew is to trash the past and get a divorce.
The man who wants her atonement
Arfaaz is determined to get his revenge on Piya for making a farce of their marriage and leaving him to face the mudslinging. He forces her to keep up the appearances and stay with him so she can play the loving wife and repent on her sins. But Piya drives him crazy with her antics. On the top of that, the attraction between them sizzles and threatens to make him forget reason.
A passionate conflict
Piya knows she has lessons to learn but she cannot let this man enter her heart. There is too much to risk and she cannot afford to forget the real reason she has come back. Success is her mantra and her worship. She can be faithful to only her goal...
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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. She firmly believes 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!
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 324
SERIES / STANDALONE: Love in Provence #3
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from NetGalley as a part of France Book tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you.
This review would be from the viewpoint of a reader who has not read the previous books of the series and choose to read this book as standalone
I wasn’t able to follow the story for a while. The characters felt a bit disconnected and disorienting till about half way through the story. This edition of the series follows Katherine’s story back in Canada. Katherine is forced to come back home to Canada when her best friend meets with an accident. Coming back home floods her with memories of her parents and hear failed marriage. Adding to agony are her unstable feelings to Philippe – the man who has made her fall in love again. Would she be able to move on from her heart break and accept a man into her life again? The stories switched back to France with the thread of Katherine’s and Philippe’s relationship.
Once I was comfortable with the characters and their relationship with each other, I found the story to be nothing short of beautiful. With a pacing which was consistent and enough twists thrown in, this book was indeed a pleasurable read. The narration and the setting would be the highlight of the book. The writer had literally brought alive the sights, scenes and food of France! The countryside is so breathtaking and fills the reader with joy. The story line as such was filled with so much positivity and teaches the reader an invaluable lesson – A heart break is never the end of life.
My only qualm with the book would be a lack of that introduction for a reader who hasn’t read the previous books. The writer could have possibly spent a couple of pages giving a gist of what happened earlier so that new readers would also connect with the book and the old readers wouldn’t be bored. Also given that the characters were way lot older than I am, I couldn’t really connect much with them!
The cover deserves a special mention for being breathtakingly beautiful!
MY SAY: A must read for ‘Fracophiles’ and lovers of contemporary romance.
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I Promise You This(women’s fiction) Release date: May 17, 2016 at Lake Union Publishing ISBN: 978-1503935723 365 pages Author’s page | Goodreads
SYNOPSISSuddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down. Seeking to find her true self, she took a chance on starting over. A year later, she is certain of this: she’s in love with Philippe and adores his idyllic French homeland, where he wants her to live with him. But all that feels like a fantasy far removed from Toronto, where she’s helping her friend Molly, hospitalized after a life-threatening accident. Staying in her childhood home full of memories, Katherine wonders: Is she really ready to leave everything behind for an unknown life abroad? And if all her happiness lies with Philippe, will it last? Can she trust in love again? Searching her heart, Katherine finds the pull of the familiar is stronger than she thought. An unexpected meeting with her ex, the first time since his cruel departure, and a stunning declaration of love from an old flame spur her introspection. With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as breathtaking as the beaches of Côte d’Azur, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves that a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORA confessed travel-addict, best-selling author Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else, and calls the south of France her second home. I Promise You This, is Book 3 in her award-winning Love in Provence series. Find Patricia on Facebook, on Twitter on Instagram at her Amazon Author Page or her website Subscribe to her mailing list and get information about new releases. Buy the book : Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca | Amazon.fr | available on Barnes & Noble on May 17
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A seemingly mundane computer clean-up leads to an electrifying quest for an enigmatic—and deadly—treasure in this gripping techno-thriller.
After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of twenty-five, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer’s untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking. Alex dives headfirst into a hunt for the priceless object.
What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. Not just a lost treasure, it’s something far more insidious: a weapon that could bring the developed world to its knees. Alex races through subterranean grottos, freezing morgues, and hidden cellars in the dark underbelly of Los Angeles, desperate to find the Florentine before it falls into the wrong hands. Because if nefarious forces find it first, there’ll be nothing Alex—or anyone else—can do to prevent a catastrophic attack.
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Carey Nachenberg is Symantec Corporation's Chief Engineer and is considered one of the inventors of Norton AntiVirus. As Chief Engineer, Carey drives the technical strategy for all of Symantec's core security technologies and security content. He has led the design and development of Symantec's core antivirus, intrusion prevention and reputation-based security technologies; his work in these areas have garnered over eighty-five United States patents.
In addition to his work in the cyber-security field, Carey has also recently published his first novel, a cyber-security thriller entitled “The Florentine Deception,” and is donating all proceeds from sales of the novel to charities supporting underserved students and veterans. Carey holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California at Los Angeles, where he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science.
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Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi.
Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 320
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers as a part of TBC book tours in exchange for an honest review
Wrong Means Right End is the second book in the series featuring Nandhini, Sneha and Aditya. Though the book has recurring characters, this story can be read as standalone. Having read two other books by the writer, I knew what really to expect. So diving right into the review
This installment is the story of Nandini’s best friend Sneha. Sneha is now divorced and is happy being a single mom, but Nandini being the ‘responsible’ best friend she is tries to set her up with eligible bachelors which more often than not ends up in a flop show. Finally in comes Nikhil with his own share of emotional baggage. Would Sneha and Nikhil fall for each other? Would Nandini get what she wished for?
This story was well laid out and more interesting which compared to the previous book in the series. Like the previous book, this story also had a positive ending. Not that I’m complaining, but a little variety could have made things even more interesting.
Characterization & Writing
For starters, this book was proof read well and didn’t have any glaring errors like the previous book. The writer has also toned down the usage of regional language which really helped the flow in reading. Needless to say, the writing was quite simple and brought in that feel of a typical Indian story. The characters were well sketched and elaborate well enough for a reader who hadn’t read the first installment. The writer needs to be lauded for not straying off the track and simply focusing on the character this book was intended for. However, I still had qualms with one character - Gayathri - I felt the writer is simply giving her too many chances for redemption. The romance between Nikhil and Sneha was built slowly thread by thread, making it an overall pleasurable experience for the readers. The writer also threw episodes of romance between Aditya and Nandini for good measure so that the readers don’t feel disconnected as far as those two characters are concerned. Evidently, the writer is also adept in mixing humor with romance. I cracked up all the time Sneha mispronounced swear words so that her kid won’t pick it up!
MY SAY: A complete entertainer
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Readers fell in love with Sneha and Nandini, two best friends who stuck to each other through heartbreak and joy in the bestselling novel, Right Fit Wrong Shoe. Now they are back in a delightful sequel that follows the two women as they begin the next phase of their lives in Mumbai.
After a failed marriage, Sneha, a single working mom, has no time, or inclination, for love. She resists every matchmaking attempt made by the overzealous Nandini, married to industrialist Aditya. But then the past intrudes in the form of the gorgeous and rich, Nikhil, who brings along Gayatri to break-up her ex-fiance, Aditya's marriage. Sneha enlists Nikhil's help to salvage the situation. But how does she even talk to a man who clearly loathes her? As Nikhil and Sneha try to grapple with their egos and combustible chemistry, love blossoms.
Wrong Means Right End, an exuberant story about love and friendship, is filled with surprises and a wicked twist at every turn.
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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GENRE: Fiction – Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 320
SERIES / STANDALONE: Pero Baltazar #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as part of iRead book tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you :)
The Berlin Package is second book in the series featuring TV producer and clandestine courier, Pero Baltazar and the African guide Mbuno. They embark on yet another journey filled with nothing short of trouble.
All Pero wants is an ordinary life as a TV show producer. However, his part time job as a courier for the US Government won’t let that happen. This time around, he is given a plain package which unfortunately turns out to be “hot” resulting in him being threatened and pursued by powerful bankers. With the story being set in Germany, there is obviously a Nazi connection to it. He calls upon his new friends and old – Mbuno to help him out of this precarious situation where in the very government he works for will go to any lengths to cover up their mistakes. Obviously the plot was well fleshed out and logical. Thankfully the writer didn’t fill in pages with Nazi history. Inadvertently, stories set in Germany and having that Nazi connection end up being nothing short of history books. This writer did bring in the history but it was handled well and was intertwined with the part making it essential. It was not just the Nazi history, the writer wove in subjects like nuclear terrorism into the story very well.
Narration & Characterization
Given that this is the second book in the series, the writer didn’t really have the need to elaborate the characters and their aspirations. However, I felt that he might have as well used it as a chance to add the much needed volume and depth to the recurring characters. The writing in general was smooth, but just like his previous books, the dialogues were choppy and abrupt. I wondered if this was actually his style of writing. If it were so, I’m really not comfortable with it. The writer certainly needs to be lauded for the narration of background and minute details.
MY SAY: The thrill factor just got better!
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 256
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from Writers Melon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you :)
A story set in the beautiful town of Dalhousie spanning across generations – must make for an interesting read I mused before picking it up. The cover and the title both were in contradiction with the blurb a bit. An old radio and an almirah isn’t exactly much to go on is it? This is exactly what attracted me to the book!
The story is set in Dalhousie and Delhi. It traces the lives of four generations of people from a family. The writer weaves history and culture into the story which simply ended up helping the writer building up the story. The story as such focuses much on human emotions, behavior and actions. Each emotion, behavior and action is substantiated either by another emotion or action or incident. In fact, the story was more like a Cause and Effect matrix explained literally (It’s the best I can associate with, programming C&E matrix is my day job you see).
Narration & Characterization
With non-linear narration and an abstract theme, this book wasn’t definitely one easy read. The transition between time lines and characters were a bit too abrupt for my taste. The story was simply too slowly paced with characters being killed off at regular intervals. The characterization however was simply too good. In fact, I felt the writer focused too much on the characters and their aspirations and ended up losing focus on pacing. The detailing of historical events, emotions associated with them, their impact on characters and the characterization prevented me from putting down the book. It was evident that the writer researched a lot about various topics including the partition and the local history of Dalhousie. ‘Exquisite’ would be the apt word to describe the writing in general. If only the story had more proper twists and turns! The secret which the writer reveals in the end was something quite wicked in an aesthetic sense. Sadly, thanks to extremely slow pace to reach that big reveal, the secret lost that bang factor. Thankfully though, the secret wasn’t predictable. In fact, I kept waiting for a supernatural element to come into to play, which obviously didn’t happen.
MY SAY: A good literary read.
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