GENRE: Fiction – Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 231
SERIES / STANDALONE: Beyond the Cage #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Red Moon Book Tours.
Our protagonist Walker is a rookie who wants to fight in the MMA. He dropped out of law school much to the disappointment of his father who cut him off financially as a punishment. Gracie, our female protagonist is a successful MMA agent. Walker happens to be her best friend’s brother on whom she had a huge crush on when she was 12. When Walker lands in her couch as he doesn’t have a place to stay, she realizes that the crush hasn’t exactly faded out. Things turn complicated thanks to Walker’s sudden boxing match and Gracie’s pretty much absentee boyfriend, Erik. Eventually Gracie ends up making a choice between her career, her boyfriend and Walker.
This was one of those types of books that I really couldn’t decide if I hated it or liked it. The writing was simple and pretty much normal. The story was appropriately paced but predictable in spite of having few twists and turns. The characterization was the high point of this book. Almost all the characters, from Erik to Gracie to Walker to Tyson, were all well carved out. Not having read any MMA based romance before, I really didn’t have a standard to compare this book with. Though given that this is the first MMA romance that I’ve read, I’m not sure this is what I expected. I half expect some sabotage and espionage with the fights. Thankfully the book never had any awkward situations or erotic scenes that absolutely drive me mad. The story has enough potential for spin offs.
MY SAY: Entertaining read. You won’t hate it nor will you go gaga over it.
PLOT : 6/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the Maximum Fight League, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in his hands…
Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…
“Whoa…occupied,” Walker Adams said, quickly reaching for a towel as the bathroom door swung open.
“Shit, sorry.” Grace shut her eyes as she slammed the door, but not before seeing much more of her best friend’s older brother. Something her fifteen-year-old self would have gone to extreme measures to see.
Well, that image was going to take a brain injury to forget.
“I’ll just be a second,” he called through the door as she turned to leave.
“No worries-take your time.” She checked her watch. She had fifteen minutes before she had to leave for work. They would need to come up with a better routine if they were going to be roommates for several weeks.
Several weeks. Holy shit. How had Kylie talked her into this? When her best friend had called from California to ask the favor, she wished she hadn’t answered the call because Kylie had asked her a question she’d been unable to refuse.
“He’s desperate,” Kylie had said.
Desperate was one word that failed to come to mind when she thought about Walker. She was pretty sure he’d never wanted anything too long before getting it. “Really?”
“Yes. I mean, he will never admit it, of course, but he’s left himself zero options. If he’s not attending classes, Dad says he’s not paying his rent or helping him financially until he wakes up and realizes he’s ruining his future.”
That sounded like Judge Adams. He saw one future for his son and Grace didn’t expect the man to ever support the fighting career Walker had dropped out of law school to pursue. She’d sighed. “All I have is a pull out sofa-no spare room.” She cringed at the thought of someone sleeping in her living room…even for a few weeks. She’d never had a roommate, preferring her privacy and space.
Roommates were messy and loud and…messy.
“Trust me-he’s not picky right now. He’s been sleeping in his Jeep for the last few weeks. He finally told me and I’m a little worried about him living on the streets in Las Vegas.”
Her resolve melted. The idea of Walker Adams down on his luck was a completely foreign one. The high school valedictorian and football star was not exactly lacking in the ‘good fortune’ category. Not when it came to success or brains or looks…so how had the guy voted ‘most likely to succeed’ in high school end up needing her pull out sofa?
“Okay, he can stay here…but you know I’m moving in three weeks, right? July 31st my lease is up and I’m moving in with Erik.”
“I was kinda hoping you’d come to your senses…” her friend had mumbled.
“Nope, still planning a future with a successful, gorgeous man.” She didn’t take offense at Kylie’s attitude toward Erik. The one and only time her friend had met her boyfriend, the Christmas before, they hadn’t exactly hit it off. Erik was kind of an acquired taste. His abrupt manner could be a little off-putting to those who didn’t know him well. Normally, if her best friend and boyfriend didn’t get along, it would be a cause of stress for Grace, but with Kylie a thousand miles away in L.A. and their visits rare these days as they both climbed their respective corporate ladders, her friend’s opinion seemed to matter less.
“Fine…Well at least he hasn’t proposed yet, so there’s still hope.”
Grace rolled her eyes. “So when is Walker getting here?” Changing the subject was always the best course of action whenever their talks turned to her relationship.
“I’ll text him right away with your address and he’ll be there soon. He can’t be that far away.”
Fan-fucking-tastic. Her best friend’s brother, a guy she’d been completely in love with at fifteen, and a man she hadn’t seen in almost five years would be her new roommate in a matter of minutes. “Can’t wait to see him,” she’d lied.
Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, and SheWrites.org. She is also a regular blogger on the Heartwarming Authors site and is a contributing author to Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine and RWR. She has also taught RWA Chapters courses online. Her 2013 Holiday Romance-The Trouble With Mistletoe was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Contest.
Her publishing credits include two holiday novellas, previously published by The Wild Rose Press, now re-released or being re-released as self-published editions through Amazon. The Mistletoe Fever was an Amazon bestseller for two weeks in the category of Kindle Short Reads. Her six book small town, Brookhollow series is published through Harlequin Heartwarming and she has a new MMA sports romance series releasing through Berkley/NAL Intermix in 2015. RT Reviews has given each of her Brookhollow series books 4 stars.
She also hosts an annual SnowGlobe Award contest in recognition of holiday themed romance stories, with over forty entries each year, with participants ranging from new authors to NYT Bestselling authors, such as Brenda Novak and Sarah Morgan. More information about the contest can be found at www.snowglobeawardcontest.vpweb.ca
She is active on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and various blog sites and has a monthly author newsletter.
GENRE: Fiction – Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 259
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of RABT tours! Thanks guys!
A female protagonist who simply doesn't have this need to have a man in her life to feel complete or wholesome – An unusual story line isn't it? A good prompt for me to pick up the book.
Lucy is a successful business women who runs her own clothes store. She is in her late twenties and has never felt the need for a man to complete her life. Her life is just perfect according to her, but her mother believes other wise. She keeps pushing Lucy to date and sets her up with horrendous dates. Unable to put up with such blind dates, Lucy turns to an agency to get dates for all her family events. Things go smooth until she one of her arranged date falls sicks and she is forced to take the agency owner's brother in law – Oliver, as her date. Ollie is fun and bonds instantly with Lucy's family, who are convinced that he is the perfect match for her. Things get complicated leaving Lucy suffocated. The story ends on a “happily-ever-single” note.
Romance writers often stereotype women to be the nagging witch who goes on yapping at men until they commit to marriage or kids. This writer, Jessica, gave a much needed refreshing premise to the story. The protagonist Lucy emphasizes on one very important point that the society somehow fails to understand – Not every woman needs a man to complete her, she can be successful with being backed by a man romantically involved with her. This is not unheard of but is widely ignored and definitely not used in romantic novels. This writer took a big gamble by inculcating such a premise. The gamble evidently paid quite well! The characterization and the narration aided this concept in being delivered effectively. I was expecting a traumatic history for Lucy's character which eventually resulted in this state of hers. To my pleasant surprise there was no such thing which affirmed the premised of the story. Jessica brilliantly reversed the romantic notions associated to a male and female where in the male is a commitment-phobic and the female pesters for lifelong commitment.
MY SAY: A refreshing change from stereotypical romance.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT:2/10 (The lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 8/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Facebook,Goodreads
BOOK LINKS: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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GENRE: Fiction – Literary
NUMBER OF PAGES: 164
SERIES / STANDALONE: Faraway Lands #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer! Thanks a lot Marion for sending this beautiful book to me.
Having read most of Marion’s works, needless to say, I’m a big fan of hers already. Evocative writing filled with descriptions and tiny details are a rarity these days. In fact, the very genre of literary fiction has been diluted over the years so much that the writing has waned into the equivalent of an instant coffee – watery and flavorless. This book is a pleasant exception much like the writer’s other books.
“The Lion Mountains” is a heartwarming tale of happy little English girl – Melanie in the enchanting land of Sierra Leone, Africa. Melanie in her own sweet way of a child understands the cultural differences between her country and that of Africa while discovering the dangers that lurks beneath the sweet exterior of the country that she very much taken by. The story is part of the writer's own experiences in the country.Narrated from the view point of the child, the story delivers a strong message that is essential for an adult, more than a child, to lead a peaceful life.
It is evident that the writer, Marion, is extremely proficient in the art of storytelling, for it is apparent in the way the book has been written. I could visualize the sights and feel the atmosphere of Sierra Leone through the story. Most importantly, I could step into the shoes of an 8 year old who tries her best to understand the complicated dynamics of an adult’s life. The writer effortlessly deals with complex themes of cultural differences, women oppression and the liberal culture of Africa. In short, the book is a pure joy to read and a perfect material to assimilate and ponder upon.
MY SAY: A must read just for the human values the writer has dealt with.
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (the lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website
BOOK LINKS: Amazon
Mitch MacLaren has reasons for avoiding relationships, and in his opinion, they’re pretty darn good. As the new president of RTC Bucking Bulls, difficult challenges occur daily. He certainly doesn’t need another one in the form of a fiery, blue-eyed, redhead.
Dana Ballard’s new job forces her to work with the one MacLaren who can’t seem to get over himself and lighten up. Their verbal sparring is second nature and entertaining until the night of Mitch’s departure when he surprises her with a dare she doesn’t refuse.
With his assignment in Fire Mountain over, Mitch is free to return to Montana and run the business his father helped start. The glitch in his enthusiasm has to do with one irreversible mistake—the dare Dana didn’t ignore. Now, for reasons that confound him, he just can’t let it go.
Working together is a circumstance neither wants, but both must accept. As their attraction grows, so do the accidents and strange illnesses of the animals RTC depends on to stay in business. Mitch’s total focus should be on finding the reasons and people behind the incidents. Instead, he finds himself torn between his unwanted desire for Dana and the business which is his life.
Red hair had never turned him on, nor had outspoken women. He preferred brunettes with soft curves, warm smiles, and open arms that knew when to let go. Mitch had the feeling if Dana ever got her claws into a man, it would be all over except for the sounds of surrender. From her description of Kell Corwin, she may have found someone to keep her occupied for some time. The knowledge didn’t give him any comfort. He moved toward her, taking the box off the hood of the truck and stowing it on the seat next to him, then turned to look at her.
“Have a safe trip, handsome.” Her blue eyes sparkled in the moonlight, although he could detect a look of what? Melancholy…regret?
“No goodbye kiss?” he half-teased.
Her gaze narrowed on his, her lips set in a thin line as if she struggled with a decision. “Sure, why not.” She rose up on her toes, placing what was meant to be a peck on his cheek.
In a quick move, Mitch wrapped his hands around her arms, pulling her tight as he shifted, his mouth finding hers. The kiss was demanding, coaxing, the intensity sucking all the air from her lungs. She pulled her arms free, wrapping them around his neck, drawing him down as their tongues collided, tangling, as if fighting for dominance. He set his hands on her waist, dragging her closer, taking everything he could as heat flared between them. Letting his hands roam up and down her back and hips, he grabbed her shirt, intending to pull it free. Instead, her moan snapped him out of his passion-induced trance. As quick as it started, he set her aside, his breath ragged.
“That was some goodbye kiss, lady.”
Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.
Q: Congrats on your debut novel! What or who inspired you to write?
A: Since I was twelve, I’ve being reading fiction, which I love to do. I started writing essays
and term papers in high school and college. In law school my writing changed to motions and
briefs, which was extensive. In 2009, while browsing through a Barns and Noble, I stopped to
read a book on writing fiction, which I had never done before. Part of the joy of writing for me
is doing a lot of research. I love to read and study about new locations, or facts about things I include in my story like guns, bullets, and airplanes. Before I started writing fiction I never realized how much research was involved in creating a believable story line. So, what inspired me to write? Before I started writing fiction, I already loved to write. Since I love to read fiction, and after reading that book on writing fiction, I thought I would give it a try. Two Hearts is the third book that I’ve written. My first two attempts are still sitting on my shelf where they will probably stay for eternity.
Q: How does it feel to have published your book finally?
A: Pretty awesome. It took me about two and half years to write the story, which was a long
process of writing, re-writing, editing, and proof reading. After putting the finally period at the end of the story, I wasn’t actually finished.I gave my book out to be read to about thirty or forty people. In every case it came back marked up in red. Back to the editing table. I spent about six months writing and rewriting.I then sent Two Hearts out to be edited—more writing and rewriting. Then the publishing process, which took about four months.It feels totally awesome to have Two Hearts finally published. Looking back over the whole experience, it has been challenging, with its ups and downs, but it has also be completely fulfilling, knowing that I started and finished the goal I had set out to do.
Q: Your story features mining and mines prominently, that is a rather unconventional set up for a romance tale, any particular reason? Or any personal experience?
A: A mine or mining in general does not seem to be the premier backdrop for a romance tale. The story is really about Jaxon’s undying love for Annie and that nothing will ever distract him from his devotion to her.The opening scene is of Jaxon digging for gold in the abandon Western Pleasure mine on his ranch in Montana, which helps sets the tone for his strength and character. Jaxon’s father could have paid for Jaxon to purchase any size of ring for Annie, which he tried to do, but Jaxon wouldn’t let him. The setting of the mine allowed for Jaxon to prove what kind of man he was. It also just so happens that one of the nicknames for Montana is “The Treasure State,” because of the numerous mines located there. Unconventional for a romance tale? Probably yes, but the end result worked well.
Q: Being a lawyer or real estate appraiser or a writer, which excites you more?
A: I love being a writer, which allows me to learn new things practically every day. I’m not
perfect at it, but I love to research and research to make sure I understand how something works. Also, there are so many different types of story ideas. My mind is allows thinking and planning new scenes-just like daydreaming, which I than get to put down on paper. It is definitely more fun to write fiction than being a lawyer or an appraiser. But, of course, that is just me.
Q: Tells us about your writing process.
A: I have a very time consuming day job. Fortunately, I am self-employed, so I try to stop
working at a reasonable hour to allow myself time and energy to write. When I am heavily into writing a story, I try to consistently stop my day job at six. I take a one hour break for dinner. I start writing at seven and I will usually work until ten. I will do this four to five days a week. I don’t work on Sunday and I usually will only work half a day on Saturday. So, if the moon aligns with all of the stars, and everything is in place in the Richey family universe, I will spend anywhere from twelve to fifteen hours a week writing. This doesn’t happen every week. I try, but things come up. To break up the stress from work, I take my wife and two daughters out faithfully every Friday night.
Q: Any pearls of wisdom for inspiring writers?
A: Persistence. Don’t give up. Keep trying. I recently read a writing tip from an internationally bestselling author. To be a writer, you have to study and write. First you study techniques, styles, and other writers. Then you write. Don’t be afraid of failure. Study and write.
Rapid fire questions:
Q: Coffee or Whisky?
A: Chocolate Rocky Road milkshake, please.
Q: Given a chance to be reborn, would you choose to be a male or female?
A: I’m definitely not perfect at it, but I think I have a handle on being a male. I would choose to be a male again.
Q: One thing the world doesn’t know about you?
A: I’ve climb the highest mountain in the United States continent, Mt. Whitney, seven times.
Q: Given a chance to learn—Dancing or Boxing?
A: Dancing—my partner, my beautiful wife, would not be out to kill me.
GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 434
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book Tours! Thanks guys!
The title, the book back summery and the book cover, all three of them promise just one thing – Romance, pure romance and love. The story was just that. The writer lived up to the promises he made via the title, summary and the cover.
The book opened with our protagonist Jaxon, toiling away in the mines of Dillion to mine a small lump of gold from which he eventually crafts a ring for the love of his life, Annie. He proposes to her and they are married. They eventually relocate to Venezuela as Jaxon lands a mining job there. All is great in their lives when storm hits them in the form of Jaxon’s boss’s wife and his father’s illness. The blissful relationship between Jaxon and Annie turns rocky thanks Annie’s mom who had instilled notions of infidel husbands right from a young age. Adding to the agony, Annie’s dad simply refuses to acknowledge her and ignores her completely. Naturally, Annie’s faith in men and romantic relationship is ideally built on Jaxon’s behavior with her. Thus things turn sour when that boat of trust is rocked. Do Annie and Jaxon wade out of the tangles of their relationship? Read the book to know that!
The writing was good enough, though I felt the writer, James, put in a lot of description of about things that weren’t really vital to the story. Almost sixty percent of the story is filled with practical romance which is obviously slow paced, but the last forty percent of the story is the cherry on the cake. I simply couldn’t put the book down once I reached that part of the book. The book interested me a lot as it was set against the backdrop of the mining industry (obviously! That’s the Instrumentation engineer in me talking!). I anticipated reading about the process of mining and conjured up images some juicy scenario amidst that backdrop, but sadly that wasn’t there. Adding that as a scenario could have amped up the pace of the book midway. There were about handful of typos in the book. In short, tighter editing in the first part of the book could have made the story crisper and a far enticing read. The characterization utterly saved this book as it was very realistic. Jaxon is your typical good looking male species who attracts a lot of unwanted attention and is extremely poor in expressing himself. Annie on the other hand, is your typical girl who completely trusts the love of her life yet has that iota of doubt over the relationship almost always! A strong characterization couple with adequate surprises amidst mildly predictable scenarios made this book a pleasurable read.
MY SAY: A practical tale of trust, faith, love and friendship.
PLOT : 7/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 4/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
BOOK LINKS: Amazon
GENRE: Fiction – General
NUMBER OF PAGES: 410
SERIES / STANDALONE: Those Pricey Thakur girls #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from Westland Publishers! Thanks guys!
Not having read the prequel to this book – Those pricey Thakur girls, I was a little skeptic about following the story and understating the character progression. Thankfully I was able to read it as a standalone, thanks to the fairly independent story line.
The story is based on a commonly witnessed episode in our country – property squabble. BJ a retired judge and the father of five beautiful girls, dies leaving behind a high value property in the posh area of Hailey road. Bonita Singh aka Bonu, the protagonist of our story and BJ’s granddaughter from his second late daughter lives in that very house and also runs a successful albeit a slightly fraudulent one. BJ, on his death bed, entrusts his step-grandson, Samar, his first daughter Anjini’s adopted son to sell off the property and divide the share equally among the sisters. Bonu is vehemently against the idea of selling thanks to certain ideologies drilled into her by her late mother. Bonu sees this as a perfect opportunity for revenge. Surprisingly, her revenge is the last problem that Samar faces trying to sell this property. In comes BJ’s brother questioning the paternity of BJ which automatically ensures the girls do not inherit the property. What follows is a high octane drama sprinkled with some romance and a lot of humor. /*I prefer putting it that way. No spoiler policy!*/
The characterization for me was initially a bit confusing as I hadn’t read the previous book. Thankfully, the book had a family tree right in the beginning which helped me immensely in understanding who was related to whom and how. In spite of having a lot characters, typically like a large Indian family, the writer, Anuja, managed to give them all enough attention that they deserved. The characterization was honed enough for a reader to understand the behavior even if the book is read as a standalone. This is not an easy feat to achieve. The book isn’t exactly a literary marvel. But then, it isn’t meant to be that. It’s your typical Indian read with well written story line narrated in a quirky manner!
MY SAY: A good one time read with typical Indian masala.
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (The lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads, Amazon
Thanks Nitesh for taking time to answer my questions!
1. Congrats on the success of your book! What or who prompted you to write this book in first place?
Thank you. I was in Switzerland for my master studies during 2010-2012. It was during that period, the idea of writing a book developed. What began as a time killing exercise for weekends soon turned out to be an obsession (even during weekdays). Of course I was heavily influenced by mystery novels and Rhonda Byrne's the Secret and so the journey of writing an uncanny fusion of mystery and philosophy began.
2. The number seven! Why that particular number? /*Are you a Harry Potter fan * winks * */
Well, there is always something special about this number. There are lots of natural phenomenon that has 'seven' attached to it. For example seven colours of rainbow, seven continents in the world and so on. Even according to Hindu religion, a man has seven lives. The marriage ceremony is incomplete without seven vows. Then there is also a reference of the seventh heaven in Islam. The references are countless. As for me, I was simply tempted to add another Seven in the list :) However, the real significance of calling it The Seventh Cup, you would decipher by the end of the novel.
3. Your protagonists, Avinash and Verona, out of the two which character did you find difficult to structure and write?
I would opt for Verona. I found it quite challenging to describe a character who is mysteriously beautiful, a character who is omnipresent without being present, a character who is the cynosure of the entire novel and has the potential of keeping the readers engaged right till the last line of the last chapter.
4. The cover and the trailer, both are unconventional, sort of looks like that of a self help book which makes it all the more unique! Did you design it?
The trailer was conceptualized by me. The basic idea was to create an aura of mystery and suspense which I feel the trailer succeeds to convey. The idea of the cover page was suggested by my web page designer. We sat together and designed the number 7, trying to include as many words as possible into the body of the number that describes the basic idea of the novel. The result was quite satisfactory.
5. Any pearls of wisdom for aspiring writers? After all, this is your first book!
My advice would be simple-Keep writing and believing in yourself, the rest will follow.
Now for some rapid fire to know the person that you are
1. Tequila or Coffee?
Coffee..any day any time
2. One habit that you have been trying to get rid of but never managed to yet.
Eating Junk food :)
3. One thing the world doesn't know about you yet?
Let it remain behind the veil...for now :)
4. Given a chance to learn – Ballet dancing or Taekwondo?
Ballet dancing :)
5. Your biggest inspiration?
NUMBER OF PAGES: 311
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of The Book Club Tours!
The Seventh Cup is the story of Avinash and Verona, two people from immensely different background and cultures. Before you jump to conclusions, no, it's not your typical Bollywood style firangi-Indian love story! The book had a note telling that the reader would be compelled to read “The Secret” after finishing this book if they hadn't done so already. I remember picking up that book ages ago and struggling to make it past even the quarter mark of the book. All my fellow book lovers kept suggesting that I should finish reading the book for it is supposed to be one life changing book. Somehow, that never happened, or may be I never wanted it to happen (For those who have read this book, PUN INTENDED, for those who haven't, that's a sample of how this book goes). And no, I still don't want to read “The Secret”.
Avinash first meets Verona when she takes up the student exchange program in his college at Goa. Eventually he falls in love with her but only to be crushed and dejected as Verona has a boy friend already. What follows is a story of mind transportation, a domino effect of events and a couple of murders investigated by Swiss detectives.
The story line as such was filled with a lot of surprises. The writer had in fact made all the clues to solving the murder so apparent that I blindly overlooked them. There in lies the beauty of this book. The book was filled with a lot of philosophical-ish metaphysical discussion which initially were interesting but as the story line progressed, it became a bit monotonous. I felt those discussions could have been toned down a bit. There were parts of the story that we repeated. The scene as such was vital and needed to be repeated, but that could have been done in a different way. The characterization was good and just perfect in aiding the story line. The writing on the other hand has a huge scope for improvement. The writer, Nitesh, managed to portray emotions perfectly but didn't hit bull's eye with romance. I felt the whole chemistry between the husband and wife detective pair was a bit forced and artificial. The editing also lacked finesse, for there were quite a bit of grammatical errors and syntax errors. That just ruined the good mystery that the writer crafted with a lot of care. Overlooking all that, the writer surely nailed the mystery element of the story book. That prevented me from putting down the book midway.
MY SAY: Overlooking many factors, read the book just for the crux of the story line – a good puzzle, well solved!
BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 5/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website, Goodreads
BOOK LINKS: Amazon.com |Amazon.in | Flipkart