GENRE: Fiction – Historical Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 352
SERIES / STANDALONE: The Improper Princesses #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers via NetGalley. Thanks to Tasty PR!
A feisty woman trotting about in breeches wielding a pistol – What a refreshing change for the character of a heroine in a historical romance! Gillian, the love child of the duke is shunned due to her very parentage. She is raised in Sicily by her step-father and grandfather who pretty much let her run wild and have her own ways. When her step father dies, all hell breaks loose. Eventually, she extracts revenge by shooting his killer thereby putting her own life in danger. Her mother and grandmother decide that her life is largely at risk and relocate to England. They manage to convince the Duke of Leverton – Charles Penley, who also happens to be a distant relative to help Gillian fit in and find a suitable husband for her. Charles ends up giving more than her bargained for!
The plot as such was logically perfect and stuck to the characteristics of the era it was set in. The writing was too good with the right quantity of wit, humor, romance and anger culminated. The characters were all just perfect. My favorite character would obviously be Gillian – She is feisty and bold, yet is utterly confused when it comes to matters of heart. Charles is a gentleman yet when it comes to love he really couldn’t control himself. This made the characters so relatable – No human is perfect, we all have our own flaws. Its heartwarming to read a story where the two characters are wits end initially but eventually go on to fall in love. With witty dialogues and tastefully crafted scenes of romance, this book is a treat for historical romance fans.
MY SAY: One must read book if you love historical romance
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The Improper Princessesâthree young women descended from royalty,
each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .
MY FAIR PRINCESS
Improper Princesses #1
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016
First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princessesâthree young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .
Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.
Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protÃ©gÃ©e, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the âNew Stars of Historical Romance.â Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 224
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you :)
Having read this writer’s books before, I knew I could trust her to cook up a well scripted story. The intriguing summary and an equally intriguing yet beautiful cover tempted me to pick up the book.
Aislinn, the talented editor/writer receives a call from Caldwell Kane who owns and runs The Kane publishing company. He wants her to help him out as a consultant in sieving through the right manuscripts as the publishing house hasn’t published a bestseller in a while. That call, eventually ends up changer her life and love.
The writing unquestionably is too good. Being a tiny little part of the publishing industry, I could relate with the premise of the book. However, it was interesting to see a very detailed picture of the industry both in a positive and a negative light. The characterization was good enough but I felt Richard’s character (Aislinn’s ex-husband) could have either got a better closure or could have been sketched out differently. The story as such was layered beautiful and it felt like unwrapping a gift layer by layer. In fact, at one point, the story made me wonder as to how just single phone call had the potential to change a person’s life. It’s known to happen though. The story was paced evenly with proper twists and turns added at the right place. Of course, Lottie Howard’s story was a bit predictable, but that didn’t matter. Nothing like knowing that you hunch came true. It is obvious from the plot and the premise that the writer has put to use her own experience as a writer in making an interesting story.
MY SAY: An interesting insight into the publishing industry fictionalized properly.
BUY LINKS : Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Note : This review is by sister who managed to race me in reading this book. I pestered her to write a review and here is what she had to say about the book. Mission - Getting my kid sister to write a book review - Accomplished :-D
The Graveyard Book begins with one of the best opening lines “There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife” depicting murder. A man named jack sneaks into a house in the middle of night killing the father, mother and the sister. However, he discovers that the family’s two year old toddler is missing. He follows the scent of the baby and figures out that the baby had sneaked into a graveyard where something strange happens. The community of the dead in the graveyard hide the baby from the killer and while Silas who is neither dead nor alive, escorts jack out of the graveyard and erases his memory for Silas knows that Jack will not rest until he succeeds his intentions. Mrs. and Mr. Owens adopt him as their child while Silas vows to be his guardian since he is the only person who can leave the graveyard to venture out to the outside world.
The Graveyard book is creepy in its own ways. Mrs. Owens names the boy ‘Nobody’ or ‘Bod’ in short. From the start, he is given the ‘Freedom of Graveyard’ allowing him to wander around the graveyard and learn tricks. He even befriends a mortal friend Scarlett who thinks Bod is imaginary because her parents tell her so. She leaves him alone and heartbroken. With the passage of time Bod feels very lonely and somehow convinces Silas to allow him go to a school. He uses his graveyard tricks and powers to stand up against the bullies but with bad consequences. Scarlett re-enters his life, with an older man wooing her mother. But who is the old man? Has Jack found Bod?
With excellent narration from the author, each chapter in book stands out to be a short story itself, being an account of Bod’s journey of life. Each and every character is crafted to serve a purpose, with some memorable ones being Miss Lupescue and the Sneer. The villains turn out to be creepy and viscous that they leave you wanting to know more about them. But, this book is clearly not for readers who hate chapters that drag a bit with me being one of them. Even though the narration kept me hooked, I found it a bit slow in the middle affecting the course of the story.
On the whole, The Graveyard Book is, as its title suggests, creepy and unique.
PS. This review has not been edited by me and is purely the work of my sister.
Marriages Made in India
HIS DRUNKEN WIFE
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 Abhiâs 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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About the author
His Drunken Wifeis 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 Anjaliâall 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 Venkatramanâs books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 386
SERIES / STANDALONE: Dana McGarry #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of b00k r3vi3w Tours. Thank you :)
A glimpse into the Fashion world of 70s set in America – An interesting setting to begin with. Our protagonist Dana, is a fashion buyer and is nursing heartbreak of separating from her lawyer husband. She travels to London and meets a Priest who guides her via letters later. She then goes on to fall in love again and fights hard to make her career ambitions come true.
The story is paced out consistently with enough surprises in the mix to keep the reader engaged. Almost all the characters are all well developed and they are much consistent with the era they belong to. However, I felt Brett – Dana’s Ex-husband’s character could have used some consistency like other characters. He is a lawyer who is virtually coerced into a relationship yet he has the spine to blackmail someone else. Moreover, that part of the story where he coerces Jack Hartlen to sign an agreement seemed too unreal to me and easy to me – a logical loophole in a way. The story initially was set in London but then moved on to United States. However, I really didn’t find a vast difference in the setting as should have been the case. There was also a part of the story which wasn’t characteristic of that era in which the book is set in – Gay alliances. I don’t really think people back then had the temperament to accept such a relationship. The writing was perfect and all characters sounded so alive which is the USP of this book. If not for the brilliant writing and a unique setting, I suppose the story would have fallen flat given it had a very common theme. The title for some reason doesn’t make much sense to me! Guess it’s a tad too romantic for my taste.
One thing that confused me was if this book is the first or the second in the series. Goodreads says this is the first, while reviews say otherwise. It would be helpful if the writer can sort out the cover and the edition in Goodreads.
MY SAY: A good literary fiction
BOOK LINK : Amazon
A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth dark secrets from the past.
Spring, 2010. When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York, travels halfway across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz, her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.
The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Rodrigo Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…
Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?
Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets you need to be careful what you wish for…
About the Writer
Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.
Hannah is a multi-award-winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.
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Giveaway - A Designer Handbag Open from 1 Aug to 21 Aug 2016
NUMBER OF PAGES: 280
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Writers Melon review program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
“Secretly Yours” is a story of seventeen year old boy Sahil who leads the ‘normal’ life of a teenager in the quaint hills of Shimla. He lost his parents in a young age and is being raised by his uncle and grandmother. He loves music and doesn’t really have close friends until Anya comes along. Anya, has her own bag of secrets. The story is about her secrets and what follows when Sahil learns of it.
This story was one mixed pot for me. It’s been a good ten days since I finished reading the book, yet I was torn between liking it and hating it. After a lot of deliberation here is what I concluded,