GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 185
SERIES / STANDALONE: A Brookhollow Story #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Red Moon book tours. Thanks a lot!
Christmas season is that time of year that associated with magical romance. Of course, I have no clue if this ideology is actually true or if it stemmed out a romance writer’s powerful imagination. Christmas miracle seems to a predominant theme of this book as well going by the blurb and the title.
Our protagonist, Jacob aka Jake is an undercover cop who is hiding in a small town as a deputy sheriff to protect himself from a threat. His family is also uprooted and placed in the witness protection program after his last assignment went all wrong. He falls for the quick and witty bartender heather who has her own baggage of secrets. What harm possibly could happen of falling in love? A Christmas miracle is actually what was needed to answer that question!
The story turned out to be a typical Christmas romance with the common clichés of a love-hate relationship. Needless to mention that the story had a positive climax, it’s a Christmas themed story, what else can one possibly expect. Not that I’m complaining, the book provided a much needed lift in my spirits after the tragedy that unfolded in my city. The writing was fresh and crisp and filled with all the right emotions. I felt Jacob’s character had more depth and dimension when compared to Heather’s character. Jacob’s flashback as an undercover cop and his struggle was very moving when compared to Heather’s flashback. Her past seemed a tad bit limp and devoid of the extreme emotion it should have actually conveyed. Apart from that only peeve point, I could feel the magical spirit of Christmas from the book which turned out to be a good mood lifter for me!
MY SAY: An apt read for the season. An out and out mood lifter!
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
GENRE: Fiction – Contemporary romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 320
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers – Fingerprint! in exchange for an honest review! Thanks guys!
Dowry associated murders – a social issue that ended up being the fodder for many writers who weaved tales and did their bit to garner attention towards it. Naturally, the beautiful cover and the summary piqued my interest and upped my expectation. Sadly, the story fell flat on its face and didn’t exactly stand up to it.
Our protagonist, 21 year old Megha escapes from her house when she accidentally hears her mother in law plotting her murder for obvious reasons. She manages to escape and ends up seeking refuge in the house of one man from her husband’s family who actually treated her like a proper human being – Kunal – her husband’s cousin. They are mutually attracted to each other. Forbidden fruit does taste good though it just complicates the already messy situation that Megha is in. What does fate have in store for them? Or are they the harbinger of their own fate?
Characterization is one thing that irked me from the start. The portrayal of the “Evil” mother in law, the indifferent husband – seems too stereotypical. Being attracted to a compassionate human is one thing, but that thread of the story somehow ended up being justified better than the mother-in-law’s (chandramma) motive to kill Megha. The motive behind the plot to murder Megha seemed a bit too unconvincing. Megha’s and her father in law’s character stood out and made that lasting impression making up for the shortfalls of the other character. The story as such was just a bit above average, though the writing was perfect with each character emoting perfectly. The writing was the only reason I was compelled to finish the book. The climax is probably the highlight of this book. The writer pleasantly surprised me with an unconventional climax that is uncharacteristic of a romance story. “Contemporary” would be the apt word to describe it! A bit of conviction and depth to the actual issue at hand – dowry burning- would have added the much needed dimension to the book.
MY SAY: With a topic of an immense scope and perfect writing, the story could have been far better.
PLOT : 7/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website
BOOK LINKS: Amazon, Goodreads
GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 262
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer as part of The Book Club Tours in exchange for an honest review! Thanks a lot guys!
Interracial relationships are something that really doesn’t sit well with Indians. Though that prejudice is fast changing, yet people grapple to come into term with such relationships. This story is about two such relationships.
Our protagonists Elia, heads to US on H1 visa to work as a consultant. Under the ruse of employment, she has a bigger agenda – building a relationship with her sister who married a “firangi” and ended up shunned by her family. Elia soon realizes that her sister Sheila’s marriage is on the rocks. To manage expenses Elia takes up a second job in a strip club as an accountant. She keeps bumping awkwardly into Brett only to fall in love with him later. The story is all about prejudices and breaking it from there on.
Having been raised is a typical Indian family with similar prejudices, I could relate with Elia’s conflict when it came to accepting her love for Brett. In her shoes, I would be such a coward too. The story initially seemed a bit boring and I was sort of angry with the writer for making Elia hate her sister’s husband. The characterization was thus just perfect making the story overall a pleasurable read. Applause to the writer for shaping up Elia’s character realistically like a 26 year old’s! (More like a teenie bit older version of me!) She is accident prone, funny, cares for her friends and comes out with flying colors when challenged. More than the emotions of the characters, the humane flaws of each character kept the story alive and kept me hooked to the book. My only peeve point would be the initial part of the story. I felt a bit disorienting and confused only to recover from it later with a bang. Felt like the writer picked up paramount of confidence while writing the second half of the book. The writing was fresh and crisp towards the latter half of the story. Having said that, I felt the story would have actually ended better if Elia’s parents were brought in. Or may be the writer has a second book about this planned?
MY SAY: An engaging read that does enough justice to the most common prejudice of the Indian society.
PLOT : 7/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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Only Wheat Not White
What if the one you completely love is the one you simply can't! Twenty-six-year-old Eila Sood moves to America to mend fences with her estranged older sister, Sheela. Eila and the rest of the family in India had cut off ties with Sheela after she married Steve Jacobs, 'out of caste, and out of color'. Elia soon realizes that Sheela's marriage is on the rocks. To help pay Sheela's household bills, Eila takes a second job at an afternoon strip club. When she crosses paths with the owner, the handsome Brett Wright or 'blue-eyed ogre' as Elia calls him, he both infuriates and fascinates her. Brett turns out to be her reluctant and unquestionably sarcastic knight in shining armor. As Eila and Brett spend more time together their desire for each other builds. However, when Brett discovers the true reason for Eila's refusal he storms out of her life, accusing her of being a prejudiced coward. Will Eila find the courage to break stereotypes and embrace her love? Will Brett find solace in the arms of his ex-girlfriend Cate? Will Sheela and Steve divorce? All of these questions and more are answered in Varsha Dixit's latest and humorous and steamy love story.
I'm the author of four books and the genre that I write is contemporary romance. Penning stories defines and completes me.I thinks of myself as a borderline obsessive-compulsive dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. A true ‘feel good’ junkie seeking quick fixes, I love a good laugh and a good book. A voracious reader of who dunit mysteries and legal dramas, I did sit down to pen a book on serial killers but finding it impossible to maim or kill anyone, even on paper, I penned a romantic story instead. Thus, I found my true calling – at least for the time being.Even though creativity is gender free, I feel blessed and enriched to be a woman.
Currently, with my family, I'm settled in the US.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 357
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead book tours in exchange for an honest review! Thanks a lot guys!
What is the best time to read a book? There is no such thing as a best time I learnt. This book kept me good company during gloomy torrential rain that hounded my city eventually leading to flood and destruction. In such disturbing times, a positive book would be the best company. This book proved to be one such book.
The thread that binds is the story of five women narrated initially as individual stories. An act of kindness binds these women together. Each women has some problem. Sherice struggles to come in terms with her mom’s illness, while,Sylvia struggles without proper financial support for her pregnancy, Joanne struggles with her burdening past and her mom while dealing with pregnancy without marriage. Payton, another protagonist struggles with iron fisted parents and pregnancy at a very young age. Gloria, one of the five woman deals with a cheating husband and her own affair. In the end, these women end up together and helping each other in their own small way.
The story initially sounded a bit confusing due to influx of a lot of characters. I was wondering how the writer would actually bring them all together, she did do a quite a good job of it. Of course, it did feel a bit confusing initially when all the characters came together, but as the story progressed I felt comfortable. The writing as such was perfect but I felt the writer tried to be overly optimistic. Not that I’m complaining because this high level of optimism in the story sort of translated into me in the scary situation that I was in while reading the book. Needless to say, characterization was the crux of this story. All the characters were well developed with the right amount of conviction. Personally, Payton and Gloria weren’t that great or convincing for me and I felt they were selfish in one point. If the writer intended this, she did achieve it then!
MY SAY: A good read on a depressing day!
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 ( Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 8/10
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