THE SAME OLD LOVE
A former bad girl with a past...
Mahi had hit the rock-bottom. All she wanted to do now was to start over and lead an uncomplicated drama free life in her hometown, Hyderabad. But unfortunately, some people never forgive or forget, and hold on to their grudges for a very long time.
A former nerd who hates her and wants her gone...
Samrat, a highly successful entrepreneur was Mahi's former classmate and current neighbor. Mahi had effectively ruined his higher educational prospects with her false allegations. She along with her similarly mean friends had also made his sister Ananya's life miserable during their college days. And to make matters even more complicated, Ananya is married to Mahi's first love, Sidhu, whom Mahi had callously left behind to marry a person of her parent's choice.
Watch the sparks fly...
When Mahi and Samrat butt heads at every turn, they are caught up in a fierce, but unwanted attraction that leads them into an exciting wild fling with no strings attached.
But what would happen when one of them is no longer happy with their arrangement, and begins to demand more, wanting everything...
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Mahi sighed. "Samrat, I've already told you that I'm not that mean and aggressive girl from our college days anymore." Samrat didn't want to agree with her because that would mean that he will have to acknowledge that to himself. "Don't forget rude and immature along with being a liar." Her eyes flared, and she snapped out at him. "You were an arrogant ass, who has always felt superior to me with your holier-than-thou attitude. I would never like someone like you Mahi," she imitated him mockingly from the night fourteen years ago. Samrat was taken aback and a little shocked at the reminder. "But I guess one of things that didn't change about me is that I've still got a temper and some pride left," she said calmly. Samrat felt disgusted at himself for acting like some throwback cultural police. Women's dressing was the last thing he ever bothered with or even cared about. Mahi saw the disgust on his face. And that was her final straw. She began walking determinedly towards the door and then locked it. "What are you doing?" he asked, feeling slightly wary. She watched him, while walking slowly towards him with an exaggerated swing to her hips. "You are right. Maybe, I haven't changed. Maybe you are right to fire me for 'inappropriate behavior'," she whispered sultrily. When she was close enough, she held his shirt collar ends with both her hands, and dragged his head down towards her. Samrat could have easily resisted, but his brain was no longer functioning. He felt hypnotized and was staring at her bright red lips, expecting her to kiss him. But he just felt her nuzzle him around his neck and shoulders. After a few seconds, she pushed him away with a devilish smile on her face. "Now you can fire me. I'm sorry for what I did to you and Ananya all those years ago. But for your behavior towards me in the past three months, you can go to hell and stay there! You're so full of shit with your reasons to find fault with me and to fire me," she hissed and stormed out of the door. Samrat had no clue of what she had done, until he checked himself in the phone camera. He was shocked to see red lipstick kissing marks all over his pristine white collared formal shirt. He had a few meetings coming up in a few minutes and no spare clothes or even a jacket to cover up. He also wouldn't be able to pass through the office spaces without the red lipstick marks showing on him like beacons. He should be outraged, or even furious, but what he felt was something different. He kept telling himself several times that he was simply staying close to Mahi because he was trying to find a reason to fire her, which he now did. But at the back of his mind, even he knew what the real reason was. The signs were there all along, which he had been ignoring. He was slowly getting obsessed with her. With her playfulness, her smiles, and also because of seeing her regularly at his workplace and near his home. He had been going to work regularly, and sitting there thinking about her, wanting to see her all the time. The great inventor and entrepreneur known for his practical and cool headed ways, was almost wild with jealousy over harmless interactions or hugs. And it was jealousy over the woman who had almost ruined his life. Samrat cursed viciously. Again. ***** Mahi was upset and mad when she left the office building. She informed her team that she wasn't feeling well and would take rest of the day off. They would soon know that she was fired for inappropriate behavior. "Maybe, he'll even throw in assault charges. For the dirty sinful slut daring to touch his esteemed holiness," she muttered as she got into her house. She thought she was finally settling into a good schedule. She had a great job that she enjoyed. And after work, she visited her aunt almost every day at her new place. She met Rajeev there most of the times when he visited his mom. He got a great job offer in the city that he took up. Rajeev left a message on her phone asking her if she was free in the afternoon. She replied back that she was at home and would be making Singapore street noodles that he really liked. As she lay on the bed, she realized that even with the job and a routine, something was still missing. She was missing having friends and some major companionship. Even when she was trapped in an abusive relationship, she had always liked socializing. Dinesh had tried to isolate her, and keep her from making any meaningful attachments. So she had only ended up with very few acquaintances during the past fourteen years. She couldn't do anything about the companionship because she didn't want to go through another drama episode in her life. Either she hurt the men who loved her or they hurt her. But she could do something about friends. She socialized with her coworkers as much as possible during the working days, but they were all so young, and even if they weren't, everyone seemed to be busy with their own personal lives. She needed some friends from her age group, and someone who could connect with her way of thinking and actions. She had never made any long lasting friendships in her earlier childhood, since she was called 'naughty' and a 'bad influence'. But soon she had learnt how to control and then temper her behavior near the right people, making some really good friends in college. When she got married at twenty-one, she had to give up her friends as one of the promises she made to her then-newlywed husband. Sighing loudly, she thought of her gang from her college days and missed them like crazy.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello I am MV Kasi and I am a romance addict. :-)
When I am not working in a full-time job or taking care of my family, I sneakily read at least 3 or 4 romance books of all possible genres within a week. I love reading books that are witty, humorous, heartwarming, hot and definitely with a happily-ever-after.
After sinking my teeth into hundreds of books over the years, I had an aha moment one day and started writing my first romance book. For three months straight I worked day and night until finally, I finished it. Then of course, I re-read what I wrote, cringed and deleted most of it and started over again. Finally, I had a version of it ready that I was satisfied with (somewhat). But after getting positive feedback from well-meaning friends and family members, I decided to self-publish it on Amazon.
Although my story takes place in India, featuring Indian characters, I'm hoping that it can be enjoyed by readers all around the world. Especially since romance has no boundaries when it comes to a sizzling one featuring a sassy heroine and a hot alpha hero.
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1. What advice would you give budding writers?
Write, write, and write and then also read two books: Dorthea Brande’s book from 1934 entitled, Becoming a Writer and Steven Pressfield’s, The War of Art. These two books capture the experience of creating art (and the struggle that comes with it) better than anything else I’ve come across.
2. Do you write every day?
I write something most days, but I will let you in on my dirty little secret: I don’t enjoy writing. There, I said it. I write because writing is how I create the material for what I really love to do: SPEAK. Put me in front of thousands of people and ask me to speak, and I will be so full of joy my heart might explode. I write because it is another medium for delivering my message, but I have never thought of myself as a writer.
3. What is the last great book you read?
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever aspired to be creative. It is full of great lessons in how to unleash your creativity.
4. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three books, what would they be?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
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Fortune favors the bold! Align your purpose, your goals, and your unique gifts and take action, NOW. There is no time like the present!
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Get clear on your “calling.” Entrepreneurial life is exciting, but it’s not easy. When you get caught up in the hustle of it all and you feel burned out, the one thing that will keep you going is being clear about WHY you are doing what you are doing. I love helping people to find and follow their calling! I invite you to check out this video and free workbook I give to my clients to help them get clear on what really motivates them: http://lauraccannon.com/offers
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You are an entrepreneur and therefore you are NOT separate from your business. Cesar Milan, famous “dog whisperer,” talks about how he does not find humans that have dog problems; he finds dogs that have human problems. Most of the entrepreneurs I have counseled over the years about their struggling businesses aren’t owners with business problems; they are businesses with owner problems. Next time you are facing a struggle that you believe is in your business, ask yourself, “What if this problem was not actually (or only) with my business? How is this business struggle like something I have faced personally? How did I handle it? How can I use that wisdom for this current issue in my business?”
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Laura C. Cannon is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and coach with a deep passion for bridging the worlds of spirituality and business. In her new book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, Laura showcases a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and business-people to change their relationship with their working life.
A member of the prestigious National Speaker's Association with more than 15 years of experience as a professional public speaker, Laura has a knack for delivering engaging and informative presentations. She's spoken to groups ranging from 12 to 1200 on a wide range of topics, from office productivity to motivation and empowerment to mindfulness and meditation. Her true passion as an author and speaker lies in bridging the gap between business and spirituality, finding practical, down-to-earth applications for timeless universal wisdom. She has been a guest speaker for colleges, civic organizations, businesses, and associations.
Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 256
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of France Book tours from the writer.
The title is actually a giveaway to the crux of the story. As the title suggests, our protagonist, Sadie finds herself in Paris chasing her younger daughter who took off to Paris in search of an exchange student whom she thinks she is in love with. What follows is a roller coaster ride of emotions and physical chase.
The story started off on quite a slow note. Sadie took her sweet time to get on that plane. Also I found it a bit hard to believe that a mother would just take off without a help to find her daughter. Reality took a hit there at that point in the story. However, that recovered very sharply when Sadie tracks her daughter down sensibly by checking her card usage. The highlight of the book would be its narration. Looking at Paris through the writers eyes was sheer blissful. The narration is vivid and the writer has tastefully described Paris even when the story demanded that the setting be dimmed out. That blending and weaving of the setting even when the main character writhed in turmoil was done perfectly without compromising emotions.
The characterization was near perfect, but I felt the writer could have given more shades to Scarlett’s and Luc’s character. She compensated this short fall by portraying Sadie very realistically – A typical middle-age woman with all her insecurities. That part of the story was heartwarming to read. It is apparent that the writer has penned the story with the intent of it being converted into a movie.
MY SAY: A heartwarming tale
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Paris RunAway(women’s fiction) Release date: June 30, 2016 at Lulu.com ISBN: 978-1-365-18923-4 220 pages Author’s page Goodreads
SYNOPSISWhen divorced mom Sadie Ford realizes her 17-year-old daughter Scarlett has run away to Paris all she can imagine are terrorist bombings and sex slaves. After learning her daughter chased a French exchange student home, Sadie hops on the next plane in pursuit. She joins forces with the boy’s father, Auguste, and the two attempt to find the missing teens before they can stumble into more trouble. The chase takes Sadie and Auguste to the seedier side of Marseille, where their own connection is ignited. Since the divorce, Sadie has devoted herself to raising kids and putting her dreams on hold, but when her daughter needs her most, Sadie finds that concrete barrier to life beginning to crack. In her journey, she learns the difference between watching the hours pass and living.
ABOUT THE AUTHORPaulita Kincer has an M.A. in journalism from American University. She has traveled to France 11 times, and still finds more to lure her back. She currently teaches college English and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her three children, two cats and one husband. Visit her website www.paulitakincer.com and her blog at http://www.paulita-ponderings.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @paulitakincer Like her Facebook page at Paulita Kincer Writer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Buy the book (print, ebook audiobook): Amazon
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Finally! Here is a proven, practical way to drink alcohol and lower your risk for problems. Up until now, there have been two primary messages when it comes to drinking alcohol. One is “just say no,” which for the majority of the population is not an option. The other is to “drink responsibly.” But what does that mean? If you ask five random people to define responsible drinking, you will most likely get five completely different answers. This invalidates the term because it can be defined in so many different ways. Party with a Plan® gives a concise and research based formula that teaches people how to drink and lower their risk of negative consequences. It’s like creating a speed limit for drinking. If you stick to the speed limit, your chance of problems is minimal. However, the more you go over the speed limit, and the more often you go over the speed limit, the more you put yourself and others at risk. This book is long overdue!
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Up until now, we’ve had two primary messages when it comes to drinking alcohol. One is “be responsible” and the other is to “drink moderately.” But what do those mean? Ask five random people what they mean and you get five completely different answers. You would never see a speed limit sign on a highway that says, “Drive responsibly.” That wouldn’t make sense.
As an alcohol education specialist I wanted to find a way to teach people how to drink and lower their risk for getting in trouble. I did years of research and came up with Party with a Plan®. Basically, the book goes beyond “Be responsible” by giving people specific guidelines that teach people how to drink in a low-risk way. To put it simply, I created a speed limit for drinking. Following the low-risk guidelines insures you won’t get a DUI, fight with friends, or become an alcoholic.
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GENRE: Fiction – Sci-Fi
NUMBER OF PAGES: 210
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for an honest review.
The book begins with a note from the writer as to what inspired him to write such a story. Undoubtedly his inspiration is Isaac Asimov. One can’t possibly write a book about Robots and not involve Asimov.
It is the year 2150, thanks advancement and monopoly in robot manufacturing, India has become a super power. Indian Institute of Robotics is the powerhouse behind this status of the country. In an unfortunate turn of events, a senior IIR scientist – Anil Srinivasan is murdered, poisoned by his own robot, but then a robot just cannot kill a human thanks to the loyalty network in place in its system. Our protagonist Dhaval Malik of CBI is tasked to solving this murder. Dhaval embarks on a wild goose chase filled which ends up shaking up the very foundation of IIR and robotics.
It wasn’t surprising to the use of Isaac Asimov’s laws for robotics incorporated in the name of Loyalty Net. For a reader who isn’t acquainted with Asimov’s laws, the very concept of Loyalty net – the program which is responsible for a robot not to harm a human under any circumstance – might seem a bit vague. I felt the writer could have credited Asimov for that. The story starts off with a bang only to slack of mid-way. However, the writer was quick to correct that and ended the story with a rather dramatic climax. Arguments and introspection on the Traditionalist vs. modernist debate could have been toned down a bit. I do agree that the writer needed to elaborate on that topic in order to justify the motive for murder; nevertheless, this had an impact on the pacing. The part of the story about IIR seems to eerily resemble the Robotics organization projected in the Enthiran movie (Robot movie starring Rajinikant). The characterization was flawless. In spite of the story being set far in the future, the writer has kept the core characterization of humans and the general Indian societal set up intact. This simply ends up adding a dose of reality to a work of fiction. The writing and the story pacing seems to have been inspired by RK Narayan and Agatha Christie novels. Of course, there was enough uniqueness to the quality of writing which prevented it from looking like a mere copy of phrasing et al.
MY SAY: A bounty for Sci-Fi lovers
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Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.
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THE SECRET OF GOD'S SON
‘The seas will devour the glorious city of Dwaraka. People will forget your name and your Gita. May the world perish! May the world perish!’
With this cruel curse on Krishna, Queen Gandhari plunges mankind into the unspeakable evil of the Kali Yuga.
It is up to Pradyumna to try and reverse the dire prediction. To journey into terrifying realms, confront Yama and Shiva, and to vanquish the Kali demon. In order to do so, he must shed all that holds a mortal back—his arrogance, his fears, his baser instincts… He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery. And there is one powerful weapon still…the secret surrounding Pradyumna’s origin.
Will he uncover it in time to fight off the cataclysm?
In the answer lies the destiny of all humanity!
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Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, radio and corporate communications before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of The Madras Mangler, a suspense thriller, and Love, Lies and Layoffs, a light-hearted office romance. The Secret of God’s Son is the sequel to her bestselling book, Pradyumna: Son of Krishna, which was published in July 2015.
When she’s not juggling travel, writing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. She would love to hear from her readers here: email@example.com
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Praise for Pradyumna: Son of Krishna:
“Usha Narayanan has taken a quantum leap . . . to the outright spine-tingling narrative from the leaves of a time before. This book is Indian writing coming of age" Femina
"Like the best of our mythological tales, this too, is a multilayered one . . .There is valour, there is cowardice, there is glory, there is shame, there is sex, lies and deception" The Hindu
"This engrossing tale takes readers on a mythological saga" Times of India
A lot of people are on Twitter these days, so can you describe Candidate for Murder for us in 140 characters or less (which is the size of a tweet)?
W murder on ballot, Mac Faraday dives in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer & save Spencer in a deadly election! CANDIDATE FOR MURDER
My mother. We’ve shared this love of murder mysteries. She noticed early on that I have this tremendous imagination. It was something she didn’t squelch, but encouraged.
My first book was the Great American Catastrophe. I was eighteen years old and wrote my first book on an electric typewriter. This was before computers. So we aren’t talking about a word processing program, folks!
Determined to be a novelist, I devoted a whole summer to my masterpiece. The television was off. Meals consisted of peanut butter sandwiches that were quick and easy to make. Hours that I used to sunbathe for a golden tan were spent composing. I stopped going out with my friends. Not a minute that could be devoted to literary creation was wasted. At the end of the summer, I proudly emerged from my bachelorette apartment pale, thin, and socially bankrupt. In three months, I had written the Great American Catastrophe, all 846 pages of it in hardcopy.
The only thing is, at eighteen years old in a small town in Ohio, I had no idea what to do with it. This was before Internet. I couldn’t e-mail it to an agent and do you know how expensive it is to copy 846 pages? It’s now boxed up in my mother’s basement and I hope no one ever reads it.
I can write anywhere and everywhere. I have a writer’s studio, but if I’m inspired first thing in the morning, I’ll write on my laptop in bed. Next thing I know, it’s noon and I’m still in my jammies. Or I’ll end up in front of the fireplace. My husband will find me everywhere with my laptop perched in my lap except my studio, not because I don’t like it there, but because I keep getting dragged away into the zone.
Gnarly. I’m a sucker for dogs, especially loveable bad dogs.
My son. I consider him a gift from God. Yep, I still have him.
Read all of the works of Agatha Christie in chronological order from her first book all the way to her last.
One gallon of ice cream (I love ice cream). The complete works of Agatha Christie in chronological order. I guess now I’ll have time to read it without being interrupted. And a “Do Not Disturb” sign.
By the end of summer, September 2016, Lovers in Crime will see the third installment for that series, Killer in the Band. Fans of the Lovers in Crime and the Thorny Rose Mysteries will get to know more about Joshua Thornton Jr (J.J.), Murphy’s identical twin brother and Joshua Thornton’s eldest son.
J.J. has graduated at the top of his class from law school and is returning home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to the Thornton’s shock and dismay, J.J. decides to move in with Suellen Russell, a lovely widow twice his age. The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. When a brutal killer strikes, the father and son must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the crosshairs of a murderer.
In November, fans of the Thorny Rose Mysteries will see the second installment for that series, A Fine Year for Murder.
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It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.
When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!
What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.
Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 160
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from Kalamos Literary services in exchange for an honest review.
The historical story of Satyavan and Savitri has been told and re-told to ‘inspire’ men and women alike to be committed to the person you love. This story is an adaptation of the tale. Aptly titled, ‘Triumph of Love’, this story is about Savitri who falls in love with Satyavan and stays with him in spite of knowing his fate.
The writers starts off by narrating the circumstances of both Savitri’s and Satyavan’s birth. He then moves on to give glimpse of their childhood and adolescence followed by love life. What follows is the story of a very willful woman’s determination to protect the man she loves. Given that the plot was already told and re-told the writer didn’t have that rein to maneuver around. However, what he had a free rein over was the narration and the characterization. He crafted all the character with utmost care and did do a good job of it. Savitri is portrayed as a strong woman who uses simply uses her common sense properly. Satyavan’s character doesn’t pale out in comparison surprisingly.
The narration however is seems to be stark opposite. Given that the story is rich with characters, the setting could have been elaborated in a better manner. The writer focused on characters and left out the setting making the narration a bit too flat for my taste. In fact, it is common for writers to elaborate about the setting and bore the reader with it. This writer, I felt did the opposite. It felt as if the writer wanted to highlight the traits and virtues of the character instead of the story itself.
MY SAY: For Mythological fiction lovers only.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 383
SERIES / STANDALONE: What Doesn't Kill You, #7
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of TBC book tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you guys :)
Being the 7th book in the series I wondered how this book could be read as a standalone when TBC mailed me about the book. However, the book spoke for itself and I managed to happily finish off the book.
The book starts off with Emily, our protagonist who is a paralegal hanging out in a bar, celebrating the victory of her latest case and client. Just when things seemed fine, a man is murdered and her client is again held responsible for it. Thus follows the tale of Emily’s battle – both professional and personal in solving the case and setting her own life straight.
The first few pages were totally confusing for someone who hasn’t read the previous books. However, that quickly changed as the story progressed. The writer beautifully introduced all characters one by one and also gave them various shades. The introduction was balanced enough not to bore the readers who have read the previous book and at the same time interesting enough for those aren’t following the series. The writing was good and humorous. The plot is paced perfectly with enough twists and turns. Given that the story contained multiple threads of plots, each contributed by various characters, I wondered how the writer was going to tie it all together and give that perfect closure. Undoubtedly, she has gone a good job of it save the final rush. Felt as though the writer was in one great hurry to finish off the book. As a result the climax turned to out to be simply hilarious.
MY SAY: Right mix of a Mystery and Romance
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Hell To Pay
USA Best Book Award-Winning Series, Cross Genre Fiction.
Third book in the Emily series, a spin-off from Katie & Annalise.
Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily thinks she’s got her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trail for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices. Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims her witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman, right about the time Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.
She says her first book came out in 2012 and that her latest, Hell to Pay, is the seventh book in the series. The books all have ties to Texas, with “an interrelated cast of kick-ass female protagonists.” She says the novel's heroine (“a former rodeo queen turned paralegal”) returns to her home town in west Texas and discovers an extremist cult has set up shop and is terrorizing the local townsfolk.
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Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long emails, best-selling, award-winning mysteries (WINNER USA Best Book Award, Fiction: Cross Genre, Finalist) and hilarious nonfiction. The Houston Press named her as one of Houston's Top 10 Authors (2014).
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TALES OF SUNSHINE
(A collection of short stories)
TALES OF SUNSHINE is a collection of ten short stories that bring hope.
âA Ray of Sunshineâ is about young Raj whoâs terribly upset when many people in his team lose their jobs. But is he able to do anything about it?
âA Promise Givenâ is about Sachin, the poor, rich, young man; and the pregnant Aparna.
âLife Goes out of Controlâ is the story where Preeti, an only child, is a bone of contention between her parents.
Rakesh Nath has slogged throughout his life to become rich, to suffer a massive heart attack at 57. Read âRakesh Nathâs Recoveryâ to find out more...
âExam Feverâ is about Renu and her anxious mother, Maya. Renu wants to play truant from studies while Maya is terribly worried about her daughterâs exams.
âUntil Death us do Partâ is the story of Rekha, the 35-year-old COO of an MNC. She finds love or does she?
Ansh adores his grandfather. But his mother Anu is scared of her son spending time with the Alzheimer patient in âIs Grandpa Home?â
The âDaydreaming Mercenaryâ is Reema. She blows up her sister Ritaâs hard-earned money. But are things what they actually seem?
âBreaking Free from the Mouldâ is the most difficult thing as a human. With so much pressure from his Grandma, will Aarush pursue his calling?
âThe Elephant in the Roomâ is in the first person where the poor Nandita talks about her friendship (?) with the rich Shruti.
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Tales of Sunshine is the seventh book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This book is an anthology of human interest stories. 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. All of Sundari Venkatramanâs books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.
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Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyesâs, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreakingly romantic tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.
I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.
Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul.
I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible.
I donât want a baby.
I donât want to make nice with Zayaan.
I donât want another chance at another love story.
Dear Reader, music and mood goes togetherâfor most people, I think. Every novel I write has its own playlist, which would be a combination of songs that I listen to on repeat to set the right mood for the scene, or, the song could simply be the latest hit on the charts that got stuck in my head. Here are the songs I listened to the most while writing My Last Love Story. Itâs a short list, as this book really did not need external factors to get me in the âwriteâ mood. ;) Enjoy!
Tum Hi Ho from - movie Ashiqui 2
Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu â movie Ashiqui 2
Baby Donât Lie â Gwen Stefani
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Dear Readers, thank you for coming along on the My Last Love Story Blog Tour. Hereâs an excerpt to enjoy.
âLove is a dish best served naked.â
As a child, those oft-quoted words of my father would have me rolling my eyes and pretending to gag at what Iâd imagined was my parentsâ precursor to a certain physical act.
At thirty, Iâd long ago realized that getting naked wasnât a euphemism for sex.
Neither was love.
It wasnât my father wording the meme just now but my husband. Nirvaan considered himself a great wit, a New Age philosopher. On the best of days, he was, much like Daddy had been. On the worst days, he was my tormentor.
âWhat do you think, Dr. Archer? Interesting enough tagline for a vlog? What about âBaby in a Petri Dishâ?â Nirvaan persisted in eliciting a response from the doctor and/or me for his ad hoc comedy, which weâd been ignoring for several minutes now.
I wanted to glare at him, beg him to shut up, or demand that he wait in the doctorâs office like he shouldâve done, like a normal husband would have. Khodai knows why heâd insisted on holding my hand through this preliminary checkup. Nothing of import would happen todayâif it did at all. But I couldnât perform any such communication, not with my eyes and mouth squeezed shut while I suffered through a series of uncomfortable twinges along my nether regions.
I lay flat on my back on a spongy clinic bed sheeted with paper already wrinkled and half torn. Legs drawn up and spread apart, my heels dug punishingly into cold iron stirrups to allow my gynecologistâs clever fingers to reach inside my womb and check if everything was A-OK in there. Weâd already funneled through the Pap test and stomach and chest checks. Like them, this test, too, was going swell in light of Dr. Archerâs approving happy hums.
âExcellent, Mrs. Desai. All parts are where they should be,â he joked only as a doctor could.
I shuddered out the breath Iâd been holding, as the feeling of being stretched left my body. Nirvaan squeezed my hand and planted a smacking kiss on my forehead. I opened my eyes and focused on his beaming upside-down ones. His eyelids barely grew lashes anymoreâIâd counted twenty-seven in total just last weekâthe effect of years of chemotherapy. For a second, my gaze blurred, my heart wavered, and I almost cried.
What are we doing, Nirvaan? What in Khodaiâs name were we starting?
Nirvaan stroked my hair, his pitch-black pupils steady and knowing and oh-so stubborn. Then, his face rose to the stark white ceiling, and all I saw was the green-and-blue mesh of his gingham shirtâthe overlapping threads, the crisscross weaves, a pattern without end.
Life is what you make it, child. It was another one of my fatherâs truisms.
Swallowing the questions twirling on my tongue, I refocused my mind on why we were here. Iâd promised Nirvaan weâd try for a baby if he agreed to another round of cancer-blasting treatments. Iâd bartered for a few more months of my husbandâs life. Heâd bartered for immortality through our child.
Dr. Archer rolled away from between my legs to the computer station. He snapped off and disposed of the latex gloves. Then, he began typing notes in near-soundless staccato clicks. Though the examination was finished, I knew better than to sit up until he gave me leave. Iâd been here before, done this beforeâtwo years ago when Nirvaan had been in remission and the idea of having a baby had wormed its way into his head. Weâd tried the most basic procedures then, whatever our medical coverage had allowed. We hadnât been desperate yet to use our own money, which we shouldnât be touching even now. We needed every penny we had for emergencies and alternative treatments, but try budging my husband once heâd made up his mind.
âIâm a businessman, Simi. I only pour money into a sure thing,â he rebuked when I argued.
I brought my legs together, manufacturing what poise and modesty I could, and pulled the sea-green hospital gown bunched beneath my bottom across my half-naked body. I refused to look at my husband as I wriggled about, positive his expression would be pregnant with irony, if not fully smirking. And kudos to him for not jumping in to help me like I would have.
The tables had turned on us today. For the past five years, itâd been Nirvaan thrashing about on hospital beds, trying in vain to find relief and comfort, modesty or release. Nirvaan had been poked, prodded, sliced, and bled as he battled aggressive non-Hodgkinâs lymphoma. Iâd been the stoic spectator, the supportive wife, the incompetent nurse, the ineffectual lover.
And now? What role would I play now?
As always, thinking about our life left me feeling even more naked than I was in the open-fronted robe. I turned my face to the wall, my eyes stinging, as fear and frustration bubbled to the surface. Flesh-toned posters of laughing babies, pregnant mothers, and love-struck fathers hung from the bluish walls. Side by side were the more educative ones of human anatomy, vivisected and whole. The test-tube-like exam room of Monterey Bay Fertility Clinic was decorated in true California beach colorsâsea-foam walls, sandy floors, pearl-pink curtains, and furnitureâbringing the outdoors in. If the decor was meant to be homey, it wasnât having such an effect on me. This room, like this town and even this country, was not my natural habitat, and I felt out of my element in it.
Iâd lived in California for seven years now, ever since my marriage, and I still didnât think of it as home, not like Nirvaan did. Home for me was India. And no matter the dark memories it held, home would always be Surat.
âAll done.â Dr. Archer pushed the computer trolley away and stood up. âYou can get dressed, Mrs. Desai. Take your time. Use whatever supplies you need. Weâll wait for you in my office,â he said, smiling.
Finally, I can cover myself, I thought. Gooseflesh had erupted across my skin due to the near frigid clinic temperatures doctors tortured their patients withâlike a patient didnât have enough to suffer already. Medical facilities maintained cool indoor temperatures to deter inveterate germs from contaminating the premises and so its vast flotilla of equipment didnât fry. I knew that. But knowing it still didnât inspire any warm feelings in me for the âthrong of professional sadists with a god complex.â I quoted my husband there.
Nirvaan captured my attention with a pat on my head. âSee you soon, baby,â he said, following the doctor out of the room.
I scooted off the bed as soon as the door shut behind them. My hair tumbled down my face and shoulders at my jerky movements. I smoothed it back with shaking hands. Long, wavy, and a deep chestnut shade, my hair was my crowning glory, my one and only feature that was lush and arresting. Nirvaan loved my hair. I wasnât to cut it or even braid it in his presence, and so it often got hopelessly knotted.
I shrugged off the clinic gown, balled it up, and placed it on the bed. I wiped myself again and again with antiseptic wipes, baby wipes, and paper towels until the tissues came away stain-free. I didnât feel light-headed. I didnât allow myself to freak. I concentrated on the flow of my breaths and the pounding of my heart until they both slowed to normal.
It was okay. I was not walking out with a gift-wrapped baby in tow. Not today. No reason to freak out.
I reached for my clothes and slipped on my underwear. They were beige with tiny white hearts on themâVictoriaâs Secret lingerie Nirvaan had leered and whistled at this morning.
Such a silly man. Typical Nirvaan, I corrected, twisting my lips.
Even after dressing in red-wash jeans and a full-sleeved sweater, I shivered. My womb still felt invaded and odd. As I stepped into my red patent leather pumps, an unused Petri dish sitting on the workstation countertop caught my eye.
The trigger for Nirvaanâs impromptu comedy, perhaps?
Despite major misgivings about the Hitleresque direction my life had taken, humor got the better of me, and I grinned.
Silly, silly Nirvaan. Baby in a Petri dish, indeed.
About the Author:
Falguni Kothari is an internationally bestselling hybrid author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with her readers. My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.
GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 224
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standlone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers Fingerprint! in exchange for an honest review. Thank you guys!
When this book was released, the social media was buzzing about the writer and her previous book which was strong enough to pick my curiosity. Eventually, Fingerprint! Publishing offered me a copy and I lapped up to the offer.
The story is about a dancer, her lost dreams and love. Our protagonist, Meera, returns home to Mumbai and tries to pick up the lost shards of life. Enter Zoya, her best friend who is this insanely good looking woman who intends to help Meera out. However, Meera has a bigger battle to fight – her lost love is back into her life and her poor form on stage. What follows is her journey of mending her wounded heart and soul.
The writing is simply perfect without the additional drama and masala that the story has immense scope for. The characterization was soulful and realistic. The writer managed to give equal importance to all the characters immaterial of the role they played. My only qualm would be that Abeer’s character – he was simply too perfect. He was this perfect gentleman for a good part of the story. For the torture that Meera subjected him to, he should have been a bit aggressive. Meera’s character however was bang on perfect. It was realistic to the point that I felt I was reading the life story of just another woman rather than a work of fiction. The pacing was quite even with very little twists and turns. The story isn’t exactly unheard of or unique. That said, the writing is what made the book an interesting read. If only the writer had introduced bit more twists and turns! The whole ‘triangle’ part of the story also made the plot interesting to read.
The cover deserves a special mention. It is beautiful and conveys the crux of the story line well. The title has also been quite suitably justified by the story.
MY SAY: Perfect summer read
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ROYAL ROMANCE, BOOK 1:
THE PRINCE'S SPECIAL BRIDE
Prince Christian has no place in his life for love or for a woman who doesn’t fit into the royal scheme of things. But vivacious Marie steals his heart and puts all he has lived for at stake. When the media gets wind of their affair, he has to make a difficult decision.
Will the unlikely couple have a chance at a happy ending?
About the Author
Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.
Marie blinked some more, her feet automatically carrying her close. “What…what are you doing here?” Belatedly, she curtsied and added a weak “Your Highness”, remembering that they were not alone.
His smile widened. For a moment, he seemed to be drinking her in, his gaze roving appreciatively over her body clad turquoise capris and a white polo shirt. She felt his gaze like a physical caress, driving her out of her mind, increasing the heat.
“This is my family’s property. Surely I have a right to be here,” he joked mildly. For a moment, it looked like he wanted to touch her, but his hand fell back down to his side, clenching into a fist once.
“Yes,” she replied, still dazed. “But you’re a crown prince, not a winemaker.”
He laughed, and the sound traveled straight to her heart. “That is correct, but I do know a thing or two about wine. My duties encompass everything concerned with my kingdom.”
She nodded. Of course. And wasn’t that what made him the perfect regent? His interest in anything and everything, his willingness to learn and his readiness to get his hands dirty?
He ushered her into the building, her entourage trailing behind and exchanging looks.
“I came here this morning with the dignitaries from England and Germany to give them a private tour.” Christian raked his hands through his hair, as if the time spent with them hadn’t exactly been fun. “My sister told me you’d end up here sooner or later, otherwise I’d have traveled through the region, visiting some other vineyards and villages.”
Marie swallowed. So he’d stayed behind because of her. She felt thrilled and anxious at the same time. As keen as she was on every minute spent with him, this would lead nowhere and should not even get a chance to bloom. Why nurture something that was doomed to be cut off at the stem before it could blossom?
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GENRE: Fiction – Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 363
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bragadeesh.
The promise of a simple love story from the blurb enticed me to pick up the book when the writer approached me. He also published a sample from the book before it was released. I read the sample and found his writing to be simple and quite natural.
Narrated by one of the protagonist, Jai, 300 days is the story of Jai and Sravani who meet during a trek. It is love at first sight for Jai. He pursues her as a friend. What follows is a tale of separation and love.
The story as such was like old wine in a new bottle - the “new” version of the bottle being technological advancement in the form of GTalk conversations and mails. Like aged wine, the story had enough fruitiness to it but the flavor is subtle, making you feel all warm and fuzzy. Jai courted Sravani properly like a gentleman and reading that part of the story was an absolute delight. Platonic love narrated eloquently is the selling point of this book.
Narration & Characterization
The writing was simple and neat. However, there were glaring proofreading errors in the copy that was given to me. The writer brought in this authentic feel to the story with minimal infusion of local language. He did use a couple of Telugu phrases here and there, but that is aptly justified by the context. The narration consistently bordered rambling. Given the consistency, I realized that the writer intended it to be this way as it was written from the perspective of a character who was obviously in love and pain. Initially, I didn’t like it, but the sheer beauty of a platonic love being narrated surpassed that uncomfortable feeling. The characterization was perfect with regards to Jai and Sravani. I felt the writer really didn’t do justice to Chris’s, Sindhuja’s and of that Jai’s parent’s character. I get that this is Jai’s and Sravani’s story, yet I would have preferred a bit more of depth to those characters.
The cover deserves a special mention – It is absolutely beautiful with no image or graphic but just a shade of blue which I love.
MY SAY: A proper romance read.
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GENRE: Non – Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 224
The transition from being a college student to a corporate is indeed an important milestone in the life of any individual. From personal experience it is indeed a true fact that college education doesn’t really impart the skills essential to survive cut throat competition in a corporate. All education does is impart knowledge but not skills to enough to have a comfortable entry. This book can truly serve as a perfect guide for fresh graduates to hone their interpersonal skills and give a perfect insight on how a corporate actually works.
The writer has divided the book into three parts, each elaborating on topics ranging from dress codes, to body language, to climbing the corporate ladder. He has explained various simple nuances of a working environment with snippets of example. The first part – Ready – focuses on the initial part of the transition like dress codes, work ethics and body language. This part gives that initial and much needed dose of reality of graduates.
The second part – Steady, is intended for a mid-level employee to root his/her standing and climbing the corporate ladder. The writer has perfectly elaborated the need to have a work life balance and has emphasized the need to distinguish between friendships and a professional relationship. Also, ways to sustain performance by having that game on attitude has been explained precisely.
The third part – Go! – The final section of the book elaborates the traits and characteristics to cross that mid-level management. The writer has fleshed out the previous part well by explaining the crucially of being visible to the top management. The writer has thoroughly stressed out the importance of creating a positive work culture and being a leader by example.With enough anecdotes and examples, this book is surely an eye-opener for fresh graduates.
While I do agree that this is one unique attempt in enabling fresh graduates to enjoy the transition from college to corporate, there is one unintended consequence - Spoon-feeding. What is to be learnt from lessons of life shouldn't really be learnt by reading a book for the sake of 'experience'.
MY SAY: Eye-Opener
Note : This is a commissioned review. Any monetary compensation doesn't imply honesty is being compromised. Doesn't make a difference to people like me who always speak their mind.
GENRE: Fiction – Thriller / Dystopian
NUMBER OF PAGES: 304
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you guys!
A Blogger who ends up opening a can of worms when he blogs about the grand plot to cleanse the country of people who are branded as undesirable – The perfect recipe for the perfect dystopian story isn’t it? Read on, know my thoughts about the book
The plot as such was interesting and to a certain extent shocking. The writer has simply amplified the current world political scenario and has made it look worse. Power hungry business man, whistleblowers, surveillance program, riots – all these reminded me of just one person – Edward Snowden. The story was a snowden-ish take on corruption and that insatiable hunger for power by the act of invading private space of people. At one point, the whole plot seemed too similar to the political climate which was prevalent when Hitler went to war. It is evident from the sequence of events, that the writer knows his history and has immense interest in politics.
Narration and Characterization
The narration alternated between being remarkable and falling flat. An apt example would be the opening part when Matt turns paranoid about being followed – this was written remarkably well while the part where the writer narrates as to how Matt actually stumbled upon Cleansweep sort of deadpanned for me. However, I felt the writer was in a great hurry to open the can of worms. The plot lost steam and was hanging in there thanks to those Ad-Hoc meets and Old School interactions. I felt the writer could have avoided that. What started as a nail biting thriller didn’t end that way. The writer certainly got the characterization right. He ensured to describe each character vividly immaterial of the role they played.
MY SAY: True Blue Dystopian
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 300
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from b00k r3vi3w Tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you :)
What could possibly be interesting in a compilation of interviews of a bunch of Latina writer? Short answer -everything. Long answer – read on.
The book contained interviews of forty female Latin writers who write on various genres. The editor, Mayra Calvani’s preface, gave an overall view of what to expect. Written interviews to me are double edged sword – The presentation would affect the content immaterial of how good or bad the content is. The book stood out for its exceptional presentation. The interview covered vital details like what exactly made the writers tick. The focus was on structures and semantics of writing rather than the syntaxes. These women drew inspiration to write from their own lives. To write, there is always the need for a trigger. That motivation to write often stems from incidents both joyful and traumatic. The interview beautifully elaborated as to what made the writers tick and why they took up writing. One thing that pleasantly surprised me was, almost all the women were educated and had alternate careers with some form of a support system in place. Of course, they do have their own fair share of downs, but it is heart-warming to get a glimpse of their lives.
The book was inspirational to me in way. The interviews discussed various writing habits of writers – from mind maps, character sketches to networking etc. I got a complete glimpse of the whole writing industry right from that spark to write a book to marketing it. Not that the journey of publishing was bump less for them, but the way they handled all that trouble is inspiring.
Being from the other part of the world, to me there wasn’t much of a difference between a writer from an Anglo background and one from a Hispanic background. This book changed that perception. The language, the culture and the lifestyles were beautifully blended with the book talk in the interview. The purpose of writing such a book is to highlight the whole group of Hispanic writers who are passionate about their work. Undoubtedly, with a skilled interviewer and specific questionnaire, the purpose has been fulfilled with great success.
MY SAY: Very interesting read
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GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 146
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of TBC book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you guys.
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!
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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