You’re stuck with me for life by Venuka Goyal

I received a review copy of You’re stuck with me for life by Venuka Goyal from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The Blurb:

Neeti and Ronit both ended up in the city of Indore in central India as tragedies struck their families.

When Neeti got married to Ronit, all she wanted was to get away from her mentally unstable mother and get into a household that allowed her the freedom to work as a school teacher and the freedom to drive a car. In return, if she had to take care of her in-laws and manage the household, she was okay with that. Having witnessed her mother’s utter inability to deal with life after her father’s untimely demise, Neeti was determined to be self reliant and to never have expectations from anyone. If she didn’t expect anything from anyone, she would never be disappointed, and never end up like her mother who had forgotten how to live.

When Ronit got married to Neeti, he just wanted to get a daughter-in-law for his parents. His father had refused to undergo the bypass surgery that the doctor had recommended unless Ronit got married and Neeti came along at the right time. Living in a joint family setup with his parents and his younger college-going brother, Ronit was okay sharing a room with his mother’s daughter-in-law. He didn’t necessarily want a wife for himself. Having tried his hand at love and having failed at converting his previous year-long relationship into a love-marriage, he was not convinced that a woman could be both the wife that he wanted and the daughter-in-law that his family insisted on.

Ronit and Neeti had made their expectations with regards to their marriage clear from the very beginning and in the last one year of being married they had both held up to their end of the bargain. Love was never a priority. It was something deemed so unimportant that neither of them brought it up before the wedding. Nor did they ever talk about it over the entire first year of being married. Will Neeti and Ronit continue to live in a loveless marriage, taking it simply as a responsibility? Or will love sneak up on them on a road-trip to Ranthambore?

The Story:

Neeti and her mother moved to Indore where her brother worked as a scientific officer in a research facility after the death of their father which had affected their mother badly and all they wanted was for her to have a change of environment. She even lost her boyfriend in this process. Neeti was then in the first year in college. After completing her education, she started working in Indore as a school teacher.

Ronit moved to Mumbai from Indore to work in the creative line and fell in love with Vaishali, his coworker. He had just proposed to her when he received a call that his father had a heart attack and was asked to take things slowly. So Ronit had no option but to move to Indore to manage the family business.

Neeti decides to get married to the first not-too-creepy guy as long as he accepts her conditions and Ronit fits the bill.

And Ronit decides to get married to a complete stranger just so that his father gets his bypass surgery done. And Neeti fits the bill.

My take:

The story starts in December 2010 and moves in a fast forward way till December 2017 when Neeti and Ronit decide to make a trip to Ranthambore to celebrate their first anniversary.

A simple story of an arranged marriage where in both the girl and the boy decide to get married for reasons other than love.

The language is simple and the descriptions detailed. The story depicts the feelings of both Ronit and Neeti. I loved the relationship between Neeti and her in-laws. The author has stressed more on the present and given the back story in such a way that we get an idea of how they react to the situation.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it one and all.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary conpensation for the same.

The Crow and The Peacock by Sunanda Chatterjee

I received The Crow and the Peacock: A gripping saga of deceit, redemption, and forgiveness by Sunanda Chatterjee as a review copy from the author via BookSprout and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

You don’t need a big house, you need a big heart!”

Sisters Mohini and Aditi were brought up by their single mother with meager resources. As young women, both strive to escape village life and its restrictions.

For fiercely independent Mohini, nothing is more important than financial security and a higher status in life. But easy-going Aditi just wants love and acceptance.

Their paths diverge when Mohini marries into a rich family and Aditi marries her high school sweetheart. 

But life doesn’t turn out as expected. A tragedy drives a wedge between them, upturning their lives and leaving them with difficult decisions.

Can they move past their differences and find what they’re looking for? Or will the deception pull them further apart?

The Crow and the Peacock is a family saga of ambition, deceit, and finding acceptance despite all odds.

The Story:

Mohini and Aditi were brought up single handedly by their mother when their father died in the war, leaving her with a meager pension inadequate to raise them, twenty six years ago. Mohini was ten and Aditi was seven. Their mother worked as a house help to raise the girls. And then both of them married the loves of their lives, but then…..

My take:

I loved the story, it is not a romance, but it is about life, love, family and trust. It is about two sisters. Two sisters who are so different from each other. One an extrovert and one an introvert. This story is about sibling rivalry and also about trust and love between siblings.

The characters are well developed and described in such a way that I felt that I knew them. I was with them when they were girls, when they got married and even when they moved on. I felt happy for them and I grieved with them. 

The story is set in India and Tanzania and moves back and forth between the past and the present and has been written in such a way that I never felt lost even though the timelines changed. The twists and turns kept me guessing.

The language is simple and the story just draws you in. I just could not keep the book down. I would highly recommend this book to one and all. 

Ryan finds a bride by Sundari Venkatraman

Ryan finds a bride by Sundari Venkatraman is a book that I read weeks ago and have not been able to review since. 

The blurb:

Varshini meets Ryan after seven years and isn’t really surprised that she still loves him—it was love at first sight for her all those years ago—from the depth of her heart.

Seven years ago, she had been a teenager. Now that she is all grown up and more beautiful than ever, Ryan is totally attracted to Varshini and is keen to explore their relationship.
But there’s a hitch! Ryan’s mother is determined to find her son a wife, like yesterday. After all, she had been waiting for him to return home after his six-year sojourn in the US of A. As for Varshini, she would never make it to the mother’s list of suitable brides, not only because she’s from the working class, but she’s also dark skinned. 
What are the chances of Ryan finding his own bride? 

The story:

Ryan Malhotra planned to return to New Delhi to join his father in the family business after he completed his post graduation in the US and also gained experience in two different companies. But he does not want to stay with his family, but close enough to them. So, he asks his grandmother, Ganga Malhotra, for help and advice. Unknown to him, his mother is very excited about his return, because she gets to find a bride for him. His sisters Ruma and Saloni are married and his twin, Shaan, is in Singapore.

Varshini, from Kotagiri has a Masters in Psychology and is trained to be a counsellor. She applies for the post of manager, Corporate Partnerships at Shantanu Malhotra Foundation after gaining her experience in NGOs. Ganga Malhotra recruits her and also gives her a place to live. 

So when Ryan comes back and starts living in a flat in the same building as his family, little does he realise that Varshini is living in the same flat but on a different floor. And that Varshini is the sister of Ranjini, with whom he used to freelance seven years ago, and had met Varshini at her wedding.

My take:

Another story of the Malhotra family, where we meet the other members of the family, who we had met in her previous books. I loved the banters between siblings, conversations between the family members. I loved the love-hate relationship between Ratj and Ryan. 

The characters are relatable and realistic and it was actually interesting to meet the other characters from her stories. I was actually drawn back to them. Cookie, Ryan’s per stole my heart. Now after this I think we have Shaan’s story coming and Rati would be more focussed on him. 

The language is simple and the story is fast paced. Reading the other books lends a familiarity to the story, but this story can be read as a standalone as well.

Meet Me Under the Stars: An opposites attract second chance romance  by Manasi Singh

I received Meet Me Under the Stars: An opposites attract second chance romance by Manasi Singh as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

He thinks with his mind.

She leads with the heart.

Can these two ever be business partners…or even something more?

Veda Mehra’s life was simple, until an inheritance throws her into co-owning a bar and bistro with Arjun Pratap Singh, the totally-hot-but-totally-annoying guy who runs Adventa Group.

Running the family business since a young age, Arjun is used to being the authority. Nobody says no, until this girl walks into his life and questions everything he has learnt about business and life. One night and a bottle of wine rehashes the ghosts of the past, and changes everything. They know love is off limits to them, but who can challenge destiny? Can he make her broken heart love again? Can she break his walls down?

A sizzling romance peppered with friction leads to a battle of will that has Veda wondering – who wins? The heart, the project, or her past?

The story:

Veda Mehra, 26, works as a marketing executive at a small agency in Hyderabad. She is heartbroken after losing the love of her life, Shaan Roy, in an accident. Her best friend, Zee, is also her lawyer. Her parents live in Mumbai and want her to be happy and are pestering her to date someone. And when she goes out on a date after ages, she is rescued by Arjun Singh.

Arjun Pratap Singh was thirteen when his father passed away following a heart attack and leaving them in a lot of debt. He graduated top of his class in the London School of Business and was named the business prince of Hyderabad after he saved Adventa Textiles from bankruptcy and went on to raise an entire empire out of it, and all by the age of 25.

At 29, he stays away from attachments, until he meets Veda, his dead best friend’s girlfriend, and the wall around him starts chipping.

My take:

I liked the story and how it has been presented. The characters are realistic and their conversations are very natural. I loved the relationship between Veda and Zee, and also that between Arjun and Shaan. I would definitely have liked to read more about Arjun’s family as also about Veda’s.

The author has added the paranormal angle to the story and that made it unique. All in all a simple story, with many twists and past thrown in. Written in a simple language, this story is a good read.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Release Day Blitz: My Ruin (Bond of Brothers #1) by Sapna Bhog

 

The bonds of family are unbreakable.

From bestselling Author Sapna Bhog comes a new romance series of friendship, loyalty and betrayal.
He never expected to run into her…
SHAURYA RAJPOOT is a man of many secrets. A sudden meeting with Myra Gupta changes the course of his life. Bound by a vow to his family, Shaurya keeps her at a distance…until she shatters all the barriers between them. Staying away from her soon becomes impossible, resisting her…unimaginable. 
She wasn’t prepared for him…
After losing the only man she ever loved, MYRA GUPTA has gone through life barely living and merely surviving. But all that changes when she meets Shaurya Rajpoot. Fascinated and intrigued by him, Myra is drawn by his loyalty, silent strength and quiet reserve. She yearns to get to know him better. However his past, his family and their bitter history keeps getting in the way of them being together. 
But when the past collides with the present and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie—the biggest deception of all—destroy Shaurya and Myra forever?

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Meet Myra & Shaurya from ‘My Ruin’

Myra Gupta

28 yo Myra Gupta lost the man she loved more than four years ago. Post that traumatic ordeal, she’s focused all her energy into her work as the head legal counsel for a huge company. Her work requires her to move cities and she does so with the single aim to begin her life afresh and to move beyond the past. But a chance meeting with a stranger at the airport, changes her life. Suddenly, Shaurya Rajpoot is everywhere she is.

Very soon, Myra is battling feelings for the only man who can possibly help her overcome her past and fall in love again. 

Shaurya Rajpoot

A rising star in Dubai’s construction sector, Shaurya Rajpoot’s main goal in life is to protect his family from an old enemy. After being betrayed by the woman he loves, he never wanted anything permanent with another woman ever, until he bumps into Myra. She makes him feel again and soon Shaurya is fighting his growing attraction for the one woman who works for his family’s enemy. 

Including her in his life is hard, keeping her away even harder. But with his family’s history and his past in the way of their happily ever after, Shaurya has to decide if he can take a risk and confide in Myra about everything. 
About the Author:
Sapna Bhog is an author from India who writes contemporary and historical romance novels. As a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic, her books are filled with swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines who clash all the time, but do get their happy ever after. Sapna has always surrounded herself with books and when she is not writing she is reading. Originally from Dubai, she now lives in Western India with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky. Sapna gave up a successful IT career and took a foray into writing and has never looked back since. Her favourite pastimes are reading, writing, traveling and shopping—not necessarily in that order. She loves to hear from readers.

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Twilight’s Temptation by Shilpa Suraj

I received Twilight’s Temptation: A passionate, contemporary enemies to lovers romance (Shades of Night Book 2) by Shilpa Suraj as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

The ace photographer and the supermodel, they should have been a match made in heaven. Instead, they fought like the demons of hell.

Complicated, surly, and sexy, Manav Apte was probably the only photographer who resented his muse. From the day he’d seen her, there had been no other. Unfortunately, she was the one woman he could never have.

Passionate, talented, and gorgeous, Diana Severes refused to give the temperamental ass behind the camera the satisfaction of knowing he got under her skin. It was, however, impossible not to notice him or his glowering disapproval that trailed her everywhere she went.
Their dislike and distrust of each other is legendary in the fashion industry and yet, the sparks that fly when they come together for work are enough to light the sets on fire.
Will the Golden Girl of India’s fashion scene be able to see beyond his hatred to the love he’s desperately trying to mask? And will the country’s most talented photographer realise that his true talent lies not in what he views through his lens but what he sees through the filter of his heart?

The story:

Manav Apte, a fashion photographer, and Diana Severes, a model, are stark opposites. He is a school dropout, who has to work for his family and she became a model because she wanted to be independent, and the money paid her bills and helped her parents live out their retirement in comfort. He does not share a healthy relationship with his parents and she is friends with hers.

Their paths cross at work. She thinks that Manav is the most infuriating being she has ever come across and that he has taken an instant dislike to her. And he thinks that she is pampered. And opposites attract and sparks fly.

My take:

Having met Manav and Diana and seeing the sparks flying between them in the first book of the series, I was really looking forward to reading their story, and I must say I enjoyed it. The characters from the previous book of the series also have a role to play, but this book can also be read as a standalone. I loved the conversations between the girls and also the easy camaraderie between the boys. The chemistry and the differences between Manav and Diana have been described well and as we go deeper into the book and get an idea of their backstories, it becomes more understandable. I loved the relationship that Manav shares with his siblings and how they present a united front and have each other’s back.

The language is simple and the story is well paced. This book is not just about romance, it is about friendship, sibling bond and also about your family.

Eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws in exchange for an honest reveiw. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Counting to Diwali by S. C Baheti

I received Counting to Diwali by S. C Baheti as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Bring the magic of Diwali home with this incredible book. Learn how to count from one to ten in Hindi, all the while sharing in the excitement of the festival of lights. This book is a great way to reinforce language learning, as well as building an integral part of Indian culture with your family, in a fun and colorful way.

My Take:

What a beautiful way to teach Hindi counting to kids. I loved the concept behind the book. The illustrations are wonderful. The colours used are so attractive. And the idea to bring in the most liked festival of all kids, makes it all the more interesting.

A must buy book especially to gift to younger kids.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Strictly at Work by Sudha Nair

I received Strictly at Work by Sudha Nair as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Simi works in marketing at a furniture company.

Ranvir is an analyst at a finance startup. While their desks happen to be on the same floor at Bizworks, a swanky co-working space in Bangalore, their paths aren’t meant to cross. But as circumstances bring them together again and again, they find it harder to deny the spark between them.

In a live-in relationship with his girlfriend, Ranvir doesn’t expect to have feelings for someone else. And while Simi’s family pushes for the perfect arranged match for her, she knows she doesn’t love the man her parents want her to marry.

When their personal lives clash with their attraction at work, Simi and Ranvir must decide if they want to remain just co-workers or mean more to each other.

The story:

Simi works in Murano, a furniture manufacturing company in Bangalore, in its marketing section. Due to space constraints in its current office, the company decides to move the division to a co-working space. Simi is very excited about the change of working space and is excited that her best friend Deepa is also here with her. She is very close to her brother and her parents. She shares a special relationship with her grandmother.

Ranvir works as an analysis in a finance startup, after he quit his job with the bank he was working in. He has a vital and challenging role in the startup and he enjoys his job. Though he lives with his college girlfriend, and meets his sister and father often.

On the first day at the co-working space, Simi meets Ranvir. They keep running into each other and become good friends. Though they are attracted to each other, they cannot think of anything else as her parents have already found an arranged match for her and he is in a committed relationship. 

My take:

A sweet story of two people who are attracted to each other but cannot commit because of their prior commitments.

The characters are realistic and their conversations even more so. Both Simi and Ranvir are likable characters, and so are Abhi and Deepa. I loved Simi’s relationship with her grandmother, brother and also her mother. I also loved that both Simi and Ranvir have hobbies, which makes them all the more realistic. 

This story is about friendships, family and work relationships. The language is simple and the story is a happy read. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Release Day Blitz: Twilight’s temptation (Shades of Night#2) by Shilpa Suraj

 The ace photographer and the supermodel, they should have been a match made in heaven. Instead, they fought like the demons of hell. 

Complicated, surly, and sexy, Manav Apte was probably the only photographer who resented his muse. From the day he’d seen her, there had been no other. Unfortunately, she was the one woman he could never have.
Passionate, talented, and gorgeous, Diana Severes refused to give the temperamental ass behind the camera the satisfaction of knowing he got under her skin. It was, however, impossible not to notice him or his glowering disapproval that trailed her everywhere she went.
Their dislike and distrust of each other is legendary in the fashion industry and yet, the sparks that fly when they come together for work are enough to light the sets on fire.
Will the Golden Girl of India’s fashion scene be able to see beyond his hatred to the love he’s desperately trying to mask? And will the country’s most talented photographer realise that his true talent lies not in what he views through his lens but what he sees through the filter of his heart?

Book Links:
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Read an Excerpt from Twilight’s Temptation

We walked along the beach. Me in my shorts and black t-shirt, Diana in a glamorous white beach dress with lace trim. If there was ever a contrast competition, we’d win it hands down.

“Are you okay?” I asked her. 

Diana shrugged. “I guess. That was unpleasant but necessary. I’ll get next steps in place as soon as we get back to Mumbai.” 

“Will your family be okay with this?” 

“My parents don’t get a say in my career decisions. My dad is ex-army and my mom is a teacher. They don’t understand how this world works anyway.” She sidestepped some dog shit on the beach, moving a little closer to me. 

I itched to wrap an arm around her, pull her in for a hug and kiss her. Instead, I clenched my hands in my pockets, Adil’s words still echoing in my head. 

“My brother, who is a typical tech nerd, wouldn’t bother to venture an opinion either. The only other person who would have understood was Andrew, the brother who died. He was the one who encouraged me to get into modelling and pursue my dreams.” Tears glimmered in her eyes, a stray one streaking across one golden hued cheek. 

“And this was your dream? To be a model?” 

She stared back towards the resort in the distance, her mind somewhere I couldn’t follow. 

“I wanted the fame, the glamour and the money. I wanted to be independent. I wanted to be someone. Modeling gave me all of that and when my time ends, and it will end, we all know that, I have a backup plan in place for that too.”

I stared at her, seeing her, truly seeing her for the first time since I’d met her two years ago. She was so much more than that gorgeous face and bubbly personality that people mistook to be the entirety of her.

“I wanted to be a wildlife photographer,” I blurted out with all the finesse of a horny sixteen year old. 

“You can still be one,” she smiled. “Just in addition to what you already do.”

“I work nonstop. I’d never be able to find the time,” I muttered. 

“We can always find the time if it’s important enough to us. We make time when we want to.” She cupped my cheek and pressed a light kiss on to it. 

She was right. We made time and space for what we wanted, for what was important to us. And in that moment, I knew… Diana was desperately important to me. 

“Everything he said was true, you know,” I told her, shoving my hands deeper into my pockets to keep them from reaching for her. 

“Everything I said was true too, Manav,” she smiled, sadly. “But what is your truth?” 

What was my truth? It was buried under so many years of misery, pain, and heartache, would I recognize it even if I found it?

About the Author:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

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If you let me go by Sonia Rao

I received Sonia Rao’s latest book If you let me go as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The Blurb:

What happens in Paris…

Shivalika is a brilliant interior designer who attracts suitors like bees to honey. But she will have none of that. Shivalika has her life mapped out. She does not believe in love at all and is only focused on her career the reason for which is a secret she has nursed since she was a teenager.

But when billionaire Vikramarya Kumar aka VK aka “the most eligible bachelor in the country” enters her company as the new boss, sparks fly and she finds all her beliefs getting shattered, one by one.

Shivalika’s secret has already created havoc once in her life. Will she be able to overcome it to find her happily-ever-after with VK or will the pain of it destroy every chance of finding true love and healing?

If You Let Me Go is a standalone sweet romance novel in the First Love Billionaire Romance series.

The story:

Shivalika Kelkar is a career oriented girl. She lives with her parents, an elderly grandmother and two younger twin brothers. She is very close to her family except her mother. She works as an interior designer at an interior designing company, La Piazza. Her boss decides to sell of the company as his wife is not well and wants to take care of her. Vikramaraya Kumar, the new boss, is a Standford graduate. He takes over the company along with his girlfriend, Misha.

Their first meeting is very eventful and both of them leave an impact on each other. And then there is the mutual attraction. But, VK is almost engaged and Shivalika has sworn off men. But then, they travel to Paris on business……

My take:

The story is simple and sweet, and has a happy ending.

Shivalika, I could understand her aversion to love once I came to know her back story. I loved the characters especially Shivalika’s grandmother. Though she is a supporting character, but the role that she plays in the story is very interesting. The author has really developed the characters well. They are realistic and their conversations and hangups even more so.

The places, the food and the ambience has been described in detail, and it being a book on interior designers, it seemed so relevant. I loved the story. It has all the elements, family, friends, trust, tragedy and of course, career. The language is simple and the story is fast paced.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.