Romance for Cynics by Nicola Marsh

9789351065654The cover of the book, Romance for Cynics by Nicola Marsh made me pick up the book and read the blurb and then I decided I could not help but buy the book. The story is set in Australia and revolves around Cash and Lucy, both of whom have been let down before, and are therefore, cynical so far as love is concerned.

The blurb:

Must. Not. Fall. For. Fake. Boyfriend.

Cashel Burgess’s PR team has come up with a plan to salvage his reputation and show his “softer” side by entering him in a Valentine’s Day competition to find Australia’s Most Romantic Couple. It’s so ridiculous it might actually work. The hitch? He doesn’t even have a girlfriend. But that’s not about to stop him….

Thanks to a good-for-nothing ex, gardener Lucy Grant hates Valentine’s Day. But when Cash makes her an offer too good to refuse, Lucy finds herself half of the most cynical couple in Australia! The only problem is, when a man fakes it this well, a girl might be tempted to turn fiction into fact….

The story:

Cashell Burgess, a self-made millionaire by the time he was 28, has high IQ, has had impressive jobs at elite actuary firms before opening his own financial advisory business. He likes the comfort derived from seeing cold, hard cash accumulate in the bank, providing security and reliability, two things he’d never had growing up.

Lucy Grant, orphaned at an early age is brought up by her grandparents, Gram and Pops. She loves them a lot and Pops is her idol- moral, upstanding and dependable. She married young, was cheated by her husband and is now divorced. She has her own gardening business, Lucy’s Landscaping and works for Cash as his gardener.

Cash is having problems in his business and Barton Clegg, an old college buddy, who works for a PR firm, GR8 4U Public Relations, and suggests that he finds himself a girlfriend for a week and participate in the massive fund raiser in the lead upto Valentine’s Day for a positive PR.  He suggests that Cash ask Lucy to become his fake girlfriend for a week. Cash has always wanted to flirt with her but she gives off an air of untouchability and she would be the last woman he’d ask to be his fake girlfriend for a week.

It is mutually beneficial business arrangement with no romantic entanglement. She agrees only because her Gram is in financial distress and needs cash to prevent the sale of her house.

My take:

The story is very cute and nice. I loved the characters especially, Gram. She is so understanding, knows when to give Lucy space and when to hold her hand. The author has described the feelings of both the characters beautifully. I felt for the little Cash and it actually explains who is now- cynical.

Loved the book, highly recommended.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India

Full Circle by Yamini Vijendran

full-circleI received Yamini Vijendran’s ‘Full Circle’ as one of the 23 books in the Tornado Giveaway organized by the Book Club. Thank you Naheed, of Indireads, and Rubina of Book Club for the book.

The Blurb:

Malini has everything she could wish for: a loving family, a good home, and years of happy memories with her late husband to look back on. But she’s haunted by a secret that’s she kept for forty years, and can’t bear to keep any longer.

Her search for answers takes her back to her home town of Kumbakonam, and brings her face-to-face with a choice that could either lead to her heart’s deepest desire, or rip apart her comfortable life.

The Story:

Malini was five when her mother died and she, along with her elder sister, Nalini, managed their father’s house and everybody in the town had praises for them. Malini was beautiful and intelligent in her studies. Ranjan, their neighbour’s nephew, would teach maths to Malini and she fell in love with him. But fate had it otherwise. Malini’s family migrated to Chennai and she got married.

Now, forty years later, Malini lives with her son, Jayanth; daughter-in-law, Geetha and granddaughter Rumi, in Chennai. She suddenly wants to go to Sneham Retirement Home in Kumbakonam, the town where she grew up, much to the disappointment of her children. She wants to find answers to questions which have been with her all her life. She shifts to the Retirement home and meets Konkona there, who becomes her confidante.

My take:

A very different story written in a way which wants the reader to read ‘just a little bit more’ before keeping the book down. The story begins when Malini wants to move and goes back and forth between the present and the past. I loved Malini’s character right from when she is a little girl to now when she is a grandmother. I could actually visualize, a small girl running around in Pavadai, singing in the temple and even weaving garlands, the author has described the scenes so well. She has beautifully described the relationship and the understanding between the sisters.

Loved the book and am waiting for more from the author.

Book Source: Publisher courtesy the Tornado Giveaway organised by The Book Club

Publisher: Indireads

Format: Ebook

Spot Light: Full Circle by Yamini Vijendran


Full Circle 
Yamini Vijendran


The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.

Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.

After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

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Meet the Author


Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen.
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Between Him and Her by Jaspreet Soni

Between Him and Her by Jaspreet Soni is a short story which was posted by Indireads Editor on 2nd September 2014 for the Indireads Short Story contest.

Ria is getting ready for the book launch and the reading session for her new book when her daughter Akansha brings her an invitation card for a wedding- the wedding of Rajat’s daughter. Ria had met Rajat at a book store, had fallen in love with him but they had decided to stay just acquaintances. She never got over Rajat and he still occupies a corner of her heart, though she is happy with the life she is living with her husband and daughter, they still keep in touch occasionally. She goes to the book launch with a heavy heart and a smile on her lips, desperately seeking a familiar face.

But does Rajat come for the book launch?? Read on.

My take:

I really liked the story and the way the author has written it moving smoothly between the past and the present.

Source: Published in Short stories by Indireas


The Cure Was Love by Reet Singh

When you receive a book a month in advance before the release date, what do you do? Me, I put everything on hold and start with the book, and don’t keep it down until I’ve finished it. This is what I did when I received Reet Singh’s new book, “The cure was love”. Tha10646629_367069040140538_1617030245968753713_nnk you so much, Reet, for sending me an advance copy of the book. I really enjoyed it. The book is a sweet love story of Simi and Rudy.

The story:

Simi Gill, 24, is the only child of an only parent, Simi, is very attached to her father, a retired Colonel, who had devoted his entire life to her after the death of her mother in childbirth. He runs a plant nursery in Chandigarh and she is studying medicine in Bangalore. She has been jilted by her boyfriend because of her polycystic ovaries and her father issues. Simi is used to things going wrong all the time- like murphy wrote the law based on her life.

Half Indian, Dr Rudy Bhatnagar, a surgeon, the son of a gynaecologist and an orthopaedic surgeon, is rich and recently divorced. As far as women are concerned, he has had enough of any kind to last him a lifetime.

Simi is in her last month of her medical studentship at Sloan Kettering Medical Centre in New York and goes to her favorite grill and bar, The Blue Danube, with her best friend and roommate, Shubra. She is allergic to alcohol and passes out only to wake up to the sound of an off key baritone, with a throbbing head only to find herself lying in a state of undress wearing a man’s flannel shirt.  To top it all, ‘Mr Baritone’ tells her that she had she is in a room above the bar. When Rudy (Mr Baritone) Rudy is on the way to drop her, she gets in the way of the bullet and hurts her arm and he has to rush her to his surgery instead.  She ends up meeting his parents and finds that she and his father belong to the same medical college in Bangalore. They are attracted to each other and she knows Rudy is out of bounds for her because he is not interested and she cannot have him because she does not want to stay away from her father. Moreover, she could do without the pain of leaving her heart behind in America. So, she leaves for India without informing him.

My take:

I loved the story and especially the way the author has described the feelings of both the characters. The relationship between Simi and her father  and that between Rudy and his family has been beautifully portrayed.

Overall, a nice book.

Highly recommended. i would be buying a paperback as soon as it is releases in the Indian market

Book Source: review copy from the Author

Publisher: Harlequin India

Love Lasts forever : If you don’y marry your love by Vikrant Khanna

love-lasts-forever-400x400-imadw3zyn8ydgah9Love Lasts forever : If you don’y marry your love by Vikrant Khanna as a review copy from Nimi Vashi of the Readers Cosmos and would like to thank her for the book. The book revolves around two love stories wherein one story is an eye opener for the other and changes the course of the story.

 The Blurb:

So you think your love can last forever? Get married!

Eighteen-year-old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate and come what may, his love for her will last forever. Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake! A week later, he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a devil.

But his perception about love and life change when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia.

As they are left fighting for their lives, they confront if love truly can last forever? Or does it get too late?

The story:

Ronit is eighteen when he sees Aisha, his classmate, Priyank’s sister, on the day of his graduation from a naval college and falls in love with her. She reciprocates his feelings and they decide to get married seven years later. SHE CHANGES OVERNIGHT and he feels that she is not the Aisha he knows. He starts hating her and decides to go on a ship even though it was his off period. He plans to come back from the voyage and divorce her.

As their ship, Adriatic, sails across the Indian Ocean, his Captain, Shekhar, gets nostalgic and starts telling him about his love story, his wife, their divorce and how he still loves her. Lost in the story, they forget to notice the approach of the Somalian pirates and their ship is hijacked and they are taken as hostages.

During the time his life hangs in balance at the mercy of the pirates and their employers, something changes.

My take:

A very fast paced story with two love stories intertwined. I loved the way Shekhar describes his love story, it seemed so real that it made me cry. Ronit and his friend, Joe Singh, are typical hostellers with mischief up their sleeve and Priyank is the typical GOOD boy.

The language is simple and the flow is good. The description of the atrocities of the pirates actually made me shiver, I pity those who have actually undergone it.

The end was unpredictable making the book all the more interesting.

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Publisher: Shristi Publishers

Spotlight: The Helpline by Uday Mane




by Uday Mane


The Blurb
 Samir is suicidal. Rachael works for a suicide helpline. Fate connects them through a phone call. And so begins Samir’s story of love, longing, errors, regret and a girl who changed his life. As his story reaches its conclusion, Rachael will know the true reason behind his suicidal tendencies. But this suicide helpline is not any ordinary service. There is more to the mysterious and yet so convincing voice of Rachael. As this new mystery begins to unfold, Samir is going to discover three things: 

What is The Helpline? 

Who is Rachael? 

What is Samir’s own identity? 

Every year, several teenagers in India attempt suicide because of failing relationships, dwindling careers, parental pressure or the competitive world. This story is about one such teenager, his early problems and the hurdles to cope with them. This story is about finding hope in the struggle. This story is about fighting for what you believe in and discovering your true identity. This is not a story about falling in love. This is a story of rising from a failed love story.

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Uday Mane was born in Pune and raised in Mumbai. He works as a marketing professional during the day and a storyteller during the night. He is an avid reader, and loves to collect classic books.

The Helpline is his debut novel that was launched in March 2014 at the hands of Padma Shri Paresh Rawal.


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Spotlight: Summerita Rhayne’s Against All Rules


Against All Rules
Summerita Rhayne


The Blurb
 The efficient PA out of her depth…Samara knows getting attracted to Tahir is like asking for trouble. Not only is he her boss but he’s got divorced recently and has sworn off any commitment. Short term is not on her list but temptation has never been stronger.

The man who doesn’t have faith in rainbows anymore…

Tahir doesn’t believe in enforcing a code of conduct he cannot follow. But Samara might just make him make an exception! An affair at the office might seem a solution to his troubles but how can he avoid treading uncharted territory…?

Against All Rules

when fire is set, it’s hard to avoid the blaze

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Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There’s no knowing when some quirky – or sometimes even not so quirky – happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she’s off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.She divides her time between family, job and writing – and loves winding down with music, movies and the internet!
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Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne

81lwSCzMv0L._SL1500_I received Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne as a review copy from the Book Club. Thank you Rubina for the same. It is the story of a girl from a village falling for a city bred man.

The Story:

Samara Sharma was raised by her aunt in a village near Kurukshetra when her parents left her there in pursuit of their religious pursuits. Having fought for her rights as a child, she still jumps in to save people she likes.

Tahir Virani of Virani Biotech, has had a childhood when he was not wanted by his parents. He would be shunted from one parent to another because they were too busy. Their marriage ended in a divorce as did his to Elaine.

Samara works as Tahir’s PA and has fallen hard for him. She dresses up in clothes concealing herself so that she is not noticed by him. Until one day, she drives down to Tahir’s house upon finding him drunk on the phone so as to prevent him from getting out cold and the situation changes.

She needs something permanent and he needs an affair with her and to make things worse there is Elaine, his ex-wife, who does not let the chance slip whenever she can to goad him or to make him feel guilty.

My take:

What a story! The author has described the feelings of both the characters very nicely and the book moves from the feelings of one character and gets entangled in the feelings of the other. Sometimes, I would feel bad for Samara and sometimes I would feel for Tahir. She has really created story where the characters are completely opposite of each other but still are attracted to one another.

Book Source: The Book club

How does it make you feel by Komal Singh

How does it make you feel By Komal Singh was posted by the Indireads Editor in Short Stories on 5th September 2014. It is the story of Vikram whose fantasies drive his life and he discusses them with his therapist.

My take:

The story has been well written, keeping in mind what the what the author wants to convey and moving the story along that path. Throughout the story, I wanted Vikram to get better.

The review is short because the story can be appreciated by reading it and not the review.