Mr Imperfect Series: House of Love by Aditi Chopra

51+8uETIbDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book Mr Imperfect Series (Complete collection) by Aditi Chopra as a review copy from the author herself, and I finished it the same evening as I received it, I just could not put it down, it was so captivating. This book has three books in one, namely, House of love; Arranged marriage and Love Tango. And I shall be reviewing the book story by story. All the three stories are set in Dallas and are somehow connected to each other by the way of characters. This is the first story of the collection. As the book blurb mentions:

Three intriguing women, Three imperfect men, Three fascinating stories!

House of Love

Real estate agent Nikki Desai has a rule of not dating her clients. When she hosts an open house on a cold Dallas afternoon, she didn’t know what was in store for her. Much like Dallas’ unexpected weather, Karan Malhotra, a business consultant, walks into her life and challenges every belief she holds close to her heart. Karan manages to cajole Nikki, but is she making a mistake in breaking her rule by dating Karan?

The Story:

For Nikki Desai, 24, real estate is almost her destiny and dream. She is doing well as a real estate agent and has an open and friendly policy with her clients. A daughter of a real estate agent, Nikki has done everything without the help of her father, who does not even encourage her let alone appreciate her. She is a good judge of people and has a chatty and understanding personality. Her brother, Virat, hero worships her and wants to learn the strings of business from her.

Karan Malhotra, 28, travels across the country wherever his consulting firm places him. Now, he has moved to Dallas and has to look for a place to stay as his duration is getting extended and so he approaches Nikki for a lease and that too just after she has just finished one open house for a client and she greets him with her pepper spray, thinking him to be a stalker.

She agrees to look for an apartment for him and this is how they meet each other again. And then Karan asks her out for dinner, but Nikki has made a policy of not dating her clients and she is confused. But her best gym buddy, Maya, comes to her rescue and tells her to break the rule once and so she does.

Then comes the misunderstanding in the form of Sasha, the daughter of his mother’s best friend and the girl his mother wants him to marry. She stays in Austin, his hometown and comes to Dallas for some work and on seeking Nikki introduces herself as his fiancée.

My take:

A sweet, simple story with the right ingredients in the right proportion. I loved Nikki’s character and Karan is a sweet charming boy. The relationship shared by the Malhotras is so different from the relationship between the Desais.

Book Source: The author

Snowed in with the Billionaire by Caroline Anderson

Snowed in with the Billionaire by Caroline Anderson is the story of Georgia and Sebastian.

The Blurb:

One magical Christmas Eve…
Caught in a blizzard, Georgia Beckett is forced down a narrow lane she’d hoped to avoid…and not just because of the snow! The road takes her past the beautiful abandoned house of her youth—the new residence of her childhood sweetheart.
Sebastian Corder’s shocked to hear the doorbell ring—he never expected to see Georgia again. Nine years ago, both chasing different dreams, they went their separate ways.
Now Sebastian’s hand hesitates. Is he ready to open the door to the past? But the snow’s getting heavier…and there’s only one way to find out!

The story:

Nine years ago, Georgia Beckett and Sebastian Corder were in love with each other, and would call Easten Court, an, old dilapidated mansion their dream house. They parted ways on not so amicable terms because they wanted to pursue their dreams, he wanted to make a name for himself and she wanted to pursue her PhD. They did not keep tabs on each other and felt that they had broken clean.

Now, Georgia, a widow, is traveling home to her parents for Christmas with her two year old son, Josh, and they get stuck in snow right next to Easten Court and the next thing she knows is that Sebastian, the new owner, has come to her rescue and has towed their car in. Sebastian has bought the mansion to restore it and he has done a good job too. He is surprised to see her at his door. She stays there for that night thinking that once it stops snowing she would go to her parents to spend Christmas with them. But the next morning, she realises that she is stuck till the snow ploughs come to her rescue. They are both in dilemma as neither of them stopped loving the other despite the breakup.

What happens then? Does she go to her parents? Does Sebastian open up his heart to her? Do they confess their feelings? Read on…..

My take:

The story has been written beautifully and the flow is good. I loved the character of Josh the most, he is such an endearing child.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India19082609

I do, Do I by Ruchita Misra

51CtZq6MspL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ruchita Misra’s second novel, I do, do I is the story of Kasturi Shukla set in Delhi. Kasturi, an MBA who works in Vijaywada & Sons and thinks that she is in love with Purva Dixit, a doctor at AIIMS. Purva and Kasturi are just the opposites of each other.

i pre-ordered the book and could lay my hands on it now.

The Blurb:

Kasturi Shukla is all set to marry the man of her dreams. Time to stop doing silly things and start living happily ever after, right? Well, then maybe someone should tell Kasturi that.

This irrepressibly irreverent and not-quite-beaming bride-to-be fumbles through a messy engagement and in a moment of indecision, steps across a line that she should never have been near. To make things worse, her best friends are now nauseatingly mushy star-crossed lovers, her future mother-in-law thinks the kitchen-phobic Kasturi is a fabulous cook, her colleague Padma hates her for no reason, her boss wants medical intervention for her imaginary deafness and her mother has become a cyber-celebrity. This was not the way things were meant to go.

Smart, hilarious and utterly unpredictable, I do! do I? will have you at the edge of your seat-unless you’ve already fallen off it laughing.

The story:

The book starts with Kasturi’s mother getting frantic about the Dixit’s visiting them formally. And lo and behold, what was the first formal visit of the Dixit clan turns out to be a surprise engagement of Purva and Kasturi. Kasturi’s best friends are Amaya aka, Pitajee and Anu, who is also her flatmate. The books revolves around Kasturi getting cold feet before her wedding and Anu being dragged away by her parents lest she marries Pitajee.

But alls well that ends well.

My take: The story is cute and fast paced. The language is funny and at times I felt I would fall of the chair. It can actually be made into a hilarious film. I loved the characters especially Purva and Pitajee. The relationship between the four friends has been beautifully depicted. Kasturi’s madness is another highpoint in the book. I loved how Kasturi and her father would share their thoughts. Purva’s sog at the end made me cry. It is one book which leaves you with a smile on your face irrespective of whatever mental state you maybe in.

I have just ordered The Ineligible bachelors because I thought it makes sense to read that too.

Book Source: Bought

Publishe: Harper Collins

Reunited with her Italian ex by Lucy Gordon

51teC7xMOcL._AA160_Reunited with her Italian ex by Lucy Gordon is the story of Natasha Bates and Mario Ferrone set in Italy.

The Blurb:

HER REAL LIFE ROMEO…

Freelance journalist Natasha needs to find work- fast!

When a job comes up in Verona she jumps at the chance. Her heart might have been broken by a charming Italian but with few other options, promoting the city seems like a dream assignment. Until she meets her new boss and- ex!- Mario…

Mario might not be the playboy she remembers, yet Natasha strives to keep their relationship professional. But in the city of Romeo and Juliet, pursuing their star-crossed romance is hard to resist…

The story:

Never Trust a man are the words that Natasha has been believing in since she was ten when her father left her and her mother.

Two years ago, Natasha and Mario met in Venice and felt that they were made for each other only to part on bitter terms. Seeing Tania call him a traitor, Natasha runs away back to England and changes her address, telephone number, email id and all possible ways by which she could be traced and moves in with her friend, Helen.

Now, Natasha has burnt all her boats of continuing her career as a journalist in England because she has slapped Elroy Jenson, the owner of a great media empire that stretches all over the world because he was pestering her. She is in debt and all her articles are being rejected because of Elroy and she does not know what to do.

Fate intervenes in the form of Helen getting a job in Verona in Italy and she offering the job to Natasha. Natasha is reluctant to take it up because it means rekindling her past but then realises that the job is in Verona and not Venice and takes it up.

Upon reaching Verona, she meets Giorgio Marcelli, the person employed by the hotel owners’ in Verona to handle their publicity who tells her that in the evening, she would meet the President of the Communita, a group of hotel owners of Verona and discuss the plans. And who does she meet …..Mario Ferrone, the owner of the hotel where she is staying. And she acts as if they don’t know each other.

My take:

I liked the book a lot especially the Romeo and Juliet part. Made me want to actually read more about Verona. The author has very beautifully described the feelings of both the characters.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: HarperCollins Harlequin

He fixed the match, She fixed him by Shikha

51wxNjhdnlL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_There are some books you want to read because of the story, some because of the attractive cover, some because they have been written by a best selling author and some because they have been talked about. But, Shikha’s debut book, He fixed the match she fixed him is a book that does not fall into any of these categories, at least for me. I bought this book long back because I thought that the story of Shreya Kohli and Kunal Kharbanda would be a story where the protagonists had an arranged marriage and would reconcile later, what I was not expecting was skeletons coming out of the closet every now and then and the twists and turns.

The blurb:

Shreya – I’m a highly qualified Delhi girl earning an enviable salary. My parents are having a tough time finding a suitable groom for me. However, recently they have a proposal from this very interesting guy from Mumbai. I almost get mesmerised when he starts talking to me. I think I like him very much.

Kunal – I’m owner of a textile company in Mumbai. My Mom wants me to get married. Again. She has recently suggested a suitable girl from Delhi. What my Mom doesn’t know is that I’ve met Shreya before once in my life and I’ve been looking for her ever since. I have a vendetta to settle.

The author takes you along on a journey via roads of revenge, agony, remorse, attraction, titillation, tantalisation and romance. Do Shreya and Kunal make it, or do they fall prey to their past?

The story:

Shreya holds degrees from SRCC, Delhi and IIM, Lucknow and has a highly paying job in Delhi. She lives with her parents, Mahesh and Sandhya and her brother, Madhav and his wife, Aastha. He father had recently retired and loves to surf happytrips.com and so does her brother. But, her family also wants to see her happily married. And everytime, a prospective groom’s family comes to know of her salary, they withdraw. So her parents post her profile on Bharatmatrimony.com, with the hope that something may come their way, And it does in the way of Mumbai calling Delhi.

Anuradha Kharbanda loves to go through the Bharatmatrimony.com site everyday and during one such visit, she comes across Shreya’s profile, which she shows to her son, Kunal, and he grabs the opportunity with open arms. The mother is elated because the son who was averse to getting married wants to get married to this girl with beautiful eyes. So she calls up Delhi and sets the ball rolling.

Shreya’s mother’s gut feeling that something is not right but the Kohli family overrules it saying that Shreya would not get a better match and that Shreya and Kunal should take a call as both the boy and the girl have a past. After discussions, a long distance courtship starts over phonecalls and they get married within a month’s time. Shreya gets the shock of her life on the wedding night and realises that Kunal had planned everything to get even with her. And thus starts the love hate relationship between the two of them. Shreya tries to maintain a normal front in front of everyone because she does not want to let anyone get upset.

Who wins the battle at the end is worth reading.

My take:

It is a 284 page book written with a lot of descriptions which somehow add to the flavour of the book. The characters are very realistic and have been developed well. Though the story is simple, the storyline is different making it very interesting. The language and flow are good and the story moves at a good pace. I did not feel like keeping the book down when I was forced to do so last night and completed it first thing in the morning today. The scenes are funny at times and the author has described the emotions of both the characters. The story has everything, drama, romance, revenge, families, arranged marriage, mothers-in-law making it interesting.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Vitasta

The story of Tublu by Jahid Akhtar

tublu1I received Story of Tublu by Jahid Akhtar as a review copy from The Tales Pensieve and would like to thank Reshmi for the same.

The blurb:

Devastated by the floods, Bipin and his little boy Tublu move to a faraway land, where they meet the Sharma’s. This marks the beginning of a long and enduring relationship between Bipin and the Sharma’s, and the growing friendship of their children Tublu and Maina. The book captures the journey of this friendship through childhood to adolescence and into adulthood. From some interesting school and college humor, the story progresses on and develops into a mature narrative. As years pass, Tublu’s plain and silent crush on Maina develops into deep love and longing for Maina which bears the potential to conquer all of life’s challenges. The story has its share of drama, that entertains; humor, that makes one reminisce; love, friendship and emotions that defines the amazing journey that is, life.

The story:

This book is the story of Tublu, a boy who lost his mother when he was three and lives with his father, Bipin, in a village in Assam and is left homeless when his village is inundated with floods. He moves to a small town with his father and they go to the Sharmas. Mr Sharma owns a school and gives Bipin a jon as his driver and gets Tublu admitted into a local school. The Sharma’s have a son, Paplu and a daughter, Maina. Tublu and Maina study in the same class though in different schools. The story then moves on describing their school days, adolescence, college days, hostel life, ragging, infatuations and then their adulthood.

I would not go into details further except that Tublu starts falling in love with Maina and Maina falls in love with someone else.

My take:

The introduction is like a review of the book without the pluses and minuses. But overall the language and the story are simple. The charactes ar likable and I ended up feeling for Tublu. Having grown up in Assam, I could understand many of the rituals easily and felt that some of them did not have much significance in the book and could have been avoided. Same goes for certain descriptions which were too vivid.

But overall, an interesting debut.

Book Source:The Tales Pensieve

The mystery of the Missing Iguana by Ruchira Khanna

22881861The mystery of the Missing Iguana by Ruchira Khanna is a cute little story of Alex and Angelo. Alex is a little boy who has a pet chimpanzee, Angelo and they consider themselves young detectives and help their neighbours. Alex wants to buy a mountain bike and is collecting money for the same and one way he feels is charging the clients 25 cents for every solved case.

One day, the children have to bring their pets to school, a friend’s pet iguana goes missing, and Alex and Angelo are on the job.

My take:

I loved the illustrations in the book and the story is very sweet. Though the author has mentioned that it is for 3 to 8 year olds, I would recommend it for all.

Book Source: review copy from the author

Publisher: Lekha books

Rustom and the last storyteller of Almora by Gaurav Parab

downloadI received Gaurav Parab’s Rustom and the last storyteller of Almora as a review copy from Hachette India and would like to thank them for the same. The book has been divided into three parts.

Rustom Iraqiwala is a rich man until he drains all his wealth on ‘the horses the women liked’ and is under debt and he feels that the only way out is committing suicide, an idea that occurred to him when his great grandfather’s will was read to him on his 30th birthday. Now, he feels that this is the only way his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Sara would be out of the cash crunch. So he changes his SIM so that no one can trace him and boards a train which reaches its final destination, Kothaluru. He checks into a hotel and goes to his friend, Mani’s wedding where he has decided that he would shoot himself. Mani talks him out of it and sends him to his guru in an Ashram in the Himalayas.

When he reaches the ashram in a village, Gaon, he meets Kahaani Baba, in whose ashram he stays as one of the guests, under the alias, Dev. Baba has visions and tells the concerned person about the visions he has for him or her. And he has not one but two visions about Dev and these visions help Dev sort out his life.

There is one story of Ravi Joshi who goes and stays in Belgapur, but you have to read the book to find out how is he related.

Does Rustom go back to Bombay or does he stay on in the ashram, read on…..

My take:

In the initial part, I felt that the story was somewhat detached but as the story caught on, I was in it. The story has been beautifully narrated and the language is simple. The book is funny at times and there is suspense, drama, and everything that makes a book readable. Rustom’s character grew onto me that I was picturising the scenes.

Loved the book, it is an excellent debut.

Book Source: Publisher

Publisher: Hachette India

A gathering of friends by Ruskin Bond

A Gathering of Friends-coverI received the book ‘A gathering of friends’ by Ruskin Bond as a review copy from Rupa Publications and would like to thank Richa Pathania for the same. Whenever I hear Ruskin Bond, it reminds me of my childhood, when we would read late into the night with a small table lamp lest our parents would catch us red handed.

This book is a collection of 21 of his favourite stories from his major works of fiction. The selection has been arranged chronologically starting with A Room on the Roof to Tales of Fosterganj. He has taken experts from his books and arranged them as short stories in this collection. Reading these stories took me back into my childhood. All these stories are set in India pre and post independence. I am at a loss for words when it comes to describing the book by my favourite author. All I can say is, I felt I was back in school.

The book has a foreword by David Davidar followed by a beautiful introduction which describes what is to follow in the 21 upcoming chapters.

With the summer vacations round the corner, this book will be an excellent companion (my daughter has already taken mine).

Book Source: Rupa Publications

Publisher: Aleph Book Company

A bride for the Runaway groom by Scarlet Wilson

9789351068204.20150417174656A bride for the Runaway groom by Scarlet Wilson is my first book by the author. Published by Mills and Boon, this is the second in the Summer Weddings trilogy. I am yet to read the first one but am planning to do so as soon as I can lay my hands on it. These books are about three Huntingdon-Cross sisters, daughters of Rock star, Rick cross and ex-model, Sherry Huntingdon, named after three flowers, Rose, Violet and Daisy. Rose and Violet are twins and Daisy is the younger one. This second book is the story of Rose, a PR agent and Will Carter, a millionaire, better known as the Runaway groom because he has run away from getting married four times.

The story:

The youngest sister, Daisy, gets married to an Earl and on the next morning after Daisy’s wedding, Rose wakes up to find a stranger on her bed and hits him with a vase leaving him injured. The stranger is Will Carter, Violet’s best friend, who thinks that she is Violet. She ends up taking him to the hospital where the nurse tells her that he should not be left unattended for 24 hours. She has no option but to move in with him for one day. Seeing Daisy get married, her parents want to renew their vows and Rose is again put in charge of everything. And then a thought strikes, why not utilize Will’s experience and plan the vow renewal and Will agrees only if she helps him with his charity.

My take:

The story is sweet and the sibling bond between Rose and Violet has been portrayed beautifully as has the friendship between Violet and Will. Rick is the ideal father who shares a special bong with Rose.

Overall, a very cute book. Looking forward to the first and the last one in the series.
Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India