Lolita by Rubina Ramesh

51bm6QnrCWL.jpgI received the book Lolita by Rubina Ramesh as a review copy from the author. Thank you Rubina for the book.

The Blurb:

Love or stardom? Was there even a doubt what Lolita wanted?

But what Lolita wanted and what she got were two different things. When the notoriety that came along with fame was too much for her to bear, she seeks refuge in the luscious green Panchgani.

Advait Rana was a workaholic and a single dad. Balancing the two roles was not easy. The guilt of neglecting his ten-year-old motherless daughter made him decide to become a better father than he was. He takes a leave and heads toward Panchgani, little knowing that fate had other plans.

A chance accident changes their lives forever.

Born in simplicity, shunned for her ambition by her family, and shamed for her choice in men, Lolita was everything Advait wanted to avoid–for his and his daughter’s sake. Little did he know that it was this attitude that made him a target of the diva of the silver screen.
For Lolita was born to win over hearts.

The story:

Lalita Subramanium Iyer, the only child of her loving parents, lives in the small town of Kumbakonam in Southern India, where her father is a local school teacher. Theirs is an orthodox Tamil family and almost all their relatives live in the same locality.  The only flaw that she has is to do something big. So when Sandy Behl from Bollywood offers her a role in one of his movies, she goes against her parents’ wishes and moves to Mumbai with Sandy. She is disowned by her parents. And in the big bad world of Bollywood, simple, small town Lalita becomes the Bollywood diva, Lolita.

After being in the limelight for five years, Lolita is past caring. So when she is labelled a as a home breaker and Sandy tells her to move to his farmhouse in Panchgani and come back after the media cooled down, she agrees. She hates solitude as it takes her to her happier days and then to the part when she had chosen this life.

A few days in Panchgani, Lolita is out for a walk when she is almost run over by a car. And the poor driver ends up getting hurt in the process.

 

Advait Rana, a web developer, is coming back to his farmhouse where his ten year old daughter, Simone, is waiting for him along with his younger sister, Aachal. A workaholic, Advait works to provide his daughter a better future. She is his reason for living and he does not want money to be a constraint as it was when his late wife was unwell.

Advait wants to spend every minute of his holiday with his daughter but Lolita comes in and to ward off the media, she calls him her fiancé.

Advait does not know what he is to her-a vacation romance? She wants this love because it isn’t a barter.

What happens next????

My take:

What a story! I just could not stop till a reached the end. And the cover, its hot.

The characters are so real and relatable and their relationships have been beautifully described. Be it Aachal and Advait or Advait and Simone. I loved Simone’s relationship with Lolita the most.

The descriptions of the scenes have been written in such detail that I could picturise the scenes. Some scenes made me laugh and in some scenes, I literally was crying.

The language is simple and the story moves at a fast pace.

The author has beautifully portrayed that what we see is not the actual truth and all bad girls are not bad, it is the circumstances that make us good or bad.

Looking forward to the next one in the series.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

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Falling for Him by P G Van

51c30OUNzgL.jpgI borrowed Falling for Him by P G Van from Kindle Unlimited. It is the story of a celebrity and his photographer.

The Blurb:

Ariya Dev enjoys being a freelance photojournalist. She takes up an assignment as a Celebrity Photographer when her best friend asks her as a favor. She wasn’t thrilled to work with celebrities who were typically arrogant, but she was up for a challenge. She has been in the broadcast industry long enough to know what to do and who to avoid.

Veer Thakur is the celebrity animal doctor also known as ‘The Hot Beast Lover’ with a huge fan following and the looks to make a living as a model. His love for the animal kingdom and the passion for what he does made him famous, but he has less than two years before he has to drop everything to take over his father’s multi-million-dollar businesses.
Falling in love is inevitable when you meet the right person. Follow Ariya and Veer’s story to find out how their lives meld together in this sweet and touching story of a complete stranger becoming a vital part of one’s life.

The story:

Ariya Dev, a freelance photojournalist, lives with her elder sister Siri and her mother. She is excited about her latest photography assignment in the Amazon rainforests. Her goal is to get the veterinary doctor a million followers on Facebook in two weeks and she also has to publish a story about him. As Stefan, her best friend from college is the producer of the TV show, she has agreed for old times sake

He is Veer Thakur, celebrity animal doctor, single heir to a multimillion dollar company, who chose to be an animal doctor. He is working in the background with his father for the past couple of years and would go back to business when he turns 30.

She is here for still photography and to do a story about the animal doctor, an internet celebrity whose popularity is growing every day, and does not want to mix professional and personal life. Having made this mistake once, she makes a mental note to keep a distance. But…..

My take:

The cover is beautiful. I loved the story and its twists and turns. The characters are relatable and lovable, not only the main ones but also the secondary characters. The relationship between the sisters has been described beautifully and I loved the easy camaraderie between them. The friendship between Ariya and Stefan has been portrayed very well. The chemistry between Veer and Ariya is electric.

The descriptions are detailed and the scenes could be easily visualized. The book is fast paced and unputdownable. I loved it when Ariya sees Veer for the first time galloping on the horse and she is going click-click-click.

A must must read.

 

 

True Liars by Isha Inamdar

51V7nGlZyvL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI picked up True Liars by Isha Inamdar from the Harper Collins store at the Worl Book Fair 2018 in January because the cover as well as the blog intrigued me.

The blurb:

The aspiring deejay NJ Anjana lives with her best friend Harsh and his boyfriend Sam in Mumbai. When Harsh has to go to Phalodi, his hometown in Rajasthan, for his sister s wedding, he asks NJ to tag along, posing as his girlfriend. She agrees happily. At the wedding, though, she meets Rudra, Harsh s elder brother, and the two are powerfully attracted to each other. One thing leads to another and they kiss, only to break away bitterly. But NJ will not let Harsh’s secret out. Weddings, vows, secrets, lies of course, things get complicated. When Rudra is in Mumbai next, he finds that NJ is missing and no one knows where she is. Where could she have gone? Why are there rumours that she is dead? Will Rudra move on from the guilt and sadness that envelop him, or will he uncover the truth behind these mysteries? A big fat desi romance for those who stir a little darkness into their love potions.

The story:

Anjana lived with her parents in Nashik, where her father is a motorman in the railways. She wanted to be a deejay and her parents are offended by her choice of career. Anjana, NJ, 24, moved to Mumbai from Nasik to try her luck as a deejay and met Harsh at a Christmas party where she had played the introductory piece in December 2009. They hit it off well and she now shares the flat with Harsh and his boyfriend, Sameer. The three of them are best friends.

The story starts in November 2010. Harsh’s sister, Kaavya is getting married and for the wedding, Harsh has to go to his family home in Phalodi, Rajasthan. To save himself from wedding proposals, he asks NJ to act as his pretend girlfriend and she agrees for her best friend’s sake.

At the airport, they are received by Rudra, Harsh’s elder brother. Rudra does not trust girls. He had fallen in love when he was 22, she left him 2 years later and since the last three years, he has been brooding. Rudra never lets his guard down.

NJ realizes that Rudra evokes strong feelings in her. And Rudra also is attracted to her, but he thinks that she is a gold digger and her brother’s girlfriend, so he tries to stay aloof from her. He also decides to expose NJ’s reality to Harsh.

She bonds well with Harsh’s family members, especially Kaavya. On the day of the wedding, NJ goes back to Mumbai and six days later they realize that she is missing and untraceable.

My take:

The prologue sets the tone for the book. Then the book starts sixteen days earlier and you go back to the timeline of events. The language is simple and easy to understand. The chapters are short and that adds to the pace of the book.

The story flows smoothly initially, with the dates at the beginning of the chapters and the reader can easily follow the timeline of events. And then suddenly some part drags towards the end the end is a bit abrupt.  But all in all loved the story.

The characters are well developed and realistic. Loved the friendship between NJ and Harsh and the relationship between the siblings. Though the story has been narrated in third person, the feelings of the characters have been described in detail.

The scenes as well as the places have been described in detail. The customs of Rajasthan including the traditional dress has been described in detail, I felt that I was actually seeing the wedding preliminaries right before my eyes.

I was left wanting for more, maybe there is a sequel ……

 

The Marriage Contract by PG Van

51So5iNmJrL._SX260_.jpgThe Marriage Contract by PG Van is one of the latest books by the author that I have read recently having borrowed it from Kindle Unlimited.

The Blurb:

Kari had no plans for a marriage of convenience when she walked into a meeting with the President of the Kennedy Group of Companies, but it was the only option she was left with after a business deal her father had with the Kennedy Group.

Blake was only looking to expand his empire and wasn’t interested in marriage or a fake wife, but what she had to offer was promising enough for him to give in to her demands.

A strictly business-only contract turns into something else, and when Kari and Blake become more than business partners, she finds out he has a heart filled with secrets and darkness. Does she back out of the contract or go for more?

The story:

Karina Vora, 27, is an engineer but not a geek and has a master’s in business and finance. Her father is the CEO and President of their company, Vora Group of Hotels and decides it’s time to retire. So her mother tells him to sell it all so that he can retire. The deal has a good payout and they want her to get married to get her payout buts she wants to manage the hotels and is angry with him for entering into a contract. According to the contract, Vora group of hotels would be a part or the Kennedy group of Companies and her father wants her to sign the contact. Kari is off to see Mr Kennedy to discuss the matter.

Blake Kennedy, the CEO and President of the Kennedy group of companies, has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and an advanced degree in business management. Half Indian, he lost his mother at birth, grew up with nannies and feels that his father blames him for his mother not being with them. Sean is his best friend and CFO of the company. He joined his dad seven years ago.

Kari meets Blake and tells him that she is there to meet his dad and it turns out that he is the one who is heading the group. She tells him that she would not sign the deal till he agrees to her terms. She also tells him that her software programme, the one that she is working on, is not a part of the deal. He wants a part of her software and she tells him to marry her as that is the only way to finalise the contract and for him to have a piece of her software. And that the marriage is just another contract. She tells him that they would get married on paper, her funds would be released and she would give Blake a certain percentage of her software company.

My take:

The cover is an instant Pick-Me -Up.

I loved the characters. Kari has a spirit; we have to give her that. Blake is smart. I loved the relationship Kari shares with her cousin Dev and his wife. The compassionate side of Blake has been described well. The story is simple and the language is easily understandable. The scenes have been described in detail. Loved the story and the flow. The story keeps the reader glued.

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The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

ella black.jpgI received the book The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr as a review copy from the publisher and would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro.

Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.
And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past.

And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

The story:    

17 year old Ella Black lives a privileged life, surrounded by family and friends, but she has a secret. She has a dark side, an alter ego, called Bella. While Ella is an artistic and fun loving person, Bella is just the opposite. She derives happiness from death and destruction. As the days pass, Bella starts taking control of Ella’s life more frequently, drawing away the positive Ella. Then one day, out of the blue, Ella’s parents decide to whisk her away to Rio. Ella, albeit a bit confused, is very happy and excited as Rio is number one on her bucket list. But she is in for a rude awakening as she finds out that the trip to Rio wasn’t a planned get away but an actual run away. Then Ella discovers something, something so terrible that she is scared to even face herself. As Ella’s past catches up with her future and Bella seems determined to take control of her being, Ella tries hard to keep calm and survive.

My take:

This book was a mixed ride of emotions. The story was confusing, dreary and a bit predictable. It also had some very disturbing scenes. The protagonist wasn’t very likable. She was whiny and definitely unpleasant. But what kept me hooked throughout the book was the author’s writing. She writes in a manner that keeps the reader engaged. I really enjoyed the author’s prose.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

I Owed You One by Madhu Vajpayee

7b9b5-book2bpicI received the book I Owed You One by Madhu Vajpayee as a review copy from The Author’s Channel and I would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:

To what extent will you go for a promise you made years ago?

Dev Khanna has it all before a mysterious letter shakes the very foundation he has built his built his life on. With his beliefs challenged, he decided to close the chapter once and for all. I Owed You One is the story of promises and commitments, of triumphs and defeat, and of holding on and letting go.

The story:

Dev Khanna, the only child of his parents- a builder and an interior designer, is born and brought up in Delhi. His mother loves him and his builder father has no time for them and his mother tries to make up to him for his father’s absence in his life. He is afraid of his father and never crosses him.

Dev decides that he does not want to join the family business and goes to an engineering college to study Chemical engineering and gets selected in an Australian firm in the campus interview. He does not want to leave his mother alone so decides to stay back in India. But then his mother succumbs to cancer and Dev moves to Australia only coming to India when his father dies and donating his inheritance to a charitable organization.

He is happy living with his wife, Radhika and three month son Neel in Melbourne, Australia. He receives a registered letter from India in this age of electronic communication which unsettles his peaceful existence.

My take:

The story has been written in first person from Dev’s point of view. The characters have been developed well and are realistic and relatable. Though there are many characters, the author has given space to all of them. The language is simple and the story is fast paced keeping the reader gripped as to what would happen next.

The scenes have been described in detail making it easy for the reader to visualize them. The story moves from Delhi to Moradabad to Melbourne and not once did I lose track of the turn of events in the story.

The story has all the elements, parental love, friendship, romance, loss and the author has even added a sociopolitical angle to the story. The story is a gripping read with multiple twists and turns.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Author’s Channel in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Book Blitz: The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

About the Book:

WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING?



A New York banker is descending into madness. 



A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive. 



A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones. 



From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible. 



Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a ‘complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel’ from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.



Book Links:

 
Meet the Characters:
 
The Setting: EarthNew York City. The 1990s. One of the world’s leading investment banks.



The Setting: Space



A distant planet. A dry surface orbited by three red moons and circling a distant sun. An advanced civilization living in underground chambers.



The Setting: Death



An open door. A library. A room of knowledge. A garden of dazzling color. The answers to every question that has ever been asked on Earth.





Meet David



A brilliant scientist and wildly ambitious, David abandoned an academic path to follow the glow of Wall Street money. From a small town in Canada, he is now determined to make the riches he has given up his scientific talents for. He is always on edge, he must prove he is better than the other bankers, he has to win the best deals. However, he is easy pickings for the multi-million dollar bosses who see how they can use a greedy, naïve young man for their own purposes. David falls further into risk, mistakes and desperation, clutching at anything around him as his dreams and world falls apart.





Meet Noe-bouk



Dry dust. Three red moons. A member of one of the most advanced civilizations in the universe, taught to believe that all the answers come naturally from the incontrovertible logic of the greatest good. Now, facing death, Noe-bouk decides to find out if there is something more than what he has been taught. Accepting a place on a space ship, the further he gets from the moons of Home Planet the more he understands that he knows nothing at all…





Meet Alisdair



A respected lawyer. An adoring grandfather. Alisdair collapses outside his law offices in London and finds himself standing beside his unmoving corpse. He feels wonderful! He spots some wide open doors and bounds through them to discover a library, a garden, and his dead wife. All his life he has burned with the questions of the universe: what is the purpose of existence? What is good and evil? How far does the infinite stretch? With an afterworld guide and his wife at his side, his only limits now are to come up with new questions as all of his horizons expand beyond imagination…



Meet Elspeth



Beautiful, young, angry. Apart from her beloved grandfather Alisdair, Elspeth has been let down by everyone in her life. She’s rejected her parents and their easy choices, she sees no meaning in the structures of society. She has always felt lost, and now the death of her grandfather is forcing her to make choices. With some money he has left her, she decides to follow a feeling and go on an adventure.



Meet Socrates



Legendary philosopher, pion of bravery and morality, a figure so strong his ideas and presence pervade the centuries and the dimensions of time and space. Who else would Alisdair call upon in the afterworld to help his granddaughter Elspeth, than the man he has revered his entire life, and whose teachings guided him? Yes, Elspeth can be helped, but she must be brought together with another soul – one who has truly lost their path.

 

Reviews for The Unity Game
 
 “A complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel.” ~ Kirkus Reviews



“Elegantly written, expertly crafted and a moving message. I found this book very hard to put down. Moving and poignant.” ~ Lilly, Amazon US reviewer“An engrossing, unique, and totally bizarre tale! I could not stop reading it once I started. Such a beautiful take on the afterlife, and its connection to those still living. A unity game, indeed!”~ Brenna, Goodreads reviewer

 
About the Author:
Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Queen’s University in Canada. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.
In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA, which included a study trip around China and Taiwan, and climbing to the top of Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and part of the Carpathian Mountains. She also served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity.
During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.
In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and to dedicate her career to literature. In 2011, she completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. While her first novel was with a London agent, Leonora completed her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York City and on a distant planet.
Leonora currently lives in Barcelona and London and has two children. She is working on her third novel.
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