A Case for Love: It’s never too late to fall in love by Gudrun Frerichs

I picked up A Case for Love: It’s never too late to fall in love by Gudrun Frerichs from the Kindle Unlimited Library. Having read the first book in The Golden Girls series, this book was automatically the one that I picked up next because I wanted to know what happens to the second Golden Girl. In this Case, Thea Cameron.

The blurb:

…Trust him, the wind whispered…

Thea Cameron is used to cooking up a storm in her café Cinnamon but her husband’s accidental death creates a storm she’s not prepared for. Dealing with thugs, hidden money, jewels, and illegitimate daughters is the stuff of movies and doesn’t happen to ordinary people. Right? She sure isn’t amused about the cocky PI who thinks she needs his help. Trusting him? Not in a million years.

But widower Mark Cheltham isn’t scared away by a stroppy cafè owner. As an ex-police officer he knows, Thea needs his help. As a man who is still in love with his late wife, he finds himself on a slippery slope. When bullets fly, the hunt for the truth turns dangerous… even nature throws the unlikely team a curveball and Mark has to make a difficult decision.

THE GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES is about Anna, A Tuscan Affair, Thea, A Case For Love, Claudia, Daring To Love, and Christine, Tides Of Love, as their settled lives suddenly spin out of control. Rather than preparing for their retirement, these Fifty-Somethings refuse to sit back and grow old quietly even if that means they might lose their hearts… all over again.

In each book of the series, one of the friends faces her challenges and shows she is far from being done yet and the men who cross their paths better look out!

The story:

This story picks up after the previous one. Anna is happily married and settles in Italy.

Thea Cameron, the second Golden Girl, manages a café, Cinnamon, which she co-own with her daughter, Barbara. The mother- daughter duo are very happy running the show and have no time for Thea’s cheating husband, Graham. And then Thea receives the news that Graham is dead and that she is free.

But that is not all.

P.I Mark Cheltham, an ex-police officer, is investigating an insurance case. And this happens to be the case of Graham Cameron who had taken a policy worth millions four months before his death, and the beneficiary is someone Thea does not know.

The mystery deepens further when there are suspicious people following Thea, her house is broken into and the police get involved.

My take:

The story is about second chances and I liked the detailed descriptions of the setting. I liked the characters. I loved Thea’s strength as well as her compassion. I loved the friendship between the girls and the bond between Thea and Barbara. The story has mystery, adventure and the twists and turns make the story interesting, but the book needs quite a bit of editing. This book can be read as a standalone, even though it is a part of a series.

The Desire: Billion Brown Business Book 2 by Tanny Cie

I received The Desire: Billion Brown Business Book 2 by Tanny Cie as a review copy from StoryOrigin. This is the second book in the series and continues from where the first one ended.

The blurb:

There was one rule: no matter what, don’t fall in love with your client. 

Chelsea Diggins was thrilled that working for Michael Brown was getting her exactly what she needed: financial freedom and flexibility. Thanks to her new job, she didn’t have to worry about running out of money to cover her mother’s medical expenses or sacrifice the things she wanted just to get by. It was almost too good to be true, really. He paid her to look beautiful, attend social gatherings with him, and, as a bonus, she gets to live in his mansion! 

What wasn’t to love? Sure, at first, she was less than thrilled to have to rub elbows with the upper class–from her experience, most wealthy people were snobby, rude, and standoffish. Even Michael had seemed that way to her at first. But the more Chelsea spends time with him, the more she sees that there is more to him than meets the eye. Michael had allowed her to escape her past and boldly live the life she always wanted. His only rule was that she couldn’t fall in love with him. Which, when Chelsea thought about it, was silly. Of course, she couldn’t fall in love with him. As the days pass and they spend more time together in and out of bed, Chelsea finds that her mind often lingers on him, and, more than anything, she finds herself thinking about what really being with a man like Michael Brown would be like. 

Could these growing feelings in her heart be love? 

After already having her heart crushed, will Chelsea let down her guard and give Michael a chance? 

Or will a blast from Michael’s past shatter her hopes of finding true romance? 

Find out in The Desire, book two in the Billion Brown Business series! 

The story:

Chelsea Diggins joins the job of working as an escort for Michael Brown. She is happy and does not have to worry about her mother’s treatment costs. She can relax and does not need to work two jobs as well. 

And she realizes that she may be falling in love with him but then his ex comes into the picture.

My take:

This is the second book of the series and continues from where the first one ended. A short story which left me wondering what would happen next.

The characters are realistic and I loved the chemistry between them. I am looking forward to reading the next book of the series to see where it goes. 

I finished it in one sitting and enjoyed it. 

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

The Offer: Billion Brown Business Book 1) by Tanny Cie

I received The Offer: Billion Brown Business Book 1) by Tanny Cie as a review copy from StoryOrigin. This is the first book in the series.

The story:

Recently divorced Chelsea Diggins has no faith in men, especially rich ones. One thing she has learned from her divorce is never to rely on a man for anything. She needs money to take care of her mother’s medical bills and her house rent, so she works two obs. One day, she gets to work as an attendant on a private jet as the original attendant could not make it. The perks are great- she gets to spend a night in Dubai.

And on the flight, she meets Michael Brown, CEO of Brown Enterprises, a self-made billionaire- and he is everything she wants to avoid. And then he meets her in the hotel bar and offers her a glasses of champagne.

My take:

This is the first book of the series, this is a short story that ends in a cliffhanger.

The characters are realistic and I loved Chelsea’s answers. I am looking forward to reading the next book of the series to see where it goes.

I finished it in one sitting and enjoyed it.

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

Bewitched by Ruchi Singh

Bewitched is Ruchi Singh’s latest book that I picked up from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

The eternal dance of attraction, lust and love has been going on since time immemorial.
The divine apsara Menaka descends to Earth at Indra’s behest to distract the sage Vishwamitra from the penance that would bring him unimaginable powers. Menaka succeeds in bewitching Vishwamitra, but her actions are destined to have dire consequences for both.

Eons later, their story is set to repeat itself.

Poorva has always played by society’s rules and ideas of decorum. But what happens when her own loved ones betray her in the worst way imaginable? Does she still have to remain bound by their rules?

Rudra plays with power and people like they are pieces on a chessboard. He has no qualms about indulging his desires, be it money or women, but is determined not to be bound by either.

What happens when these two diametrically opposite souls are brought together by fate?
In the game of power, lust, greed and betrayal, some win and some lose. But are there any winners or losers in the game of love?

Like Menaka and Vishwamitra, are Poorva and Rudra too destined to see their story end in tragedy? Or will the divine power prevail?

The story:

Rudra Pratap Maurya, is invited by Samar, his childhood friend to the premiere of Bewitched, a new show that Samar has been working on for the past two years. And it is here that he is captivated by the leading lady who is playing the role of Menaka.

Poorva is performing on the stage after almost thirteen years at the behest of her Guruji, to bail out the producers of the show as the leading lady of the show had met with an accident. And though she dances only for herself, she cannot refuse Guruji as he is the only link to her childhood.

Rudra is mesmerised by her and wants to know about her. And finds that dance is her hobby, and she has a life and responsibilities in Mumbai and runs an orphanage there.

And then he proposes something inconceivable…..

My take:

This story alternates between real life and mythology, and very seamlessly we read the love between Vishwamitra & Maneka and Rudra & Poorva. And both the stories move in parallel without confusing the reader.

I loved the characters and their development. The backstories are detailed and give an insight into the insecurities and explains their behaviours. I admired Poorva’s strength. The characters from her other books make an appearance and I loved recollecting those stories as well. I would love to read Samar’s story too.

The story is fast paced and has been written in a simple language and the twists and turns make it unputdownable

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3649278609

Unsuitable Husband by Anika Rao

I picked up Unsuitable Husband by Anika Rao from the Kindle Unlimited Library because I liked the cover.

The blurb:

She was about to be forced into a marriage. To escape it, she married another man temporarily until she receives her inheritance. The man she married is her best friend’s brother whom she had a crush on during their childhood.

But her problems didn’t stop with signatures on a marriage certificate. Her uncle didn’t think her marriage to a struggling mechanic would last. She has to now live with her husband to prove that her marriage is real.

Living in close quarters with a handsome man she used to crush on isn’t easy. Especially when all their interactions indicate that her unsuitable husband is actually the most suitable one…

Note: This is a standalone short and sweet romance with a happy ending.

The story:

Kajal is twenty and in a fix, because her guardian, her uncle, wants her to marry his business partner, an old man. She asks her best friend for her help and she suggests that she marries her brother, Bharat Sahni, an automobile engineer, and Kajal’s crush during her growing up years. So she meets Bharat and they decide to have a court marriage. But her uncle finds him unsuitable and calls him a ‘mechanic’ because Bharat owns a garage. And wants to prove to the court that the marriage is a sham.

My take:

A sweet story with realistic characters and conversations. I loved the friendship between the girls. I loved the secondary characters as well, Nani, Bharat’s parents and sister.

A must, must read- This story left me with a happy, happy feeling.

A Tuscan Affair: It’s never too late to fall in love (The Golden Girls Romantic Series of Contemporary Women’s Fiction Book 1) by Gudrun Frerichs

I received A Tuscan Affair: It’s never too late to fall in love (The Golden Girls Romantic Series of Contemporary Women’s Fiction Book 1) by Gudrun Frerichs as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Who needs a millionaire daddy for her adult children?

Anna King isn’t even dreaming of a new man in her life. Not after a holiday romance went all wrong thirty years ago. Her career, her beautiful home, and most of all her twins are all she wants and needs. Who needs a man if you have fantastic friends? Not this well respected Auckland lawyer.

Vineyard owner Antonio Falcone has only one goal. Fly to Auckland, help his elderly father getting divorced, and zap back home in time for the harvest. That’s it. Women? No, no, amore mio, not for this charming Italian. Once bitten, twice shy.
But when the past catches up with them things unravel with lightning speed, and some nasty people raise their heads. And Tuscany? Oh, yes…Tuscany…rolling hills, azure-blue skies, full-bodied wine, delicious food, and a love that will succeed.

If you love sweet romance under the Tuscan sun with a sprinkling of suspense, well, you just have to go and read the story! Get ready for a journey that takes you from Auckland, New Zealand into the heart of Tuscany, Italy. 

THE GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES is about Anna, A Tuscan Affair, Thea, A Case For Love, Claudia, Daring To Love, and Christine, Tides Of Love, as their settled lives suddenly spin out of control. Rather than preparing for their retirement, these Fifty-Somethings refuse to sit back and grow old quietly even if that means they might lose their hearts… all over again.

In each book of the series, one of the friends faces her challenges and shows she is far from being done yet and the men who cross their paths better look out!

The story:

Anna West is a lawyer in Auckland, New Zealand. She is known as the Ice Queen in the hallowed halls of Auckland’s Law society and has no time for relationships. She has 31 year twins, Lucca, her son, a lawyer and her partner and Kiara, her daughter who is a cardiac surgeon. And she has her set of best friends, Thea, Claudia and Christine. These girls supported her when she got pregnant while on holiday to Italy when she was a student and helped her raise her twins. Even Kiara and Lucca call them Mums.

One day, Antonio Falcone comes to seek her help for his father’s divorce. And she realises that he is the man she had met in Italy and the father of her children. As her children know about their father, she tells them that he is there in New Zealand and gives them the choice to meet him. And when all of them meet accidentally, Tony is excited and wants them to pick up where they left off. And he invites them to Italy. The kids are excited but Anna is sceptical to go to Tuscany, Italy.

My take:

I really enjoyed the story which portrays mature romance and some suspense. Having read about Anna’s pregnancy in Falling in Love, a prequel to this Golden Girls series. I loved the characters, Anna, Kiara, Lucca and Christine and the Falcone men, Roberto, Antonio and Francesco. I loved the relationship that Kiara and Lucca share with Anna’s best friends.

The story is evenly paced with excellent descriptions of places and people. The story has family, friendship, love, drama, suspense and second chances. There is also a lot of food and wine, why not, we are in Tuscany. A little bit of editing would make it better.

Though this book is the first book in a four book series, Stories of four best friends, it can be read as a standalone. Waiting to read the next book in the series.

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

Before All Else by Sapna Bhog

Before All Else by Sapna Bhog is the final book in the Forgotten Trilogy, and should be read after Beneath the Lies – Book 1 & Beyond the Truth – Book 2.

The blurb:

I was living in the dark for the longest.

Loving her showed me the light.

And now I have two reasons to remember every bit of my missing memory – Aaliya & Rian. I will never give them up. Nothing will keep me apart from them again.

I will protect my wife and son.

My name is Damien Talbot and I am the Duke of Kittridge. I will remember who is conspiring against my family. And I will make them pay.

That is a promise!

This is Book 3 in the Forgotten Trilogy.

The story:

This story moves from where the second one ended.

Aaliya Singh Talbot, the Duchess of Kittridge is recuperating in the hospital after getting shot. Her husband, Damien Alexander Talbot, wants to protect his family from the unknown attacker and they all fly to India along with the security team.

At first Damien is uncomfortable in India, but as the time goes, things start moving normally, but Damien is upset about not remembering things and also about the unknown attacker.

Tragedy strikes and they decide to come back to London.

But what about their safety……..

My take:

An interesting end to a thriller. I started this book as soon as I finished the second book because I wanted to know who was after the family. The story moves back and forth between Aaliya and Damien and has been written in first person from the point of view of both of them, and the name of the chapter is the name of the person whose point of view is being put forward.

The characters have been developed in detail and the back stories keep coming up and the continuity from the previous book is beautifully maintained. I loved Aaliya’s determination and strength. I loved Damien’s protectiveness. The relationship between Aaliya, Jasmine, Damien and his friends, Gabriel and Jonathan has been portrayed well. I would love to read Jasmine, Jonathan and Gabriel’s stories too. And Mike as well.

I loved how the author merged this series with the Sehgal Saga and now I feel that we shall be seeing the Talbots in the Sehgal books as well.

This series is not only a romantic thriller, but also is a lot about friends, family and understanding. The story is fast paced and the language is simple. The twists and turns make the story is unputdownable.

Beyond the Truth by Sapna Bhog (Book 2: The Forgotten Trilogy)

Beyond the Truth by Sapna Bhog is the second book of the Forgotten Trilogy, and takes up from Beneath the Lies – Book 1.

The blurb:

They say facing trials makes you strong and dealing with trauma makes you a fighter.  But how much misfortune can one person endure? How much more heartbreak should I face until I can’t anymore?

When Damien remembered our son, I thought my battle was over. Little did I realize that my war had only just begun.

In this clash of wills, only one of us can emerge victorious. And it will be me!

I’m a mother.

I’m a wife.

I’m a survivor.

I am just another regular girl from India.

My name is Aaliya Singh Talbot and I am also the eighth Duchess of Kittridge!

And I will fight against all odds to keep my family safe.

That is a promise!

The story:

This story moves from where the first one ended.

Aaliya Singh Talbot, the Duchess of Kittridge is happy that her husband, Damien Alexander Talbot, who suffers from retrograde amnesia, remembers their son, Rian. But she is upset that he has no memory of the last five years, his life in India, his marriage or even Aaliya.

Damien tells Aaliya that he wants Rian’s custody and Aaliya tells him that she and Rian come as a package. So, Aaliya and Rian move into the mansion, much to the disappointment of Damien’s mother and Celia Parker, his ex-girlfriend and brother’s fiancée. And they leave no stone unturned to let her know that she is not wanted.

But what about Damien?

My take:

After reading the first book, I was eagerly waiting to read the second book. The love story with suspense and mystery added to it continues as the story moves back and forth between Aaliya and Damien. This story has been written in first person from the point of view of both Aaliya and Damien, and the name of the chapter is the name of the person whose point of view is being put forward.

The characters have been developed in detail and the back stories keep coming up and the continuity from the previous book is beautifully maintained. I loved Aaliya’s determination and strength. The relationship between Aaliya and Damien’s friends, Gabriel and Jonathan has been portrayed well. Aaliya’s cousin Jasmine adds to the mix. The friendship between Damien, Gabe and Jonathan is very realistic. I would love to read Jasmine, Jonathan and Gabriel’s stories too.

The story is fast paced and the language is simple. The twists and turns make the story is unputdownable as I really wanted to know what happens next, so I waited for the final book to be release so that I could read them back to back and complete the series in one go.

Love, Scandal, and Second Chances: A scandalous second chance romance (The Kapoor Brothers Series Book 3) by Shilpa Suraj

I received Love, Scandal, and Second Chances: A scandalous second chance romance (The Kapoor Brothers Series Book 3) by Shilpa Suraj as a review copy from the author and BookR3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.
The blurb:
Arav has only ever loved one woman, Disha. But, she broke his heart to further her ambitions.
Years later, she’s achieved everything she set out to but at a steep price. She wants to come home but home doesn’t want her and her work won’t let her.
Arav knows Disha needs his help and the boy he once was can’t walk away. But while his heart is large enough to forgive, it hasn’t forgotten.
Can they overcome the bitter hurt of their shared past, face the scandalous present and find their way back to each other? Is this their second chance at love or a first chance at redemption?
The story:
Arav Kapoor fell in love with Disha Bakshi when they were eighteen and he had to tell her that he loved her and ask her to marry him. Disha had snubbed him. And they became friends, he was the only friend that she had, until, one day, she humiliated him in front of his friends saying that she deserved better.
Now, Disha is a famous television star and Arav, an investment consultant. She wants to quit her job in Mumbai and come back to Hyderabad and at the behest of her cousin and Arav’s sister-in-law, Alisha, approaches him to help her in financial planning. Not only that, Alisha’s mother has suggested that Arav marry Disha. But, what about his feelings for her. To make matters worse, Disha does not even recognize him.
And when she goes to Mumbai to wind up her things, she tells her colleagues that she is quitting because she is getting married to Arav, thinking that no one would know, but……
My take:
Arav has been my favourite, the older sibling, the quieter one, the serious one and I really wanted to read his story and so picked the book up as soon as I realized that it had been released.
The characters are well-developed, realistic and relatable as was with the other books in the series.  We had met Disha in the second book and I had an inkling that Arav liked her. I loved the mature conversations between Arav and Disha and the easy camaraderie between the cousins. I would have enjoyed reading more conversations in the cousins’ WhatsApp group. The presence of characters from the previous books helps maintain the continuity in the series. I felt that I was right there sitting in the Kapoor house and witnessing everything unfold before me.
I enjoyed reading the book and finished it in one sitting until three in the morning. I am really going to miss the Kapoors now that the series is over.
Waiting to read more books from the author. 
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.

Prospects Rebound by Ira M

I picked up Prospects Rebound by Ira M from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

Once family friends, then marriage prospects, now forced to share a room…

Shanaya Singh and Ranbir Sharma run into each other at off-site as both are trying to get away from their annoying roommates. Circumstances force them to share a room. Sparks fly, their past begins to trump their presence as they fall for each other.

Will they let go of the past and give love a second chance?

Presenting another romantic short from the author of “A Marriage of Arrangements” and “Sway With Me”

“Prospects Rebound” is first in the “Rebound” series of standalone passionate romance short stories. This has some mature content. Readers’ discretion is advised.

The story:

Shanaya Singh and Ranbir Sharma had met each other as prospective life partners when Ranbir had refused to marry Shanaya, even though their parents were friends.

Now, four years later, they meet each other at a resort, where both their companies have organised an off-site.

Not being able to stay in their allotted rooms, Shanaya asks the reception to give her a room and she is fortunate to get the last available room, only to be requested by Ranbir to allow him to share it with her.

My take:

A cute story of childhood friends meeting under unexpected circumstances after a disastrous meeting four years ago. Realistic characters and conversations were the high point of the story. I felt more editing would make the story crisp.

A fast paced, short read.