A Holiday in Goa by Shobana Mahadevan

A Holiday in Goa by Shobana Mahadevan is her latest book that I picked up from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

The marriage venue is booked, the wedding cards are printed, and the shopping is done. However, the impending marriage is filling Ananya with jitters. It turns stressful enough to make her take a vacation with her best friends. A weeklong trip to Goa feels like just the escape that she needs to help clear her head. Something that might cheer her up. A vacation free of stress and complications. But the last thing that she bargained for is to meet someone new. Especially someone tall, handsome, and empathetic!
Shiv is just getting his life together after his breakup. All he is looking for is a fling. And what better place could he go to than to Goa? A place filled with palm trees, winding roads, serene beaches, and attractive nightclubs. It is unfortunate that he is thrown together with the beautiful and strong-willed Ananya. Because the last thing he wants to do is fall in love. If only he could just get through this holiday without another heartache!
What starts as a mild attraction between Shiv and Ananya soon turns into something undeniable. Something that stirs up desire and confusion in equal measure. Will they dive into a holiday fling or stick to their plan?

A heart-warming story filled with sun, beaches, love, laughter, and hope.

The story:

Ananya is getting married to her childhood friend, Keshav. The cards are printed, the shopping is complete and venue is decided. Her mother is happy but Ananya is not fully on board. So her best friends, Disha and Vidhya, make her take a vacation with time- Five days in Goa. Ananya decides that she would keep her wedding thoughts away for these five days ane enjoy herself.

Also joining the girls are Disha and Vidhya’s boyfriends and their friend, Shiv. Shiv is trying to get over a break-up and has joined the group to avoid thinking of the same.

My take:

A sweet story about three friends set in Goa. The language is simple and the story has been written well. The characters are realistic and I liked the easy camaraderie between the girls. I also liked the friendship between Ananya and Shiv. Though descriptive and a bit on the slower side, the story is about friendship, love, understanding and family. A nice story to unwind.

In Debt to her Millionaire Foe: A Hot Indian Millionaire Enemies To Lovers Romance (Millionaire Foe Quartet Book 2) by Aarti V Raman

I received In Debt to her Millionaire Foe: A Hot Indian Millionaire Enemies To Lovers Romance (Millionaire Foe Quartet Book 2) by Aarti V Raman as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Former gangster, Devansh Thackeray builds seven-star hotels for a living.

His reputation as an honest businessman is untarnished.

Ansh’s life is perfect, or so he thinks. His past is about to catch up to him.

Kahini Palekar’s life is a nightmare.

She works three jobs to pay off the loan sharks circling her.

But, Kahini doesn’t mind because she also gets to sing. Even if it is at a shady nightclub in Goa, India’s beach paradise.

Kahini’s day of reckoning arrives when her dead brother’s best friend storms back.

Millionaire Ansh offers salvation from her debt and a chance to sing at the most exclusive wedding of the decade.

Although Kahini hates Ansh and blames him for her current predicament, she reluctantly accept his help.

Old hurts are soothed when Ansh gradually reveals his secrets to Kahini.

But, desire changes everything.  

As Kahini embraces the spotlight, Ansh is afraid his songbird will fly away after repaying her debt to him.

Can the ruthless tycoon get a second chance at becoming Kahini’s heart song or will the past tear them apart?

Meet the Millionaire Foes – rising from ruin through ruthless ambition, these self-made tycoons have everything. Except the heart of the one woman who means everything.

The Millionaire Foe Quartet series contains four steamy romances set around the world, each of which can be read as a standalone. 

The story:

Kahini Palekar lived with her mother and older brother, Vijay, in a low-cost tenement in Mumbai, and her mother worked as a domestic help. Having lost his parents when he was a baby and raised by starngers and neighbours in the slums of Mumbai, Devansh Thackrey was raised by Kahini’s mother since he was thirteen and was best friends with Vijay. She was seven when Devansh became friends with her. And then, there was a tragedy and a misunderstanding and she wanted nothing to do with him.

Now, seven years after the misunderstanding, Ansh is a millionaire and builds seven star hotels with his partner, Arihant Dikshit. He traces Kahini to a bar in Goa, where she works as a singer. She has two day jobs because she has to repay the loan sharks. And she is saved by Ansh, but why?

My take:

Though this book is the second in the Millionaire Quartet, it can be read as a standalone. The language is simple and the story is fast paced with twists and turns, there were so many moments where I felt, ‘Now, this is it’, but….. This story has family, friendship, struggle, love, misunderstanding, tragedy, betrayal and the suspense that kept me guessing. The author has touched the subject of consent in a very subtle way.

The characters are well developed, realistic and their backstories have been expressed beautifully. I loved little Kahini as much as I loved Anshu. We see a glimpse of the characters from the first book and also from the books to come. There is even a mention of characters from her previous stories, which made me recapitulate that series as well.

The descriptions of the beautiful locations have been done in such a way that I could picturise myself sitting on the balcony on Neelayam or in the resort at Nicobar.
I loved the story and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. And also meeting Anshu and Kahini again.

A must, must read with a warning- You need a box of tissues, and time till you finish the book.

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.