Simply Irresistible: Golden Isles Series #1 by Lauren Clark

I received Simply Irresistible: Golden Isles Series #1 by Lauren Clark as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Discover summer love with this new standalone sweet romance from author Lauren Clark!
Amber Perry lives for her job as a junior advertising executive. When she’s given a chance to pitch a fantastic new product line, Amber’s convinced she can win the account. But the last person she expects to see in the Big Splash agency boardroom is the first guy to break her heart.

Five years ago, Kurt Stevens left St. Simons Island after a devastating break up. Now, he’s back to show everyone he’s made it. But the soon-to-be CEO of All Star Energy gets more than he bargained for when the impulsive, feisty, and beautiful Amber makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

When the pair is forced to team up on the energy drink launch, will this opposites-attract romance spark deeper feelings or burst into flames?

Find out in the new summer romance from author Lauren Clark!

Note: All the books in the Golden Isles series are standalone, happily-ever-after romances and can be read independently. Readers can visit Lauren at www.authorlaurenclark.com.

The story:

Abby Perry lost her parents in a head on collision when she was in college, and had to become an adult overnight, taking care of her brother, Quinn, the funeral and Amber, the girl who loved fairy tales with happily-ever-afters disappeared into herself after the tragedy. She met Kurt Perry, the boy from the wrong side of town, in college. Both type A personalities, smart, driven, stubborn. And they fell in love.

But they were too different and ultimately wanted different lives. He quit college and she broke off with him, because she could not handle a long-distance romance and wanted a clean break. So, she asked Kurt to leave her, half expecting that he would fight for her, but Kurt did not ague. He packed, closed the door behind him and boarded a plane to the West Coast.

Now, five years later, she works as a junior account executive in the top advertising agency in Georgia, Big Splash, located at St Simons Island. A big company is launching a new product, and has specifically asked for her to handle their account, and just before they arrive, she is having panic attacks. Becca, her best friend and co-worker, understands her and supports her as no one else.

Kurt is the mysterious client who is back to show off, who travelled all the way from Atlanta to serve his ego. He wanted to devastate Amber and leave the island forever. All he wants is closure, to end a chapter in his life.

And then he walks into the conference room of Big Splash with his best friend and boss, Mike, and Amber collapses in a heap.

My take:

The story is beautiful, a small town second chance romance. I really loved it. And the best part is that it has been written from the point of view of both Amber and Kurt.

I loved the setting, and also the characters. They are so realistic and relatable. I loved the protective Becca and the relationship Amber shares with Becca and also that with her brother, Quinn.

The story has been written beautifully, is fast paced and I finished it in one sitting.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Becca’s story, The Longshot.

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.

In Bed With Her Millionaire Foe: A Hot Millionaire Enemies To Lovers Romance (The Millionaire Foe Quartet Book 4) by Aarti V Raman

I received In Bed With Her Millionaire Foe: A Hot Millionaire Enemies To Lovers Romance (The Millionaire Foe Quartet Book 4) by Aarti V Raman as an ARC from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

She stole away from his bedroom, now she has to face him across the boardroom…

New York architect, Jordan Hallaran is on his first holiday in decades.

While Jordan would prefer working on his company’s most ambitious project – building a billion-dollar co-working space on India’s Coromandel Coast.

He ends up having the hottest night of his bachelor life with a nameless, curvy birthday girl… who buys him a drink named Summer S#x!

Unfortunately, his dream goddess turns into his greatest obstacle when he lands on the shores of Fort Kochi…

All Shabari ‘Barry’ Menon wanted was one wild birthday night. She didn’t expect to pay for it!

Strait-laced Barry escaped to Thailand to get away from the loveable but judgmental Menon dynasty.

They don’t like her working for an NGO, are embarrassed she has been dumped. Twice.

And now, they are in a billion-dollar partnership with the devil himself!

Barry was confident she’d never have to see her nameless stranger again, but…

Jordan Hallaran is the ruthless enemy who’s going to crush her dream of building a shelter for survivors of domestic violence.  

He is a decade older than her!

And he is trying his hardest to convince Barry that being In Bed with Her Millionaire Foe is infinitely better than being at war with him!

The really bad news? Barry’s heart thinks he is right…

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:

Jordan Joseph Hallaran, a part of a ragtag group of young boys in the Bronx orphanage he had called home, was fortunate enough to be sent to some wonderful foster places and was adopted by Agatha and Mark, an Irish couple, blue collar worker bees in the Bronx itself. He was going to be the first boy from his street to go to college for a professional degree, so he could expand the family business. His father wanted him to join the family plumbing business that he had built up from scratch and his mother wanted him to get serious with his high school girlfriend. But he was destined for greatness. At eighteen, when he was in NYU, he met Daniel Houston, a British transfer student from Trinity and they became friends. Jordan helped Dan with self-defence classes and Dan helped him with maths. And he became and architect and a civil engineer, the two of them started a firm, Hallaran & Houston- Construction. Vision. Execution.

Shabari Sharda Menon, Barry, was born on the auspicious day of Onam in Kochi, Kerala, India to a rich family. Living in the huge family home, she loved to read fat, boring books and not play with her cousins, much to the disappointment of her family. She studied social science, economics and business administration in Trivandrum instead of Toronto. She committed not one but two crimes, one she divorced Joseph, her high school sweetheart whom she had married as soon as she graduated and then she broke off her engagement to a man who worked in the Kochi Mayor’s office, two years ago.

She has a quirky job, as an administration of a non-profit organisation, Adya Foundation’s Kerala Headquarters, not in the family business and stays in a rented apartment and not in the sprawling four storeyed family mansion. And her father is embarrassed by her because she is doing charity for money. Her best friend, Joyena Matthews, is a lawyer.

At 28, Barry is fed up of people asking about her marital status. So Joyena suggests that they go to Thailand to celebrate her birthday. And there she is attracted to a stranger, buy him a drink and even ends up in his room. He is Jordan. But before they can exchange names she is gone. At 38, with two broken engagements behind him, Jordan only works. He does not want happily ever after and is willing to settle for happy for now. And he sees Barry in Thailand, where he is on business, and is attracted to her.

Now that she is back, Barry has a board meeting to attend to pitch for a building, that H&H are planning to demolish, for her dream project. And when she reaches the board room, the formidable opponent is Jordan Hallaran.

My take:

I loved this book, the fourth one of the series. And I must say I am going to miss these boys.

The characters are great. Even the secondary characters. Shabari, is bold, independent and a rebel with a cause. She is so flawed and so realistic. I loved her also her relationship with Joyena, her best friend. And Jordan is a dream. A conscious millionaire, someone who respects ladies. And his relationship with Dan is so perfect, so real. I loved the conversations between Barry and Jordan, both verbal and non-verbal. I loved her grandmother, Pukamma, and her bluntness. One thing I enjoyed in this book, was reference to characters from books in other series like Kit Barranos and Michael Henrickson and Daria Goran.

The descriptions are so detailed that I could visualize the scenes and smell the coconut shampoo and I could taste the prawn and sip the lemon water.  The language is simple and the story is fast paced and the book is unputdownable.

A great book. I am looking forward to the sequel when all the four meet.

And will we have a story for Dan and one for Joyena as well.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Gina (The Callaghan Sisters Book 3) by Louise Grey

I received Gina (The Callaghan Sisters Book 3) by Louise Grey as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

She’s a vivacious college dropout with big city dreams. He’s a hard-working rancher with zero time for city slickers. Love sure has plans for these two . . . 

An internship at a prestigious beauty company in Manhattan is Gina Callaghan’s one-way ticket out of small town life. So how did she end up in the middle of nowhere with a flock of sheep, a stubborn rancher, and ravenous mountain lions on the loose?

With sinking profit margins and mountain lions picking off his sheep one by one, Shane Hamilton already has more than enough on his plate when his sister’s honey-eyed friend shows up. Gina’s headstrong and obviously not cut out for country life, but the more he gets to know her, the more the fences around his heart give way.

Gina also finds it hard to resist the handsome rancher, but summer’s ending, and soon she’ll have to make a choice: live out her dreams in New York, or set up new roots under the open skies of Montana.

Hearts collide in the third and final installment of the Callaghan Sisters series. If you enjoy sweet n’ sassy romance that celebrates love and family, grab your copy today. 

The story:

Gina was all of eight when her parents passed away and she was brought up by eighteen year old Candace and fourteen year old Brynn. She does not remember her parents much but loves her sisters dearly. Now, both her sisters are happily married and Marcus, Candace’s husband, is the elder brother she never had. And they are all very protective of her. Having never gone to college themselves, Candace and Brynn want Gina to go to college. But Gina wants something different.

So she decides to drop out of college and applies for an internship for a French beauty brand in New York. And to hide from her sisters and their anger while waiting for the internship to come through, she decides to go with her best friend, Honor, to Honor’s brother’s sheep farm in Montana. The girls reach Montana after a twenty four hour bus journey and Shane Hamilton, Honor’s brother is there to receive them.

Shane is trying to save his ranch from being sold and he does not like city girls. So, Gina and Shane are always at loggerheads with each other.

My take:

I loved the Callaghan sisters and their independence. And Gina is no different. Though the youngest, her determination is what makes her what she is.

The previous two books in the series were set mostly in Lakeshore, this one was set in Montana at a ranch. And we saw less of the other two Callaghan sisters as compared to the previous two book. This book was unputdownable from the moment Gina sets foot in Montana in her heels. The countryside of Montana as always drew me towards the story as well as the warm people living there.

The characters are relatable and strong and this adds to the story. I loved the relationship that Gina shares with her sisters and brother-in law and how she tries to run away from their protectiveness. I loved Shane and Honor’s relationship and the friendship Shane and Tom and Honor and Gina share.

Though I am happy that the three sisters got their stories, I felt the end was a bit rushed. I was sad to realise that the series has come to an end.

A must, must read series.

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.

Love at the Library by Amanda Kai

I received an ARC of Love at the Library by Amanda Kai as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Megan Vasquez is no stranger to heartbreak. She moved to Austin to follow her boyfriend, only to learn he was cheating on her. Can she learn to open her heart again and trust someone new? Levi Whittaker never expected love would walk in the door at the library where he works. But the moment he meets Megan, he can tell she’s something special. Levi and Megan’s shared love of books brings them closer, but is it enough to keep them together? When Levi’s old flame shows up, will Megan be able to trust that Levi’s heart is true to her?

The story:

Megan Vasquez, 24, the only child of her parents, knows how to live frugally. So when she left her job in Santa Fe and followed her fiancé to Austin, Texas, she invested all her savings in the process, only to lose her job and fiancé. As she had no place to live, and could not ask her father for support, she moved in with her best friend till she found a job as a barista at a coffee shop to make ends meet. Megan loves books and libraries have been her place of refuge for as long as she could remember.

So, one day, when she is on the way back to her apartment, it starts to rain and she takes refuge in a library on the way. She meets Levi Whittaker, the assistant librarian and the two hit off instantly. Levi grew up in a little town outside of Houston where his parents owned a coffee shop. He went to UT Austin, with arts major, but dropped out and joined the library as an assistant a year ago.

And then comes in his ex-girlfriend….

My take:

A sweet story about Austinites and Austenites. I loved the characters and the story. I loved how Megan makes Levi a fan of Jane Austen works and how Levi bails her out in the coffee shop. I loved Megan’s relationship with her friends and that with her father. And I loved Levi’s warm family.

The language is simple and the story moves at a fast pace. A warm, warm story for the cold winters.

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.

Abby’s promise by Rebekah Dodson

I received Abby’s promise by Rebekah Dodson as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

He walked out of my life eight years ago, and for the first couple of years, I wrote him faithfully. Then life happened, and we lost track of each other. Now he’s back; appearing one day on campus and sweeping me off my feet. He looks the same—rough stubble on his square jaw, broody brown eyes, thick brows that always lifted when I made him laugh. My Jo-Jo has come home after eight years in Afghanistan.

She looks the same as I remember her in high school, but now she’s all woman—sophisticated, educated, and just as curvy as ever. And now she’s a professor, and I’m falling for her all over again like I did at senior prom. War screwed me up, but every day Abby was my saving grace.

She promised one day she’d never let me go, made me promise I’d come back to her. I’ve come back to claim that promise. There’s just one problem: Abby’s moved on. How will I convince the love of my life that a day never went by without her on my mind?

The story:

Abigail Jameson, Abby and Joseph Harrison, Joey have been best friends since childhood. She is Abby Girl and he is Jo-Jo. She promised to wait for him and they communicated off and on with each other when he went off and joined the Marines and she joined college to become a teacher.

Now, eight years later, Joey is back. He is living with his parents and has joined the local community college. And on the first day realises that Abby is his teacher. Not only that, she is married and has a daughter.

Abby tries to avoid him, she cannot tell him that she had moved on, married his best friend and lost him. Zoey fall sick and Abby has no one to take care of her and Joey pitches in. That is not all, he tries to make amends for what he has lost and wants to prove himself to her. Abby needs to avoid a scandal and keep her job because that would help her and Zoey sustain themselves.

Can they take up from where they had left off eight years ago?

My take:

This is a simple story of second chances set in a small town. This story has been written from multiple points of view and mostly is in first person from Abby and Joey’s point of view.

I loved the realistic characters and the interactions between them, both verbal and non-verbal. I loved the relationship between Joey and Zoey. I loved Joey’s commitment and understood Abby’s apprehensions. I hated both their fathers and loved their mothers and siblings. This book is about friendship, commitment, second chances and also about romance.

The scenes have been described well and the story is fast paced. The twists and turns kept me glued to the book. A little bit of editing would make the story crisper.

This is the first book from the author that I have read and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

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.

Christmas Do Over with the Billionaire: Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sweet, Christian Football Bad Boy Romance Series Book 5) by Ellie Hall

I received Christmas Do Over with the Billionaire: Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sweet, Christian Football Bad Boy Romance Series Book 5) by Ellie Hall as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

After breaking her heart, he wants a second chance. But he only has until Christmas to get her to say I do.

The feisty and beautiful Rachel Moore returns to her hometown to help her ailing mother and try to survive the holidays. When her high school sweetheart shows up—she’ll need a Christmas miracle to make it to the new year.

Lost in grief, pro football player Rylan Murphy returns home to discover his father’s will stipulates he has to get married by Christmas or lose the money to fund his charity. Marriage is the last thing on his mind.

When Rylen literally runs into his high school sweetheart, he offers to play Santa at her mother’s care center. He wants to help Rachel’s family…and bust the guy’s lip who keeps trying to win her back. Problem is, he doesn’t want her to know about the will.

The countdown to Christmas is on, and they’re left with a choice; forgive the past or lose each other forever.

Book 5 in this sweet, football, “clean and wholesome” romance without swearing or mature content and contains a happily ever after. If you like Christian faith-friendly, heartwarming, Hallmark style romance, you’ll love this feel-good series. Each book stands alone but reading them in order provides a deeper, richer experience.

The story:

Rylen Murphy was born with a silver spoon and had everything he wanted. But, when he lost his mother in an accident, he left his home and Rachel Moore, the girl he loved, in Colorado and ran away from it all. And found solace in football, playing for a different state.

Now, five years later, he is back home to keep his charity funded by the Murphy Foundation. On his first day home, his oldest brother reminds him of their father’s will that they get married before Christmas or lose the Murphy Foundation funding to their charities that their father had helped them start. Though his room at the ranch is as he had left it, still he finds it difficult to be home with both his parents gone. He takes the easy way out and goes for a run on the track that his father had created for him, only to meet Rachel.

Rachel has been living in Miami for the past five years, working on a research ship as part of her job as a marine biologist. She walked out of her engagement and is back home to take care of her mother.

Now, they are both back, they have changed and need to get through Christmas, which is only twelve days away. But what about their feelings for each other?

My take:

Though this is the fifth book of the series, I read it as a standalone and had no difficulty in relating to other incidents. The feeling of small town and Christmas, makes the book a warm read.

The characters are relatable and their feelings have been described so well, that I could feel the drama unfold right before me. I loved Rylen and all he tries to do to win Rachel back. I also Rachel’s insecurity about trusting Rylen again, given his track record.

A slow read, this story of second chances is an emotional roller-coaster that I really loved. I will look for more books from this author.

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.

The Secret Life of Debbie G.by Vibha Batra

I received The Secret Life of Debbie G.by Vibha Batra as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

It all started cos I wanted to mess with the Invincibles (the superbrats).

SorryNotSorry. But one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was hitting out at everyone, even the Incredibles (the geeks) and the Invisibles (the losers). Seriously, my online persona is starting to mess with my head.

The Secret Life of Debbie G. is the story of a sixteen-year-old who becomes an online sensation overnight. Except, it’s her online persona that hits big time. Set in contemporary times, where the number of likes, comments, shares, DMs and followers determine a teenager’s sense of self-worth, the story takes a close look at how social media influences their behaviour and affects their emotional health.

Equal parts poignant and fun, this is a bittersweet coming-of-age story.

The story:

16-year-old Soundarya, Arya, belongs to a south Indian family, lives in Delhi with her mother and attends school there. Her parents are divorces, and her father has remarried and stays in the US. Her maternal grandparents live in Chennai. She has two best friends, Nikhil and Rukhsaar, and shares everything with them. She is not very slim and is bullied by her school friends.

And once, when they are in Chennai, her classmate’s father, comes to their house and proposes to marry her mother. She is upset, because the classmate is one of those who bullies her and she has had a crush on her brother.

And then she realizes the power of the social media and becomes Debbie G, her own alter-ego and starts ridiculing everyone and sharing their secrets. Until…..

My take:

The author has beautifully portrayed a sixteen year old in this graphic novel. The illustrations are beautiful. And the author has actually used the language the kids use these days.

I enjoyed her relationship with her mother and how it changes over time. I loved her friends Nikhil and Rukhsaar. Her maternal grandparents and their affection, seemed too realistic.  

The author has discussed sensitive issues, be it divorce, remarriage, classmate dynamics or even image issues. The story talks about social media and also about how it can help or ruin a person.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced. At the end, I wanted a bit more conversation between the three best friends. The illustrations are beautiful. This book is a must read for teenagers as well as their parents.

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

Catering to Love: (Clean Contemporary Texas Hill Country Romance) (PAWS for Romance Book 2) by Kadee McDonald

I received Catering to Love: (Clean Contemporary Texas Hill Country Romance) (PAWS for Romance Book 2) by Kadee McDonald as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

A beautiful chef has perfected at least a thousand recipes. But will she and her handsome martial arts instructor find the right ingredients when they begin Catering to Love?

It takes confidence to launch a new catering company right before the fall holiday season, but Chef Amber Pearson is fresh out, thanks to her philandering ex-husband. Her brother’s suggestion that she sign up for a self-defense class seems like a great idea to help her rebuild her self-esteem. It’s only a few hours a week and there’s no commitment … she’s definitely not ready for any sort of commitment.

Luis Mendoza is faced with a dilemma when his high school crush walks into his martial arts studio on Town Square. He came home to help his family after his father’s untimely death and to start his own business, which means he needs to stay sharp and focused. Feeling like a nerdy seventeen-year-old again every time Amber shows up for class definitely doesn’t fit in with his plans.

Will Halloween to Christmas Eve be enough time for Amber to learn to trust and love again? And, as they get closer, can Luis stop worrying that she isn’t really over her cheating ex, or that he could show up at any time to try to win her back?

Catering to Love is book #2 in the clean contemporary small-town romance series, PAWS for Romance.

The story:

Amber Pearson Renner, 32, the oldest of the seven Pearson siblings, returned to Pearson, in Texas Hill Country, two years ago, after she divorced her husband of eight years. She stays in a cabin in the same compound as her parents and manages breakfast for her parents’ B & B. She also helps her younger sister, Erin, in her PAWS venture. She is launching her own catering business, Amberinspired catering and has the support of her parents and her siblings. He brother, Ryan, suggests that she takes self-defence classes as that would help her de-stress.

So she reaches Mendoza’s Self-Defense and Martial Arts, the newest business to open. The owner cum instructor, Luis Mendoza, an ex-military man, returned to Pearson to be with his mother and sister after the sudden death of his father.  

Amber and Luis studies in school and Luis always had a crush on her. But when they meet after so many years…..

My take:

The story is a slow paced, sweet clean romance with a small town feel. The town is beautiful and so are the descriptions. I loved the romance on the slow burner and the Christmassy feel to the story.

The characters are well etched and I loved them. I loved their families too. I hope all the siblings of Amber and Luis get a story of their own.

The story has been written well and is an enjoyable read.

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

The Bride’s Brother by P G Van

The Bride’s Brother by P G Van is her latest book which I picked up from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

As a wedding planner, she never had any difficulty working through her challenging clients and their demands—the brides—but the biggest wedding of her career, she never expected an obstacle in the form of a man—The Bride’s Brother.

Her rules—be professional, don’t let anyone get under her skin, and stay focused on the task at hand. But all she could think about is the bride’s brother. First, with annoyance and then something else, which she refused to acknowledge.
While she was trying hard not to think about him all the time, as if he sensed her thoughts, he had his eyes on her every time she looked his way. Is he watching her constantly to make sure his sister’s wedding had no hiccups or was he looking at her?

The Bride’s Brother is a standalone, passionate romance with a sweet HEA.

The story:

Seema Kumar, a wedding planner, loves her work and goes out of the way to help her clients even if it means that she does not take any assignments while she is working on one. Her best friend, roommate and production manager, Nandini, Nandu, has been her support even since they met. Growing up in orphanages in different states, she moved to this city to work but she longed to find her family, even if it meant going back to the area where she had grown up. Though her instincts told her that she would find them here.

Riya Vasudev’s wedding is her latest project. Riya is sweet and Seema is understanding but Riya’s brother, Raghav, is an entirely different package. He wants the best for his sister even if it means being rude to Seema and her team. But he is soft on the inside, doing things to make her and their family happy.

Seema is emotional but tries not to get involved with the families she is working for because she feels lost after the wedding is over. But with the Vasudev’s, she is unable to maintain her distance.

My take:

I loved the story. It is about love, family, friendship, understanding, kindness, selflessness and so much more. There is no underlying motive or even evil thoughts.

The characters are so real, I felt that I knew Seema and so was the case with Ria and Raghav. The bonding between the siblings and that between Seema and Nandu has been depicted beautifully. I loved how the entire team names Raghav, Brozilla, and he takes it sportingly.

The wedding functions have been described in such a way that I felt that I was there attending the wedding and enjoying everything. The language is simple and the book is fast paced. I finished it in one sitting. The twists and turns make it interesting.

The book is so warm and happy, I loved it. I recommend it as an ideal book to read while cuddling up in a blanket.

The Floundering Author by Sundari Venkatraman

I received The Floundering Author by Sundari Venkatraman as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Jai Wadhwa aspires to be a published author only to find that the path he has chosen is full of thorns. He’s almost on the verge of giving up his dream when Ishika Chatterjee walks into his life.

The commissioning editor of a major publishing house based in Delhi, Ishika is keen to have Jai’s book as part of Cooper Publishing House India’s catalogue, only to find her path blocked from all directions.

Heartbroken, Jai goes underground to lick his wounds. Will he ever get to realise his dream or is it doomed forever?

While Ishika isn’t one to give up so easily on a project she strongly believes in, she has nothing less than a battle on her hands. And what about the floundering author himself—the one she has fallen in love with? Will he take on the world and launch his writing career or fade away to nothing?

The story:

Jai Wadhwa, the youngest child of Karishma and Durgesh Wadhwa, both corporate slaves, does not want to work in the corporate sector like his parents. He wants to be an author and is working on his book. After completing his Master’s Degree in Information Technology from University of Massachusetts, USA and working in a private company in Delhi for a year and a half, he had enough savings to sustain himself. So he decides to invest one year and give his dream a chance and rents a cottage in Mussourie. He sends the book to Publishing houses and gets rejected. And then he gets a call from the commissioning editor of a publishing house at the recommendation of a best-selling author, asking for his manuscript.

Ishika Chatterjee, the commissioning editor, lives in Delhi with her parents and brother. Once she reads Jai’s book, she finds it promising and recommends it. But the CEO has other ideas.

Meanwhile, opposites attract. Jai and Ishika realise their attraction for one another. But they also decide their professional lives would not interfere with their personal ones. But would Ishika remain unbiased in her approach towards Jai’s book? Would Jai look around for other publishing houses to make his dream come true?

Read the book to find out…..

My take:

This story is based on the struggles an aspiring author goes through to get his book published. It is about how the publishing industry works and how much hard work goes into the marketing of the book, in case it happens to get published. The book also talks about the advantages of self-publishing. These things have been dealt with in detail, given that the author herself is a best-selling author. This book also talks about the dark side of the corporate world.

Not only that, this story is about family, the support that we get from them when we are at our worst or best. The characters are realistic and well developed, as are the conversations between them. I loved how the three Wadhwa siblings supported each other and how their grandmother believed in them. As I was reading the story, I could recall the stories of Anya and Dev and that of Chaahat and Nishaan also. The Chatterjees were a different set altogether, frank and open and supportive.

The story is set in Mussourie, Delhi, Mumbai and Karjat. The locations have been beautifully described as also the scenes, that they could be easily picturised. The language is simple and the story moves slowly at first. As we near the end, the story moves faster than a roller coaster.

I loved the book and feel that this book could help a lot of aspiring authors in understanding what goes into publishing a 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.