Spotlight: Ruin by Aarti V Raman


She’s royal. She’s his best friend’s little sister. She hates him!

Princess Lena Heinrickson wants to shed her Party Girl image. Desperately.
So, she runs away from her royal obligations and finds solace in anonymity.
She doesn’t count on the world’s best tracker hunting her down at the request of her Royal Brothers…Shane McRae, the man who destroyed her heart, after a brief fling in Paris.
Now, with her very life on the line, Lena has to pretend she’s not crumbling inside.
All while trying to not fall for the most forbidden and broken man on the planet – her bodyguard.
Former soldier and current billionaire for hire, Shane has too many ghosts haunting his dreams.
The one ghost he can’t forget is Princess Lena – the most famous woman on the planet.
Now all grown up, more guarded than ever, and still as enchanting as she’d been when they first met.
Tasked with protecting her from a terrible danger, Shane knows the smart thing to do would be to keep it strictly professional.
Especially, since his own demons rear their heads to torment him.
But, his desires threaten to overtake his common sense. The path to his certain Ruin lies in Lena’s arms. Most of all, he wants it almost as much as he’s afraid of it…

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Read an Excerpt from Ruin (Billionaire Bastards #2)

“I stay up nights thinking of ways to tease you.” He was deadpan in delivery but sweetly, sexily earnest.
“You know what?” She went on her toes because she couldn’t stand one more second of not kissing him.
“So do I,” she whispered against his lips.
Their kiss was deep, slow, sugary as honey twined in molasses, their hearts beat as one even as he stooped low to accommodate the differences in their height. His tongue sucked on hers, as if he was tasting a rare sweet delicacy, made just for him and her inside were slick with wet and wanting.
Already anticipating how this night might end…
His eyes opened, lush green and filled with enough fire to melt her in the middle of the small, private park they’d discovered on this midnight picnic. “I think I might love you.”
Lena’s heart stuttered. Then beat faster, surer than it ever had.
She wanted to say, me too. Me first. From the second I saw you. But I’m scared because I lose everyone I love, one way or another and losing you will hurt till the end of time.
She let her fingers wander down to his zipper, found rock-hard evidence of his desire.
She smiled and caressed it while she whispered in his hot ear what exactly she wanted to do to him.
“I think I’ll go down on my knees. The grass is soft, isn’t it? And we’re alone tonight. No useless guards. And you opened that bottle of Krug I hate so I might as well put it to some good fucking use…”
She sucked on his lobe, pulled at the tender bottom with her teeth. Felt his erection leap into her palm. “Would you like to know how champagne and you taste on my tongue?”
About the Author:

Hi, I’m Aarti V Raman aka Writer Gal. I have been a former journalist, editor, and even a sometime-teacher before I plunged into my dream job. That of being a full-time writer.
In fact, my three favorite words are ‘happily ever after.’
This comes in handy as I primarily write bestselling contemporary romantic women’s fiction, which is all about living happily, after going through some hard times.
My more notable works include the Geeks of Caltech and Royals of Stellangård series, Something Old, Something New, More Than You Want, and The Perfect Fake among others. My chicklit family drama, The Worst Daughter Ever, has been picked up for screen adaptation.
I always love to hang with you, my dear reader friend. I’ve created Writer Gal’s Reader Pals on Facebook for this reason and I hope to see you there.
If not, I’m there on all social media but I’m most active on Instagram
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Handcuffed to love by Yuktha Asrani

Handcuffed to love by Yuktha Asrani is the first book of the Malhotra Series. I received the book as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Saanvi Vijay Malhotra is a woman with a dream. She is feisty, smart, and witty, but her privileged life in New Delhi, India, doesn’t match her ambitions. She moves to New York to pursue a career in journalism with stars in her eyes and her heart on her sleeve.

Sean Roger Wilson is a ruthless NYPD detective. He is a charmer to the T, and he is any woman’s dream man. A New Yorker to the core, he never plays by the book and believes in living in the moment.

It Takes Two To Tango!

As fate has it, Sean handcuffs Saanvi — figuratively — in a whirlwind of passion, romance, and seduction. Sparks fly whenever they are within two feet of each other, leading to an overwhelming and alluring pursuit. Sean knows Saanvi spells trouble, but he loves living on the edge. Despite his roguish facade, Saanvi is determined to capture his heart. A tragic episode threatens to rip them apart. Will Saanvi meet her fate with Sean, or will she leave New York brokenhearted?

The story:

Saanvi is the only daughter of Vijay Malhotra, one of the biggest property developers in Delhi, and does not want anything to do with her father’s business, though all three of her brothers are involved. She needs to do her major in journalism and goes to New York for the same, much to her father’s disappointment as he wants her to join the family business.

Two years later, when she is doing her journalism internship in New York, she meets Sean Wilson, an NYPD detective, and it is love at first sight for both of them.

My take:

This simple love story of two people from two different backgrounds has all the elements, family love, sibling love, friendship, comradeship, and even suspense. The story is paced well and is an interesting read. The language is simple and the New York setting has been described well.

The characters have been developed in detail and even the supporting characters have important roles to play in the story, be it their families or friends. I loved the bond between Saanvi and her family especially that with her mother and her brother, Chiraag and also her friends, especially Sally. Sean and his beat partner, Josh are more like brothers than friends.

The book is well written and it is hard to believe that this is the work of a debut author.

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

Claim: A Hot Enemies To Lovers Marriage of Convenience Billionaire Dark Romance (Bastard Billionaires Book 1) by Aarti V Raman

I received an ARC of Claim A Hot Enemies To Lovers Marriage of Convenience Billionaire Dark Romance (Bastard Billionaires Book 1) by Aarti V Raman and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:
A temporary wife. His permanent downfall?
Billionaire Drake Fallahil needs a wife in three weeks.
Or he stands to lose everything.
When he finds intriguing Anya Mallya-Bhatt in a compromising (read criminal) situation, he proposes a simple deal.
Go to prison. Or marry him for ninety days and walk away with piles of cash.
Desperate to save her family, MBA student Anya has no choice but to agree to the intractable investor’s proposal.
She doesn’t know what’s worse. Being bound to her ice-cold enemy or craving him!
This is not a match made in heaven. So she does the only thing she can – defy him.
Drake’s marriage of convenience to Anya turns incredibly hot… one that spirals out of his possessive control.
But enemies, past and present, threaten Drake’s tenuous control. Awakening the monster within. And the worst part? His much younger, secretive, whipsmart wife has more of a claim on his heart, the more he gets to know her…
And that’s an unforgivable sin. Isn’t it?
The Bastard Billionaires are ruthless, dangerous, powerful, born of secrets, sins, and ambition. Tempting the one woman who makes them burn with dark desires in a lush and dangerous world. Hate is just another word for want and love is the ultimate chase for them.
The Bastard Billionaires is a romantic suspense series of interconnected enemies to lovers billionaire romances set in exotic locations around the world, each of which can be read as a standalone.

The story:
Anya Mallya-Bhatt, an MBA student needs to save her family and make things right for her mother. For that she can even commit a crime and that too at the home of the man she hated most in the world. And Caleb Drake Fallahil catches her red-handed. But in order to save her from the prison, he proposes a deal. To marry him for ninety days and walk away with cash.
Drake does not act at the drop of a hat, he does so because he needs a wife to cement his position and power in Singapore.

My take:
I had always wanted to read Drake’s story ever since I met him as Lily’s brother. The characters are well developed and we even meet the characters from the previous books and even attend Dev and Zara’s wedding. Drake and Anya are 14 years apart, are opposites and have different financial backgrounds. The back stories of the characters have been described in detail and that actually gave us an insight into the reactions. Anya’s relationship with her mother and sister and Drake’s relationship with his sister and nephew have been described in detail. So many times in the book, I was in two minds whether to like Drake or to hate it.
The story moves at a fast pace and what happens next is what kept me hooked to the book. I loved the book.

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

Lights! Wedding! Ludhiana! By Jas Kohli

I received the book Lights! Wedding! Ludhiana! By Jas Kohli as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and I am thankful to them for the same.

The Blurb:

All hell breaks loose when a hardcore environmentalist ends up increasing his carbon footprint in a way least expected.

A new day dawns in Ludhiana, a city of big cars and even bigger show-offs. The Rahejas are different—well, at least one half of the Rahejas. Reeti Raheja is the free-spending stunner, while Kushal, her industrialist husband, is a fanatical environmentalist and a misfit in Ludhiana. The story starts with Reeti, who is preoccupied with planning her outfit and make-up in order to dazzle the invitees during a wedding celebration. However, things soon go awry when her mischievous son Lakshya uncovers a secret that sets off a series of mis-happenings and also threatens to create a big turmoil in the family. After they reach the wedding venue, there is not a single dull moment. It’s full on Lights! Wedding! Ludhiana!

Will the Rahejas be able to weather this storm?

In his third novel, medico-cum-author Dr Jas Kohli, takes humour and satire to another level with his depiction of a quirky family in a small but famous town.

The story:

This book revolves around the Raheja family that lives in Ludhiana. Kushal Raheja, is the sole earning member, he is an industrialist and an environmentalist. He is a misfit at home as well as in the community because of his environmentalist ideas. He does not believe in being a show off. His wife, Reeti, is just the opposite. She is a homemaker, who loves living a luxurious life and loves to gossip with her mother. Their daughter studies in a hostel in Gurgaon, where all the elite Ludhianavis send their children, and their son, Lakshay is a brat. He knows how to twist things and get his work done. The older Rahejas are a shade better at home.

My take:

The title is interesting and catchy and the cover is an instant pick me up.

The characters are unique, realistic and can be easily picturized. As I was reading this book, I could put faces to these characters from people I know.  Though the story is only 24 hours long, but the way it has been written gives us an insight into the characters, and their quirkiness.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced. The author has touched many points relevant to what people actually do to show off their status in the society, from clothes, to cars, to jewellery, makeup. The humour and the satire is interesting.

I really loved the book.

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

99cents Sale Blitz Pack – Dare to be a Duchess by Sapna Bhog 


He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…

Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can’t stand, keeps the gossips at bay.
The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in—and he’s quite certain doing so is her favorite pastime. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he’s had enough scandal and issues a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months or one will be chosen for her.
Unfortunately, no one in the ton appeals to her. Except, perhaps, the duke himself. The battle of wills has only just begun, and when Lara kisses him, their fate is sealed.
Sometimes even the most proper duke needs to break the rules to win the heart of the woman he loves…

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Quotes from Dare to be a Duchess:

“Here, right at this moment, I’m giving you an ultimatum: Find someone from the ton to marry in the next six months or I will choose someone for you.” – Duke of Wolverton

“Well then the plan is simple, ‘Divide and Rule.’” – Lara Ramsay

“You’ll be surprised that a gentleman with the best intentions can behave like a rake when faced with temptation.” – Duke of Wolverton

“I think, Wolf, that you go on and on about my undesirability and my unattractiveness as a way to convince yourself more than me. The fact is that you kissed me because I am desirable and I am very attractive indeed.” – Lara Ramsay.

“You know very well that I’m accepted in the ton, albeit grudgingly, thanks only to you. No man wants to marry me, and I don’t want to marry any of those men.” – Lara Ramsay.

Read an Excerpt from Dare to be a Duchess:

Wolf crossed his arms and glared at Lara. Despite being at fault, she was as unrepentant as ever. Her absolute nonchalance drove him mad, always. 

“It is my concern. Getting into trouble is second nature to you, so I’d be lying if I said that it gave me any pleasure to be the one to help you out.” Wolf scowled at her. “Paxton is not a fool. He only has to think closely as to whose identity I would desperately want to protect and then remember your dark hair and he will come up with your name. You truly have no sense at all.”

“Well then you shouldn’t have bothered coming to my aid,” Lara retorted. “I could have handled the situation perfectly well by myself.” 

Wolf put his hands on his hips. “And how may I ask would you have done that?”

“I’ve heard that a well planted knee on a delicate part of a man’s anatomy would normally do the trick.”

His eyebrows shot up. “You’re crazy to think that you could have deterred Paxton that easily.”

Lara merely stared at him, her head held high, further fueling his temper. 

“What, nothing to say?” he snapped. “Which brings me back to my first question. What in the world are you doing here in this depraved place?” 

Lara continued to watch him with those deep blue eyes, her lips set in a mutinous line. Her lack of response irked him even more. 

“Answer me,” Wolf demanded, his tone sharp.

She met his gaze head on. “We had no inkling this place would be so bad. And nothing untoward has occurred, so stop shouting at me.”

 “Unbelievable,” he growled. “Do you know how bad this place can be for two innocent girls like yourselves? Behind their masks and costumes, the men here have only one thing on their minds when they look at you, and you, as usual, don’t care that you could be completely ruined if discovered, let alone taken advantage of, in this den of vice. You are wild and irresponsible and you give no thought to your actions or the consequences thereof. And you 

brought Anne here? Just because you don’t care about your reputation doesn’t mean you can play fast and loose with hers.”

Lara’s eyes blazed with fury. “Anne is not a child. She is a grown woman who has a mind of her own.” 

“And that is justification for you to come here?” Wolf countered.

“I, too, have a mind of my own,” she shot back. “And I do not appreciate you telling me what I can and cannot do.”

His nostrils flared. He was the Duke of Wolverton, one of the most powerful men in England. No one defied him. And yet this one woman stood against him at every turn. Why couldn’t she understand the potential danger for her or Anne here?

About the Author:
Sapna Bhog is an author from India who writes contemporary and historical romance novels. As a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic, her books are filled with swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines who clash all the time, but do get their happy ever after. Sapna has always surrounded herself with books and when she is not writing she is reading. Originally from Dubai, she now lives in Western India with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky. Sapna gave up a successful IT career and took a foray into writing and has never looked back since. Her favourite pastimes are reading, writing, traveling and shopping—not necessarily in that order. She loves to hear from readers.

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