Truly, Madly, Crazily in love by Esha Pandey

51zR-JUIUiLI picked up Truly, Madly, Crazily in love by Esha Pandey from the Kindle Unlimited Library, and just could not keep it down.

The blurb:

What happens when you can’t let your first love go? What happens when you keep hoping that the one that got away, will be yours again…forever?

Sue is short, vivacious and dreamy. Viv is tall, spirited and focussed. Dressed to the nines on School Social, she bewitches him. He kisses her. She kisses him back. They fall in love. But the kiss that should have sealed their love, becomes their undoing.

Sue is truly, madly and crazily in love with him. There is no one like Viv. She pines for him, but he can’t be hers. Days go by and she is still head over heels in love with him.

When she finally lets him go and is ready to start over, he walks into her life again.

Hearts are broken. Promises are shattered. Lives are wrecked. Love is tested.

In a tale transcending time, Sue and Viv weave a story of love like none other. Will hope, trust and love win the test of time? From Lucknow, to Delhi to London, will Sue finally have her happily ever after? Read this sweet romance to find out.

The story:

Lucknow

Sukriti lives with her parents and elder brother and studies in class 12. She has taken Science at the behest of her parents, with the decision that she would pursue her graduation in English Literature. She is the class monitor and has been assigned the duty of making the new boy in the class, Vaibhav, feel comfortable. Vaibhav has just moved to Lucknow with his mother and younger brother after his father was martyred. He is a brilliant student and aims to get into the prestigious IIT. Meeting each other everyday in school, they are attracted to each other, and Vaibhav decides to propose to her on that day and also decides that whatever she said, he would not let that affect their friendship. But things happen and they are not on speaking terms when they appear for their exams and also when the results are declared. They meet at a farewell party, decide to continue as friends and take admissions in Delhi but Sukriti avoids him there too.

Delhi, ten years later

Sukriti, now Sue, submits her PhD thesis on her 28th birthday and her current boyfriend, Ramiz Rizvi, whom she had met during her adhoc tenure as a teacher, plans to propose marriage to her.

And the next morning, she receives a call from Vaibhav, now Viv, asking her to meet him for dinner. And she meets him and realises that she still has feelings for him.

Does Viv propose? Read the book to find out.

My take:

Set in Lucknow, Delhi and London, this love story made me smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes I felt one emotion and sometimes all of them together. She has captured the concept of first love well, especially the part of comparing everyone to the first love.

The characters are realistic and relatable. The moment the characters are introduced in the story, I got involved in the story. I loved relating to Vaibhav as Vaibhav and not Viv and Sukriti, I liked her as Sue. The author has described their feelings in detail. The conversations between the characters, Vaibhav’s diary entries and Sue’s emails to Priya, make the story very realistic.

The secondary characters, be it Arani or Sue’s various boyfriends, and even, Sue’s best friend, Priya, and their families, are equally relatable and involved in the plot.

The scenes have been described in detail and were very easy to visualise. London has been described in such a way that I could feel I was there with the characters enjoying the beauty of the city with them. The author has also mentioned Pop groups, singers, authors and quoted their works, making the story closer to reality.

The language is simple and the story is paced well. Once I started the book, I just could not keep it down, I really wanted to know what happened next. And when I would think, that the story is now moving smoothly, a twist would turn the story around.

This story of friendship, love, sibling love, sacrifices and understanding is one that I would remember for a long time to come. Highly recommended.

 

Maybe Love: Heron Cove Sweet Contemporary Romance Novella (Falling in Love in Heron Cove Book 3) by Shae Lynn Whitney

513Ly4KUH1L._SY346_I received the book Maybe Love: Heron Cove Sweet Contemporary Romance Novella (Falling in Love in Heron Cove Book 3) by Shae Lynn Whitney as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Welcome to Heron Cove, where dreams really do come true… eventually.

An isolated beach cottage should be just the place to launch a career as a professional artist, but all of Emily’s canvases are empty. Meeting charming tech mogul James Chen seems just the inspiration she needs for the paint to flow again, letting her get back to her passion—painting.

James already has the love of his life—his company, Mebook.com and his hundreds of employees. He’s much too busy to focus on romance, even with a quirky artist that he can’t quite get out of his head.

They’ve both got passion already, what more could they want?

Maybe… Love.

The story:

Twenty nine year old Emily grew up in Denver, got a financial degree and works at Wimberly Financial in New York as a financial analyst , and paints in her free time and even sells them. She has a secret dream of becoming a full-time painter and wants to quit her job, but her mother advices her to ask for leave. So, here she is, on an eight week leave to the little town of Heron’s Cove, California, living in her best friend, Suze’s beach house.

Now, two weeks of leave are already over. She has everything she needs, her dog, Charlie; painting supplies; a beautiful beach house; serene beaches; and no one to disturb her, but inspiration. And while walking on the beach, she finds an expensive ring and decides to reunite the ring with its owner. In the process, she posts a lost and found message on Craigslist and receives eight email responses, some genuine and some fake. There is one message on behalf of James Chen, and he seems genuine. She knows that James was just 19 when he created mebook.com and that he is a favourite in the tabloids, but she knows nothing else about him.

As she is working on getting a happy ending for the ring, she is also in frequent touch with James’ assistants and later James, she starts getting inspired to paint.

So, was the ring lucky for her after all? What will happen to her paintings when she returns it to the owner?

My take:

This is the third book of the Heron Cove Series and the first one that I have read, both from the series and by the author. The story has been written in first person from the point of view of Emily.

The characters are realistic. I could easily relate to Emily looking to make her hobby her full time profession. I loved the emails between them. The story is written beautifully with detailed, easy to picturize descriptions. It is fast paced and can be finished in one sitting.

I loved the story and plan to read the other books 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.

Jackson’s Love (Lake Hope Series #3) by Mel Walker

41Qa-jnYb8L._SY346_I received Jackson’s Love (Lake Hope Series #3) by Mel Walker as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

It’s not where you’re from – it’s where your heart leads you.

Everyone has a past. Dana tried to outrun hers by moving to beautiful Lake Hope in search of a fresh start. With her life at a crossroads, she must choose between a life-alternating professional opportunity or address the undeniable distraction she has to Jackson, a man with inked up muscles and smoldering intensity. Dana has played this game before and felt its burn. To protect her heart, she knows she should avoid temptation… even if he’s a painfully attractive one.

Jackson doesn’t talk about what drew him to Destiny Falls. These days, he’s perfectly content living the quiet life as a coffee shop manager. But one look at Dana, and he’s willing to jeopardize his scars from the past being revealed to pursue the longings of his heart. For her, he will face his demons head-on.

Will both their pasts blind them to a future together? Or will the magnetic possibility of a future together have them risk it all once again?

The story:

This story is set in a small town, Destiny Falls, Indiana.

Dana left her past and her family and moved to Indiana. She has a yoga studio, Yogi’s Choice, and is planning her first off-site retreat at a resort in Lake Hope. Her friends, Mia and Candace, are helping her out. Jackson left his past in Seattle and moved to Indiana. He manages the Coffee and Convo café in the neighbourhood.

Mia has been crushing on him since forever, but is scared to give in to her feelings given her past. Jackson is fighting his past and internal battles.

When the retreat is two days away, the chef at Lake Hope has to leave due to a family emergency. Dana is desperate. Aaron, Mia’s boyfriend, has a solution. And for that, Dana has to meet Jackson and ask him.

My take:

This book is the third in the Lake Hope Series, though the first one of the series that I read, but can be read as a standalone. A friends to lovers romance, which is simmering on the slow burner as the main characters keep dancing around each other till friends and fate give them a push. And the catalyst, the past, speeds it up.

The characters are realistic, flawed, with pasts that shadows the present and makes them what they are. The feelings of both Dana and Jackson have been described. The supporting characters are equally beautiful, and I think their stories would be worth reading.

The story is well written with descriptions of people, places and feelings. I enjoyed the yoga and healthy eating too. I felt that I was a part of the story.

This is my first book by this author and now, I will definitely read the first two books of the series, the stories of Candace and Mia. I hope there is more in the series to come, maybe Ebony’s story next.

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

The Girl at the Wedding: A Prequel to ‘Without you’ (Sreepuram Series Book 0) by Preethi Venugopala

51K9srzTOlLThe Girl at the Wedding: A Prequel to ‘Without you’ (Sreepuram Series Book 0) by Preethi Venugopala is the latest book of this series by the author.

The blurb:

A Sweet Romance Novella about Arranged Marriages, Family and Love.

Kishore is home on vacation after three years. To his horror, his family is determined to get him married this time. He creates the perfect plan to escape the matchmaking attempts of his family. Just when he thought he had everything under control, a girl from his past literally crashes into his life and turns his life upside down. Within a day, he is ready to sacrifice his bachelorhood entranced by the girl at his friend’s wedding.

One misstep and he acquires a rival. His own cousin, Abhishek.

What can he do to win back the love of his life?

Shreya can’t believe that handsome young man she is slowly falling in love with is the bully she hated in school. He has transformed in every possible way. She likes everything about him. But then something happens that prompts her to make a rash decision.
Would this one decision ruin her chances of finding true love?

Or would she have the courage to fight for love?

The story:

Kishore is on a three month break to Kerala after working for two years at a stretch in Sharjah. His mother wants him to get married but he does not want to get married immediately as he needs to concentrate on his work. And to make matters worse, his mother tells him that she would ask his grandmother for help. And Kishore asks his mother for a few weeks to enjoy his vacation after which he says he would do whatever she says. Unknown to her, he has a European vacation planned.

Shreya Raghuthanam, the daughter of an army officer, had come to live in Kerala when she was eleven years old, and met Lena, and the girls have been best friends since. Now, a dress designer, she is on the way to her best friend’s house, when she meets with an accident.

Kishore is furious and is surprised to see that the girl who hit his car is Shreya, the girl who rejected him in school. And he is attracted to her. And to top it all, his parents are interested. But, he does not know her very well and wants his wife to be his best friend. And then, something happens and Shreya gets engaged to his cousin.

My take:

The simple story is set in Kerala with a beautiful narration. The characters are familiar, from the previous book, The Sunshine Girl. They are well developed and the author has described the feelings of both of them. I loved Vishal, Kishore’s brother, and have loved his love story too.

The language is simple and the story has been narrated beautifully.

 

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock

51Lq7QMT5xLI received Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn’t have time for love when she’s opening her new cat café. Renovating an old restaurant, hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats – keeps her plenty busy. She’s doing this for the cats, the community, and most of all her family. The café will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming to be a master baker himself. The café doesn’t need another baker, but maybe Marley needs a man. Surely she’ll fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It’s Kari who makes him want to pour on the sugar and turn up the heat. But he’s spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He’s not even sure he should commit to Samson, the fluffy marshmallow of a cat who steals his heart.

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, fuzzy feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

If you enjoy friends to lovers tropes, work romances, military heroes, and strong heroines completely failing at playing the matchmaker, check out Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café. You’ll also find rescue cats with plenty of personality and their own desire for love.

The story:

Twenty four year old Kari lives with her mother, sister and nephew. During her education to get a business degree, she had prepared a project on a café and acted on it and opened Furrever Friends café after a lot of research. Their café will not only sell food and beverages but also have cats from the local animal shelter to play with and if someone wants, adoption. She handles the business and her sister, Marley, is in charge if food and their mother handles the social media side of the business. Her aim is to make the café a success.

The café needs baristas. Colin, 29, has applied for the post. He did his four years in the army, then worked in private security in the Mid-East for four years before he was injured two years ago. He likes cats, does yoga, bakes and knits. He suffers from PTSD and is open to his need for counselling.

Kari is attracted to Colin, but she feels that he is ideal for her sister, who needs to settle down. And that her personal life could wait. And Colin feels that he is not ready for a relationship, what with his injury and his PTSD.

My take:

A small town love story, where there is family and lots and lots of cats. The characters are flawed and that adds to the story, making them realistic with their problems and pressures. The author has described the feelings of both the main characters. The secondary characters also deserve a story of their own.

The language is simple and the story flows from one scene to another. The café is so ideal, beautifully described with all the beverages and delicacies. The recipe at the end of the book is a bonus.

This is an ideal book to read after a hectic work day.

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

A recipe for romance by Lara Van Hulzen (Book 5: Bachelor’s BakeOff) (Book 1: Marietta St Claire’s)

arfromanceA recipe for romance by Lara Van Hulzen is the fifth book in the Bachelor BakeOff Series and the first book of the Marietta St. Claire’s Series.

The blurb:

Wes planned a drive by trip to Marietta, Montana to help his dad close a business deal and then to head back to his life in New York. But when his dad volunteers him for the Bachelor Bake-Off to commemorate a local fallen first responder, Wes can’t say no, even though Marietta holds painful memories and baking eludes his skill set.

After an accident sidelines Noelle Olsen’s career as a dancer, she moves to Montana to pursue a new dream: opening a dance studio in Marietta’s historic and charming downtown. When one of her students suckers her into helping the handsome Wes St. Clare whip up some winning recipes, Noelle finds herself dreaming about more than teaching dance.

Falling in love wasn’t part of Wes’ plans, and definitely not in Marietta, and as Noelle learns more about Wes and his business dealings, she fears she’ll lose her business along with her heart. Will cozy kitchens and a nudge from the St. Claire family help Wes and Noelle find the love they didn’t know they were looking for?

The story:

Wesley St Claire, the oldest of the St Claire siblings lives in New York and manages the family businesses. His father, Daniel St Claire, moved to their family mansion in Marietta, Montana when his mother was dying of cancer and has made the family mansion his home. His brother, Mike, also moved to the mansion with his daughter, Annalise, after the death of his wife. Wes does not like coming here as he has bad memories of the place, but visits his father from time to time.

Noelle Olsen and her sister Holly moved to Marietta, Montana after their parents passed away in an accident, to make a fresh start. Noelle was also injured in the accident and that meant the end of her professional dancing career. To stay happy, Noelle opens a dance studio. Annalise is one of her students.

This time, when he is in Marietta in connection with a business deal, he sees Noelle at a pub and even asks her for a dance and does not know her name by the time he goes back home.

He is in for a shock as his father signs him up for the Bachelor Bake-Off, a charity bake-off event, and he does not know anything about baking. And Annalise comes to his rescue. She suggests that Wes take help from her teacher.

So Wes meets Noelle and thus start the baking lessons. And they start getting to know each other better. They are attracted to each other, Noelle knows Wes is here temporarily and Wes knows that Noelle is here permanently.

My take:

Another Marietta romance. All the various authors who have written about Marietta have done justice to the town, and Lara Van Hulzen is no exception.

A sweet story with love, family, friends and baking thrown in. Though this is the fifth book of the series and can be read as a standalone, I really liked how some characters from the previous books make their appearance. The characters are well developed and their back stories well told. I liked the secondary characters well. Annalise is an angel, I really loved her.

The descriptions are detailed. There is humour, there is tragedy. I loved the compassion and the romance.  The language is simple and the story just flows. The twists and turns make the story more interesting.

I would definitely want to read more stories of the other siblings of the St. Claire family.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from BookBub. This is an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

The Piano by Nandita Basu

51x3pT2CPVLI received the book The Piano by Nandita Basu as a review copy from Penguin Random House and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

What I didn’t know was that just as I was searching for my friend, My friend was also searching for me. And that search had started a long time ago.’ This is the story of a friendship between a young girl and her piano. The piano was made many decades before the girl was born. And it travelled from Leipzig, Germany, through war-torn France and England come to Calcutta during the independence struggle. Finally the girl and the piano found one another, until circumstances separated them… This is a story of love and loss, of unexpected bonds and loneliness, and above all, it is a celebration of the power of music.

The story:

The story starts with a girl wanting a friend. And then the story goes back many years and starts from the time the piano was made in Germany. And then the story takes us to the World War, and how the piano travels from one place to another till it reaches Calcutta. We even get a feel of the Indian revolutionary movement. Fast forward to the 1990s, the piano reaches the narrator who gives it a name, makes it her friend.

My take:

Comics have always fascinated me and it has been ages since I read a comic. This book is a graphic novel 47 pages long. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. The language is simple and the book can be read in one sitting. The story is based on friendship be it between humans or with a non-living thing.

The timelines and locations are mentioned, so we do not get confused as the story moves.

At the end the author mentions about her own piano which led to this book and also the historical timelines mentioned in the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to adults and children.

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

All for the best (Book 5 Nothing for One Love series) by Meghan Parker

41lq96qsfALAll for the best by Meghan Parker is the fifth and the final book of the Nothing for One Love series. I received the book as a review copy from the author via StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Have you ever been completely over someone you’ve moved on but they still don’t get it? 

Richard just cannot get over his ex Miranda Jones. Everything he does is her. He eats, thinks, and breathes Miranda. Richard will stop at nothing to claim her as his own once more. Kidnapping Miranda, inducing her miscarriage, and nearly killing her fiancé, Richard’s obsession reaches all new heights. Will Miranda be able to shake Richard’s dangerous grasp on her life or will he finally succeed in destroying her and everything she loves?

Exciting! Bold! Heart racing! Does Miranda have what it takes to outsmart her obsessed ex once again?

Grab a copy to see if Miranda has what it takes!

The story:

Richard is back again and has resorted to kidnapping Miranda and has shot Steve in the process. Crazy that he is, he gets him admitted to the hospital as well.

Will Steve and Miranda get back or would Richard be successful? Read the last book of the series to find out.

My take:

This is the fifth book in the Nothing For One Love series. All the books are connected to one another, short and fast paced. Now that this book is available, the series can be read at a stretch and finished, no more waiting.

As with the other books in the series, the story is fast paced and the suspense made me sit at the edge of my seat till I finished it in one sitting.

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

Release Day Blitz: Love, Truth, and Taking Chances (The Kapoor Brothers #2) by Shilpa Suraj

~ Release Day ~


Love, Truth, and Taking Chances
(The Kapoor Brothers #2)
by Shilpa Suraj

 

About the Book:

Losing his wife to breast cancer has left Arjun Kapoor a broken man. He vows to never risk his heart again. Until the day Vihana Luthra turns up on his doorstep. Vivacious, optimistic and bursting with life, she believes in taking each day as it comes.

Unwilling to love but unable to resist the force of nature that is Vihana, Arjun finds himself drawn into the manic chaos that is her life. And he starts to believe again; in hope, in dreams, in love…

But Vihana has a secret… one with devastating consequences. Will they be able to survive it or will it tear them apart?
Buy Links:

Goodreads * Amazon

 

Check out a few Quotes from Love, Truth, and Taking Chances

 

 

About Shilpa Suraj:
Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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Love, Truth and Taking Chances:  (The Kapoor Brothers Series Book 2) by Shilpa Suraj

51zIfGR6TOLLove, Truth and Taking Chances:  A passionate opposites attract romance (The Kapoor Brothers Series Book 2) is the latest book by Shilpa Suraj. I received the book as an ARC and am thankful to Shilpa and Debdatta for the book. This is the second book in the Kapoor Brothers series

The blurb:

Losing his wife to breast cancer has left Arjun Kapoor a broken man. He vows to never risk his heart again. Until the day Vihana Luthra turns up on his doorstep. Vivacious, optimistic and bursting with life, she believes in taking each day as it comes. Unwilling to love but unable to resist the force of nature that is Vihana, Arjun finds himself drawn into the manic chaos that is her life. And he starts to believe again; in hope, in dreams, in love…

But Vihana has a secret…one with devastating consequences. Will they be able to survive it or will it tear them apart?

The story:

Thirty six year old Arjun Kapoor lost his wife to breast cancer three years ago and now lives with his mother in Hyderabad. He is very close to his cousins, Arav and Vihaan, who live close by. Vihaan’s fiancé, Alisha, is his best friend.

Vihana Luthra, 36, the youngest of four siblings and the only daughter, argues with her parents and lands on Arjun’s doorstep at the behest of his mother. She is in Hyderabad armed with an MBA degree and lots of ideas to open a shop, Pandora’s Box, a one stop shop for gifts.

Arjun does not like the intrusion in his otherwise peaceful life in the form of Vihana. He enjoys a certain discipline style of life: quiet, orderly peaceful. He likes predictable; routine and the calm that comes with it. Vihana is not peaceful, troublemaker, chatterbox, unpredictable, yes, but not peaceful. Vihana does not like Arjun’s behavior and is on the lookout for an accommodation. Arav, Vihaan and Alisha like her and all of them get along like a house on fire.

Slowly, the opposites attract, but Vihana has something she needs to tell Arjun.

My take:

The story is beautiful and the book is unputdownable. As the story progressed, I started feeling like I was also witnessing the entire story move right before my eyes. It was nice to see this story pick up from where the previous book ended. The characters are realistic and beautifully developed. The characters from the previous book also keep appearing and make the story all the more interesting. I loved to meet Alisha, Arav and Vivaan again.

The conversations between the characters, their emotions, their feelings, their likes and dislikes have been depicted beautifully. I loved the humour in the book, the light hearted banter and also the serious conversations between them. I laughed with the characters, I felt for them and I cried with them

As with all her books, the language is simple, the story fast paced and enjoyable.

I loved the book and am looking forward to Arav’s story next.

I would really recommend this book to everyone with a suggestion, please read “Love, Marriage and other Disasters’ before you start this one, though you get a feel of that book in this, and sit with a box of tissues, as they might come handy. And one more thing, please be prepared to finish it in one sitting because you will not be able to keep it down.

 

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