Christmas in London by Preethi Venugopala

41cDb8oznYL.jpgI borrowed Christmas in London by Preethi Venugopala from the Kindle Unlimited library. It is a beautifully written book.

The blurb:

Raina is in London as part of an on-site project. She has a bucket list of things to do before she leaves London. One of them is to enjoy a Christmas in London. And she is about to tick that off her list as well because she is the maid of honour at the Christmas Eve wedding of her colleague. A Christmas themed wedding.

Nathan, the best man at the wedding, is intrigued by the pretty Indian girl and is delighted when he recognises her as his long-lost childhood friend.

Will Nathan be able to fulfil the promise he made to Raina years ago?

Can they fight the incredible attraction they feel for each other?

Or will his painful past come in the way of their love?

Do they need a Christmas miracle?

The story:

Eight year old best friends Raina and Nathan, whose mothers are best friends too, are separated by a twist of fate. But that is after Nathan promises Raina a ‘Christmas in London’ and tells her to write to Santa.

Twenty six year old Raina Joseph is in London on an off-site project when her friend, Diana, wants her to become her maid of Honour for a Christmas themed wedding on Christmas Eve. And Raina is absolutely smitten by the best man and Diana teases her about the Best man and the maid of Honour falling for each other.

And when Raina is introduced to Nate, the best man, he turns out to be Nathan, her twin, and how can she be attracted to him, her Siamese twin?

And his father’s death when he was eight, has made Nathan wary of love, seeing what love has done to his mother.

My take:

I absolutely loved the story, and finished it in one sitting.

The story has been written in first person from the point opf view of the character whose name is the name of the chapter.

The characters are likable and the descriptions have been detailed beautifully.

It is an ideal story to read on cold wintery nights, the story keeps you warm.

 

 

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Deceptive baritone (Benson Town Rock Band Book 1) by Reshma Ranjan

734eb-book2BcoverI received the book Deceptive baritone (Benson Town Rock Band Book 1) by Reshma Ranjan as a review copy and would like to thank her for the same.

The Blurb:

Sitara Menon is eager to meet the man for whom she has been carrying the torch since her teenage years. She hopes to rekindle their love and romance.

Giriraj Parapuram, one of the lead vocalists of the Benson Town Rock Band, considered music, their band and his friends his world. The last thing he wanted was to come face to face with the woman who had made him lose his faith in women and love.
Sitara organizes the concerts in Denver for the US tour of the Benson Town Rock Band, eager to meet Giri, mesmerized by his baritone voice, sweet memories and an unforgettable passion.

Giri is shocked to find the girl of his dreams changed into a woman who challenges him, infuriates and brings out his baser instincts.

Will their past force them apart yet again or will their desires bring them together?

Will Sitara be able to rekindle their romance?

Will Giri be able to trust and love her again?

The story:

Sitara Menon used to meet Giriraj Parapuram when she used to visit her grandparents in Benson Town, Bangalore. Giri, a single child, had lost his parents when he was very young and was brought up by his grandparents in Benson Town, Bangalore. And it was his friends’, Jay’s and Arnav’s families which gave him a sense of belonging after the death of his grandparents.

Benson Town Band was formed by sheer chance by this group of friends as a simple act of faith and Sitara had ended up being the team’s official lyricist and Giri, the lead vocalist.

She was sixteen and he was nineteen, when she realized that she had a crush on him and he told her that they were too young.

Now, Tara, 34, as she likes to be called, lives in Denver and works in voice networking for a healthcare company in Denver. Having been independent since her college days, she had done a small stint at modeling in India. A rebel by nature, she had made sure that her family would stop planning for her marriage and unwanted alliances. Pari Prakash, a girl from Kerala, is her closest friend, roommate and colleague in Denver.

Now a concert of the Benson Town Band is being organized by the Denver Indian Association and Tara is coordinating the entire show and has been liasoning with the PR team of the Band for the show.

Giri was her first crush and first love and the last time she had met him there was no affection from his side and she has waited to meet him for thirteen years. And when he sees her she can see only anger in his eyes.

My take:

Reshma has taken a simple theme of childhood sweethearts who dream of a happily ever after but fate has other plans for them. She has developed the stories and characters beautifully and it was easy for me to relate to Sitara and Giri. Even the secondary characters have been developed well.

The scenes have been described in detail and there were some scenes that I could actually picturise. Friendships and the understanding between friends has been explored well.

The language is simple and easy to follow and the story flows at an even pace.

Loved this book and am looking forward to reading the next two books of the series.

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

Because I promised by Anupriya

51R2lkutv4L._SX253_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received Because I promised by Anupriya as a review copy from the author. Thank you for the book, Anupriya.

The blurb:

At their college farewell party, Varnika publicly rejects Sushant’s candid proposal in the most disrespectful way imaginable, leaving everyone – including her gang of cousins – dismayed. She feels that her reasons are valid, for doing this to her best friend.

What exactly are her reasons for making this upsetting choice? Did her mother’s move to Mumbai during Varnika’s formative years have a bearing on her? Or is it more than that? What is she planning to do at the NGO for eunuchs? Will she succeed in her chosen career? Would she be able to overcome her inhibitions before it is too late?

This is Varnika’s journey as she overcomes her personal reservations and professional challenges, all the while contemplating her promise to lock her heart away.

The story:

Varnika lives with her dominating paternal grandmother, BadiMaa and her father’s family in Delhi having lost her father when she was in high school and her mother lives in Mumbai looking after her own father’s business, much to the dismay of her grandmother. She meets Sushant while doing her graduation in management and the two competitors become best friends, and Sushant makes the mistake of proposing to her publicly on the farewell party and she publicly rejects him, and her cousins are shocked.

After graduation, Varna moves to Mumbai to learn the ropes of business and Sushant moves to Bangalore to pursue his MBA.

And he cousin plays cupid and Sushant comes to Mumbai as an intern in one of her important project.

My take:

The book is the story of Varnika. A simple storyline, it moves between the past and the present, giving the reader an insight into why what happened. The author has created the characters in detail and even secondary characters have been developed well and have important roles to play in the story. The language is simple, but what I missed is editing of the book, which could have made it crisper and more interesting.

We Indians, give a lot of importance to family values and this book reflects that part.

Looking forward to reading more work from the author.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Book Blitz: Nine by Sweta Samota

 

Nine 
by Sweta Samota 
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2151 KB
Print Length: 361 pages
ASIN: B07KWDLLZG
 
Ranking on amazon.in 
 
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars   5 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#54 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children & Young Adults > Family, Personal & Social Issues
#153 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Indian Writing
#292 in Books > Children’s & Young Adult > Family, Personal & Social Issues
 
 
Nine is a fast-paced nail-biting story of a compulsive decoder Ila Sharma who is chased by the evil and the good to uncover a thousand years old powerful Indian mystery that can alter the world. 
 
Ila Sharma 
A beautiful teenager, stubborn compulsive decoder, National puzzle champ, is a magnet for troubles due to her gifted skills.
 
Undercover agent 
An agent with a Bond-like talent, attitude, and skill is given the task to protect Ila Sharma from the lurking unknown danger.
 
Mystery 
Everyone is chasing to solve this eye-popping mystery to own the secret it protects.
 
Read how Ila and the agent steer from one problem to another unknown danger, fighting to not fall in love and finish the fate-altering mission.
 
Nine is one such journey that will have you biting your nails or gasping for breath but one that you cannot abandon till all the pieces of the jigsaw fall in place.
Read this absolute page-turner story!
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Sweta Samota (Ex Senior Engineer, B.E. Computers and PGDMM) is an Indian novelist who writes romance, mystery and thriller. She also conducts creative writing workshops. She is a Writer, Authorpreneur, Thinker, Speaker, Runner and a ChangeMaker. Won The Story Award by SheThePeople.Tv in Flash Fiction. 
 

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Wedding Shenanigans: Or, how Rayna grapples with heartbreak, scandal and a hot hotelier by Adite Banerjie

41c2xmWGJSL.jpgI borrowed Wedding Shenanigans: Or, how Rayna grapples with heartbreak, scandal and a hot hotelier by Adite Banerjie from the Knidle Unlimited library and finished it in one night. This book is the story of Rayna Dutt and Neel Arora set in Andaman Islands, and was previously published by Harlequin/Mills & Boon as Trouble Has a New Name.

The blurb:

Freshly dumped Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her best friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But letting down her friend is not an option. So, she decides to grin and bear it. A mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa with Neel Arora, the gorgeous owner of the resort and best man at the wedding. Sparks fly and attraction sizzles.
When her ex turns up with a new girl on his arm, scandal comes calling. In desperation, she turns to Neel and proposes a fake engagement. As the attraction between them reaches fever pitch, it seems like Rayna has signed up for more trouble than ever!

The story:

Rayna Dutt, a model, is on the way to the Andaman Islands from Mumbai on a chartered flight, to attend her best friend, Milee’s wedding. Rayna being Rayna, reaches the aircraft wearing a pair of flip-flops, almost misses the flight and drenches a co-passenger in orange juice. To top it all, a mix-up with room allocation forces her to share a luxury villa with the same co-passenger, who is none other than Neel Arora, the groom’s business partner and dear friend and also the co-promoter of the resort. He is also the best man at wedding and she, the Maid of honour.

She suddenly sees Sid Verma, her ex-boyfriend, who had dumped her five days ago by sending her an SMS, at the same resort. She asks Neel if he would pretend to be her fiancé for the next few days.

Neel is a workaholic and cares about two women in his life, his mother and his younger sister Meera. He stays away from relationships. He agrees and one day, says goodbye and disappears.

Read on……

My Take:

A lovely story with lovable characters. The friendship between Rayna and Milee is so open and I loved Rayna’s book of Immutable Laws (you will have to read the book to find more). Rayna’s dialogues especially when she puts her foot in her mouth, which she does all the time, are so natural. Neel is the typical Tall, Dark and Handsome and his feelings have been described making him more human than the western heroes.

The story is simple, boy meets girl, they hate each other, circumstances bring them together and …., but the way it has been developed and portrayed is different. The language is easily understandable and the characters have been developed in detail. The scenes have been described well and there were instances in the book where I could actually see Neel and Rayna with Andaman in the background.

I loved the book and would definitely love to read a sequel to the book with Neel’s sister as the main character.

 

 

Spotlight: Deceptive Baritone by Reshma Ranjan

 

Deceptive Baritone 

by Reshma Ranjan

 
 
BLURB
 
Sitara Menon is eager to meet the man for whom she has been carrying the torch since her teenage years. She hopes to rekindle their love and romance.
 
Giriraj Parapuram, one of the lead vocalists of the Benson Town Rock Band, considered music, their band and his friends his world. The last thing he wanted was to come face to face with the woman who had made him lose his faith in women and love.
 
Sitara organizes the concerts in Denver for the US tour of the Benson Town Rock Band, eager to meet Giri, mesmerized by his baritone voice, sweet memories and an unforgettable passion.
 
Giri is shocked to find the girl of his dreams changed into a woman who challenges him, infuriates and brings out his baser instincts.
 
Will their past force them apart yet again or will their desires bring them together? 
 
Will Sitara be able to rekindle their romance?
 
Will Giri be able to trust and love her again?
 
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About the author
 
 
Here is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has created many happy ending in her imagination, for every movie or book with a sad conclusion.
 
She soon began to create her own characters and situations, creating plenty of romances and happy endings to satisfy her imagination. “But for my laziness and diffidence,” says Reshma “I would have penned umpteen stories of unexpected pairs meeting and falling in love, overcoming troubles and hurdles to unite for a lifetime.”
 
A voracious reader, Reader, Reshma is a poet as well and feels that she would be blessed as a writer if she could bring a happy content sigh on the reader’s lips.
 

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Spotlight: Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh

About the Book:
 


The Man
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away. 
 
The Angel
Should an innocent man be left to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene.














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#1

He walked across the few yards of the forest toward his freedom, leaving behind his guardian angel. He walked across the road to the army cantonment fence leaving behind a piece of his soul. His chest, it seemed, would explode but for the heavy weight pressing on his lungs.

#2

Taking the support of the wall, head bent down, he stood under the shower with the water running down his face, and wept. The adrenaline rush of keeping himself alive receded as he emptied the fears, worries, and helplessness of the past month down the drain with the bathwater. The thought of being able to see his parents soon made him more emotional. He sniffed and sniveled, and resolved to take back control of his life. And most of all, he resolved to do something about those monsters back in the Tral forest.

Reviews for Guardian Angel:
 
I couldn’t have begun the New Year with a better read! Thrilling, fast-paced, edgy…Ruchi Singh is on top of her game with this unputdownable book! ~ Adite

The build up to the culmination is fantastic – the suspense carries through to the end. The romance simmers and sparkles. ~ Reet Singh 
 
Guardian Angel is a brilliant thriller set in Kashmir in which both the principal characters are in deep trouble. This sets the tone for a nail-biting story. There is no let up in the suspense and the book kept me hooked till the last page. I liked the ending immensely! ~ Jennifer Thompson
About the Author:
Winner of TOI WriteIndia Season 1, Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is ‘romantic thriller’. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.
 

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~ 1 winner for 500/- Amazon Gift Card + kindle copy of Guardian Angel
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