The Sinners by Sourabh Mukherjee

The-Sinners_COVER3_Rev9I received the book The Sinners by Sourabh Mukherjee from Writersmelon as a review copy. This book is a thriller set in a corporate world.

The blurb:

Vikram Oberoi is found dead in his penthouse. A few hours ago, his involvement in a sex scandal in NexGen Technologies made headlines across the world.

Who is behind the sinister conspiracy that destroyed Vikram Oberoi, the philandering India Head of NexGen? Rivals within and outside the firm? One of his many jilted lovers or the miffed wife? A mysterious conspirator laying out honey traps to sabotage his plans? Or, is it the ghost of a sinful past that continues to haunt the Oberois?

The Sinners is a fast-paced thriller with a shocking twist that unravels against the backdrop of corporate warfare, illicit relationships and ruthless seduction games.

The story:

The book starts with Vikram Oberoi of NexGen Technologies being found dead in his penthouse. And then the story goes into flashback.

Vikram Oberoi, a much married person, is a womaiser. He is having an affair with his secretary and does not shy away from one-night stands. So when a new girl, Sonal joins the company and catches his eye, he starts an affair with her and even wants to spend his whole life with her.

In the meantime, things are not going on well for the company, as they are losing all their deals to their arch rival. And then things start going bad for Vikram on the personal front as well.

My take:

This thriller revolves around a corporate setting with a lot many characters who keep popping in as the story progresses. Initially, I was a little lost with so many characters coming in but as the story moved further, I started enjoying the story. The plot has been designed in such a way that the suspense keeps building up till the end and I was finding it difficult to guess what provoked Vikram to do what he did.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat till I finished the book. The characters have been developed well and even the secondary characters have a role to play in the story.

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

Roark: An Enemies To Lovers Romance by Aarti V Raman

41BEkeJ1XuL._SY346_I picked up Roark: An Enemies To Lovers Romance by Aarti V Raman from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The Blurb:

The last time they met, it was nothing short of World War Three.

Jacob Roark Jensen left his cowboy roots behind when he became a hotshot Hollywood scriptwriter.

He also left behind his best friend – tomboy and ugly duckling KC – who never ventured beyond the borders of the vast sprawling Bitterwater Ranch.

Unfortunately, Roark has to come back to the one place he’s sworn to forget: Texas.

And to KC, who’s turned into a lovely swan.

To make matters worse, he is KC’s new boss!

KC Brent knows Roark hates her for being a homebody.

But she has traumas she isn’t willing to share with anyone. Especially not her childhood love, who has brought his gorgeous girlfriend with him.

But he won’t stop kissing KC. Or making her want him beyond reason.

In fact, he even announces their pretend engagement, once he realizes her life is in danger.
What happens when the real reason for Roark’s homecoming is revealed? And KC realizes that the man she loves has been keeping secrets from her?

Roark is a sweet and steamy enemies-to-lovers romance with a heart as big as Texas. 

The story:

Jacob Roark Jensen Junior, Roark, was twelve when he came to Bitterwater Ranch in Texas after losing his parents and elder brother to a terrible tragedy and his sister to their great aunt who did not want to keep him. He was twenty four when he left Bitterwater and has never been back for more than two weeks. Now, at 32, he is a screenwriter in Hollywood.

KC Brent was eight when she was brought to Bitterwater by Jacob Roark Jensen, after she lost her mother to a brutal accident, seventeen years ago. She is not proud of her past and has spent all her time running away from her mother’s abuse in childhood. At Bittersweet, the housekeeper is her mother, father and big brother all rolled into one. She is an automotive engineer and helps at the farm as well. Now, she is 25, and knows that she is here on sufferance.

She was brutally shattered with Roark’s brutal words when she had gone to LA and also when he had come one year back at his grandfather’s funeral. He had then said that he had nothing to do with the ranch and now he is back and that is unsettling.

He had been wanted, loved. And she had never been. Not till she came here.

My take:

I loved the setting of the book, the big ranch and also the fact that KC is an automobile engineer. And she is strong. Her childhood made me cry and also defined her nature. The characters are flawed and that makes them real. The story has twists and turns and that kept me guessing. The mafia angle adds a bit of dangerous spark to the story. The descriptions are detailed.

I loved the book and would love to read more about the other characters of the story.

White Christmas: A Novelette by Sunanda J Chatterjee

41ToP7rwVeL.jpgI picked up White Christmas: A Novelette. A heartwarming family drama about forgiveness, acceptance, and love by Sunanda J Chatterjee from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

Successful lawyer Melissa, stay-at-home-mom Jessica, and Chef Dominic have not visited home for Christmas since their father died two years ago. But when their elderly mother invites them home for the holidays and shares her plan to sell the house, the three siblings plan a surprise for her. Little do they know their mother has a surprise of her own.

Meet the White family for their unexpected Christmas reunion.

The story:

Melissa White, 32, is a successful lawyer in New York. Divorced three years ago after just two years of marriage. She has a busy practice and believes in hard work. Her younger sister, Jessica, a brilliant chemist is now a stay-at-home-mom to three children and their younger brother, Dominic, is a chef in the making. The three of them have not visited their family home for Christmas since their father died two years ago.

One day, Melissa receives a call from their mother inviting them all for Christmas and she also lets her know that she plans to sell the house. The three of them talk to each other, blame each other for her loneliness and plan a surprise for her.

But they are in for a surprise.

My take:

I loved the siblings, their inter personal relationship and their relationship with their mother.

This is a sweet and warm story, perfect for the holiday season.

Would love to read a more detailed story of the three of them.

 

 

Cover Reveal: The Pearl of Immortality by Nishi Chandermun

~ Cover Reveal ~
The Pearl of Immortality
by Nishi Chandermun
A world exists that is dominated by the forces of Light and Dark magic. A world where The Sands of Time comes to life, a unique and compelling fantasy.
Xerxes discovers an ancient golden Lamp in a shop of magical artefacts and his simple life is immediately altered, propelling him into a brand-new world inhabited by powerful alien races.
On this strange and distant planet, a world so unlike Earth, Xerxes soon discovers his new identity, one that names him Dragonheart.
Presented with his ancient dragon of more than five thousand years old, a dragon with indescribable magical abilities, he is compelled to accept his destiny as Dragon Rider. A destiny that drives him into the heart of threats shadowed over by the evil Naga race.
Can Xerxes shoulder the responsibilities of a true Dragonheart? When the significance of the Lamp comes to the fore, it becomes evident that the fate of the planet lies entirely in his strength.
About the Author:

I was born and raised in the city of Durban, one of the sunniest places of South Africa, where I live with my husband and three kids. However, home away from home is the magnificent Cape Town, a serene laidback city where the heart and spirit of the ancient Table Mountain beckons one to return again and again.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree, cum laude and went on to study psychology thereafter, both careers which held my avid interest. However, my greatest passion was always in writing, something I have been doing for as long as I can recall. So, it’s no wonder that I finally surrendered all else to become a professional writer.

I have previously written middle grade fiction as well as illustrated books for little children. The Sands of Time series is my first venture for young adults, a project that I have been arduously researching and working on for several years. If there’s a single belief I live by, it would be this:

Masterpieces are not created overnight. All that is truly remarkable requires a magical moment of growth.


 
 

 

The Treasure Syndicate by Jatin Kuberkar

TheTreasureSyndicateI received the book The Treasure Syndicate by Jatin Kuberkar as a review copy from the author and am thankful to him for the same.

The blurb:

When kaliyug resolved to enter Aryavatra, and encountered the last Pandav, king a curse gave the world it’s first ‘Nidhi-Palak’ or The Guardian of treasure Troves in the form of Lord Kuber’s mortal son, Suta. In time, the Guardian bloodline scattered all over the world. Acharya Agnihotri is an astrologer. He searches for hidden treasures, to fulfill his destiny as a ‘Nidhi-Palak’. Dr. Mahesh secretly finances missions for Acharya. Kumar is favored by unfathomable luck.. Jabbar is a legendary digger, and Srikanth is just a common man. United, they form the Treasure Syndicate, always a team of five; a motley mix with an uncanny balance. Bound by the elaborate framework of coincidence, destiny, and fate, the mission of the syndicate is not a cakewalk. The danger is real, and the conditions are never favorable. A hunting past awaits Acharya’s team, as the Kaliyug threatens to turn the mission upside down.

The story:

This is a story of how five people- a combination of knowledge, wealth, skill, luck and balance- form a syndicate called the Treasure Syndicate with the mission to unearth the hidden treasure and use it for Lok-Kalyan, ie benefit of the people. The five people are Leader of the Syndicate- Guardian, Acharya, gifted, trained and well versed on the subject. Next, Mahesh, the financier; Jabbar, an expert digger; Kumar, a man with a strong, undeceiving fate-line and Srikanth, a common man for the sake of balance.

My take:

The story is a gripping thriller which became unputdownable as soon as I reached the page 50 and I read it in two sittings. The narration has suspense and is peppered with humour at times. And the twists and turns kept me at the edge of my seat. When the story started, I was a little confused as to where it is leading, but a few pages down I was hooked.

This book is a treasure hunt which includes excavations, the challenges, the fights and also the reasons why the treasure hunt is important. The author has made references from mythology which makes the premise more interesting.

The characters are well developed and well described and the scenes have been described vividly and could be visualised easily.

I’m waiting for the sequel to this book.

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

 

 

A Sweet Deal by Andaleeb Wajid

sweet deal.jpgA Sweet Deal by Andaleeb Wajid is a fast paced romance set in Bangalore.

The blurb:

Say hi to Rumana. A freshly minted (baked?) chef who decides to trade her powersuit for chef’s whites to live her dream of owning a café. Cut to six months later and there is Not Too Sweet, a gorgeous little café with a burgeoning clientele. This is home and heart and everything in between. But Rumana’s baker’s bliss is cut short when competition drives in not only right into her street but parks itself right next door! What the…
Enter Daniyal—rock star chef, too good-looking, and annoyingly charming. With him around, Rumana flits between being putty in his hands—giving away a cherished recipe to him when he asks nicely!—and getting mad at herself for her actions. But battle lines get drawn when Daniyal decides to present her recipe to the world with his take on it. Attracted towards the wild-haired Rumana, whose sweet kisses are a complete contradiction to her angry personality, Daniyal has no idea what’s about to hit him.

At Daniyal’s Desserts, he can’t get her out of his mind.

At Not Too Sweet, Rumana is plotting sweet revenge.

Will the two be able to strike a sweet deal?

The story:

Impulsive, Kindle addicted bookworm Rumana and level headed, doodler and sketcher Neharika had met at a software company where Rumana was a software engineer and Neharika, a quality analyst four years ago. And gravitated towards each other because of their mutual interests in food and literature and their pipe dream of opening a café.

One day, they decided to call it quits and start their café. With the help of Neharika’s mother (who gave them space), no help from Rumana’s parents (who find it an impractical decision to leave a job for a café) and all their savings, the two girls open their café in Bangalore and name it ‘Not too Sweet’. Vinod is their man Friday who helps them with the outdoor jobs and sometimes as a waiter. They are happy catering to small parties along with their routine sales.

One day, Vinod comes in holding a flyer which says that a new patisserie, called Daniyal’s Desserts is opening next door. Daniyal is a rich, experienced chef who has worked in many restaurants around the world.

Now, their café is at the risk of losing the regular customers and Daniyal’s Desserts looks more attractive. And Rumana takes it on herself to save their café because she has to prove herself to her parents and also avoid getting stuck in an arranged marriage to the NRI her parents have chosen for her.  So, she schemes and plans Daniyal’s downfall…

Daniyal is attracted to her and so is Rumana, but she tells herself to stay away from him because he is the ENEMY.

My take:

I loved the book. As a person who wanted to open a café myself, till reality dawned that I could not do a full time job and run a café too, I have kept that thought on the backburner. So I loved it even more.

The name of the café is so apt, and I loved the ambience too. The characters are life-like, relatable and so real. What I enjoyed most was the conversations between them, the jealousy and how Rumana tried to hide the blunders committed from Neharika. The descriptions of the food items are moth watering and I am looking for the recipe of a carrot cake that has apple sauce and cinnamon…this book has everything, friendship, romance, competitiveness, jealousy, stress and also independence.

The language used is simple and the story just flows, making the book unputdownable. The tense used is different and initially I took some time to get a hang of it. The chapters are short and end in such a way that I had to start the next chapter because I really wanted to know what happens next.

Milan Vohra has mentioned on the cover that “this book cannot be put down” and I thoroughly agree with her on this.

This book is a must, must read with a warning that once you start it, you will not be able to put it down till you finish it.

One question, is Neharika’s story coming up next?

 

 

The Treasure Syndicate by Jatin Kuberkar

The Treasure Syndicate by Jatin Kuberkar

~ Book Tour ~

18th to 20th November

About the Book:

When Kaliyug resolved to enter Aryavatra, and encountered the lats Pandav, king a curse gave the world it’s first ‘Nidhi-Palak’ or The Guardian of treasure Troves in the form of Lord Kuber’s mortal son, Suta. In time, the Guardian bloodline scattered all over the world. Acharya Agnihotri is an astrologer. He searches for hidden treasures, to fulfill his destiny as a ‘Nidhi-Palak’. Dr. Mahesh secretly finances missions for Acharya. Kumar is favored by unfathomable luck.. Jabbar is a legendary digger, and Srikanth is just a common man. United, they form the Treasure Syndicate, always a team of five; a motley mix with an uncanny balance. Bound by the elaborate framework of coincidence, destiny, and fate, the mission of the syndicate is not a cakewalk. The danger is real, and the conditions are never favorable. A hunting past awaits Acharya’s team, as the Kaliyug threatens to turn the mission upside down.

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About the Author:

For the mortal world, I pretend to be a Software Engineer who works hard (or hardly?) in the hours of a day. I am the guy next door, a hard core Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I literally ‘live’ every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value. I enjoy watching cartoon shows (doremon, dora and Choota Bheem) with my son. I never get bored of listen to the endless chatter of my wife. When I’m not writing, I make toys for children.

But beyond the boundaries of this ‘cholesterol rich’ coil, I am a rider of rapturous thoughts. I am a thinker, a philosopher, a seeker, a story-teller, a writer, a wanderer and every other thing that a thought can be. At times some of these figments fire out of my thoughtful bowl and command me to write, muse, create, recreate, destroy…EXPRESS!

Who Am I? I have been asking this question to myself since 33 years, and I got a different answer always. Sometimes I get confused and think, am I asking the right question to seek the correct answer? or may be that am I missing the  whole fantastic universal drama around me while I am busy finding an answer to an irrelevant question?

Does the answer even matter?

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