The Reluctant Debutante by Vibha Batra

51cLWn2qFwL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book, The Reluctant Debutante by Vibha Batra as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Sanya Grewal’s all set to attend Debutante International – the most glamorous social event of the year – when she ends up fracturing her foot.

She can either forget all about her childhood dream or convince her twin sister Tanya to take her place and bask in reflected glory. Alas! Tanya’s so not interested. Besides, she’s got a secret, one that could tarnish her family’s name and nix their debutante dreams.

Very reluctantly, Tanya agrees to help her sister out and zips off to France. Everything seems to be going well when Tanya’s cover gets blown. Will Tanya make her sister’s dream come true, make her father proud, make friends and maybe even find true love? Or will it all blow up in her face?

The story:

Sanya and Tanya the identical twins, but they are like two sides of the same coin. Sanya is tolerant, speaks things that are politically correct, favourite of  and is an ideal girl. And Tanya is just her opposite. Their father loves Sanya but for some reason, he does not like Tanya. Debutante International (DI) is Sanya Grewal’s childhood dream and whenever she speaks about it, Tanya cannot help but make faces.

And Sanya’s dream comes true as she is selected for the Debutante International. Sanya is all set and they are celebrating when Sanya meets with a freak accident and fractures her leg. And then she cajoles and blackmails Tanya to take her place. Tanya, who is nothing like Sanya, except in looks, cannot replace her. But seeing her pleading, she does not have the heart to refuse her.

And Tanya replaces Sanya at the contest. Will she be caught or will she play her sister’s role to perfection?

My take:

The story is simple and sweet and is a perfect read for the beautiful rainy days. The characters are believable and so is the relationship between them. I loved how Tanya talks about her family, especially her aunt. She has nicknames for everyone and not to miss her inner voice, BBC. Some of the conversations are hilarious. Even the secondary characters have a role to play in the story.

An interesting story which I would recommend to everyone.

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


Red Rose dating Agency by Sundari Venkatraman

419yChR3yZL.jpgRed Rose Dating Agency (Romantic Shorts Book 8) is Sundari Venkatraman’s latest book which is available on Kindle Unlimited.

The blurb:

Ahana is not exactly sure of her feelings when the nerdy Sadashiv Prasad lands up at her dating agency, seeking membership. While on the one hand she’s amused at his audacity, his fanatical obsession with finding the ‘ideal’ mate has Ahana climbing up the wall.

When all efforts to find him a date fail miserably Ahana offers to go on a date with him. As expected, the event is a disaster. Luckily for her the winds of love are blowing in her direction as she unexpectedly falls in love with Sahil Pradhan.

Ideally, Ahana’s life should run smoothly from now on. Alas, no! Sadashiv Prasad re-surfaces in her life and what’s even worse, Sahil and Sadashiv seem to know each other. What a tangle!

Will Ahana find happiness with Sahil or is her love doomed forever?

*A shorter version of this story has been published in the anthology called Matches Made in Heaven.

The story:

Ahana runs a dating agency, called the Red Rose Dating Agency, and her business is doing well. One day, she has an unusual client, Sadashiv Prasad, a middle class salesman with a crumpled white shirt and he just manages to converse in English. And Sadashiv has an unusual request, he wants to date through her agency and he also wants that she finds him a date who fits the bill of an ‘Adarsh Bharatiya Nari’.

And Ahana is in a fix. Who can she ask to date him? And then her father suggests that she goes on a date with him.

What will she do?

My take:

I liked the book and the story.

The characters have been developed in detail. The relationship between Ahana and her father has been beautifully depicted.

Overall, a simple story, written in simple English that can be finished in one sitting.

The Arrangement by P G Van

51K26XOpcvLI picked up P G Van’s latest book, The Arrangement from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The Blurb:

Niha could not deal with the not-so-glamorous side of the movie industry anymore and decides to run away from it all. Where does she end up? In a small town where she crashes her car, causing a lot of damage to the town.

The accident is a blessing in disguise, allowing her to stay out of the limelight. To avoid the media attention and her past life, she needs to make an arrangement with a man who looks at her as if he despises the very sight of her.

Mahen wants to build his ancestral town into the next big economic hub and is upset when a rash driver crashes a car into a newly constructed building, setting it on fire. He wants to cut his losses and wants her out of his town, but she doesn’t want to leave. He agrees to let her stay for a month, only as a temporary arrangement.

An arrangement that was supposed to last a short time turns into something else when sparks fly between Niha and Mahen. Niha may have run away from her past, but she cannot hide from it. When Mahen finds out who she really is, will the new arrangement last?
Note: The Arrangement is a Stand-alone, Passionate, Contemporary romance.

The Story:

Niharika Ratnam, Niha to her family and Harika to the world, is an actress. She is fed up of being manipulated by her mother, who wants Niha to live her dream, the dream which she could not fulfil because Niha was born.

In an attempt to move as far as away as possible from her manipulating mother, and from meeting a prospective producer, Niha runs away from her home. She drives fast and ends up meeting with an accident. Once she regains consciousness, she finds herself in a hospital in an unknown place with strangers around her. There is a lady constable who wants to arrest her because she has burnt down a newly constructed building to ashes.

But she is saved by Mahendra Rayadu, the owner of the building, who had saves her from the crash. And he takes her home, where he stays with his grandmother, Naani, with the intent to send her home after she tells him her who she is and where she lives.

Taking this as an opportunity to stay away from home, Niha hides her reality from them and says that she has nobody that she can go to. Mahen gives her one month to stay in his house and keep Naani happy, as this is what he considers payment for the loss he has incurred. But he gives her a warning, that he would be observing her closely.

They keep crossing each other’s paths and are attracted to each other. But what will happen after she reveals her identity to him?

My take:

A simple sweet story about two people who meet and are slowly drawn to each other. The characters are realistic and relatable and I loved the way the relationships between them have been depicted. The book has friendship, love, romance, and above all grandchild- grandparent love.

The narration is simple and fast paced and the language is simple. I finished the book in two sittings.

The secondary characters also have been given a lot of space in the story. I am hoping that the author actually writes three more books in the series, the stories of other characters like Radha, Urmila and Deepa.


20 Year School Reunion by Alka Dimri Saklani

51Lu3Dk6MAL.jpg20 Year School Reunion by Alka Dimri Saklani is a short read that I had borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

A trip to the past cannot change the memories. But it can change the way we look at those memories.

At the threshold of her thirties, Neerja is still struggling with self-acceptance issues. The roots of her insecurities lay in her school days, so she is in dilemma whether to attend her 20-year school reunion or not.

Against her better judgement Neerja braces herself to face the past and visits her school. But all her strength fades away the moment she sees Vraj; the single source of her best and worst memories.

Will this reunion give Neerja the closure she seeks or will it push her deeper into the layers of past?

Poignant and nostalgic, 20 Year School Reunion, is a story of love, friendship, forgiveness but over and above all, self-acceptance.

My take:

We never had a school reunion, but have met friends off and on after school. And what with WhatsApp, we have started keeping in touch with each other. But I am sure, if we have such a reunion, there would be many revelations. The author has narrated the story beautifully making me want to ask my school friends, “How about a reunion?”

The characters are realistic and their feelings are relatable. There are certain things that brought out memories. School friendships are real and they are the best and that is what the author tells us.

So how about calling up our school friends and planning a reunion.


Her protector by Pooja Gupta

41cweMpoIOL.jpgI was in between books, so I picked up Her protector by Pooja Gupta from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

When Vikram Maheshwari’s eyes met with hers for the first time, he realized Nitara Sharma was special. Innocent, broken, and in need of protection, he took her under his wings vowing to protect her from the man who had killed her mother and was now thirsty for her blood. She stirred a protective streak inside of him, but he hadn’t counted on falling for the little beauty.

As his best friend’s cousin, she was forbidden to Vikram. It was wrong, but he had never been a man to play by the rules. He wanted her, and he was going to have her, and nothing would stop him from making her his wife, not the man after her life nor his contract marriage to the daughter one of his business associates.

The story:

Vikram Maheshwari is married to Kriya for four years and they are surviving the marriage because both of them mind their own business.  She is carefree, a social butterfly who was spoilt but had a good heart and he is an introvert who barely lost control over anything.

One day, his best friend, Samrat, asks him for a favour: to take care of his cousin and protect her from her step-father. Samrat cannot leave her at her home, nor can he take her with him to London, as she cannot leave till her mother’s death investigation is over.

Nitara’s world has turned upside down, because her stepfather, the person who she considered her guide, her hero had killed her mother for her property. And now her brother wants her to stay protected at his best friend’s house till he can come back to take her with him.

My take:

The story is simple and has been written well. The characters are well developed and the relations between them have been described well. Even the relationship between Samrat and his wife has been portrayed very well. The language is simple and the story is fast paced.

Looking forward to reading more books from the author.


Spotlight: Man Friday by Sundari Venkatraman


Print Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance
Rituraj realises he’s in love with the Gaekwad princess, Sitara Devi. The timing is slightly wrong though. Just ten minutes ago Sitara Devi married Harishchandra Gajanan. All of seventeen and nursing a badly bruised heart, Rituraj takes up boxing, hoping to build his strength and heal his wounded soul.
When destiny gives them a second chance, hope springs in his heart.
Rituraj grabs the opportunity of becoming Sitara’s bodyguard-cum-assistant. He’s the only man in her life but he’s just her Man Friday. Since his father was merely an employee of Sitara’s father, will he even be considered as a prospective life partner for the Gaekwad princess? 
Sitara, and Rituraj are crazily attracted to each other, yet they are unable to move forward. So where is the hitch? Why the fear in taking the relationship to the next level?
Class Barriers! Debauchery! Sexual Perversion!
It looks like ‘Ne’er the twain shall meet’. 
Read the book to find out if Sitara eventually gets together with her Man Friday.  
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 43 titles (39 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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His Captive Bride by M V Kasi

51oVQMCYmuL.jpgHis Captive Bride is M V Kasi’s latest book available on kindle Unlimited. This book is a short, standalone romance.

The blurb:

She thinks he is arrogant, unfeeling and heartless.

He thinks she is beautiful, reckless and rebellious.

Sparks fly when they are together.

His marriage is arranged with her sister. But when circumstances change, he holds her captive, demanding that she marry him instead.

Will she give in to his demands?

HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE is a short, passionate standalone romance.

The story:

Lavanya Mahasena, Anya, and Sunanda Mahasena, Nandu are sisters and opposites. While Anya’s life is closely monitored and comes with a lot of responsibilities and she ensures that she takes those responsibilities seriously, Nandu broke free of the restrictions that came with being a royal and leads her life as close to reality as possible.

But Anya does the unexpected, she decides to run away from her impending wedding to Prithviraj, one month before the wedding. And then she receives a lunch invitation from Prithviraj Shaurya himself, and she cannot say no to the man she hated the most in the entire world.

And then he tells her the reason as to why he had called her there- To ask her to be his bride at the wedding ceremony as she was the one who helped Anya escape. When she refuses, he takes her captive.

My take:

Though the story is short, the author has developed the characters in detail. The story is fast paced and the book can be finished in one sitting. The chemistry between the characters is …

Will there be Anya’s story too.