Cover Reveal: HIS CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Summerita Rhayne

Cover Reveal by The Book Club of HIS CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Summerita Rhayne

 

 
HIS CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
by
Summerita Rhayne
 
Blurb
 
Her impossible wish…



Kyle Masson, Irish billionaire, discovers he had been married to a con woman. Now, left with the pregnant surrogate mother for his child, he’s determined to focus on being a proper father and to care for her throughout her pregnancy. His experience has left him suspicious and cynical. Duped by one woman, he’s determined to not let the expectant mother, Chrissie out of his sight. So, when she plans a trip to India without his knowledge, he follows hot on her heels.



Chrissie feels oppressed by Kyle’s overbearing manner. After losing her father, she feels confused and alone and wants to get acquainted with the family he left in Goa. Kyle’s heavy-handed tactics drive her mad. But she’s also attracted to him. Surely she can’t be drawn to a man this bossy. And then an insidious, incredible wish begins. That her baby should have both the parents.



As compelling attraction drives them together, the improbable dream appears to take a hazy shape.



But Chrissie knows her dreams are poised to be shattered. For she is bound only to be a surrogate, never a real mother…



His Christmas Miracle is a sensual, but tender romance set in beachside Goa at coastal India.



It is sequel to two other Christmas romance stories, His Christmas Delight and His Christmas Surprise.



About the author
 

 

Summerita Rhayne writes contemporary and historical romance with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Her pet belief is, if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters will find a way to make the writer pen them down, even when writing time is in short supply. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book!
 
At heart, she’s a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, romcoms, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking. 
 
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The Marriage Predicament (The Thakore Royals Book 1) by Sundari Venkatraman

516xWtJnXuLThe Marriage Predicament (The Thakore Royals Book 1) by Sundari Venkatraman is the first book of the series and is the story of the eldest Rathore child, Indrajeet and Princess Yashodhara.

The story:

Princess Yashodhara Jadeja of Bhatewar isn’t at all keen to get married. With her tarnished past, she knows that her married life would never be easy. But, between her father’s Will and her mother’s persuasion, she’s left with no choice. Prince Indrajeet Thakore of Udaipur agrees to meet Yashodhara as a prospective wife after his grandmother, Rajmata Santhini Devi, persuades him. While no cymbals crash at their first meeting, the couple grow to like and respect one another before they agree to tie the knot.  Both belong to royal families and both have responsibilities. Over and above all that, their marriage is plagued by a predicament, just as Yashodhara had expected. It looks like they can lead a happy married life only if the princess is willing to break a promise. Will she be able to do that? And will Prince Indrajeet continue to love her once he gets to know about her past?

The story:

24 year old princess of Bhatewar, Yashodhara Jadeja, lost her father when she was two and her mother, Rani Hyma Devi, had been taking care of the palace and land since then. Yasho is a loner and has no friends. She left for England with her mother when she was twelve and is now back in India after completing her education. According to her late father’s will, she would have to get married before she turned twenty-five and her husband would be made in-charge of the land and property. Time was running out and the Rani was in search of a suitable royal groom. To make matters worse, for Yasho it was not easy to accept that she had to get married. It did not matter to her who the man was as long as he helped her run her estate well.

The Rani had found a suitable groom in the eldest born of the Thakore family of Udaipur: 29 year old Prince Indrajeet Thakore of Udaipur, whose father had sold off their summer palace to Ritvick Bansal, much to his grandmother Rajmata Santhini Devi’s disappointment. His sister, Dayanita is the apple of her grandmother’s eyes and his brother, Rajvardhan, is studying in the US.

After completing his studies in the US, Jeet came back to India and restored the palace to its former glory. He is not ready for marriage yet but his grandmother blackmails him to at least meet Yasho once.

Jeet is open minded and decides that if he and Yasho like each other and seemed compatible, he would consider marrying her. But Yasho has consciously kept away from all adult men since the past twelve years, so she is not sure how she would face him.

She likes him and he likes her, but is it enough for her to accept him as her husband in all ways?

My take:

As usual, Sundari creates her characters with a lot of detail. This time they are from a royal family, and also have some relationship to one of her previous series’ books. The relationship between the characters has been well depicted. Jeet’s patience, especially the way he showed patience with Yasho, has been portrayed well.

The story is simple, there is a social issue covered and the plot is beautifully done. The descriptions are detailed that I could easily visualize many of the scenes.

The language is simple and the story flows easily.

I loved the book and am looking forward to the next book of the series.

 

Still not over you by Aarti V Raman (Book 1 of Geeks of C@ltech Series)

51m0pVHXSHLStill not over you is the latest book by Aarti V Raman available on Kindle Unlimited. It is the first book of the Geeks of C@ltech series by the author. It is a story of second chances  set in Chicago and Pasadena in America.

The Blurb:

Christmas Eve. Chicago.

Dev

Ten years ago, I lost my best friend, the girl I loved, and the family and future I had counted on. All in one night.  Now, I have my bar and my brothers, my fellow Caltech buddies who stood by me when my own family did not. I moved halfway across the country but I haven’t forgotten any of it. Until she walks back into my bar and my life and asks for the impossible. I realize I haven’t forgiven her at all.

Zara

Ten years ago, my life fell apart. I went from being a beloved sixteen-year-old with a bright future to the girl who secretly betrayed her family. I’ve been paying for it ever since.  But I know, I am not enough. Not for the family. Not for the business.  And not for the decade-long secret that has the potential to destroy my fragile world once more.  Now, I have to do the unthinkable.  I have to work with Dev, the boy who loved me and who I sent away to exile ten years ago.

Now, Dev is back and he wants everything from me. My passion. My heart. My secrets.  And all I want is a second chance to put everything back the way it was.

Can love be enough to heal old wounds? Or is forgiveness an ugly four-letter word?

STILL NOT OVER YOU is Book One of The Geeks of Caltech series. A unique band of friends bonded by loyalty, brotherhood, and pain, the Geeks of Caltech are to die for and their women all they wish to live for!

The story:

Sundar Subramanian started AllMart, a family owned company, with Dibankar Banerjee, a financial genius, and made it a successful immigrant business story in the United States.

Zara Subramanian lived in their family home, Sycamore Drive, Riverside Heights, Chicago, with her family of 7, Grandpa Sundar Subramanian, Grandma, Aunt Vaidehi Sreedharan, cousin Aadi, her parents and Ma DSa, their housekeeper.

Having lost his mom in childbirth, father to work and grandfather to aneurysm, Dev Banerjee had practically been brought up in Grandpa Sundar’s house. Very close to Aunt Vaidehi, Aunt Vee, friends, partners in crime and comrades in war with Aadi.

When Zara Subramanian was fourteen, she realized that her childish hatred for Dev Banerjee, her brother Aadi’s friend and her grandfather’s partner’s grandson, had turned into something different.

When Zara was sixteen and in high school and Dev, nineteen and studying at Northwestern, they realized their love for each other. And on Christmas Eve that year, tragedy strikes, Aadi dies in a freak accident and Dev goes away.

Now, ten years later,

Zara is the Chief Executive Officer at AllMart, having studied very hard at school and college in an effort to fill the void created in the family and business by Aadi’s death and Dev’s going away and even marrying Ravi Singh to make her Grandpa happy. Three months ago, Zara lost her husband and parents in a car crash. She runs the business now as Grandpa is not well. But the Board is not happy and thinks that she is not capable of running AllMart.

Dev owns a Bar and Bistro, Geeks will be Geeks in Pasadena, California. When Zara asked him to leave and the rest of the family was too grief-stricken to check up on him, he felt abandoned and betrayed. His father also cut him away from the inheritance. His core group of friends, Shiv, Nico and Kit, got him transferred to Caltech and stood by him then. They are still there for him.

She comes to his bar in Pasadena and he is surprised to see her at his place. She tells him that she wants to nominate him as the co-CEO, wants him to work with her for a couple of months and wants his vote as Director in the annual Board meeting in two months. He does not want revenge, wants closure and information and now that she was here, he was going to get his answers. So, he agrees to help her for two months and moves to Chicago.

The prodigal son returns to the family, after staying away from them for ten years. He is welcomed with open arms by the remaining members and the two new members, Aadi’s girlfriend Lily and his son, Bret.

Dev is unpredictable, thoughtful and loyal when it came to family but when it came to Zara 2.0, he was confused and off balance, which he did not want to be at any point.

Zara had known when she had decided to ask him for help that seeing him again would be hard, would be impossible. She also knew that Dev was supposed to take over from Grandpa S when the time came having taken business courses along with his Engineering major. He had been groomed to be the heir since the day he was born.

They are attracted, he wants a second chance but she feels guilty for all that she has done.

My take:

Like everyone, I also love stories that have a happy ending, but when the story is about lovers reuniting after going away for a long time, it is like the cherry on the icing. This is one such story, where the main characters meet after a decade and have not stopped loving each other.

The story is simple but has been plotted well. The characters have been developed in detail and some or other characteristic of the author keeps coming up in between. The secondary characters in the story have a major role to play in the story. The author has described the feelings of the characters. The conversations between the characters have been beautifully depicted. The descriptions of the scenes were detailed and I could easily visualize the scenes.

Over all I loved the story, the characters, the scenes, the language, the feelings, the emotions….. a lot.

I just cannot wait for the next book in the series.

 

 

 

Book Blitz: A Promise by Reshma Ranjan

 

Print Length: 121 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Language: English
Genre: Romance

 

 

A successful architect and a major player in a well reputed architectural firm, Piyush Mauli is sure of his life and what he wants even at a youthful age.A budding architect, Sunaina has a promising career ahead of her. Problem is, she has lost her will to live after suffering from months of abuse.

Piyush appreciates Sunaina’s skill as an architect but has no idea of the pain and trauma she hides under layers of make-up. At work, Piyush is a hard taskmaster and hides his tender and caring side behind his aggression.

Piyush doesn’t hesitate even for a moment to become Sunaina’s savior. But can a relationship formed under such traumatic conditions last the test of time? Can their relationship ever culminate in a love with a promise of togetherness forever?

Reading A Promise, Togetherness Forever will reinstate your belief that love can heal all wounds, those inflicted on the body as well as the soul.

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


 

Reshma Ranjan is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has been driven by the romance around her. She has made up her own happy endings in her imagination for every movie and for every book with a sad ending. 
 
“Slowly I started to create my own characters and situation, creating a world of romance and happy endings to my liking. But for my laziness, I would have penned umpteen numbers of stories with unexpected people meeting and falling in love and uniting for a lifetime.”  
 
Also a voracious reader but for which she believes she could never have started writing. “If I can bring a smile and a happy sigh on at least one reader’s lips I will feel a blessed writer.”
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For the sake of love by Anamika Mishra

for-the-sake-of-love.jpgFor the sake of love by Anamika Mishra is the story of a girl, Twisha Khanna, who works and lives in Bangalore and does not believe in love.

The blurb:

Young, pretty and successful, Twisha Khanna has it all. She works hard and has no time for frivolities like love. After all, being the creative head of a happening travel magazine is no joke.

So when she travels to Shimla on an assignment, the last thing on Twisha’s mind is love. But then, life has other plans. On finding a stack of old love letters that speak of an unrequited romance, Twisha is convinced that she must find the man who wrote these letters and help him.

Along the way, she meets spoilt rich boy Alex, who is everything she would NOT want in a man. As the two try to reunite the old lovers mentioned in the letters, they are hardly aware that how they feel about love and life is going to change forever…

The story:

Twisha Khanna has a Master’s degree in Journalism and works as the creative head for a travel magazine, Look Around, in Bangalore. She stays at an apartment with a college going girl who envies her job. Rini is her friend in office.

One day, her boss, tells her that she has to travel to Shimla for a month on an official trip with Bobby, another colleague. She hates official trips and to make matters worse, she does not like Bobby but plans to bear with her. On the way to Shimla, they bump into a stranger who asks for a lift and they refuse thinking that he is stalker.

They reach the apartment rented for their stay and come across a bunch of old love letters written from David to Jasmine. They realize that these letters have not been answered and want to find David and Jasmine and reunite them.

They happen to meet David vide his love letters and also meet Alex, his grandson. So Twisha, Bobby and Alex get together to search for Jasmine and ask her why those letters written to her were not answered.

Will they find Jasmine? Will they be able to answer the questions that keep cropping up?

My take:

The book has been written in first person from Twisha’s point of view.

It is a simple story is written in a simple language. The characters are well developed and realistic. Even the secondary characters have important roles to play. The conversations between the characters are easily relatable. The author has used a unique way of telling us David’s story and Jasmine’s story.

The town of Shimla has also been described in detail and I could actually visualize the scenes. The author has intermingled the two love stories beautifully.

I Fell in Love with a Soldier by Tanushree Podder

i_fell_in_love_with_a__soldier_300_rgb_1495170371_380x570.jpgI Fell in Love with a Soldier by Tanushree Podder is a book that I downloaded from the Juggernaut app. It is the story of a girl, Kay who has grown up under her father’s shadow and Dee, an army officer. And they are as different as they can be.

The Blurb:

Kathyayani, a Tam-Brahm, has always lived by her Appa’s rules but yearns for freedom and adventure. She falls for Captain Dee, a Bengali, and both marry against their families’ wishes. Will they overcome their differences and settle into the army life or regret the hasty decision in the end?

The story:

Twenty two year old Kathyayani Vishwanathan Aiyer of Someshwarapuram is her father’s lucky mascot, his favourite child whom he dreams of making a maths teacher. He wants her to do her post graduation, get a job and get married, in that order, much to the disappointment of her mother, who wants her to marry young. She dreams of adventure, travel and all things unusual.

It is at her cousin, Gayathri’s, wedding to an army officer, that she collides with one of the groom’s friends, Captain Dwaipayan Chattopadhyay, and her heart takes over her brain and Love Happens.

They get married without the consent of their parents and the adventure begins.

My take:

A simple love story of people from two different parts of India written in a detailed manner. The characters are realistic and relatable. There is humour, there is fun and there is romance and there is adventure. The author has described the life in a army cantonment in great details.

I liked the book but felt that it was a little too long.

 

The Bengalis: A Potrait of a Community by Sudeep Chakravarti

hahmpkwyfm-1509114461I received The Bengalis: A Potrait of a Community by Sudeep Chakravarti as a review copy from Aleph Book Company and would like to thank the publisher for the book.

The Blurb:

The Bengalis are the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world, after the Han Chinese and the Arabs. A quarter of a billion strong and growing, the community has produced three Nobel laureates, world-class scientists, legendary political leaders and revolutionaries, iconic movie stars and directors, and an unending stream of writers, philosophers, painters, poets and musicians of the first rank. But, bald facts aside, just who are the Bengalis? What is the community all about, stereotypically and beyond stereotype? In order to find the answers to these and related questions, the author (a Bengali born and steeped in his own culture but objective enough to give us a balanced reckoning of his fellows) delves deep into the culture, literature, history and social mores of the Bengalis. He writes with acuity about the many strengths of the community but does not flinch from showing us its weaknesses and tormented history. He points out that Bengalis are among the most civilized and intellectually refined people on earth but have also been responsible for genocide and racism of the worst kind. Their cuisine is justly celebrated but few remember the cause and effect of millions of Bengalis dying of famine. Renowned for their liberal attitudes, they are also capable of virulent religious fundamentalism. Argumentative and meditative, pompous and grounded, hypocritical and wise, flippant and deep… Bengalis are all this and much, much more. With erudition, wit and empathy, this book manages to capture their very essence. Unarguably, it is the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant and distinctive communities.

My take:

The author has researched, researched and researched to give us a book which would be cherished not only by generations of Bengalis but also people who are related to Bengal in one way or another or want to know about the people from Bengal.

The author begins the book with a note on Bangla, the language and how the Bengali words he has written in the book should be pronounced. He mentions that he has deliberately used Bangla phonetics in the book.

The book begins with a Prologue, ‘Āmrā Ké? Where, What, Why?’ and then is divided into three parts: Book I: “Utshō”: Genesis and More”; Book II: “Shōbbhōtā. Oshōbbhōtā”: Culture Chronicles; and Book III: “Ōgni Jūg”: Age of Fire.

The author has describes the Bengalis, their nature, their habits, their likes and dislikes and their love hate relationship with the not-Bengalis in the first chapter. He has then gone on to describe the history of Bengal, the rivers, the genesis, the various periods and the various dynasties that ruled the region. He has even talked about the partition of Bengal.

He has then gone on to describe the culture, the games, the marriages (I have enjoyed many such weddings when I was a kid, Bou Bhat was my favourite part of the wedding), the goddesses they pray to, their travel (Bengalis love to travel, I can tell you that), the food (it is mouthwatering, take my word for it), sports, especially football and scattered Bengalis the world over. He has then gone on to talk about the turmoil, and the unrest. There is so much more in the book that I am at a loss of words as to what I should add and what I should not.

I loved the book and actually enjoyed how the author has used his experiences as a Bengali to explain a lot of things. The use of humour to describe many things makes it funny at the same time. The language is simple and easy to follow and it feels as if someone is narrating the entire story. What I loved in the book was the author’s use of the Bengali dialect and its immediate translation to English. Some places, there were words which I could follow as I can follow the language but a footnote giving the meaning of the word would be welcome.

The editing is excellent and the bibliography, extensive.

A highly recommended book, with a small note of caution, please be prepared to pick it up to read what you liked last time just to refresh your memory.

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.