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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Love Un-stuck by Sudha Nair

41X92uUicJLI received Love Un-stuck by Sudha Nair as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

The funny heartwarming romcom from the bestselling author of The Wedding Tamasha and The Girl With A Secret Crush.

A young woman chasing her dreams…

An unlikely partner-in-crime.

A charming and unforgettable adventure!

Kyra is a feisty twenty-two-year-old with dreams of becoming a Bollywood singer.

When she sneaks off from home to attend an audition, little does she know that her unlikely partner-in-crime would be the rude and arrogant man she just met—the very man she wants to avoid.

Enigmatic, hot, and promising music director, Irfan is about to meet his match in Kyra—his exact opposite.

As their paths collide, Kyra can’t help falling in love, not only with her little adventure but also with the man who’s probably all wrong for her.

Irfan is stuck in LIFE. Kyra is stuck in a RUT.

Only LOVE can get them un-stuck! They just don’t know it yet.

Love Un-Stuck is a sweet romance novel about finding the love and the life of one’s dreams…

Irfan and Kyra’s story will leave you smiling and rooting for this mismatched pair.

The story:

Twenty two year old Kyra lives in a small town, Vittalpur with her parents, Loknath, Loki, and Menaka Tripathi and a seven year old brother, Chintu. Her father has a grocery store and indulges in her. Kyra loves to sing and has been performing with her father at the Navratri festival. She wants to become a famous Bollywood singer, make a name for herself and marry a man of her choice. As soon as she graduated, she joined a computer coaching centre to learn something new instead of staying jobless at home. But her mother has been wanting to get her married and is looking for a suitable match.

Her best friend since school, Sharmila, Shammi, is getting married and that makes her mother desperate. But Kyra wants to take part in a singing audition two days later at Mumbai, and decides to go there after the wedding when her parents are busy, as this is her last chance to fame. She leaves a note on her dresser about where she is and when she would be back and also promises them that once she is back, she would marry the person of her mother’s choice.

Irfan, the brother of the groom, is a music director and lives in Mumbai. Adopted by his foster dad, when his parents died, Irfan is like his second son. When Kyra was twelve, she had been insulted by a twenty year old Irfan, and she does not like him. And when she runs away from the wedding, and there is no cab available, he is the one she turns to for a lift to Mumbai.

And the adventure begins….

My take:

When I finished reading Ashima’s dilemma, I was curious to know what happened to Irfan after he leaves Ashima’s house in Bangalore.

The cover is beautiful. I loved the story. It was not only a love story, it was about having a dream, finding ways to realise it and trying to make it happen. This book is about friendship, about families and about happenings in a small town. This book is also about parents and their responsibilities.

I loved the characters, they are so relatable, well developed and realistic. The verbal and non-verbal conversations between the characters are interesting. Secondary characters like Ramu Kaka, Simran, Shammi are also important. I would love to read Simran’s story next.

The descriptions are detailed and I could visualize many scenes, like the balcony scene, the scene at the samosa shop, the long queue outside the audition venue, the kabbadi match at the orphanage and many more.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. I would really recommend the book to everyone, whether you a fan of romantic fiction or not.

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

Physiology of love by Summerita Rhayne

41xx+hmWgELPhysiology of love is the latest book by the author, Summerita Rhayne. This book is set in a medical college and is the love story of two colleagues. I received this book as a free copy from the author and am thankful to

The blurb:

Dr. Hardik Kashyap is looking forward to a new job and to deepen his friendship with lovely Dr. Aashita when he joins as HOD in Physiology at Central Medical Institute. Unfortunately, his expectations smash to bits. His start at his new post is far from amiable, and as for Dr. Aashita, she sends a shower of angry sparks his way at every meeting.
He is willing to keep things at the friendship level, but it seems nothing works with her.
As a physiologist, he’s well versed in the regulations of the body functions and the working of the mind, but he just can’t seem to get a handle on the physiology of love.

The story:

Dr Hardik Kashyap is appointed the Head of the department at Central Institute of Research and Medical Sciences, a prestigious medical institute at the outskirts of Noida. But his first day at the new institute was not what I should have been. The only person he knows here is Dr Aashita, someone whom he had met six months ago when she had gone to his previous institute as an external examiner.  But he is shocked to see that she is not happy to meet him. And to make matters worse, even the staff worships her.

They are attracted to each other and fight their attraction for the other. What happens next?

My take:

I love all of Summerita’s books, and this one is based in a medical college. Being a doctor myself, I could follow the technical jargon used.

The cover is so cute. I really loved it. The story is short and sweet and I finished it in one sitting. The characters are relatable and their hang-ups understandable. They have been developed in detail and the conversations between them are realistic and funny at times. The secondary characters also have important roles to play, be it Hardik’s assistant, his best friend or Aashita’s best friend.

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

His Sweet Surrender (Book 5 The Playboy Billionaire’s Marriage) by Lily J Adams

410kk0VVRyLHis Sweet Surrender by Lily J Adams is the fifth book in The Playboy Billionaire’s Marriage series.

The blurb:

Can a PLAYBOY BILLIONAIRE be convinced that true love is more important than pride?

Buying the Lavender Hill Winery means everything to Scarlett, until billionaire Dakota Kirkwood swoops in and grabs it for himself.

Dakota doesn’t follow rules and has no intention of marrying within a year just to keep his father happy. He’s prepared to lose his inheritance and his vineyards and start again. To live his life on his own terms, not someone else’s.

Then Scarlett comes into his life, a fiery brunette who ticks all his boxes.

Is love more important than pride?

Can Scarlett convince him, that true love is more important than rebellion?

Grab the conclusion of the Billionaire Kirkwood Brothers series today.

The story:

The fifth Kirkwood, Dakota, manages the Kirkwood vineyards. He is stubborn and wants to go against his father’s ultimatum of finding a suitable girl and marrying before the end of the year.

Scarlett manages the Lavender Hill Winery and has plans to buy it. But on the day, she manages to arrange the funds, she comes to know that the Winery has been sold to the Kirkwoods and she has to report in to Dakota, her sister’s brother-in-law. And she hates the fact.

Dakota finds Scarlett to be loud, single-minded, opinionated and hates it when he realizes that she thinks that she knows about the business more than he does. He tells his father that he is planning to get rid of her and is reminded of the purchase agreement which mentions that the key employees stay employed for a year and Scarlett is one of them. His father also tells him that he has to learn to work with her.

He is already attracted to her but will not give his father the satisfaction of winning. So he fights his feelings for Scarlett.

My take:

This is the fifth book in The Playboy Billionaire’s Marriage series. Once I finished the fourth book of the series, I picked this one up the very next day. The books in these series are written in such a way that the story continues from one to the next.

A short and sweet story, this one can be finished in one sitting. And the characters, they are beautiful and lovable. The initial hatred and then the chemistry between them in intense. And the best part is that the characters from the previous books make an appearance off and on and have roles to play in the story.

As with the previous books, the story has been written in first person from the point of view of the two main protagonists and alternates between them.  And we get a glimpse of their feelings as well.

Though these books can be read as a standalone, I feel you would enjoy the stories more if you read them in the order.

 

The girl from Trichy by Gita V Reddy

518qu70abNLI picked up the book The girl from Trichy by Gita V Reddy from the Kindle Unlimited Library after reading The Mishti Doi Bride by the same author.

The Blurb:

Appa enna solluvaro? What will Appa say?”

Malathi comes from a conservative family. When she takes up a job in Bengaluru, her father gives her a list of conditions. Falling in love is definitely not among them!

Aditya is brilliant and successful. He is also an introvert who has no clue about how to win the girl of his dreams.

What chance does their love have?

The story:

Malathi moves to Bengaluru with her grandmother’s help and gets a job as a programmer in Sapphire Software Solutions. She is placed in Aditya Chauhan’s team.

She does not have any friends at her workplace but is happy to be in Bengaluru. Some of her colleagues have a low opinion of her considering her conservative dress sense, and this helps in strengthening her resolve to prove to them that she was as good as them if not better.

Aditya Chauhan, 29, senior manager, is well liked by his peers and respected by his team.  At heart, he is a shy introvert who does not want to attract attention. He wishes that Malathi would see him as her friend and not her boss.

My take:

A cute, short story that I finished in one sitting. The author has created realistic and relatable characters. Malathi is simple and Aditya is an introvert, and the author makes them realise their feelings for each other. The transformation is interesting. I loved Malathi’s grandmother and the role she plays in the book.

I loved the story and would definitely read from the author.

 

The Rule Breaker: A Passionate Celebrity Romance by P G Van

41hUPVIVzBLI picked up The Rule Breaker: A Passionate Celebrity Romance by P G Van from the Kindle Unlimited Library and finished it in one sitting.

The blurb:

The Rule Breaker has it all—stunning good looks, fame, fortune, and screaming fans. The notorious lead singer is the brains behind one of the biggest bands in the country. He has the power to mesmerize millions. Can she withstand his charm and undeniable magnetism?
She was one of his adoring fans but not after what happened six years back. A conversation he didn’t care to remember and one she cannot forget.

The last thing she expected when she agreed to join his band on a tour was getting close to him, too close for comfort.

He is the rule breaker, and she could not let him break something so precious—her heart.
Note: The Rule Breaker is a stand-alone passionate romance with a HEA.

The story:

Krithi Rajavaram was sixteen and in high school, when she became a fan of Keshav Krishna’s beautiful voice. Her father, most respected in the Indian Music industry and the judge of a show, Star India Music Competition, had ruined Keshav’s classical career and he had never sung classical since. Instead, he had moved into modern. When she was 19, he had come to her college to play and she gave him a piece of her mind.

Kehsav Krishna lost his mother to cancer. And his best friend, Rattan’s mother, took him under her wing and taught him music. Keshav is next in line to be the CEO of a multibillion dollar hotel chain, Lekha Group of Hotels. He has an older sister, Samantha, who is five years older to him, and manages the business.

Now six years after the college incident,

Keshav plans a concert to create awareness regarding cancer as Rattan’s mother is suffering from cancer. For the concert, the last tour by his band, The Rule Breakers, he is planning to mix modern and classical, and he approaches Rattan to ask Krithi to join them. Krithi cannot say no to Rattan, her cousin and best friend and agrees for the sake of her aunt and her own music school. She is a bit scared as she does not like being in crowded places.

But what happens to the mutual attraction between them?

My take:

I loved the story and finished it in one sitting. There is not one but two love stories in it. The characters are realistic and well developed. I oved the relationship between Krithi and Rattan and that between Keshav and his sister. The relationship between Krithi and her parents has been depicted well.

The story is fast paced and well written. I loved the book and would recommend it to everyone.

 

 

Book Blitz: Gangs of Social Media by Vasimraja Bhavikatti

About The Book

 

‘Gangs of Social Media’ is a mirror of our present situation all over the world. Our lives are taken over by Social Media and we are a slave to our apps. And one of the most poisonous side effects of social media is Fake News. 


The story reveals how India’s one and only Forensic Cyber Psychologist, Professor Fabulous is summoned by the National Cyber Defense of India to hunt down the mastermind behind a cyber-attack on social media users who intentionally or unintentionally spread fake news. 
In a desperate race against time, Professor Fabulous encounters online scammers, cyber hacktivist gangs, paid trolls, Social Media business executives, Politicians, Cybersecurity Start-ups, and a forgotten victim of fake news before the mastermind reveals his motive behind the cyber-attack.




Will this be the end of fake news or the end of social media itself? 
 
Synopsys
 
Gangs of Social Media is a crime mystery thriller set-in present-day India. The story is of 12 hours when Mr. RAJPUT, Deputy National Cyber Defense Chief teams up with PROFESSOR FABLUOS who is India’s only Forensic Cyber Psychologist to hunt down the MASTERMIND of the worst cyber-attack of all time on SOCIAL MEDIA users who often indulge in spreading FAKE NEWS.
 
The story begins with three nameless youths in three metro cities of India, namely Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai. All three of them heavily use WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter to do one and only one thing, to spread FAKE NEWS motivated by aimless emotion, blind political affiliation, and money. These three represent most social media users in India. 
 
But that day, all the social media users who have been spreading fake news with whatever intention and without any consequences will have to pay a heavy price. Ransomware (computer virus) disguised in the form of a WhatsApp message or Facebook post or as a tweet is circulated and as usual, without thinking of consequences, the users start sharing this message. The moment the users shares any fake news, their device either phone, tablet, or laptop, or computer will hang, and a message is displayed, demanding a ransom of Rs.1,00,000 to be paid within 12 hours as a consequence of sharing fake news. If users fail to pay the ransom, the devices will be destroyed and all the data on the device will be made public.
 
Professor Fabulous and Mr. Rajput have a bitter past, but they put their personal differences away to catch the culprit behind this cyber-attack. The story narration is sequential but keeps the reader guessing. The division of the book into 15 chapters with titles that almost foreshadow the narration that would happen in the chapter is marvelously and artistically done by the author.
 
Gangs of Social Media sounds dangerous but there is not much to be worried about as Professor Fabulous is fabulous at his job. But what happens at the end. Is the search over? Does Professor Fabulous get to the criminal? The book trades us through the process. It takes us from one person to the other. The end is what the reader must discover herself or himself. It’s the most surprising the realistic climax and leaves the reader with a few open-ended questions.
 
Book Purchase Links: Amazon India | Amazon USA


Some Interesting Quotes from the Book: 


“Fake news existed in the past and will continue to exist until human civilization exists, there is no escape from it… “– Professor Fabulous


“Three greatest inventions of the 21st century. The Smartphone, the Internet, and Social Media. The device, the medium, and the platform. The holy trinity of Fake news Empire.” – Professor Fabulous



“The color of this shirt is blue…that is a fact, and nobody can dispute that. The color of this shirt is awesome!!! That is an opinion… it is highly subjective, biased, and customized to individual needs. The color of this shirt gives me superpowers… that is false or fake news…” 

– The prime suspect

 
About The Author: 
 
Vasimraja was born on 29th February 1984, in India.  He currently lives in San Francisco Bay Area, California USA. He started reading fiction novels at the age of eight after overhearing a story narration of Sherlock Holmes by his father. He grew up in different towns of Northern Karnataka State before his family relocated to Dharwad, the literature capital of Karnataka where he met celebrated playwright and author, Late Girish Karnad. He was greatly influenced by Karnad’s writing and personality.
Vasimraja works in the field of semiconductor engineering and has two patents on semiconductor memories. He is an avid reader of English, Kannada and Hindi literature.  He presents the most complex ideas in a very simple form, leaving a lasting impression on readers.
 



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