Love by Surprise by Shilpa Mudiganti

51eHzvjBwzLI picked up Love by Surprise by Shilpa Mudiganti from the Kindle Unlimited Library as I liked the cover.

The blurb:

Previously published as “Startup Bride”…

Serial dater. Workaholic. Math Wizard.

I’ve heard them all, but that’s not who I am. I’m just Ryan.

I’ve dated my fair share of women but it’s not like I have commitment issues. I just never met a woman that I wanted to give my heart to… until I met her.

Anshi Jain.

She’s a spiraling mess struggling to get her life back on track and I can’t help being fascinated by her. She has a past that should have sent me running in the other direction, but I have no desire to let her go. Leave it to me to fall for the one woman who is too stubborn to accept my help.

Not that I’m complaining. I just wasn’t expecting love to take me by surprise.

The story:

Ryan Penn, 32, is handsome, confident, successful, smart and rich. Having established two start-ups, he is now the CFO of one of the largest app companies in the United States. He has commitment issues and moves from one girl to the next. Arav is his best friend and he has spent half of his childhood at Arav’s place while growing up. Things change when he sees Anshi Jain, Arav’s fiancé, Nisha’s sister, at their engagement party and he has not dated anyone seriously. And all his attempts to meet her never succeeded.

Anshi Jain, the second daughter of Kamlesh Jain, the third rich Indian American, was lost after the death of her mother though her grandmother made up for the unpleasant memories with her constant pampering. She had run away from home with her best friend at 16, got arrested for drunk driving at 19 and then made infamous at 24. Now, after spending two years in Chicago, where she was staying with her aunt and then at a rehab, Anshi returns to New York. She has an argument with her father and has to leave the house in six months either to her own place with her own money or agreeing to an arranged marriage. Having taught herself graphic design, she is freelancing and building her portfolio for her design agency. She was always meant to take over her dad’s real estate business.

Ryan needs a date to attend Arav’s wedding. So he flies his sister, Allison from Boston to New York but she also stands him up. There he meets Anshi. She is on the lookout to steal the groom’s shoes (an Indian wedding custom) and the possibility of leaving with some serious money in her pocket after the wedding is over, which would help provide security while she got her design agency off the ground. One thing leads to another and he offers her a job as a design consultant for his start-ups.

My take:

The story has been written in first person from the points of view of both Ryan and Anshi. The characters are realistic, I could feel for Anshi and how she was going through the pain of losing her mother and how unsupportive and unrelenting her father was. I understood her insecurities and her trust issues. I loved her relationship with her grandmother and also that she shared with her sister, Nisha. I wanted to know more about Ryan, his family and his sister have been mentioned, but details would have been welcome. Ryan is sweet and patient and understanding. I loved how he stood up for her.

The story is simple and fast paced, I finished the book in one sitting and am looking forward to the next one in the series.

 

 

Smitten By You by Andaleeb Wajid

51SsRO3zbLLSmitten By You by Andaleeb Wajid is the 3rd book in the Destination Wedding series and is the story of Shireen and Umar set in Bangalore.

The blurb:

Umar and Shireen are polar opposites. And of course opposites attract. Uzair’s older brother and Naima’s best friend have nothing in common and yet cannot help being drawn to each other.

When Shireen’s landlord announces that he’s demolishing the building where she stays, she has no recourse but to stay at her friend Naima’s house until she can find a place for herself. Enter brooding and judgy Umar who is Uzair’s older brother, who is in Bangalore for an interview. He riles Shireen in the worst way and yet she cannot stop thinking about him when he leaves. But what is she going to do when she learns that he has got a job in Bangalore? He’s going to move to his brother’s house till he finds a place.

Will Umar and Shireen put aside the differences between them and explore what they can possibly have with each other? Smitten by You is the third book in the Destination Wedding Series by Andaleeb Wajid, author of More than Just Biryani, The Crunch Factor, Twenty Nine Going on Thirty, Asmara’s Summer, House of Screams, Jasmine Villa Series and several others.

Although this a standalone romance, it’s better to read the series in order to understand the journey of the characters. Read One Way to Love and Remembering You to enjoy this book more!

The story:

Shireen hated her corporate job of sitting in front of the computer doing technical writing. She had moved to Bangalore from Mumbai years ago and had lived in PGs and had managed to find an apartment for reasonable rent. Incharge of a family run art gallery, Art Space, she loves her work. And then all of a sudden, her landlord had asked her to vacate her home at a short notice and she moved in with her best friend, Naima and Uzair. And now, she is looking desperately for a place to stay. And she does not want to go back to Mumbai as her parents want her to get married to a boy of their choice.

Umar, Uzair’s brother had come to Bangalore from Mysore in search of a job and it was then that Shireen and Umar had met and hated each other. Now, Umar has got the job and would be moving to Bangalore and would be staying with Uzair till he finds an accommodation of his own, which he is desperately hunting given that Shireen is still there at Uzair’s place.

To make matters worse, Naima and Uzair have to leave on a work trip and they are left alone, and slowly their hatred turns into friendship and they end up renting an apartment together as flatmates as that is how they can afford the rental. And then they have their first misunderstanding.

What happens then, read the story and find out….

My take:

I was waiting for this book ever since I finished the second book in the series: Remembering You – Kimmy & Khalil’s story, which introduced us to the first meeting of Shireen and Umar.

The characters are realistic as they are flawed. Both Umar and Shireen have insecurities and their being opposites makes the story all the more interesting. The author has presented the feelings of both the characters in such a way that I could not decide who my favourite is. Sometimes, I would feel Umar was over reacting and sometimes, Shireen. The characters from the previous books appear off and on in the story and it is natural that the characters from the first book of the series, It Was Always You – Uzair & Naima, have a part to play given that Umar is Uzair’s brother. The close relationship between Shireen and Naima and the somewhat stilted relationship between Umar and Uzair has been portrayed well. I loved how the brothers covered each other. The relationship between Shireen and her parents and that between Umar and his parents has been realistically depicted. The characters, their appearances and the scenes have been described in detail.

This story is not just about love, it is about friendship, sibling love, understanding, parental authority and parental understanding. The story has been written well but somewhere I felt it was getting a bit stretched, but then it picked up pace and I just could not keep it down.

Though this book has been written in such a way that it can be read as a standalone, but reading the previous two books in the series will make this more interesting. The author has also given hints as to whose story comes up next, and now I am waiting for it.

 

 

 

Spotlight: A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

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A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

About the Book:

When having it all isn’t enough…

Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love – with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb.

Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?
A baby.
Like most women, thirty plus Rhea Chakraborty, wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same.
Or does he?
After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn’t sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them.
Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts.
A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.
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“Aman.”

He powered off his kindle at the sound of her voice. He hadn’t yet made peace with the concession he’d made this morning, but he knew it was the only way forward for them. As a couple. As a family.

“Amannnnn,” she yelled out again. He couldn’t miss the excitement in her voice.

“I’m in here,” he called out. She appeared in the doorway of their guest bedroom a second later. Her hair was a mess, her clothes damp which meant she’d gotten caught in the sudden downpour that had hit earlier that evening and she looked…incandescent. His heart throbbed, the hurt a silent reminder of how much he loved this woman.

“You are not going to believe what happened today.” She launched herself into his arms. He caught her, the motion more reflexive than anything else. Setting her back, he looked at her glowing face. “What happened?”

“Sakshi Garewal, my client from hell recommended me to a friend of hers.”

It lightened his heart a bit to see her so excited about something as normal as a new project. It had been a very long while since she’d found joy in the simple parts of their life. “Congratulations,” he said.

“Guess who it is,” she squeezed his hand.

“Someone famous?” he smiled, her happiness was contagious. “Bollywood or cricket?”

“Bollywood with a bang.” She flopped back on the bed her arms spread out like she wanted to hug the room. “Amyra Sareen.”

“You’re joking!” A low whistle escaped him. “That is the big time.”

“Yes, it is.” She pumped a fist in the air. “I’m going to be designing Amyra Sareen’s apartment. I’ve finally broken into the big league.”

“Congratulations,” he said, again. He was so proud of her. She’d worked her butt off to get to this point.

“We should celebrate.” Rhea shot up from her prone position. “Get ready. We’re going out to dinner. My treat.”

She was halfway to the door when she slowed. “Why are you in the guest bedroom?”

It had taken so long to penetrate. Curiously numb, he watched her as she turned to face him, a frown marring the smooth lines of her brow.

“Aman?”

“I just needed a little space.” The numbness was turning icy now that he had finally said the words.

“Space?” she repeated. “Space from me?” Confusion warred with anxiety as she took a step forward. Aman didn’t answer.

“If this is about the appointment with the doctor, we don’t have to go.”

“We do,” he said, gently but firmly.

“Why? It’s obvious you don’t want to go and I won’t force you.”

No, she wouldn’t. Not overtly. She wouldn’t realise it, but it would fester and she’d resent him. And it would kill him to see her love for him turn into something else. To see her turn into a bitter, frustrated shell of the vibrant, joyful woman he loved.

“We’ll go because you want to.” He stood up from the bed and moved towards her. “Set it up for tomorrow. I have a flight to Dubai scheduled day after.”

“No.” She shook her head, tears standing in her eyes, her earlier excitement leaching away. “I don’t want it enough to lose you.”

“You’re not losing me,” he said, his chest feeling like someone had tightened a vice around it. “I just needed a little space to clear my head.” And he couldn’t do that surrounded by her and her emotions all the time.

“I haven’t left home or you, Rhea. I’m right here. Just in another room for a couple of days. I need to think and I can’t do that clearly if we’re in each other’s faces.”

A single tear slipped out, trailing down her cheek. He cradled her face gently and wiped it away with his thumb. “Go get ready. We have to go out to celebrate.”

“I don’t feel like it anymore.” Rhea pulled back, looking lost and confused. “I think I need to clear my head too. I’m going for a walk.” She left before he could say another word. He heard the front door shut a minute later.

Be careful what you ask for, people often said. As Aman stood alone in the silent, darkening room, he realized that he had all the space he’d asked for, but he wasn’t sure he wanted it anymore.

He wanted to call her back. To bring back the excitement, the happiness she’d come home with. He wanted their life to go back to what it had been before this whole baby story began. He wanted his wife back. The wife who’d radiated joy, whose ambition had driven her to reach for the stars, whose love for him had been his anchor.

But he didn’t know how to turn back time. He didn’t know how to recapture that shiny bubble they’d lived in. He didn’t know how to go back to where they’d been before this whole baby story had taken over their life. So, he took the space he’d asked for and used it to think. To figure out where they went from here, because they couldn’t go back to the past and the present was a ticking time bomb.

About Shilpa Suraj:
Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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Spotlight: Arjun’s Penance by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Print Length: 168 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance
 
Young Arjun feels betrayed and heartbroken when his girlfriend of two years dies in an accident. In a moment of agony, he does the worst thing possible…
 
Ten years later, Kiara walks into the office of the Mathur Group of industries, falling for its managing director, Arjun Mathur, who is a ruthless businessman nowadays, and also completely sworn off women.
 
While the ethical hacker gathers evidence against the ex-finance director of the company who has been swindling money bigtime, she tries to woo the MD into falling in love with her.
 
Will Kiara be able to persuade Arjun to break his penance?
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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-five titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.75 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.
 
Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

ABarrenHeartWhen I came to know that Shilpa Suraj was coming out with her new book, I just could not wait to get the book in my hands. And I am so grateful to Shilpa and Debdatta for providing me with an ARC of the book, A barren heart: What comes after Happily Ever After.

The blurb:

When having it all isn’t enough…

Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love – with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb.

Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?

A baby.

Like most women, thirty plus Rhea Chakraborty, wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same.

Or does he?

After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn’t sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them.

Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts.

A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.

The story:

Rhea Chakraborty belongs to a stereotypical loud family comprising of three siblings, two brothers and a sister, and parents who adored each one of them. They were a chaotic, crazy bunch; loved one another to bits and meddled like mad in each other’s lives by always checking up on the rest of the brood.

Aman Gill’s childhood had passed in confusion, drama and hurt. An only child with a mother who loved Mumbai’s nightlife more than her family and a father who drank himself to death because of it had left Aman with no one but himself to rely on. He lost his father just before his tenth board exams and he became the man of the house, growing up way before his time. He and his mother had nobody else but one another, but they did not seem to know what to do with each other.

Aman met Rhea on his first day in junior college and before he quit the college to jin pilot training, she proposed to him and assured him  that she had her business plan all sorted out and she would support him till he got a job. That was two years ago.

Rhea is an interior designer, runs her own small but successful firm with a tie up with  three leading architects in Mumbai. Capt. Aman Gill, a commercial pilot with a private airline is the love of her life, her rock, the stable foundation to her forever tumultuous world.

Married for two years, they have been trying to have a baby but another unexplained miscarriage takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them. Aman is in two minds and Rhea is devastated. But will their marriage survive this disaster??

My take:

Almost all the love stories that we read have a happy ending. Some have an epilogue for the reader to have an idea as to what happens next, but there are few stories that talk about the problems a happy marriage might face. This is one of them.

The author has actually dealt with a very common problem many couples face, the smile that goes missing when one line in a test goes missing.

The characters are realistic and relatable, as are their problems. They have been created and developed beautifully with their flaws, insecurities and strengths. I could feel for Rhea as well as Aman and the problems they were going through and how they both had their own way of dealing with it. I loved their neighbour and friend, Ishita and her understanding nature. I loved the Chakraborty family’s closeness and the understanding between Rhea and her brothers and parents.

The story is simple and the story moves at a fast pace. And the way it has been written, I never felt that I was reading a story, I actually felt that I was a part of their lives and that they were sharing their experiences with me. The book is unputdownable and I really loved the book and am looking to read many more books from the author.

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

 

Wooed by Mr Charming: A Billionaire, Curvy Woman Romance (Love @ Second Sight Book 3) by Dee James

513HiQ9Qt6LWooed by Mr Charming: A Billionaire, Curvy Woman Romance (Love @ Second Sight Book 3) by Dee James is the story of Mia Jacobs and Armaan Malik set in Bangalore.

The blurb:

Armaan Malik was the quintessential, billionaire playboy who could charm any woman with his lazy grin and innate sexuality. Burned by his childhood experiences, if there was one thing he didn’t do, it was commitment. And then he met Mia – the sexy, curvy baker who had once made him long for her sweet treats. Will he be able to survive this time without saying ‘I do’?

Mia Jacobs had had a crush on Armaan Malik. Knowing he was way out of her league, she had preferred to remain his friend, firmly drawing lines. Years later, when she met him again, their chemistry threatened to explode. With a disastrous past behind her, Mia was slowly rebuilding her life and her business. Can she afford to take a chance with her heart once again?

The story:

Armaan Malik, the son of an American model and Indian industrialist, was born with a silver spoon in America. His parents simply led their own lives and his grandparents had disowned his father for marrying an American. Growing up, he had excess of everything except the attention of his parents, his father was married to his work and his mother to her lifestyle. He moved to India in high school because his grandfather wanted to meet him and then, he had met Arjun, Neil and Rahul, is three best friends from childhood, more like his brothers. He had gone back to the US after his schooling and joined his father’s business. After working in US and Canada regions for his father, he had come to Mumbai to set up their telecom and ecommerce business.

Mia Jones, the daughter of an Indian mother and an American father had been brought up single-handedly by her mother. Unable to finish her course at Le Cordon Bleu, she moved to Mumbai to live with her aunt after the death of her mother. She joined a course in the School of European Pastry in Mumbai and was about to complete her course when she met Armaan at a bake event where he was the guest of honour. And he offered her the job of managing his household as a personal chef. And in the 10 months that she worked for him, they became good friends.  And then she had abruptly left his employment and announced her engagement

Now, five years later, Mia Jacobs is 26, owns a quaint little café, Sunny Side Up and is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. Cooking, more importantly baking had always been therapeutic for her and she is happy that she could make a living out of her cherished hobby. And her friends are helping her pick up the pieces. Her café has started doing well. One weekend, when her friends are at her café to enjoy breakfast, she hears Armaan’s voice. Armaan is here because he had seen the invite in the Common WhatsApp group and decided to come.

One of India’s most eligible bachelors, Armaan, 32, is a tabloid favourite but does not do relationships. It has been five years since he has allowed himself to think of her.  If there was one woman who had been his friend, it was Mia.

Mia had let herself fall in love with him and he had friendzoned her. Now she is more guarded and evasive.

My take:

I liked the story and how the author has kept the connection between the books in the series alive. The characters have been developed well. The emotions of the characters have been described in detail and the author has described their back stories in such a way that it is easy to understand the insecurities that they have. The characters from the previous books also have their roles to play in the story without taking the spotlight from the main characters in the story.

The story is fast paced and I finished the book in one setting. Though this book is a part of a series, it can still be read as a standalone, but I must say that if you want to enjoy the book, start from the first book, the story of Tanya and Neil.

Waiting for the next book in the series.

 

Living on the Edge by Sapna Bhog

41OMS8cyhcLLiving on the Edge by Sapna Bhog is the fourth book in the Sehgal Friends and Family Saga, and the story of Diya Thakur and VJ Bellani.

The blurb:

You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape the past!

VJ Bellani, cop extraordinaire, is a man with many secrets. When circumstances force him to protect the enemy’s daughter, he takes up the assignment with an eye at finally laying the past to rest and perhaps even extracting vengeance. What he did not expect was Diya Thakur!

Rebelling against her extremely conservative family, Diya Thakur moved to Mumbai to build a career in fashion design. Her dreams of living a free life are dashed when they hire a bodyguard to watch over her—and to spy on her for them, at least that’s what she suspects.

Forced to be together 24X7, VJ and Diya make no effort to hide their contempt for one another. The battle lines are drawn early, but destiny has a way of interfering even with the best laid plans.

Can something as simple as love change everything, especially when revenge has been the primary motive for so long? Will VJ finally claim his past in order to claim her?

The story:

Viraj Jaisinghania lost his mother on his sixteenth birthday when she was murdered in cold blood and his life has never been normal since, but for his close friends, the Sehgals. Now, he is the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. ACP VJ Bellani, 32, is summoned by his boss, DCP Sinha, because a politician, Sumit Thakur, wants protection for his only daughter. And VJ does not want to do so, but his boss has committed the best officer for the job.

Diya Thakur left her family home in Delhi, two years ago, after calling off her wedding. Now, she is a fashion designer in Mumbai and free of all the burdens that were weighing her down when she was in Delhi. Her father is receiving threats to her life, and she does not know about them and her father does not want to tell her. And for her to remain in Mumbai, her safety needs to be ensured and that is where VJ comes in and he needs to stay with her 24X7.

She does not trust easily and he has to be extremely professional about this assignment of being the bodyguard of a pampered brat. She thinks he is a spy her father and uncle have sent. She is who she is and he is who he is, and inspite of the truth of their situation, the attraction exists. But he has to let her go, he has no other choice.

My take:

I was really waiting for this one after I finished Aisha and Ritwick’s story. VJ would keep popping in other books of the saga and we had met Diya in the third book and this book is about Diya and VJ. This book is beautiful inside out, both the cover and the story.

I was hooked to the book the moment I started it and could not keep it down till I finished the book. The characters have been etched beautifully and the back stories explain their actions. They are relatable and the interactions between them are so real. I could understand Diya’s need for independence and VJ’s hatred for her family is understandable. The characters from her previous books also appear in the story and have some role or the other to play in the story, but their roles do not overshadow the roles of the main characters. Diya’s relationship with her parents has been portrayed beautifully and I loved the camaraderie between VJ and his father and uncle.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced and the suspense keeps the pages turning. The twists make the story very interesting. Each chapter begins with some lines from Viraj’s diary and they are beautiful. The feelings of both the characters have been described and the story has points of view of both of them. The story has elements of friendship, love, revenge and family.

Each book of hers ends with something that keeps the reader waiting for the next one, I must give her this, and now I am waiting for Rishi’s story next.

 

 

The Album by Sian Ceinwen

41MhhfBXUrLI received The Album by Sian Ceinwen as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same. This story is set in Chicago and is about Ariana, a private person.

The blurb:

The perfect man. His screaming fans. Can someone who hates the spotlight find love with a rock star?

Ariana isn’t a fan of celebrities, but she is a fan of Cruise Control. The night she attends a charity event with her aunt and meets rock star, Gabriel Knight, sets in motion a rollercoaster ride that is out of her control.

Hiding her struggling self-esteem behind a wall of privacy, Ariana risks it all and joins the group on their first tour as the lead singer’s new sweetheart.

But when she’s suddenly thrust into the wild world of a rock star, the sour taste of the limelight could be their undoing.

Will life in the fast lane ruin Ariana’s chance at true love?

The Album is the first book in the electric Cruise Control romance series. If you like sudden, steamy relationships, taking big risks, and the lives of the rich and famous, then you’ll adore Sian Ceinwen’s debut novel.

The story:

Ariana Chamberlain, 22, finished her business degree and was working as a receptionist for an accounting firm. She loved creative writing and wanted to write a book. One day, accompanying her aunt to a charity event, she saw Cruise Control, a local band that she was a fan of, perform and was introduced by her aunt introduces to Gabriel Knight, the lead singer of the band. One thing led to another and she agreed to accompany the band on a cross country tour much to the shock of her parents and family, because it was out of her character to do so.

Gabriel understood her fear of the celebrity lifestyle and he and the other band members gave her the time and space to maintain her anonymity and get used to the celebrity status.

The band members took her in and made her a part of the group but she was uncomfortable with it all and unable to take it all, she rushed back to Chicago, and did not even reply to their calls and messages.

Now, two years later, she works as a real estate agent and spends her free time with Netflix. As the best worker, she wins and award and comes face to face with Gabriel, the one person she loves, has never stopped thinking of.

My take:

The story is simple and written well. The characters are realistic but I wanted to know more about Gabriel. Ariana’s back story reveals a bit about her. The secondary characters have a part to play and I feel, all the other members of the band deserve a story of their own. The language is simple and the story, though long, is unputdownable. As the story progressed, I felt it was too good to be true and was expecting something to happen. The end was a bit abrupt, but HEA worked for me,

The chapters have been uniquely named and the encore was what I was waiting for (you have to read the book to know what I am talking about).

Though, this is the debut work of the author, I feel, as the series progresses, we would see more of the band and also more of these characters. The names of the songs played by the band also are interesting.

This story revolves around love, friendship, understanding, and mostly, a boy band. Do pick this up if you love boy bands, HEAs or even descriptive romances.

I am waiting for the next book in the series.

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

Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Self-Editing Part 1 (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 11) by Dola Basu Singh

ToolKitDolaI received the book Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Self-Editing Part 1 (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 11) by Dola Basu Singh as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Looking to self-publish on a low budget but can’t compromise on quality?

Want to polish your book before querying an agent?

Are you a newbie fiction editor wanting to learn developmental editing?

Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

Lots of books teach the craft of writing but not many focus on reworking, polishing, or self-editing. Learning editing skills shouldn’t be restricted to a privileged few. All writers should have access to strategies that can change a crude first draft into a polished work of art.

Editing Bootcamp will demystify the editing process by showing you how to spot and avoid common pitfalls, and correct the mistakes.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Actionable steps for all stages of editing.
  • Seven fiction elements including structure, point of view, characters, dialogue and more.
    •Handy editing checklists.

Take your writing to the next level with this concise how-to guide. Edit yourself into print.

My take:

Though I am not a book author, but when I was reading her book, I felt how we are drawn to a book we are reading if it has a great flow, does not confuse us and keeps us hooked. This is the work of the author, whose name we see on the book cover and also of the unsung hero of the book, the editor, who irons out the creases and what we get is a neat picture.

She has gone into the nitty gritties of editing right from plotting the book to self editing it before sending it off to the editor and publisher. And in today’s time of self-publishing, this is very important. Imagine reading a book that jumps from one place to another. I have read one such book, and unfortunately could not finish it.

This is the first book of a two part series and in this book the author has touched on a few topics like the aim of self-editing, how to spot the elements missing in your writing, common mistakes made, and she says that she aims to demystify the editing process by showing the writers how to spot errors. At the beginning itself the author says that this book is not a how-to writing guide.

In this book, the author has talked about the stages of editing, the types of editing, the process. She talks in detail about the seven major elements of fiction ie structure, point of view, characterisation, plot, setting, dialogue and conflict. At the end of each chapter she has put in a checklist which would be useful to the author.

This book is a must read for every author, whether we write manuscripts, documents, or even reviews. I shall now try to structure my reviews in this manner.

I am looking forward to Book 2 by this author.

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

 

Spotlight: Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction writer’s guide to self-editing: Part 1 (TBC WRITER’S TOOLKIT BOOK 11) by Dola Basu Singh

 

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EDITING BOOTCAMP: A FICTION WRITER’S GUIDE TO SELF-EDITING PART 1 (TBC WRITER’S TOOLKIT BOOK 11)

by

Dola Basu Singh


 

Blurb

Looking to self-publish on a low budget but can’t compromise on quality?

Want to polish your book before querying an agent?



Are you a newbie fiction editor wanting to learn developmental editing?



Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.



Lots of books teach the craft of writing but not many focus on reworking, polishing, or self-editing. Learning editing skills shouldn’t be restricted to a privileged few. All writers should have access to strategies that can change a crude first draft into a polished work of art.



Editing Bootcamp will demystify the editing process by showing you how to spot and avoid common pitfalls, and correct the mistakes.



Inside you’ll find:

•Actionable steps for all stages of editing.

•Seven fiction elements including structure, point of view, characters, dialogue and more.

•Handy editing checklists.



Take your writing to the next level with this concise how-to guide. Edit yourself into print.

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“Dola Basu Singh is a cozy mystery author and a professionally trained fiction editor. Many of her short stories have been published and she has won an Editor’s Choice award from Indiereads for her short fiction.



She lives in a small yet picturesque village in Punjab, India, and loves nothing better than to sit under the mango tree in her courtyard with a book in hand, sometimes day-dreaming and sometimes writing, when she is not otherwise occupied editing manuscripts or reading storybooks with her son.”

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