Reema’s Matchmakers by Sundari Venkatraman

41DMfvd+7dL.jpgReema’s Matchmakers by Sundari Venkatraman is her latest book in the Romantic Shorts series. It is the story of second changes.

The blurb:

Pavitra is young, good-looking and unbelievably sexy. She’s also divorced and a single parent to a two-year old. Though she’s totally averse to the idea of a relationship, one day she connects with Abhishek through Reema’s Matchmakers—a popular haunt for singles wanting to mingle.

Except Abhishek and Pavitra have sworn to themselves that they plan on staying single, free and uncommitted. Abhishek—who has women swooning over him—simply drops by to help his cousin Reema get the party going. But then Cupid strikes unexpectedly leaving both of them joyful yet confused and vulnerable.

To construct barriers is so much more comforting than opening oneself to love…

Will they take the risk, grab a second chance and get married again?

*A brief version of this story has been published in the collection Matches Made in Heaven

The story:

Pavitra, divorced with a two year old son, lives with her parents. One day, her friend, Reema, who runs a matchmaking network, Reema’s Matchmakers, invites her to a party of single parents with the hope to get her hitched. Pavitra is not interested in remarriage but still goes to the party because she does not want to let Reema down. Reema’s cousin, Abhishek, a widower with a daughter, is also attending the party to help Reema.

My take:

A simple story of second chances with realistic characters. I loved the pace of the book. The language is simple and the story just flows.

Would love to read Reema’s story someday.

 

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.

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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Man Friday by Sundari Venkatraman

41py+QDuQuLMan Friday by Sundari Venkatraman is the author’s 39thbook and the best part is that it is free on Kindle Unlimited library. It is the story of Princess Sitara Devi.

The blurb:

It is only when Princess Sitara Devi gets married to Harischandra Gajanan does Rituraj realise he’s in love with the Gaekwad princess. Heartbroken at seventeen, he takes out his frustration by training to be a boxer.

When Destiny gives them a second chance, hope springs in Rituraj’s heart.
Rituraj takes on the role of Sitara’s bodyguard-cum-assistant, so much so that he becomes her Man Friday. But as the accountant’s son, is he good enough to become the princess’s life partner?

While Sitara, who falls in love with her Man Friday, believes she’s not good enough for him; not after living the kind of debauched life she had lived with Gajanan.
It looks like ‘Ne’er the twain shall meet’.

Read the book to find out if Sitara gets together with her Man Friday.

The story:

Rituraj Srivastava, the only child of the accountant-cum-manager of the kingdom,  was all of ten when he moved into the Baroda palace after losing both his parents in a train accident. He was given a room alongside those of Princess Sitara Devi and Prince Harshvardhan and the king and the queen became his official guardians. As the children were growing up, Sitara and Rituraj became best friends.

Rituraj realised he was in love with Sitara as she was getting married to the Yuvaraja of Indore, a man almost double her age. He was seventeen then and had joined boxing classes and become an ace boxer. And then she came back to Baroda after 22 months of marriage, at the age of eighteen, after being tortured by her husband who was now divorcing her.

And Rituraj has hope, but does Sitara love him like he does.

My take:

The first line of the blurb is an instant pick-me-up. The story moves back and forth between the past and present and I was never once confused as the author has mentioned the year as well as the place where the scenes are taking place.

I loved the story and the characters. They are realistic and I really liked Sitara’s strength and her never say die spirit. As with all her other books, characters from her other books also pop up in the story. I loved the relationship that the Gaekwad’s shared with their children. The language is simple and the story is fast paced.

A must, must read.

 

Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

8dcea-herprincecharming-amazoncoverI received Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

It’s instantaneous attraction when Tanuja Bhatia from Delhi meets Raj Malhotra from Bombay at the Bombay Central Station.

The mutual attraction soon blossoms into love over the next couple of meetings.

Tanuja and her simple father fail to see the crisis brewing in their own home. Her not-so-nice stepmother Gurinder is totally against the idea of Tanuja meeting her Prince Charming which would make her step-sister Harpreet seriously envious. By the way, Harpreet’s main aim in life is to simply make her half-sister miserable.

While Raj’s parents and Tanuja’s father try to arrange a marriage between the two with a help of a mutual friend, the evil stepmother comes up with a plan of her own—to marry her stepdaughter off to Sonu, a good-for-nothing idiot.

Can Her Prince Charming lift Tanuja out of this life of drudgery and boredom and give her the happiness she deserves?

The story:

Tanuja Bhatia was not even one when her mother passed away due to post partum illness and was only two when her father remarried. Her stepmother, Gurinder and her half sisters, Harpreet and Jaspreet were like Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters, only thinking of themselves selfishly and treating Tanuja like a cook. But this is where, Tanuja drew the line. She was only eleven when she started handling the kitchen single handedly, and never let that added responsibility compromise with her studies. Bhoomi, her best friend, philosopher and guide from the days the girls met at a public school in Delhi in class 7, is her confidante.

21 year old Raj Malhotra, the younger son of Namita and Khushwant Malhotra, moves to Bombay to set up his own business. His father and older brother, Shantanu, manage the family business in Delhi while his elder sister is happily married in the US.

5 years later, in 1975, Bhoomi’s mother tries to play the matchmaker and proposes Tanuja’s name to her very good friend Mrs Malhotra. The Mahotras meet 19 year old Tanuja on the sly and like her for Raj. But when the proposal reaches the Bhatia household, Gurinder puts her foot down because she does not want to lose her cook and Mr Bhatia keeps both the horoscopes in the cupboard deciding to look at them later.

The Bhatias travel to Delhi and the travel agency which is providing them the vehicle to travel to Mahabaleshwar belongs to Raj and as luck would have it, the designated driver does not come and Raj ferries the family to Mahabaleshwar, and Tanuja and Raj are attracted to each other.

My take:

The cover is beautiful, and depicts the seventies. There are matadors and telephones with dials. The descriptions of the characters, scenes and dialogues also related to the same time period. The characters are well developed and relatable. The story has been written very beautifully in a simple, easily understandable language. I finished the book in one sitting. I loved the book immensely and feel that this is the best book written by her. A must, must read.

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

 

Excerpt: HER PRINCE CHARMING (Prequel to The Malhotra Bride) by Sundari Venkatraman

 

 

HER PRINCE CHARMING
(Prequel to The Malhotra Bride)
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 
BLURB
 
It’s instantaneous attraction when Tanuja Bhatia from Delhi meets Raj Malhotra from Bombay at the Bombay Central Station.
 
The mutual attraction soon blossoms into love over the next couple of meetings. 
 
Tanuja and her simple father fail to see the crisis brewing in their own home. Her not-so-nice stepmother Gurinder is totally against the idea of Tanuja meeting her Prince Charming which would make her step-sister Harpreet seriously envious. By the way, Harpreet’s main aim in life is to simply make her half-sister miserable. 
 
While Raj’s parents and Tanuja’s father try to arrange a marriage between the two with a help of a mutual friend, the evil stepmother comes up with a plan of her own—to marry her stepdaughter off to Sonu, a good-for-nothing idiot. 
 
Can Her Prince Charming lift Tanuja out of this life of drudgery and boredom and give her the happiness she deserves?
 
*A prequel to THE MALHOTRA BRIDE, this book is also available in paperback in India.
 
Read an Excerpt:
Tanuja stood at the entrance to
the bogie, guarding the luggage as the train slowed down to enter Bombay
Central Station, excitement in her heart as her eyes devoured the sights. It
had been a long time since the Bhatia family had gone on a holiday, all
together. It had always been her stepmother and her half-sisters who went on
bi-annual trips, leaving Tanuja and her father at home. But, of course, both of
them appreciated the peaceful times while the other three were gone. In fact,
Tanuja considered those interludes the best holidays ever.

Just before the train stopped,
she caught sight of a tall man in pristine white trousers and half-shirt, holding
a placard which read, ‘Talveer Bhatia’. Her charcoal black eyes went wide when
they met the dark brown of the man’s bold gaze, a soft blush tainting her
cheeks before she turned away to address her father who was standing behind the
three suitcases. “Papa, the car driver’s here, I think. See that man over
there,” she pointed a slim index finger in the direction of the man as her
father craned his neck to look out, “he’s holding a cardboard placard with your
name on it.”

Talveer nodded his head at his eldest
daughter, a soft smile on his tired face. “Let’s get the luggage out,” he said,
watching Tanuja get off on to the platform. The father-daughter duo shook their
heads at the porters who offered to take their luggage as Talveer handed the
suitcases one-by-one to Tanuja.

“Have you got all the suitcases
out?” asked Gurinder in her usual harsh voice, a frown on her face as she
glared at her step-daughter and husband.

“Yes, aunty,” said Tanuja, taking
the large bag that Gurinder was holding in her hands, before helping her out of
the train.

Harpreet and Jaspreet giggled as
they watched their plump mother struggle to step down onto the platform, not
bothering to help her. They each held a tote bag carrying their make-up
articles and other fancy stuff which they naively believed were absolute
necessities in Bombay.

Talveer lifted his head to see
Raj Malhotra walking in their direction with the placard, waving to him. “I’m
Talveer Bhatia. Are you the driver who has come to pick us up from Malhotra
Cabs?”

“Yes sir. My name is Raj,” said
Raj, shaking Talveer’s hand, forgetting that drivers may be considered too
menial to shake hands with customers who hired cars from their company, his
gaze taking in the family of five even as it lingered for a few seconds longer on
Tanuja’s beautiful face.

Gurinder glared at him. “You are
the driver who will be driving us to Mahabaleshwar?”

Haanji ma’am.”
Apni aukat mein raho. What’s with the shaking hands? Can’t you do a
namaste? Kyunji,” as she frowningly glanced at her husband, “can’t you tell
the man that instead of shaking his hand?”
Tanuja felt highly embarrassed by
Gurinder’s harsh words. What was wrong if the man had shaken her father’s hand?
Why did her stepmother have to shout for such a trivial thing?
Before her father could open his
mouth, the driver said, “I’m sorry, ma’am. Please forgive me. It won’t happen
again.” 
Gurinder looked the man up and
down before ordering, “
Chalo, take
all the suitcases and let’s go to the waiting room.”
Without asking a question, Raj lifted
two heavy suitcases in both his hands before turning in the direction of the
first-class waiting room. Tanuja bent down to take the third one, giving him a
shy nod, a small smile touching her lips. Her mouth had the appearance of a
rosebud to the man who walked ahead of her.
It took the Bhatia family about
an hour to get ready. Raj waited patiently as he read the day’s newspaper
before Talveer walked out from the men’s waiting room. Tanuja was the first to
get ready and she also walked out to the platform on seeing her father. She
couldn’t help being fascinated by the handsome driver as she studied him from
the corner of her eyes from time to time, not saying anything while she watched
her father chat with him.
“I am also from Delhi, Talveerji,” said Raj, answering the other man
when asked.
Talveer smiled widely. “I did
wonder about the accent,” he said, patting the younger man on his shoulder.
They chatted some more about
their hometown but mainly in Hindi. “If you are educated, how come you are
working as a driver?” There was curiosity in Talveer’s dark gaze as he looked
up at the driver who towered over him by many inches.
Raj was careful enough to speak
English exactly the way his drivers spoke. Shrugging, he said, “I am setting up
my own business.” Okay, it was a slight variation from the truth as his garment
factory was already set up and running smoothly. But he couldn’t very well tell
the client that. “In the meanwhile, this is a good way to make money, without
having to work under someone.” It was with difficulty that he managed to keep
his gaze on Talveer Bhatia and not let it stray to the young woman who, he
presumed, must be the man’s daughter. She was simply too beautiful for words.
Talveer nodded his head
vigorously, thoroughly approving of the other man’s sentiments. “So what
business are you setting up?”
“Manufacturing of garments,
Talveer
ji.” No, he had no plans to
tell them the magnitude of his business, that he had invested almost ten lakh
rupees and only twenty percent of the total had been raised through a bank
loan. The rest was entirely from his own savings. Raj had slogged from the day
he arrived in Bombay five years ago. He had refused to use his father’s money
and had earned his own money starting from scratch. He had led a comfortable
life but it wasn’t half as luxurious as the one he was used to at his home in
Delhi. He had converted all the leftover money to gold. When he began
purchasing gold in 1971, six months after he moved to Bombay, the price for ten
grams had been less than Rs. 200. Over the last five years, the price had risen
dramatically to Rs. 540. He had also persuaded his father to buy small
bungalows in Mahabaleshwar and Matheran.
So, at the age of twenty-six,
where a lot of young boys are still whiling away their time, Raj had set up his
very own garment unit. And there was also the flat that he had purchased in
Matunga, where he lived now.
Talveer nodded, even as his eyes
kept turning towards the women’s waiting room, wondering about his wife and
daughters. He looked at his eldest born and said, “Tanu, why don’t you go and
find out if everyone is ready?”
Theek hai, Papa,” said Tanuja in a soft voice before walking
towards the waiting room, her steps dragging. As if the three of them would
care.
“Madam, it would be nice if you
could tell them that we have to travel for eight hours before reaching our
destination.” Raj called out to Tanuja’s retreating back.
She stopped in her tracks,
wondering if she had heard right. Had he called her ‘madam’? She turned around
with a smile, her cheeks dimpling when her gaze caught his dark one, a dark
wing-shaped eyebrow raised in query. “Were you talking to me?”
Ji! It will take us eight hours to reach Mahabaleshwar,” said Raj,
looking into her black gaze and rapidly found himself drowning in them, unable
to stop the answering smile on his face.
Why was he addressing her as if
she was fifty years old? Tanuja realised that she didn’t like it at all. But
then, she didn’t want to say anything in front of her father. She nodded her
head before turning away from him to continue towards the waiting room door.
After ensuring her father’s gaze
was turned away from him, Raj looked at her retreating figure encased in a
salwar kameez which faithfully hugged
her slender body. She could have passed off for an
apsara from heaven, he thought. 
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About the author
 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 42 titles (38 books and 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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Spotlight: HER PRINCE CHARMING (Prequel to The Malhotra Bride) by Sundari Venkatraman

 

 

HER PRINCE CHARMING
(Prequel to The Malhotra Bride)
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 
BLURB
 
It’s instantaneous attraction when Tanuja Bhatia from Delhi meets Raj Malhotra from Bombay at the Bombay Central Station.
 
The mutual attraction soon blossoms into love over the next couple of meetings. 
 
Tanuja and her simple father fail to see the crisis brewing in their own home. Her not-so-nice stepmother Gurinder is totally against the idea of Tanuja meeting her Prince Charming which would make her step-sister Harpreet seriously envious. By the way, Harpreet’s main aim in life is to simply make her half-sister miserable. 
 
While Raj’s parents and Tanuja’s father try to arrange a marriage between the two with a help of a mutual friend, the evil stepmother comes up with a plan of her own—to marry her stepdaughter off to Sonu, a good-for-nothing idiot. 
 
Can Her Prince Charming lift Tanuja out of this life of drudgery and boredom and give her the happiness she deserves?
 
*A prequel to THE MALHOTRA BRIDE, this book is also available in paperback in India.
 
Grab your copy @
 
 
About the author
 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 42 titles (38 books and 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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