Cover Reveal: His Accidental Princess by Kyra Seth

A reluctant princess and a cranky bodyguard…

All that Sona Singh has ever wanted was a family of her own.
Abandoned as a baby, raised in an orphanage, she wants roots. All she gets is a grumpy cat.

All that Maj. Samar Deshmukh has ever wanted was redemption.

A chance to break free of the memories that still hold him prisoner. What he gets is having to babysit an accidental princess and her man-eating cat.

Sona believes that her life can’t get worse than it already is. And then, she discovers that she is the long-lost princess of Nagaur. Which would be a good thing, if not for the fact that someone is trying to kill her.

In this incomprehensible world of snooty royals and their stuffy protocol, Samar is Sona’s only link to reality. And safety.

But when she falls head over heels in lust with the surly ex-commando, she realizes that a threat to her life might be the least of her problems.

Can Sona ever find happiness with a man who refuses to love her for fear of losing her?

His Accidental Princess is an exciting, passionate and funny royal romantic suspense about love and redemption.

About the Author:
Kyra Seth is a Mumbai-based author who loves romance, comedy and action equally.

She writes exciting stories that are funny and steamy in equal parts.

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Ruin: A Hot Enemies to Lovers Bodyguard Billionaire Dark Romance (Bastard Billionaires Book 2) by Aarti V Raman

I received an ARC of Ruin: A Hot Enemies to Lovers Bodyguard Billionaire Dark Romance (Bastard Billionaires Book 2) by Aarti V Raman and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Billionaire for hire, Shane McRae has too many ghosts haunting him from his time working covert black ops. Now he’s out, but he isn’t truly free. Tortured by all the bloodshed. His most forbidden ghost is the tempting princess he’d once loved recklessly.

Now, Lena has become a defiant woman intent on changing the world. And it is his job to protect this rebellious, grown-up Lena from an assassin’s bullet. But, the more time he spends with the contrary princess, the more his desires overrun his objectivity. His protector oath.

And all he wants is for his best friend’s little sister to be his only Ruin.

Princess Lena Heinrickson has many sins to atone for. She’s been the Party Girl Princess for too long. She’s hurt her favorite brother. She wants to be anyone but herself. So, Lena runs away from the castle and tries to do some good. She doesn’t count on a relentless tracker finding her half a world away – Shane.

The hot and beautiful man she’d once loved so hopelessly was a lie. The real Shane is the one before her. Remote, cold… Forbidden. He is still tantalizing, but Lena knows not to trust her desires. With a target on her back, she is forced to live with her bodyguard 24/7. Unraveling his secrets…Knowing her brother’s much older best friend just might be her favorite Ruin.

The Bastard Billionaires are ruthless, dangerous, powerful, born of secrets, sins, and ambition. Tempting the one woman who makes them burn with dark desires in a lush and dangerous world. Hate is just another word for want and love is the ultimate chase for them.

RUIN is a 100K+ word standalone, interconnected, enemies to lovers, age-gap, slow burn, billionaire romance set in the world of the Bastard Billionaires with a guaranteed Happy Ever After.

The story:

Shane Maxwell McRae, former Lieutenant of the US Marine Corps, current operative of Sagitta Consulting, a top-tier black ops security firm does the opposite of saving lives, he takes them, remorselessly. He meets Princess Helena Heinrickson in Paris and has not been able to forget her ever since.

Now, seven years later, he has another job, to protect Princess Lena Heinrickson. And the most difficult part for him is to hide his feelings and act neutral. Plus there is Alexander, Lena’s brother and his best friend, who had lied by omission when they were working in the Marines.

My take:

This book is a romantic thriller that moves back and forth between what happened seven years ago and the present. The story is a fast paced thriller once you get a hang of it.

Both Lena and Shane are as different as chalk and cheese, but their mutual attraction is sizzling. She is not your proper princess and he is a unique security agent. And the assassin, the way the author has portrayed her in the story kept me guessing.

The characters from the previous books make an appearance in the story and have important roles to play. The descriptions are detailed, be it the protest, the palace, the hotel or the apartment. I felt that the ending could have been more detailed.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Meet Me Under the Stars: An opposites attract second chance romance  by Manasi Singh

I received Meet Me Under the Stars: An opposites attract second chance romance by Manasi Singh as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

He thinks with his mind.

She leads with the heart.

Can these two ever be business partners…or even something more?

Veda Mehra’s life was simple, until an inheritance throws her into co-owning a bar and bistro with Arjun Pratap Singh, the totally-hot-but-totally-annoying guy who runs Adventa Group.

Running the family business since a young age, Arjun is used to being the authority. Nobody says no, until this girl walks into his life and questions everything he has learnt about business and life. One night and a bottle of wine rehashes the ghosts of the past, and changes everything. They know love is off limits to them, but who can challenge destiny? Can he make her broken heart love again? Can she break his walls down?

A sizzling romance peppered with friction leads to a battle of will that has Veda wondering – who wins? The heart, the project, or her past?

The story:

Veda Mehra, 26, works as a marketing executive at a small agency in Hyderabad. She is heartbroken after losing the love of her life, Shaan Roy, in an accident. Her best friend, Zee, is also her lawyer. Her parents live in Mumbai and want her to be happy and are pestering her to date someone. And when she goes out on a date after ages, she is rescued by Arjun Singh.

Arjun Pratap Singh was thirteen when his father passed away following a heart attack and leaving them in a lot of debt. He graduated top of his class in the London School of Business and was named the business prince of Hyderabad after he saved Adventa Textiles from bankruptcy and went on to raise an entire empire out of it, and all by the age of 25.

At 29, he stays away from attachments, until he meets Veda, his dead best friend’s girlfriend, and the wall around him starts chipping.

My take:

I liked the story and how it has been presented. The characters are realistic and their conversations are very natural. I loved the relationship between Veda and Zee, and also that between Arjun and Shaan. I would definitely have liked to read more about Arjun’s family as also about Veda’s.

The author has added the paranormal angle to the story and that made it unique. All in all a simple story, with many twists and past thrown in. Written in a simple language, this story is a good read.

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

Twilight’s Temptation by Shilpa Suraj

I received Twilight’s Temptation: A passionate, contemporary enemies to lovers romance (Shades of Night Book 2) by Shilpa Suraj as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

The ace photographer and the supermodel, they should have been a match made in heaven. Instead, they fought like the demons of hell.

Complicated, surly, and sexy, Manav Apte was probably the only photographer who resented his muse. From the day he’d seen her, there had been no other. Unfortunately, she was the one woman he could never have.

Passionate, talented, and gorgeous, Diana Severes refused to give the temperamental ass behind the camera the satisfaction of knowing he got under her skin. It was, however, impossible not to notice him or his glowering disapproval that trailed her everywhere she went.
Their dislike and distrust of each other is legendary in the fashion industry and yet, the sparks that fly when they come together for work are enough to light the sets on fire.
Will the Golden Girl of India’s fashion scene be able to see beyond his hatred to the love he’s desperately trying to mask? And will the country’s most talented photographer realise that his true talent lies not in what he views through his lens but what he sees through the filter of his heart?

The story:

Manav Apte, a fashion photographer, and Diana Severes, a model, are stark opposites. He is a school dropout, who has to work for his family and she became a model because she wanted to be independent, and the money paid her bills and helped her parents live out their retirement in comfort. He does not share a healthy relationship with his parents and she is friends with hers.

Their paths cross at work. She thinks that Manav is the most infuriating being she has ever come across and that he has taken an instant dislike to her. And he thinks that she is pampered. And opposites attract and sparks fly.

My take:

Having met Manav and Diana and seeing the sparks flying between them in the first book of the series, I was really looking forward to reading their story, and I must say I enjoyed it. The characters from the previous book of the series also have a role to play, but this book can also be read as a standalone. I loved the conversations between the girls and also the easy camaraderie between the boys. The chemistry and the differences between Manav and Diana have been described well and as we go deeper into the book and get an idea of their backstories, it becomes more understandable. I loved the relationship that Manav shares with his siblings and how they present a united front and have each other’s back.

The language is simple and the story is well paced. This book is not just about romance, it is about friendship, sibling bond and also about your family.

Eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws in exchange for an honest reveiw. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Strictly at Work by Sudha Nair

I received Strictly at Work by Sudha Nair as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Simi works in marketing at a furniture company.

Ranvir is an analyst at a finance startup. While their desks happen to be on the same floor at Bizworks, a swanky co-working space in Bangalore, their paths aren’t meant to cross. But as circumstances bring them together again and again, they find it harder to deny the spark between them.

In a live-in relationship with his girlfriend, Ranvir doesn’t expect to have feelings for someone else. And while Simi’s family pushes for the perfect arranged match for her, she knows she doesn’t love the man her parents want her to marry.

When their personal lives clash with their attraction at work, Simi and Ranvir must decide if they want to remain just co-workers or mean more to each other.

The story:

Simi works in Murano, a furniture manufacturing company in Bangalore, in its marketing section. Due to space constraints in its current office, the company decides to move the division to a co-working space. Simi is very excited about the change of working space and is excited that her best friend Deepa is also here with her. She is very close to her brother and her parents. She shares a special relationship with her grandmother.

Ranvir works as an analysis in a finance startup, after he quit his job with the bank he was working in. He has a vital and challenging role in the startup and he enjoys his job. Though he lives with his college girlfriend, and meets his sister and father often.

On the first day at the co-working space, Simi meets Ranvir. They keep running into each other and become good friends. Though they are attracted to each other, they cannot think of anything else as her parents have already found an arranged match for her and he is in a committed relationship. 

My take:

A sweet story of two people who are attracted to each other but cannot commit because of their prior commitments.

The characters are realistic and their conversations even more so. Both Simi and Ranvir are likable characters, and so are Abhi and Deepa. I loved Simi’s relationship with her grandmother, brother and also her mother. I also loved that both Simi and Ranvir have hobbies, which makes them all the more realistic. 

This story is about friendships, family and work relationships. The language is simple and the story is a happy read. 

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.

Release Day Blitz: Twilight’s temptation (Shades of Night#2) by Shilpa Suraj

 The ace photographer and the supermodel, they should have been a match made in heaven. Instead, they fought like the demons of hell. 

Complicated, surly, and sexy, Manav Apte was probably the only photographer who resented his muse. From the day he’d seen her, there had been no other. Unfortunately, she was the one woman he could never have.
Passionate, talented, and gorgeous, Diana Severes refused to give the temperamental ass behind the camera the satisfaction of knowing he got under her skin. It was, however, impossible not to notice him or his glowering disapproval that trailed her everywhere she went.
Their dislike and distrust of each other is legendary in the fashion industry and yet, the sparks that fly when they come together for work are enough to light the sets on fire.
Will the Golden Girl of India’s fashion scene be able to see beyond his hatred to the love he’s desperately trying to mask? And will the country’s most talented photographer realise that his true talent lies not in what he views through his lens but what he sees through the filter of his heart?

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Read an Excerpt from Twilight’s Temptation

We walked along the beach. Me in my shorts and black t-shirt, Diana in a glamorous white beach dress with lace trim. If there was ever a contrast competition, we’d win it hands down.

“Are you okay?” I asked her. 

Diana shrugged. “I guess. That was unpleasant but necessary. I’ll get next steps in place as soon as we get back to Mumbai.” 

“Will your family be okay with this?” 

“My parents don’t get a say in my career decisions. My dad is ex-army and my mom is a teacher. They don’t understand how this world works anyway.” She sidestepped some dog shit on the beach, moving a little closer to me. 

I itched to wrap an arm around her, pull her in for a hug and kiss her. Instead, I clenched my hands in my pockets, Adil’s words still echoing in my head. 

“My brother, who is a typical tech nerd, wouldn’t bother to venture an opinion either. The only other person who would have understood was Andrew, the brother who died. He was the one who encouraged me to get into modelling and pursue my dreams.” Tears glimmered in her eyes, a stray one streaking across one golden hued cheek. 

“And this was your dream? To be a model?” 

She stared back towards the resort in the distance, her mind somewhere I couldn’t follow. 

“I wanted the fame, the glamour and the money. I wanted to be independent. I wanted to be someone. Modeling gave me all of that and when my time ends, and it will end, we all know that, I have a backup plan in place for that too.”

I stared at her, seeing her, truly seeing her for the first time since I’d met her two years ago. She was so much more than that gorgeous face and bubbly personality that people mistook to be the entirety of her.

“I wanted to be a wildlife photographer,” I blurted out with all the finesse of a horny sixteen year old. 

“You can still be one,” she smiled. “Just in addition to what you already do.”

“I work nonstop. I’d never be able to find the time,” I muttered. 

“We can always find the time if it’s important enough to us. We make time when we want to.” She cupped my cheek and pressed a light kiss on to it. 

She was right. We made time and space for what we wanted, for what was important to us. And in that moment, I knew… Diana was desperately important to me. 

“Everything he said was true, you know,” I told her, shoving my hands deeper into my pockets to keep them from reaching for her. 

“Everything I said was true too, Manav,” she smiled, sadly. “But what is your truth?” 

What was my truth? It was buried under so many years of misery, pain, and heartache, would I recognize it even if I found it?

About the Author:

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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Cover Reveal: Twilight’s Temptation by Shilpa Suraj

The ace photographer and the supermodel, they should have been a match made in heaven. Instead, they fought like the demons of hell. 
Complicated, surly, and sexy, Manav Apte was probably the only photographer who resented his muse. From the day he’d seen her, there had been no other. Unfortunately, she was the one woman he could never have. 
Passionate, talented, and gorgeous, Diana Severes refused to give the temperamental ass behind the camera the satisfaction of knowing he got under her skin. It was, however, impossible not to notice him or his glowering disapproval that trailed her everywhere she went. 
Their dislike and distrust of each other is legendary in the fashion industry and yet, the sparks that fly when they come together for work are enough to light the sets on fire. 
Will the Golden Girl of India’s fashion scene be able to see beyond his hatred to the love he’s desperately trying to mask? And will the country’s most talented photographer realise that his true talent lies not in what he views through his lens but what he sees through the filter of his heart?

About the Author:


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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The Other Wife by Ruchira Khanna

I received Ruchira Khanna’s latest book The other Wife: a twisted tale as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The Blurb: 

Dimple is at the peak of her career when a devastating event changes her whole life. Amidst legal battles, she finds love and takes a decision that will change her life yet again. But will that decision go well with her parents?

Will, there be a happily-ever-after for Dimple and her beau, or will she need to accept the other wife?

The Other Wife is a twisted tale sure to entertain as well as make you introspect.

The Story:

Dimple Kapur was a young and ambitious lady whose only goal was to have a successful career, until she met Rishi. Rishi Malhotra, the assistant to the lawyer who was hired by her parents to file a case against her employer, who had falsely accused her in a case. And she fell in love with him. 

And much to the disappointment of her parents, she eloped with him, married him and when she came back to her parents for their blessings, they were not very happy. So she moved to Delhi from Kanpur to be with Rishi. 

And then two years later, she meets Pearl, Rishi’s other wife, who is so much like what she was when she had married Rishi.

My Take:

The title intrigued me and only once I was reading the book did I realise what it was all about. The author has depicted the concept well and the story really made me introspect and think a lot about my marriage as well.

The characters are realistic and well developed. The author has described the emotions and insecurities well. The story has been written in first person from the point of view of Dimple. 

I actually loved the way the story has been written and would definitely recommend it everyone.

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

Spotlight: Insincerely Yours by Manasi Singh

All Ray wanted was to have some fun. Little did she know that what began as a harmless midnight adventure would soon end up being the most terrifying night of her life.

Shuttling back and forth between the States and whichever obscure Indian town her civil servant father was transferred to, Atreya ‘Ray’ Sen’s life has always been on the move. When she comes down to sleepy old Visakhapatnam and befriends Mira, Ray hopes she could be a successful means of whiling away her summer. When Mira invites her to a late-night adventure with Mira’s boyfriend and his pals, Ray jumps at the chance for some excitement. When one of the boys suggests they take a detour to one of Vizag’s most famous haunted houses, the night takes a turn for the dark. The spirit of a mean old man seems to be following them, killing them off one by one.
A near-death experience reveals to Ray that she is the only one who can bring peace to him. Now, Ray must race against time to find a way to save her family and friends, or else the once-peaceful town of Vizag would witness a bloodbath like never before.
An old Victorian mansion with a dark history…a spirit with a vengeance…a girl with no memory of her past…
Will Ray be able to stop the killings in time? Or will she be left with no friends and no family yet again?

Book Links:

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Real Life Incident that inspired Insincerely Yours

In the words of Stephen King, we make up horrors to cope with the real ones. But what if the horrors written is a part of reality? What if the tale is written not just as fiction, but as a memoir to the unexplained that occurred years ago, yet bears fresh imprints in mind?

When I sat down to write this story, I had to resurrect memories from my college days, from that fateful night, when my friends and I had decided to have our own little late-night adventure. Back then, we were just stupid college freshmen who didn’t have a care in the world, who would go lengths for cheap thrills from the world of the supernatural. Here, I bring you the real-life story that inspired me to write Insincerely Yours.

Our night started on the cliché note of being cold and stormy. We had found our source for horror stories: our friend Vishnu. Vishnu would always keep us at the edge of our seats with his storytelling, and that evening was no different. We had assembled in a circle around him, drinks in our hands, when he started telling us about the legendary haunted house that stood proud just off the path to the beach in Vizag. As the story goes, the house belonged to a retired colonel and his family. They kept to themselves, but the neighbors often complained of yelling and fighting coming in the evenings. One night, the house fell silent, and the neighbors saw an eerie glow emanate from the windowpanes. When they went over in the morning to check, they found that the Colonel’s family had disappeared overnight. The house was still as is, sans the family that had once lived in it. Nobody knows where they went, and the watchman claimed he never saw anyone leave the house. Their mysterious disappearance gave rise to the stories that the house is haunted.

Scoffing at his words, my friends and I decided to check it out for ourselves. So off we went, Shreya, Swetank, Vishnu and I, on a drunken midnight visit to the famous haunted house. The house had a sinister look to it, with the front lawn stretching before us, coated with dried grass, exactly how I chose to describe in the book. Inside, the house looked like someone had lived here years ago, and had suddenly just chosen to walk out. The place oozed with a cold vibe, and I wasn’t the only one who felt it. We decided to explore the house a little, and each room creeped us out a little more than the next. Most of the belongings of the house had turned to debris owing to a cyclone that had wreaked havoc in Vizag a year ago, but there was one room that had managed to stay intact. Intrigued, we stepped in bravely, and immediately, we felt helpless. It was like the place had sucked the happiness out of our lives as a blanket of depression descended on us. We saw muddy footprints going towards the bathroom, and opened the door to find the room painted in vantablack, the darkest color known to humanity, often the sign of evil. The room started feeling like it was sucking the energy out of us, slowly as it grew. Swetank, being the most sensible of us, insisted we get some fresh air at the balcony we had seen on our way into the room. At the balcony, we felt the sudden weight the room had given us lift off us, and we slowly relaxed into conversation. In the entire time we were in that house, I kept getting this feeling that someone was watching us. As we were talking, I felt something move from the corner of my eye, and turned towards the balcony door, where I saw five shadows. Four was of us standing in the balcony, but one was coming from inside the house. As I turned around quickly to see if anyone else had noticed, I saw Swetank looking pale as a sheet. We saw the shadow stay for a few seconds, and it suddenly disappeared, vanishing. At this point, Swetank and I ushered the other two out of the house, and made a run for it. All we knew was that the old Victorian mansion housed something that was pure evil, so dark that even one hour in that place had left us feeling soulless for days after. Swetank and I promised then and there that we would never meddle with forces outside of our control ever again, but as you all know, promises are meant to be broken.

About the Author:

Manasi Singh is a lawyer, graduated from one of the top law schools in India in 2019. Lawyer by day and reader by night, Manasi always had a lot of stories to share, which she did by publishing short stories and articles in newspapers, magazines and journals. In 2019, she began writing short snippets on social media under the name “The Vanilla Writer”, shortly after which she published her first novel “As Fates Would Have It”, which was received warmly by readers of all ages. Manasi is a firm believer in art and creativity not being restrained in any way, which is why she writes short stories, fiction novels, screenplays for short films, and much more.

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Midnight’s Star by Shilpa Suraj

 

Visually impaired author and current flavour of the Indian literary scene, Dev Arya, has not just triumphed against the odds in his life, he’s annihilated them. He’s got fame, fortune and floozies in abundance. And yet, he’s lonely.

Cafe owner and only child to her differently abled father, Avni Desai is broke, heartbroken and a true survivor. But no matter how hard she hustles, she’s still struggling to stay afloat.

And then, one day, Dev walks into her cafe… and everything changes for both of them. From excellent tiramisu to earshattering singing, from dramatic friends to accident prone sexcapades, they embark on the ride of a lifetime. 

Will it all be worth it though? Will two broken souls find a way to heal each other? Or do the fractures go so deep that there is no way for either of them to find the love they so deeply crave and yet can’t seem to have?
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Releasing on 28th May!

About the Author:


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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