Friday, July 22, 2016

#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh

Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh

Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?



ARC Book Review:

Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh is the fourth and final book in the Rock Kiss series. Having read all the previous books in this series, I feel like I personally know all the characters.

This is the story of Abe and Sarah. Abe has been a passive character who until now had only been mentioned as the junkie keyboard player fighting his own demons. But Nalini did give us an insight into his past compromising of a marriage that broke because of him and also leave a tantalizing preview into his changing feelings for his ex-wife who had once loved him but who now has moved on with her life in one of her previous books and ever since then I wanted to know if he would get his happily-ever-after but despite this, I have to confess that I wasn't as eager about Abe as I have been for the other Rock Kiss band members. The reason being that I didn't like Abe. He was a selfish, self destructive, drug addict who had hurt his sweet and loving wife so bad.

However, once I started this book, I soon had to change my opinion about Abe who has finally got the chance to tell his story. He has realized his mistake and wants to make amends. This is a toe curling and heart touching story of seeking redemption and taking a second chance at first love.

The plot is well conceived and expertly executed. The first half is a bit slow but the story picks up pace in the second half. I sat engrossed and excitedly turning the pages, eager to know what happened next!

I have been camp Sarah right from the start and felt angry with Abe on her behalf. I felt her pain, her helpless love for Abe, her insecurity, her scars from her brutal past and fear of giving Abe a second chance. Having experienced the joy of motherhood just recently, I cried and then laughed with Sarah and hoped for the very best for her. Nalini Singh is a pro at expressing emotions and getting her readers hooked to her books and she shows her prowess here too. I sat experiencing so many emotions and completely spell bound by this story. There were so many obstacles to Abe and Sarah's happily-ever-after but they proved that nothing stands in the way when the love is true!

I enjoyed and loved meeting all my favourite people from this series and each pair of love birds from the previous books gets married in this book. It was just lovely accompanying them in their happy moments and I feel like I have attended the weddings of my close friends. Everyone got their deserved endings and I adored each second of reading this lovely story. 

There are many explicit sex scenes in this book but for once I didn't connect with them and skipped majority of such scenes. Maybe because I was more interested reading about the emotional upheaval faced by these two characters. 

All in all, Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh is a honest story of redemption, taking chances, fighting for your love and about the joy of having good friends and family. 4 out of 5 stars to it and recommended to all lovers of romance above the age of eighteen. I look forward to reading lots more from Nalini in the future.



I received an ARC from the author, the publishers and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Excerpt:


Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.

Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.

Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.

I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe

Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.

Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.

Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.

She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.

The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.

It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.

Her eyes burned.

Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.

She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.





About the Author:


Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.


If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#ProductReview: #MedimixAyurvedicFaceWash (with 6 Essential Herbs) ~My Mother’s Advice in One Product!

We all want that perfect skin that is healthy, blemish free, fair and glowing. There are different herbs and plant products that our mothers tell us to use. These have been passed down through generations and we all trust that they work.

But with our busy lives, adding them into our beauty regime becomes time consuming and difficult as they need to be prepared in a certain way. So what we need is a product that is a one stop destination for great skin.


The well known brand Medimix, known for their all natural products, as launched a new face wash that claims to be the one stop solution for pimple free, fairer, beautiful and glowing skin. It boasts of being paraben free, soap free and made of natural, eco-friendly ingredients.




Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash (with 6 Essential Herbs)

Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash is made up of a unique blend of six essential herbs: Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Neem, Lodhra, Manjishtha, Kushtha.  

- This unique blend of Turmeric, Aloe Vera & Neem gently cleanses the skin, leaving it free of all impurities. 

- The divine herb Lodhra acts as a healing agent
- Manjishtha and Kushtha improves the skin texture. It also retains the natural balance of the skin, keeping it refreshed. 



My Review:

I have been using Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash (with 6 Essential Herbs) for over two weeks and like this gel based, pale green face wash that comes in a transparent tube.  It lathers well and only a small quantity is required to clean our face and neck. It washes off easily and I was able to remove my makeup in one go with it. However, for waterproof and heavy layered makeup an additional makeup remover is required.




Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash swatch is a transparent pale green colour.

The natural blend of ingredients like Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Neem, Lodhra, Manjishtha, Kushtha, well known for their skin friendly and enriching qualities, make this face wash safe from the harmful effects of the chemicals and artificial ingredients used in other face washes. So everyone, even people with sensitive skin use this face wash safely without any fear. 


It cures and prevents pimples, as witnessed by my sister who definitely saw an improvement in her pimple problem. Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash effectively removes excess oil without making the skin dry and is especially useful in this current rainy season with its humidity when all sorts of skin problems strike.


I also loved the fragrance of this face wash which leaves a lingering smell on the skin that is both soothing and refreshing.


Available at a pocket friendly price, I didn't find any cons to this new face wash from Medimix and recommend it to everyone. Go green and try  Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash (with 6 Essential Herbs) with its natural ingredients and safeguard your skin!


4 stars out of 5 to Medimix Ayurvedic Face Wash (with 6 Essential Herbs). I am happy that I got to use this product that definitely packs my mother's advice in one product.





Medimix also has a Anti-Tan variant enriched with Tanaka called Medimix Ayurvedic Anti Tan Face Wash  that is also a very promising product and one that I will try out soon.


Buying Links:

Medimix Face Wash Essential Herbs 50 ML (60 INR) - www.amazon.in/dp/B00A29PPPO

Medimix Face Wash Essential Herbs 100 ML (100 INR) - www.amazon.in/dp/B00B3Q8QZ6

What do you think about this new face wash from Medimix? Will you try it or have you already used it? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. I love hearing from you.




#BookReview: Wrecked by Priscilla West

Title and Author: Wrecked by Priscilla West
No. of Pages: 86
Publication Date: October 29th 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
Wrecked by Priscilla West is the first book by the author that I have read and it was a surprise read. I heard about it from a friend and just had to try it and I am so glad I did.

This book had me stumped at many points and came off totally unexpected. The story of a MMA fighter and a woman who has seen so much tragedy, I was hooked right from the start and kept thinking I knew what would happen next but it never did!

Priscilla's writing is expressive, heart wrenching and brutally honest. She gives us two broken characters who each look imperfect and then when the reality is revealed they come as the most beautiful people that leave us feeling raw and thinking about them long after the book ends.

The story is multi layered, complex and a quick read but no less memorable.

All in all, Wrecked by Priscilla West had me entertained throughout and then thinking about it long after I had finished the book. 4.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of heartfelt, complex and angsty romance.




I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#ProductReview: Multipro Indian Ghodiyu, Indian Style Baby Cradle and Baby Hammock

Multipro Indian Ghodiyu, Indian Style Cradle, Baby Cradle, Quick Set up For New Born Baby, Indian Baby Swing Cradle Foldable Hammock, Baby Hammock, Baby Cradle N Swing sold by MultiPro on Amazon is as the name suggests a portable Indian style cradle and hammock that I am using for my newborn and loving it!


Multipro Indian style baby cradle with inbuilt net.

The cradle and hammock are made of cotton and I am pleasantly surprised by the weight and the portability aspects of this product. In this post I will share my review with you all but first, a few details of this product.

Price: $164

Item Weight: 13.6 pounds

Recommended for children of age: 0 to 1 year

Product Dimensions: 45.6 x 36 x 33 inches

Components:


Components of the cradle along with the carry bag.

My Review:

Things I liked about Multipro Indian Ghodiyu, Indian Style Baby Cradle and Baby Hammock (Pros):


1) Attractive look and design: This was the first thing that I noticed. The cradle looks elegant, lovely and the design is unisex, so suitable for both baby boy and baby girl.


2) Soft cotton material used for the cradle and hammock. 

- The material is high quality,

- it is very soft and comfortable, 

- the design on it is pleasing to both the baby and adults and 

- the cotton also makes it easier to clean

- It is easily washed and 

- also a breathable material that doesn't suffocate the child and also doesn't cause any allergies
I used the cradle in blistering summer and now monsoon and in both these seasons, my kid didn't feel hot, didn't get any rashes and absolutely loves swinging in this cradle set!


3) The cradle and hammock are very spacious and also contain a net to protect the baby from insects like mosquitoes. 

- The length and width of the cradle and hammock is adequate for babies right from newborn to thirty six months of age with weight upto 20 kg and height up to 78 cm (30 inch). 

- The net provided is soft, light and promotes easy air ventilation so the net can be zipped without worrying about suffocating the baby.

-The net also protects the baby from insects like mosquitoes and hence protects from dangerous diseases like malaria.


4) Portable, easily assembled and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

- The cradle is easily assembled in just a few minutes and doesn't require any tools to assemble it. Just put the pieces together and tighten them by hand. Even people like me who are not comfortable using screwdrivers and other such tools can assemble the cradle set with ease.

-The cradle and hammock can be setup both indoors and outdoors due to the ease of carrying it around. It comes with a bag that can be used to carry the pieces of the cradle set and the whole thing can be easily carried with you when you travel. I carried it in my car trunk (it reduces to just 2 Foot long once folded) when I travelled and was thrilled to find that it not only comes together easily, it also gets dissembled just as easily and in just a few minutes. The portability is definitely a plus of this product and something that not only made my kid happy but also me.


5) The frame is made of stainless steel pipes that are light, sturdy, durable and corrosion and rust free.

- The stainless pipes are hollow inside so they are very light but very sturdy and can hold weight upto 20 kg.

-They are rust and corrosion resistant.

-So it is low maintenance.


6) The plastic used in the frame is high quality and strong. 

I accidentally dropped the frame several times and also tested it while travelling on bumpy roads but still the plastic and the steel frame endured everything and there was no scratch and crack in the plastic.


7) This is a curved bed cradle and hammock based on centuries old cradle style from India. 

Multipro Indian Ghodiyu is a curved bed cradle and the benefits of using a curved bed cradle is that, 

- along with the swaddling

- it keeps the baby feeling like he/she's in a cocoon and makes them feel safe and 

- makes for comfortable and long sleep for him/her. 

- calms the baby with just a few swing cycles.

- Also the curved bed cradle supports and shapes the baby's skull which is still soft after birth and helps it come in an ideal round shape.




A separate Hammock with inbuilt net also comes with this cradle.

8) The cradle and hammock can also be rocked from afar using the string provided.


9) The seller, MultiPro is very prompt in answering queries and very supportive. 

The delivery of the product was late for me due to the lethargic delivery by the DTDC courier service who were most unprofessional and rude when I asked them about the delay. They didn't even inform me about the delay in delivery and due to some internal dispute stopped the delivery of the product which then I had to get resolved by the seller who were very quick in solving the issue and most courteous. So the delivery of the product took more than 2 weeks despite coming from within India and the package when it arrived came with torn packing! 

While I am very appreciative of the service provided by the seller, I am most unsatisfied by DTDC courier and don't recommend this courier service to anyone.


10) The product comes with easy to understand instructions with pictorial representation to make assembling the cradle easier.


Things I didn't like about Multipro Indian Ghodiyu, Indian Style Baby Cradle and Baby Hammock (Cons):




1) The cloth material of the cradle and hammock could have been more sturdy. It seems a bit light for heavier babies who can fall if the cloth rips.


2) The stitching is not as sturdy as expected. It started ripping slightly after using it for almost a month.


3) The zip is low quality and can break easily.


4) The loops provided to attach the string to rock the cradle from afar are not strong and tear easily. The string provided with the cradle is also very thin and not sturdy enough to handle the weight of the cradle with the child in it and rock it effectively.


5) The metal hangers used to hang the cloth cradle and hammock make some noise when we swing the child in it. This noise sometimes wakes the baby and could have been eliminated.


All in all, Multipro Indian Ghodiyu, Indian Style Baby Cradle and Baby Hammock is a decent cradle that has made my life easier and that my kid loves sleeping in. Better than most other cradles available in the market, I recommend this product and give it 4 stars out of 5. 




I hope the seller will take note of the things I felt can be improved about the product and work on making this promising Indian Ghodiyu even better.

I received the product from the seller to use and review and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

#BookReview: 12 Days at Silver Bells House (The Swallow's Fall #2) by Jennie Jones



12 Days at Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones attracted me towards it because of the blurb and the title that had me intrigued. This one is an enjoyable story that is breezy and had me entertained throughout.

Although, as I came to know later, this one follows the previous book in this series, The House on Burra Burra Lane, it can still be read as a standalone and enjoyed. If anything, this book has made me want to go read the previous book now!

A fast paced, engrossing and feel good story that left me feeling satisfied and thoroughly entertained, I loved how the author not only developed the story but also the characters. There are many moments of laughter and fun and the descriptions vivid.

All in all, 12 Days at Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones is a through and through light and engaging story that leaves us feeling warm and fuzzy. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all Christmas/Holiday romance lovers.




I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in  no way influenced.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

#BookReview: The Brigadier's Runaway Bride (The Dukes of War #5) by Erica Ridley

Title and Author: The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley
No. of Pages: 200
Series: The Dukes of War #5
Publication Date: September 1st 2015 by Intrepid Reads
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Adult Fiction

Book Review:
I had heard so much about The Dukes of War series and so when I saw The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley, I decided to give it a try.

The cover is beautiful, the blurb interesting and the title intriguing enough to grab the reader's attention.

The plot is promising and while I read a book with a similar plot in the past, the execution of the two books make them different.

The author brings out a love story that should have ended in a happily-ever-after after the hero returns back from dead but instead this is where this story starts. The turmoil of changed personalities, their confliction emotions, the misunderstandings and the struggle to be the perfect mate to each other when each is riddled with their own insecurities, all this and more is beautifully brought to life by the author in this book.

Emotional, heartbreaking and even frustrating at times, this a book that had me going misty eyed and then praying for a HEA for the protagonists.

The characterization is realistic and I could empathize with the protagonists.

All in all, I enjoyed reading The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley and recommend it to all adult lovers of historical romance. 3.5 out of 5 to it and I hope to read more from Erica in the future.



I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#BookReview: In For the Kill (McClouds & Friends #11) by Shannon McKenna

Book Review:

In For the Kill by Shannon McKenna is the eleventh book in her famous McClouds & Friends series but the first that I have read.

I got attracted towards this book after hearing so much about this series. This is the story of ex-cop Sam who is given the responsibility of protecting Sveti. 

I enjoyed Sam's character but Sveti didnt look as strong as her character portrayal required her to be. The romance is intense and the dangerous scenarios thrilling but this book is just average in my opinion.

I'll be checking out the other books in this series and recommend this one to all fans of McClouds & Friends series. 

3.5 out of 5 to it from me. Shannon is a talented writer and I hope to read more from her in the future.

I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in  no way influenced.

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