Friday, June 24, 2016

#BookReview: Treasured Lies (Treasured #2) by Kendall Talbot

Title and Author: Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot
No. of Pages: 224
Series: Treasured #2
Publication Date: October 1st 2015 by Escape Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Review:
Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot is the second book in the Treasured series and starts right from where the first book, Treasured Secrets ended.

I enjoyed reading Treasured Secrets which introduced the characters Archer and Rosalina and also took me to different countries with their own vivid histories described all while searching for a treasure and facing danger.

This book takes us a step further in Archer and Rosalina's lives and while it doesnt cover as many countries as the previous book, the story is much more crisp, more adventurous, more passionate and has a lot more treasure hunting thrill to offer. One villian is gone but there are more taking his place and the work is cut out for our protagonists.

Kendall has matured as a writer and the writing in this book is more vivid, compact and expressive. The author manages to hook the readers' attention and maintain the interest right till the end. The reading is fun and gives a cozy feel while also giving us many terrifying moments when I almost stopped breathing while anticipating the next move.

All in all, I enjoyed reading Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended to all lovers of romance, suspense and treasure hunting thrill.



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, June 22, 2016

#BookReview: The 12 Brides of Summer (The 12 Brides of Summer #4) by Vickie McDonough, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Davalynn Spencer

Title and Author: The 12 Brides of Summer by Vickie McDonough, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Davalynn Spencer 
No. of Pages: 154
Series: The 12 Brides of Summer #4
Publication date: September 1st 2015 by Shiloh Run Studios
Genre: Christian Romance, Novella, Historical Romance, Novella Collection

Book Review:
The 12 Brides of Summer by Vickie McDonough, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Davalynn Spencer contains three novellas by three different authors. Soulful, heartfelt and beautifully written, I loved all the stories in this book.

Three strong women get their dream man and a happily-ever-after that had me sighing and feeling happy.

The writing is expressive and all three authors are new to me and I know I am going to checkout their other books too.

This is the fourth collection in The 12 Brides of Summer series but can be read as a standalone. I will be checking out the other books in this series too.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection and could visualize the settings which took me to days gone by and had me hooked till the end. 4.5 out of 5 to The 12 Brides of Summer and recommended to everyone.



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, June 21, 2016

#ARCBookReview: My Lady, My Spy (Secrets and Seduction #4) by Sheridan Jeane

 #ARCBookReview: My Lady, My Spy by Sheridan Jeane
Title and Author: My Lady, My Spy by Sheridan Jeane
No. of Pages: 200
Series: Secrets and Seduction #4
Publication Date: June 21st 2016 by Flowers and Fullerton
Genre: Historical Romance, Espionage, Spy, Suspense
Language: English

ARC Book Review:

My Lady, My Spy by Sheridan Jeane is the fourth book in Secrets and Seduction series. When I heard about the book from the author, Sheridan Jeane, I was instantly intrigued. A big fan of spy stories, this one had all the makings of a book that wold interest me. However, before beginning with this book, I took the author's advise and read the book previous to this one named Once Upon A Spy first because My Lady, My Spy happens at the same time as the previous one and the stories overlap but is told from the POV of different people. So to understand the story and the characters better it is better to read these two books in order even if you haven't read the first and the second books in this series like me.

My Lady, My Spy narrates the story of Frederick who is a spy for England and on a mission to steal a book from the Russian Embassy which contains sensitive information that can avert a war between Russia and England that seems inevitable at the moment. However, he gets burned and has to improvise which also leads him to be caught in a lie to Lady Harrington with whom he spent a few passionate nights together and has tender feelings for but with whom he can never have a future due to a dangerous secret from his past. Josephine Harrington is fed up with his mixed signals and determined to know what his true feelings towards her are.
Frederick can never tell Josephine that he is a spy nor can he make a life with her without giving away that one secret that he has guarded all his life but neither can he leave her alone and move on.
What will Frederick do? Will Josephine who has already lost a husband find her true love in him or is she destined to remain alone and without love?


Just like the previous book, Once Upon A Spy, I enjoyed reading My Lady, My Spy by Sheridan Jeane and was happy to delve into Frederick and Josephine's story. These two characters had intrigued me in the previous book and I was eager to see how they would go around working out their feelings for each other. Frederick is a complex, mysterious and closed character who doesn't share his feelings with anyone. He is the perfect spy, easily adapting to any situation and ready to improvise to accomplish his missions. His only weakness is Josephine, a woman who has his heart in a fix and his feelings a mess. He can neither leave her nor embrace her in his life. Josephine is a beautiful, strong and intelligent woman. She is the perfect match to Frederick's deviousness. She saw through his facades easily and knows him a little too much for his comfort. I enjoyed watching Josephine graciously glide in Frederick's life and him fumbling to understand how to deal with her!

The story in this book takes place at the same time as the one in Once Upon A Spy and I loved meeting Frederick's brother, Robert and Antonia again. The mystery in the story and the mission of retrieving the book amidst lots of danger, suspense, adventure and romance continues in this book and had me feeling like I was watching the next episode of an ongoing story.

Sheridan Jeane's writing style is fluid and expressive. She created the Victorian era flawlessly where there were spies working for the Crown, there were beautiful ladies in elegant gowns, glittering and pompous balls and the whole English scene of that time was so realistically sketched that it felt like I was there. I enjoyed her characterization and could relate to the various characters in this book. The characters are real people with relatable problems who soon made a place in my heart and I sat engrossed in their daily trials and tribulations.

The suspense, thrill, adventure, romance and emotional play is beautifully balanced and the author keeps one step ahead throughout with giving us well calculated twists and turns. I enjoyed the story and was hooked right till the end. Now after having finished this book, I look forward to reading the previous books in this series soon.

All in all, My Lady, My Spy is an engaging and entertaining historical romance with plenty of adventure, suspense, thrill and drama to keep you hooked throughout. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all historical romance and suspense lovers. I look forward to reading lots more from the author in the future.




I received an ARC from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

#BookReview: What Happens at Christmas by T.A. Williams

Title and Author: What Happens at Christmas by T.A. Williams
No. of Pages: 219
Publication Date: October 22nd 2015 by Carina UK
Genre: Chick Lit, Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
What Happens at Christmas by T.A. Williams is the first book by the author that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a through and through festive romance with its cheer and christmas happiness feeling. Although it also has sad overtones at places, it is light and a very enjoyable read. I loved Holly and Jack and enjoyed the development of romance between them.

Being a dog lover, I loved and adored Holly's dog and could visualize him. Wanting to pet him and keep him for myself, I laughed and enjoyed following him and Holly around.

The author has the flair for writing and kept me engaged throughout.

All in all, What Happens at Christmas by T.A. Williams is a lovely romance with Christmas time as the setting, a cute dog, well developed characters, a small town with its close knit community and a story that had me engrossed in the story right till the end. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers looking for a little festive cheer and a good 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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Friday, June 17, 2016

#BookReview: Say You'll Love Me (Unexpected Suitor #1) by Ally Broadfield

Title and Author: Say You'll Love Me by Ally Broadfield
Series: Unexpected Suitor #1
Publication Date: October 2015
Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Regency Romance, Series

Book Review:
Say You'll Love Me by Ally Broadfield is the first book in the Unexpected Suitor series as well as the first book by the author that I have read. A quick regency era romance with a murder mystery, this is the story of Abigail whose betrothal function takes a turn for the worse when the dead body of a maid is found and her own fiance is accused of murder! Confused and feeling lost, she is helped by Lord Longcroft who is also the brother of her best friend in helping solve this mystery and exonerate her fiance. But in all this what Abigail doesn't account for is the attraction for Lord Longcroft that she feels.

I was intrigued by the blurb and picked up the book to read. This is a quick read and while said to be a romance, the romance is not developed much and everything happens too swiftly to take root. The book is fast paced and the mystery is good but still the solution looked half cooked and could have been handled better. The romance between Abigail and Edmund is also not developed and just happens, too lightly portrayed to get me engaged and connect with them.

The author's writing style is simple and fluid but she could have been ,more crisp and engaging. I will be checking out her future books before I make up my mind about her style.

All in all, Say You'll Love Me by Ally Broadfield is a light, quick and leisure read that is nothing very memorable but still entertains while it lasts. 3 out of 5 to it. 



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, June 15, 2016

#ProductReview: Patanjali Body Ubtan

Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. has come out with a wide range of products in the Indian market, claiming to be all natural and cheaper than their competitors. I have been using several of their products since the past several months and today will be sharing my review of Patanjali Body Ubtan.

Patanjali Body Ubtan

Patanjali Body Ubtan consists of the below natural ingredients.

Patanjali Body Ubtan ingredients

Price: 60 INR
Weight: 100 gm
Shelf Life: 1 year from the date of manufacture.


Claims made by this product:

  • Enhances fairness
  • Glowing of Skin
  • Reduces dark spots, blemishes and wrinkles

Things I liked about Patanjali Body Ubtan:

 #ProductReview: Patanjali Body Ubtan


1) Is made of all natural ingredients like Turmeric, Almond, Red Lentil etc.  which are all known skin care ingredients that have been used since ages in preparing ubtans (body packs) and known to not only remove any spots and blemishes but also make the skin fairer and healthier.

2) It is decently priced at 60 INR for a 100 g pack which is cheaper than the other ubtans present in the market.

3) Easily available in the market in the various Patanjali and several normal stores too. Also available online.

4) No extra ingredient apart from the ubtan powder and water is needed to make the paste.

5) The powder makes a fine paste and is easy to apply and use.

6) It has a normal pleasant smell that we associate with ubtans with a slight pungent smell of camphor that is not so strong as to cause irritation.

7) The ubtan works on all types of skin and I saw a definite improvement in my skin. It got shinier, more healthy looking and also fairer.



Things I didnt like about Patanjali Body Ubtan:


1) The camphor smell, though light, can be irritating to some people.

2) The ubtan is a coarse powder and so even when mixed in water and applied can still rub the skin raw if scrubbed too hard.

Conclusion:

All in all, I loved using Patanjali Body Ubtan and saw noticeable difference in my skin. Recommended to everyone from me, I know I will be buying this product again!
4 out of 5 to it from me, go buy, use and experience Patanjali Body Ubtan's effect on your skin yourself!




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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#BookReview: I'll Be There (The Montgomery Brothers #6) by Samantha Chase

Title and Author: I'll Be There by Samantha Chase
No. of Pages: 384
Series: The Montgomery Brothers #6
Publication Date: December 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Review:

 I'll Be There by Samantha Chase is the first book in this series that I have read and although the sixth in this series, it can be read as a standalone. 

Initially it was the cover that attracted me towards this book and had me checking our the blurb which again is very interesting and sure to catch a reader's attention.

The story is about Gabriella who is the assistant and caretaker of Zach Montgomery who is recuperating from an accident. Good at heart but disliked and ridiculed by her family as well as her boss, Gabriella's life is not all flowers but still she perseveres and soon her boss comes to see her in a new light as he re-evaluates his feelings for her.

The plot is interesting and had me intrigued. I like headstrong, independent and determined heroines and Gabriella looked just the type but still at times I just felt like shaking her for her silent endurance to her family's ridicule and her boss' unworthy treatment of her. I mean why should she endure such injustice and not stand up for herself?

Zach also sounded like a wounded hero and I would have liked nothing better than to see him heal and be the ultimate hero I always like grumbling and brooding at first but still a good man at heart who changes to become the ultimate lover and caring man for the heroine but I was a bit let down here. Zach could have been so much better but he looked like a tantrum throwing child for the most part.

I cant fault Samantha's writing which is engaging, expressive and very vivid but her characterization and development of the characters could have been better. Despite this, I enjoyed her writing and will be checking out her books in the future.

All in all,  I'll Be There by Samantha Chase is an engaging book and it entertains but still had the potential to be so much more. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all 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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