Friday, July 29, 2016

#ARCBookReview: Into Dust (The Montana Hamiltons #5) by B.J. Daniels


ARC Book Review:

Into Dust is the fifth book in The Montana Hamiltons series by B.J. Daniels and takes us back to Montana to the influential and full of secrets Hamilton family. This series is one that has been a constant roller coaster with its spellbinding mystery, crisp individual story lines and expertly developed characters that keep achieving new heights with each successive book. With each new book, the stories are getting better and better and more engrossing. Each time I finish a book in this series, I am left stunned and eagerly wanting to grab the next book. The wait is so intense that I often find myself checking and double checking the release dates of the upcoming books. This series is that good!

In this book, we get the story of Cassidy Hamilton, the youngest daughter of Presidential candidate, Buckmaster Hamilton. Cassidy has spent her life in the spotlight, being one of five daughters of Buckmaster and never lived free. Tired of her sheltered life, she has been travelling aimlessly around the world until an attack puts her in harms way. Saved by Jack Durand, she forms an unexpected alliance with him. 

Jack is on his own mission. Trying to figure out his father's mysterious behaviour who he knows is behind Cassidy's attack, he is forced to lie to her but is determined to protect her. Sparks fly amidst all the danger but is there a happily-ever-after possible for them?

B.J Daniels has a unique writing style where she pulls the reader into her stories and often juggles with theories that we know are too far fetched to be true like the memory suppression one in this series where Sarah Hamilton returns after twenty two years of disappearance with no memory because all her memories have been deliberately suppressed but despite this, we cant help but sit spellbound as we watch these theories in full effect making everything seem so real.

She has played the plot beautifully. There are expertly placed twists and turns that left me gaping and then gasping in surprise and then right the next moment praying for the well being of my favourite characters. There is thrill, mystery, passion and beautiful emotional play in this book and series.

The story is fast paced and I finished it in one sitting because you cant stop reading once you start on the books in The Montana Hamilton series!

The mystery of Sarah's disappearance and her sudden re-appearance after decades is developed further in this book and connected beautifully with Cassidy's romance which is passionate and heartfelt.

This series is best read in order because while the author gives a recap of the past events, the stories are better understood if you have read the previous books.

The book shocked me, wowed me and left me hungry to know more. I cant wait to grab the next book and cant stop raving about this series. You just have to go and read it. It is just too good!

4.5 out of 5 to Into Dust by B.J. Daniels from me and strongly recommended to everyone. I cant wait to read more about Cassidy, Jack and the whole Hamilton clan and cant stop speculating how it will all end. I am eagerly awaiting the next book that narrates Ainsley's story (who has intrigued me ever since the first book) and comes out in October this year.




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

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#BookReview: Taken by Love (The Taken Series #1) by Sharon Kleve

Title and Author: Taken by Love by Sharon Kleve
No. of Pages: 92
Series: The Taken Series #1
Publication Date: March 18th 2015 by Books To Go Now
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Crime, Short Story, Chick Lit

Book Review:
Taken by Love by Sharon Kleve is the story of DEA agent Arden and Lucy who is a simple woman living a quiet life as opposed to Arden's crime filled one. Both their lives takes a dangerous turn when Lucy is kidnapped and Arden races against time to save her.

I have read and enjoyed Sharon's books in the past and this one was no exception. She writes short, sweet and entertaining stories and this one also fits right in that category. It is entertaining, sweet at places and thrilling at others.

I enjoyed meeting Arden and Lucy and then loved following them around as they tackled danger and sorted out their HEA.

All in all, Taken by Love by Sharon Kleve is an engaging romance with suspense, mystery and danger. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of 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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Thursday, July 28, 2016

#BookReview: The Vines by Christopher Rice

Title and Author: The Vines by Christopher Rice
No. of Pages: 214
Publication Date: October 21st 2014 by 47 North
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Mystery. Gothic, Thriller, scifi, fantasy
Language: English

Book Review:

The Vines by Christopher Rice is the first book by the author that I have read and I got attracted towards this book because of the intriguing cover and the title. A lover of mystery, the blurb too appealed to me.

This book is unlike any I have read so far and definitely nothing like what I assumed at first glance. While the plot is interesting, I got the creeps reading about evil plants, insects and what not. Not a big fan of weird plants and bugs, I was a bit uncomfortable reading this book.

I cant fault the author's writing. He has a fluid style and had me interested despite my unease but still all the time I felt like something was missing in the story. The story didnt have a set goal on what it wanted to show. The explanation for stuff was not convincing at times and the characters while promising felt a bit underdeveloped.

The scene development, however, is admirable and the author managed to frighten me and had me horrified at imagining all those evil abominations.

All in all, The Vines by Christopher Rice had potential and while I enjoyed the scenes development, the story fell short of achieving its true potential. 3 out of 5 to it and recommended to horror fans.
I will be checking out the other works by the author 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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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#ARCBookReview: The Secrets She Kept (Fairham Island #2) by Brenda Novak

Title and Author: The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak
No. of Pages: 400
Series: Fairham Island #2
Publication Date: July 26th 2016 by Mira
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Language: English

ARC Book Review: 


The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak is the second book in Fairham Island series and is a follow up to the story narrated in the first book, The Secret Sister.


However, for me, The Secrets She Kept is the first book that I have read in this series and despite being a follow up, I didn't have any problem following the plot. The author summarizes the previous events succinctly and helped me fill the gaps, making this book a standalone story.

This stunning follow up of her highly acclaimed first book, THE SECRET SISTER, is the story of the Lazarow family that is again facing scandal when the rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is found dead in her mansion. Secrets are revealed and emotions run high when everyone is a suspect and no one is safe from the ugly controversies that are seeing the light of day with each passing hour!

In this book, we meet the prodigal son, Keith who escaped Fairham and his mother after years and years of abuse and pain. Now, he is back to the island, to solve his mother's death mystery and to Nancy Dellinger whom he hurt so bad when he left her heart broken all those years ago!


Nancy Dellinger works at the flower shop Josephine Lazarow owned and has been in love with Keith since ages. It was she, who gave him solace and companionship when he was struggling with his addiction problem and crushing under the dominance of his mother but who was then left brokenhearted when Keith ran away without telling her and never returned. Now he is back but she is determined to never repeat that same mistake of loving him again.

I enjoyed visiting Fairham Island and meeting the Lazarow family. The Lazarow siblings Keith, Maisey and Rocki are close and love each other but their mother Josephine was never motherly and beat her children and never gave them her affection. I was sympathetic towards Keith who had seen hell by experiencing the torture at the hands of his mother and his drug addiction but who is now clean and a successful and rich man living a life he has built on his own away from the dominating influence of his mother, Josephine. Maisey and Rocki have their own families and are happy. But everyone is shocked when Josephine is found dead.


Keith and Nancy's romance had me questioning Keith's intentions and even feeling angry with him at times when I felt like he was misusing this kind and sweet heroine because I was strictly team Nancy. Nancy is a strong character and held her own in the book that had me respecting and liking her a lot. Despite all the bad things that happened to her, she didn't lose her compassion and goodness which was a definite respect garnering pointer for me. 

The author had me feeling a range of emotions as I followed their love story and saw it developing and then she threw me with her closure to their romance!

I loved how the author flawlessly developed the settings, characters and the story to give the readers layers upon layers of secrets, controversies and events that shaped the scenarios and the characters' actions. By bringing to us a dysfunctional family, she showed us a mother who is dominating, too conscious of her beauty and worried and afraid of losing her youth. She seems like a devil, cold hearted and cruel but then the author also showed us a different side to her that suddenly made this larger than life, cruel woman who destroyed the lives of anyone she came in contact with seem more human and even worthy of our sympathy. I am a fan of Brenda's writing but this book has me in awe of her writing prowess. She has taken a risk with this book and came out a winner.

I love almost everything about this book and this series which is captivating, shocking, intense, sometimes frustrating but always entertaining. I read it in one sitting and cant wait for the next book to come out. This book has a happily-ever-after but also opens up new events and secrets that will be developed and revealed in the next book. 4.5 out of 5 to The Secrets She Kept and recommended to all adult lovers of family drama, mystery, suspense and intense romances. Go read this book and hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!




I received an ARC from Harlequin Publishers and the author, Brenda Novak through Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest an unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

#BookReview: Once Upon A Fairy Tale: A Collection of 11 Fairy Tale Inspired Romances by Danielle Monsch, Jeannie Lin, Ella Drake, Jennifer Lewis, Nadia Lee, Cate Rowan, Dee Carney, Sela Carsen, Jennifer Blackstream


Title and Author: Once Upon A Fairy Tale: A Collection of 11 Fairy Tale Inspired Romances
No. of Pages: 855
Publication Date: February 8th 2015 by Romantic Geek Publishing
Genre: Anthology

Book Review:
Once Upon A Fairy Tale is a collection of eleven fairy tale romances that are not just our normal romances but stories that take well-known fairy tales and give them a twist. I enjoyed reading the stories all of which are very different from the other and often had me giggling and then sighing, all the while excited to see what happened next with my already known and loved fairy tale characters.

All the contributing authors are new to me and I enjoyed reading their very individual styles and will be checking out their other works too.

All in all, Once Upon A Fairy Tale is just that sweet fairy tales with a twist and I enjoyed reading this new cocktail of beloved stories. 4 out of 5 to this anthology and recommended to all lovers of fairy tales.




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.


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.