Friday, September 4, 2015

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Question of the Week: Name a movie you would have loved to read as a book ( That is not a book already obviously) - Suggested by

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If I talk of Bollywood movies then I absolutely love Gol Maal by Hrishikesh Mukherjee released in 1979 and Chupke Chupke by Hrishikesh Mukherjee released in 1975. Both, although released way before I was born, became my favourites when I was introduced to them through my parents who are movie buffs. Terrific plots, amazing comedy timing and splendid acting these movies are legend and I wish they are made into books. I know I'll enjoy reading about the misadventures of Ram Prasad in Gol Maal and the prank on the ever famous and perfect 'Jijaji' Raghav (Om Prakash)! Laugh out loud funny, they will make bestselling books just like the movies. :)


If I talk of Hollywood then I would love to read Avatar as a book. The movie directed by James Cameron was awesome and I would love to visit Pandora through a book! :)


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Title and Author: Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods
No. of Pages: 384
Series: Chesapeake Shores #13
Publication Date: September 29th 2015 by Mira
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Language: English

Book Review:
I love books by Sherryl Woods and so when I heard about her upcoming book, I knew I just had to read it. Willow Brook Road is the story of Carrie Winters, the eldest great grand daughter of the O' Briens clan. I read Carrie's twin's story in The Christmas Bouquet and it was here that I first met Carrie. She came out as a total fashionista living in Paris working among the glitz and glamour of the fashion world, far far away from the quiet and simple life in Chesapeake Shores but in this book, she is back home and seemingly lost, trying to find new meaning to her life. The O' Briens family is their usual busy body yet loving and caring self and one or the other member is always present to nudge Carrie in a direction in life that they think is the best for her!
Except Carrie has her own plans and even the sudden sparks flying between her and the new arrival in town, Sam, can deter her. Will Carrie be able to recreate her dream life? Is Sam the man she has always been looking out for?

The cover is beautiful and eye catching and goes beautifully along the trend that Sherryl's books follow of having homely and scenic covers. The blurb is interesting and instantly peeks our interest.

I love reading about the O'Briens family. They are boisterous, hopeless romantics, frustrating, busy bodies and yet always there for each other. It was lovely meeting the entire clan again and also meeting Noah and Caitlin again.

  • Read my Review of Noah and Caitlin's Romance in The Christmas Bouquet: Click Here

Sherryl's writing style is her usual engaging self and she was able to engross me in the story. I had been intrigued by Carrie's character when I read The Christmas Bouquet and loved reading more about her in this one. She came as a self centered and snobbish character in the previous book but here I truly got to understand her. She is sweet, loyal, loving and craves a family of her own.

Her romance with Sam is slow, heartfelt and has a small kid at the center. Carrie's love for children brings them together and I was happy when they fought and overcame all their fears and doubts to have a happily-ever-after.

I loved Sam's nephew and adored his childish talks. Also Cait's baby, Jackson is just so sweet and had me smiling as I visualized his adorable face and antics in my mind.

The scenes, scenarios and the relationship study is amazing in this book and really gave me an insight into people. Going back to the laid back, beautiful and peaceful town of Chesapeake Shores really relaxed me and I wish I can someday go visit the place in reality.

Despite being part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone which is pretty much true for the other books in this series too.

All in all, Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods is an entertaining romance with a sweet and interfering family thrown in the mix. I really enjoyed reading the book and give it 4 out of 5 and recommend it to all romance lovers.

I received and ARC from the publishers, Harlequin Mira 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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Title and Author: Second Chance Bride by Raine English
No. of Pages: 106
Publication Date: Elusive Dreams Press (25 August 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Language: English

Book Review:
Second Chance Bride by Raine English attracted me when I heard about it during a Facebook party and heard that it had a telepathic dog who leads the heroine to her Mr. Right! I love dogs and this book promised me not only the cuteness quotient of a dog but also telepathic one and I knew that I just had to read the book.

The cover is cute and eye catching while the blurb also intrigues and I am sure will be successful in attracting the readers' attention towards this book.

This one was my first book by Raine English and I enjoyed reading her writing. She writes in a simple, no frills style and had me hooked to the story right from the start.

The plot is a simple one and even predictable but despite this, the execution is admirably done that I loved each and every second spent reading this book. The scenic beauty of the place and the scenarios are beautifully brought to life and had me visualizing each and every event in the book like it was happening right in front of me.

The protagonist, Kya is sweet, loyal and an ardent lover of animals. She runs a animal shelter and is about to marry a man she thinks she loves. Her already planned life takes a plunge when she finds Lucky, a telepathic dog who convinces her that her to-be-husband is not the right man for her and when she meets widower, Devon, Lucky is convinced that he is her Mr. Right! 

Although Kya and Devon feel sparks fly right from the beginning but still both are holding back due to different reasons. I loved Kya's attempts at trying to please her to-be-groom who is a total jerk and never there for her. Her determination to make her own place inspite of coming from a wealthy family had me admiring her and then I fell in love with Devon, right beside her!

I loved Kya. She is bubbly, loving, loyal and overall a kind person. I also had a laugh at her name "Kya" which if I speak it in my own language, Hindi, it means "What". LOL

Devon is a Finance teacher. He is simple, sincere and a stable man who is still grieving for his dead wife but is so adorably intuitive to Kya's moods and helpful. Their romance built slowly but still felt so real and heartfelt that it had me enjoying each and every scene with them in it.

Lucky is having his own love story with Devon's dog, Daisy and how they brought together Devon and Kya had me smiling and clapping in joy!

All in all, Second Chance Bride is a light, funny, happy, clean romantic and a totally enjoyable read that I absolutely loved reading.  4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers. I enjoyed Raine's writing style and will be checking out her other books too. :)

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is It Had to Be Love (An It Had to Be Novel) by Tamra Baumann

Tara Carter isn’t looking for romance. She’s content seeing patients at her new practice by day, then going home and cuddling with her puppy at night. Her new life in the tiny town of Anderson Butte, Colorado—known by celebrities as the place to lie low—is the perfect respite for a woman with a whopper of a secret. There’s just one problem: the town’s sexy sheriff knows she’s hiding something.

Sheriff Ryan Anderson, weary of small-town drama, has sworn off dating locals and thinks a fresh start in a bigger city is in order. However, the more he gets to know Tara, the more his heart tells him that she could be the woman of his dreams. But he wants to get to the bottom of whatever she’s trying so hard to keep under wraps. Can he uncover her secret before it drives them apart forever?

Release Date: Sep 8th, 2015'
Why I picked this book?

I love small town romances and this one promises to be spicy, conflict filled with two very strong characters! 

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Title and Author: The Duelist's Seduction by Lauren Smith
No. of Pages: 89
Series: Seduction #1
Publication Date: Lauren Smith (12 May 2015)
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Victorian Romance, Indie Author

Book Review:
The Duelist's Seduction by Lauren Smith is the first book by this author that I have read and I enjoyed the whole experience. Reminding me of Shakespeare's Twefth Night where the heroine disguised herself as her twin brother, here too the heroine Helen Banks disguises herself as her twin to duel against Gareth Fairfax in order to save her blundering brother who owes the Duke money that he doesn't have!

The first thing that attracted me towards this book was the beautiful cover that had me intrigued so much that I felt compelled to checkout the blurb that again is catchy and made me preorder this book which was at a huge discount of just 99c then.

I liked Lauren's writing style where she managed to draw my attention and hold it all through the story. Right from the start I was plunged in action and an overall atmosphere of tension. The writing is simple, expressive and had me empathizing and connecting with the characters and events.

I loved Helen and admired her determination to save herself and her brother from ruin. She endured silently and despite all her brother's recklessness and irresponsible behaviour, she still loved him. Her strength in even the most dire situations made me love her even more. She stood strong against Gareth's humiliating conditions and showed that she was truly a lady despite his not-so-honourable demands from her.

I hated Gareth initially and didn't like his rude dismissal of Helen's plight. I disliked him even more when he gave Helen no option but become his mistress, ultimately ruining her life. But despite this initial hatred, I started liking Gareth in the later part of the book when I got a better insight into his life and by the end I was rooting for him. Just imagine the transformation! LOL

The romance between Gareth and Helen is slow to start but which then becomes intense and pretty steamy. The ending had me going misty eyed and rooting for a happily-ever-after for these two broken souls who found completion with each other.

The emotional play is beautifully brought out and makes this book a memorable one. I loved how Helen finally found her place in life and finally found love in the most unlikely place.

The only downside of the story is that it seems a bit rushed and I would have loved to see it get better depth, had more pages been devoted to it. Anyhow, for now also it's entertaining and fun.

All in all, The Duelist's Seduction is a fun, quick and enjoyable historical romance that I loved reading. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of historical romance above the age of eighteen. I loved Lauren's style and will be checking out her other books too.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rock Redemption is the third book in the Rock Kiss series and one that I had been looking forward to reading as soon as possible. Thanks to the author, Nalini Singh, I got to read the book before its release on 6th October 2015 and even before the official cover reveal! Thanks Nalini for showing so much faith in my reviews and sending me a copy!

Firstly, I absolutely love the Rock Kiss series. Intense, heartfelt and oh so real, the stories so far have been raw, frank and memorable. Rock Redemption is no exception to this trend and again is a story that had me completely engrossed right from the start to the finish. 

This book narrates the story of Kit and Noah whom I met in the previous books. Noah is the "Bad Boy" of the famous "Schoolboy Choir" band and their guitarist. Famous among the ladies and known for his one night stands, Noah doesn't do the forever kind of love thing except that Kit is different. She is the only woman who came close to his heart and whose love he then deliberately and cruelly crushed because he has demons and doesn't believe he can ever outrun them. Kit has always loved Noah but then he broke her heart. A sudden turn of events forces these two to stay close and act like a real couple. Forced close, the sparks that lay dormant but never diffused spark again.
Is there a happily-ever-after possible for Noah and Kit?

I always thought I didn't love the glitzy and glamour filled world of celebrities but then I read the Rock Kiss series and fell in love with these rock stars who live among the pretense filled sparkly world of glamour but still are so normal that they make us, ordinary people, feel a part of their lives. Noah always looked worlds apart from me but then I read this book and finally got a closer look into his soul. Suddenly, everything about his reckless and often rude behaviour, his seemingly heartless actions and aloofness made sense. I understood why he became like this and fell in love with him. A normal man haunted by a horrible past, I rooted for his happiness but sometimes also felt frustrated with him and wanted to leave him be. But just as I thought he was hopeless and could never become worthy of a strong love like Kit's, the author shocked me yet again by giving a sudden turn to the story that had me smiling and again feeling respect for the writing prowess of the author.

When Noah decided to fight for his love, it was beautiful and had me going all misty eyed and then loving him for the guts it took to fight the terror he had suffered from childhood and stay strong for the woman he loved because

"When Noah St. John decided to love,...,he went all the way."

Kit is a strong character. She believes in her love and despite the heartless way Noah broke her heart, she still cares for him and goes far to help him by even agreeing to be his friend which is a brave move, in my opinion. She took so much from Noah which I think no one would have done. She stood with love in her eyes and hurt in her heart while Noah kept crushing her again and again. 

"Why can't you see me like I see you?" -Kit

The romance between these characters is conflict filled, emotionally charged, heartrending and yet so memorable with its own sweet moments that showed how two people who are clearly meant for each other often stay away just because of some insecurities, fears and a past they can't change. But when they do come together, past all their fears, the memorable life they have is one we all crave for!

I enjoyed meeting my favourite couples from this series, David and Thea, Fox and Molly again. I felt happy watching them be so happy together and felt the contentment I would have felt watching my friends happy!

Nalini's writing style is her usual engaging and fluid self. She creates a vivid picture and I felt like I was actually there all through the book. The story is moderately paced with well calculated twists and turns that had me eager to know more right till the end. The stalker angle had me scared for Kit and then while I managed to guess who the stalker was, I still was surprised when the curtain opened on him. The scenes, locations and emotions are admirably developed and the small gestures of love from Noah to Kit had me goofily happy like a love struck teenager.

Unlike, the previous books, this one is clean all through with no sexual scenes which only come when they are most demanded in the later part of the book and then too, they are tame as compared to the past books in the series. I admire how the author merges sex in with her stories without looking uncomfortable and sketches such realistic and sexually charged scenes without making them look vulgar and unwanted.

Nalini also keeps the base for her next book in the series which will most probably be about Abe and I cant wait to read his story. Hurt bad which then had him overdose on drugs, it would be interesting to read his story.

All in all, Rock Redemption had me stay awake late in the night because I just could not keep it down. It is a rocky, thrilling and heartfelt ride towards a forever kind of happiness and a must read. Strongly recommended to all romance lovers, I give Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh 4.5 out of 5 and eagerly await the next book in the series. :)

Nalini Singh is a very talented author and one whose books I look out for.

I received and ARC copy of the book 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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***Rock Kiss Series***

Book 1- Rock Addiction
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Book 1.5- Rock Courtship
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Book 2- Rock Hard
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Book 3- Rock Redemption
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Title and Author: Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins
No. of Pages: 464
Series: Blue Heron #3
Publication date: Harlequin HQN (25 March 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Language: English

Book Review:
Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins is the story of Colleen O'Rourke who, although working as a bartender in her own tavern that she owns with her twin brother, is a love expert. She has successfully matched numerous couples in her town but despite this love of the concept of "happily-ever-after love", Colleen is still single with no plans of ever getting serious with anyone because even after a decade she is still hung over her first true love who left her heart broken and her dream life altered forever!

Except now that first love is back. Will Colleen give love a second chance?

The first thing that attracted me towards this book was the cover. It is beautiful and eye catching with a romantic feel to it. The title, blurb and ofcourse, the author whose books I enjoy, all had me picking up Colleen's story to read.

Set in a small town of Manningsport, the book instantly transported me to a cozy town with familiar faces and a general warmth of living in small towns where everyone knows everyone, where gossip runs high but still the support and love of people for each other is also very noticeable.

Kristan manages to engage the interest of the readers right from the start and kept me glued to my seat right till the end. Her writing is fluid, expressive and very heartfelt. I could visualize each and every scenario, feel the emotional upheaval felt by the protagonists and the thrill of wanting to know what happened next!

The characters are well sketched and developed. The author gives the readers an insight into each and every character so we are able to know why they became like this and what motivated their past and present actions. She does not side with any one character and was able to give a fair hearing to even the most hated characters in the book.

I loved Colleen's spunk, independent and rebellious streak. Her ideal family was cruelly broken by her cheating father who then took steps further to hurt her but despite all this and the fact that her first true love also shattered her heart, she didn't break down but decided to live her life on her own terms. She is helpful, faithful and loving which is shown by her deep love for her half sister. Her passion and feelings for Lucas, the man who left her hurting are intense and even after a decade had the potency of making me feel all angry with Lucas on her behalf. 

I loved how Kristan managed to give us an insight into both Lucas and Colleen's actions and leave the judging to the readers. Initially, I almost hated Lucas for hurting Colleen but then as the story progressed I understood why he did what he did and came to really care about him. Made for each other, his love for Colleen won my heart and inspite of all my anger with him, I rooted for a happily-ever-after for these two.

Another lovely character in this book is Colleen's twin, Connor. He is dependable. Loves his sister and is ready to brave the world to protect the people he cares about. His secret romance had my interest peeked and I can't wait to read his story too.

The other characters like Colleen's friends, Lucas' family etc. are also given a fair share of spotlight in the book and I am now eager to read their own stories.

This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone novel. I haven't read any other books in this series so far but now will be checking them out soon.

All in all, Waiting On You is a very entertaining romance with a strong plot, heartfelt emotions that made me cry, laugh and then fall in love with the characters and the town plus also has some very humourous scenes that had me laughing. A lovely happily-ever-after story that re-enforces our belief in true love and its power to conquer all hurdles to lead to lasting happiness, I give Waiting On You  4.5 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend it to everyone.

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

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