Thursday, June 30, 2016

#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: CHASING LADY AMELIA (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #2) by Maya Rodale


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CHASING LADY AMELIA
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #2
Maya Rodale
Releasing June 28th, 2016
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In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedly tempting rake

Terribly Improper

Lady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London, so one night she escapes . . . and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay-Jones. He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls. How lucky, then, that one of them stumbles right into his arms!

Totally Scandalous

Alistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London, from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens. Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love. If anyone finds out, she will be ruined, but he will win everything he’s ever wanted.

Very Romantic

When Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming . . . will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?

ARC Book Review:

Chasing Lady Amelia is the second book in Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series by Maya Rodale. This is the story of Amelia, the youngest of the Cavendish siblings who have just arrived from America to England after learning that they are heir to a Dukedom.

I had read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book, LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY which narrates the romantic adventures of Bridget, Amelia's elder sister and which had me remembering the famous classic, Pride and Prejudice. Chasing Lady Amelia also happens at the same time as the previous book but despite this can be read as a standalone story. However, I would recommend that you read the series in order so you can understand the characters and the overlapping events better.

Amelia had come across as reckless, self centered and a fickle but a comic character in the first book but in this book, the author successfully shows the other side to her character. I hadn't liked Amelia much in the previous book but in this one I truly got to know the reasoning behind her seemingly self-centered acts and could relate with her yearning for freedom. She loves her family and despite her relapses and judgement errors at times, was able to connect with me through this book. Kudos to the author for transforming a character so much. She truly shows her writing prowess here.

I enjoyed meeting the Cavendish family again and felt like I was meeting old friends. I am eager to read their own romances and hope the author gives them to us soon.

The hero, Alistair got an introduction in the first book and I had been intrigued by him then and enjoyed following him in this book. He is a likable character stuck in a sticky situation and had me intrigued throughout.

The romance between Alistair and Amelia takes place in a short time but still the feelings, emotions and the scenes are realistically and vividly described. I was entertained by their scandalous outings and enjoyed watching them break society rules. Rooting for a happy ending for them, the author threw ample twists and turns to keep me engaged and anticipating what happened next throughout.

The downside to the story is the time span. The whole romance happens in a matter of days with it starting as friendship between the protagonists and then turning to lust in just one day.  
Then, at some places the events that overlapped from the previous book had me a bit confused because LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY happens in a longer time span unlike this one which mainly fills in the time gap when Amelia went missing in the first book and I had trouble connecting the events. 

All in all, Chasing Lady Amelia is an engaging and a quick historical romance suitable for a lazy afternoon. Not as good as LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY but still with ample entertainment quota, I give it 3.5 out of 5 and recommend it all lovers of historical romance above eighteen years of age.




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


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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.


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Click to read my Review of the other books in Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series:


Book 1: Lady Bridget's Diary- Book Review

Book 2: Chasing Lady Amelia- Book Review

Book 3: Lady Claire is All That - Book Review

Book 4: It's Hard Out Here for a Duke - Book Review

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#BookReview: Need You for Always (Heroes of St. Helena #2) by Marina Adair

Title and Author: Need You for Always by Marina Adair 
No. of Pages: 277
Series: Heroes of St. Helena #2
Publication Date: October 13th 2015 by Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Military, Adult Fiction

Book Review:
Need You for Always by Marina Adair is the first book by the author that I have read and this one is a light, cozy and feel happy romance with less angst and more fun scenes.

Despite being the second book in the Heroes of St. Helena series, this book can be read as a standalone.

I loved Emi and Dax. Loved their banter and the way ex-military man, Dax tackled his time with giggling young girls and then his interaction with Emi had me laughing and then enjoying his confusion and bewilderment,

Marina has a flair for writing and had me hooked till the end. Her world building is realistic and I enjoyed her narrative style.

The end is pleasant and left me happy and wanting to read more about these characters.

All in all, Need You for Always by Marina Adair is a fun romance and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended to all romance lovers, I will be checking the other books by the author soon.



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 28, 2016

#ARCBookReview: Happy Ever After in Christmas (Christmas, Colorado #7) by Debbie Mason

Title and Author: Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason
No. of Pages: 368
Series: Christmas, Colorado #7
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Language: English

ARC Book Review:
Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason is the newest installment in her Christmas, Colorado series and as always takes us on a memorable trip to the small but never boring town of Christmas in Colorado!

While part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone but it is always preferred that you read the books in a series in order so you can better understand the characters that often times have already appeared in previous books before becoming the protagonists in the current one like in this book, the protaginist, Jill Flaherty had already made an appearance in the previous book, Kiss Me in Christmas!

Deputy Jill Flaherty is tough and anyone who knows her will vouch for her tomboyish dressing and absolutely no girly afflictions. The only man Jill has ever loved is Sawyer, a known player both literally and with women. Her older brother's best friend, he has always cared for Jill but in a platonic way. Now fast approaching thirty, Jill faces a lonely life of a spinster or she can brave her fears and ask Sawyer out once and for all.

I had immensely enjoyed the previous book, Kiss Me in Christmas and ever since been eager to read the next drama filled romance and revisit the always lively and full of gossip town of Christmas. I was so fortunate to receive an invitation to read an ARC and I am so thankful to the publishers. This book is just as entertaining and even better than the previous one.

I loved meeting all my favourite residents of Christmas like Chloe and Easton from Kiss Me in Christmas who are now happily married and so happy! I also got to meet Gage, Vivi, Chance, Nell and Ty. Nell who had seemed so vicious and bitter in the previous book with her rudeness and gossipy nature is shown in a different light in this book. The author beautifully shows us the flip side to her personality and the reasons that made her in this bitter and hurtful old woman no one likes. I got misty eyed when I truly understood her past and present actions and was so happy when the events took a favourable turn for her. She even redeemed herself in my eyes by acting as a guide and a motherly figure to the heroine. So getting to know Nell better was a definite highlight for me.


Jill had intrigued me in the previous book with her tough act but could not hide her longing for a family of her own. She is loyal, always puts her loved ones' needs before her own and has no confidence in her power as a woman thinking she is not pretty enough to attract a handsome man like Sawyer. Right from the start I rooted for her and was thoroughly entertained by her adventures in trying to ask Sawyer out which were sometimes funny and sometimes even sad that my heart went out to her plight.

Sawyer is a good man but he has spent so much time in convincing everyone around him that he is a player that no one now can even think that all this time he has been yearning for a family of his own. He likes Jill but is always dissuaded against pursuing his interest in her by her brother and his best friend, Jack and knowing that he can values his friendship with Jack too much to hamper it this way, Sawyer has stayed away from Jill all these years. But once his attraction grows towards her, will he choose his friendship or take a risk with Jill?

The romance between Jill and Sawyer was full of surprises and while passionate, I was kept on the edge of my seat because every time I thought I had their relationship figured out, they gave me a shock! 

Jack, Jill's brother is over protective of his sister and thinks no man is good enough for her; definitely not Sawyer who is fickle and a Casanova not interested in relationships so he is always warning Sawyer to stay away from his sister. While I understood his motivation in warning away Sawyer, I also felt a bit mad at him. In my opinion, he should let Jill decide who she wants to be with. People like Jack often times inadvertently cause more harm in their loved ones lives like he did in Jill's with so many years wasted when Sawyer who clearly liked her and her him could not move ahead in their relationship due to his meddling. 


The story moves fast and had me hooked all through. The author threw unexpected twists and turns in the story and every time I thought I had the next scene figured out I was floored!

The writing style is expressive and fluid and I experienced each and every scene and emotion like I was there and everything was happening to me. I love Debbie's writing style and she shows her prowess in this one too. She had me laughing, crying, feeling frustrated and angry and then determined to get the happily-ever-after all in the span of this story.

All in all, Happy Ever After in Christmas truly had me entertained throughout and then left me feeling all happy and cheerful like it was I who had got a Happy Ever After in Christmas! 4.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers. I am now eagerly waiting for the next book in this series and cant wait to visit Christmas, Colorado again!


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 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.


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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.



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Sunday, June 12, 2016

#BookReview: Once Upon a Spy (Secrets and Seduction #3) by Sheridan Jeane

Title and Author: Once Upon a Spy by Sheridan Jeane
No. of Pages: 500
Series: Secrets and Seduction #3
Publication Date: November 17th 2015 by Flowers and Fullerton
Genre: Historical Romance, Espionage
Language: English

Book Review: 
Once Upon a Spy by Sheridan Jeane is the third book in Secrets and Seduction series but is the first book in this series that I have read and I am happy to say that this book can be read as a standalone story. Although there a few references to some past events from previous books but they are minor and in no way hamper the interest element of the story.

This book has a strong plot full of mystery, suspense, spies and romance! I loved how the author has given us a story where the world is standing at the door of war and only a small object can prevent or start it! Everyone from the heroine, hero, government officials from Russia, England, France are after it but everyone has a different reason for wanting it.


It is on such a mission to retrieve this object from the Russian Embassy that the hero and heroine meet where both are there to steal it but for their own reasons. I loved the instant intrigue and mystery the author created right from the first scene and the passion that flared between the protagonists even when they were acting as adversaries. In this book, we meet several characters both from the previous books and new ones introduced in this book. 


I loved the hero, Robert's brother, Frederick who is a spy for the Queen and given the mission to retrieve this object from the Russian Embassy. His interactions with Robert were both entertaining as well as intriguing and had me wanting to know more about the past of these two characters. Also there is a hint of a romance brewing between Frederick and Lady Harrington which has me all intrigued and I cant wait to read the next book which I hope will get us there own story!




Similarly, I loved Robert's friend Daniel and his enigmatic wife Catherine. They seem to have had an adventurous happily-ever-after and I am so eager top go back and read their story!

The protagonists, Antonia and Robert are both strong characters, independent and determined. Antonia is facing a family crisis and is determined to save her and her sister's future at any cost. When she meets Robert, sparks fly and the author has very admirably developed their romance. Both are resourceful, headstrong and likable characters and I enjoyed reading their story and rooted for a happily-ever-after for them.


The story is a lengthy 500 pages but is written in a crisp manner and is engaging throughout that not even for one moment did I feel bored. I was kept glued to my seat throughout and loved how the author narrated the story and left well calculated clues throughout the book that kept me speculating her next move throughout.


I especially loved the quotes from famous personalities at the start of each chapter that beautifully summarize the chapter and also had me acquainting myself to some great quotes!


All in all, Once Upon a Spy by Sheridan Jeane is an entertaining historical romance full of suspense and mystery that I loved reading. 4 out of 5 to it from me and recommended to all lovers of historical romance and suspense. I look forward to checking out the other books in this series soon.





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Friday, June 10, 2016

#BookReview: Winter Wedding Bells by Kristin Rolofson, Karen Rock, Jennifer Snow

Title and Author: Winter Wedding Bells by Kristin Rolofson, Karen Rock, Jennifer Snow
No. of Pages: 312
Publication Date: November 1st 2015 by Harlequin
Genre: Holiday Romance, Novella, Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance

Book Review:
Winter Wedding Bells has three different romances all connected with each other. This anthology has stories written by three authors but one thing is common and that is the entertainment factor.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of all these stories who are connected to each other and yet have their own story to tell. Thoughtfully developed, admirably conveyed, I enjoyed this book and spent a memorable time reading it.

Loved and stayed engrossed it right till the end, I recommend this book to all lovers of holiday romances. This book made me feel all Christmassy right in summer and it was like a breath of cool winter breeze in this hot weather.

4.5 out of 5 to it. I know I will be re-reading this book again and checking out the other Harlequin Heartwarming books.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#BookReview: Give it Up (Dean Brothers & Friend #1-3) by Lori Foster

Title and Author: Give it Up by Lori Foster
No. of Pages: 384
Series: Dean Brothers & Friend #1-3
Publication Date: November 24th 2015 by Zebra
Genre: Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, Anthology

Book Review:
Give it Up by Lori Foster has three stories that are all happily-ever-afters and quick reads. A lovely afternoon read, Lori's writing style is sensuous, engaging and her usual admirable self.

I enjoyed meeting the characters who all seem like real life people we may know and have met before. 

All the stories are hot, not predictable and although part of a series, they stand alone beautifully.

Loved reading this book and enjoyed it. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all sensuous romance lovers above eighteen years of age.



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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Monday, June 6, 2016

#ProductReview: Patanjali Atta Noodles


A big fan of noodles and in search of healthier options, I decided to try out the new Patanjali Atta Noodles that claims to be made of whole wheat and include healthy ingredients without any artificial additions.

In this post, I'll share my review of Patanjali Atta Noodles in a pros and cons style. So let's begin!

About Patanjali Atta Noodles:


Patanjali Atta Noodles is made from wheat and contains all natural ingredients. Claiming no maida and harmful preservatives, its ingredients include:

Ingredients in Noodles:
Wheat flour, edible rice bran oil, iodised salt, minral & xanthan gum.

Ingredients in the Seasoning:
Mixed spices (coriander powder, onion, garlic, turmeric powder, cumin, ginger, red chili, cloves), dehydrated vegetables (Carrot, Peas, Beans), salt, flavour enhancers, vegetable protein, soy sauce powder, sugar, thickener and acidifying agent.

Weight: 70 gm
Price: 15 INR
Shelf Life: Best before 9 months from the date of manufacture.



My Product Review of Patanjali Atta Noodles:

Pros:

1) The first thing that I liked about this product is that it is made of wheat flour and contains no maida.

2) Made of all natural ingredients with no MSG and other harmful preservatives, Patanjali Atta Noodles is a healthier option for all noodles lovers.

3) The taste is also good and is unique. It tastes all Indian masala with spices like coriander and turmeric in the seasoning mix and I loved eating it. 

4) Affordably priced at 15 INR for a 70 gm packet, it is much cheaper than the other noodles present in the market.

5) Easily available both online and in the physical market.

6) Easily to prepare. It hardly takes 5 minutes in getting ready. Just add the noodles to boiling water along with the seasoning mix and cook for 3 minutes to get instant tasty Patanjali Atta Noodles!

7) Contains Zero Cholestrol and Trans Fat. Gives energy and provides Protein, Carbohydrates, Iron and other healthy nutrients. Also contains vegetables like beans, carrots and peas. So, is again health friendly noodles!

8) Has a decent shelf life of nine months from the date of manufacture.

9) A tummy filling healthy snack that can be eaten anytime without any guilt of adding unnecessary calories and gaining unhealthy weight!

Cons:

1) Gets a little hard when cooked to keep it dry but is better when cooked to keep it semi dry.

2) Contains traces of milk powder, soya powder, mustard seeds and nuts so can be allergic to people sensitive to these ingredients.



Conclusion:
All in all, Patanjali Atta Noodles is a healthy, tasty noodles that is not only easy to make but also very affordable. 4.5 stars to it out of 5 from me, I recommend this product to everyone. Go enjoy these noodles without worrying about your health and unnecessary weight gain!


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