Friday, 30 September 2016

#BookReview ; Love Bi The Way by Bhaavna Arora

Rihana is a painter who is trying to find inspiration in love. Zara is a businesswoman trying to make a niche for her company in a male-dominated world. Rihana is fire, Zara is ice; Rihana is openly sensual, while Zara is more cautious with her heart—they are opposites that attract. They are different people bound together by their house—‘Cupid’—and their pet golden retriever, Tiger. 
As both of them navigate their fulfilling careers and try to leave behind troubled pasts, they find solace in each other. But Tiger’s not the only male in their lives. Rihana finds herself a string of sexy men, while Zara emerges out of her shell and meets an actual prince who sweeps her off her feet. But can these relationships last? And what road will they take when love happens bi the way?

Love Bi the Way is the third book by Bhaavna Arora. The author used to head a business school as director & train students in leadership. She has 2 degrees in management & a PhD in leadership from Pittsford University. She has written 2 bestselling books The Deliberate Sinner & Mistress of Honour. She hails from a strong army background which has instilled patriotism in her DNA. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, swimming, sports & horse riding.

The story is about 2 roommates Rihana & Zara who are very much different in almost all aspects but the bond of friendship holds both of them together. While Rihana is a painter & believes in living her life to the fullest which for her means to drink as much as she likes & be with men she wants to be, Zara on the other hand is a successful businesswoman who even supersedes her father’s accomplishments she is reserved, calm, composed & an introvert. They live together in their house ‘Cupid’ with their pet dog Tiger. But there’s one thing which is common between both of them, they’re haunted by their past which affects them severely in their present. Will both of them ever find their ‘true love’ & where? There’s a quote which says ‘Love is closer than you think’ , to know whether this quote is true in case of this book read it now!

This is the second book I’m reading by Bhaavna Arora & like the last time she doesn’t disappoint at all. The title is witty & is totally related to the story, the cover compliments it too. The language used is extremely easy to grasp & relate to. What I believe is the highlight of this book is the author’s attempt to write about subjects which are considered taboos in our society, she portrays the plight of the LGB community quite well & also some social evils too. This book is surely an admirable attempt to bring such topics to mainstream. A must read!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

#BookReview ; Bharathi and Her Theory of Everything by Anil Cs Rao

To Bharathi, this was utterly horrific. If it were indeed the case then she was conceived the same way she saw Aryaraj molest older inmates in the encampment. As a result of this mischievous Roopa s revelation, Bharathi fell into a depression for (she had counted) forty days and forty nights. In her dreams she recalled a very ancient story Roopa had shared to her a year prior: about a Noah who bought two of every living thing on his arc when The World had been flooded in God s anger at human being s conduct on Earth. What would God think of now with the semi-robotic people that now inhabited Aryraraj s World? And worse: who was this God? Aryaraj often professed that he was eligible for this status or title.

Bharathi and Her Theory of Everything is a scientific fiction by Anil Cs Rao. The author lives in Ellicot City, Maryland USA with his family. His hobbies include fishing, walking & photography. He is an MFA Candidate at National University in San Diego.

The story is based in the future though it the characters to go in flashbacks quite often in the past. It revolves around two main characters, Bharathi & Arun Rao. The main quest of the duo is to find Reena, wife of Arun & while they do so they have to face many difficulties. To know why Reena was kidnapped & whether she gets rescued or not, you need to read it.

Lets start with the title, while I don’t have any problem with it being long its not appealing & the cover is appalling. The story is quite short & the author chose to write small chapters in order to make it a quick read. Unfortunately the story isn’t gripping at all, the suspense & excitement which a story of this genre should generate is lacking & unfortunately leads readers to stray away from it. Undeniably a miss.  

Friday, 23 September 2016

#Spotlight ; The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman

Marriages Made in India
Book #1
Sundari Venkatraman


Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.

The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.

One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna’s unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding. 

Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will The Smitten Husband agree to it?

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.

Read an excerpt...

“Good morning!” said a sleepy voice. “What are you doing so far away?” called out Ram, before reaching out with a long arm to pull her to him.
A startled Sapna gave him a shocked look that was lost on her husband, whose eyes were still closed. His arms went around her waist like steel bands, his breath hot against her cheek. “Sapna...” he whispered in her ear as his hard lips pressed into her petal soft cheek.
Sapna tried to pull out of his arms, only to have them pull her closer. Her breasts were flattened against his solid chest. Her traitorous body seemed to enjoy the pressure as her nipples perked up. She did her best to hold on to the control that was slipping fast.
“Ram,” she called out loudly, hoping to wake him up. She couldn’t free her arms that were trapped against her own body, as he held her in a crushing grip. His mouth was busy exploring her face, moving inexorably towards her lips. His eyes continued to remain closed, while his hands moved restlessly at her waist. “Ram...” her voice came out in a whisper, as she felt his tongue trace the edge of her lips. Tortured, she made the final move to capture his roving lips, breaking free her hands to hold his face steady.
“Sapna...” sighed Ram, kissing her gently, his tongue first tracing her upper lip and then her lower one. He gently bit the luscious curve. Sapna instinctively opened her mouth to let him explore the velvety cavern with his tongue. Shyly, her tongue reached out to mate with his, making Ram groan with need.
His hands moved restlessly on her body, her nightie bunching up. His muscular legs tangled with her slim ones, making her sigh with pleasure as his hard and hairy skin brushed against her soft and silky one. His hands cupped her lush bottom, caressing it lovingly.
Sapna suddenly became aware of his hardness pressed against her belly. Coming to her senses, she turned her face away, breaking the kiss. “No Ram.”
His wet lips continued to caress her, his tongue exploring her shell-like ear. Even as her heart thudded loudly, Sapna pushed against him. “Ram, please, will you stop it?”
His black eyes opened a slit, desire and slumber at war in them. “Sapna?” If he hadn’t been fully awake before, he was now, as he stared at her lovely face that was so close to his. He slowly recalled what had been occurring over the past few minutes. He had at first thought he was dreaming about kissing the luscious woman in his arms. How had she landed there in the first place?

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The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #1 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

#BookReview ; Vizag Blue by Anil Cs Rao

Prem drove Kalpana back to the beach house...... The next morning... She was awoken by the bright Sun...without her clothes.... Kalpana... Thank God we found you! Anil and I were searching all night for you... We were about to notify the local authorities shortly.... What happened??? And where are your clothes??? Kalpana maintained her silence... She honestly did not have any answer's to nurse Usha's questions in any case....

Vizag Blue is a graphic novella by Anil Cs Rao, the additional artwork has been done by Paul Manning. The author lives in Ellicot City, Maryland USA with his family. His hobbies include fishing, walking & photography. He is an MFA Candidate at National University in San Diego.

The story is about Kalpana who is suffering from some deep emotional turmoil because of Prem due to which she has stopped talking. Usha a nurse have been given the responsibility to take care of her. Kalpana’s doctor sends both of them away at her beach house as she believes it will help the patient to recover. But will she be able to speak again or come out of depression? All this will be answered once you read it.

I am generally not a stern critic but this book will have to bear my blunt observations as I believe the author could’ve done a lot better. First of all this is supposed to be a psychological thriller but fails to make such an impression, the cover is dull & the title isn’t impressive either. The graphics are just below average, the words swam outside the bubbles & the language isn’t up to the mark either. The scripting of the story fails to deliver what the author wants hence leaves the readers between nowhere at the end of the story. In short a total miss.

Monday, 19 September 2016

#BookReview ; City of Death by Abheek Barua

On a muggy monsoon afternoon Sohini Sen gets a call from the chief minister's office. A young woman from a well-connected family in the city has been found brutally murdered. Sen is brought back from a bureaucratic wasteland to the thick of the action.
An intelligent and intuitive investigator who struggles with addiction and depression, Sen is ill-prepared for an investigation that is a political minefield with TV anchors and tabloids baying for blood. As various interested parties, armed with power and money, try to manipulate the murder enquiry. Sen is forced to question the very possibility of justice. 
A moody atmospheric novel that is as much about the Indian city and the dark depth of the human mind as it is about crime and investigation, City of Death marks the debut of a brilliant new voice.

City of Death is the debut novel of Abheek Barua. The author has been in the financial sector for 24 years & is currently the Chief Economist of HDFC Bank.

This is the first book that I read from Juggernaut & since it was from a debutant author I started it with no preconceived notions but I had already heard quite an amount of appreciation already & as I started to read it I get it why. The story is about Sohini Sen, a middle aged female police officer being dragged to investigate a high profile criminal case while she was removed earlier from the same department for her honesty. She is partnered with Arjun to solve the murder which has been performed in a peculiar way. While they work together to find the killer they also unearth quite a lot about the victims too. But do they get to catch the killer or get overwhelmed by bureaucracy? Buy it to immerse yourself into a story which will make you jump out of your chair.

First of all let me praise Juggernaut to come up with an incredible idea of publishing ebooks exclusively that too at affordable prices. Moving on to the plot, the story is racy, filled with different aspects which are commonly found around us but hidden because they’re considered as taboo is our society. It also highlights how emotional trauma can ruin the life of a person if not counselled properly. This might be a debutant work of the author but he has proved that he has the capability to do wonders with his words. The title as well as cover is decent. Shouldn’t be missed at all!