Temporarily in Love by Lou Kennedy

Temporarily in Love: a romantic comedy novellaTemporarily in Love: a romantic comedy novella by Lou Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Temporarily in Love is a chick-lit romance novella with loads of humor and indeed falls in the genre of romantic comedy. I loved the way it started. Jovie, a young woman, no job, no home, no money, and a recent breakup with her boyfriend ends up vacationing in Vegas with her best friend and brother. Tempted by a prize winning contest for couples, she ends up marrying Alex, a handsome fellow traveler.
Things begin from here and sparks fly as their fake relationship transforms into a caring and loving bond over the course of their 4 week stay at a plush hotel in Vegas.
It was a cozy, lighthearted, fun read though I was expecting a bit more romance between the lead pair. A little more steamy sequences and passionate kisses could have acted as a cherry on top for this delightful read.
I really enjoyed the character of Jovie and her interactions with her pseudo husband Alex. I did love the sequences when Jo was making fun of other lovebirds and her own brother Wills and his wife Jen looking from afar dancing and giggling in each other’s arms at various locations while their stay at the hotel where the prize winning contest was going on.
The story is well written, and Kennedy succeeded in keeping the readers’ attention intact till the end. The humor, the comedy, and the romance everything was just awesome. I really loved reading it.

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Book Review – French Restoration by Sara Claridge

French restoration is a story of wealthy kids and family secrets blended into a tonic of love and steamy romance. Chantal, an interior designer by profession, weaves a fragile world around her to keep herself away from her bleak past. She takes up the charge of remodeling the antique French country house to restore its antiquity and keep it safe from the wealthy desires of American Hotelier Alex Kirkwood. But during the course of restoring the ancient Chateau in the outskirts of Paris, she unknowingly succumbs to Alex’s manly charms. Alex also couldn’t resist himself falling for a 27-year-old French beauty who makes him weak in his knees every time he sees or thinks of her. What started as a mere physical attraction to simmer down the boiling desires between the two individuals, transforms into an undying feeling of love, and Chantal struggles hard to keep her past destroy, Alex’s social repute.

Written in third person limited point of view, the story is well plotted with rich prose and ornamented vocabulary usage. Intermittent twists and turns kept me intrigued and at the same time passionate sexual encounters between the lead characters made me re-read those steamy sequences just to feel the heat developing between the two. I loved the characters, especially, Alessandro’s alpha male image of a dominating boss and at the same time of a caring lover who wants Chantal back in his life at any cost.

I really liked the fascinating cover of the book and the well structured story line; however, there were times when I felt disconnected. I think it is because the usage of some of the French words and sentences that aren’t translated into English. Had the author put up a glossary or simply added the English translation within brackets, it would have been an easier read for me

My Rating of French Restoration would be no less than 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review – Finished by Anne Holster

I love reading romance novels and this book is yet another addition in the list of my all time favorite romance books. Finished kept me hooked till its end. Young couples, beaches, parties, and just sheer fun, a colorful book that deals with the feelings of millennial generation to which Jess, Jill, and many of other young characters of the story belong to. The book does have a bit of thrill that kept me intrigued and its romance element kept me entertained. I really liked the writing style of the author and the flow of the book from one chapter to another.

The characters are pretty entertaining and at the same time each one has its own set of problems to deal with. The book beautifully captures the emotions and feelings of each of its characters. I really like the female protagonist and her best friend Jill. The conversation between the two was quite interesting and often left me laughing silently as I flip through the pages.

Finn, the male protagonist however at times gave me a bad taste but as the novel progresses his transformation from a reckless and spoiled youngster to a caring lover exploring and understanding the universal emotion of love was something that made his character appealing and vividly clear in my mind. The only thing that bothered me was the title of the book – Finished. Though derived from the name of male protagonist, Finished sounds something like a book dealing with action, gore, or destruction rather than a fun-filled colorful romantic story that has a sweet and happy ending. All in all, Finished is a cozy fun read for a lazy weekend.

I would give Finished a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Stories of Life – Rukhsat, The Departure

I recently read a beautiful book named Rukhsat – The Departure by Sujit Banerjee. I really loved the book and here is my take on the book

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Front Cover

Rukhsat- The Depatures is a collection of 26 short stories, each story depicting a particular character and portraying some of the untouched aspects of human psyche. Each story touches a subject that is sensitive yet least discussed and considered to be taboo or better to be kept hidden under the closets of human mind. The book explores some of the hidden truths of homosexuality and child sex abuse, besides offering readers a trip to those solitary roads of lives that many of us have just heard about but never visited. The darkness of the stories sometimes left me pondering how difficult it is to keep my feet into the shoes of any of those 26 characters that are beautifully expressed in the book.

It’s one of the best books that I’ve read so far. Beautifully written and immaculately expressed, author has done full justice to each of the story. Each story is not more than 3 to 4 pages in length, offers a quick read yet carves a great impression on its reader’s mind and soul. The tales are short and crisp, and it’s really an art to express and convey so much in so less words. Some are interconnected and some standalone, the stories are intriguing and kept me glued till the end of each of them, yet at the end of each of it, I wanted more and flipped pages to read the next, next, and so on.

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My Copy of the Book

The only thing that bothered me at some places was the unfair ending of some of the stories. It left me wandering what would happen next, for instance, in the story named Qamar – The Letterbox, I couldn’t understand the ending. Had the length been extended to some more pages explaining a bit of detail, it would have been better to grasp what the tale was all about?

Ornamented words, rich vocabulary usage in the prose, and immaculate expression of thoughts make this book an awesome literary read for any short story lover like me. Looking forward to reading more great books like this by the author.

My overall rating for the book is 4 out of 5. Do have a look of the book by clicking the link below:

Rukhsat – The Departure by Sujit Banerjee