Book Blitz: A Promise: Togetherness Forever by Reshma Ranjan

 

 Print Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Indie published

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Publication Date: December 19, 2017

Language: English

Genre: Romance

A successful architect and a major player in a well reputed architectural firm, Piyush Mauli is sure of his life and what he wants even at a youthful age.

A budding architect, Sunaina has a promising career ahead of her. Problem is, she has lost her will to live after suffering from months of abuse.

Piyush appreciates Sunaina’s skill as an architect but has no idea of the pain and trauma she hides under layers of make-up. At work, Piyush is a hard taskmaster and hides his tender and caring side behind his aggression.

Piyush doesn’t hesitate even for a moment to become Sunaina’s savior. But can a relationship formed under such traumatic conditions last the test of time? Can their relationship ever culminate in a love with a promise of togetherness forever?

Reading A Promise, Togetherness Forever will reinstate your belief that love can heal all wounds, those inflicted on the body as well as the soul.

 It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

 

 

Reshma Ranjan is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has been driven by the romance around her. She has made up her own happy endings in her imagination for every movie and for every book with a sad ending. 

“Slowly I started to create my own characters and situation, creating a world of romance and happy endings to my liking. But for my laziness, I would have penned umpteen numbers of stories with unexpected people meeting and falling in love and uniting for a lifetime.”  

Also a voracious reader but for which she believes she could never have started writing. “If I can bring a smile and a happy sigh on at least one reader’s lips I will feel a blessed writer.”

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Book Review – Destined by Rubina Ramesh

Destined by Rubina Ramesh is a story of young and beautiful Esha Mehra and her billionaire boss Rohan.

It’s a sweet love story with a happily ever after. I loved the premise and the settings of the novel.

The story is set in the city of Bangalore, though there was very little that we get to know about the city. I would love to read more about the Southern city of India. The smell, the weather, the people, and the culture. There was nothing that could describe the true spirit of the IT city.

However, the book flows well and the story is engaging. The characters of Rohan is not very well drawn, but I found myself rooting for Esha. She emerges as a bold and confident woman.

The story, in the beginning, felt predictable and more or less sounded like an alpha billionaire romance. However, it took a sudden unexpected turn with the introduction of Zaira Wadia, Rohan’s stepmother. Now, there’s a twist in the stepmother thing, and I would like you to explore the book and find out who exactly Zaira Wadia is.

The dialogues are well written and sounded typical as Indians speak and communicate.

At the end, Rubina Ramesh’s Destined has everything in it. It has drama, intrigue, romance, and spicy love scenes. The book beautifully portrays the father-daughter bond.

I loved the playful banter between the lead couples and their constant ego clashes felt like a chocolate icing on a creamy dessert. From me, the book can easily claim 4 stars.

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DESTINED
by
Rubina Ramesh
 
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Blurb
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
 
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. 
But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
 
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives? 
 
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On seeing her, he grinned. “There goes my dream of my bride sitting on the bed with a long veil over her face that I could slowly lift up.”

Esha laughed. “Do it in your real wedding.”

Rohan felt a jolt at her words though his feelings had stopped making any sense at all. He found her pajama-clad wet avatar very sensual. Her hair was wet from the shower and a few droplets fell on her collarbone, like dew drops on a rose petal. Now that he was finally alone with Esha, he wanted to further muss up her hair and kiss those wet pearls away. But never had he imagined that he would be alone in a room with her amidst roses and that her intoxicating perfume would drive him crazy. Theirs wasn’t a marriage in the true sense and yet her lips were calling out to him to feel them with his own.

But he was sure that she wouldn’t appreciate it. He forced himself to lean back on the pillow and give her an easy smile to fight his raging hormones. “So, which side of the bed is yours?”

She looked at him sharply to check if he was laughing at her predicament. She then went to her purse and took out a tape—a big, brown one.

“Naughty, naughty,” he said sitting up, suddenly feeling the air crackling between them with an invisible electric thread that was slowly pulling them towards each other. “What’s your intention darling?”

Esha gave him an evil grin and sashayed towards him, all the while opening the tape. “You didn’t think I would be prepared?” she asked, her voice husky. Any hot-blooded man would find this a big turn-on but Rohan sat up straight, wondering if she was drunk.
“Esha, I think we should go to sleep now.” He gave her a sheepish smile. “It’s getting very late.”

She threw back her head and laughed, “The night is still young, darling.” She opened the tape further and climbed on the bed, inching slowly towards him as she rolled it out. Rohan could feel his heart skipping a few beats. He wanted her no doubt, but he was not expecting this and her strange behavior made him uncomfortable.
“Do you want something to eat?” He sounded lame even to himself. She threw her head back and looked at him, her sherry colored eyes darkening into molten chocolate, and the light breeze from the window caught her silk tresses and made them dance to a tune of their own. She bit her lower lip and leaned in front of him, staring deep into his eyes. “Are you nervous?”

“Why are you behaving like this?” he asked, trying to get out of the bed. He felt an invisible hand clutching his stomach but he kept his tone breezy. “Are we taking this night to mean what it is meant to be? I’m ready if you are.”

If she took another step forward, her breasts would touch him. What the devil was she playing at? He couldn’t even lean back further since the head rest was stopping any further movement. She leaned forward but instead of coming towards him, she went beyond him and stuck the edge of the tape to the middle of the bed post. She then pulled the tape down – further and further and a line was drawn along the middle of the bed.



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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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Book Review: Because of You By Connie Lafortune

Book Review: Because of You by Connie LafortuneThis is my second book by Connie Lafortune. In fact, it is the author’s debut work, so I was thrilled when I got a chance of reading Because of You after Bound by Steel.

I was mesmeric after reading Bound by Steel, and I don’t embarrass in saying that I often open it on my e-reader and devour it in my leisure time. It’s such a heart-warming passionate read.

OK, so this review is about Because of You and I think I should stop my obsession with Bound by Steel if at least for a while until I put this review together.

So, let’s begin. Ok, I have started doing critical review. And though I don’t find anything to be critically acknowledge in Because of You, I will still try to assess it critically. However, it’s a different thing that the book left me spellbound by its writing, the characeterization, and the vivid portrayal of human emotions as if everything was happening in front of my eyes.

As you know, I review books in the light of few pointers, so here goes my review for Because of You

Plot and Storyline: It’s a story of Riley and Hunter. Riley moves to her Dad’s house in Southern Carolina where she meets Hunter and the two instantly fall in love with each other. Hunters wants to express his love but has his own haunting past which he thinks can hurt Riley. Riley, on the other hand, is drawn towards Hunter like a moth to a flame. Their affection grows and finally, the lovebirds succumbs to the growing desires for each other unknown what future has in store for them.

The plot is old but the story treatment is new and appealing. The plot is tightly woven and there are no loose ends where the reader feels bored. It kept my attention intact from the beginning till end. It has some cleverly done twists at the end of the book and the surprize ending just acts like an icing on the top of melt-in-the-mouth cheesecake 😊

The love scenes are well written and don’t seem like an erotica. They are sensual yet graceful, but I loved to read more about the emotional gestures and playful banter Riley and Hunter shared with each other. Their care, emotions, and love all expressed vividly and the entire read was no less than watching an emotional and passionate romantic movie.

Characters: Both Riley and Hunter have their own traumatic pasts and suffer from panic attacks and nightmares. This brings them even closer. The characterization was strong. Characters are well-developed and realistic. It’s not easy to describe character in all the three dimensions, but Connie has done this with elan.

I loved Riley from the beginning and can relate with her. In fact, often it feels like I am reading about my own self. Like her, whenever something goes wrong it feels I am responsible for it. This often makes me feel guilty.

I loved the way Hunter makes her realize that it’s not always her fault.

Like Bound by Steel where I fell in love with Ryker, in Because of You I couldn’t stop fantasizing about Hunter 😊. He made my heart gallop. I typically loved the scenes where he was so caring and loving to Riley. For instance, when he was taking care of her at his home after Riley suffered a terrible panic attack. That scene was beautifully written and very emotional that it gave me a tingle.

I liked the character of Scott. However, I wanted to read more about him and his relationship with Riley. I wanted to read about Kathy and also about Hunter’s parents and grandparents.

Scenes and Narrative Summary (Shows verses Tell and Pacing)

The scenes are crafted beautifully and the scene to narrative transition is smooth and seamless. Author has succeeded in creating a fine balance between scene and narrative. There’s a fine balance between Show and Tell and nothing feels overdone or lengthy.

The descriptions of the places and events and even characters are to the point. There are no lengthy descriptive that can compel the readers to skim pages. Again, I will say it were the emotions between the couple that made me swipe one page after another of this passionate romantic tale.

I fell in love with the book and with its characters. It was such an enjoyable read and still, I am not able to take my mind off of Riley and Hunter’s sizzling chemistry, their love and care for each other. The book succeeded in describing what true love is.

Overall Assessment: The plot has depth. It is well crafted with no room for improvement. The story is well structured. It slows down and picks up pace as and when required compelling reader not to stop reading.

The lead characters are strong and well developed. There’s an emotional connection between them, and the best thing is that you can feel strongly about both Riley and Hunter.

However, there’s room for improvement in the cover of the book.

Apart from cover, I don’t think there’s anything that can stop me from rating this book 5 stars. This book doesn’t deserve anything less than that.

So, if you’re looking for a passionate and emotional romance for the weekend, Because of You fits the bill.

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Christmas Celebrations: How to Make a Christmas Gift Basket At Home

It’s again the same time of the year that takes me back into the past. I love this season. The festive season. The time of happiness and cheerfulness.

Christmas has always been my favorite festival. It’s the perfect time of the year when you can make people happy and enjoy giving. Weeks before Christmas, I start reminiscing about my old college days. We studied in a Christian Missionary School, and it was Christmas that had me so many fond memories of that time.

We usually had Christmas celebrations starting in the first week of December. It would start with white gift service followed by Christmas carols, skits, plays, finally culminating into a Christmas extravaganza just a day before the holidays.

In those days, the idea of Christmas gift baskets wasn’t very common. People usually presented gift boxes that hardly had any room for innovation.

Of late, the gift baskets have grown much in popularity. They help you in customizing your gift as you present them to your friends and relatives.

You can make these baskets in many ways. They can even be used once the gifts inside of them are taken out.

You can find these gift baskets at all gift stores along with Christmas stars and wreathes but you can be more creative by making a Christmas gift basket at home by using other items. Isn’t it interesting if you create an innovative gift basket that isn’t a true basket? All it needs is some planning and a hint of creativity.

You can utilize different bases to keep your gifts rather than a conventional basket. For instance, if anybody in your family loves cooking, you can gift her with kitchen things filled into a crockpot. Fill the crockpot with all the kitchen items you are planning to gift and add a few sparkles and a bow to it so that it looks really special.

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If you have a male friend or a relative who loves fishing you can gift him a traditional wicker fishing supply bag which would hold a bunch of angling things. You can utilize this as a creative basket to fill it up with hankies, lines, an espresso bottle, and various other things you think he might want to take with him on his next fishing trip.

Ladies simply love to be pampered so you can make a gift basket out of a bathing robe and stuff it up with different things, for example, a manicure or pedicure kit, face masks, moisturizers, and a bunch of other girlie stuff.

Kids can gift their teachers a tote bag filled with all kinds of pens, pencils, markers, scratch pad and papers. You can likewise attach a card to it to wish your teachers a cheerful Christmas season.

Have you seen how easy it is to design and create your very own Christmas gift basket at home? You can personalize them depending on the liking and interest of the person.

So, that was all about Christmas gift baskets. If you’re a busy bee and doesn’t have much time, you can anyways go for premade gift baskets or boxes.

Besides these, there’s one more very interesting way of expressing your love and warmth and that is by gifting ebooks, especially for distant friends and relatives. Gifting ebooks saves you from shipping and handling hassles. Done at the touch of a button, they can be the quickest and the easiest gift for your loved ones.

All you got to do is to go to your Amazon store choose an ebook from the Kindle store and gift it as Christmas present.

So, if you think you have a friend that love reading cozy second chances romances, my new e-book is releasing just before Christmas that is on December 22, 2017, apt for reading during the holidays.

And the best part is, you can read the first chapter of the The Wedding Planner even before the book is out in the market, totally FREE!

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Book Review: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Book Review - Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman, www.mariyamhasnain.comSimha International is the first book of Sundari Venkatraman’s bestselling series – The Bansal Legacy.

The book was published in the month of February and has touched and topped the bestselling charts several times since then.

Further ahead, I am going to critically review this book.

When you pick a book, you set certain expectations from it. Many of you want to read inspirational novels that make you feel motivated. Then, there are some, who want to read full on entertainment.

So, if you fall in the first category, Simha International is not the book for you because it’s a pure entertainment and fun read without giving you any moral at the end of the story.

But, if you’re open-minded and doesn’t mind reading an entertaining suspense novel with a hint of sexy romance in it, I encourage you to go for this book.

I never review a book to say all good things about it. Being critical doesn’t mean using a magnifying glass and looking for plot holes, grammatical errors, or typos but to critically analyse the authors work.

There are several pointers that I use to critically assess the book and as you go further, you will see how it works.

Plot and Storyline: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman is a story of a young and dashing managing director of a hotel (same name as the book’s name) Rohit Bansal and his love interest Tasha Sawant.

Both Rohit and Tasha have bitter memories of broken hearts. Both have suffered the trauma of failed relationships in the past. And when the two lonely souls come close, passion builds strong.

Both aren’t ready to commit but desperately looking for refuge and comfort in each other and whether this desire will transform into love or not is the suspense the book offers. There’s one more subplot goes alongside and that’s there’s a thief in the hotel. The suspects are many.

The plot somewhat looked misdirected with quite a lot of backstory dumping. The descriptions of the scenes and places often seemed like a drag, and I had to skim a couple of pages to avoid getting bored. However, the author has brilliantly crafted the scenes and the narrative and descriptive are well written. The dialogues to narrative transition is smooth and seamless.

The sex scenes are well written. They are cheesy and delicious.

The plot could be woven more tightly. It can be made more intriguing. The subplot of a sneaking thief isn’t very interesting. It would have been better if the author had created a haunting and secretive past of one of the protagonists. But that’s just an opinion 😊

Characters: The book has a whole bunch of crazy characters. Excluding the lead pairs, there aren’t any characters that are described in detail. The characters work like a filler to the scenes, and I found me desperate to read more and more about Rohit and Tasha’s building chemistry which was good. Their chemistry sizzles and steam flows off the pages. However, the relationship lacks any emotional connect. I want to read more about emotions infused conversations. The playful banter and dialogues were good but still I miss the description of human emotions.

The lead pair characters are well developed. I didn’t like Tasha much earlier but as the story progressed she emerges as a strong woman who is clear in her thoughts. She wants Rohit’s company but isn’t looking for taking advantage of his millionaire status. I liked the scene where she declined taking the jewellery set from Rohit.

“I am game till we can be partners. I refuse to play if you insist on giving me expensive gifts. In a partnership, we are equals. Well, I can’t afford to buy you gold cufflinks.” ~ Quoted from Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Rohit seemed like a God-sent angle for Tasha. And is a bit unrealistic at times. I even didn’t like him going in search for his old girlfriend. He fought tooth and nail to trace Aarti. That seemed amateurish. He even appeared naïve and immature when he falls for Aarti instantly.

I like the character transformation of Tarun from a spoilt brat to a diligent human being. Mr. Sawant’s character was one-dimensional and fussy. The most unbelievable character was Pushpa Sawant, Tasha’s mother who behaved worse than a stepmother. I wonder if a real mother is like her. Needless to mention but Arun was literally a scumbag.

Scenes and Narrative Summary (Show verses Tell and Pacing)

As I said earlier, there’s a quite a lot of backstory in the book. There’s not just one but a backstory within the backstory. This slows the pace of the book. The descriptions are quite lengthy and often feel like a drag.

The author described Goa in pretty much detail but missed to describe Mumbai. The smell, the chaos, the fast life of the metro. I would love to read more about the city of Mumbai and the life of Tasha Sawant as a Mumbaikar.

Often at times, the novel is more dependent on Telling rather than Showing but that can be overlooked with the quality of writing and the smooth flow of dialogues.

Dialogues flow smoothly. Writing is immaculate and flawless with powerful vocabulary usage. Indeed Ms. Venkatraman has a commanding grasp on English language. There’s not a single editing error. I am quite peculiar in picking up errors of punctuation and grammar, but in Simha International, I couldn’t find any. I have reviewed traditionally published books as well from big publishing houses, but I don’t afraid in saying that the quality of Simha International is far better than some of the traditionally published chartbusters.

This makes Simha International a complete package. A box full of steamy and delicious love bites, a sexy alpha male, a strong charming heroine, suspense, thrill, and a hell lot of sizzling chemistry.

The lack of depth in the plot, the unstructured storyline, and lengthy flashbacks couldn’t overshadow the quality of writing couldn’t affect the overall rating of this book. The beautiful descriptions, the seamless scene transitions, and the impeccable editing add more stars. So, as an avid reader of entertaining romantic fiction I give Simha International 4 stars. Yes, 4 hot and steaming stars!!!

So that was my take on Simha International (The Bansal Legacy #1) by Sundari Venkatraman.

If you like my style of review, give me a thumb up by liking, commenting, and sharing this post to keep me motivated, and I promise I’ll keep them coming 😊

Huh! That was pretty long… time for a coffee, guys!

Talk soon!

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~MH

 

 

An author Interview of Sundari Venkatraman

Ms. Venkatraman is the author of 20 contemporary Indian romance novels including the bestsellers The Malhotra Bride, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Smitten Husband, The Madras Affair, and all the three books of The Bansal Legacy Series (Simha International, Rose Garden International, and Maharaja International). She has written back to back several bestsellers and is known for creating strong women characters and desirable alpha males who are dominant yet caring and sensitive to their ladies.

Before writing she had a successful career as a content manager. She has worked with the biggies of the media and publishing world including Network 18, Bennett and Coleman, Infomedia 18, and burrp.com

Writing bug bit her in her 40s, and she started writing just as an outlet for her thoughts. There was no looking back for Sundari as she wrote. She kept on writing and within 6 months, she had 5 novels ready to be published.

Like all other writers, she had to shelf her books on her computer and get back to work as she didn’t find a publisher.

But today, she is one of the top-notch indie authors of India. Her books are not only published but become bestsellers one after another. She’s truly an inspiration for all the budding writers out there.

She has several achievements under her belt, the one being in the judging panel of the pentopublish2017 contest, an Amazon India initiative.

I felt privileged when I got a chance to interact with her and talk to her about her passion for writing. In my interview with her, she gets candid about her writing and publishing journey, the ups and downs of a writer’s life, and the future of independent publishing in India.

Here are the Excerpts of her interview with me:

Me: How did you take a plunge into the self-publishing world when there was very little awareness about independent publishing in India?

Sundari Venkatraman: Talk of being in the right place at the right time. I believe a lot in destiny.

I began writing at the end of the year 2000. Even before I thought of publishing, I had completed three manuscripts in the span of five months. After that, I kept submitting the synopses and sample chapters to many publishers around the world, via snail mail, mind you, since that was the only option available. I have many rejection letters for those publishers.

I went back to full time work and gave up writing. But it seemed that writing didn’t give up on me. I again wanted to tell stories and yes, I wanted people to read them. That’s when I began to blog my novels as weekly series on my blog. This also motivated me to write more and I was into my fifth book by now.

Reading a couple of chapters from one of my books, my friend Rubina Ramesh pointed me in the direction of Amazon KDP. I thought it may be complicated. But after reading Rasana Atreya’s blog on self-publishing—Rasana is a forerunner in indie publishing—I got my first book beta read, proofed, had a professional cover made and became a published author in the span of two weeks.

Me: From where did you get the inspiration for your books?

Sundari Venkatraman: I get my inspiration from reading. I read voraciously, especially books from the romance genre. Whenever I read a Nora Roberts, Georgette Heyer or a Janet Dailey, I visualise similar situations in India. And our country does offer so many premises with its rich cultural heritage and traditions while a family set up plays a huge role in people’s lives. News snippets about the world we live in, gossip columns, snippets on TV serials—anything and everything inspires me to tell stories.

Me: After writing several bestsellers back to back, how do you define success? Is it becoming rich and famous or is it all about self-satisfaction?

Sundari Venkatraman: It is both. I love being rich and famous and I am getting there, a step at a time. As for self-satisfaction, nothing to beat that one. I love weaving tales and I especially enjoy publishing my books at my pace. Like I complete my manuscript and the book is out within a maximum period of 10 days—the time taken for beta reading, proofing, formatting and getting the cover made. It’s immensely satisfying indeed.

Oh yeah, success. It is there in all these for sure. But what I like the most are when I see the number of pages actually being read of my books on my dashboard. Even when ebooks and paperbacks are sold, it does not guarantee that people actually read them. I have many books in my kindle and my bookshelf that I haven’t yet read. But Kindle Unlimited is proof that people read one’s books. Now, that’s the ultimate success for me.

Me: What is the future of self-publishing in India, especially publishing ebooks, when most of the Indians prefer reading mass market paperbacks?

Sundari Venkatraman: Self-publishing is here to stay. There are those screaming their lungs off saying that it’s shameful and that only authors who have been rejected by publishers take to it. That scenario has definitely changed and I am glad that I am one of the forerunners in removing that stigma. It feels good when traditional publishers chase me with their resumes, inviting me to work with them.

That said, we have enough audience for both ebooks as well as paperbacks. Kindle is best for carrying around, with thousands of books that could be stored in it. But yeah, both industries can definitely survive side by side with a bit of give and take.

Me: What Indians prefer to read – An entertaining and fun read or a Preachy lnspirational book?

Sundari Venkatraman: Your question reminds me of this woman I met during my recent trip to Chennai. My sister introduced the two of us and I told her that I write romance novels. She said that she would have bought my book in a jiffy only if they were preachy and inspirational. But alas, she couldn’t because they weren’t. I am guilty of mentally thumbing my nose at her because I felt she need not have told me what she did.

We can’t make a sweeping statement of all Indians in one breath. There is an audience for all kinds of books that are well written and presented professionally. I, for one, love to read books that entertain.

At the end of it all, didn’t the bard write for the same reason?

In the meanwhile, I also love to read Deepak Chopra, Devdutt Pattanaik, Neale Donald Walsch, to mention a few famous authors who write to inspire their audience.

So, we have an audience for all kinds of writing, for sure. One thing though, never turn preachy through fiction. I can’t stand it as many people out there who dislike it too.    

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SIMHA INTERNATIONAL
(The Bansal Legacy #1)
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 
Blurb
 
Rohit Bansal, the handsome and suave managing director of Simha International, is the envy of many—from a director of the hotel to an employee. 
 
A thief comes up with a simple modus operandi, believing that nobody’s really going to find out anything about the thefts taking place. But when a guest brings it to his notice, Rohit is determined to save the reputation of Simha International and ropes in a top-notch detective. Will Rohit be able to find who the thief is before time runs out?
 
The lovely and intelligent Tasha Sawant goes to work at Simha International as the duty manager. Her experience in the hotel industry only adds to the hotel’s excellent service. 
 
Tasha is attracted to Rohit and it would seem that he reciprocates her feelings. Well, the lady isn’t looking for a permanent relationship as it looks likes she’s already had an unpleasant experience. But then, what about the guy? Does Rohit want any kind of relationship with Tasha? 
 
*Simha International is the first book in the trilogy called The Bansal Legacy.
 
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Tasha caught the movement in her peripheral as Rohit walked into the atrium along with Vignesh. She straightened from the desk in front of her to pay better attention. He was like her very own Prince Charming in modern apparel, minus the white charger.
Rohit walked across the reception as if he owned the place, a devil-may-care expression on his gorgeous features. Tasha felt something akin to a jolt of lightning strike her heart while she felt a buzzing reverberation like thunder, which muted all the other sounds in the hall. She just stared as Rohit moved towards her, her sherry brown eyes wide and her mouth open in a startled moue.
A trifle irritated when a phone buzzed, Tasha sounded breathless as she answered the call. A small frown knitted her smooth forehead and Akhil was startled to see her drumming her fingers in annoyance on her desk.
Tasha turned her head towards the two men who were deep in conversation as she placed the receiver back on its rest. Her heart beat a wild tattoo when she saw them walking in her direction. Her slender form thrummed in anticipation as she stepped out of the bay when Vignesh beckoned to her. Akhil could feel the tremors as she walked past him and a scowl puckered his forehead as he looked up to see what had caused the excitement. On seeing Rohit, he wiped his frown in a hurry and gave the other man a sheepish smile of greeting that didn’t quite reach his eyes.
Akhil hated his boss, passionately. Akhil was from a middle class family and had had to struggle throughout his twenty-four years to reach where he was, a management trainee on his way to becoming a duty officer in another nine months’ time subject to—a look of bitterness marred his good looks—the approval of the board of directors, especially Rohit Bansal. Whenever he looked at his young boss of thirty-three, Akhil felt the fire of jealousy consuming him. Rohit Bansal was so lucky—Akhil was absolutely sure of it—to have everything handed to him on a platter, a child born with a silver spoon, into a hotelier family. Rohit’s single-handed struggle and hard work to set up the 5-star hotel against so many odds didn’t enter Akhil’s mind. His patience and perseverance had no place in the employee’s thoughts. His narrow mind could only perceive Rohit, as he was today, a billionaire who held 22% of the total shares of Simha International.
Adding insult to injury was Tasha’s reaction to him. She had been gently firm in her refusal to date Akhil. The bitch! His lips drooped downward. Big money went a long way to pave one’s path, it seemed.
Tasha went to stand beside the FOM, waiting for him to do the introductions.
“Rohit,” said Vignesh, “Meet Tasha Sawant, the latest addition to the Simha family,” he smiled before he turned towards Tasha, “And Tasha, meet Rohit Bansal, our managing director.” He didn’t notice the shocked look on Tasha’s face as she stared at Rohit.
Sherry brown eyes clashed with obsidian black ones and sparks flew! Her small hand was engulfed in what could be termed only as a huge ‘paw’. Tasha forgot to breathe as she felt herself being sucked into the black depths of his eyes from where she never wanted to escape.
The flash of his smile drew her attention to his sculpted lips—the thin upper one and a luscious lower one—and the incredible set of white teeth was a dentist’s dream. She drew a deep breath before whispering, “Hello.” She couldn’t help but notice the deep cleft in his square chin. Sexy!
Rohit read her lips rather than heard her greeting and met the lovely doe-like eyes with his obsidian gaze. He closed one eyelid in a wink and grinned at her, hoping to ease the situation that was fraught with sensuality.
Unaware of the undercurrents, Vignesh Kumar excused himself to go about his work.
Rohit smiled at Tasha. “Welcome to Simha International, Tasha.” His black eyes studied her boldly, from the top of her head to the tips of her toes peeping from her low-heeled shoes. She was tall and slender and oh so perfect! He had a tough time keeping his right hand from moving to her velvety cheek. The dusky gold of her skin seemed to invite his caress. He wanted to gather her in his arms and kiss her sensational lips into oblivion. He saw her breasts move agitatedly as she took deep breaths to calm herself.
Pink flooded Tasha’s face that appeared gorgeous to the fascinated man. “I don’t bite,” he declared, his expression devilishly mischievous. His black eyes danced and sparkled, lighting up the area.

 

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Book Review – Dancing Stars by Sujata Morab

Shridhar and Vijaya Shastri feel their children are not their own. Have they taken births to settle their past lives’ karmic debt or is this a forewarning of some future event?

Suryansh and Ameta are well settled in their lives, succeeding in their respective chosen path when suddenly they are extracted and shown a destiny so fantastic that they fall to the temptation. Whether this aberration of theirs will raise them to unbelievable heights or destroy them? Why do they agree to the outrageous scheme?

A product so ingenious and powerful that it can either elevate the lives of people to next level or it can destroy the balance of the world?

Why is Guruji, a man of God, taking so much interest in worldly matters? Is he harbouring a separate agenda of his own?

Lives of many are unknowingly entwined because of whims of one person.

Set in cities of Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, their final destinies await the reluctant players.


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Sujata Morab

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REVIEW

Dancing Stars as the name suggests is all about revolving planets and their effects on human beings. The books deals with some of the very complex and contradictory issues of human psychology, the effect of stars on our lives, the theories of physics and astronomy, and life circumstances of different individuals on the planet earth.

It also touches the most contradictory aspects of conspiracy theory. It even touches the subject how humans are brainwashed and made slaves of the system.

The book is basically written as a short story collection with each story describing the life condition of one or few individuals. The stories are interconnected together.

Though all of the stories have a hidden message and leave an impact on the reader’s mind, the story named “Turning a New Leaf” touched my heart significantly. It shows how Ameta, a rich spoiled daughter of a  diamond merchant breaks the heart of a poor boy Amar. Amar who was least interested in Ameta couldn’t endure the pain and breaks down seeking refuge in drinking. The story shows how upbringing can impact the outlook of an individual, later in his or her life.

The book is written like a journal where each story seems like a journal entry and an easy read, however, at times, some of the stories are hard to follow and allow the user to take a break from reading.

The language is simple yet at certain places, the dialogues don’t flow very smoothly.

That being said, this was quite and engrossing read, and I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading crime thrillers with a generous sprinkle of mystery in it.

The book overall deserves no less than 4 stars because of its unique subject and originality. However, there’s room in the execution and presentation of the stories.

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“The Ocean kept on changing its colors as day and night transformed into each other in the clear sky of the Mediterranean.

Rajeev acted like nothing had happened, but life had completely changed for me.

The house was calm. The TV was on, yet quite. Rajeev sat on the couch, flipping through the channels. I stood exactly at the highest point of stairs, looking down.

He hadn’t gone anywhere. Consistently, a similar schedule. He lay next to me on the bed each night, But i knew he never slept. Both of us gazed into the obscurity, lost in the sullen silence. He hadn’t touched me, hadn’t attempted to touch me.

I was thankful. Composed.

Yet, I throbbed. I grieved the loss of his touch.

What had gone wrong with me?

He had broken me into two pieces- one part of me loved him, the other part hated him. ”

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