Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Blitz :: 'Second Chance At Forever' by Summerita Rhayne


What happens when the terrible twos come in threes?

Stuti loves being a mother to her triplets, but it can be a harrowing routine. She's even more submerged in the craziness when she takes them and her mom-in-law for a trip to Rajasthan, the land of the erstwhile Thar desert royals and their palaces. After the passing away of her husband, she feels she owes it to her mil to take her to her favourite holiday. In the Amber Palace, her reckless toddler rushes onto a modelling shoot. As she picks up her daughter who has tripped over a gorgeous zardozi sari, her gaze clashes with that of the man she'd hoped never to set eyes on again in her life.

A passion that threatens to set fire to more than just her senses
Revath was everything she wanted in a man, but six years ago he chose to walk away from her. Now he wants to be back in her life. When she knows he doesn't want the same things in life that she does, would she be wise to let anything rekindle between them? Is it already too late for rethinks?

Desire that has to be denied
Revath knew the moment he met Stuti again that he couldn't just let her go. But Stuti is absolutely the wrong woman for him. It was proved six years ago when they chose diametrically opposite ways for themselves. He doesn't believe in forever, so what's he doing asking her for a second chance?

Can three little miracles be a barrier to two people finding love?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review :: ‘The Smitten Husband’ by Sundari Venkatraman

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Flaming Sun
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?

My Review: 
I immensely enjoyed the ‘Runaway Bridegroom’ by Sundari Venkatraman, which told us the story of Chanda. The new novella ‘Smitten Husband’ is the story of Chanda’s eldest brother Ram and second in the series MMII. The author spins another sweet romantic tale which bridges the gap between rich and poor.

Sapna has a ‘Cindrella’ kind of episode where her husband Ram plays the role of the prince as well as the fairy godmother. But there is one hitch—she doesn’t love the prince. 

As all the girls dream, Sapna too had the dream of being swept off by a handsome prince, but Ram doesn’t invoke any such feelings in her when they meet for the first time. She is not able to say no to him since there was nothing wrong with his proposal. He was dashing, rich and ready to wed her without any demands. She marries him as a duty to her parents.

Ram on the other hand is totally enamored with Sapna, and doesn’t understand her reluctance for the alliance and attributes it to shyness on her part. He wants to give her the world, but everything comes to a standstill for him when Sapna voices her condition on the wedding night. The story is sweet as it unfolds and reaches the happily-ever-after end.

Ram is totally endearing in his role as a dotting son, brother and husband. One empathizes with his situation. On the other hand one can’t but agree with Sapna’s logic too. I loved both the characters as they complimented each other. The supporting characters are familiar and charming. And the sexy, sensuous escapades between two lovely characters are particularly enjoyable.

What is love? Is it the journey or a destination. The author has captured both sides of romance expertly in this sweet, sensuous romance novella. Written in her inimitable, simple style ‘The Smitten Husband’ is a perfect read for a lazy afternoon or a stormy night.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book Review :: ‘The Secret Of God’s Son’ by Usha Narayanan

Genre: Mythology
Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

'The seas will devour the glorious city of Dwaraka. People will forget your name and your Gita!
May the world perish!
May the world perish!'

With this cruel curse on Krishna, Queen Gandhari plunges mankind into the unspeakable evil of the Kali Yuga.

It is up to Pradyumna to try and reverse the dire prediction. To journey into terrifying realms, confront Yama and Shiva, and to vanquish the Kali demon. And to do so, he must shed all that holds a mortal back-his arrogance, his fears, his baser instincts . . . He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery.

And there is one powerful weapon still -- the secret surrounding his origin. Will he uncover it in time to fight off the cataclysm? In the answer lies the destiny of all humanity!

My Review:
I have read Usha Narayanan’s first book, ‘Pradyumna - Son of Krishna’ and immensely enjoyed it. This one is second in the series. While the first deals with the birth and beginning life of Pradyumna, this one tells us the story post the Kurukshetra war. An avid mythology reader knows Mahabhartha, so the unexplored life story of Pradyumna after the war and the revelation at the end is fascinating and entertaining.

As we know that Queen Gandhari had cursed Krishna and his clan for his role in killing of her hundred sons; especially Duryodhana. Krishna humbly accepts a mother’s ire and his destiny and returns to Dwarka with whatever is left of his army. However Pradyumna is not ready to accept the bitter end for his father, his teachings and his disciples.

Pradyumna tries to bring back Vikarna from the jaws of Yama to placate Gandhi, and succeeds, but Gandhari had lost her powers to reverse the curse. The story gets all the more fascinating as Kali, the king of evil forces, becomes powerful and threatens the existence of everything pure and good. At the precipice of war and doom, the Secret is revealed, which makes the story a mind boggling.

Ms Narayanan is an accomplished storyteller which is evident from the various successful books, and in this one too the messages and philosophy of life has been expertly imparted through conversations between Lord Krishna and his subjects. The author has interwoven various other mythological tales in the main thread making the narration all the more interesting.

The messages from Gita has been explained in the simplest terms, as well as the pitfalls of leaning towards the evils of our generation have been expertly dealt with. I, particularly, loved the way women have been portrayed in the book. They are powerful, strong and work along with their men-folks towards the betterment of society.

A highly recommended read for all Indian mythology fans.