Book Review: The Prince’s Special Bride by Devika Fernando

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Marie doesn’t believe in fairytales and needs no handsome prince to rescue her from misery – but everything changes when she falls in love with Crown Prince Christian of Taragonia. When his sister invites Marie to the palace, their lives collide and leave them both fighting their forbidden attraction.
Prince Christian has no place in his life for love or for a woman who doesn’t fit into the royal scheme of things. But vivacious Marie steals his heart and puts all he has lived for at stake. When the media gets wind of their affair, he has to make a difficult decision.
Will the unlikely couple have a chance at a happy ending?

My review:

This is the first time I am reviewing a book by Devika Fernando.  I have always been intrigued by her books, especially the Royal Romance series.

I suppose at heart and we are all looking for our Prince Charming, even as we fight for equality.

Devika has created a perfect blend where this longing for the prince is matched with an equally strong independent streak in the heroine.

Devika has a very easy style of writing that makes it easy to slip into the story.  Her characters are human rather than perfect.  She has a knack for putting things in a way you would like to quote.

“A drawn out concert of colours, the sky flirting with the ocean until it was suffused in its glow.”

“It’s like there is this sword hanging over my head and nobody is willing to acknowledge it much less help me escape from it.”

“Maybe I fooled myself that if I’d do what nobody would expect from me, they’d stop being so sure that I’d do what they did expect from me.”

All in all, I enjoyed reading it, though the book could have been edited better.

You can pick up your copy here using my Amazon afiliate link. It will go well with the rains and a nice cup of tea.

 

Book Review: Her Secret Husband by Sundari Venkatraman

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“Her Secret Husband” is the third book in the “Marriages made in India” series. Having read five of the ten books authored by Sundari Venkatraman, I must say her writing has gotten so much better. This is really difficult for someone who already was a really good writer. But now her story moves seamlessly, through time and events.

The story very nicely brings out the fact that people see what they want to see. Ruma’s mother looks at the boy she has chosen for Ruma and thinks that they make a lovely pair. Dadima looks at them together and feels disgusted . The poor father just buries his head in the sand and notices nothing.

Her characters are well fleshed out. Whether it was Ruma, or Lakshman or Ruma’s grandmother, Sundari made them come alive. Though the series is about the Maheshwari family, it is Ruma’s character that had me hooked.

She comes from a conservative family that believes in arranged marriages and women not working after marriage, yet, she is a feisty young woman. She is not someone who sits quietly and lets life take its course. She is assertive and confident enough to make the first move, first by taking the first step towards ending the distance between them, by visiting Lakshman in his home town unexpectedly and then proposing marriage to him.
But there was one paragraph that made me fall in love with Lakshman.

“They walked to Om Book Shop where Lakshman insisted on buying every book she browsed.
“Laki, are you mad? I don’t need so many books.”
“I need to buy them for you,” was the quiet reply.”

Now that is what I call hero material!

 

HER SECRET HUSBAND

(Marriages Made in Heaven Book #3)

by

Sundari Venkatraman

 

 

Blurb

The Maheshwaris are back, a little secretly this time!

 

What do you do if you find a man who looks like chocolate, speaks like warm syrup, looks at you like you were the most precious cake ever created, and he can bake too? You marry him, even if in secret.

 

Ruma Malhotra falls head over heels and a little more in love with Lakshman Maheshwari, but her parents insist that she marry a rich businessman of their choice. When Ruma’s only option is to marry Lakshman in secret, she is left torn between her love for her parents and her passion for Lakshman. Is a secret marriage the solution or will it lead the way to a public disappointment?

 

Lakshman Maheshwari falls in love with Ruma Malhotra the first time he sets his eyes on her in Ranveer’s office. Will he agree to marry Ruma in secret even if it means betraying his parents?

 

Psst… Those who have read THE MALHOTRA BRIDE might be happy to reconnect with Sunita & Akshay Malhotra in this one. 

 

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

 

 

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Her Secret Husband is the tenth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #3 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Book #1 of the series is The Smitten Husband & Book #2 is His Drunken Wife. 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 shorts called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.

 

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Spot light: His Christmas Delight by Summerita Rhayne




HIS CHRISTMAS DELIGHT 
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Summerita Rhayne

 



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Caught by Santa!

For Myra, Christmas means supporting her friends. They rallied round getting her back on her feet after she lost Pete, her husband, so she's always ready to help any of them. No matter to what lengths the challenge makes her go. Only she didn't expect to find Santa almost catching her in her wrongdoings. Then she finds that the handsome Santa is Jay, her old high school friend. Now he's changed from a gangly geek to an attractive stranger. After missing out on the dating scene for a long time after losing Pete, she feels the first stirring of desire. But Jay is playing hot and cold, refusing to admit the attraction sizzling between them.

He’s back in Goa just for Christmas

Jay knew Myra as his best friend’s girl. Now Pete is gone, but Jay is finding difficult to let go of the scars he picked up in Coast Guard service. He’s home only to help revive his brother’s toy shop. When he finds himself making excuses to stay, he knows he’s crossing the limits he’d set himself. What’s the purpose in taking this further when he knows he cannot be the one to give her the happiness she deserves? But no matter how hard he tries, the scorching flames of wanting only seem to get stronger. How can he keep on denying the attraction between them when she insists on coming close?


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Summerita Rhayne writes contemporary and historical romance with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. She’s a bestselling romance author at Amazon. She loves her teaching job as much as writing. Juggling two careers with home can be difficult but she firmly believes if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters will find a way to make the writer pen them down, even when writing time is in short supply. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters – yes, both the hero and heroine in her stories are strong- minded in their own

way – the only way to get peace is write their book!
At heart, she’s a family person. She loves winding down with music, romcoms, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking.


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Spot light:A Way back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher

 

 

 

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Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

 

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home…to the man she left behind?

 

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Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one.

 

When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them. She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

 

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it.

 

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Book Review: The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman

coverOkay, so I am a writer. Or rather, I should say, a writer in training, because there still seems to be such a lot that I have to learn. I still have to learn the difference between a novel and a novella for instance and other stuff like that.

And so I blithely sat down with a cup of tea and prepared to enjoy Sundari Vekatraman’s book ‘The Smitten Husband’. About an hour and a half later, I ping her, “I finished the book!”

“And?”

“And I want more!”

“It’s a novella!” she pings back adding a smiley.

And a “novella” it is! Short and yet complete!

And since it is a novella, I am going to write my review as a listicle. (I’m just showing off the new terms I’ve learnt recently  😛 )

  1. I think most women in India (age no bar) will be able to relate to Sapna, the heroine, who keeps dreaming of a Prince Charming who will come and bowl her over, in a most dramatic way, “not introduced by an astrologer.”
  2. Most of us who have been part of the arranged marriage scenario will also relate to the falling in love with your husband as you get to know him. (Remember that Tanishq platimum rings ad? Your day of love?)
  3. I read the story twice. Once, just for the pleasure of it; and the second time, to seriously review it. And guess what? I enjoyed it thoroughly both times!
  4. Sundari’s characters are as usual complex. Ram, the hero, as obedient a son as his namesake in some matters and stubborn as hell in others. Traditional enough to agree to an arranged marriage, yet modern enough to understand that his wife has an identity of her own and to respect it.
  5. Sapna is today’s woman. Though from a small town and not educated beyond school, she has the gumption to stand up to her husband and is not in awe of his wealth or standing in society.
  6. The story has Sundari’s signature moments of mischief thrown in which make for enjoyable reading.
  7. The romance is as usual effortless and real. The writing doesn’t seem in the least bit forced or too thought over. I really wonder how she does it.  I wonder if she’ll teach me to write those scenes like that! I always have a problem writing love scenes  😦
  8. What I was not comfortable with was the matching of horoscopes in the story; maybe because it is something I am personally against. I just feel that in a book like this it sends a message that matching horoscopes work. It seems a little regressive.
  9. Another thing is the fact that Sapna’s parent had aborted three daughters after Sapna was born. Yet they were a very decent highly respected family. Some thing goes against the grain here. I understand that the author probably brought this fact in to use it as a social message when the mother sees it as a reason for why they are in such a terrible situation.

But all said and done, I really loved it! I just wished it was more! I wanted more of Ram, more of Sapna, more of their interaction, with each other, their families. I just wanted more!

I can’t wait to read the next in the Marriages made in India series, “His Drunken Wife!”

Synopsis:

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.

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cbba5-sundarivThe 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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His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman

When my favourite author comes up with a new book and that too with one with a title like this, I can’t wait to grab hold of it.
This is book #2 in her “Marriages Made in India” series.

Marriages Made in India
Book #2
HIS DRUNKEN WIFE
 
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
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The badass Shikha is startled when the nerdy Abhimanyu proposes marriage. She loves… herself, and Abhimanyu doesn’t figure on her list anywhere. For Abhimanyu, however, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into RS Software, where the two of them work.

When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough for her, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment.

But it looks like the love is all from only Abhi’s side as Shikha continues to drink herself crazy. Yeah, even at their wedding party.

And then Abhi sets out on a honeymoon to Thailand with His Drunken Wife…

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His Drunken Wife

is the ninth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #2 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India; Book #1 being The Smitten Husband. 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 are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.


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