Book review: Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman

 

GROOMNAPPED
(The Groom Series #1)
by
Sundari Venkatraman

 

My Review:

Sundari Venkatraman never fails to deliver. Groomnapped is a sweet romance with a heroine who is totally aware of the reality of the society she lives in and yet chooses to live her life on her own terms and a hero who is willing to do anything to win his beloved.

In Groomnapped, Sundari has taken social norms and added a bit of satire to give it a twist and beat the guardians of society at their own game.

There is no coyness, no false modesty. Just an acceptance of reality which you don’t necessarily have to make yours.

 
 
BLURB
 
The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 
 
Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 
 
They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 
 
Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his? 
 
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About the author
 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Spotlight: Lolita by Rubina Ramesh

 

Print Length: 246 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
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Language: English
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Genre: Romance
Love or Stardom? Was there even a doubt what Lolita wanted?
 
Though what Lolita wanted and what she got were two different things. When notoriety, that came along with fame, was too much for her to bear, she seeks refuge in the luscious greens of Panchgani. 
 
But a chance accident changes her life forever… 
 
Advait Rana was a workaholic and a single dad. And balancing the two roles was not easy. The guilt of neglecting his 10-year-old, motherless child made him decide to become a better father than he was. Taking a leave of absence from his work, he heads towards Panchgani little knowing that fate had some other plans for him. 
 
A chance accident that changes his life forever… 
 
Born in simplicity, shunned for her ambition by her family, shamed for her choice in men, Lolita is exactly the kind of woman Advait doesn’t want his daughter to be acquainted with. Little does he know that it is this attitude of his which makes him a target for the darling of the silver screen. 
 
For she was born to win over hearts!!!
 
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From Sundari Venkatraman, Bestselling Author of Tied In Knots and many more:
“With an unapologetically badass heroine and a super-hot dude who loves his little daughter more than anything else in the world, Lolita makes for an unputdownable romance; not to miss some truly hot scenes. “
 
Note from the Author:
This is a standalone novel and is not carried over to the next part. 
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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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Spotlight: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

 

 
Killer Moves
by
Varsha Dixit
 
 
 
Blurb
Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 



Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 



But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 



Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 



Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 



How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 



From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 

 
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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Spotlight: Mind, Body and Soul by Author Shree

Print Length: 30 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: February 11, 2018
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Language: English
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Genre: LGBT, Short Story 
Vanyaa, obsessed with an Indian television star gets the chance to meet her idol and get to know him—but the secret he hides may tear them both apart, and reality offers a sharp contrast to the glamour of the onscreen world.
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Shree is an IT Pro turned author since 2015. Her works include short stories collection ‘Secret Expressions: Two Stories’, novella ‘Silent Invaders’, which has entered the quarter finals of Screencraft Cinematic Story (for Hollywood) Contest 2017, and Bengali poetry book ‘Onuronon’, released in International Kolkata Book Fair 2018. Shree is a contributing author of ‘Flock-The Journey’ and ‘Different Strokes’. Her upcoming anthology of love poems is ‘Petals of Love’. She is a regular writer on several writing platforms, portals and magazines. She is currently working on some stories and poetries for an American and a Commonwealth journal.

 

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Spotlight : Finding Her Way by Ruchi Vasudeva

Book Blitz: Finding Her Way - An Indian Girl's dilemma by Ruchi Vasudeva

 

Book Blitz: Finding Her Way - An Indian Girl's dilemma by Ruchi Vasudeva
Print Length: 16 pages
Publication Date: February 12, 2018
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Language: English
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Genre: Short Story 

 

 

What does marriage mean for an Indian girl? Whether she marries for love or by arrangement, she’s forced to obey unreasonable demands. But she also wants to live her life on her own terms.

Avni is such a girl. When the man she loves and cares for wholeheartedly, throws her a curve ball, she chooses to walk away. What comes next for Avni?

 
 
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About Ruchi Vasudeva in her own words:
 
I’m a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. The writing bug has long resided in me and a contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave me a golden opportunity to have my dream realized. I debuted in August ’13 with my book ‘Bollywood Fiancé For A Day’. I write romantic fiction with conflicted characters who come into their own in their quest of reaching out for love. I love to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes. 
 
I keep busy juggling writing with my medical job and family life with my doctor husband and two wiser-than-thou teens. When not bent double over the laptop, I might be found with my nose in books or munching nachos at the movies or glued to the telecast of Team India or Chennai Super Kings in action. Sometimes I drag myself for walks and surprisingly discover they are rather good for brewing story ideas! 
 
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Book Review: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales by T.F. Carthick

Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

 

 
My  Review: 

 

Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

I would rate this book a four and a half stars.  It has been a long time since I have read a book that was both entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.

The book takes a look at the fairy tales from a refreshingly new perspective.  By the time I got to the third story, I started trying to guess what spin the author would put on the next story. He has really put in a lot of thought into writing the book and I think every parent should read this book themselves, before reading out fairy tales to their kids. It might make you rethink what you are really teaching your kids through the age old tales.

Blurb

A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?

What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye?

This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.
About the author

 

 

T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.

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Book review: Sins of the Father by Sunanda J. Chatterjee.

 
Sins of The Father
by

Sunanda Chatterjee 

I became a fan of Sunanda Chatterjee when I read her book “Fighting for Tara”, which is a super awesome book. So it was but natural for me to wonder how “Sins of the Father” would compare.  And though “Fighting for Tara” will always remain one of my favourite books, this one did not disappoint.

None of her books are just romance. And this one with its suspense and psychological tinge makes for a very interesting read.

Society can be very unforgiving and often children are made to pay for the sins of their parents. But isn’t it also true that the children themselves feel the need to pay for their parents crimes?  What happens when as a young child you are exposed to the fact that your father is not the hero you think he is? How do you react when his actions have caused you tremendous pain? A lot of times the children feel that in some way it is their fault as well. They carry the burden of what their parents did for a long time indeed.

Sunanda brings this out beautifully in the way the characters interact with each other in the book. I firmly believe that no book is based on just one person. Every good story is a blend of all the characters, the main ones and the supporting ones. Sunanda has managed to weave in all her characters into the fabric of her story and that is what makes it such a delight to read.

“Sins of the Father” is the first book in the Wellington Estates series. I am really impatient to read the next in the series, “Old money”

 

Blurb
Police Officer Harrison McNamara grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. The former Wellington Estates heir has dedicated his life to taking criminals off the streets. But when he goes undercover to expose a blackmailing scheme, he meets a freelance model who may hold a key to his past.
 
For psychologist Laura Carson, freelancing as a model is the perfect bridge until she can set up her practice. But her modeling agency isn’t what she expected. Encountering the enigmatic undercover cop might be everything she’s ever wanted—and everything she must avoid.
 
As Laura and Harrison grow closer, their past threatens to destroy them. Trapped in an unending cycle of guilt and blame, can they find a way to bury the sins of the past for a future of redemption and love? 
 
Book 1 of the Wellington Estates Series, Sins of the Father is a stand-alone romantic saga.


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Sunanda J. Chatterjee writes romantic sagas and family dramas, with empowered heroines and noble heroes, and all manner of family relationships. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her themes include the immigrant experience, women’s issues, and medicine.
Her books have consistently been the Top 100 bestsellers on Amazon USA and Amazon India in Asian Literature, Indian Writing, and Asian Drama categories. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies, short-story.net and induswomanwriting.com.
She grew up in Bhilai, India and now lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. When she is not by the microscope or creating imaginary worlds, she reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches old TV dramas.

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