BOOK REVIEW: JUST MISSED!

Book: Just Missed

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Author: Himanshu Bhatia

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Petals Publishers

Number of pages: 230 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “Just Missed” by Himanshu Bhatia in exchange for an honest review.

This story is told by Siddharth Gupta. He meets Shreya for the purpose of an arranged marriage and falls in love with her intelligence and beauty. Shreya also, appears to be interested in meeting and talking to Siddharth or Sid, as he is known as.

When Shreya goes on a vacation to Thailand, she meets Shivam, whom she first dismisses as a no-good flirt. However, she slowly sees that Shivam is actually a good person.

As Shreya and Shivam grow closer to each other, Sid’s importance in Shreya’s life starts to decrease. However, Sid is unaware of this and starts planning his engagement and wedding to Shreya. Their respective families are also in favour of this.

After many romantic moments and gestures, Shreya and Shivam realise that they have fallen in love with each other. But is it too late for them? What about Sid’s feelings for Shreya? Can love overcome the practicalities of an arranged marriage?

“Just Missed” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: HOPE AND SUNSHINE

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Author: Debasmita Nath Ghoesh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Power Publishers

Number of pages: 170 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Debasmita Nath Ghosh provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Naina Grover, who hails from Delhi but is working in Kolkata. She enjoys her work as Marketing Manager and is in a long distance relationship with Ved. Naina has a wonderful friend in the form of her cousin Arjun.

Arjun’s best friend is Aditya, the new HR Manager in the company where Naina works. Naina, Arjun and Aditya, soon become a trio enjoying their time hanging out together while Naina struggles in her long distance romance with Ved.

There is also a traumatic secret about Naina’s family that Naina has difficulty coping with. In the meantime, she grows close to Aditya and his family, to the extent that he becomes her ‘hope’ and she becomes his ‘sunshine.”

Who will Naina eventually choose: Aditya or Ved and will she ever be able to recover from the tragedy that happened in the past? The reader needs to read the book, to find the answers.

BOOK REVIEW: HEART QUAKE

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Author: Ishita Deshmukh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Lifi Publications

Number of pages: 255 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Heart Quake” by Ishita Deshmukh in exchange for an honest review.

The story was particularly interesting to me as it is set in the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred in Gujarat in the year 2001. As I am a resident of Ahmedabad, our city too was badly affected by the earthquake and I can certainly relate to many of the scenes described in the book.

The main character in the story is Sonal Patel, a nurse. She arrives in Bhuj, Kutch, i.e. the city that was the epicentre of the earthquake, in order to volunteer at a medical camp that has been set up to help the victims of the quake. Sonal also has a personal agenda, she is looking for her best friend, who resided in Bhuj and whose fate is not known.

Sonal faces a difficult set of conditions in the medical camp but she certainly doesn’t expect to meet her old love, Dr. Tejas Desai, with whom she parted ways with bitterly, ten years ago.

Sonal is thinking about moving on in life with another man, when she meets Tejas again and discovers that she still has feelings for him.

At the same time, there is another plot going on in the story regarding adulterated medicines and patients dying mysteriously. This only serves to make the story more interesting!

All the characters in the story are portrayed very well and the reader will keep turning the pages to find out if Sonal and Tejas are able to rekindle their love.

“Heart Quake” is a very interesting romance. I definitely recommend it to everyone!

BOOK REVIEW: FOR THE SMILE OF YOUR EYES

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Author: Aarish Nandedkar

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Brosis Publishers

Number of pages: 271 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Aarish Nandedkar provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Riley Stacy, an ambitious young interior designer wooing a beautiful young woman, not for love, but in order to win the Biz Award. It is extremely important to Riley to win this award and he works single-mindedly towards this goal.

Unfortunately Riley over-spends to fulfil his goal and ends up being on the run from loan sharks. He takes shelter in an abandoned railway yard, only to encounter the mysterious April, a fierce lovely young woman who tends to his wounds.

Riley is forced to stay with April till his wounds heal and his money woes are sorted out. It appears that Riley is in a strange, out of the way place. He encounters Daddy, an elderly shopkeeper, still in love with his deceased wife. He learns more about April and her history from Daddy.

Slowly Riley and April start to fall in love. But Riley still wants to return to his life and fulfil his dreams. Will Riley’s love be stronger than his ambition? Will April be able to move on from her tragic past?

The story should be read as it resembles a Bollywood love story. I could actually imagine some of the scenes in the book as if I was watching a film instead of reading a book.  A good read, for lovers of romance fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aarish Nandedkar is a novelist, poet, script writer and blogger. He can be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/authoraarish and on Instagram @authoraarish

BOOK REVIEW: IT’S GOT TO BE LOVE

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Author: Prashant Kaul

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 254 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “It’s Got To Be Love” by Prashant Kaul in exchange for an honest review.

This story has all the elements of a romance, unrequited love, fights, serious accidents, misunderstandings and heroic stunts!

Dev Sharma lives in Chandigarh and becomes the best of friends with Vikram in school. The two of them also join the same college. At first, Dev is bullied in college but he manages to transform his physique through exercise and martial arts. Dev has this strange ability of having some of his dreams come true!

Dev falls for Carol in college. She appears to reciprocate his feelings but she also does not appear to be entirely committed to him. In the meantime, Dev connects with Vaani on Facebook, who lives in Delhi and two of them become good friends.

Dev meets Vaani in person when he moves to Delhi to pursue his post-graduation. As his relationship with Carol is going nowhere, Dev gets more and more close to Vaani and eventually falls in love with her.

However, Vaani and her family mysteriously disappear one day. Dev, aided by his group of friends, frantically tries to track her down. Whether he succeeds in doing so and whether the story has a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“It’s Got To Be Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: SEDUCTIVE AFFAIR

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Author: Rishabh Puri

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 173 pages

My Rating: 4/5

This is a charming and totally believable love story.

Prisha is a young girl who has landed her first job at an established news publication, The New Delhi Chronicle. She has just broken up with her fiancé and is determined to be successful in her career. She meets a handsome colleague Rajesh whom she feels drawn to but he appears to be extremely uncomfortable around her.

An opportunity comes Prisha’s way when her boss Priya sends her to Bengaluru to cover a business conference with none other than Rajesh.

While covering the business conference, Rajesh is on the inside track on a scoop. While helping him get the scoop, Prisha and Rajesh not only become friends but they also find themselves being drawn to each other.

Will Prisha and Rajesh find true love in each other? Will they be successful in getting their exciting news story? Do read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to all readers of romance fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rishabh Puri is an entrepreneur who finds time to indulge in his passion for writing fiction. He can be followed on Facebook as AuthorRishabhPuri and on Instagram @officialrishabhpuri

BOOK REVIEW: KARTIKEYA-THE DESTROYER’S SON

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Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 230 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The publishers Rupa Publications provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was happy to read and review this book as I enjoy reading mythology, especially Hindu mythology. Also, it made a refreshing change from the recent novels that I have read.

The story is about Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. I had never given much thought about Kartikeya, till date, as Hindu mythology has such a vast plethora of stories.

The story describes the circumstances of his conception and birth and how it was prophesised that he would bring about the end of Soorapadma, thereby bringing victory to the Devas.

The story depicts Kartikeya’s childhood and how he goes to win the war against Soorapadma. This war, has been provoked by none other than Lord Indra! Kartikeya goes off to war on his mount, the peacock Chitrabahn. He meets and falls in love with Indra’s daughter Devasena only to lose her.

We also read about Ganesha’s conception and birth and his equation with his parents and bonding with his brother Kartikeya.

What is noteworthy about the story is that the author has depicted these gods and goddesses as beings with normal human traits. Lord Shiva and Parvati have been wonderfully portrayed as a much in love but a bickering couple and Indra as a wily player of games. I particularly loved the explanation of how the river Ganga remains twined in Lord Shiva’s hair!

Do read the book if you enjoy reading mythology. I recommend it to readers as enjoyable, interesting and informative.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian classicist. She is also a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga.