Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.
This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao’s Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues. Her next book, The Accidental Wife, will be available in 2015.
Do you people believe that pairs are made in heaven? No. Then please go and read this story. This story will make you believe that when love has to come, it will come of it’s own accord, you would not have to ask for it or search, and when it would come, it would make your world a much better place to reside in.
The story begins with the arranged marriage of Shaan and Ruhi. But soon after marriage, on their wedding night, Shaan reveals that he is already in a relationship with someone else, and asks Ruhi to leave him. But Ruhi decides to give their marriage a chance, i.e, she decides to be with Shaan for two months and even after that if parting is only option left then she would leave him. But after they go to L.A, where Shaan works, tables turn, and soon Shaan realises what he actually wants.
The different layers of Ruhi’s character were worth exploring, how she tries to woo him, and then at some point decides enough is enough. Same applies to Shaan too, his emotional side, his vulnerable side, his honest side, are all to die for.
Lastly I would say that if you like reading a love story with a sweet and happy ending, then you would surely love it.
P.s Thank you! For making this novel so Indian.
Life at 17 Rating:
🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸(4.5 stars, for being a tad bit filmy at parts)
NOW AND FOREVER
Can Shaan and Ruhi face their biggest fears and unite together? Shaan and Ruhi Ahuja, very much in love Indian newlyweds, discover each other in Simi K. Rao’s Now and Forever—the sassy and sexy sequel to Inconvenient Relations. After getting the scare of their lives while traveling in the Grand Canyon, Shaan and Ruhi go back home to one dilemma after another. Shaan’s job is in jeopardy, and one of Ruhi’s closest friends, Sunshine, needs her. How will Shaan and Ruhi handle life’s hurdles, while still trying to get to know each other as husband and wife? Will they be able to forsake all others and consolidate their relationship?
This novel is actually the continuation of ‘Inconvenient Relations’ and tells the story of newly married Shaan and Ruhi who are now, terribly in love with each other, the different problems they face and how they overcome them together.
This part showed how strong Ruhi truly is, when she handles her family single handedly, after Shaan loses his job, and drowns into depression.
Through this novel, you would yet again, agree, that if you have someone by your side, who you know won’t leave your side, whatever happens, then battles, ordeals, and dark phases would seem easier to handle.
Hardships are integral part of any marriage or relationship, and if you both love each other, then problems would strengthen your relationship, your love and not weaken it. True, Ruhi and Shaan will make you believe this.
The novel was sweet and humourous at parts and at other parts serious and heart weighing.
Overall I would say that I really liked the novel.
Life at 17 Rating:
🎐🎐🎐🎐 ( I found the middle part to be a bit boring, so -1, but this novel was worth reading)
About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances. Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life. Much of Rao’s down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world. A practicing physician, Rao lives in the United States with her family.
Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilization office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfil a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose… Will the journey continue? Fasten your seat belts for the journey is about to begin…
I don’t know why, but of late I was starting to feel that I have in me, two different beings. One of them is emotional. It is grounded to its values, it stops me from reacting to situations, it makes me observe the little wonders in everyday life, encourages me to see the brighter side, and sometimes, it commands me to just stand peacefully and enjoy singing aloud life’s beautiful song. The other is, as I wish to call it, ‘Judgemental’. Notorious for furious outbursts, it quickly jumps into conclusions. It is strong-headed, it asks me to be selfish, pessimistic and often teases me with phrases like ‘grow up!. Am I like this ‘by default’ or have I been transforming lately? Am I what I think about myself or am I yet to discover my true being?
If a spoon full of Abhishek Bachchan, a little Hrithik Roshan and a whole lot of Keshto Mukherjee were to be blended together, the end product would be Mohan. Confused, heroic and Keshto!
“Mohan? Now what?”—Sushant questioned.
“Wait let me remember! I think we left the turn behind us,” he answered, thereby diplomatically confirming that we were actually lost!
What a relief it was. It felt like we were all prisoners for life and had been unexpectedly released on an unconditional bail. A strange sense of freedom engulfed all of us and we smiled at each other. The feeling was comparable to a holiday that came just before Diwali, during our school days. It allowed us to freely burn crackers while our parents were off to work. We had a whole day ahead of us . . . No bosses, no family, no kids, no mundane chatter…nothing at all. A whole day, just for us, to unwind!
“I HATE these dramas and the daily serials, especially the ‘saas-bahu’ stereotypes. They show women in such poor light. At first, a girl gets married and everyone is happy. Then suddenly, her shady past comes to light. This Sati Savitri happens to be the object of desire of a forgotten boyfriend. When the story gets stinking rotten, then someone is murdered or resurrected and the bugging continues . . . Oh my God! According to me, these serials are spoiling a whole generation by branding every mother-in-law as a scheming monster and daughter-in-law as Dracula-in-law . . . Gosh! I hate them . . .”
Avani observed a peculiar point in her reply that most of us overlooked. She wrote:
“What do you mean by ‘If the cab starts sharply at 8:15 in the morning’? If you don’t believe me, then how about starting the cab from your doorstep? In spite of starting on time, you doubt our motives?”
“Night! What night?” Rajnish shouted.
“We are talking about 8:30 p.m. Don’t make it sound like goddamn midnight! You are a metro girl. Be confident, madam. Like Sushant said, don’t you girls go anywhere else on your own? Don’t you ever walk that road alone?” he said angrily.
Sometimes I asked myself, ‘What was so different about this crazy group that made it stand out?’
‘May be because it was a group where we were all equals. A place where no one dominated, no one pressed their opinions, no fake emotions, no forced relationships, no undue commitments. It was like a parallel universe that we stepped in and out of each morning and evening. It was a different world with some rules but no compulsions, there were deadlines but they weren’t rigid, there were conflicts, but nothing personal about them.
It was “our” own world with just “us” in it.’
“Saina, I hope this is not your ego speaking. I don’t mind if they don’t drop me home. But imagine if there is no cab at all. Even the thought of it is scary!” Vijaya said.
Look Vijaya, who’s not driven by their ego? They are all selfish and biased. So why care for their emotions? To answer your question, if the cab breaks, it will break forever! All we want until then is to commute to office, that’s it. We will do just that and leave the rest for the clowns. Ha ha ha!”
“‘Management by inaction.’ That is the only solution right now. In situations like these, we should not try to fix anything. Let relationships take time and get adjusted by themselves,”Sushant said as we walked out of the cafeteria.
Heated thoughts bubbled up in my mind.
‘Come on now, you have controlled enough …don’t care to give any excuse, don’t even try to explain. Just tell them that you have had enough. Let them handle the stark reality that without people like you “they” are nothing.
Go on, finish it off!’
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TOPIC: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published
‘Cabbing All the Way’ is a story of 12 people who decide to commute together to office to ease their travel pain. What seems to be a novel idea soon proves to be ‘Mission Impossible’ without Tom Cruise to the rescue! it is like a twelve headed Raavan trying to rope walk with each of his heads proposing him something different.
I had this picture in my mind about the cab and I thought that only this could be a perfect front cover for the book. I approached my dear friend and cartoonist Yogish Shettigar with the idea that I had in my mind. He was an ex-employee at our office and knew all the people who came along with me in the cab. When I described him the concept and roughly explained the idea that I had in my mind, he was quick to connect with it. When I saw the first draft, I was shocked and surprised!!! It had REAL faces of people on it… as a cartoonist, he excellently etched their characteristics into the sketch.
While I was wonderstruck with the cartoon, I was also aware that this cannot become to be the official front cover of the book for all the obvious reasons.
Finally, he re-did the cartoon. The trivia is that only my face still remains…
About the Author:
For the mortal world, I pretend to be a Software Engineer who works hard (or hardly?) in the hours of a day. I am the guy next door, a hard core Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I literally ‘live’ every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value. I enjoy watching cartoon shows (doremon, dora and Choota Bheem) with my son. I never get bored of listen to the endless chatter of my wife. When I’m not writing, I make toys for children. But beyond the boundaries of this ‘cholesterol rich’ coil, I am a rider of rapturous thoughts. I am a thinker, a philosopher, a seeker, a story-teller, a writer, a wanderer and every other thing that a thought can be. At times some of these figments fire out of my thoughtful bowl and command me to write, muse, create, recreate, destroy…EXPRESS! Who Am I? I have been asking this question to myself since 33 years, and I got a different answer always. Sometimes I get confused and think, am I asking the right question to seek the correct answer? or may be that am I missing the whole fantastic universal drama around me while I am busy finding an answer to an irrelevant question? Does the answer even matter?
Chris leaned on the counter. He looked down at his hands, calloused and dirty. They were strong hands. Killing hands. The tools of his trade, and he was feeling strangely detached from life in Afghanistan today. His head still echoed with the sound of bullets and the screams of horses. He could still smell the blood and the death.
It was inside him—part of him. Like a physical thing, the blood and carnage of this place had wrapped itself inside his chest and hardened there, making it impossible to sleep at night or to walk from the barracks to the chow hall without resting his hand on his gun, waiting for the attack to come.
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 15 novels, including the books of The Collapse Series, The Zero Trilogy, The Bravo Saga, Collapse: The Illustrated Guide and the newly released Unbreakable SEAL. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle, and is an experienced creative writing teacher and journalist.
Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan Melissa Foster
(Bad Billionaires After Dark, #2)
Publication date: December 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner
“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely
Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!
Meet the Bad Boys… Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.
Everything’s naughtier after dark…
Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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The first thing that came into my mind when I signed up for this tour was that this book would be sexy, hot and everything that a erotic novel must be, to be more precise I never expected the story to stand out well. But, well, I was proved wrong.
The story starts on the night of Mick, Dylan’s brother’s wedding, where he meets Tiffany and they agree to a one night stand, no strings attached. But slowly the circumstances change and they start falling for each other.
Sometimes we face some unfortunate circumstances, which changes our perspective towards life, love and friendship, that happened to Tiffany too, so she guarded herself, engrossed herself in work, and never allowed herself to go into a relationship, because she didn’t want to face everything yet again, pain and anguish. Then enters Dylan, he always thought that he got attracted only to needy women, but one night with Tiffany (actually two) and he understood that they are not over yet. He understood Tiffany, her obsession with work, he never asked her to change. He made her believe that sometimes it is okay to lose control, give some time to herself. But to top it all he made her give love a second chance. I would say that all was not one sided, they both complimented each other. Dylan opened up before Tiffany, told her everything, about his sister’s death, and she understood, she made him cope with the issue in a better way. Bad brothers who never talked about there sister’s death, came upfront with the issue and made their sister’s dream come true.
Tiffany, Dylan and every other small character had their own share of events that made this story a awesome read, but the love story, was just bang on, their dialogues, their make out session, everything got me captivated. It was too hard to put the book down. Actually I have saved this novel for a second read. Someday I will definitely read it again. The day I would lose my trust on love, this novel would surely rejuvenate it.
What kept glued to the novel? Hmm.. I would say the story more. Though there is ample amount of sex scenes and making out session that were really well written and were sinfully sexy.
LIFE AT 17 RATING:
( 5 stars because there is nothing to not love about this novel)