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Monday, October 5, 2015

Taking This Week Off

Sadly, the visit to my family is coming to an end. I’m lucky I was able to come be with them during these difficult weeks, but it’s time to go back to my hubby and my kitties. Tuesday evening I’ll be traveling back home, I should be arriving home on Wednesday evening. The trip is long and very tiring. I usually not only arrive exhausted, but I also suffer from jet lag for couple of days. Considering I only have one day and a half left to be with my family, a day of traveling and couple of days to recover from my trip I think the best I can do is to take this week off from blogging. Taking this week off is going to mess up my review schedule, but I have to do what is best for me. I’m planning to be back on Monday October 12th. 

Have a nice week and see you then!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Movie Trailer: The Finest Hours

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Review: The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Title: The Bollywood Bride
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living.

Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
One of my favorite books last year was A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Dev really surprised me with her debut; since finishing it I’ve been waiting for her next book. Now that I have finished her second book, The Bollywood Bride, I can say the wait was more than worth it. The Bollywood Bride was everything I was expecting it to be a more.

I will not go into detail about the story itself because the blurb tells pretty well what The Bollywood Bride book is about. The Bollywood Bride differs from A Bollywood Affair by being darker and having a lot more of angst. I usually against angsty stories, but Dev knows how to do angst well, really well. She does the angst that hurts, but you can’t help but keep going because you are dying to know what is coming next, you are dying to know how everything is going to be resolved, and at the end, when that moment finally come, it’s bliss, pure utterly bliss.

Dev’s writing is beautiful and evocative; with her words she not only gives life to her characters, but also to the setting. This made it easy to connect with the characters, to feel what they were feeling and to experience what they were going through and let me tell you, there were a lot of feelings here and not all of them were rosy. Denali brings to light a very serious topic like is mental illness; she shows us the social stigma that it carries and how -even at this modern times- it’s perceive in society.

Denali succeeds in capturing the Indian culture in its entire splendor. Reading one of her books feels like visiting close friends, where you feel comfortable and welcome. Her imagery is so vivid and realistic I only needed to close my eyes to be transported to the scene. I could see the vibrant colors and smell the spices of the food. Talking about food, reading The Bollywood Bride will make you hungry, I promise you, by the end you will be craving curries, samosas, sambar, chutneys, idlis and more.

The Bollywood Bride is a story about second chances, about finding the love of your life and fighting for it. It’s a book about acceptance, about the power of love and the sacrifices we are willing to do to protect those we love. The Bollywood Bride is a little gem I highly recommend.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter

Title: Please Release Me
Author: Rhoda Baxter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after…
Sally Cummings had a hard upbringing; wanting a better life for herself she looked for a rich husband. Luckily for her she found Peter, a young, smart and gullible entrepreneur who couldn’t help but fall in love with her. But Sally’s plans are disrupted when she is seriously injured in a car accident after leaving her wedding. 
Almost a year has passed, Sally is still in a coma and Peter is still loyally beside her. He comes everyday to visit her in the hospice, he brings her flowers, talks and reads to her. His life is on hold waiting for Sally to wake up; all this is putting a toll on him. His family is worried, but nobody has been able to help him, until the day he meets Grace at the hospice. Grace is a regular at the hospice, she used to go everyday to visit her mom while she was there and now that she has passed, she visits her mom’s best friend. She also helps whenever she can at the hospice.
Grace invites Peter to help in the hospice and soon after a friendship develops between them. They are both attracted to each other, but Peter is a married man and his wife although in a coma she is still alive.
Things become more interesting when Sally’s ghost starts to haunt Grace. Sally is not ready to go and even in ghost form she’s ready to fight for Peter and for the future she always wanted.

I really liked Peter; he was a really good man with a generous heart. He was a bit innocent but that made him more endearing. I liked and admired his dedication to his wife. I can’t imagine being in his place, day after day visiting her while she’s in a coma and not knowing what the future awaits for any of them. I also liked his loyalty towards Sally.

Grace was another easy to liked character. It was also easy to see she was a good person with a good heart. My heart ached for her and her loneliness and for everything she has lost, but I liked that despite that she was still generous of heart. I liked that she understood Sally and even became friends with her. That shows how good she really was.

Sally was different. The more I got to see the real her and her intentions the less I liked her. Even though I thought she was a despicable woman, at times I couldn’t help but feel bad for her.

I can’t say much about the story without giving spoilers away and that will take away from the enjoyment of the reader. I can only say that the combination of likeable characters, a well-thought and well-paced plot, and good writing made of Please Release Me a very enjoyable read.

Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter was an interesting and somehow different read. It wasn’t your normal boy falls for girl and girl falls for boy. There are many things and secrets between them and it was great to see them overcome them.

Please Release Me was my first book by Rhoda Baxter, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I recommend Please Release Me to contemporary romance fans.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hot Off the Press: September 29th Releases

September 29th

BrotherAnia AhlbornHorror
Antiques St. NickedBarbara AllanA Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #11Mystery/Cozy Mystery
MadlyAmy AlwardPotion #1YA/Fantasy
Forever with YouJennifer L. ArmentroutWait for You #5NA
The Stolen MacKenzie BrideJennifer Ashley MacKenzies & McBrides #8Historical Romance
The Heart Goes LastMargaret AtwoodSci-Fi
Six of CrowsLeigh BardugoSix of Crows #1YA/Fantasy
Blessed are Those Who MournKristi Belcamino Gabriella Giovanni Mystery #4Mystery
The Bark Before ChristmasLaurien Berenson Melanie Travis #18Mystery
Emerald BuddhaRussell BlakeDrake Ramsey #2Fiction/Adventure
Rendezvous in RioDanielle BourdonThe Inheritance #2Romantic Suspense
The Aeronaut's WindlassJim Butcher The Cinder Spires #1Fantasy
Ophelia’s MuseRita Cameron Historical Fiction
CrossbonesJohn L. CampbellOmega Days #4Horror/Zombies
Last HopeJessica Clare, Jen Frederick Hitman #4Romantic Suspense
All I Want for Christmas is FudgeNancy CoCo Candy-Coated #4Mystery/Cozy Mystery
A Song of ShadowsJohn Connolly Charlie Parker #13Thriller
The Name of the GameJennifer Dawson Something New #3Contemporary Romance
Christmas ChocolatKate Defrise Fiction
Autumn MoonJan DeLimaCeltic Wolves #3PNR
The Bollywood BrideSonali DevRomance
Facing FireHelenKay DimonBad Boys Undercover #3Romantic Suspense
Trickster BloodLucienne DiverLatter-Day Olympians PrequelUF
Do You Believe In Santa?Sierra DonovanEvergreen Lane #1Contemporary Romance
Front YardNorman DraperFiction
FatedSarah FineServants of Fate #3Fantasy
Love Somebody Like YouSusan FoxCaribou Crossing #5Contemporary Romance
Bound by SinJacquelyn FrankThe Immortal Brothers #3PNR
The Perfect ArrangementKatie GanshertA Year of Weddings 2 #11Contemporary Romance
The HiddenHeather GrahamKrewe of Hunters #17Romantic Suspense/Paranormal
LightlessC.A. HigginsSci-Fi
Pane and SufferingCheryl Hollon A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #1Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Dead with the WindMiranda JamesSouthern Sisters #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Shadow PlayIris JohansenEve Duncan #19Thriller
A Ghostly MurderTonya KappesGhostly Southern Mysteries #4Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Snowflake BayDonna Kauffman The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2Contemporary Romance
All Wrapped UpKimberly KincaidPine Mountain #5Contemporary Romance
UnwrappedKatie Lane Hunk for the Holidays #3Contemporary Romance
The Lazarus GateMark LathamApollonian Case Files #1Fantasy
A Cherry Cola ChristmasAshton LeeA Cherry Cola Book Club #4Women's Fiction
Forever Your EarlEva Leigh The Wicked Quills of London #1Historical Romance
A Bad Boy for ChristmasJessica LemmonSecond Chance #3Contemporary Romance
The BloodforgedErin LindseyBloodbound #2Fantasy
Dangerously DarkColette London A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
The Legend of Lyon RedmondJulie Anne LongPennyroyal Green #11Historical Romance
Call Me Mrs. MiracleDebbie Macomber Contemporary Romance
Marry Me At ChristmasSusan Mallery Fool's Gold #19Contemporary Romance
Snowbound at ChristmasDebbie Mason Christmas, Colorado #5Contemporary Romance
FirestormShannon MayerThe Elemental Series #3Fantasy
Say Yes to the DeathSusan McBrideDebutante Dropout #6Mystery/Cozy Mystery
The Dead Won't DieJoe MckinneyHorror/Zombies
Playing with FireKate MeaderHot in Chicago #2Contemporary Romance
Christmas in Mustang CreekLinda Lael MillerThe Brides of Bliss County #4Contemporary Romance
Patriot AttackKyle Mills, Robert Ludlum Covert-One #12Thriller
Deceive MeStacey Mosteller Two Sisters #1NA
After YouJojo MoyesMe Before You #2Women's Fiction
Last Song Before NightIlana C. MyerFantasy
Bread of the DeadAnn Myers Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #1Mystery
A Knights Bridge ChristmasCarla Neggers Swift River Valley #5Contemporary Romance
A Christmas KissCeleste O. Norfleet, Regina Hart, Deborah Fletcher MelloChristmas AnthologyContemporary Romance
Dire StepsHenry V. O'NeilSim War #3Sci-Fi
The Last Chance Christmas BallMary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Anne Gracie, Susan King, Cara Elliott, Nicola Cornick Christmas AnthologyHistorical Romance
The Taming of Malcolm GrantPaula QuinnThe MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4Historical Romance
Doctor Who: The Time Lord LettersJustin RichardsSci-Fi
Down the Rabbit HoleJ. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, R.C. RyanIn Death #41.5 (Anthology)PNR
The Secret Language of WomenNina Romano Wayfarer Trilogy #1Historical Romance
The Epic Adventures of Lydia BennetKate Rorick, Rachel KileyYA
JosetteKathleen Bittner RothWhen Hearts Dare #3Historical Romance
About a VampireLynsay SandsArgeneau #22PNR
A Mad Zombie PartyGena ShowalterWhite Rabbit Chronicles #4YA
Playing DirtyTiffany Snow Risky Business #2Romantic Suspense
Sight UnseenJames SwallowStar Trek: TitanSci-Fi
Evergreen SpringsRaeAnne Thayne Haven Point #3Contemporary Romance
MenagerieRachel VincentMenagerie #1UF
Gold Fame CitrusClaire Vaye WatkinsFiction
Reign of IronAngus WatsonIron Age #3Fantasy
ZeroesScott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah BiancottiZeroes #1YA
Willow Brook RoadSherryl Woods Chesapeake Shores #13Contemporary Romance
Spiral of NeedSuzanne WrightThe Mercury Pack #1PNR

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