#Bookreview #Harlequin #historical Wicked Rake Defiant Mistress

Wicked Rake Defiant Mistress is a Harlequin historical romance by Ann Lethbridge.

The beginning was really grab -your-throat type intriguing. It wasn’t very clear why the heroine had to take the very desperate steps and lie all the time but still the author generated enough interest to hook the reader. As I read on, I realised that every time the story settled, a fresh, quite unforeseen twist was added. This worked to quite an extent but also took the story far away from its original fresh idea. Sometimes one did feel like shaking some sense into the characters but on the whole I liked the wrap up. I had the feeling the author intended this story to be something else but then the latter part was added to mold the characters to the expected form in the genre. The character of the hero also changed quite a lot and the change was so sudden, almost like an afterthought. It looked like he was moulded to fit the title and the genre expectations.

For the writing and the original idea, I rate this book four stars.

Guest post – why a military hero – Shilpa Suraj

Today I have on my blog Harlequin author Shilpa Suraj talking about her army officer hero in the new book Rescued by Love. Please welcome her.

Take it away Shilpa

Why a military hero?

Growing up, every girl spends hours dreaming of her Prince Charming. As the years go by, her list of his character traits and attributes grows and grows. Honor, integrity, chivalry, valour, charm, courtesy, passion, intensity, dedication…the list is now endless. If there are ever men who can tick off almost every requirement on that list, it’s military men. They are the embodiment of every romantic fantasy a girl has nurtured growing up.

Arjun, the hero of Rescued by Love, was a dream to write. Quite literally. A reader wrote to me soon after the book released asking if he was inspired by someone in real life and if yes, then could she meet him? Honestly, if Arjun was real, I’d keep him for myself.  Hide him away from the world so no one, not even Naina, the heroine, could steal him from me. He checks every box on the fantasy wish list with enviable ease. He lives by a personal code that most of us would tremble to attempt and treats all the relationships in his life with care, dignity and respect. He’ll do the right thing no matter what the personal cost to him and will take a bullet for another human being for no other reason than the fact that he is sworn to protect. He adores his family and values their happiness even at the expense of his own. He loves with a depth of passion and a core of integrity that seems almost impossible.

All wrapped up in six pack abs and a mouth-wateringly smart uniform. What’s not to love?

This post is a part of the book tour hosted by The Book Club.

#Bookreview: The Cure Was Love by Reet Singh

The Cure Was Love is the second romance by Reet Singh.

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For three months, Simi Gill gets to do what she loves – train to be a doctor and learn more about medicine. As a bonus, she gets to forget about the shallow boyfriend who dumped her, and worse, who hurt her. Living it up in New York, far from her home in India, she is saved by the delicious Rudy Bhatnagar, not once, but two times in one night!

 A talented surgeon with a heart of gold, Rudy can’t stop himself from thinking about Simi Gill. He tries very hard – for having had his heart broken before, he’s not sure he can risk it again. But fate has other plans. Thrown together by bizarre circumstances, they survive booze and babysitting with aplomb. Will they realize they’re perfect for each other or will they let precious love slip through their fingers? 

The story revolves around medical student Simi and her constant run-ins with dishy surgeon Rudy. Though the characters are in the medical profession, this is not a medical romance.
Reet Singh has depended rather heavily on the factor of coincidence in setting up the story. But Simi and Rudy are such engaging characters that you don’t mind that at all! In fact the sheer factor of enjoyable interaction between them – and yes, also his family – carried me through this book. While the knowledge of writing craft was nudging at me that the scenes lacked tension or the story didn’t have a definite trope, the reader in me was off whizzing through the pages and rooting for these lovable characters.

Having finished swotting over editing a manuscript, I was just in the mood to wind down and this fit the bill perfectly.

I give it five stars. Pick this up if you want a light, fun read to relax with.


#Guestpost at #RomanceUniv blog

Today I’m the guest on the Romance University blog and I’m talking about how careers in romance novels affect characterization.
Here’s the link to the post


A short excerpt

Character building is tough to nail in fiction but especially hard in romantic fiction where you need to focus mainly on one aspect of relationship between the characters. If plot is king in fiction then characters are the whole kingdom. Without the kingdom there is no ruler. InRomancelandia, more emphasis is on character interaction than plot so we can say characters are quite the be all and end all of a romance novel.

Charting out a character is almost as difficult as writing someone’s biography because you need to know quite a lot about your character. It is especially tricky to decide what career we should assign a particular character. As a reader I often find the more convincing a character’s daily life and job routine, the more sucked in I am into the story. Have you felt like that?

Read more here
What is your experience of picking out a career for your character? Do you find it easy to nail a career for your protagonist?