A superb #review for #AAR #AgainstAllRules

“Like the molten chocolate in a choco-lava cake”

says Lata Sony at Amazon.

This review was posted quite some time back but foegot to share it, so sharing now.

The rest of the review:

The hot and mushy scenes keep flowing like molten chocolate in a choco-lava cake. What I liked best though was the psychology of the characters that was believable and yet not heavy enough to come into the way of passion. Some romance readers are known to skip the serious parts to get to the hot stuff, but in this book the complexity of the personalities kept the feel of romance more lingering. Near the end my interest waned as the story got inevitably predictable, but it engaged me immensely the rest of the time. I ought to give a lot of credit for this to Summerita for her descriptive body actions and feelings. Sample this – His heart felt like a lead balloon squeezing breath from his chest. Entertaining novel, even thought-provoking to those interested in complex personalities. I thought I had long out-grown romance novels, but looks like I was just missing good quality romance like that in “Against All Rules” 🙂

Thanks to readers like her, Against All Rules touched top 100 paid in contemporary romance at Amazon.in several times last year. It’s been consistently in top 100 paid in Indian books in world literature category at Amazon.com 


Book link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MY2QVRS 

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#Review Breach by Amrita Chowdhury

Breach is the second book by Amrita Chowdhury.

This is definitely a book worth reading – for its intensive look into how hacking can operate in diverse regions of the world ranging from the hi-tech US firm to the savvy young gen in India to kids in the metro slums.

That said, I’d describe this book as a collage. You get the theme but otherwise you get snapshots of characters, scenes and events, some of which are hidden from view and some in such a way that you can’t decipher them at all.
The content was brilliant, the research extremely meticulous. When it comes to readability however, it scores low.
There were many things which felt just unreal. For example: one of the characters going into a room and identifying the odor of marijuana. We have no cause to believe he should be able to identify it. Similarly, the girl trusting the boy, even though he hacked her phone. Veer turning off Tracey even though she came to India for him, Sandman sending off that fatal email etc. We have a lot of characters behaving uncharacteristically but not enough justifying motivation for their actions. Even the media not making a to-do about the perpetrator was a bit too convenient for the story. Is media that blind as not to give credit where due? Maybe it was a personal take but I for one needed to be convinced more about motivations of the characters. People are fallible. I can understand the sub-context of human foibles and in fact even happy that the author’s writing gave me an opportunity to think about it. But despite that –maybe because of the sketchy method of writing – I was left wondering if all that was plausible?

Talking about Vir –actually I don’t want to. I didn’t like him at all! There’s a difference between being human and full of faults –we all are – and being a self centered egoist. He just crossed all lines. How could he see himself as a victim after he ignored Tracey despite her effort in coming all the way to and even trying to settle in India. She even went to meet his parents alone. Behind her back, he was mooning for Diti, his old infatuation and didn’t once have a thought how nice it was of Tracey or feel a smidgen of regret for his hypocritical behavior. He pleads work when he ignores her, then ignores work to chase after Diti. All the time he doesn’t feel bad in the slightest for how he has mistreated Tracey.

You cannot read this book without being filled with admiration for the extent of the author’s knowledge and efforts. However, more effort in making the writing easy and accessible to understanding, at least by the editorial, if not by the author, would have really increased interest in the story. There were too many champagne drinking and hacking scenes to set up the story and less number of scenes in which the actual action took place, leading to a feeling of improper closure. As it was, at the end, I felt I had worked as hard in reading this book as the author had in writing it.

This review is a part of the blog tour for Breach by The Book Club.

 
Breach 
by 
Amrita Chowdhury
The Blurb


How secure are your secrets in the virtual world?  Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence


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Meet the Author


Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.
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#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.

Review versus rating

If you are a writer who has published, you must have had your brush with the reviews and ratings for your book. We all love a five star, don’t we? But it strikes me as I course over the reviews of my book that sometimes even a low rating is okay if the reviewer has appreciated your book and directed the right type of readers or readers who are likely to have a taste for that type of fiction to your book.

So I’d like to ask all authors out there – which is more important to you? A good review or a better rating? Would you be happier if you had a higher rating but the reader left some criticism that you couldn’t digest or a low rating like the situation I described above?

Review versus rating…let’s hear your take on it!

Blog tour for Against All Rules via #TheBookClub

Rubina Ramesh of the Book Club is hosting a blog tour for Against All Rules.

Sharing a review from Shalini.

She says, “Looking for a fresh and exotic read with deep emotions? This is way more than that!”

http://taleoftwotomatoes.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/against-all-rules-book-review/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Check out other blog posts for the book. The schedule is here

http://thebcsch.blogspot.in/2014/10/schedule-for-against-all-rules-by.html?m=1
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