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Monday, 6 April 2015

A Painful Ordeal by Aditi Chopra

Another piece of NRI (Non-Resident Indian) fiction from an NRI author.  Aditi Chopra’s fiction is incredibly simple and at the same time, incredibly deep. It gives an insight into the life of the Indian diaspora, particularly the US based NRIs.  This particular piece is not a romance, unlike the previously published works of this author.  It’s no less compelling, however.

Sexual harassment is very subtle and often imperceptible to those who are not the recipients.  This makes it extremely difficult to report and get justice for such incidents.  Only when the victims come together to raise their voice can there be any justice shown.  This is the message of this book.  I enjoyed reading about Namrata’s plight and the sudden twist that made it possible for her to seek and get justice.

Another extremely interesting and enjoyable piece of fiction by a writer whom I’ve come to admire a lot.


I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Get it here:  Amazon

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella


    Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7)



Reviewed by Desere

Becky Brandon has stars in her eyes, why ? Because she's on her way to LA, her darling Luke has just landed the task of helping to manage the career of the one and only famous Sage Seymour.

Becky is 100 % sure she's meant to be Sage's new stylist, but then suddenly she joins the team of Sage's rival and dreads poor old , hard working , dedicated Luke's reaction.

I mean come on, what do you tell a A list celebrity when she leans your wife is working for her rival whist you're employed by her? Can you say mixed up ?!

This was my first time reading this author and it was quite the adventure. Afterwards I learned that this was a series, and I will say I felt a little lost in the read, as if there was some joke I missed, so word to the wise if you have not read the other books do that first before picking up this one.

Now even with my little lost feelings, I still very much enjoyed this read. It was one heck of a wild crazy adventure. I will also add that the book is not exactly overly intellectual, more of a just plain and fun read for the wild at heart, you know the kind that reminds you of a tv show that kind of goes from this looks exciting to okay so far so good to really did that really just happen?

The character of Becky was a little to selfish to my liking and I more than once wished I could climb inside the book and give her a good slap!

The character of Luke was really great, I very much enjoyed his spirit and spunk! The secondary characters were well written and the plot generally well messed together.

This is a read for those that love a little sparkle in life but with not too much seriousness.

4.5 star review
" Shop till you drop in LA they say, but what to do when the bomb drops instead?"

** Available at Random House Struik 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani



Reviewed by Nas




VIRGIN by Radhika Singhani is a Mills & Boon release for September 2014.


This is an entertaining and fun read all the way through. And the truth of being a young girl peeks out amid all the hilarity with honesty.


Ellie Kolstakis remained a virgin even after begging her high school date to deflower her. Now at twenty-one, she is the oldest virgin around and keen to lose it.


But she can’t find anyone to lose her v-plates to. Much hilarity ensues as she gets ready for dates. She is a girl on a mission. Would she manage to find someone she can trust and lose her virginity to?


VIRGIN is a fun read. I loved the way the author Radhika Singhani pulls no punch and tells it like it is. A must read for every girl and boy out there.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Close up by Kate Forster



Reviewed by Desere

This was one of the best mystery set in Hollywood books  ever!! The book centered around three main characters, each have their own set of issues and goals to try and meet.

And along the way they learn about life and just what it is they are really in need for instead of what they really want.

The author let it all really flow very nicely and there was never a moment that anything felt dragged out or like I wanted to yell at the author to get to the point already.

I have found that some reads in this genre feels like it takes too long to bring into focus the secret and this just causes me to get board and I want to skip to the end to just get it over with, so not the case with this book.

The journey of all characters was captivating and the author dropped just enough revealing information along the way to keep me on the edge of my seat and wanting more.

And best of all the book had loads of humor that had me holding onto my seat so not to fall off from all the laughing.

A truly stunning look into the lives of characters each so focused on what they want to happen in life, and how they listen to their hearts and finally realize what it is they truly need.

I highly recommend this read for all readers. It had the glitz and glam of Hollywood, the romance that makes you go weak at the knees, the characters that crawl into your heart and the totally WOW factor that brings it all together.

5/5 star review
" Close up means letting the world see the real you" 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Chick Lit Cook Book by Alicia de los Reyes


It’s a writing craft book.  And a delicious one at that.  What  aspiring women’s fiction author could ask for a more delicious treat than a writing craft book which treats the art of creating chick lit books to baking cupcakes?  It’s very inspiring and creative, crammed with useful tips for creating your magnum opus.  I felt all inspired and now I feel like giving fellow Irish woman Marian Keyes a run for her money.  Writing women’s fiction has never looked so appealing.

A perfect gift for yourself if you are an aspiring chick lit author.  Or for a friend who is one.

So when I clear my pending projects, I’ll be writing my chick lit novel.  And I shall dedicate it to Alicia de los Reyes.  Thanks for this super book, Alicia.  Would love to read more writing craft from you.

The Red Hot Chili Cook Off by Carolyn Brown



Reviewed by Desere

For myself I'm not a major fan of watching movies or series on television, I find that books are simply so much more fun and intense and just give me a thrill that I cannot live without.

But every now and then I do find a good comedy to watch, but sadly none have ever given me all that I want, and I realize that the life of books is always better. The new Carolyn Brown book has proven that over and over again.

This book left me in stitches, laughing out loud and left with happy tears streaming down my face and yes afterwards thinking just how much fun it would be to live inside this crazy world of these characters.

The book tells the story of Carlene, she is the co-owner of Bless My Bloomers. A lingerie shop making customized little scarps of lace for woman who need that little bit of extra spice in their lives. But she comes face to face with one pair of very sexy red -lace panties stashed away in her husband's briefcase. She knows she made them, but she sure as heck did not make them for her personal use.

She quickly forms a plan to bring down her no good cheating husband to his knees and regret the day he ever tried to take he on. You see Lenny, or as I like to call him Mr Can't keep it in his pants, has been champion of the Chilly Cook Off for ten years, but this year she will crush him.

She pulls in the help of her family and so begins the crazy fun story of how one woman goes from red hot love for her husband to red hot conquer, destroy walk away happy mode. I realize that it sounds a little bit too much like the revenge of a woman scorned, but as the story develops one sees this amazing story of leaning to accept and let go unfolding.

I loved this book so, so, so much I honestly could not put it down, it was so funny and my insides truly hurt from all the laughing yet the more I read the more I laughed and the more I could not stop reading!

An amazing story of how family and friends can be the backbone you need when you know you have to be brave yet looking brave is always easier than actually being brave. And how no matter what happens family will always be there for you, they will love you just as you are.

I highly recommend this read for any fan of reading. It was fun, fresh and hilarious and offered me the perfect escape into a world of laughter. The author showed that laughter is the best medicine and a sure fire cure for the toughest of challenges in life.

5/5 star review
" Red hot takes on a whole new meaning" 


Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Venetian Awakening by A.T Hills


The Venetian Awakening

Reviewed by Desere

This was such a crazy fun read with a look into what happens when a person's perfect life as we know it comes tumbling down.

The read tells of Milly and once her hotter than hot, sexier than sex boyfriend reveals his new predilection her world tuns upside down.

But along with the shock of it all, comes the knowing that her girlfriends are always there for her and through consuming large amounts of alcohol, nibbling away at stuff you know will go straight to the hips and pouring her heart out she soon realizes everything happens for a reason.

This was a really fun read, it started out a little slow but once it hit chapter two things really started to blend very nicely. I laughed and cried during various times of the read, and I loved how the author showed that no matter how bad things may seem our friends are always there to help us.

And judging someone for something they simply cannot help is so very wrong, rather embrace it and remember that once upon a time that person was still your friend and not just a passer by in the street.

A really very lovely read that I will recommend for anyone out there looking for a little something different, upbeat yet emotional and even though the blurb might sound cheesy it is anything but!

4.5 Star review
" The bonds of friendship is always stronger"