Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: Happily Murdered by Rasleen Syal

Publication Date: July 1, 2014 (Paperback)
Published by: Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC
Pages: 313
Source: Review Copy given by the author for my honest views.

Synopsis


Who killed Gulab Sarin?


The radiant new daughter-in-law of the influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the very next night of her wedding. The murder is an inside job, the police are certain. It could be anyone, the adulterous husband, conniving in-laws, jealous friend and the love struck ex-fiance. With an aim to save themselves and incriminate others, it is not long before these suspects turn into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and delving into hidden secrets only they can unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery. Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally unravel the mystery behind Gulab's death and avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as Gulab? 


My Thoughts


Gulab had agonizing childhood. With her parents divorced when she was just a little girl, Gulab always yearned for a family. Her yearning turned to need when little Gulab lost her mother and had to live with her father for whom she was as good as dead. Her father's family never accepted her and for her cousins she was the "wierdo".

"My father considered me a bane of his life and this feeling was absorbed by the rest of my relatives as well." 

Sid entered in little Gulab's life as an Angel who gave her all she ever wanted- love of a family and her best friend Yuvi. Gulab grew up loving Sid and always confiding in Yuvi. 
And before dying had her heart broken and got it pieced back together. Found a dear family in the Sara and Ned. Married Sid Mehta (and took revenge).
But now the question is Why is she Dead? and Who killed her? 
Read her story and you'll know what a roller coaster ride she had.

All the characters were amazing in there own way. Initially little Gulab had me in her team immediately out of sympathy, I was really happy when she finds a family but then as the story proceeded I remember cursing her for her actions hating her, thinking it is good that she died and then BAM! came the end which had me in tears for her death.
I really liked Yuvi- her best friend. He is a man of few words and a really sweet and amazing friend. He was a kind of friend who could kill anyone if they hurt his childhood friend. I was shocked the ending that he had I really wished that he had a better ending.
The twins Ned and Sara Dulla had my heart. They are the sweetest and the most supportive people. Ned is a real gentleman who brought back Gulab and pieced back her heart without asking for anything in return. He is also a fiercely protective brother. And as for Sara I am surprised that she ignored her bitter past with Gulab and supported her during her bad time.
As for Sid Mehta you'll have to read the book to know him properly.
All the other characters added a right flavor of spice and sweetness to the story.   

The book had two stories going on with alternate chapters for each. One is about the present where everyone is busy fining the culprit and their reactions to Gulab's death and other is about Gulab's entire life which is narrated by Gulab herself.
I was sucked into the story right from the beginning. I really loved Rasleen's writing, the way with which she wrote that Prologue had me awestruck and then the more I read more I fell in love with her story-telling style. I really liked how she intertwined present and past stories and left the clues which left me guessing about who the real culprit was. And that ending AH!!! it was unexpected and amazing (storywise) but it was sad, I really cried when I read that (which happens very rarely).
I was like a movie with a nice blend of innocence, drama, deceit, romance and mystery. 

I just have one thing to say if you love mysteries mixed up with nice plot and a blend of varied colors of characters then you really must give this one a chance.    

5 out of 5

(P.S: I don't know why I feel this but I think you might find some grammatical and syntactical mistakes Please ignore them I tried my best to find them but couldn't and a friend who does this for me is out of station and not available to check those. :( ) 



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Tour: Happily Murdered... by Rasleen Syal

Hi, everyone! The Readdicts Book Blog is hosting a book tour for Srishti Publishers and Distributors latest release, Happily murdered... by Rasleen Syal. As participants of the tour, we have a very basic and general post about the book for you along-with an India only giveaway where three copies of the book are up for grabs. Let's get on to what's in store for you! 


I just finished reading this one and my review will be up soon. I really loved the story of Gulab. I am from now on a big fan of Rasleen's storytelling style. I think everyone should and must give a chance to this amazing story.



BOOK SUMMARY:
Who killed GulabSarin?
The radiant new daughter-in-law of the influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the very next night of her wedding. The murder is an inside job, the police are certain. It could be anyone, the adulterous husband, conniving in-laws, jealous friend and the love struck ex-fiance. With an aim to save themselves and incriminate others, it is not long before these suspects turn into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and delving into hidden secrets only they can unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery. Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally unravel the mystery behind Gulab's death and avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as Gulab?

BOOK LINK: AMAZON / GOODREADS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Rasleen is a mystery addict. When she is not reading or writing whodunits, she is happily playing detective. She can’t resist seeking out curiosity in everyday domestic affairs, unwittingly landing in hilarious situations, much to the angst of her family. Her husband dreads the day she will finally pass on this bug to their baby daughter as well. 

An architect with a Masters degree in Business Administration, to make a living she runs her business in Gurgaon. 

‘Happily Murdered’ is her first book.

AUTHOR LINKS: FACEBOOK / GOODREADS / TWITTER

GIVEAWAY: 

Remember, THREE copies of the book are up for grabs for three lucky INDIAN readers! 

Giveaway rules are as follows: 

*The giveaway is open for residents of India only
*Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. If it doesn't display or load for some reason, click here
*Once winners are picked, they will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or else, new winners will be selected.
*The book will be shipped by the author/ publisher. 


Thank you so much for stopping by and happy reading! 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Release Day: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris (Giveaway)

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Rachel Harris' ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE!! ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE is the third book in her Love and Games Series published by Entangled Bliss. 

Accidentally Married On Purpose

About ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE:

One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.



EXCERPT:

From opposite the long table of food, the brunette gave him a blatant once over as he came to a stop in front of her, twirling a strand of purple hair around her fingertip. When she reached his lucky belt buckle, her sinful lips twitched.

“If the words, ‘Come here often,’ leave your mouth, I swear I’ll laugh you straight back to roadie-ville.” Her words were harsh, but the smile that sprang free was playful, and Tyler found himself mesmerized by the familiar twang of her southern voice.

So much so that he’d almost missed what she said.

“Roadie-ville?”

“Sorry, do you prefer techie?” Her cute nose wrinkled as she stuck her hands in her back jeans pocket. “I heard someone else say that earlier, but I swear that sounds like a computer nerd.” She looked him up and down again, this time her gaze lingering around his hips. Slightly south of the belt buckle. Hot damn. “I think roadie fits you better. Sounds sexier.”

Tyler scratched the side of his jaw. Was she messing with him? He’d heard a hell of a lot of come-ons since making it to Nashville and had been propositioned in every way possible. But this was a first. The woman stared back, smiling that damn seductive smile, and he realized she honestly had no clue who he was. For some reason, he was in no hurry to correct that just yet.

He couldn’t recall the last time he’d gone anywhere without being recognized, much less his own concert. But since the room was swarming with crew, Tyler could understand the confusion…if she weren’t a hardcore fan, and clearly, this woman wasn’t. Tyler swiped a hand over his mouth, hiding a smile.

“Sugar, you can call me anything you like,” he drawled, laying it on thick even to his own ears. Her pretty lips parted, and he grinned. “And what can I call you?”

Her smile twisted into a smirk. “Who said you could call me at all?”

He laughed, shocked again, and for the first time in a long time, speechless.

She winked. “I’m Sherry.” When she said her name, she looked right into his eyes as if he should remember it, and he had no doubt that he would. The confidence pouring off her was sexy as hell. “And…you are?”

“Tyler,” he replied, glad she’d gone with just her first name so he could do the same. The rest of the world simply referred to Tyler as Blue, the front man for the band bearing his last name. Even so, he stood back and waited for a sign of recognition.

It never came.

When it became obvious she really had no clue who he was, nor would she guess any time soon, Tyler felt a knot of tension release between his shoulder blades.

“So, Sherry, you planning to watch tonight’s show?”

She pulled a face. “I’m not much for country, other than the line dances. All those songs about trucks and trains and whiskey and dogs, though that last one I can forgive.” Her smile softened and Tyler moved closer, wanting to be nearer the genuine warmth of it. “No offense to your boss or anything,” she added with a slight grimace. “I heard he’s pretty hot…even if he is the man-whore of country music.”

A shocked laugh burst from his lips. “Excuse me?”

She waved her comment away, as if she hadn’t just insulted him to his face—which, he guessed, she hadn’t really. At least not on purpose. “Just a theory I have. I’m sure he’s a perfectly adequate boss.”

Now, Tyler laughed for real. “Yeah, he’s…adequate.” Shaking his head, he propped his hip on the table. This was the most fun he’d had with a woman in months—and they both still had their clothes on.






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About Rachel Harris:

Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.




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