April 10 2018

When the Chief Fell in Love by Tuhin Sinha

Blurb: Vihaan Shastri, India’s young and dynamic Defence Minister, comes under attack when 20 soldiers are killed during a terrorist strike at an army camp in Kashmir. With the whole country seething with rage and thirsting for revenge, and the government depending on him to resolve the crisis, Vihaan finds himself battling a strange distraction: Zaira Bhat, the only woman he has truly loved, is back in his life, after 12 long years. In a chequered relationship which began with a love affair in 1990, and which had the two love and lose each other twice at different stages of life, Vihaan and Zaira now find themselves in an extraordinary situation. While Vihaan is the defence minister of the country, Zaira is the daughter of Kashmir’s leading, and most wanted, pro-Pakistan separatist leader, Bilal Mohammad Bhat. Is Vihaan capable of pulling off a double coup? Can he win back the love of his life and also save an on-the edge Kashmir? Come, be a part of Vihaan and Zaira’s crazy journey as they make their way through learning what it is to love someone eternally .

About the author: Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and a politician. He studied in Loyola School, Jamshedpur, and Hindu College, Delhi, before doing his Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management (PGDACM) from the National Institute of Advertising, (NIA), New Delhi. Tuhin is acknowledged as one of the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack of experimenting with new genres. While his first book, That Thing Called Love (2006) was an offbeat romance, The Captain (2008) was a thriller that explored the underbelly of modern cricket. Of Love And Politics (2010) was a political thriller. His fourth and fifth books, The Edge Of Desire (2012) and its sequel, The Edge of Power (2013), can be called socio-political thrillers. Daddy (2014) was Tuhin’s sixth book and his first non-fiction narrative. It is India’s first parenting book that has been written from a father’s perspective and celebrates new-age fatherhood. Tuhin’s next book, Let The Reason Be Love (2015) was, once again, an offbeat romance. Other than these, Tuhin has also co-authored the book India Aspires with Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri. Nitin Gadkari. He has also been a screenwriter for several popular television shows, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, being one of them, which he co-wrote in 2011-12. At present, Tuhin is involved as a special initiatives advisor to Shri Nitin Gadkari for his ministries, with a special focus on designing newer communication strategies for road safety and Namami Gange. He is also a prominent face on prime time debates on national television as a BJP representative.

Review: When the Chief Fell in Love, which is author Tuhin Sinha’s ninth book,which released on February 15. The title of the book was easy to understand at least for me as it indicates towards a love story. What I liked the most was the background of the cover image, snow clad mountains depicting Kashmir. And when you see the slogan written below the title, “Kashmiriyat, Jmhooriyat, Insaniyat… Hindustaniyat”, you will remember Atal Bihari Bajpai, the then prime minister of India, who gave this slogan; if you follow Indian politics, especially in Kashmir perspective. The story is about Vihaan Shashtri – boy from Banaras. His father is a professor and his mother is a homemaker. Vihaan, with a fire to achieve more in life leads him to the Hindu University, Delhi. Zaira Bhat is from Kashmir, an emotional and strong person who is a poet. Her father is a Kashmiri and mother is British. Bilal Bhat, Zaira’s father is modern in his thoughts, and he openly rejects the ideology of the separatists. He sends her to complete her further studies in the peaceful environment of Delhi. But there happens nothing peaceful. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister of India leads to unrest in the country. The situation of Kashmir however gone from good to bad and then the worst, compared to the rest of the country. Needless to say that Vihaan and Zaira fall in the love in between all this. This is a book written in the backdrop of the Kashmir unrest. The book definitely not a masterpiece and it has its own highs and lows. The book also has an excerpt of the fictional book published by the male protagonist in year 2030! The book is named “Resurgent paradise” and the excerpt is 15 pages long which conclude the story. The beauty of Kashmir is quite nicely explored especially the Shikharas. I enjoyed the trip to Taj Mahal via this book and for the young college readers; the college and hostel scenes are quite interesting. If you follow the Indian politics closely, you can find mention of many living or dead persons in the characters of the book. The author is quite open to name some places, people, terror groups, neighbour countries and political incidents.

I came across some nice quotes in this book which are worth a mention.

  1. To know me, even a lifetime may fall short.
  2. I had often observed that social and political differences breed problems in a person’s personal space as well.
  3. When you’re around, nothing else is more important.
  4. You keep crossing paths with your karmic partner.
  5. That’s life. You don’t know what the next chapter is going to be.

There is some adult material which could have been avoided or written differently. The pace of the book also fluctuates at various places. Despite the book has its own highs and lows the last segment of the main story has the potential. I would surely recommend this book to others.

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April 10 2018

Forsaken Paradise by Elise Whyles

About the Book:

What could be more dangerous than loving a rogue?

Condemned as a rogue and punished by his master, Angrail, one of the Seven Paradise Walkers, has wandered mortal and immortal worlds for centuries. He’s determined to find those responsible for killing an innocent woman and the child she carried, no matter the cost to himself.

Ephynia, a demoness with scars, has spent a lifetime serving Nerafail, Lord of the Dead. When she unwittingly stumbles upon the one being who can end her loneliness, the battered Angrail, her life changes forever.

Unknown to Angrail and Ephynia, evil lurks in the shadows. There are those who believe Angrail and Ephynia are the key to preventing a coming war—a war that they need to take place—and they seek to end their lives.

Can Angrail find love in the arms of a demoness at war with herself? Or will the secrets hidden within the bowels of their worlds destroy them before they can find peace?

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Angrail moaned, agony flowing like water through him. He could
taste the souls wanting peace, hear their weak cries, but could do nothing.
Shifting, the wounds he’d suffered screamed in protest, pain lacing through his

Inhaling a sharp breath, he froze. The sweetness of a
strange smell stirred something within him. Blood, bone, life clung to whoever
hovered nearby. The smell of smoke, of flame swirled in the air as well.
Cracking his eyes open, he blinked to clear his vision and tensed.

Bronze skin glistening in the fading sunlight, a female
stood at the mouth of the cave. Her arms were crossed beneath her breasts, a
sword hanging at her hip. Multi-toned hair was slicked back, revealing the
ornately decorated curve of a horn. She was a huntress. But why would she have
removed him from the battlefield? None of her kind, or his own brethren, were
allowed to touch him. Nerafail’s generosity had bound them to watch him suffer.
Aye, the old lord was a fool, one he had no desire to seek forgiveness from.

“What…” Licking his dry lips, he struggled into a
sitting position. His head swam with the effort, his stomach revolting at the
pain swarming him. “What do you have need of me?”

“You are awake. Excellent.” The demoness turned,
her eyes narrowed on him. “What do I have need with you? I should hope you
have such an answer for me, guide.”

Coughing, Angrail leaned his head against the stone, his
chest tight, burning with the need for oxygen. Being trapped within the mortal
frame had its drawbacks. “Who are you? Nerafail would not permit you to
aid me.”

“Aid? I have no desire to aid you. I wish to know why
you called me back from my task.” She stalked to him, her hips swaying.
Hunkering down by his feet, she tilted her head. “I was sent forth to
retrieve a soul and had nearly done that when I felt you. You kept me from leaving
the field, I would know why.”

“Go to Hardress.” Angrail winced. “Back to
your revelry and—”

“I would go home, but you refuse to release your
bonds. You will tell me what I wish to know.” She slammed him into the
rock, her fingers tightening around his throat.

With her touch, Angrail’s body arched, gasping for air as
pain and heat washed over him in waves. He could feel her grip tightening, feel
the force of her anger, and felt his own stirring.

He blinked, the images dancing in his mind ones he’d never
seen before. Images that instinct told him were important.

Flames danced around them. Sweat beaded and rolled
between her breasts. Her tongue licked at his skin, and her horns flared with
passion. His shaft throbbed in yearning at her body undulating, her hips
gyrating slowly. To and fro, rolling, pitching, she remained in constant
motion, her hands trailing over her flesh, cupping her breasts. Her fingers
plucked at her nipples, pulling on them until they stood hard, pointing toward
him. She shuddered, her hand drifting down her abdomen, slipping beneath the
braided belt of her skirt.

Heady, rich, the scent of her essence filled the air.
Sweeter than honey, it teased along his shaft, filling him with want. Faint,
the echo of her sliding her fingers through the folds between her legs grew in
volume with each slow roll of her hips.

He pushed the images out of his head and shoved her arm
aside, his eyes narrowing. “Careful, huntress, you’re showing

“Tell me and I’ll ease your misery.”

“You can’t.”

About the Author:

Born in Northern British Columbia, Elise is a small-town girl. She writes in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary suspense, m/m in various lengths. Currently, she lives in British Columbia with her husband and son, one dog, one cat, and a gecko. Elise enjoys reading as much as she does writing, with some of her favorite books being read until they fall apart. 
She is currently working on the next book in the Forsaken Series, Burning Rain. As well she has a new contemporary she’s working on. For more information on Elise, or to check out her books you can find her on Facebook, twitter, and her website.

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