This book was the main reason for me going back to try “When Dimple Met Rishi” again. Dimple has made her thoughts on marriage clear repeatedly. It’s a sexist institution and as a feminist, she wants no part of it. Rishi, on the other hand, is far more traditional and would love to marry Dimple (even if they are still fairly young but okay). Eventually things come to a head when Rishi confronts Dimple about her issues with marriage. In return, Dimple wants to “think things over” Here’s the thing though. From my very first read of “When Dimple Met Rishi”, I wondered where any sort of relationship with this two would go. Dimple and Rishi are opposites and it is tough for me to imagine them ending up together. This was a fast read but incredibly enjoyable. I am glad to finally have answers to my questions about Dimple and Rishi’s future.
Dimple is passionate about coding much to the disapproval of her traditional parents. It seems like all Dimple’s mother wants for her is for Dimple to find the Perfect Indian Husband. Ideally someone who believes in all the same traditions as Dimple’s family does. Dimple, on the other hand, is much more excited about her future at Stanford University. When Dimple’s parents let her go to Insomnia Con, a program where you design and code an app, it looks like they are finally starting to respect her and her dreams. What Dimple does not expect is the strange guy who walks up to her and greets her with “Hello, my future wife”. The exact opposite of Dimple, Rishi is eager to please his parents and follow family traditions. His parents and Dimple’s parents have decided that the two of them will make a great match. Rishi is more than willing to go ahead with their plans. However what Rishi did not expect was that his future wife would have no idea of these plans. Dimple and Rishi do not get along AT ALL. But when they are paired to work together for Insomnia Con, they have to put aside the animosity if they want to win. This was a cute, feel-good read that I enjoyed. While I only read this book so that I could read “As Kismet Would Have It”, I liked seeing how Dimple and Rishi fell in love. I instantly hated Rishi the first time I read this book and he was the reason I stopped reading. However after finishing it I was glad to have gotten to know his character more. This is a well-written book that I suggest to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA. I cannot wait to read “There’s Something About Sweetie.”
Francesca Rossi is the daughter of the biggest mobster boss in Chicago. Her entire life has been planned. No work, no college. Just marriage to her childhood best friend, Angelo Bandini and then she needs to pop out children. That is the way it has always been in the Chicago outfit. However things don’t go as plan when Senator Wolfe Keaton spots Francesca and decides that she will be the perfect revenge for him. Wolfe steals the kiss that Francesca intends on sharing with Angelo before going to Francesca’s house and stealing her. Wolfe has hated Francesca’s father for ruining his life and his family. Taking her away from her sheltered life and ruining all the plans her father has intended for her is the best way for Wolfe to avenge his family. I saw this book recommended on Audible and was not really interested. So I do not know how I ended up purchasing a copy after seeing it on Goodreads. However I started this book and could not put it down (so much so that I now have an ebook copy AND an audiobook). This was an interesting read with a unique plot and beautifully crafted characters. I absolutely detested Wolfe however it was difficult to not feel sympathy for him and root for his relationship with Francesca throughout this novel. If you are a fan of romance books, definitely give this a try. You will not regret it.
Every day Khalid marries a young girl and kills her soon after. When Shahrzad’s best friend becomes one of Khalid’s latest victims, Shahrzad vows that she will avenge her murder. Shahzad volunteers to be the next bride. She will not only stay alive, she will also kill the king. Night after night, Shahrzad entertains Khalid with stories, stopping just before cliffhanger endings. Intrigued, Khalid postpones her murder each and every day. However it isn’t long before Shahrzad starts to fall in love with her new husband. “The Wrath and the Dawn” was a well-written read that I enjoyed immensely. I loved the world building and this story sucked me in immediately. At first I thought the whole hate to love plot was overdone but it is executed beautifully here. You can clearly see the chemistry between Shahrzad and Khalid and it is hard not to root for their romance. Shahrzad’s stories are as captivating to the reader as they are to Khalid. This is an unforgettable read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys YA romance.
It took me two tries to read this book (ah the powers of a book slump). On my first attempt, I got distracted and bored within the first two chapters. Picking up on attempt two, I devoured this book. “Hello Stranger” follows Dr Garrett Gibson, the only female doctor in England and her stalker friend, Ethan Ransom. Ethan has been following Garrett around during her nightly visits to ensure that she is safe. It is not long before sparks fly between these two and they indulge in an intimate night together. Ransom knows that his world- and him- are too dangerous for Garrett so they both decide to stay away from each other. However Ransom’s enemies soon find out about Garrett and she is drawn into Ransom’s criminal world. My favourite thing about this book was that Garrett was not a damsel in distress. She saves Ransom, Ransom saves her and throughout their relationship she is treated as an equal. She is never fazed by Ransom’s mysterious underground life and I loved that. This was an incredibly well-written book and I am only sad that I did not read it sooner. Curse you book slump.
When Poppy Hathaway runs into Harry Rutledge, she does not expect that their chance meeting will change her life forever. Harry is instantly taken with Poppy and her unconventional personality. He would do anything to win her…including ruining her current relationship. When a scandal forces the two of them to marry, Harry assumes that he has won. But Poppy refuses to submit to the man who has lied to her. This was a well-written, intriguing read that I enjoyed immensely. There is an undeniable chemistry between Harry and Poppy and it is hard to not root for their relationship. The Hathaways are still one of my favourite historical families and even all these years later, it is always a delight to come back to this series.
I actually cannot remember most of this novel (which is worrying considering that I spent so much time invested in this series). “Thief” follows Caleb and Olivia in the aftermath of his divorce. Once again they are drawn together when Olivia and her husband start to have issues. This was a sweet read that almost made up for all of the emotional strain the previous books put me through. I especially enjoyed seeing how Caleb and Olivia have changed over the years. It is made clear that though they have made mistakes in the past, they have both grown from it. This was a wonderfully emotional series that made me cry, rage and almost throw my cellphone across the room but I enjoyed it immensely.
After reading “The Opportunist”and realising that “Dirty Red” was Leah’s story, I had zero interest in continuing with this series. I could never forgive Caleb or Olivia for both of their deceptions and Leah was my least favourite story so I had no desire to learn any more about her. However after reading about two pages of this and after completing “Verity”, I NEEDED another flawed, bordering-on-psychotic female to follow. So I picked this up again and it did not disappoint. Leah finally has her marriage to Caleb as well as a beautiful baby. Sure, he might seem to care more for the crying brat than he does for her. But he is away from Olivia and that is what matters. Or does it? Olivia may be out of their lives physically but she is still a part of Caleb’s mental space. As Leah and Caleb struggle with their marriage and their differing opinions on parenthood, there might still be space for Olivia to wriggle her way back in anyway. By the end of this book, I had a reluctant understanding and sympathy for Leah. She is a flawed woman who loved a guy who did not love her back. Yes, she is a bitch. But this novel shows that this bitch does have a heart. This was a well-written read that I could not put down and I enjoyed it immensely. I have never read a book, let alone a series, about so many flawed characters and this change was good. Definitely pick this up.
2019 looks to be a great year in books with several of my favourite authors releasing new reads. Here are the books I am most excited for:
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo- I devoured the “Grishaverse” books as well as the “Six of Crows” series. It has been too long since I read a book set in this universe and I CANNOT WAIT for this book to release.
Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas- I love anything by Lisa Kleypas especially if it is historical. Interested in historical romance? You can read a snippet of “Devil’s Daughter” here.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus- “One of Us is Lying” was one of my favourite mysteries of all-time so I cannot wait to read this.
Again But Better by Christine Riccio- Book vlogger Christine Riccio releases her debut novel and if it is even a fraction as funny as she is, we are all in for a treat.
Finale by Stephanie Garber- Stephanie Garber’s “Caraval” series will finally come to an end with “Finale”. Personally while I have enjoyed this series, I cannot wait. I have questions that I need answered about Dante and his past.
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton- Picking up from the cliffhanger ending where most of my favourite characters (and one character I absolutely detested) were on the run, a resistance is building up. I love books about a team of people resisting the usual order. There is just something about people getting together to fight and overthrow the usual social order that makes me feel warm and cozy.
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh- Renee Ahdieh tackles vampires in New Orleans in this novel and I am SO HERE FOR IT! I adore Renee Ahdieh’s writing and world-building so I just know that this is going to be a great read.
Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart- “Grace and Fury” was impossible to put down and I cannot wait to see how the story continues in this next book.
What books are you most excited for in 2019? Let me know below.
Lowen Ashleigh and Jeremy Crawford meet at the site of a horrific accident. The two of them connect over this unfortunate event as well the tragedies that have struck them in their lives.
Jeremy hires Lowen to ghost-write a series that his now injured wife cannot complete. Lowen, who is unable to turn down the money due to her financial struggles, agrees and moves in to the Crawford home.
Lowen’s plan is simply- sort through Verity Crawford’s notes and get out as soon as possible. However she stumbles across a chilling autobiography written by Verity. This story paints a very different picture of who Verity is as well as the day her daughter died.
As Jeremy and Lowen grow closer, she considers whether or not to tell him the truth. Jeremy may be devoted to his wife but surely that would change once he finds out who she really is.
This was a creepy read that I devoured in one setting. “Verity” is well-written with an intriguing plot. I could not read fast enough and was left speechless at the end. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a memorable read.