Book Review: ‘A Perfect Murder and Other Stories’ by S. R. Nair

Title: A Perfect Murder and Other Stories

Published: 17th August 2016

Author: S. R. Nair

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Synopsis:

A naïve man and a divorcee, a wronged woman’s fight for justice, a poor woman’s desire for an iPad, a charming young man’s plan to seduce a beautiful tourist, a staunchly orthodox immigrant’s struggle to assimilate in the U.S. … These are some of the captivating stories in this book which has been hailed as a “seriously good read”.

Review:

An interesting collection of short stories that are perfect to read on the lunchtime break. Some I liked more than others but overall enjoyable read. Stories range from cultural differences and identities, marriage, abuse, family, honour, murder mystery, humour and loss.

A Perfect Murder – Be wary of people with an ulterior motive and something to gain. Who is playing whom you may ask?

Salma’s Fate – Marry an honorable man but get stuck with his less than honorable father. Her fate is in their hands until she steps up and speaks out. She will be silent no longer and with the help of a stranger she will get where she needs to go.

iPad – Technology can only go so far but you never know its power if you believe in it. This one made me a bit sad at the end. So sweet, definitely an oh moment.

Koya’s Story – Work hard all your life to get the dream ending you have been waiting for relaxing with your family. Is it all for nothing though when you finally slow down to a stop?

Seema – The power of Facebook can take you down but also build you back up. Be careful what you post as it can be shared quicker than you think. Funny how those with a vendetta against you can end up causing themselves more harm. Kind of like its an instant karma thing here.

The Grandson – The pressure to have a son for her third child is hanging over her like a ticking time bomb. Mother-in-law/monster-in-law it seems is only turning nice once its known a boy is on the way. She can only be respected with a son, as that was how it was for her mother-in-law. Its like a pass it down nastiness for every female until they bare a son. Things aren’t quite what they seem though with how the son came along.

The Missing Wife – Coming home from a business trip to find your new wife missing would be a cause for concern, enough to file a report the next morning. But when a knock at the door in the middle of the night sees him in trouble things take an unexpected turn. Seems Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code is there to punish those that would harass relatives seeking a dowry from their wives and their families. Any seen or reported doing so would see them in prison. Lets hope they can find her to stop things getting worse.

The Stolen Child – A child being swapped at birth but no-one believing you would be hard to swallow. Being raised the same within the household you would feel no different. That is until fate finds a way to intervene and let its secret out. Would you stay quiet or want to find where you came from?

Seduced – For a man finding a beauty on a plane sitting next to you could be the start of some fun but who is really being seduced here? Could go both ways or maybe one is a lot smarter than the other. A game is being played, let’s see who comes out on top.

Total Eclipse – The love a man has for his wife and dog are tested. When one betrays him how will he react to the other? Not really sure about this one as found the ending completely unnecessary and cruel.

Visa for America – Internet surfing for daily news soon leads to something else entirely when he clicks on marriage.com. Will he find love or is a green card all she’s after. Fate could have pulled them together for a reason, lets see if it keeps them there.

The Soothsayer – Horoscopes are meant to be a bit of fun but some take them to heart. They can’t really mean the same thing for everyone can they? When you read something you fear to come true it could hold you back from life. Almost leading you down the path you have been trying to stay away from.

The Lost Son – Best friends for 60 years you would think nothing would tear them apart. A failed business deal puts strange on them but when one goes it alone jealously calls. Friends and family ties starting to break are one thing but being estranged from your son is hard to bear. The connection there one moment and gone the next. Only when a death occurs can the shock cause what was once thought lost to be found again. No matter what comes their way family comes first, religion and beliefs following.

Zubair – He thought he had an obedient wife who would continue to be the quiet and shy figure she had been back in India. He allowed her to continue her studies so she knows her own mind. When he brings her to America everything changes. Not for the better of him but her. She has found herself but he is stuck with how he always was. Amusing at the end when he starts thinking of ways to handle his situation. Last line quite funny.

An interesting view into another culture and showing how it mixes with the way others live, mainly USA.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Blue’ by S. M. West

Title: Blue
Author: S.M. West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Blurb

Blue. The color of devotion.

 

CARYS WOLFE is my heart.

Mine, always. Leaving her nearly killed me.

I thought it was the only way to keep her safe.

She’s moved on, and I want her back.

 

***

 

EVAN HART is my heart.

Loving him is my destiny. I waited my entire life for our time,

for us to finally be together, only to have him leave.

Now he’s back.

Though my mind can’t forgive him, my heart can’t forget.

 

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“Evan, I want to know what happened, but I have a life now and you need to know…” She trails off, her eyes darting away from mine.

“What?”

Gazing up at me, she continues, “Whatever you have to say, it’s not going to change a thing. We’re over.”

My heart twists and breathing becomes difficult. Mother fuck, her words cut deep, hurting even though they aren’t true. Sure, she believes them on some level—she had to, in order to get through what I did. Yet, along with the hurt and disappointment swimming in her eyes, there’s also tenderness and love.            

“Tell me you’re happy and I’ll walk away.”

We always pushed each other, challenged the other to face our fears, to be honest with ourselves, with each other. I need to hear her say it. I don’t believe it, but if she is over me, I need to hear it in her voice and see it in her face—not because I want to, but because it’s the only way I can even begin to accept that we’re over. Even then, it’s not possible.

“I’m happy.” Her tone is laden with bravado, but no true emotion. Even her gaze, which never wavers from mine, is flat.

Shaking my head, I briefly cast my eyes downward to suppress my smile. “No, you’re not.”

“Van.” I flinch at that fucking name.

As a child, I thought it was so fucking cool to have a nickname that only my best friends would call me. Now, hearing “Van” from her pretty lips, I want to obliterate the word from her vocabulary, fucking kiss the word out of her.

“You can call me asshole for all I care, you’re not happy,” I retort in frustration. Catching my tone, I breathe deeply and loosen my fists to relax. “Don’t lie to me, and most of all, don’t lie to yourself.”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about. You want to see what you want. I’m with Greg, and we’re happy.”

She grimaces infinitesimally, then averts her eyes from me. Unable to read her, I’m not sure if it’s because she means it and doesn’t want to hurt my feelings or if the lie tastes nasty in her mouth.

“Sweetness, I know everything there is to know about you, without apology. You can’t lie to me.”

 

Author Bio

S.M. West is an indie author who writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotica and whatever her heart desires. 

She spends her time juggling ay day job, being a mom and wife, and writing. On top of that, she’s a self-professed junkie of many things including a voracious fan of music, a born wanderer, a wine aficionado and chocolate connoisseur. 

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Release Blitz: ‘Mountain Man Daddy’ by Kara Kelley

Title: Mountain Man Daddy

Author: Kara Kelley

Release date: July 7, 2017

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Blurb:

Since retiring from his job as an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Mike Hunter has been living off grid in a cabin nestled in the mountains of New Brunswick, but his solitary existence is interrupted when he pulls a beautiful young woman from her vehicle after a crash she is lucky to have survived. Mike’s conscience overrides his desire for privacy and he brings the injured woman back to his cabin to care for her.

Avery Trent is desperate to get away from the ruthless men seeking to collect on her murdered husband’s gambling debt, and the last thing she wants is to stay put in some mountain man’s cabin until he decides it’s safe for her to leave. But Mike gives her no choice in the matter, and when she makes a run for it Avery quickly ends up over his knee for a sound spanking.

In spite of her situation, Avery cannot help feeling safe and cared for when Mike gently comforts her after her punishment, and when he takes her in his arms his dominant lovemaking is better than she could have ever imagined. Mike does not hesitate to assume the role of Avery’s firm but loving daddy, and he is fully prepared to discipline her as thoroughly as necessary to curb her reckless defiance, but will he be able to keep her safe from both her enemies and his own?

Publisher’s Note: Mountain Man Daddy includes spankings, sexual scenes, and elements of age play. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Excerpt

“What are you doing?” His gruff voice made her drop the shorts to her feet and stand swiftly. Her face felt hot with embarrassment. He’d caught her going through his underwear drawer. Oh, God, his underwear drawer!“Uh.” She looked to the drawer, her gaze landing on a pair of thick wool socks and she lunged for them.

“I—my feet were cold.” Her pulse quickened as his eyes narrowed, the heat of his gaze making more than her heart pound. Avery swallowed several times to rid herself of the dry patch in her throat. Yes, she liked this guy’s look, even when it was irritated, maybe especially so. There was a mix of excitement, heat, and fear that fizzed in her. He was a contradiction with his rugged, gruff exterior and his gentle nurturing, and it fascinated her.

“I was distracted by the funny boxers,” she said, looking down sheepishly at the socks, hoping he bought her lie. It wasn’t all a lie; she had gotten distracted by his shorts.

His hands went to his hips. The jeans he wore were old but hugged him well—too well to need the thick leather belt he wore. Tucked into them was a green thermal long-sleeved shirt that molded over each well-defined pec, ab, and bicep. He was a man in every single way.

“And what would you think if you caught me looking through your undergarments?” He walked toward her, and she stepped back automatically, her knees hitting the bed and knocking her to a sitting position. She chewed the inside of her cheek as he kept coming.

“I’d probably think you were a pervert.” She was intimidated by his size, so she looked to her feet.

“I think that sounds about right.” He bent forward and lifted Avery’s chin with one long, callused finger. “Are you a pervert?” Was that humor in his eyes? She swallowed audibly. She shook her head, and her stomach churned nervously.

“What’s your name, little girl?” His deep voice hummed through her, and her heart flipped. She only shook her head again. He sighed and sat down beside her on the bed.

“Lie down.” It was once again a stern demand rather than a request. His gaze searched hers, but this time it wasn’t as uncomfortable. His stern but concerned blue eyes penetrated hers, and a starburst of thrills shot through her. His plump lips framed by the reddish-blond beard were calling to her, and she wanted to place her hands on his weather-pinked cheeks and draw him closer.

He sighed again and pulled his toque off. His hair hung in dark blond waves to his shoulders. Longish hair had never, ever been sexy to her, but God, this man wore it well. He tucked it behind his ears. She wanted to reach out and touch it. It looked thick and smooth.

“Do you ever do as you’re told?” he asked, sounding more than a little exasperated. She shrugged and gave him a small, flat smile. Obedience and Avery had been synonymous at one time.

“I don’t have patience for people at the best of times, but little girls that drive off the road because they’re speeding and ignoring warning signs, and force me to rescue them not once, but twice—well, I have no patience for them at all. Now, lie down or I’ll introduce my hard hand to your bare bottom.” His forehead creases deepened.

“Okay, Yukon.”

“My name is Mike, Annie calls me Yukon. But while you’re here, you’ll call me Daddy.”

About Kara Kelley:

Kara Kelley is a naughty Canuck (that’s a Canadian for those of you that don’t know), who loves spanks, a little bondage, tantalizing creative sex (trust me, honey this sh*t is gonna rock our world) and TIM HORTON’S. She’s full of playful mischief, loyalty and maybe some stubbornness, but she’ll never admit it. And she believes living in a secluded cabin in the woods (including good WIFI, a stocked Kindle, and plenty of chocolate) with her husband would be absolute bliss.

 

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Book Blitz: ‘I Have a Friend on Jupiter’ by Celine Rose Mariotti

Author: Celine Rose Mariotti

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Carlos and Indiana find a website that promises to find them pen pals from outer space. Imagine their surprise and excitement when they are paired with Mannie and Kossie, two children from Jupiter! The two pairs of pen pals are excited to learn about each other and their planets, and are even more excited to learn they may be able to visit! Will the other Earthlings be as open to a visit from aliens from Jupiter, though?

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About the Author:

Celine Rose Mariotti was born in Derby, CT and has lived in Shelton, CT all her life. Since a child, she always liked to write. Celine’s first book was “Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You?” Her latest book is “Minister’s Shoes”. Celine loves to write mysteries and science fiction stories.

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Release Blitz: ‘His Turn’ by JA Huss

Title: His Turn
Series: Turning #3
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Blurb

I look her body up and down as I circle her.

Mine?

I smile a devious, deviant, I’m gonna make you sorry you ever started playing this game with me smile.

And then I take her hand.

I lead her to the elevator.

We go up to my apartment.

I tie her wrists together with rope.

Raise her arms above her head.

And chain her to the ceiling.

It’s my turn.

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“Why are you so nervous?” I ask Jordan. We’re sitting in Smith’s bar. The table is elaborately set for a nice dinner, our glasses are full of expensive alcohol, and our cocks are happy. Why does he look like shit is about to hit the fan? “She had a good time,” I say, sipping my brandy.

“Yeah,” Jordan says. His eyes are glued to the elevator doors, just waiting for her to come downstairs. “But it was sneaky, ya know?”

“What was sneaky about it?”

He shoots me a look that says, Come on.

“She gave in, Jordan. We didn’t make her do anything.”

“Right.” He sighs. “But you’re what, just pretending we didn’t have that conversation this morning? You know, the one where you said, ‘I’m gonna fuck with her head so bad, she’ll spin like The Exorcist?’”

“It was a joke.” I laugh. “All we did was make her feel good tonight. She loved every fucking minute of it. Even when I choked her with my cock. She couldn’t get enough.”

“That’s because she was drunk on your dick at the time, Bric. But that feeling is gonna wear off and she’s gonna run the entire night through her head, and then—”

“Then she’s gonna realize we know what the fuck we’re doing. That’s all.”

“No,” he says. “She’s gonna realize you’re just playing with her emotions. Like you do with every fucking woman you’ve ever been with.”

“So?”

“So then she’s gonna up her game, Bric. And this is gonna turn into a mind-fuck shit-fest. I like her,” he says. “Maybe more than like her, OK? I don’t want her thinking I’m like you.”

“You are like me,” I say, getting pissed off. Why the fuck is he sharing her with me if he likes her so much?

But I don’t ask that question.

Because I like her too. Just not in the same way.

“See,” Jordan says.

“See what?” I ask

“That fucking evil grin you’ve got on your face. I know you well enough, Bricman. Well enough to see the Machiavellian wheels turning inside your head. Do not play with her emotions.”

“Why?” I ask, my temper rising. “Is she some kind of fragile flower?”

But then I realize this intrigues me.

“Stop it,” Jordan says. “She’s not a puzzle, OK?”

“Then why are we even playing?”

He huffs out some air. Runs his fingers through his still-wet hair. “Because she’s not…” He trails off.

“She’s not what?” I ask. What the fuck is wrong with him tonight?

“She’s not my type.”

“OK,” I say, not really understanding.

“I mean I’m not really her type.”

“Hmm,” I say. “Do you love her?”

“No,” he says. “Definitely not. But I like her. I could see myself playing with her for a long time. And if you fuck it up, that won’t happen. You, of all people, understand how fucking hard it is to get a girl you can trust in this game. One who just gets you, ya know? We get each other, Bric. I realize it’s only been a few weeks, but we know each other. I just like her. And we have an understanding. I get to boss her around and be a dick, but she knows I’m not a dick, right? She knows I’ll show up the next day and treat her nice and give her a gift. She knows I’m just playing. We’re playing.”

“It’s a game. Same as this,” I say.

“Dude, come on,” he says, almost fully exasperated now. “You are a sick motherfucker, OK? You know this, right?”

“Then why am I even here?”

“Because we’re good together, ya know. Not great. Yet,” he adds. “Not what you had with Smith and Quin, obviously. But we understand each other. We work well as a team. She liked that up there.”

“So what’s the problem?”

“The problem is you’re in a weird place right now and I’m afraid you’re gonna take it out on Nadia. Don’t do that, OK?” He stares at me. “Just be…”

“Just be your back-up?” I ask, huffing out a laugh.

He shrugs. But that’s it. That’s what he wants. Don’t overpower him. Don’t take her away from him. Don’t make her rethink her strategy. Just help him keep her.

It takes me a minute to decide if I’m angry or not.

I decide I’m not. I don’t give two fucks about this Nadia girl. And my goal really was to break her. So I shrug. “Fine,” I say. “You want a wingman. Fine. I’ll help you out, Jordan. But when I need a favor, I’ll expect the same in return.”

 

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Author Bio

JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

 

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