RATING : 4.6/5
When I completed “Nobody’s Baby but mine”, it felt like Christmas. It is not every day that you read a romantic novel which leaves you in tears, not because it is extremely sentimental, but because of all the uncontrollable laughter it induces in you along the way!
Dr. Jane Darlington, a 34 years old Physicist, yearns for a baby with all her heart. A lonesome genius who had completed her Ph.D. by the time she was twenty years, she has only two goals. First, she does not want the same lonely and sad childhood for her baby which she had had simply because of her extraordinary mind. Secondly, she can go to any length to get pregnant. So, she starts a hunt for a special guy- one who would help her accomplish this mission, and one who would love to exercise his muscles more than his brain. Weird, isn’t it?
Cal Bonner, the Chicago Star’s brilliant quarterback, seems like the perfect candidate. Little does Dr.Jane know that Cal Bonner is much more than just a ‘boner'(pun-intended)! He is not one to be used and abandoned by a baby-crazed genius. One attribute for which I would definitely praise Susan Elizabeth Phillips is that she is, hands down, one of the best ‘humor romance fiction’ (Romedy) writers you will ever come across. The entire novel is laced with fun and quick witted humour. Another fact which takes away brownie points for “Nobody Baby’s but Mine” is the poignant secondary love story of Cal’s parents- Jim and Amber. Phillips paints a vivid image of the characters as lively, delightful and relatable individuals. Cal and Jane are stubborn, immature, hot-tempered and proud at times, but underneath all that bravado, are two people who are passionate about their dreams, need love & companionship, and most importantly, are good human beings.
“Nobody’s Baby but Mine” is a heart-warming story which is not about love at first sight. It is about the kind of love which develops with time, and once fully grown, nurtures life forever with its protective shade and loving fruits.
RATING : 4.4/5
Before I even start reviewing Perfect, I would like to share something with you. When I read the first page of Perfect, my clock said 11:00 P.M, and when I was done, it read 5:00 A.M. The fact that this book stole my sleep (like literally) is something I will never forget.
‘Julie Smith’, a petite eleven year old orphan who lives on roads, abandoned by her birth parents and rejected by two sets of adoptive parents, is finally taken into foster care by the Mathinson family. This family gives a beguiled green-eyed angel another chance at life, and in turn, the girl (Julie Mathinson) vows to make her family proud, to erase her soiled past, and to be ‘perfect’.
‘Zack Benedict’ is a multimillionaire Hollywood heartthrob who is accused of murdering his wife. After having served two years as a model prisoner and earning the privileges of a trustee, he manages to escape from Amarillo prison. With the entire American police on his tail, he tries to find a safe refuge and ends up taking a hitchhike with Julie Mathison. He takes her hostage in mountains of Colorado.
During the time they spend together, Zack and Julie eventually develop a strong connection, which soon turns into a havoc wreaking love affair. When Julie returns to her home, the entire FBI is at her doorsteps, asking for Zack Benedict’s whereabouts. Torn between her love for Zack and her belief in justice, she is forced to pick a side- to either be with the law, or against it.
‘Judith Macnaught’ has woven this story not by mere words, but by heart-warming emotions. She has described every scene with great impeccability. At one point in this novel, you feel like a part of the characters’ lives and hope to set everything right for them. The love that Zack and Julie share is so pure that I can guarantee that you will sigh in their sadness, weep in their sorrow, laugh in their joy and dance in their love. They will touch your heart from the very first page and will stay with you till time immemorial. This novel is a must read, simply because it will show you what it feels like to cherish and to be cherished; to love and to be loved.
P.S- I sincerely do hope with all my heart that someday, this beautiful story will find its way to screen.
P.P.S- Do keep a box of tissues right by your side.
RATING : 4.2/5
Once you finish reading “A knight in shining armour”, you will be compelled by a strong desire to hook yourself up on the internet and find anything, like seriously anything else written by Jude Devereaux.
Dougless Montgomery is a simple elementary school teacher. The Montgomerys are all brilliant, rich, and afraid of nothing, but Dougless is an exception to her family. She is intimidated by her glorious relatives and has her self-esteem as thin as a paper. To add misery to her life, she somehow falls for the wrong guy, every single time. Dougless (courtesy to her sucky choice in guys), is left weeping all alone in a church over the tomb of Nicholas Stafford. Lost in her sorrow and asking God to send a Knight in shining armour, she somehow pulls Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, back from the 16th century to the 20th century.
Devereaux has a knack for transporting you in time along with Nicholas and Dougless. With every page you read, you will be compelled to check your surroundings for ominous signs of time travel (:D :D). Nicholas Stafford was sentenced to death for treason to the Queen. On time travelling 400 hundred years ahead, he studies the past and tries to find proof of his innocence through history. A man of amazingly seductive looks and a rakish personality, he stumbles clueless and innocently around the 20thcentury. Deveraux prolifically binds the story of two different eras together. Not even once will she give away too much or too less about the story. The relation between Nicholas & Dougless is one of ‘friends’, ‘confidants’, and ‘lovers’. Jude Devereaux explores beautifully how true love makes people much better than they are, how it completes a person in ways that are beyond imagination.
You might ask yourself, “What is the point of reading a love story that involves time travel? Modern-day long distance relationships are hard to sustain, and here, characters are doing it over different eras. This shit just does not happen dude!” To you, I say, may be, all we need is a Knight in shining armour, a man who would fight this world and rescue us. Go ahead and listen to your heart for once- “A knight in shining armour” will restore your faith in immortal love. If anything ever goes wrong in your life, this book will become a friend to reassure you, that someday, everything will make sense.
RATING : 4/5
Let me tell you something very frankly- this novel has been interpreted as sexist, feminist, etc., etc., by many people, but I am not one of them. 50 Shades of Grey is a beautiful and moving love story. It will touch your heart and stay with you forever.
Anastasia Steele(Ana), a gorgeous 21 year old literature student in the final year of graduation, gets ready one ordinary morning to do a passing favour to her roommate, also her best friend. Little does she know what fate has in store for her. A hopeless romantic, she dreams of a ‘hearts and flowers guy’ who would sweep her off her feet one day.
Christian Grey is a 27 year old American multibillionaire who is the CEO of Grey Enterprises. He is mind bogglingly rich, insanely attractive, and very aggressive in his profession. Well known for his raw magnetic sensuality, he reflects the personality of greek god Adonis. Even though he is perceived by the world as ‘the man who has everything’, he has a ‘dark’ side to him- a side so ‘dark’ that light fails to brighten it, a side so ‘hidden’ that nobody ever suspects it.
When Christian Grey meets Anastasia Steele, all hell breaks loose. They are attracted to each other like fire to moth (**really smoking hot sex alert**). E.L James has artistically captured the roller coaster of emotions that Ana feels in the enigmatic presence of ‘Mr.Grey’. Control freak Christian Grey is at a loss, as a modest Anastasia Steele shakes the very foundation of his life.
The author makes you fall in love with the characters, despite all their blatant flaws. This novel leaves you in tears for the choices two people in love have to make. Every guy deserves an Ana, who would be his haven, peace and paradise, and every girl deserves a Christian, who would love her, spoil her, and most importantly, respect her. Christian & Anastasia share an ‘innocently honest’ relationship and lay bare their every demon in front of each other. With every page you turn, you fall a little more in love with them. They make you think that every person comes with baggage; just make sure that you end up with someone who would help you unpack.
Go ahead and pick up a copy of 50 shades of grey. You won’t be disappointed! After all, Mr.Grey “Aims to please”.
RATING : 2/5
I bought Chetan Bhagat’s latest release- “Half Girlfriend” with my heart full of expectations. Its content left me speechless!
‘Madhav’, the male protagonist, is a Bihari boy who comes from a small village to take admission in a prestigious college of The Delhi University. There, he meets a girl named ‘Riya’, who is an elite class Delhite. From the moment he sets his eyes on Riya, he is fascinated by her. As destiny has in store, they become friends. However, Madhav wants something beyond friendship. Chetan Bhagat has made perceptible efforts to explore how people of different states can be divided or united by language at times. Amidst the romantic setup, the author has tried to appreciate the efforts of people who are working for social causes and has sent a silent appeal to his fellow Indians for a good system of governance.
As a piece of art, the book suffers from many flaws. The plot is entirely predictable. Bhagat, who is the self-acclaimed voice of India’s youth, definitely does not live up to expectations in ‘Half- Girlfriend’. The story is more like the script of a ridiculously melodramatic Bollywood movie. Moreover, the portrayal of ‘Biharis’ as inept at English language is exaggerated (I personally know many Biharis who would give you a run for your money in terms of English proficiency). It appears as if Mr. Bhagat is focused more on dishing out the next “masala movie” script for the directors of the already planned transcreation (movie) of the book, rather than writing a literary masterpiece.
Read the book if you have already bought it, but you don’t need to get all worked up for getting a copy of “Half Girlfriend” from your nearest book store.
P.S – If you know Chetan Bhagat personally, then please ask him to show a bit more respect to the reader’s intelligence in his next book.