Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Review: Stealing Mr. Right (Misguided Masala Matchmaker #4) by Sinclair Jayne Sawhney


She’s found the perfect man…except not for her client.

Budding matchmaker and relationship “expert” Rani Kapoor should be walking on air. She helped find love matches for her cousin and sisters, her dissertation passed, and she’s inked her first book deal. But what if her success comes crashing down? Desperate to prove herself, Rani makes a bet. Using her new scientific method, she’ll find her first official client—her best friend—Mr. Right in time for her cousin’s wedding.

Tech tycoon Jasminder “Jas” Singh just sold his second start-up and is looking for his next challenge—breaking into the lucrative Indian tech market. But Jas lacks family connections and cultural knowledge, so all doors have been slammed in his face. Taking a new approach, Jas reaches out to the “Misguided Masala Matchmaker.” He has no interest in a bride, but he’s not above pretending he does so he can score an invitation to—and make business connections at—the Indian wedding of the season.

The minute Rani meets Jas, she realizes science has failed her again. Yes, the potential groom is perfect—for her.


My Review:

A beautiful end to an amazing series.

I have been curious about Rani Kapoor’s story since I first started reading the Misguided Masala Matchmaker series.  In this book, Rani is really making it in the world with her pod cast and her book and game ready to launch.  I was anxious to finally see how she would find her love match.

Jasminder Singh seemed very conservative and socially awkward at first, but with Rani, he comes out of his shell.  They are the perfect couple for this opposites attract romance story.  I laughed through so many scenes as Rani is such a fun free spirited character and you never know what she might say.  But there was this one scene where I literally cried for her.  Be warned.  It was extremely touching and real.

I am going to miss this series and this big, fun and fabulous Indian American family.  They have grown on me like friends I always want to visit.  I highly recommend this book; really all of the Misguided Masala Matchmaker series. 


Thursday, May 25, 2023

Review: Have You Seen Sarah Baker by T.A. Cruz


The search is on, but what exactly are the folks of Fulton County hiding?

For five years, high school English teacher Sarah Baker has helplessly watched her marriage become emptier than the bed she crawls into alone each night. But a divorce would leave her in financial ruin, so she stays shackled to the husband who left his vows at the altar.

Then Sarah discovers an escape and takes the ultimate risk, only to find herself chained again—this time in the basement of a remote cabin.

When a grisly teen murder rocks his quiet northwestern town, rough-around-the-edges Sheriff Jeffrey Mills has his hands full identifying the body while facing the mounting pressure of tracking down the missing high school teacher the community is determined to find. In the blink of an eye, a heart attack sidelines him during the search, and Mills faces an impossible choice: skirt the law and lose his one chance for redemption or leave Sarah Baker to her fate.

But one thing is clear: they’re both running out of time.


My Review:

One of the best mysteries I have read in a long time.

I was completely blown away by this book.  When I say I stayed up past my bedtime, I am not lying.  The excitement of the story kept me going.  Of course, the story is centered around missing school teacher Sarah Baker.  But we also learn about Fulton’s Sheriff Mills and his Deputy Holloway, who have a unique friendship, almost father daughter like, but with Mills teaching Holloway the tricks of the trade in his own unique gruff style.  This story is told in snippets of past and present, which usually confuse me when books do this, but in this book it really works.  You get just enough information to keep you hanging until you get to the mind blowing ending that I did not see coming.  All I could say was “wow”. 

If you are looking for a mystery that will keep you hanging to the very end, this one is for you.  I highly recommend it. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Review: Second Chance Hawaiian Honeymoon by Cara Colter

A wedding on the rocks

Healed in Hawaii?

After despairingly fleeing her wedding to billionaire Joe, Blossom goes on their honeymoon
alone to reconsider their relationship. Only, Joe has the same idea, and they wind up there together! This unexpected reunion forces them to face what they were running from, and they start to enjoy too many sleepless nights. Maybe a honeymoon before saying “I do” is the second chance they never saw coming?


My Review: 

Rediscovering their love in Hawaii.

After calling off her wedding to Joe, Blossom heads to the Hawaiian honeymoon destination on her own to clear her head.  She is surprised to discover Joe is also there doing the same thing.  Could it be fate that they found themselves together again?

I was so glad Blossom and Joe ended up together in Hawaii and were able to work through their issues.  I admit, Hawaii was one of the main reasons I picked up this book.  But once I started reading, I found myself really liking these characters and the journey they were on.  I couldn’t wait to see how they found their way back to each other.  I really enjoyed the activities Blossom and Joe did that lead to their reunion.  The author wrote this story in a way that I was easily able to visualize in my head.  The story was heartfelt and hopeful with a great happily ever after.