Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Beginning of An Exciting Family Saga: The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

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The Beginning of An Exciting Family Saga: The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma
The Takeoever Effect
Nisha Sharma
Series: The Singh Family #1
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 2nd, 2019

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Hemdeep Singh knows exactly what he wants. With his intelligence and determination, he has what it takes to build his own legacy away from Bharat, Inc. and the empire his father created. But when his brother calls him home, Hem puts his dreams on hold once again to help save the company he walked away from. That’s when he encounters the devastating Mina Kohli in the Bharat boardroom, and he realizes he’s in for more than he had bargained.

Mina will do whatever it takes to recover control of her mother’s law firm, even if it means agreeing to an arranged marriage. Her newest case assignment is to assist Bharat in the midst of a potential takeover. It could be the key to finally achieving her goal while preventing her marriage to a man she doesn’t love—as long as her explosive attraction to Hem doesn’t get in the way.  

As Mina and Hem work to save Bharat, they not only uncover secrets that could threaten the existence of the company, but they also learn that in a winner-takes-all game, love always comes out on top.
-A copy was provided by Avon, Avon Impulse for review-

I absolutely adored My So-Called Bollywood Life when I read it last year so when I found out that Nisha Sharma was writing another book, specifically an adult romance, I was all aboard. When I found out the series would follow a wealthy Sikh Punjabi-American family, I WAS EVEN MORE EXCITED (which I didn’t know was possible but whatever.)

The Takeover Effect is a quick read. The pages just sort of fly by. That said, it did take me more than half the book to actually be invested in the characters and the plot. I don’t know if I can even point out a specific reason why this was but I didn’t really click with the book until shit hit the fan.

And when shit hit the fan, IT HIT THE FAN. I found myself incredibly invested in the plot and needed to know whether Bharat, Inc. would be saved and if Mina would finally get justice for the shit her uncles had put her through.

Hemdeep Singh is the prodigal son. After a falling out with his parents, he leaves the family company and starts his own law firm. When his father has a heart attack and the board of Bharat, Inc. is up to some sketchy shit, Hemdeep is forced to come back and confront his past.

Mina Kaur Kohli will do anything to become a partner at the law firm her mother built from nothing and her uncles stole from her. But does that include lying to the board of Bharat, Inc. about whether or not they should sell the company?

When these two ambitious souls meet, they are immediately attracted to each other. But conflicting interests get in the way and they have to figure out how to navigate their new, budding relationship while investigating who is leaking company secrets to competitors.

To be quite frank, I am not sure I was actually invested in the romance? I loved Hem and Mina as individuals but their insta-attraction and some of Hem’s more alpha qualities didn’t always work for me. He once got sort of riled up when they first met because his brother and her clicked??? WTF?? Bro, take a chill pill. Which is not to say I don’t love a good alpha male, but I don’t think alpha males should be defined by weird, jealous urges.

The Takeover Effect is a romance novel so maybe the fact that I wasn’t invested in the romance should have resulted in me DNFing the book but there was just so much going on plot-wise and secondary relationships that I found myself invested in the book overall. There were a LOT of secondary characters that I fell in love with and wish I could see more of and potentially even get to read full length novels about.

I also just loved how the characters’ identities as Sikh Punjabis was woven into the book. Both Hem and Mina connected to those identities differently though given the vast differences in how they grew up and I LOVED that we got to see such contrasts. I loved that the characters got to express their shared identity in different ways.

Overall, The Takeover Effect is far from perfect but it is such a great start to this series. I cannot wait to read more of the brothers (and potentially other characters???) down the road and hope that this book/series might even make it to the big screen one of these days!

3.5 Stars
3.5 Hot Espressos

Fresh Batch (March 24th – 30th)

Fresh Batch (March 24th – 30th)

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Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Sky Without Stars Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell Series: System Divine #1 Publication date: March 26th 2019by Simon Pulse

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A thief. An officer. A guardian. 

Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges…

An Emotional Rollercoaster: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

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There is a good chance I’ve said that about another book or two before but I don’t know how else to describe how truly well written this book is. Carlos Hernandez knows how to pace a book, he knows how to pull at your emotions and he knows just how to crack and build tension. There were so many…

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Posted by on 03/20/2019 • 1 Comment

I honestly didn’t know that Lilliam Rivera had a new book coming out until earlier this year which just shows you where publishing’s priorities are in terms of marketing. In my eagerness to read anything Rivera writes, I actually forgot to read the summary and it wasn’t until a while later that I realized Dealing in Dreams was a proper dystopian novel. If you read my review for We Set the Dark on Fire, you will know I don’t do dystopia anymore but given that I’ve technically now read two dystopian novels for the first time in literal years, I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY I am doing dystopia again. BUT, to be clear, I am only doing dystopia written by POC.

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Three Pride & Prejudice Retellings You Cannot Miss in 2019

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Posted by on 03/18/2019 • 6 Comments

1. Unmarriageable by Sonia Kamal

Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan.

2. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Gender-flipped P&P retelling that follows an Indian-American family descended from royalty. Set in San Francisco. 

3. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

P&P set in Toronto! Follows the adventures of a large, boisterous Muslim family.

Bonus Emma Retelling: Polite Society by Mahesh Rao

Emma, with a touch of Crazy Rich Asians, set in Delhi. 

Fresh Batch (March 17th – 23rd)

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Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

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Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley andMarian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian…

Content Warnings: the What and the Why

Content Warnings: the What and the Why

Posted by on 03/13/2019 • 0 Comments

After getting into an argument on Twitter, I came to the realization that the purpose and definition of content warnings isn’t as widely known as I previously thought. I’ve always felt that content warnings are necessary and to have them be perceived as shameful was incredibly frustrating. I decided to channel my frustration into a (hopefully) helpful post that breaks down what they are, what they do and why they are so incredibly important. 

What Are Content Warnings

As the term implies, they are warnings that precede content. To be more specific, content that might be sensitive. These kind of warnings can be found on all sorts of media – tv shows, movies, games, books, etc. Keep in mind that a content warning isn’t necessarily the same as a…

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Posted by on 03/12/2019 • 1 Comment

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Hugo just broke up with his long-time girlfriend and is stuck with a non-transferable trip to the US of A. He needs to find someone with the exact same name as his ex so he can go on a trip of a lifetime and get away from his big, bustling family for the first time. So he does what anyone would do, he puts an ad on the internet. YAY.

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