When Dimple Met Rishi

"Tujhme Rab Dikhta Hai"
I See God In You

When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse
ISBN 9781481478687
Genre: Young Adult

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

4 stars.


No Time for Reading....

...unless it's English subtitles on a kdrama!!

Seriously, one of the best out there, and my new absolute favorite, is Healer!

When I first found this while browsing the app on my phone, I skipped it over. The blurb really doesn't do it justice. Later, I clicked it again on the computer where trailers are available. I remember telling the DH that it had 30 seconds to win me over...

Two seconds later,

"I'm in!"

So, the story itself is slow to start but the actress playing Young Chin was absolutely adorable and won me over rather quickly. Then Healer (the character) stole the show and carried it home. My husband wasn't quite as enthralled as I was with this one (Goblin remains his number one, knocking Coffee Prince to his number two), but I was engrossed by this love story. And their first date was equally the saddest, most depressing setup, but altogether also the most beautifully epic date I've ever seen in a show. I watched a few episodes more than once. Bought the soundtrack. And would invest in a purchased copy of the series if it wasn't so damn expensive.

Other recent watches:

Goblin, the Great and Lonely God (5/5) - Amazing plot. The best actors/characters I've watched in a looong time. This is actually tied with Healer for my top favorite even though it lacked the endearing romance that Healer boasted.

The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days (3/5) - Great story, just a bit too drawn out in the middle.

When a Snail Falls in Love (4/5) - Good. Very good. Found this on Neenie's page.

Currently watching:

My Secret Romance - New to Dramafever. So far not bad.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo - Convoluted with its many cast members, but still good. Love me an outcast prince.

Started, but paused:

I Hear Your Voice

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Stars AcrossTime

Stars Across Time
Ruby Lionsdrake
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published March 15th 2015
ISBN 1494515318

Air Force pilot Andromeda “Andie” Kim dreams of being chosen to join NASA so she can go to space. Instead, she’s stolen by savage kidnappers from a dystopian future where fertile women are needed for breeding purposes. One of her kidnappers, a man named Mace, goes out of his way to protect her from the other slavers, but she’s not about to trust him. All she wants is to escape and find a way back to her time before she's sold as broodstock and stuck in this ruined world forever.

Colonel Aloysius “Mace” Theron of the Cascadian Alliance is a battlefield commander, not a spy, but after twenty years of service, he’s also trusted by his superiors. That’s why they choose him for a top-secret mission: to infiltrate an organization of thieves using a time machine to plunder the past. He’s supposed to find and destroy the machine, not fall in love with one of the captives, but Andie is as much of a fighter as he is, and he’s drawn to her from the beginning. Yet if he fights too hard to protect her, his identity will be discovered and his mission will fail, leaving criminals to terrorize the past, perhaps irrevocably changing history and endangering everyone he knows and loves.

Will I ever get enough of Ruby Lionsdrake's work?

The opening two chapters of this book had me bouncing in my seat with excitement. What a start!

Theron's first reaction to witnessing Andie - I want to save her.

His second -  I want to fight beside her.

Easily the best read I've had from Ruby Lionsdrake. Loved it! Need more from this world and especially these characters!


Severed (Alien Mate Index #4)

Evangeline Anderson
Alien Mate Index, book four
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2016 by Evangeline Anderson Books
ISBN 9781370594894

Rylee Hale is having a hard time. As a new business owner just starting out on her own, she’s struggling to attract new clients to her paralegal business.
Then she attracts two that are way more than she can handle.

Drace and Lucian are Denarins—a race of the Twelve Peoples where two males bond together in order to join with a single female. An Alpha and a Beta make the perfect pair to attract and care for a woman in every detail of her life.

But what happens when two Alphas get wrongfully bonded? That’s the dilemma Lucian and Drace are in and only a Pure One from Earth can help them. When they see Rylee helping a couple with their divorce in the AMI viewscreen, they decide she’s exactly the female they need to break the bond between them.

Nobody asked Rylee what she thought about being abducted from her life on Earth and caught in the middle of a conflict between two huge, muscular alien males. It's okay thought--she’s a smart girl—she can handle herself. But once she gets a taste of being bonded to two sexy men who want to please her in every way, will she be able to stand by and watch them be…Severed?

3 out of 5 stars.

Previously in the series:


Darrok (Kaldar Warriors #2)

"I would chase you to the ends of the universe
if it meant that you would accept my claim."

Kaldar Warriors, book two
T.J. Yelden
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published December 15th 2016

Samantha always had a hard time letting people in. The only person who truly mastered that was just kidnapped by the same aliens that have been parading around Earth promoting their undying respect and protection to the female population. Right. Because it’s every girl’s dream to be whisked away to some far off planet with a bunch of aliens. One small decision leads to big changes and Samantha is about to find out how far she will go. Both to save her planet and her growing feelings for a certain green-eyed alien.

Darrok knew he had his work cut out for him. Six months searching for Samantha and keeping an eye on the growing problems near their borders. Along with finding and claiming his mate, he also has to make a decision that could give his race valuable information regarding their enemies. The catch? It would mean putting Samantha directly in harm’s way. It goes against everything that the Kaldar warrior stands for, but there is no other option. They must find out who is aiding their enemies and Darrok must ensure the cost is not his mate’s life.

I enjoyed this book, despite Samantha's role, up until about seventy precent- when the Altu came into play. From there, it went downhill in a barrel. It's sad, considering how long I, and others, have waited to read Karac's sequel. TWO YEARS.

Allow me to just rant because, truly, it's my fury at this story that's driving me to even type out a review. I'll take it character by character. And yes, here be spoilers.


He did everything right. I was in his corner through every argument. Until the fool did the one thing that had kept Samantha from being open to him all along. He leaves her. After railing against her father for abandoning Sam at such a young, defenseless age, Darrok, too, walks away. And practically disappears from her life.

Granted, ..and this brings me to Samantha....

Sam had mommy/daddy issues brought on from a rough childhood which tainted her view on relationships. Despite the instant pull to Darrok as everything that feels like home, she erects a wall between them and insists on biding her time until she can regain her pathetic career-oriented existence back on Earth. Time after time, Darrok attempts to relate to her. To get to know her. To just be with her. And she not only shuts him down, she turns to other males to fill the void. I allow that it's easier to go to Taegin or Kinric because they're not looking for anything from her. There's no expectation from them so it feels safer to her to feed those bonds. But damn, woman....

And then there's Kinric.

He overstepped his place and he was never held accountable. Simple as that.

The Altu...

My problem with this branch of the story lies with, again, Samantha. And I don't think I truly understood the threat. The leader, sadist that he may be, wants to understand the human brain. (Without dissecting it! Kudos!) So he starts, mostly unbeknownst to Sam, rifling through her memories and her brainwaves and all that good stuff. Then she starts fighting him. For reasons beyond me. There was no great trauma she was looking to avoid. No hidden, long buried memory she was looking to escape. She was just being selfish in the 'these are my thoughts, my memories, they're what make me me' blah blah immature ranting gone wild. The guy didn't give a damn about her memories or her emotions. There was no judgment. No nothing. He just wanted to see the mechanics of how human minds work in a purely scientific study type examination. What. am. I. missing? Did Sam not have the ability to let him in. In that case, was she fighting in vain? The only destruction to her mind came when he was forced to push his way in. Had she just let him do it, she could have saved herself. Right???

And back to Darrok...

After attempt and attempt to woo his truemate, and having her turn to Kinric for answers and teammates for companionship, Darrok has very little to feel secure about. After failing to protect her from losing her mind, he has nothing. And yet, he did the one thing, the *one* thing, that was never an option. Sam's greatest fear, that which drove her to swear off relationships of almost any kind, was being abandoned. He knew it. And, with his weightless justifications, he did it anyway.

There's no happily ever after here for me. A warped biology sustains Darrok and Sam's relationship. Nothing more.

2 out of 5 stars.

Previously in the series:


The Tracker's Dilemma (The Mandrake Company #6)

"You're supposed to get women jewelry, Sergeant. Not mutilated bodies."

The Tracker's Dilemma
Ruby Lionsdrake
The Mandrake Company, book six
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published March 26th 2016

Sergeant Heath “Tick” Hawthorn, the best tracker in Mandrake Company and the captain’s right-hand man, has been admiring microbiologist Lauren Keys from afar for months. Unfortunately, she’s dedicated to her science and doesn’t seem to have any interest in relationships. He’s not even sure she knows his name.

Determined to change that, Heath develops a surefire plan: he signs up to be a specimen in her latest study. Once she gets to know him better, he’s positive she’ll find his charms appealing.

But when he starts overhearing other people's thoughts and receiving eerie premonitions, he questions the wisdom of turning himself into a lab rat. On a mission planet-side with Lauren, they finally have some time alone together, but he’s too worried he’s turning into a freak to be charming. Further, the outing soon turns dangerous, as predators and bounty hunters show an interest in the party. If he and Lauren aren’t careful, they’ll end up dead instead of dating. Maybe Heath's plan wasn’t as surefire as he thought.

3 out of 5 stars