Review of THE NAME OF RED by Beena Khan

“He brought up her old scars again, and now he couldnโ€™t leave them on the shelf like books to gather dust.”

– Beena Khan

It is a rainy winter night in New York. A sudden downpour has led some pedestrians to take refuge in Kabir’s restaurant ‘Ferdaus’.Among them is an enigmatic woman, looking strikingly beautiful in a sleeveless red dress.She makes her way to the bar and sits there quitely,reading a book she was carrying with her.Everyday after that,she comes to the bar in the evening, and drowns herself in her drinks and books till the restaurant closes.She remains oblivious to everything around her and carries an air of sadness around her.

Kabir is a pragmatic and sensitive man.He wants to know more about this mysterious woman who visits his restaurant everyday.He weaves a unique plan of approach.Everyday,he leaves a new book at the bar with a note in it for the mystery woman.The plan works,for the woman too starts leaving her own books with notes for Kabir.This unique conversation continues for some days,until one day the woman catches Kabir just as he was leaving the book.Kabir comes to know the woman’s name is Elif.They become good friends,and gradually get to know more about each other. Elif is carrying a deep pain from her past and she is unable to cope with it.Until Kabir comes into her lifeโ€ฆ

The ending moved me to tears,it was absolutely unexpected.I applaud the writer for her dexterous writing skills.I could almost see most scenes unravel in front of my eyes.

At times, the book felt a little too lengthy.A bit more crisp editing would have done the trick in my opinion.

The protagonists discuss a lot of books in the beginning chapters.If you are a bookworm like me,I am pretty sure that you will find quite a number of books that you have read already.And you will also end up adding more to your tbr lists.

All in all, Beena Khan’s debut novel “The Name of Red” has been a pleasant read for me.I will definitely be looking forward to more books from her.

Review of FIGHTING WORDS by Taylor Danae Colbert

โ€œ๐‘ซ๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’•๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’‡๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†.โ€

โ€” ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’…๐’”, ๐‘ป๐’‚๐’š๐’๐’๐’“ ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’† ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’•.

Taylor Danae Colbert has done her magic yet again.

In an ugly episode from their past in which he suffered the irreparable loss of his beloved sister, Wyatt Mills had turned Maryn’s life upside down. Maryn hates him. And yet, whenever they meet, she feels things she is completely unprepared for. The two of them are like a knife and a whetting stone – each incomplete without the other.

This isn’t your typical enemies to lover story. Its much more than that. The chemistry between Wyatt and Maryn is oh-so-good…it will leave you in a mess. 

The author traps you in her web from the very beginning and makes you crave for more.

Honestly, I have fallen in love with the book. And I hope you will too.


I was a firm believer that those “nights of passion” people talk aboutโ€”like when they refer to one-night stands or extramarital affairsโ€”don’t really exist. Getting “caught up in the moment” doesn’t really happen. It’s just an excuse for a bad decision. And I don’t have time to waste on decisions like that. Now, itโ€™s my time to shine in the real world. Iโ€™m moving on, never looking back on the painful past my family and I have been trying to rebuild from.

That is, until I runโ€”full-speed, I might addโ€”into the man responsible for wrecking our lives all those years ago.

And then it happensโ€”that bad decision. And wouldn’t you know it? I can’t stop myself. Wyatt Mills is a deadly force that Iโ€™m not ready for. And to be honest, I donโ€™t think he was ready for me, either. Thatโ€™s what five years of pent-up hate energy will do to you, I guess.

But Wyatt is the same guy who wrongfully accused my father of a crime he didnโ€™t commit. Taking away everything. Putting our family through turmoil. I hate his living guts.

But I got caught up in the moment.

And I want to do it all over again.

Review of RIOT HEARTS by Livy North

Livy Northโ€™s adroit writing shines brilliantly throughout her impressive debut novel โ€œRiot Heartsโ€.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐„๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐. ๐–๐žโ€™๐ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž.”

Emory Lauder, nineteen, has recently lost her family in a plane crash.Being the only Lauder left, she inherits a vast fortune along with the responsibilities of Lauder Inc. With her parentsโ€™ death, the cityโ€™s business scene is volatile. All eyes are on Emory as she shall be playing a pivotal role now that she is in charge of her parentโ€™s company. Emory is mature, smart, sassy, cunning and ambitious. She tackles her new responsibilities with elan. There is no one who can bother her much. Except River. Heir of Sinclair Corps., the archrival of Lauder Inc., River Sinclair is in one word, mysterious. No one can penetrate his facade โ€“ except his childhood rival Emory. They hate each other. Or so they think. After all, the line between love and hate is thin.
The story ends in a cliff hanger and leaves the reader wanting for more.

The characters have been well-developed and gracefully sculpted. The plot deserves praise and so does the artful portrayal of the sizzling chemistry between Emory and River. Livy North makes you feel things…..

All in all it was an engaging read. The plot was taut and makes you keep turning the pages. I really liked the book and am eagerly waiting for the next in the series.  

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