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30 Dates in 30 Days by Elle Spencer


We love light-hearted romcoms with a side of drama and Spencer’s books mostly fit this groove nicely. This one is no exception. It has an entertaining premise – racing against time (35th birthday being round the corner) to find The One, in a month via thirty dates and thirty days.

Veronica Welch, a habitual achiever, is a hardworking lawyer. She’s been so intent on her career that by the time she’s reaching 35, she has no love life. Her mother and assistant, Bea, take matters in their hands and put her on a dating site. Bea convinces Veronica to go through a month of dating and takes the onus of setting up the dates and shortlisting the women. Veronica agrees and the venue is a quaint, rustic bar close to their office. The bar is owned by Charlotte Monaghan whose mother is seriously unwell, so her cousin Rachel, a much sought after wedding and celebrity photographer, pitches in to bartend as much as possible. Rakish Rachel has sworn off love and has a maximum-three-dates rule that she lives by.

We started off thinking that with the profile of the character, Veronica would be a closed, arrogant ice queen but she is quite delightful. She’s warm, vulnerable, funny and fearless about taking risks. Rachel, on the other hand – we couldn’t quite feel for her despite the dramatic reason for her closedness. Honestly, we cannot fathom how Veronica continues to interact with, feel attracted to and have feeling for Rachel despite the way Rachel rejects her more than once. But the book is engaging enough to suspend disbelief and go with the flow.

The return of Madison and Ana from The Road to Madison was nice in their first appearance but forced later. It was not quite needed and didn’t add in any way.

This is a great choice for a light-hearted weekend romance read.


In the Silences by Rachel Gold


What an amazing book! It deals with very serious issues of insidious brain-washing that leads to non-acceptance, stereotyping, marginalization and discrimination on multiple levels and is breathtakingly brilliantly written.

Aisha Warren, and African-American, has just moved into an overwhelmingly white neighbourhood. She meets Kaz Adams and the two become instant friends. Kaz is struggling with gender issues trying to get a grasp on what she is.

To write more of the synopsis would be actually narrating the story, and that would never do justice to this book.

The racial issues that Aisha faces are heart-breaking.

The relationship between Aisha and Kaz is caring, nurturing, supportive, uplifting, protective, loving and totally #goals. Both the MCs are assertive and amazing. Individually each of them is awesome, but together they are incredible.

Written in first person from Kaz’s PoV, it made us admire and empathise with Kaz, but fall in love with Aisha.  

Definitely a must-read.


Slammed by Lola Keeley

We are surprised with the number of similarities between this book and Delicate by Sarah Sanders which predates it in publication by about two to three weeks. 

Here are all the things that were there in Delicate and are also there in Slammed.

In Delicate, the MCs are Russian Sonja Romanov and Argentinian Valentina González. In Slammed the MCs are Swede Elin Larsson and Mexican Antonia Cortes Ruiz. Which indicates that both books are shipping Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini.

In Delicate, after their first real conversation, Sonja asks Valentina whether she’d come to Sonja’s match the next day. In Slammed, after their first meeting, Elin invites Toni to her match the next day.

In Delicate, when there are a few weeks between tournaments, Valentina invites Sonja for a vacation with her and they spend a week or ten days together. In Slammed, when there are a few weeks between tournaments, Toni invites Elin for a vacation to her grandmom’s place and they spend about a week together.

In Delicate an injury had derailed Valentina’s career for two or three years. In Slammed an injury had derailed Toni’s career for two years.

In Delicate , when Sonja is going through a rough time emotionally, Valentina ensures that she reaches the finals of the French open so that it is less stressful for Sonja. In Slammed, when Elin is in a delicate state physically Toni makes sure that she reaches the finals of Wimbledon so that Elin has an opponent who is sensitive to her injury.

At one point in Delicate Valentina believes that Sonja is not playing her best when they face-off each other. In Slammed, when Toni wins her first match against Elin, she asks Elin whether she’d thrown the match purposely so that Toni could win.

In Delicate Valentina is hungry to climb up the rankings. In Slammed Toni is hungry to climb up the rankings.

In Delicate, towards the end Sonja plays the minimum number of tournaments required. In Slammed, towards the end Elin plays the minimum number of tournaments required.

In Delicate, Sonja makes uncharacteristic court-side appearances for Valentina's matches. In Slammed, Elin makes uncharacteristic court-side appearances for Toni's matches.

Sonja and Elin are both ranked No.1 and have won the Golden Slam (all four Grand Slam titles plus the Olympics gold in one calendar year). Sonja and Elin are at the top but not in a particularly happy place.

In Delicate, Sonja retires from the game. In Slammed, Elin retires from the game.

In Delicate Sonja initiates physical intimacy. In Slammed Elin initiates physical intimacy.

Physically, Sonja is 5’10” and Elin is over a metre-seventy (which translates to between 5’8” and 5’9”). Valentina and Toni are a tad taller than Sonja an Elin respectively.

Sonja and Elin have one pushy parent: Sonja’s father and Elin’s mother. As a child Sonja hit the ball against a wall and Elin hit it against the garage (essentially a wall).

Sonja and Elin’s parents are not in a particularly happy marriage and both have one younger sibling.

Delicate is a pure romance with focus to Sonja’s and Valentina’s relationship. Slammed touches on elements of discrimination, family and physical toll/injuries on tennis players. In fact, Slammed is more a-year-in-the-life-of-Elin than a romance, so the overall storylines don’t map. It is also hard not to warm up to Elin right from the beginning and this is a very readable book.

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