Ruchi Singh is one of the most outstanding authors of The Book Club aka TBC. She is known for her outstanding novels which are bestsellers. Today I introduce her under Rewind #IndieTBC 2018
Ruchi Singh is an IT professional turned novelist. Her published novels are ‘Take 2’, ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’, ‘The Bodyguard’ and the most recent ‘Temptation: Women from Mars’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi has also published a short story collection, ‘Hearts and Hots’, besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.
A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is ‘romantic thriller’. She has also reviewed many contemporary works of authors. The reviews are published on her website www.ruchisingh.com
Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling in Indian classical dance forms.
Her Published Work:
Ruchi Singh brought out her first novel in 2015. Since then she hasn’t looked back. Let’s have a look-
Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.
Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.
Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.
In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires… will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?
HEARTS TO HOTS
Love, what is it?
A casual glance, and the heart skips a beat…
Or A chance meet and that tug of an inexplicable connection…
Love… a baffling attraction so potent that one becomes blind to entire world, or is it that unbridled passion which threatens to drown every time you see the one, or a protective urge which forces you to realize that life is not worth living without that special someone…
‘Hearts and Hots’ a collection of five short stories riding on first love, passion, and romance.
Zayd Abbas Rizvi, out on parole, wants to escape the suspicious eyes of the world and concentrate on rebuilding his future. He zeroes in on Kasauli, a small, quaint hill town.
Contrary to his expectations though, he is unable to find peace in the skirmish around the guest house, the antics of a three-year-old, and the deep, sad eyes of his mother. As he battles the demons of his past, falling in love is not in Zayd’s plan…
Ashima’s life is a long, tiresome struggle, until a tall, tattoo flaunting stranger registers in her guest house. Hoping against hope for a ray of sunshine in her life, unbridled attraction to a stranger is not what Ashima bargains for…
Will Zayd and Ashima be able to forego their past and embrace their present, even when they know that if things went wrong, all they’ll be left with is a broken heart and painful memories?
Achievements of 2018:
In the year of 2018, Ruchi Singh published two novels. Her first novel came out in March 2018 named ‘The Bodyguard’
Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead.
He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables trust is hard to come by…
Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life.
The killer is resourceful and determined.
The motive is unclear and perplexing.
Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?
I was lucky enough to get a chance to review this book written by Ruchi Singh. You can read my review here.
However, also do read what Anne Boleyn has to say about this book –
Esha, an ex-Army officer, helps thwart an assassination attempt against Vikram, a dashing business tycoon. His security team ups his protection and recruits the reluctant Esha to masquerade as his personal assistant while she is, in fact, acting as his bodyguard.
The Bodyguard is billed as a romantic suspense, and the suspense is the more prominent element. There is an attraction, and there is tension, and Esha and Vikram think of each other and often. But the focus remains on ascertaining the identity of Vikram’s would-be assassin while also navigating corporate intrigue and family drama. As a result, I didn’t get the type of relationship development that I wanted, but your mileage may vary.
(Reviewer’s note: A few reviews mention a triangle, and as a reader who hates love triangles with a burning passion, I don’t want other like-minded readers to be deterred! Yes, there are individuals who express interest in our leads, but none of them have a chance. Esha, much to her dismay, only has eyes for Vikram, and Vikram finds Esha a compelling breath of fresh air.)
The story was thrilling, if a bit busy at times. Certain plot threads were left dangling, and the ending felt rushed, but the fast-paced nature was an overall appropriate counter to the more subdued romance.
I enjoyed this, and I would read more stories by Ruchi Singh – especially a follow-up book in which those aforementioned plot threads get addressed!
TEMPTATION: WOMEN FROM MARS
In the month of June, Ruchi Singh brought out another novel –Temptation.
The universe is full of aberrations, be it nature, animal, man or woman. The focus here is not on exceptional nature or talent, but simply on exceptions or deviations—the outliers in the spectrum of human nature.
What is the motivation behind these exceptions? Is it genes, old habits, familial bonds, or social conditioning? Or are they just wired differently?
‘Women From Mars’ series brings the spotlight on such exceptions in women.
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‘Temptation’ is the first story in the series. The story is of Juhi and Satya, who fall for each other. It is love at first sight. But are things really what they seem? Will they be united with each other or do their motivations differ?
After reading the review by Inderpreet Uppal, I was certain that this novel is another feather in Ruchi Singh’s cap.
‘Women Are From Mars’ is a new series from Ruchi Singh and I picked it from Kindle Unlimited as soon as I saw it. I am a fan of her writing since we were bloggers. Now, of course, she has a large repertoire of books to her credit.
I had absolutely loved the romance Jugnu and Take2, both had characters who had not had been handed the best deals in life. Ruchi has a knack for taking shades of grey and making the reader fall in love with them—she has managed the same in Temptations as well.
This is the story of Juhi and Satya who meet in Melbourne and have an instant connect. Totally enamoured they spend an idyllic time together. The twist in the tale comes when Satya is left high and dry. He searches for Juhi frantically and tries to find as much as he can. What he uncovers leaves him even more confused.
Finally, he does manage to find Juhi but does he actually find her? Ruchi has built up the plot so subtly that I did not realise it till twist was on me. Juhi is the perfect woman of today, stylish, successful, and she knows her mind. Satya is smitten and how! Their love story is hot and fast but when the idyllic time finishes the reality is revealed.
Good, fast read that is a totally fresh take on the millennium women. I look forward to next in the series.
Ruchi Singh is an extremely talented author who has some impressive books to her name. Having read one of her books, I can definitely say that she is one of the rare gems of IndieTBC.
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