Sunday, October 12, 2014

#91 : Beginning With Forever by Lan LLP : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Beginning With Forever



GENRE: Fiction - Romance


FORMAT: Digital  - Epub

SERIES / STANDALONE:  Series – Forever #1

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  Review Copy as a part of NJKinny book tours.

SUMMARY :“Carson, I’m freely offering myself to you right now. Please,” I plead fearlessly. I’m shameless and not above begging for him to take my body. Who is this sex-craved woman anyways? 

“Sweetness, you’re making it very difficult for me to resist you, to control myself.” He lowers himself intimately close to graze his soft, moist lips on my forehead, bridge of my nose and then intensely over my lips. The urgency of his need for me is translated through his kisses. Biting down firmly on his lower lip, it appears that he’s forcing the strength of his will to remain tame. Our eye contact is broken when he seals his shut to blind the temptation lying underneath his body. His hands grip the sheets desperately, clawing and then fisting. I think this is his last hope of hanging onto his dignity. “Goodnight Lily, only offer your body to me when you believe it in your heart,” he murmurs and rolls off of me. Lying flat on his back, he attempts to steady his labored breathing. 

Love isn’t easy to forget even if you’re determined to never feel it again. It has a way of finding you when all hope is gone, resurfacing tender emotions you’ve buried deep in your core because the pain of acknowledging them is too much for you to handle. 

Carson Bradley, CEO of a powerful pharmaceutical corporation is rich beyond boundaries with a missing soul. His heart faded away fifteen years ago with the death of his first love. He strives every day for the sake of his cancer research because he’s determined to eradicate cancer forever. 

Lillian Ly is a humble, young medical student whose kind and generous heart is as vast as the universe. Being raised poor by a single parent; she matured quickly and respected the sacrifices her mother made for her. Lillian’s determination leads her down a stringent five-year path with no room for love. 

When their paths cross at an unlikely place thousands of miles away from home, they both realize that fate has brought them together, and Carson will never let anything or anyone tear them apart. He knows how desolate life is without love and refuses to return to that dark place ever again. 

Lillian enters Carson’s world with the purest intention of loving him with all her heart, but discovers that his volatile world will alter her uncomplicated life indefinitely. Regardless of what obstacles are thrown in their path, Lillian and Carson will endure them all to hold onto their forever from the beginning to the end. 

When this book came up for the review with a promise of love story between a simple girl and millionaire I envisioned a yet another 50 Shades of Grey in making. But then, the promise of explosive romance made me sign up.

No offense but I almost regret the decision to sign up. My English teachers always insisted that when I critique a book or a movie, I start off with the positives. So, here are the positives (which frankly aren’t much)

1.    The plot was racy in spite of having uncanny similarities to 50 Shades book. Bianca’s revenge & Richard’s revelation we just well written.
2.    The part where Carson insists that Lillian think more than twice before offering her virginity was well written – Teaches a  very sensible lesson.
3.    The supernatural twist towards the end of the book was a rather unexpected twist well executed.
4.    The story managed to end on a high note that obviously would leave any reader wanting more (Oob-viously NOT ME!)

And now to what was repulsive for me. The protagonist, Lillian is initially portrayed to be a sensible Med student initially. But when she meets Carson her sensibility goes for a toss. Yet her character apparently “stays” sensible.

There wasn’t just enough of the courtship for me. The immense beauty of subtle courtship before an explosive romance is like eating a Choco Lava cake with a spongy outer and a gooey inner (Oops! I relate things better with food).

Carson and Lilly couldn’t have their hands off each other. Carson was portrayed as this obsessed boyfriend who almost kept spying on his girlfriend.   This sort of reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey (Yeah I a managed to read that one book in the series).

It might appear that the positives are more when compared to the negatives I described. But the magnitude matters.

VERDICT: Can be missed

RATING: 2.5 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (In her Own Words!) : Over a year ago, I decided to pick up a pen and jotted down the first sentence of my vivid imagination. Those initial words were the seeds that grew into my romance book, “Beginning with Forever.” With all my heart, I wrote, rewrote, edited, re-edited and now, I’m finally ready to share it with all of you. My one and only aspiration for this book is to have readers embrace my story and characters with their heart. If I can make someone laugh till their gut hurts, hate the villain with vengeance, cry till their eyes dry out, fall in love all over again, and drool over the hero or feel any other emotions, than I’ve succeeded my goal.

I’m the sappiest person in the world when it comes to romance. I believe in love at first sight, Prince Charming or in my book, Mr. Hot Billionaire, and happy endings. In my heart, every women deserves all three, and they will when they lose themselves in my books. Your fantasy can become a reality with just the flip of a page, so come join me.


PRICE: Rs.246


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse

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