Bookish Witch

Beautiful Mess by Yuktha Asrani

Blurb (as on Amazon)

Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too, had yet to meet Chirag Malhotra. Born into wealth and fame, Chirag has a life many could only dream of. Constantly on a winning streak with the ladies, Chirag is the most sought-after bachelor in Delhi. The unexpected strikes and Chirag is smitten from the moment a curly-haired hot mess steps out of a plane. Kajol is completely off-limits, but the sparks between them can melt glaciers.

Kajol Kapoor is down in the dumps, living a hard life in New York City. But a surprise thrown her way turns her life topsy-turvy. It just so happens that Kajol needs a favour and Chirag is more than happy to oblige. Chirag is her best friend’s brother. He is the one-man Kajol truly wants but knows she can’t have. She hopes to mask her insane attraction for him just like she had been doing in the past. As Kajol gets to know the real Chirag, she discovers there is more to the man behind the fat bank account and the Casanova image.
Would she complete her project with her heart intact, or would she give into temptation?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Comedy

Pages: 306

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 49 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback: 249 INR/$7.54

My Ratings: 4.3/5

Jobless and almost bankrupt Kajol Kapoor, lands on an unexpected blessing from her deceased grandmother. To convert this blessing into a dream project, she needs help from Mr.Oh-so-gorgeous of Chirag Malhotra, who also happens to be her best friend’s brother. Will Kajol be able to see her project through while trying to mask her obvious attraction towards Chirag?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:

-> The way the Malhotra house and Kajol’s B&B have been described. It’s easy to visualize their beauty and makes you want to visit them in real.
-> The supporting characters have depth and are articulately portrayed. It is so amazing that each character has a significant role to play, sooner or later in the larger context of the story.
-> The story has the right dose of drama, suspense, love, and lots of LOL moments.
-> The transition between the PoVs is very smooth.
-> Kajol’s cutesy interactions with Ben (Saanvi’s toddler). They make you go ‘aww’. I especially loved a particular scene where she teaches Ben (and another kiddo in the Malhotra clan) how to say the famous line by Joey from F.R.I.E.N.D.S aka ‘How you doin’?’. That whole sequence is just too cute.
-> The romance between the older couples, aka Chirag’s and Kajol’s parents is too adorable and makes you crave such an undying love.
-> The camaraderie and banter between Chirag and his friends, especially Sourabh and Aditya. They remind us of how friends always pull each other’s legs and insult each other through jokes.
-> The conversations between Jiya and her mind. These are so relatable and funny because we all have inner thoughts and our actions or what we show outwardly are usually the complete opposite of the turmoil that goes on in our minds.

What I did not like about the book:
-> I kind of had an idea of who the bad guy would turn out to be.
-> A bit more drama between Chirag and his father, or Chirag and his brothers, might have added more shock factor.

Quotable quotes:
-> High-heeled tan boots weren’t designed for comfort.
-> Quitting her job had been good for her self-esteem but not for her finances.
-> A good support system is what helps one grow and flourish.
-> A new day brings with it new opportunities.
-> The way he saw it if he wanted to see the rainbow he had to put up with the rain.
->’What are you doing?’
‘Stress eating.’

Who stress eats on a fruit? That defeats the entire purpose of stress eating.’
-> Life was too short for regrets.
-> It’s not enough if you are brilliant. It’s all about the marketing. Marketing is even more important than the actual product you create.
-> It takes time to build a business.
-> Reformed rakes make the best husbands.
-> it’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you care. It means you’re about to take a chance and do something out of your comfort zone.
->Saying try to get over it is easier said than done.
-> As long as our hearts are in the right place and we are trying to make things better, that’s good, right?
-> Love is messy and that’s what makes it great.

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