The Monsoon Series Book 1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Buy it: Amazon
Clear your calendar, turn on your voicemail, and get cozy on the sofa as Anya Wylde has decided to dip her toes into the world of contemporary romance …
Love Muffin and Chai Latte follows the journey of Tabitha Lee Timmons as she deals with financial stress, loony relatives, some crooks, an unhappy bride-to -be, a grumpy old man, and two heartbreakingly handsome men.
The writing style was quite easy to read. I only had a problem with some of the lingo and didn’t always know what it meant. I was not committed to the story quickly. In fact, I only started getting into the story at around chapter 20. The main string of the storyline was good. Girl dating boy, boy proposes to girl because he’s promised money if he marries. Girl accepts even though her heart is not fully in it. Girl catches boy cheating, girl falls in love with hot cousin of ex-fiancé.
I enjoyed the authors descriptions of what India looked like and the different things that were interesting in it. The sights and sounds. I could almost feel like I was there too. I didn’t relate to the protagonist, Tabby, because she is a little pathetic in the beginning of the book and just accepts how Chris treats her. She doesn’t seem to have a personality and I found myself wanting to hit her over the head with the book several times.
The dialogue is sometimes difficult to follow. There are often too many inverted commas to show dialogue when there isn’t dialogue. This caused confusion sometimes because I thought I missed something. The Indian lingo was a little difficult to understand sometimes but it wasn’t a train smash.
Chris irritated me from the beginning. I wanted to punch him hard in the face. He expected Tabby to know everything about him without actually telling her. I would have called it off long before it even started. I would rather live on the street than be with such a self-centered, ego-maniac. He expected her to know everything about his culture and customs but he didn’t warn her that he held them so dearly and he couldn’t even be bothered to remember that she doesn’t like coffee. I liked Maya and Dev and I enjoyed the Aunties and in-laws. They sometimes had me giggling with their comments and antics. Maya had me laughing at trying to get Cuckoo to get lost.
This book is part of a series but it is a stand alone in the series which means it closes the story off at the end and the next book is about other main characters. I think the theme of the book was about finding herself and her personality and also finding love. I feel like it could also fall under Chick Lit. I enjoyed the theme and was enjoying it much more when she started finding herself.
The plot was believable and felt like it would happen in the real world. As a feminist, this book made my teeth hurt from clenching them so much in most of the book. Chris knew Tabby’s predicament financially or is supposed to know but yet he still made her pay for all the clothes to India and the spa appointment which wasn’t even her idea or what she wanted. And if she wanted to exert her independence and strength, then it should have shown in other parts of her personality as well, not just with her paying for stuff that she never asked for. I would have told him to get knotted.
The story recovered itself from about Chapter 23. I started enjoying it because she suddenly got a personality and didn’t just float around like a drunk butterfly. The ending was good. I liked the whole ‘the bushes it is then’ bit, it had me giggling.
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