Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tulsi Vivah by Anna Kaling – Warmest Wishes

The festival of Tulsi Vivah ushers in the Hindu wedding season and tears away the love of Kristopher’s life. Three years of passion and tenderness are reduced to a shameful skeleton in the closet as Arjuna submits to the marriage his parents have arranged for him. His family has never even heard Kristopher’s name.

The festival, a ritualistic wedding between the holy basil plant, Tulsi, and her eternal lover, Vishnu, is as much of a play-act as Arjuna’s upcoming nuptials, but he believes the wedding will honor his parents and please Vishnu. So why is his Tulsi plant—whose leaves heal and bless the devout, who is Vishnu's representative on earth—dying? Arjuna tends to her with all the care of a concerned parent, but it might take more than his devotion to save her. She might need Kris, with his clever green-fingers—and maybe a revived Tulsi can heal two hearts.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance

Arjuna and Kristopher have been in a relationship for several years. Kristopher knows that Arjuna has a difficult home life because he's unable to truly be himself.

When Arjuna makes the decision to appease his family, he knows it's going to be horrible. But he believes he doesn't have another choice. Despite hurting Kristopher in his decision, Kristopher takes Arjuna's beloved plant to see if his friend can bring it back to life. The plant signifies love and happiness – something that Arjuna is desperate to find with his bride-to-be.

This was a sad story, really. Arjuna had to make a difficult choice and despite making it, hurting the love of his life, Kristopher, I never really felt that it was resolved in a manner that seemed fitting of the issue. While it was a "holiday" story, it just wasn't for me.

Anna Kaling writes international contemporary romance, usually set in Britain and featuring lots of tea, rain, and passive-aggressive queuing. By day she writes about concrete erections for a construction firm, and by night she… well, never mind.

When not writing, she’s probably watching bad monster movies like Grabbers, featuring alien octopi that can only be fought by drunk people, or Super Shark, featuring the immortal exchange: “The sharks can fly!” “That’s bad.”

Or she might be playing her favorite games, including Plague, in which one must create a disease that wipes out humanity. She finds it inspirational.

Anna lives in London. She’s so British that she went through an entire operation too polite to mention the anesthetic hadn’t worked. She’s usually being sat on by a cat: either Charlie, who will only eat fresh chicken breast warmed to blood temperature and who bullies her to go to bed at 9:00 p.m. each night, or Pepper, who is as socially awkward as Anna and thinks everybody wants to stare right at her butt. Anna doesn’t shove her butt in people’s faces, but she does usually end up talking about the best pimple-popping videos at dinner parties. Serves them right for inviting her.

Anna would love to hear from you, especially if you have any bad monster movies or pimple popping videos to share.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: Tulsi Vivah by Anna Kaling to read and review.

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