Review: Bluff

Bluff by Michael Kardos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads

Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment.

At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she started touring at seventeen, took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen, and never reached such heights again. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article―on the art of cheating at cards. But when she meets the perfect subject for her article, what begins as a journalistic gamble brings into question everything Natalie thinks she knows about her talent, and herself. Natalie is dazzled by the poker cheat’s sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition that could radically alter her fortune―to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened. With Kardos raising the stakes chapter after chapter, Bluff is a breathtaking work of suspense from a writer at the top of his game. 


I had read some of the previous reviews for this and felt this would be a great one to read. Rather I think I had my expectations high? I felt the story was pretty monotonous, like there's nothing much happening around. A main character who is a magician and has hard time being one to earn her bread and her struggle to something is all in the story. It felt totally one track thing to me. There were a few characters which were like left alone. Many characters were just there to have a dialogue or two nothing max. I felt there was a lot of scope where the author could've played more with the plot. Most characters were just underdeveloped or unused.

Since I do spoiler free reviews, I won't reveal which ones but pretty much story has only two characters used at most. There was a ton of backstory and reasoning for the ones who like to know more about the characters. I liked the fact there was a lot of explanation going on which can be good for a non poker person like me, but at the same time story lacked the spark. During the whole read I was waiting for something to happen, and at the climax I would give credit to that one single twist that made it a little enjoyable but when I see it as a book together, it felt a bit washed out.

I liked the writing style and the narration part though, the editing and formatting was done well( I read the ebook review copy). Although I said a lot of not-so-good things about it, the story was quite readable and nice. It's for someone who had a stressed day and needs a good book to read them to sleep. Not much of brain stressing twisters or story happening around.

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Review: The Seductive Affair

The Seductive Affair by Rishabh Puri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb :
Prisha Khatri is a regular college graduate, focused on her career, desperate to finally move out of her parents’ house and freshly dumped by her successful fiancĂ©. When she lands a job at a prestigious media house, she’s glad to have something to take her mind off her heartbreak. What she doesn’t expect is to be landed on a business trip with a famously fiery reporter Rajesh Lagheri. He’s travelling to a business conference for a story and doesn’t seem impressed by her involvement. But as soon as they’re out of the office, things change and it becomes clear that there is more to Rajesh’s trip than meets the eye. As Prisha is drawn into the story he’s trying to hide from their editor, their hunt for the story grows more intense and she finds herself growing closer to Rajesh. As their chemistry threatens to overwhelm them and Prisha is pulled deeper into the Seductive Affair, she must decide what matters most to her matters of the head or of the heart.


It had been a long time I had reviewed any Romantic thriller hence as I got my hands on it I decided to give it a chance. Its a really nice read which I finished within a day. It's quite short and hence if you are fast paced reader like me it'd be a matter of hours to get done reading it.

I really enjoyed to the story as the characters were really well developed. The narration was good and language was simple and nice to read with. You can read it while travelling or just for fun if you are bored. It was although a very predictable story as its already been given out in the blurb hence there was nothing much to expect from it inside. Yes, even though it was predictable it wasn't cliche or bad at all. Certainly an enjoyable read. I really like the fact that it didn't headed much on ranting about a free woman and all those already overused lines and plots from the other books. It was something unique and different.

It didn't had much of twists and turns and was quite a straight forward read. Nothing that you would find coming up unexpected. The narration and flow of story was so good that it'll keep you gripped to the book and you'd surely love to read ahead. You won't feel bored after a few chaps for sure. I wish there could've been more of twists and turns, more of plot where the insides of the press world is shown. Also there was a lot of plot left unused, where I felt climax could've been much more interesting and better. The present one isn't bad but it falls very short in expectations and its predictable.

There were some good moments to read as well hence it was an overall well balanced read that'd you'd surely won't mind reading once.

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