Last Monday, my parents got into some petty argument over food (FOOD, people! Can you believe it? *exasperated sigh*) and my mother, in her dramatic fit of wrath swore that she would never talk to him again.

My father is usually the calm one in the relationship and even though such arguments affect him a lot, he wouldn’t say a thing. And my mother – she is a stubborn woman. To her word, she didn’t utter a word for the next three days. God knows whose fault was it and I never got into it because I knew their egos would bow down to love sooner or later.

The Valentine’s Day arrived and my mom was all dressed to be off to work. I noticed her glancing at my dad to see if he would say something. But my poor dad roamed around the house like a dog with his tail between his legs. And I, for one, was having the most fun out of it!

That evening when I got back from work, my mom told me quietly, “He hasn’t said anything to me yet. He should’ve said something.” And I was like – “Mom, you could’ve said something too. Why didn’t you?” To that, her instant reply was – “Oh shut up, you don’t know anything.”

But before the date on the calendar changed, everything was set right miraculously. My parents were talking to each other like nothing had happened.

The power of love amuses me.

The imaginary fireworks when you meet the man/woman of your dreams, the electrifying touches, the best kiss of your life that connects your soul to that person – it all sounds fantastic. I am yet to find that and I am eager to find that. I want to see myself falling for my Mr. Right so deeply that my care for him would go beyond reasons. I want to have what my parents have always had. I want to be sure of a man that if we have a banter like that, we would always find our way back together.

That’s what I seek from life. And that’s what my main character –Bradley Parker – seeks from his life too. Someone recently asked me if that character had a lot from me because they thought they saw a distinct depth in that character. What can I say? Bradley Parker is my creation .

While my search is still on, Brad’s search has come to an end. He finds someone on the Valentine’s Day and they connect. Unfortunately, this doesn’t come too easy to him…


Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

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HoldingontoHopeFSBLURB: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.