Title: A Bollywood Affair
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Sonali Dev
Publisher: Kensington, 2014
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.
Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
There is much wrong with that description since Mili did not get permission to leave India from her grandmother, Sam is trying to secure an annulment for his brother, not a divorce. I really get annoyed with these misleading descriptions. An annulment was necessary because Sam’s brother had already married and impregnated someone else. Mili didn’t inform her grandmother of her plans because granny was of the interfering type and would have tried to thwart her plans.
This is an emotional story. I laughed, a lot, and I cried. It is delightful in the way it brings to life the Indian culture. I learned so much from this novel about Indian family relationships, food and fashion. But the slow to develop romance was just perfect. We saw the movie director playboy slowly falling head over heels for Mili. And we saw Mili defiantly refusing to succumb to his charm. The troubled past of each character added to the emotion I was feeling as the reader.
This book has had a tremendous amount of hype in the romance reading world and I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I’m so glad I read this book. Even with some of the confusing Hindi words here and there I enjoyed them all. If like me you enjoy a book that opens up new ideas and introduces new cultures then definitely pick up this book.
I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing Sonali Dev’s soon to be released
THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE