Title: The Bollywood Bride
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Sonali Dev
Publisher: Kensington, Sept. 29, 2015 (pre-order available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favorite Ice Princess–beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof–until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar. Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria’s exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love–until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it’s taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she’s been guarding for everyone else’s benefit–and a chance to stop acting and start living. Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
That description from Amazon is so well done that I won’t repeat it here. As you may recall I reviewed Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Affair on Sept. 11, 2015. I am blown away that this book is even better than that wonderful read. This is a very emotional book. The chaotic past of Ria is slowly unfolded for the reader throughout the book. I felt it impossible to put this book down. After every bit of information from the past I wanted to know more. Ria was such a tortured soul and Vikram was so full of hurt, I needed to know how these two became so damaged. Even though I knew this was a romance with an inevitable HEA I worried that Ria would not survive. Sonali Dev gives us wonderful word pictures of Indian culture and celebrations. We are treated to the delightful family life of Ria’s Aunt, Uncle and cousin, but we also see that not all families are the same. I cannot praise this book enough. It is beautiful and very moving as well as romantic.