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Advance Review- A Change Of Heart by Sonali Dev

Title: A Change of Heart

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Sonali Dev

Publisher: Kensington, Sept. 27, 2016, pre-order available

Source: Free for review from the Amazon vine Program

Pages: 352

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Dr. Nikhil ‘Nic’ Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy.  She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.

**

After loving Ms. Dev’s first two romances I was truly disappointed in this book. Yes, she can write a good story and this one has a huge mystery going on but I never liked Jess and thought Nik was taken in by her. If I can’t get behind a main character then the book is not one of my favorites. I expected more romance. In the past I have enjoyed learning about the culture of India in this author’s books and that continues in this offering, so that it garnered 3-stars instead of two from me.

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Advance Review- The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Title:  The Bollywood Bride

The bollywood bride

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Sonali Dev

Publisher: Kensington, Sept. 29, 2015 (pre-order available)

Pages: 352

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

 

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Review- A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Title:  A Bollywood Affair

A Bollywood Affair

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Sonali Dev

Publisher: Kensington, 2014

Pages: 305

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

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.

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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

The bollywood bride

 

 

 

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