The Bollywood Bride

The Bollywood BrideRia Parkar was known as the Ice Princess. Ria had made herself distant from everyone else but now she was coming home for her cousins wedding. She wanted to be there but that meant she would see Vikram, the boy whose heart she had broken.

Vikram Jathar had loved Ria but then she had betrayed him. When Vikram sees Ria he will be angry as all those feelings come back to the surface. He will try to keep his distance but it will be a losing battle.

The Bollywood Bride is the second book to the series Bollywood by Sonali Dev. Like the first, I loved this book. Sonali Dev really integrates the culture and traditions well throughout the book. I wanted to find out all that was hidden in the past and to find out the real reasons why the characters were a shell of themselves.

Ria’s character was a young woman who had gone through a big trauma at a young age. You don’t know everything until later one. At first I thought Ria truly was an ice princess from how she handled things ten years ago, but I had a feeling she was not that cruel. Ria’s true self is discovered and your heart breaks for her as she is just a shell of herself. Vikram’s character was intentionally cruel to Ria and its because he felt betrayed. There is logic to that but I wanted him to at least move on and make a fresh start. I get my wish but the future is complicated for these two characters that is until everything gets out onto the table and they take a chance.

I really wanted something to be done about Vikram’s mother but I guess that would have put too much strain on the characters. I liked that he was standing up to her and taking a chance with Ria once again.

So Sonali Dev third book has come out in September and I will be reading that next but I am hesitant. It is with Nic and Jen who were in this book and are the ones that are getting married. It seems in the next book a tragedy will happen that break up the couple forever. Well I will find out more as I read the book next.

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A Bollywood Affair

A Bollywood AffairMili Rathod was married to her groom when she was four years old. Mili has waited twenty years for her groom to claim her but she only waited. Mili will take a chance and to further her education by going to the United States. She will meet a man Samir and will start to feel things for him. She knows it is wrong since she is married but her heart was bonding towards Samir. Though Mili will find out that everything is not as it seems.

Samir Rathod was a big time director but that was not his concern at the moment. His concern was to make sure the wedding of his older brother never took place. Samir will meet Mili and instead of telling her what he wanted, he will lie to Mili and befriend her. Before Samir knows it he will start falling for this woman and Samir will have to figure out how to tell her everything before she finds out the truth.

A Bollywood Affair is the first book to the series Bollywood by Sonali Dev. I loved this book. You are immersed into the culture and life of these characters. The characters felt real thanks to Sonali Dev’s storytelling. I could not put this book down.

Mili was a young woman who lived her cultures tradition. I liked that she was so devoted on her tradition but I thought she was a little naive. Though I was happy to read that she did want more especially as her husband was dragging his feet to claim her. Mili was also unbelievably kind and sweet to everyone which gets her into trouble because she happenes to trust the wrong man. Though I was happy that she showed a backbone but it was at a heartbreaking scene. Samir or Sam was a good man but he didn’t always handle things the best way. Like how he was lying to Mili about who he really was. I wanted him to come clean right away as I knew that would be a defining moment in the book. Though it was interesting to read how Samir was falling in love. He was trying to stop it from happening but it was something he could not stop.

The downfall is obviously when Mili will find out the truth and Sonali Dev does a good job at writing the scene. The emotions that were skillfully written, I felt all the emotions as I read the book.

I am looking forward to reading the second book to the series which I am reading next.