Monday, 27 July 2015

A Bollywood Affair - Sonali Dev

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.

My thoughts:
The second book in a row where I have a liar to read about. But here the lie was bigger and worse somehow.

Mili got married at 4. She has not seen her husband since that, but she waits, and tries to learn how to be a good wife. So yes in one aspect she was a bit naive. But in another way not. She had waited all her life, so whole waiting she thought if I am better at this or that then maybe...

Samir has some issues from his childhood, but he is now a big time director of Bollywood movies. He only had this bad boy rep, but he is a real sweetie underneath. And now he is gonna save his brother from an unwanted marriage.

So his brother could not remember he was married and married someone else...I guess they are not big on bureaucracy there. 

Samir lies and Mili starts to like him. That had me worried. He was only after an annulment for his brother. He played her...until he started to fall for her. That is a lot to forgive.

Mili was supersweet, and Samir was too, even if he was lying much of the time. But this was a romance so everyone lived happily ever after

Conclusion:
And yes I expected more since everyone was all, best romance ever! It was good. Nothing groundbreaking like I thought. It was like any other romance, same formula, just with characters from India.


Cover
Nice

Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Kensington
Contemporary romance
Library

42 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Interesting. I bought this because of all the fabulous reviews (I fell for the hype). I'll read it but I appreciate your perspective.

bermudaonion said...

Married at 4? Wow, I wonder if that really happens.

Jenny said...

Oh I like the premise of this one! Sign me up:)

Mystica said...

Married very young - yes it does!

Karen said...

The hype was through the roof for this one. I really liked it a lot - but definitely not best romance ever territory.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Oh nice! Hype or no hype, I haven't heard about this one before but I love the sound of it.

BookaholicCat said...

I loved this one, especially the different culture and the characters, but I can understand after all the hype why you would find it good, but nothing special.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I wish that the romance was a little more than average, and I am not thrilled about the liar liar pants on fire.

Blodeuedd said...

Oh that hype can be so evil

Blodeuedd said...

It happens

Blodeuedd said...

Cool

Blodeuedd said...

Sad but true

Blodeuedd said...

It was crazy and I expected original and nothing seen before, but beneath it all it felt the same

Blodeuedd said...

Do read it

Blodeuedd said...

Hype can be so evil

Blodeuedd said...

Oh those evil liars

Elysium said...

This sounds good. I've managed to stay away from the hype so I don't have too high expectations.

Unknown said...

Great review, thanks for sharing this, you have me interested now. Do I put it on my to read shelf? I probably will:)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I don't think I'd like the lying part. I also think that the guy would know who he married unless he totally ignores his family. Still, sounds like an interesting read. Hm...

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Interesting Linda, I am curious

Joyousreads said...

While there is something creepy and sad about being married when you're barely out of diapers, I am morbidly curious about this book. I will check it out.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Really? I'd heard such good things about it. I have her next book.

Kathryn T said...

I was one of the ones that really enjoyed this book, yes I didn't like Samir's lies, however I got caught up in the book. I have the next one as well!! Hehe!

Carole Rae said...

Interesting premise tho and of course I change of scenery. :)

Unknown said...

I'm on some sort of an Indian-flavored reading kick lately myself.

Melliane said...

I don't think I've ever read a book like that

Chris said...

*waves belatedly*

Piecraft Bucharest said...

I never quite managed to get jump onto the Bollywood bandwagon, not really sure why... *scratches head* Happy Tuesday! <3

Blodeuedd said...

Hype is always bad

Blodeuedd said...

Nice :) I found my copy at the library. maybe yours have one too

Blodeuedd said...

Well he was a kid, she was a kid. He could have thought it was one big party. But the thing is that they got divorced...or so he thought

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Well, she was married and did not see her husband for 20 years ;)

Blodeuedd said...

It was good, but nothing special

Blodeuedd said...

I hope the next one is good too!

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Nice

Blodeuedd said...

Neither had I

Blodeuedd said...

Hello

Blodeuedd said...

Too much singing ;)

The Bookworm said...

This sounds interesting. Have you seen the Bollywood movie, Bride & Prejudice? If you haven't, I recommend, it's so cute.
On the topic of child brides, that is so disturbing. And it happens often.

Blodeuedd said...

I have meant to, but never done...I should

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