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- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Books; Reissue edition (October 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617730149
- ISBN-13: 978-1617730146
- ASIN: B00JVW6GQ0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Strangely, it does....very well!
While I don't think readers of A Bollywood Affair need to be Bollywood experts, it does help to know a bit about what Bollywood actually is, otherwise this book will just seem outright crazy (if you are completely unfamiliar with Bollywood, a good entry point is 2004's Bride & Prejudice, an English-language Bollywood retelling of, well, you know...It is currently streaming on Netflix). The thing is, there is a reason why this book feels like a Bollywood movie--and I heard a rumor that it will soon be one. Bollywood may not be exactly mainstream in romance, but it actually works.
I really appreciated how Dev wrote this--there are a lot of interesting cultural details, but Dev doesn't put them out there like a lesson. Too often in books set in a non-Western (or even just non-American) culture, the author feels that they have to take the time to explain everything. Dev, on the other hand, just puts it out there like it is the most normal thing in the world to the audience. The reader may not catch what something is the first time it is mentioned but, by the end of the book, they know what it is.
I really enjoyed both characters. While they are, like many characters in romance novels, a little "shinier" than reality, I still found myself rooting for both of them, especially Mili. She is a wonderful mix of innocence and sass. Samir is definitely in the rakish vein of romance heroes, but Dev does flesh him out nicely and I found myself liking him more than I thought I would.
As this is romance, predictability, is, well, predictable. However, I still found some nice twists and turns in this story. The plot does go a little dark in the second half, but Dev addresses it in a way that the narrative does not become melodramatic. Personally, I liked this section of the book the best as it is here that Dev really gets into the emotional side of her characters.
There is one way in which this book differs from Bollywood. Bollywood movies are chaste and this book is...not. It's not erotica--the spice level is on par with other mainstream American romances--but I did find it surprising when put against how Bollywood-ish this story is Still, it has some of the more tastefully done sex scenes that I've read in romance in quite some time.
While I read romances, I rarely find one that I feel I can recommend unreservedly. In fact, this is the first one I can think of when that has happened since the retirement of LaVyrle Spencer in the 90s. Dev is a formidable new voice in romance and I can't wait to read more by her!
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Samir's brother doesn't realise the marriage he was forced into as a child still holds, he sends him to the US to get her to sign annulment papers, assuming the village girl will be easy to persuade. Things don't go to plan.
Get what you pay for with this book really.
A pretty basic and unnecessarily complicated story in parts that takes pains in some areas that didn't need to be complicated and glosses over points that should probably be explained more comprehensively because they seem pretty unbelievable (though maybe slightly more believable than Bollywood standards was what she was going for).
Didn't root for either of the main protags, Samir's reaction to any woman he's not related to or Mili are pretty derogatory and he engages in deceit and manipulates for gain without much sense of guilt. Mili is more likeable, but is your standard Mary Sue that's clumsy (see Bella Swan). She makes irrational decisions (like the decision to trust Samir at all) and seems to spend a lot of time crying or falling over.
That mingled with the frankly tediously repetitive use of descriptive writing when it came to Samir and Mili bordered on cliché (lots of cascading hair and sparkling eyes). The descriptive use for some scene settings were good, but besides Mili and Samir, there didn't seem to be a lot of reference to how many of the other characters looked, not always a fault in writing, but with such focus on how the main characters looked, the other characters seemed to be an afterthought and (unsurprisingly) are otherwise pretty one dimensional and undeveloped character wise too.
The story is simple and moves all the way from Balpur in Rajasthan to Mumbai and then to the US and then again back to Mumbai. The characters are relatable, adorable and so lifelike. Mili is like the girl next door with Indian values and traditions and Samir, contrary to his external image, can do anything for his family. Even the secondary characters, Naani, Mili’s roommate, Samir’s family and even his manager have important roles to play in the story. They made the characters who they were and that is visible in the story. The best part of the book is that the women in the book are strong and do not bend down to societal pressure, be it Naani, Samir’s mother, or even Mili.
I loved how Samir and Mili are different and how he takes care of Mili and how their friendship develops and even when the attraction is evident, how she keeps herself away from it all.
The author has detailed the Indian culture, Indian relationships, family values and also the Indian cuisine in the story. The scenes have been described in the minutest detail and it was very easy for me picturize them and enjoy the story more.
The story made me smile and it made me cry. There is humour at times and then there is the past which rears up its head and then there is emotion. The story has everything, Indian values and tradition, family, friendship, love, attraction and heartbreak and the drama complete with Bollywood and Filmfare magazine. Though I felt the end was rushed a bit, but that does not prevent me from giving it five stars and wanting to read more books from the author.
There are many dialogues in the book that I liked, but the one which I liked the most is: “Oh heavenly God! Whoever discovered chocolate was a genius. And this Hershey person - may all the Gods from all the religions in the world bless him ten times over - was a divine angel.”
This story is fully Bollywood material with the many backstories and desi drama. Hoping to see it on the big screen one day.