October 2, 2015

The Bollywood Bride. Sonali Dev

The Bollywood Bride
Sonali Dev
Published: Kensington Books
Date: 29th September 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.

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The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev is a second chance romance, with a ten year gap in between. Ria has pushed Vikram away from her, for very good reasons from her viewpoint, and has then pursued a career in the movie world of Bollywood.  Although it would seem her career is built more on one kind of movie only and her beauty. Her roles are all those of the bride. She is the darling of the Bollywood movie going world. However like all movie stars she has the paparazzi out to make their money from her movements. Up until now she has managed to stay apart, but now one has caught her doing something that could be twisted and bring her into disfavour.

Ria is a little bit of a mystery, she has had a dark past and that dark past preys on her, so much so she is unable to choose happiness for herself and thinks she is protecting those she loves by keeping her secrets close to herself. 

Vikram has been hurt by Ria's rejection of him and has spent many years travelling around, although in that absent time he has learned many skills he now has gathered together to make him a force to be reckoned with in the business world. He has a love for children and has set up a Khan Academy type website.  His love for children really worries Ria, because she believes she may never have children, and carries a deep dark secret in relation to this.

As in her previous book I loved the richness of the Indian culture and the closeness of family in this book.  Ria's aunt and uncle and their families were a lot of fun and full of care and kindness.  They have been a rock for Ria nearly all her life. 

The connection between Ria and Vikram is real and believable. I thought the scars that Ria carried and the exploration of her family's darkness was a great idea, although I was not always hooked in by the way Ria dealt with it. Perhaps I wanted too much. I loved how Vikram  helped her take the final step that enabled her to move forward.  I thought his support was heart warming.

I enjoyed this novel and really look forward to reading whatever Sonali Dev has in store for us in her next book.  

3.5 stars

An interesting interview with Sonali Dev over at All About Romance.


  1. this is definitely different, have always had a slight fascination with bollywood.

    1. I feel her books would make great Bollywood like movies.

  2. I did enjoy her first book, but I also expected too much

  3. I haven't read any of her books, but I love a good second chance romance.

    1. She is worth reading and I loved her first one.

  4. I have the first book on my TBR stack - thanks for your thoughts on this book.

  5. I just love that beautiful cover! So pretty it draws one in.
    I've seen this title around but don't know anything about the author or her work. I guess her books are stand-alones so I could choose either this one or the previous one to start with. Thanks for a good review.

  6. I already have this one TBR because I keep reading so many positive reviews like this. Have a great weekend, we are waiting to see if we're being hit by a hurricane/typhoon, I think you call them..🐙

    1. Yikes Elizabeth, hope it misses you. We rarely get them down here, just the odd tornado in a few places. I am used to calling them hurricanes I guess from the American influence. I know Japan way gets typhoons.


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