In the tradition of Shobhan Bantwal's successful Indian American novels, Sonali Dev's debut captures the colorful spirit and fascinating details of Indian and Bollywood culture - including a lavish wedding - while delivering an emotionally layered and accessible story.
Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after 20 years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship.
Playboy filmmaker Samir "Sam" Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the "wife" who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending.
©2014 Sonali Dev (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
For me this is the perfect type of romance novel. I loved it. I took all sorts of sneaky opportunities to listen to it. It was beautiful, funny, sad and heartwarming. If I wrote romances, I would have wanted to have written this one.
I generally enjoy reading books by Indian authors. Best I can say about this one, though, is that it was an average read. With the exception of a few chapters, most move too slowly, with much repetition of old stereotypes. I would skip this one.
"Incredibly Frustrating for Hindi Speakers."
I've never been this disappointed in an audiobook. The narrator mispronounced 90% of the Hindi words to the point where it actually pulled me out of the story. If you speak Hindi or anything Hindi adjacent, be prepared to grit your teeth constantly.
Loved it from start to finish! You won't go wrong downloading this book. Very sweet story!
"Bollywood movie in a book!"
Wonderful love story! Can't wait for next one!! I loved the experience of a new genre (new to me)!
"Steamy Bollywood Romcom"
This was a fun read. I thought the author tied in the romance, drama, and Indian culture/generation clashes together really well. There were a few times where the feuding between the two main characters dragged. The first person internal POV also shifts between characters in the middle of scenes. I think this is unusual in an interesting way. It can be jarring but I think it gives this novel an edge. I recommend it if you like romance/family drama stories. The narrator did a great job with the voices and accents. I do not speak Hindi or any local dialects so I cannot speak to that as other reviewers may have.
"A Bollywood Affair Review"
Yes, once I got through the beginning, I really liked the book.
Nothing comes to mind. Original in my library.
Though I got angry at both Mili and Samir at times for not telling each other who they were,I was rooting for the two of them all along.
It started out slow for me. I loved the Hindi narrator, but there were so many names (unusual to my ears) that it was hard to keep track of them all. Overall I enjoyed the story.
"A Bollywood Affair"
Beautiful story. I loved every moment of this book. Milli's innocence and Sameer's realizing that the girl he'd been thinking all sorts of misdeed against was totally the opposite. Priya Ayyar narrating this was also a great match. I love how she can differentiate her voice for all the characters. The feeling she also invoke in their voices was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this to everyone and relistening too.
"Better than chocolate!"
One of the best books I've read in 2014! A Bollywood Affair is like a chocolate truffle, meant to be devoured slowly, purposefully, each word, each phrase, melting into you and becoming one with your soul, leaving you feeling warm and satisfied.
"You stole the words from my heart."
Priya brings Mili to life!
I absolutely love this book. It manage to be beautiful even when painful, and some of the descriptions were so intensely magical. I can't wait to listen to more books by this author.
"A Beautiful Love Story"
I don't usually like love stories as they all seem to be written by the same formula. This one was wonderful and I couldn't put it down. I would love to listen to more books by this narrator.
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