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The Bollywood Bride

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The Bollywood Bride

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.

Rich with details of modern Indian American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

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.

Rich with details of modern Indian American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

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  • Sonali Dev has published several articles on art, architecture, and movies in the Indian Architect and Builder magazine. She was also an assistant editor at Architectural Journal in Mumbai, India. She coordinates Windy City Romance Writers' of America Four Seasons romance writing contest. Sonali lives in Chicago.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 3, 2015
    Dev (A Bollywood Affair) replaces true connection with overdone drama in this middling contemporary romance. Bollywood star Ria, who lives and works in Mumbai, returns to Chicago for the first time in 10 years for her cousin’s wedding. There she meets Vikram, with whom she was in a serious relationship as an adolescent, and the two of them have to deal with the brutal way Ria broke up with him at the start of her film career. Ria had reasons beyond the attractions of stardom to consider herself ineligible for a relationship, and those reasons intrude between the two as they rekindle their romance. The cultural details of Mumbai and of Chicago’s Indian immigrant community are well-handled, and the book’s attitude toward mental illness is an interesting cross between Indian and American social norms. But a lack of real communication between the lovers renders the plot unbelievable, and it never acquires any emotional weight.

  • AudioFile Magazine Bollywood film star Ria Parkar travels from Mumbai back to Chicago for the first time in 10 years to attend her cousin Nikhil's wedding. Even for those unfamiliar with the vocal nuances of the Indian community, narrator Priya Ayyar distinguishes with finesse between the uneducated maid, the up-and-coming film hero, the professor, and everyone in between. During the lengthy wedding celebrations, Ria has to face Vikram Jathar, the love of her life--whose heart she broke and life she ruined. Occasionally, the emotional weight of the story causes the narration to drag, but, overall, it's well executed and enjoyable. While this title has a slight connection to Dev's earlier BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR, they don't form a true series. K.M.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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