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I usually don t care for romances Every once in awhile I ll get in the mood for them but it ain t often I guess the moon was right or something like that This one was cute.Mili was married at the age of four He was twelve at the time Yes, I know Her village believed in a now considered outdated ideal Her entire life after that she believes she is married Years later she has gone to America to study While there the guy she married has an accident and has a pregnant wife He finds o I usually don t care for romances Every once in awhile I ll get in the mood for them but it ain t often I guess the moon was right or something like that This one was cute.Mili was married at the age of four He was twelve at the time Yes, I know Her village believed in a now considered outdated ideal Her entire life after that she believes she is married Years later she has gone to America to study While there the guy she married has an accident and has a pregnant wife He finds out that Mili believes she is married to him still He sends his brother Samir to America to convince her to sign the annulment papers.The good These characters are very easy to like They come to life in the story and I loved Mili The flipping food the descriptions of food in this book will make you crave great Indian food This weekend at my house will have a cooking frenzy going on I m still hungry after finishing this book last night.The bad There are some cringe worthy moments Pure cheesey dialog at times but I still liked it enough that I kept reading Bollywood references are factored into the story so it helped dissolve some of the teeth clenching I normally would have done I think the aim sometimes was for over the top This is the author s debut and her writing is really pretty good I look forward fromof her work.So anyways I enjoyed a romance I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. [[ READ KINDLE ]] ☠ A Bollywood Affair ⇵ 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 na ve 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 Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity One of my favorite romances of recent years It just has so much emotion and heart and it left me with a goofy smile on my face at the end I recommend this book to every romance reader I know. 4.5 Bollywood Stars What a fantastic debut from this author A Bollywood Affair is a story of a young girl named Milli who was married off at a very tender age of 4 years old It follows her journey as a young woman who waited for 20 years for her husband to finally claim her and bring her home While waiting Milli immersed herself in her studies earning a fellowship to come and study in America Meanwhile, her husband unbeknownst to Milli got married to another woman thinking that the previ 4.5 Bollywood Stars What a fantastic debut from this author A Bollywood Affair is a story of a young girl named Milli who was married off at a very tender age of 4 years old It follows her journey as a young woman who waited for 20 years for her husband to finally claim her and bring her home While waiting Milli immersed herself in her studies earning a fellowship to come and study in America Meanwhile, her husband unbeknownst to Milli got married to another woman thinking that the previous one already got annuled When he found out that their evil grandfather didn t file the annulment papers, he sent his half brother Samir to get Milli to sign them When Milli and Samir met, they felt not only attraction but a genuine connection as well Samir is a hot shot Bollywood director whose past was as heartbreaking and sad as Milli And although he is successful with beautiful women falling all over themselves for him, he feels restless He s also suffering from writer s block So when words started flowing when he met Milli, he decided to stay close to her He also didn t tell her the real reason why he was there This book took me on a journey from Balpur to Mumbai to Michigan and back This book is steep with Indian culture, its dialogue peppered with local colloquialism And while that might be a turn off to some, it totally worked for me because it made the dialogue authentic No worries though, despite the Bollywood references, the food, the rituals, you won t get overwhelmed by it I am impressed with how the author made this book authentic enough without losing me a noob when it comes to anything Indian, may it be food, culture or otherwise I loved how the relationship with Sam and Milli developed They started off as friends but the attraction between them, Milli s erronous belief about her marital status, and Sam s secret provided most of the amazing tension throughout the book Aside from the vivid descriptions of Indian culture, this book is also filled with vividly drawn secondary characters Milli s crazy drama queen of a best friend, Ridhi and her family, Sam s loving mother and brother, added a lot of drama and laughs to the story I simply adored this book Its tropes and themes are familiar yet completely new at the same time That sounds contradictory but that s exactly how this book felt for me ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was provided this e arc by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Well, it looks like I m going to be the black sheep this time I was pretty excited about getting to read this e arc because it came highly recommended by one of my favorite PRN romance authors, plus it had many early rave reviews That s why I was so disappointed because not only did I not love it, but I didn t even like it, not even a little bit, not even at all In fact it made me mad enough to want to throw my computI was provided this e arc by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Well, it looks like I m going to be the black sheep this time I was pretty excited about getting to read this e arc because it came highly recommended by one of my favorite PRN romance authors, plus it had many early rave reviews That s why I was so disappointed because not only did I not love it, but I didn t even like it, not even a little bit, not even at all In fact it made me mad enough to want to throw my computer across the room at times.What the heck went wrong Mili was the archetypal damsell in distress not my thing at all She tripped, fainted and frequently required to be rescued She spent most of her life waiting for her prince charming to come get her When she decided at the beginning of the book to go get an education and travel to another continent to absorb the American culture it wasn t for herself, but to becomecultured to please her husband.She also cried all the time Seriously, ALL.THE.TIME I don t mind crying and even acknowledge that a good cry can be very cathartic from time to time, but seriously I kept thinking that if she didn t close those floodgates she might be in danger of dehydration Her behavior was highly irrational For example view spoiler One moment she told the MC nothing could happen between them because she was married and stormed off The next she went out of her way to find him and stood staring at his almost naked body and led him on hide spoiler Samir was an arrogant prick He said hurtful things He was hypocritical He reproached Mili for lying to him when he had done nothing but lie to her Imo he crossed a line from which there was no coming back view spoiler He went to her apartment, into her room, rummaged through her things, stole her marriage certificate one of her most prized possessions and then went back to writing his movie script and looked her in the face as if nothing had happened hide spoiler In one scene he admitted to himself, not her that he had violated her trust beyond redemption and I was likeYou thinkYOU GIANT TWO FACED A HOLE At one time he made a comment about putting Mili in her place What place would that be, huh And I know that he wasn t serious when he said that, but given his behavior I must ask myself Wasn t he, really.The only thing he had going for himself was that he was a wonderful cook and cooked for Mili constantly but if that tiny bonus came at the expense of everything else it seems like a pretty poor deal to me I didn t buy the romance and I use air quotes because I don t think anything about their relationship was romantic at all Their relationship was based in LACK OF COMMUNICATION AND LIES They were distrustful of each other view spoiler Mili informed him that his biological mother was terminally ill and he felt the need to ask her if she was lying about it just to get him to go see her hide spoiler What kind of person would do that Oh, right, the heroine apparently She admitted she hadn t done it that specific time but that she would have done it if she d thought the goal justified it Inaccurate portrayal of sex This actually happens in a lot of romance novels, but in this one I found it to be way too much I mean Mili had never had sex before and for her sexual debut hedrove into her like a crazed beast And for the first time in his life came up against a barrierLike a crazed beast For her first time Smooth And he came against a barrier Barrier What barrier May I point the author to a Laci Green video to clear up this issue Laci Green Youtube Channelhe ripped past the resistanceHoly shit that sounds painfulas she gave herself to him, as he changed her foreverSex CHANGED HER FOREVER You hear that, people Be warned There was a scene of casual slut shaming, portrayed as something to be laughed at A mother called her 16 year old daughter a slut and shook her forcefully because the girl dared to pull down the neckline of her blouse and expose the top of her breast for a henna artist to draw on The MCs response to this They were trying very hard not to laugh Wait, what Were those the hero and heroine I was supposed to be rooting for The only positive thing I can say about this book is that the premise was original and it dealt with the topic of child marriages This is a very difficult topic but I think it needs to be talked about to raise awareness about it Child marriages exist today in certain cultures countries This is a fact What I ve got to say about it is that I am aghast and mad in equal measures that this still happens in parts of the world, that women are married as infants and are treated as property and belong to their husbands This is so wrong Saddening Sick.In a nutshell I was extremely disappointed by this book It took me forever to finish it because I kept finding other things I d rather be doing than reading it I skimmed the last 20% because I just wanted it to be over I wish I d DNFed I wish I d never picked it up in the first place I WAS EXPECTING.But it lived up to my expectations, ANYWAY Seriously, about the initial concept I could have bestowed all five stars to it, BUT Trust me, it s ugly but the way it is executed is really, really, REALLY clich Well, definitely for the ones who love SRK dramas hair flying, eye lashes battering, undetectable romance music in background blah blah NOT FOR ME Concept 4.0 5.0Execution 2.0 5.0 Characters Bespoken 2.0 5.0Cover 2.0 5.0 Okay, summing u I WAS EXPECTING.But it lived up to my expectations, ANYWAY Seriously, about the initial concept I could have bestowed all five stars to it, BUT Trust me, it s ugly but the way it is executed is really, really, REALLY clich Well, definitely for the ones who love SRK dramas hair flying, eye lashes battering, undetectable romance music in background blah blah NOT FOR ME Concept 4.0 5.0Execution 2.0 5.0 Characters Bespoken 2.0 5.0Cover 2.0 5.0 Okay, summing up Samir Rathod Malvika Mili Rathod They both are perfect for each other I agreed finally, once The plot Total Bollywood Masaala Drama Too many unrealistic co incidences lined up The elaborate descriptive scenes are represented as common Indian couple would intertwine in a lifetime, which is a good part P.S So, it was the OKAY one Thank You, Tadaazz Favorite Quote I love you That s what he was thinking He wanted to mouth it to her He wanted to whisper it into her lips, into every secret place in her body He wanted to scream it out in front of the entire world.When this book arrived unsolicited in the mail, I immediately turned it over and read the back blurb, because a Bollywood book intrigued me The blurb interested me, so I threw it on my to be read pile and made a note to review it later But then twitter started popping up little Favorite Quote I love you That s what he was thinking He wanted to mouth it to her He wanted to whisper it into her lips, into every secret place in her body He wanted to scream it out in front of the entire world.When this book arrived unsolicited in the mail, I immediately turned it over and read the back blurb, because a Bollywood book intrigued me The blurb interested me, so I threw it on my to be read pile and made a note to review it later But then twitter started popping up little tweets about how amazing this book was So I got excited, and antsy and finally grabbed it and read the entire book in one day It made me smile and laugh, I got choked upthan once and it gave me all the feels that romance has to offer.I feel like this book is different than other romance books in so many ways First, the Indian culture I m not familiar with this necessarily, but the author makes that okay She plops you down right into the thick of it, but then she slowly introduces us to this amazing, loyal, family oriented group Mili lives with her grandmother and was married to a boy named Virat at the age of four Now twenty years later, she has never seen her husband since her wedding day, but has been waiting and preparing for him her entire life She wants to be the perfect wife for him, schooled in subjects that would make him proud Her husband is in the air force, and she hasn t seen him since she was four years old, yet she still believes he will one day come to her, as her husband and they will have a life together She had prayed for her husband s success and safety every day of her life She had fasted at every Teej festival so he would have everything he ever wanted She had dreamed of him and yearned for him and although she tried really hard not to care about having those feelings reciprocated, she believed in love with all her heart.Mili does everything with all her heart and it really endeared her to me She is smart, but also a bit sheltered and na ve.Mili often wondered if other people felt the same way about hings as she did She was perfectly aware of the fact that there was nothing normal about her life Even in her village, she was the youngest girl to have been married And she had to be the only girl on earth who had no idea what her husband looked like after twenty years of marriage She had never left her village until she was twenty years old, except for a school trip to New Delhi when she won an essay contest at fifteen And until she was twenty four she had never even left her home state of Rajasthan.When she gets the opportunity to study abroad in Michigan for eight months, she accepts Terrified, poor, yet passionate and determined, Mili goes to Michigan and starts school She has a crazy roommate and together they make it work But everything changes when Samir shows up.Samir is Virat s brother, but Mili doesn t know this After the wedding, Samir and Virat s mother took them away from their extremely abusive father Virat joined the air force and fell in love with someone He assumes Mili won t care about their marriage twenty years ago Now he needs to make sure Mili and him are properly divorced, but after getting hurt on the job, he can t travel Being an extremely loyal brother, Samir travels to Michigan to facilitate the divorce Samir is a hot shot Bollywood director and screenwriter He is a god among women and gets what he wants So when he meets Mili, he gets a shock First, she is terrified out of her mind of him, tries to run and ends up hurting her ankle and wrist badly Realizing she has no one to help her her roommate left he lies and says he is her new neighbor and ends up caring for her Something foreign comes over Samir the feeling of loving a woman He cares for Mili He tries to figure out this woman who is so petite, can cry happy, sad, or really any tears at any time, is clumsy, is outspoken and brave yet scared She is unlike any woman he has met And he falls in love while lying about his true intentions of being in Michigan.Mili on the other hand, is so loyal to her husband, this stranger she has never really met, that when she has feelings for Samir, she feels like she is betraying Virat Oh the angst.The best thing about this book is how rich everything is The details of the Indian culture The chemistry between Samir and Mili Samir s charm and sly ways verse his genuine big heart and good guy hidden underneath the player Mili s passion about life, and her big ideas about romance It all weaves into this brilliant story about two people falling in love.Mili and Samir s romance is a slow one to build Samir is intent on not falling in love with Mili, just as Mili is intent with only loving Virat But as Samir cares for Mili while she recovers from her ankle injury, they become friends They make each other laugh, Samir cooks for her, and their chemistry unfolds into something so sweet.It s hard to explain how this book truly felt I remember when I finished, I stood up and kind of did a little hop while holding the book to my chest because I was so happy and my son looked at me like I was a crazy person I just nodded and hopped again Such a fulfilling book, with a hero and heroine who will stick with me for a very long time Well done Sonali Dev I can t wait for something else from you.Rating A Sweet mother of dog trying not to be irreverent so just go with it Series Yes, I think Or rather, sorta Sexy times I m sticking with my new ice cream metaphor so this is delicious homemade french vanilla beanPlan on readingby the author I tried to read the second book, but couldn t quite get into it It was weird So, perhapsSynopsis Mili has been promised to Samir s brother since age four Actually, she was married to him at age four Wow Just wow That boggles the mind, righ Sweet mother of dog trying not to be irreverent so just go with it Series Yes, I think Or rather, sorta Sexy times I m sticking with my new ice cream metaphor so this is delicious homemade french vanilla beanPlan on readingby the author I tried to read the second book, but couldn t quite get into it It was weird So, perhapsSynopsis Mili has been promised to Samir s brother since age four Actually, she was married to him at age four Wow Just wow That boggles the mind, right Mili is in the US studying women s studies and Samir has been sent to get her to sign an annulment so his brother can remain married to the women he is currently married to Yeah, there s confusing stuff here But it s all good Trust me He meets Mili who is an accident on two feet with a smile miles wide She s all goodness and he finds that he has to care for her because she s got no one else and she s physically injured Cue the yummy cooking and cue the muse who Mili becomes to Samir and his writing He s had a bad case of writer s block, but noThe rest of the book follows the two of them as they move through life and yet, Mili still does not know who Samir is or what he really wants her to do Because Samir He can t break her like that, not when she s so good and he s so enad And he s not sure what to do with this Heroine Mili Naive Beautiful Bringer of all that is good Hero Samir Not naive Gorgeous Playboy hit over the head by the purity of beauty that is Mili.Why it did or didn t work for me I loved it Love Love Love You may think that Mili is going to be this retiring heroine who has no backbone but keep on reading Because she is not She is strength She is a force to be reckoned with She is who Samir needs to love because she is his great equalizer I loved the description, the food do not read this book unless you have food ready to go , the secondary characters and the family interactions I cannot express my feelings for this book I m almost speechless Signed, Swoon with a side of happy dance Heartwarming and charming romance with fascinating insights into Indian culture I m surprised how much I enjoyed the story because it had some elements that would normally turn me away An accident prone, Mary Sue ish heroine that cries a lot would be one of them But there s something infinitely sweet about Mili that made me overlook these dislikes and cheer and root for her happiness.I m not a fan of Bollywood films and the story felt like reading a quintessential Bollywood film with its comb Heartwarming and charming romance with fascinating insights into Indian culture I m surprised how much I enjoyed the story because it had some elements that would normally turn me away An accident prone, Mary Sue ish heroine that cries a lot would be one of them But there s something infinitely sweet about Mili that made me overlook these dislikes and cheer and root for her happiness.I m not a fan of Bollywood films and the story felt like reading a quintessential Bollywood film with its combination of playfulness and overwrought pathos But it was so emotionally compelling for me and so addictive that I read it almost in one setting I loved the gradual build up of the romance But most of all I enjoyed rich descriptions of Indian culture and traditions from rural India to glitz and glamour of Bollywood to Indian immigrant community in America.And the book made me hungry for Indian food, so a trip to my favorite Indian restaurant is in order Yeah this is not for me.See me talk about it briefly in my January wrap up Yeah this is not for me.See me talk about it briefly in my January wrap up