Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Review--> Bollywood Fiance For A Day by Ruchi Vasudeva

Title and Author: Bollywood Fiancé For A Day by Ruchi Vasudeva
Print Length: 192 pages
Publication Date: August 2013, Mills & Boon
Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Indian Writing, Desi Romance

Book Review:
Bollywood Fiancé For A Day is a sweet romance between a rakish superstar and a normal girl as far apart from his blitzy life as possible. Brought together first by chance and then by their own design, both have a reason to need the other and while at first it is just a deal that benefits them both but soon their hearts are involved. 
Can a Bollywood star and a normal girl from a humble home ever find their happily-ever-after?

The blurb of the book is interesting and caught my attention. The cover is average with scope of making it more appealing.

I have to admit that I love India based romances. They feel more real because they are based at places that I know or feel part of my home. This book came all the more alive for me because it had Lucknow, the city of Nawabs and my hometown as its setting. All my favorite places which hold lots of good memories were haunted by the protagonists and I absolutely loved seeing them visiting and loving those places. :)

The story is well conceived and executed. This is the first book which made me hate the hero initially and then fall hard for him later in the book! I hated Zaheer's act at the start of the story and even Vishakha irritated me there. One was too uptight and preaching type while Zaheer was too seemingly spoilt to appeal to me. But here lies the beauty of the story. Ruchi shows us that first impressions can be wrong which is the case with the protagonists. Their first impressions about each other and the readers' impressions of them are proved wrong as we go ahead in the story.

I loved Vishakha. She is strong, independent and all too good. She cares for the people she loves and so has often let them take her for granted. Her character development in terms of finally taking control of her life, her strength in letting people who treated her like a doormat know that she had voice and the return of her shattered confidence was a treat to read about. Zaheer is a man with a scarred past and his own journey of coming to terms with his grievances and freeing himself of their influence in the present made him very real and I felt empathetic towards him. Their journey of finding, acknowledging and finally accepting love will stay with you long after you have finished reading the book. 

Ruchi has the flair for writing and she easily captures the readers' interest in the story. The dialogues, character development and the settings are handled with ease and beautifully make the story come alive in our heads.

While I loved everything about the book, I did feel that the second part of the story was a bit rushed. I would have loved to read more about Vishakha's Bollywood stint, enjoyed to see her sister suffer a bit for her selfishness, highly loved it if Vishakha's ex had been given a voice and made to suffer and more on Vishakha and Zaheer's final acceptance of each other. 

All in all, Bollywood Fiancé For A Day is a feel good romance suited for a lazy holiday. 4 out of 5 to it and I recommend that you go read and enjoy this entertaining story! :)

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