Bollywood Fiance for a Day by Ruchi Vasudeva

Synopsis:

22218056Winning the chance to meet the ultimate Bollywood heart-throb, Zaheer Saxena, is just what Vishakha needs to take her mind off her recent humiliation—being jilted the week before her wedding! And when gorgeous Zaheer offers to be her fake fiancé, the chance to save face with her family is just too tempting…

It’s a deal that benefits them both—Zaheer is warding off any unwanted female attention until his next film is finished—but can Vishakha trust herself not to hope that her dream fiancé for a day will be her forever man?

Review:

The good:

  • The entire plot didn’t turn on a Big Misunderstanding. Both the hero and heroine act rationally… misguided at times, sure, and missing information, definitely, but you understand where they are coming from.
  • It’s wonderful to read a book set in modern day India, written by an Indian author. I was able to slip away into another world, and not one ruled by the limited glimpses tourists manage.
  • While there are a bunch of Hindi words their meaning was always clear from context.

The neither-good-nor-bad:

  • I’m not used to Indian English and the pacing of some of the banter threw me off. I felt much the same way when I first got into Regencies so I know it’s me, not the author.

The not-so-good:

  • You can tell this is a first novel. Some parts just felt odd, and while I can place some of the blame on my lack of knowledge there are sentences that just go clunk. For example:

Not that there was anything easy about containing desire. The night he’d spent a quarter of in swimming away his restlessness, was proof of that.

  • I didn’t have a strong sense for how characters were moving through space as they talked. The basics were there – “I followed her inside” or “We walked along” – but huge chunks of conversation seemed to hang in the air, not rooted to anything. A few more phrases like “She leaned back in her chair” wouldn’t have been amiss.

It’s great that Mills and Boon/Harlequin is doing this Indian authors line – I’ll be keeping an eye out for more titles in the future.

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