Wednesday, December 7, 2011

#BookReview: Busted in Bollywood - Nicola Marsh

When her romance with a wealthy, married man ends, Shari Jones finds herself without a job and without a place to live.  Her best friend, Amrita, is engaged to a man she's never met, in India.  Determined not to go through with the marriage, Amrita convinces Shari to meet him in her place.  After all, her groom has never seen her since the families arranged the marriage.  With the assistance of Amrita's wacky aunt, Anjali,  Shari is off on the adventure of a life time and finds romance where she least expects it.  From the busy streets of New York to the bustling streets of Mumbai, Nicola Marsh takes readers along for the ride.

What did you like about this book?
It was a short, cute read.

What didn't you like about this book?
I'm used to my chick lit heroine's being smarter than Shari.  Actually, I can't say that Shari wasn't smart, because her character wasn't really developed enough for me to know if she was or not.  For her to be the main character, it really felt like the author glossed over developing her and, instead, chose to focus on other characters, like Anjali.

The ending also felt really rushed and, unlike chick lit heroines who choose to marry for love or because they're headed down that path, Shari seems to have chosen marriage because she ran out of money...and the guy was loaded

What could the author do to improve this book?
There were areas that could have been funnier and other sections that could have been removed entirely.  Also, the synopsis and title would lead one to believe that a good portion of the story deals with Shari's time in Bollywood, when, in fact, it makes up very little of the story.  Perhaps a title that aptly reflects what the book is about would be more appropriate.

Published: December 2011
Disclaimer: Book provided by the publisher.


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