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Busted in Bollywood (Bollywood Billionaires #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  169 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else's. Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend's whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiance her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she's mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published November 30th 2011)
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Dec 31, 2011 Saly rated it really liked it
Okay first of all let me tell you I loved this book mainly because of the whole tone, fun and flirty even when talking about something as serious as heart-break and being Indian I loved the whole Indian references, the mother-in-law, the whole wedding tamasha, arranged marriages combined with today's modern values and a heroine who we see gain her self-confidence after a love-affair gone wrong.

Shari Jones is Indo-American but has always loved being a New Yorker and beyond Indian food and Bollywo
Nas Dean
Jun 28, 2011 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD by author Nicola Marsh is a sensational story releasing in December 2011.

Shari Jones agrees to impersonate her best friend and travel to India to break-off Amrita's arranged engagement to Rakesh Rama. Going to a welcome party at the Rama's, she is called on her impersonation by Rakesh at first sight. He has seen the real Amrita's photo. Yet he wants Shari to continue the charade in exchange for fixing him a date with the real Amrita.

Then there is the added tension of Rakesh'

Absolutely fun warm sweet wonderful book.Loved each n every single character,adored Shari-Rita the most,both are sweet caring warm characters,enjoyed their witty banters and loved the way these two are always support each other through thick n thin.Loved their "Traditional Mojito Mondays along with Cheese cake" thinking of trying it out.Drew-Rakesh liked them a lot,enjoyed the way Shari plays along with Drew and how the love blossoms between them but then there's Lady
Liz at Fictional Candy
Jan 05, 2012 Liz at Fictional Candy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
This story definitely has a wacky twist to start! Shari and Rita are Indo-Americans. Rita’s parents have just arranged a marriage for her, but she is not ready to get married to a stranger. Shari agrees to go to India in her place, to sabotage this engagement. By Shari going instead, Rita is not directly disobeying her parents. Loophole! Added on top of that, Shari has recently broken up with her boyfriend. And lost her job. And she’s been evicted. Yeah, definitely sounds like the girl could us ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Anjana rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

I spent the first 15 minutes after I finished reading this book trying to google everything I can about Nicola Marsh. I couldn't help it, I had to know if she was Indian. Sadly, I still don't know. Only thing I could find out about her was that she's from Australia. All I can say is, if she's not Indian, you'll never guess it because she has done a fantastic job with this book.

Bused in Bollywood has so found a place on my favorites shelf. Really, there's nothing not to like love. Th
Rachel Harris
Dec 11, 2011 Rachel Harris rated it it was amazing
This was a book that had me at the name. BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD--the title alone conjures images of vibrancy, colors, and intrigue. Then I saw the cover and read the blurb, and knew I had to read it.

Before going into the many things I loved about this book, I only find it fair that I should warn you. . . Do NOT attempt to read this book on an empty stomach. In fact, do not even pick up the paperback or fire your Kindle without first eating a full meal, and bringing along a bag of your favorite snac
Jan 04, 2012 RLA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicola Marsh very kindly sent me a copy of this to read and review. Thank you, Nicola.

The heroine Shari agrees to go to Mumbai and pose as her best friend Rita, and use her brashness in an attempt to scare off Rita's arranged fiancé. However an idea that initially seems a hoot soon turns into a bit of a headache for Shari. Not only does she have Rita's crazy Aunt constantly feeding her delicious yet fattening food, but Rita's intended Rakesh has figured out the plan and agrees to go along with i
Romancing the Book
Mar 06, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Reviewed By~Desere
Review Copy Provided By~Author

In real life a arranged marriage in any woman or man's mind is something you would rather not think of, I am sure you will all agree that marrying someone you do not love and possibly do not even like and having to know that you will need to spend the rest of your life with this man or woman with no way out is one of the most terrifying thoughts ever. Not forgetting the fact that if you have not ever even met the other person how on earth are you s
Kristin  Aragon
Nov 27, 2011 Kristin Aragon rated it really liked it
Busted in Bollywood was just what I needed after a week-long reading marathon. I needed something light, fun, and sexy with a whole load of drama thrown into mix. Written in first person, Shari draws you into her journey to Mumbai, India to dump her best friends arranged-fiance. Ms. Marsh does a wonderful job bringing you into the Indian culture. Explicit details about their food, customs, and of course...the world of movie making in India.

We find Shari Jones with a broken-heart and downing moji
Nov 15, 2011 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Busted in Bollywood was everything I could hope for in a romance novel! It was cute, funny, and the characters were exceptionally charming.

Nicola Marsh tells the story in a way that you feel like you actually KNOW main character Shari and her best friend Rita. Before long, their crazy scheme to send Shari across the world to India to pose as Rita to get out of an arranged marriage almost seems like a good idea. Once Shari makes it to India, the laughs begin.

Having married into an Indian family m
Nov 11, 2011 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bollywood success.

Busted in Bollywood will appeal to all the starry-eyed romantics that lurks in us all. Filled with humourous moments, sexy and flirty antics conflicts of interest and an insight into the Customs and traditions of the Indian community you will find this read a journey of many things. Your tastebuds will be tantalized, with the aromas wafting from this story, and the romance will leave you starry eyed.

Nicola has set forth vivid descriptions in this story, from the aroma of th
Shelley Watters
Nov 26, 2011 Shelley Watters rated it it was amazing
If you know me, I'm not a huge fan of mainstream contemporary stories. It has to be REALLY special in order for me to like it. So, by giving Nicola Marsh's upcoming release 4 1/2 stars, that is huge. I really, really enjoyed this book. Busted In Bollywood is, in my opinion, an exciting and welcome combination of Sex and the City and Bollywood.

I have one word for my reaction to this book: hungry.

I know that seems a little weird, but Nicola did such a great job with painting the Indian culture &am
Feb 01, 2012 Stella rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, for-review, 2012
Busted in Bollywood is an entertaining, funny romantic chick lit (reminded me of Sophie Kinsella's books and heroines), the narrator's voice was fresh and funny, and the setting was very colourful due to the Indian culture and traditions as well as all the exotic food and smells. The story got a bit slow in the middle, but still a very enjoyable read!

Nicola Marsh's writing is wonderfully evocative, the picture she painted of Mumbai was pulsing with life (and noise!). I'll definitely check out o
Oct 28, 2015 Sunita rated it really liked it
Amazing ..loved every bit of it
Dec 19, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This took me a while to read as I had to do so in my computer time. No e-reader as yet, you see. Well, what can I say?

It's romance author Nicola Marsh's love song to Bollywood. Bollywood? The Indian Hindi language film industry to be precise. Nicola is a Harlequin Mills and Boon author. She writes exquisite romance novels. She's also a fan of what could be called Bollywood 'masala' movies. Movies with lots of singing, dancing, crazy plots and over the top characters. Pure entertainment. If you l
Mar 16, 2012 Preet rated it really liked it
I bought myself a copy of this book because I wasn't able to get through it while it was on NetGalley. Come on, it's Bollywood! Being an Indian female who enjoys her Bollywood movies made me feel like it was mandatory that I read it. There's no way I can't love characters being bombarded with marriage proposals while being trapped in a slew of mixups.

First off, warning...You will want to eat a lot of food from this book. Keep a snack handy. Visit a friendly Indian neighbor, head on over to your
Mickey Reed
Jan 01, 2012 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it
See full review here!

I received this book from the author for review. Here are my honest thoughts:

I totally felt like I was in India in this book! And there's ALL THE FOODS. Goodness. I'm glad I ate before picking up this book each time ;o) But overall I really enjoyed it. It's a fun, sexy, international jaunt that will make you laugh and love.

Shari Jones and her best friend Amrita make a plot to dash her arranged marriage in India. But Shari sees what Amrita would be missing by dumping the fian
Samantha Janning
Jun 17, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Busted in Bollywood in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book was great! I’ve read quite a few Bollywood books, so I am aware of the cultural and how the women must deal with arranged marriage. MC Shari Jones gets roped into a crazy scheme by her BFF Amrita – who is about to become the victim of an arranged marriage. When Amrita is called upon to travel from New York to Mumbai to meet her fiancé and his family for the first time, she somehow convinces Shari to go ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Adite rated it really liked it
Bollywood-style romances, with songs and dances, and their own variation of the Hollywood rom-com cute meet, have found an audience globally. Nicola Marsh's Busted in Bollywood is a fun romantic comedy set partly in Mumbai, home of Bollywood industry, and New York. Featuring a multinational cast of characters, Nicola builds the romantic tension as well as gives an insight into Indian cultural nuances on dating, marriage, and food. The story is about Shari Jones, an Indo-American girl, who agrees ...more
Shari has travelled from her home in New York to her home country of India. BUT she is not travelling as herself, but as her best friend Amrita! The two have decided that Shari would go in her place to check out the man Rita’s family has chosen for her to marry and ditch him.

Little does Shari know, things aren’t going to go as smoothly as she hopes! Able to fool Rita’s future in laws, she’s thrown for a loop when her ‘fiance’ up and outs her! With that in mind, she and Rakesh come to an agreeme
Nov 19, 2011 Marg rated it really liked it
Fun, flirty and filled with fabulous sounding food!

Shari Jones has made a mess of her life. She's lost her boyfriend, her home and her job in one fell swoop, and yes, all those things are connected. So when her best friend Amrita gives her the chance to head to India to impersonate her Shari doesn't have anything to lose. All she has to do is dump the fiance that Amrita's parents have arranged for her to marry and then head back Stateside. Easy. Or not as the case may be.

Shari was born in India
Nov 13, 2011 Chanpreet rated it really liked it
I really wish goodreads would make it possible to give half star ratings. Anyhow, this book is a 3.5 for me. It was entertaining and enjoyable, even if the story seemed a little rushed. Ms.Marsh did a great job doing he research into Indian food. I hope she got to eat half of what she described. The food is that good! But she did a great job all around. It's not easy writing about a culture that is not your own but I think she was able to do justice to it.

Shari Jones is an Indian-American. She's
Feb 10, 2013 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

Sometimes, you can't second-guess your decisions (because doing so may cause you to over-think which is sometimes detrimental to your state of mind).

But that's exactly what Shari does when she poses as her best friend Amrita and goes to India to break up an arranged marriage. Her farce is quickly discovered by Rakesh (the crazy-rich fiancee) and Drew (the Bollywood Boy/best friend). When Rita finally meets Rakesh, the four are tossed about between NYC and India
Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
Shari Jones is down on her luck and definitely open to any opportunity to get herself out of her current predicament, so when her best friend offers her a mini vacation to Mumbai, in exchange for a little dirty work, she jumps at the chance to travel. All she has to do is go to Mumbai, pose as her best friend, and find a way to ditch the fiance her friends parents have arranged for her to marry...seems easy enough, and a vacation right now sounds like heaven! Only "heaven" doesn't quite turn out ...more
Rosemary K
Mar 01, 2016 Rosemary K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shari Jones has sworn off men. They can't be trusted so she agrees to help her best friend get out of an arranged marriage. Shari will go to Mumbai and kick this unwanted fiancée to the curb. What happens next is a wild ride filled with romance and snarky humor. Shari is entranced by what she finds in her travels. The traditions, the people and the food awaken her senses. Watching the filming of a Bollywood movie is enjoyable. However, the most amazing attraction is Drew. He is intelligent and v ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Sonia rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Busted in Bollywood, and I feel kind of giddy. This book was really good! The characters were so colorful and believable. Nicola Marsh painted such a beautiful picture of Mumbai, India, which has always fascinated me.She brought it to life for me in a whole new way. I highly recommend Busted in Bombay.

Busted in Bombay tells the story of a beautiful friendship between Shari and Amrita who would literally go to the ends of the earth for each other. Shari is suffering the co
Kelly M (Iowa Gal)
Shari Jones is down on her luck lately. She has no job, no where to live, and she is single. Her best friend, Amrita, has plans for her. Amrita wants Shari to take a trip to Mumbai to pose as Amrita to ditch and get rid of the soon to be fiancé and to get out of the arranged marriage. However, the fiancé knows right away that Shari is not whom she states that she is. Soon plans change and Shari finds herself in a crazy situation.
Follow the journey of Shari, Amrita, and the rest of the character
May 02, 2013 NixLapi rated it it was amazing
A fun, humorous read - I enjoyed the trip to Bollywood and drooling over all the Indian foods as much as I enjoyed the romances! I'm seriously off to hunt down some Indian sweets.

I enjoyed the varied cast of characters, and the romances between Shari & Drew and Rita & Rakesh had great chemistry. My favorite though was Auntie Anjali - loved her! Comic relief and loads of fun. I'd take her guided tour around Mumbai any time.

This is my first Nicola Marsh read and she did a fantastic job of
Ursula Bauer
Jun 01, 2012 Ursula Bauer rated it really liked it
Im not normally a 1st person fan unless it's mystery, and rarely do I read chick lit, but this was worth the exception. The author has a fast story style, and a breezy voice. The tale was modern cinderella meets off beat romantic comedy. I would have liked to see more of the side characters and boy, talk about jealous fueds - older women don't come off so nice in this, but it does suit the story plot. It gets a little repetative in the last third, I think that's editorial related though - some o ...more
Becky Ann
Nov 19, 2012 Becky Ann rated it it was amazing
Busted in Bollywood is a flirty, light hearted story of friendship, culture and self-discovery. I found the storyline to be interesting and a great insight into Indian culture and cuisine. Nicola certainly paints a picture of Mumbai and Indian traditions which motivates the reader to not only continue reading but to scoff down a huge plate of jalebis in the process. If like myself you find yourself slightly adverse to romance novels I recommend this book as a starting point. Busted in Bollywood ...more
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USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults.

She has published 60 books with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes women's fiction for Amazon's Lake Union imprint.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination
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