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The Bollywood Bride

(Bollywood #2)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,698 ratings  ·  517 reviews
Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it a ...more
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Published September 29th 2015 by Kensington
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This author came to my attention last year when I read A Bollywood Affair I really enjoyed that little book so I was excited when I saw this one. Now I'm sad because I did not care for this one as much.

Ria is supposedly an "Ice Princess", she keeps to herself and doesn't let her personal life go public. She is a Bollywood star with a secret. (She a dang drama queen is what she is)
Chicago commercial photographers

Ria finds out that her cousin (who's family raised her) is getting married and she must return to her home for t
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Bollywood book 2. Contemporary romance. Can be read as a stand-alone.
Ria and Vikram were childhood friends that eventually became lovers but she left to pursue a movie career. Ria is back in Chicago for her cousin’s wedding and old feelings can’t be ignored.

Of course, there are a lot of background secrets and concerns between the two. The first time around, ok, she was young and was trying to protect him from hurt. But her continued refusal to tell him the past
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Badly melodramatic. I read and enjoyed her first novel. This one is not remotely as good, in large part because it's hysterically overwritten purple prose. No one can have a headache, it must be a migraine; your sore knee can't ache, it must be excruciatingly painful; you can't cry a little, tears must pour down your face for hours; you can't hop up into your truck, you must leap into your seat like a mustang stallion. The last thing the reader wants to do is imagine herself in the heroine's ski ...more
I LOVE Bollywood films! The culture, the music, the movements, the clothing, the's just beautiful and fun! I was already so excited to hear that Sonali Dev was writing a second book and was extra happy to learn that the female lead character: Ria is a Bollywood star! Well, just like in real life, stardom is not all it's cracked up to be. I appreciated the complexity of Ria and how her past completely haunts every moment of her life, and I became immediately interested in her characte
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
After escaping the horrors of her childhood, Ria gets shipped from India to Chicago and is raised by her aunt and uncle and she becomes best friends with a boy named Vikram. She comes to them broken, having not spoken a word for more than a year. But during that summer, she meets Vikram, and her world changes. He becomes her friend, she speaks again - she lives again. As they grow into adults, their friendship turns into an intense love. They have both found the love of their lives. But their ha ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh, I didn't know it had a cover already. It's beautiful, I love it!
September is so far away :)

What a journey that was! Passionate, a bit dark and a lot of intense! I just wanted a little more of the ending.

Full review as posted on my blog - Ellie Reads Fiction

I loved this story even more than the Ms Dev's debut novel, A Bollywood Affair which made my best reads last year. It's a second chance romance story, with darker undertones and more on the serious side than book but written in the same wo
Book Riot Community
So many Rioters are raving about this book, so of course I had to read it. One even threatened me with harm if I didn't enjoy it - good thing for me I think it's great fun! Ria Parkar is a famous Bollywood actress, seemingly untouchable, until a scandal threatens to rock her world. She travels to a cousin's wedding in Chicago to wait out the media frenzy, where she'll have to face another part of her past: the handsome Vikram, her first love. Ria's trip is a chance at closure and to make amends, ...more
4.25 Stars

I have been looking forward to reading The Bollywood Bride ever since reading (and loving) Sonali Dev's debut, A Bollywood Affair. And I'm happy to say that this is another successful romance by Ms. Dev though it has a different one than its predecessor.

This book is centered around Bollywood actress, Ria Parkar, who is known as the Ice Princess. But, what the media does not know is that she has something big in her past that directly affects her current state of mind. She spends an obs
I’m a total sucker for second chance at love story-lines, and Sonali Dev executes this setup flawlessly in her newest book The Bollywood Bride.
When Bollywood actress and “Ice Princess” Ria Parkar returns home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding she is reunited with her childhood friend and former flame, Vikram. Sparks fly between the two as the wedding preparations progress, and Ria is forced to confront the issues of her past as she contemplates walking away from Vikram yet again.
Sonali Dev
Shantala  (Shanaya Tales)
I haven't read a Sonali Dev book that I haven't loved, and this one was no exception. Though I've to say that with this one, even going in, I knew I was going to love it.

Especially because like I said, I already knew I enjoyed the author's writing / narrative style, and second-chance at first-love is my absolute favorite romance trope. So really, there wasn't much that could have gone wrong.

But this wasn't just a good read, but also a super addictive one. In-fact it was so unputdownable that I p
Carly Ellen Kramer
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book on a whim at the airport before a long flight, and WOW! Drama and romance across continents... a perfect travel companion to take your mind off of hours jammed into an airplane seat. ;) Highly recommend (the book, not the airplane seat).
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romantical, sexytimes
I was very disappointed in this book. It was the book chosen for the CBR book club, so I'm not going to write as full of a review as I normally would because I want to save my thoughts for our discussion next month. I'd also like to note that I’m definitely reconsidering reading Dev’s first book, which I’d put on my TBR previously after it was featured on NPR’s romance reading list. I still might read it, though, as it was actually the second book she wrote, this one being her first, just publis ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t great. I felt like it missed out on a lot of opportunities. The subject matter that it covered was not only interesting and exciting, but there was also a lot of emotional issues that could’ve been explored more that were barely touched.

If you know anything about me and romances, you’ll know that I’m really fond of the “second chance” trope. I think this is because it gives the author a chance to develop the characters at two d
Molly O'keefe
This was such a beautiful book. I love the way Sonali touches on and brings fresh and exciting life to the conflicts that I love in romance. All the angst and internal wounds that keep me awake reading way too late. Reading this feels very much like going to an Indian wedding - readers just get wrapped up in the color and the romance and the family. Beautiful book. Highly recommend.
Well, that was dramatic. RTC

I don't know what I am more excited for? Jen being (view spoiler) or Nikhil being (view spoiler) and not being Arjun Reddy? But also, I am so happy to see the origins of Ria and Vikram.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ria is a Bollywood film star, known for playing the ingénue who usually gets married by the end of the film. She’s known as the “Ice Princess” because she’s intensely private and hates being in the public eye. On the eve of a potential PR disaster, she goes back home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding. There, she’s forced to confront Vikrim, her former boyfriend. She broke his heart a decade before, but can’t tell him why. Vikrarm assumes she did it to break into the Bollywood scene and become ...more
Kate Meader
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a beautifully written story! Like Sonali's first book, A Bollywood Affair, this one is a tour de force of language and characterization. Her descriptions are so amazing, pulling the reader in so deep you are experiencing every moment with these characters. Within the first 10 pages, I was tearing up, my heart swelling for Ria. Vikram was perfect, his journey from bitterness to forgiveness wonderfully done (though I would have loved to be in his head for a few scenes). Bride is darker t ...more
Joanna Shupe
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough about how much I loved this book. Every letter. Every word. Every beautiful turn of phrase. You will laugh, cry, and swoon. Absolutely gorgeous!
2.5 stars

Ria Parkar is a celebrated Bollywood star, frequently playing the innocent ingenue who ends up the bride. Professionally she's intensely private, revealing very little about herself. When a paparazzi gets an incriminating photo of her looking deranged and as if she's about to jump off a ledge (she was retrieving her phone), Ria is worried that all her deep dark secrets will be uncovered. Her cousin, who she was raised along-side, is getting married in Chicago, and she's dreading her ret
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was so much praise and fuss when Dev's debut book, "A Bollywood Affair" came out last year that when a publicist offered this book for review, I jumped at it. I wanted to see the fuss about Dev for myself (I have "A Bollywood Affair" in my TBR, waiting its turn).

I read the book in one afternoon, in one sitting really. It was hard to relate to Ria at times, she's emotionally distant and has many secrets she's keeping from various people. There are so very many secrets, and not all of them a
Suraia Munia
these bollywood fictions are my guilty pleasure but this one was way too melodramatic! I cant say i hated it but this is not my absolute favorite either
Melanie (Moviemavengal)
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sonali Dev's The Bollywood Affair was my favorite book of last year. I gave away copies for Christmas to my sister and many friends. You always worry if the second book by a favorite author can live up to the love you had for the debut.

I need not have worried. The Bollywood Bride was just as excellent, but very different in tone than her first. The Bollywood Affair is similar to a Rom Com movie, with a meet cute and several comic misunderstandings.

The Bollywood Bride is a book full of angst. I
Ivy Deluca
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _arc-reads

The follow up proves the first was no fluke: Sonali Dev has a true talent. I absolutely adore her ability to set the scene. As you can tell from the title, many of the events of the book center around an Indian wedding, in this case, the wedding of Ria’s cousin Nik. It is rich in details and it really helped immerse me in the story.

A page turner: The tension builds well, and the payoff to their first love scene was fantastic. It was a little slow going at first, but I thought Vik and Ria’s chemi
This book felt different than the first book in the series. While book one in the series, A Bollywood Affair, involves main characters I could connect to and root for, Dev did the opposite in this book. I didn’t ever feel as if Ria Parkar was a woman who needed me as a reader to be invested in her story. Truthfully, I almost got the feeling that Dev had done such a good job at painting this character as an “Ice Queen” to fit the storyline that she’d managed to alienate me as a reader from carin ...more
Leigh Kramer
3.5 stars. I loved Sonali Devi's first book and I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to read more by her. There's so much that's wonderful about this one but it also includes one of my pet peeve plot points: the lie of omission. And that prevented me from fully appreciating what Dev accomplished in this story. Ria broke Vikram's heart years prior by lying to him, ostensibly to protect him, and he's never known the truth of what tore them apart. When they see each other again at Ria's cousin' ...more
This was NOT the light and fluffy Bollywood themed romance I was expecting, but the story really sucked me in. I literally could not put it down. I read while a passenger in the car (which I rarely do, because I get mildly motion sick), I read during dinner with a bunch of friends, I read on the couch until I finished it. Vikram is such a swoony hero, and I really enjoyed this look into Indian culture.

I do have to say, though, that I feel like the portrayal of mental illness and the reactions t
mindful.librarian ☀️
D-R-A-M-A - so much angst and drama! And some depiction of schizophrenia that made me uncomfortable
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla
This is the second book in the series. I haven’t read the first book yet. I don’t think you need to read them in order.

Ria comes back to Chicago for her cousin's wedding. This is the first time that she sees her first boyfriend, Vikram, in a decade. They didn’t part on good terms. I could accept why Ria did what she did when she was 18. Vikram seemed to be the one person that she could talk. I had a hard time dealing with Ria not talking to him. If anyone was going to understand it was Vikram.
I devoured this book. I literally sat on the couch listening to it because I wanted to follow Ria's story. Officially a romance novel, there are a more serious issues that are part of this story - particularly how Indian culture stigmatizes mental illness. Priya Ayyar was an excellent narrator and I'm excited to see she narrated Dev's debut book - A Bollywood Affair - which was her first of the Bollywood collection.
Veronica of V's Reads
I really enjoyed many aspects of this second-chance romance.

Ria is a Bollywood star, with a reputation as an Ice Princess. She has no trysts, and only a few skeletons--a casting couch issue and her clinically insane mother(view spoiler). The press hounds her and catches her in a compromising position on her balcony--but her manager has it handled...for now.

In the meantime Ria's cousin
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Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gr ...more

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