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A Change of Heart

(Bollywood #3)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,298 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boo
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Kensington
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May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev through NetGalley. My thanks to Kensington Books and to Sonali Dev for the opportunity.

"Just like in life, it was the stillness that made all the motion meaningful."

But Dr. Nikhil Joshi seems only to be going through the motions these days. Aboard the ship, The Oasis, Dr. Joshi tends to his medical practice through Doctors Without Borders. He has brought medical assistance to the unfortunate in the slums of Mumbai for the past two years. And f

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"The clock on the nightstand said six-oh-five. Really? Five minutes, that’s how long the call had taken? Would time ever stop feeling like an anchor? Heavy. Immovable. For all his drunken depravity, Nikhil hadn’t yet taken a drink in the morning before going to the clinic. If not for the bone-dry bottle, today would have been the day he turned that corner and went down that road."

Dr. Nikhil Joshi left his comfortable home to care for those in Mumbai’s slums, working alongside his
Sonali Dev is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. A Change of Heart is her third novel and is my favorite of the three. It's full of heartbreak, grief, unrelenting pasts, deceit, thriller/suspense, a bit of mystery, romance, and a reminder of how we can use our flawed human condition to save each other despite it all. Given the complexities within this storyline, Ms. Dev managed to keep the characters and their circumstances full of emotion and surprising beauty. (view spoiler)
God, they were such a mess. No. He was a mess. She was just far too tangled up in his mess.

This was my first Sonali Dev book, so I was new to her style and composition and I think that might have hurt the rating a bit.
At first I thought this was going to have a scifi/paranormal component but then quickly learned it was going in the more slow burning criminal thriller arena. I would categorize this more as fiction with romance; definitely not your typical romance genre read.

Our heroine Je
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is gut-wrenching.

The hero's grief over his murdered wife (two years previously) is some of the most intense scenes I've read in romance books.

The heroine has been raped (seven years previously) and is still dealing with that.

There is a suspense part (unlike the first two books. All stand-alones).

This book hurt - it's a messy, messy romance. I loved it.

Review coming
Kate Meader
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does something I think a lot of writers wish they could pull off--it manages to straddle several genres seamlessly. Romance, suspense, thriller, women's fiction--Sonali Dev deftly weaves a dark tale with two incredibly tortured people who find and save each other just as they're about to go hurtling into the abyss. I loved every lyrical word and read it with my heart in my throat the entire time. Nic was a wonderful hero, but most of my love is set aside for Jess who has been beaten do ...more
I have really enjoyed Sonali Dev's books in the past for being complete and utter angst fests, but something about this one, which is actually angstier than all the rest, did not work for me nearly as well. It probably largely comes down to the suspense element, which felt very tacked on. The scenes from the villain POV really didn't help either, because they broke the mood of Jess/Nikki and Nik's relationship development.

This one just wasn't for me and that's okay.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I loved everything in this boook, the writing, the setting, the plot, the characters!
Ms Dev is becoming one of my favourite authors.

Full review to come soon is here now

This is Ms Dev's third book and I have loved the first two with the second, The Bollywood Bride being my favourite. I have to say now that I have read A Change of Heart, it's a serious contender for that #1 spot in my heart. Ms Dev is definitely becoming a favourite author of mine.

All three novels are loosely connected,
Molly O'keefe
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
That's right!!! I got an ARC! This is beautiful - great mystery - really page-turning! Combined with a beautiful broken souls love story. Loved it. A lot. ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
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I really enjoyed her first novel so I was excited to hear about this one. This novel has an intriguing premise that I thought played out well throughout the story. The characters were well done and the story was well developed. I love how her stories center around other cultures and offer a great deal of cultural diversity. I feel like I come away from her stories feeling like I get not only a good story but also a better understanding of cultural identity.

I really like how this one is focused
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Nikhil Joshi left the U.S. to move to Mumbai with his wife Dr. Jen Joshi, to care for those in Mumbai’s slums. His wife had been gathering a database of those willing to donate their organs. Unfortunately for her, this database caused her to become a target of unscrupulous men dealing in stolen organs and led to her death. Her organs were donated and her husband retreated from life. The story begins two years later when Nik is working as a doctor on a cruise ship. He is drinking and barely s ...more
I became a fan of Sonali Dev when I read her first book, The Bollywood Affair, where she mixed romantic tropes with her own spin around Indian and Indian-American culture. It was both familiar and fresh and I loved it.

Now, after having finished her most recent book, Change of Heart, I find that all the things I loved about The Bollywood Affair are still there and more. The way in which this story is told, how it’s constructed, it’s wonderful, it shows the control Dev has over the story she want
I was not (Arjun) Reddy for this. RTC
Why? I've read the previous books by Sonali Dev and enjoyed the Bollywood feel and the romance and fun characters.

Plot. This is a little darker it seems to me than the previous ones. There has been a nasty murder, a crime ring that are dealing in human organs and Jess is being blackmailed into finding information she'd rather not do. She has a hell of a past and experienced terrible rape. Nikhil - cousin to Ria from a previous book is in the depths because his wife Dr. Jen has been murdered and
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Possible spoiler warning!

No plot spoilers but more first reaction emotional spoilers. No specific details other than character names.

A Change of Heart-my reading experience so far.

First off let me say I don't take notes while reading. I don't sticky note or highlight or fold down pages. I just read. Except for ultra rare occasions and this is one.

Thursday-open book, read about 2 lines, feel the tears starting, put book down terrified to read more.

Saturday- Ok I'm going to do it. Even if it
DNF at 8%

Sorry guys, I'm clearing out my TBR read pile and acknowledging that some books I'm just never going to get into!

I really enjoyed A Bollywood Affair so when I was offered a chance to read another book by Sonali Dev I jumped at the chance, probably should have paid more attention to the blurb.

The first 8% of the book just felt so slow, I couldn't warm to Dr Joshi at all and then when it transpires that the mysterious woman he keeps glimpsing on the cruise ship where he works has his dead
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What does it say about me, I wonder, that I love this book. This is raw, emotional, the hero and heroine maybe laughed three times between the both of them, and both were grieving almost the entire time while one was deceiving the other on something really big... and it still ended up a romance. A true romance, a romance without a shred of instalust, a romance with a slowly building trust in between all the mess both were in, like one of those little plants that grows between the cracks of rocks ...more
Anna Henke
Whoa! I just finished this and was completely blown away. I knew I wanted to try this author and I didn't bother reading the summary.

Man, was I in for a surprise! This is not your typical romance. The story is dark, difficult, and brutally emotional. It's so much more than a love story. There's also a mystery and a crime investigation. A Change of Heart is about two broken people, finding the courage to help each other heal in tragic circumstances. This is a tear-jerker and utterly heartbreaking
Joanna Shupe
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding. Dev really outdid herself, and that is saying something because all of her writing is exquisite. This is such a unique story, one we've not seen before, and it's told with such compassion and gut-wrenching emotion. The hero and heroine really must struggle for their happily-ever-after but it is so, so satisfying. I loved Nic so much. This is a KEEPER. ...more
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

Another great book in the Bollywood series. This one is quite different from the first two books in the series. They were both very much contemporary romances, while this one was a romance, but a big part of it contained a suspenseful element.

The main plot of the book was trying to find black market organ thieves. It was really good, and very intriguing and I enjoyed it a lot.

While I feel you can read the first two books in the series out of order, you do need to read this book, then book
Nicole M. Hewitt
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book had a distinctly different feel from the first two. It felt a little more like a romantic thriller than a pure romance, and I appreciated the element of mystery and danger. From the beginning, we know that Jess is lying to Nikhil (who we met in book #2), but we don’t know to what extent or what the end game is. Who is pulling her strings and why? How far will she go to get what she wants and what will be the
Suze Lavender
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nikhil has lost everything. He was happily married to Jen, he loved his work and life was good. Until one day Jen was killed. She worked for Doctors Without Borders and discovered an organ transplant ring. She gathered proof, but before she could do anything with it she was dead. Nic is now an alcoholic who works as a doctor on a cruise ship. That's where he meets Jess. Jess looks a bit like Jen and tells Nic she has Jen's heart. She's at the ship to give him a message from Jen, but is that real ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite the huge issues I had with some topics and views of this book, I really enjoyed reading it.
I won't get into the the parts that are against my personal opinion and are in contrast with what was implied in the book, as for the rest:
From the title, the cover and the blurb of the book you don't get the slightest insight into this book. Both of the MCs have had very dark and horrible pasts (view spoiler)
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Somali Dev has woven a tale of loss, mystery, and love in her new novel, A Change of Heart. The main characters, Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi and Jess Koirala, are put together around the loss of Nic's first wife, Jen. Both Nic and Jen were doctors who committed themselves to serving people who need help the most and have the least access to medical care that can save their lives. Nic loses Jen to a horrendous killing in the slums of Mumbai and this drains the life out of him instantly and completely. ...more
Chris N
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I hate to say this but I couldn't finish it. It saddens me to say it because I loved her first two books. I started it, put it down, picked it up again, down and the up again for the third and last try. I gave in at 35%.

I found the conversations between Nik and Jess stilted. Nik drowning his sorrows, Jess hiding things from him and pretending to know what his wife thought and felt pinning it on her having Jen's heart. I found his thoughts tedious. It seems that they were just talking circles ar
Kat at Book Thingo
The book starts off feeling very Wuthering Heights moors meets wounded hero on ship. I read a few GR reviews saying it crosses genres. Hm, well, not really. This is firmly romance, but Sonali Dev doesn't write like most other romance authors. Both the hero and heroine are recovering from trauma, and it's so tricky to pull off this kind of pairing, but Dev is a master at calibrating just how far to go without exploiting the reader for cheap feels. Also unusual for me was that I didn't guess who t ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Ugh, sigh. This one just didn't hit me the same way the others have. Still great romance but not as much emotion. This was also missing a lot of the Indian cultural references that really made the first two sing. This could have been any two people in any city in the world. ...more
Jaclyn Day
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Tried something new with this and was rewarded with a romance novel that managed to have well-developed characters and an intriguing, suspenseful subplot.
Skye Kilaen
Sex with someone you love does not cure PTSD. Love does not cure alcoholism. Just sayin'. ...more
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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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