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The Object of Your Affections

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Two best friends rewrite the rules of friendship, love and family…and change everything they thought they knew about motherhood

Paris Kahn Fraser has it all—a successful career as an assistant district attorney, a beautiful home in New York City, and a handsome, passionate husband who chose her over having a family of his own. Neal’s dream of fatherhood might have been the
Paperback, 366 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Graydon House
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Félise Esposito Nah. It's fun! Though I grew up enjoying "The Secret Garden" and there's a very strong accent written into that, so I guess it's just the kind of thin…moreNah. It's fun! Though I grew up enjoying "The Secret Garden" and there's a very strong accent written into that, so I guess it's just the kind of thing you have to get used to.

I'm confused by the word "shtup" being randomly interjected in italics. I didn't know if that a silent thought the character suddenly had, or if it was another language, but googling the term was kind of horrifying. I thought it might've been a quick, slangy way of saying "shut up" since the tone of the book starts off as such a light, frothy read; I wasn't expecting unnecessary vulgarity.(less)

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly poignant read! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Object of Your Affections is about two best friends, Paris and Naira. Paris is an assistant district attorney and is living the dream with a handsome husband and hugely successful career. Paris’ husband Neal chooses her over potential fatherhood because Paris doesn’t want to have children.

Naira, Paris’ best friend, has become a widow in her twenties. Naira wants to hit the reset button and start over, so she moves from Mumbai to New York to be close
A thought provoking story steeped in tradition, culture, friendship, and love!

This was a book that gave me a lot of food for thought, a complicated story full of complex relationships. When I was finished I really wanted to talk to one of my book friends about this, however the usual suspects have not read it yet, so I am waiting because I have things to discuss! This book stretched the meaning of family and the expectations of friends.

Paris has it all, a successful career, a beautiful New York
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up!

I sighed letting love fill the pockets of doubt inside my damaged heart. There was nothing I wouldn't do for this man. Or for the precious sweeties we'd made. If that meant having to risk heartbreak from time to time, so be it.

Paris Fraser is a successful woman who lives in New York with her husband. She has a great job, is wealthy and is enjoying life. Her husband Neal is also extremely successful, handsome and attentive. However trouble arises when Neal is enthusiastic
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Object of Your Affections is a novel written by one of my favourite Author, she has such a unique style of writing an entertaining and thought-provoking novel!
I really enjoyed the dramatic parts within this novel and every page was filled with tensions and it made me feel mixed emotions! The characters are so complexed and also very interesting, they have a great chemistry with each other which I highly enjoyed it!
Friendship, relationships, and family are the main topics of the novel and
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Object of Your Affections is a dnf at 40% for me.

On what I did read:

Paris was a collection of neuroses passing as a character and Naira was so naive it was hard to believe she was close to thirty. Neal never seemed like someone who wanted a family--he was a bridge to build the plot around--and I never felt that he and Paris truly had the affection or even the great sex that she was so fixated on.

I think that Paris' issues regarding why she didn't want a family were fascinating but it was a
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Fact about me… I don’t have kids. I have been on the receiving end of SO many rude comments from people: “You better get on it!” “You aren’t getting any younger!” “Don’t you know that’s what women are PUT HERE for?!” It’s funny how those are the things thrown out first - before even asking why, or knowing the whole story. I commend people who make the decision to just not have kids. Simply because they don’t want to! There is NOTHING that says every woman HAS to have kids… and to be honest.. I h ...more
Linda Zagon
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Object of Your Affections” By Falguni Kothari, Graydon House Books, February 19, 2019

Falguni Kothari has written a unique, intriguing, dramatic, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present,and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or the events in the story. Falguin Kothari describes her colorful cast of characters as
The Object of Your Affections is a unique and thought provoking look at surrogacy. Although I at times struggled with Paris(I think mainly because our beliefs are so different), I came to love her along with Naira and of course, Neal. I would love to see a sequel about their lives as the twins grow up!
Ashley Gallegos
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book from the publisher for an honest review and I honestly loved it! It was an easy read. Not only was it romantic, it also highlighted the difference between classic family structures and modern families.
Kristi Schmitz
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Object of Your Affections was SUCH A GOOD READ. It dealt with friendship, betrayal, marriage, death...and yet managed to be lighthearted, lightly humorous, and substantive at the same time. I really loved the history and the progression of the two main characters, friends Paris and Naira's friendship. Both women, who look to be extremely wealthy, healthy women are dealing with their fractured friendship. After tragedy occurs, Naira is determined to create a new life for herself in America, w ...more
Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
The Object of Your Affections has a very interesting premise. After three years of marriage to her husband Neal, Paris is determined not to stand in the way of him getting everything he wants. Though what he wants is a baby, and Paris has never wanted to have children. After reuniting with her recently widowed best friend Naira, Paris comes up with a plan. She asks Naira to be the surrogate to her and Neal’s baby, and to take on a co-parenting role for the child as she does not see herself fit. ...more
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Thank you @harlequinpublicityteam for sending me a copy of The Object of Your Affections by Falguni Kothari. Wealthy, young, and culturally diverse, Paris Kahn Fraser and her husband Neal seem to have it all. Neal wants a family however and Paris has told him all along that she isn’t cut out to be a mother. Wearing the scars of foster care, she focuses all her attention on her career.

In steps Paris’s estranged college roommate Naira. After reconciling their friendship, Paris asks her to be thei
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
I received a free review copy through Netgalley. This does not affect my rating or opinions of this book.

DNF at 17%.

While the little asides with Neal's passion for designing and creating innovative jewelry are interesting, I haven't connected with any of the characters and every other paragraph seems to be a strange metaphor. (At one point, Paris compares her friendship with Naira to her zipper fly: stuck, necessitating some back-and-forth to make it work again.) I also found it difficult to ke
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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"The Object of Your Affections" follows two former BFFs who are reconnecting and redefining their relationship. Paris was adopted as a baby and then again when she was older after her first adopted parents failed her. She is not really interested in being a parent. However, the love of her life, Neal, is very suited to being a father. Paris feels like she has come up with the solution in surrogacy, which will allow them to have children without her personally becoming pregnant.

Years before, she
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel of friendship that dealt with such heavy issues as surrogacy, the way women live in the modern world and make choices, relationships and cultural differences and norms. Paris and Naira are friends, reuniting at a wedding after being estranged. Naira is more traditional, and is reeling from the accusations of fraud leveled against her husband; Paris is a modern woman who loves her job and her husband, but is not interested in having children. There is so much depth to this nove ...more
Tag yourself, I'm Paris. Review here! ...more
La Femme Readers
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Witty, charming and uniquely beautiful, THE OBJECT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS is a novel about reconnecting best friends and the reality of surrogacy. Written in dual narration, the reader is introduced to Paris and Naira. Paris wants to give her husband a child, but being physically pregnant is out of the question. So, what better way to rekindle their friendship than with having Naira step in as the child bearer. I'm going to be honest, this is a very weird way of rekindling a friendship. Hey, we have ...more
Christina (‪‬ ‪a_politicallyreadgirl‬)
A good cover is always a nice way to start a reading journey and that is what initially attracted me the Falguni Kothari’s book. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Suzy Approved Book Tour and Kathleen Carter for bringing such a unique book into my reading life. The cover is alluring and simply reading the blurbs and synopsis makes you want to dive right in.

There is a richness to the book created by a unique plot, complex relationships and a plot that cultivates discussion beyond th
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Object of Your Affections written by @authorfalguni is novel about Friendship, relationships and family. Falguni writes this novel from the dual perspectives (Paris and Naira) of two best friends. Paris has everything she could ever want in life except a child. Naira is having a tough time in life having just losing her husband.

This complicated story will make you think and examine your own views on Relationships and Family. How far would you go to make someone else happy?

I really enjoyed th
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! Told in a dual narration manner, The Object of Your Affections tackles friendship, love, family, society, feminism, surrogacy, everything. Falguni did such an excellent job developing the characters within this story. I honestly couldn’t tell you if I loved Paris or Naira more. Plus, there’s secondary characters that the author put just as much effort into. I felt so immersed in this group of people that I almost forgot I didn’t actually know them. I loved learnin ...more
Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
The Object of Your Affections by @authorfalguni is a novel about two best friends told from the dual POV’s of both Paris and Naira. Paris is living in NYC with her husband Neal and despite never wanting kids, she’s decided to compromise and have 1 child with him via surrogate. Naira is living in Mumbai freshly widowed when she comes over to NYC for a wedding and reconnects with Paris. Despite tension from a previous estrangement, Paris wonders if Naira would be the perfect surrogate for her and ...more
Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)
I really liked the premise of the Object of Your Affections. However, the execution was quite a disappointment. I like metaphors as much as the next person but the author's metaphors were overwrought and tired. And if the author mentioned the color of Neal's eyes one more time, I was going to lose it! If the story had been trimmed down, I would have been more invested but I found myself skimming to get to the "good parts".

2.5 stars rounded down to 2 stars.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book in spite of the too neat ending. I really felt for Paris through the whole book. She was put in a pretty bad situation, even though it was mostly her own fault through the choices she made. It’s just another reminder that if you are not a mother you are valued less. I really loved the writing in this book and the story of these two very different women.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Object of Your Affections was an engaging, entertaining and thought provoking read. Through dual POV, Kothari tells the story of estranged friends Naira and Paris and how they navigate an arrangement for surrogacy. This book challenges the meanings of family, friendship and traditions. While I was not particularly fond of the main characters, I did enjoy the drama that rolled along through the book and the unique look at friendship and family.

Thank you to NetGalley and Graydon House for the
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Book Review: 💎💎💎/5 If you are wanting an unconventional read filled with steamy romance, complex relationships & a controversial subject matter then this would be the perfect fit! I found the premise of asking your estranged BFF to be a surrogate for yourself & your husband to be extremely intriguing, and even though I didn't particularly like the main character, Paris (let's just say, we probably wouldn't be friends), I did really enjoy her sexy husband, Neal, and her sweet friend, Naira. I fou ...more
Jenna Whalen
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "The Object of Your Affections." I thought it was an interesting storyline, but I did feel as if the first part was too drawn out and then the second part was too rushed. There was too much time spent over "should Naira be Paris' surrogate or not" and not enough about the pregnancy and all the complications and emotions it brought up for the characters. I also would have liked more info on the characters' history. Once again, it was a lot of buildup that seemed to fall flat once you go ...more
Anne Pisacano
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The things we do for love." This first line was a great start to a novel filled with a voice I loved from the start. A heartwarming story of surrogacy, family and friendship. I always love stories where women have choices that may not have been available to them in another time, and I loved the sense of empowerment in this one. ...more
Linda Hewitt
What a wonderful book about love, family, friendship and motherhood. It was well researched and the subject matter made me reminisce about my own experiences with surrogacy. The characters were true to life and the emotional reactions the author has written about their experience were spot on, in my opinion. Overall a unique story about the challenges of beginning a life of co-parenting and the strain put on friends and families learning to live with this modern situation. I loved this book SO m ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Would you be a surrogate for your best friend?

A book centered around this question?! I mean, sign me up! These two friends GO THROUGH IT. Just imagine all the complexities involved in the relationships within this book. I really enjoyed this thought provoking book!
Shannon Dyer
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Falguni Kothari is a USA Today bestselling author of “messy love stories” and kick-ass fantasy tales that are a “good choice for women’s fiction book groups.” Her novels are all flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences, and delve into common, yet unconventional, themes of marriage, romance, friendship, family and parenthood. Her books have been reviewed and praised in a number of ...more

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