Series: Born into Bollywood #1
Published by Harlequin on November 1, 2020
Format: eBook ARC
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He’s a Bollywood superstar, she’s a personal assistant… And their one night proves that keeping things professional will be impossible in this passionate and uplifting Cinderella romance from Tara Pammi.
A brief encounter… A forbidden fairy tale!
The hottest actor in Bollywood, Vikram Raawal has found love countless times—when he’s playing a role. In real life, he’s given up on finding a soul-deep connection and prefers to focus entirely on his career. Until at a masquerade ball, one woman leaves him craving more…
Naina Menon’s first impression of drop-dead gorgeous Vikram left much to be desired. But then one heart-stopping night shows her there’s so much more to him than his celebrity persona. Still, he’s a billionaire, and she’s a humble assistant. Is passion enough to bridge their different worlds
(I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
What I loved about this novel was the duel POV. It’s really hard for me to get into romance novels that aren’t told in a duel POV. I’m so happy this story had one because I loved getting inside Naina and Vikram’s minds and seeing them interact and fall in love.
Naina is very intelligent, strong willed and independent, but part of me thought she was a little bit too “prejudiced” against Vikram than I thought she would be. She jumped to conclusions quickly and was pretty stubborn in her opinions sometimes. She almost came off a bit immature when I thought she’d be more mature & going toe-to-toe with Vikram. With that said, I still liked learning more about her and seeing her relationship develop with Vikram and with herself.
Vikram definitely had a “princely” air about him in that he was stand-offish and could be harsh sometimes, but a lot of his personality I think came from his past and his current drive to build up his parent’s company. He’s driven, but cares for his family. I don’t think he was expecting someone like Naina to come barreling into his life, but I felt like he was slightly more open to the relationship than Naina even though he had to end up making the bigger gesture at the end.
This romance was a quick read that dipped into the Bollywood world. I loved seeing that as a backdrop and how it played a role in both of the characters’ development and decisions. It was a nice little escape into a celebrity world in a different country and I loved every minute of it!
While I loved the backdrop, the conflict and eventually the romance, I did feel like this story wasn’t so much a Cinderella retelling as you’re led to believe. I also felt like I had a hard time connecting with the characters at different parts. It felt like the characters weren’t quite matched which made it harder to root for them. But still, I did root for them and I did enjoy seeing their journey and ending. I just felt like it was a bit of a struggle for me in some parts and I wished I connected with the characters more. Sometimes the romance just didn’t work for me. But that’s okay! Not every book or every scene is going to work for every reader. I still ended up finishing this in one setting and enjoying the small escape into this Bollywood romance world.
Overall, an enjoyable read with a great backdrop that allows you to escape for a few hours. Might not be a re-read, but still worth checking out!
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