13 January, 2014

#BookReview :: Bollywood Fiancé For A Day by Ruchi Vasudeva

The man of her Bollywood dreams 

Winning the chance to meet the ultimate Bollywood heart-throb, Zaheer Saxena, is just what Vishakha needs to take her mind off her recent humiliation—being jilted the week before her wedding! And when gorgeous Zaheer offers to be her fake fiancé, the chance to save face with her family is just too tempting… 

It’s a deal that benefits them both—Zaheer is warding off any unwanted female attention until his next film is finished—but can Vishakha trust herself not to hope that her dream fiancé for a day will be her forever man?  

When Vishakha wins a date with Zaheer Saxena, the Bollywood Star, she takes this as a chance to let her hair down even though she isn’t that big a fan of Zaheer. Having been dumped by her fiancé for her step-sister, Vishakha was really low on confidence when she got this chance. But Zaheer arrives at the venue late and barely has 5 minutes with Vishakha. Furious to be let down again, she lashes out at Zaheer, earning herself a real date with him. Zaheer on the other hand is completely immersed in his work and is looking to bag more ‘meaningful’ roles. Having landed a lead role in a period movie, Zaheer has to be careful to avoid Mia, the director’s wife and his ex. As Zaheer and Vishakha keep rubbing each other the wrong way in their initial moments, they soon come up with a compromise that would benefit both of them. But with sparks flying and the chemistry between them sizzling, will their pretend engagement turn into something real or will it leave them both broken?

Vishakha is a strong character going through a rough patch in her life. Though she is not a 100 percent at the moment when the story starts, you get to see her spirit anyway. And I like that in the female characters – the grit to fight for herself and the courage to not let failures bring her down completely.  On the other hand as we find out more about her life, we come to realize that she is independent, hardworking and someone with not so much of an ideal family background. Zaheer on the other hand comes from a dysfunctional family who has made a name in his industry purely on his talent. Based on his parents’ relationship, Zaheer is not interested in marriage or even a long term relationship. However, he is a very direct person and strong too. The plot is simple straightforward and very predictable like most M&B Romance. But the author has turned it around with her description of situations and the chemistry between her lead characters.

However, I have bone to pick with the storyline. The first half of the story including their meeting, striking up a deal and Vishakha’s sister’s wedding portion is well stretched out and at a proper pace. But the second half where Vishakha has to live up to her end of the deal in front of Mia and the conclusion of their story is bit rushed. I would have liked to read more about Vishakha’s stint in Bollywood and more interactions and dialogues between Vishakha and Mia. It felt like Vishakha got off easy while Zaheer did all the hard work.

Over all, this book is typical to the M&B India romance series – simple, clean and fun. It is also a quick and light read. Ideal for adding a little bit of sizzle to a lazy afternoon.

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