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 also means confronting Vikram Jathar.
Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living.
Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
I loved this book so much. I was intrigued from the very first page. It was a puzzle that I couldn't wait to work out. Heartbreaking. I could feel for the characters. Just wanted them to be able to work things out, though things seemed impossible for Ria. I loved reading about her family, the aunties, and the wedding preparations. This was a beautiful, emotional book. I wish I hadn't waited so long to read it.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!
*Notes: A little dark and intense. Mental illness and abuse.
My Source: BEA
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