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Busted in Bollywood (edition 2011)

by Nicola Marsh

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Title:Busted in Bollywood
Authors:Nicola Marsh
Info:Entangled Publishing, LLC (2011), Paperback, 244 pages
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This story definitely has a wacky twist to start! Shari and Rita are Indo-Americans. Rita’s parents have just arranged a marriage for her, but she is not ready to get married to a stranger. Shari agrees to go to India in her place, to sabotage this engagement. By Shari going instead, Rita is not directly disobeying her parents. Loophole! Added on top of that, Shari has recently broken up with her boyfriend. And lost her job. And she’s been evicted. Yeah, definitely sounds like the girl could use a little vacation to clear her mind! So off to India she goes.

But India is definitely full of surprises! Her visit there is packed full of fun and drama, and some of the best food you could hope to find. Oh yeah, one of Shari’s favorite things is Indian food, and there is definitely a lot of that in this book. Definitely make sure you eat before reading, or else you will get very hungry!

While in India she meets Drew. Drew is a bit of a jerk at first, he’s looking out for his friend – her fake fiancé, Rakesh. Even though he’s a jerk, she is attracted to him. Really, how could you not be? Drew seems to be the perfect blend of everything you want in a man. A bit mysterious, sexy, tall and handsome. Filthy rich! Haha! Not to mention he is very sincere and true to his friends and obviously into Shari in a big way. I absolutely loved Drew, I think he was the perfect addition to this knockout cast.

This was a really fun story. It was fast paced and full of action and drama. Shari is witty, daring and fun. And she has a sarcastic side that I really dug. Her thoughts were hilarious, but definitely a good thing she didn’t voice them all! Her best friend, Rita, seems like the awesome best friend we should all have. She knew Shari so well that she can see past what Shari says into the real truth. She gives Shari honest and sensible advice, and is just the all around great friend Shari needs. Rakesh is a fabulous man with a terrific sense of humor. I really enjoyed his insights and while not a major role in this cast, he is definitely a great character. Nicola really has a great talent for fleshing out the story, giving all of the characters and locations such great descriptions that you are instantly transported. Whether it was India, NYC’s Central Park, or Shari’s apartment, I felt like I was right there.

Busted in Bollywood has a lot to offer romance readers. It is funny and dramatic. There are some steamy scenes, but definitely safe enough for even teenagers to enjoy. I really loved this story, and would recommend it to anyone. I don’t by any means have an extensive knowledge of Indian culture, and this book didn’t leave me lost. Everything was explained, but explained so flawlessly and well that I didn’t feel like I was reading a text book. This story has a great flow, a lot of heart, and a superb cast. I hope you get a chance to read it! ( )
  FictionalCandy | Apr 5, 2012 |
Reviewed by Desere
Review copy provided by the author
In real life a arranged marriage in any woman or man's mind is something you would rather not think of, I am sure you will all agree that marrying someone you do not love and possibly do not even like and having to know that you will need to spend the rest of your life with this man or woman with no way out is one of the most terrifying thoughts ever. Not forgetting the fact that if you have not ever even met the other person how on earth are you suppose to develop any feelings for them?

In Busted with Bollywood we meet Shari, she seems like your everyday kind of girl however she is anything but, she has just ended her affair with her married boss and now is not only out of a man but also out of a job and very much desperate for money.

In comes Shari's best friend Rita and her very dangerous plot to prevent her parents from forcing her to marry a man she cannot and never will love. Shari must go to India and pretend to be Rita in order to convince her "arranged husband to be" that she is not the woman for him and if they marry it will never work. Shari agrees seeing that she needs money and who would not want to go to India for a "holiday" and in exchange get paid for pretending to be someone else for only a little while.

However immediately after her arrival Shari is caught out and Rita's fiance knows she is not the real Rita but agrees to not out her in turn for in turn for a little favor. So what might be the real obstacle here you may ask? Drew Lansford, best friend and business partner of "her fiancee". He sees straight through Shari's facade and recons she is out to get his best friends money and anything else she can get her gold digger hands on.

Over time Shari has more on her plate than she can handle, there is her wise old aunt that is out on a mission to find Shari a husband of her own ,not to mention her "fiance's" highly dysfunctional family who puts her more on edge than she lets on. Throw into the mix Shari falling in love with the very handsome Drew and you have all the trimmings for a good old fashioned romance with a twist.

Now wanting to go back to her life in New York but with no money, no home, a heart belonging to the man who suspects her of being a gold digger and a severe empty bank account, she is not so sure she can make any right decisions, if indeed any.

In this fun, spunky and light enchanted story, Nicola Marsh delivers us straight to India and teaches us not only the story of love deep in the heart of Bollywood but also we learn all about the different Indian dishes and various cultures of India, making this not only a fun and flirty romance to read but also a very educational piece of writing, that certainly kept me reading to the end.

Never in all the history classes I sat though in school did I ever find that the teacher of the lesson was able to combine the culture of any country with a good story be it a romance or even a mystery, it just never happened. But Nicola Marsh has certainly done that and so much more in this book. It was like getting a history lesson and learning about a romance all in one. ( )
  RtB | Feb 25, 2012 |
When bestselling author Nicola Marsh wrote me a note about her new novel, Busted in Bollywood, she had me at “Bollywood” because I’ve been a Bollywood movie fan for years. I agreed to read it and review it if I felt it was something you guys would like. I was only a few pages into the book when I realized I was going to love it and so were you, whether you know anything about Bollywood or Indian culture. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, universal story that I’m delighted to share with you! Read the rest of my review at http://popcornreads.com/?p=2435. ( )
  PopcornReads | Dec 9, 2011 |
BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD by author Nicola Marsh is a sensational story releasing in December 2011.

Shari Jones agrees to impersonate her best friend and travel to India to break-off Amrita's arranged engagement to Rakesh Rama. Going to a welcome party at the Rama's, she is called on her impersonation by Rakesh at first sight. He has seen the real Amrita's photo. Yet he wants Shari to continue the charade in exchange for fixing him a date with the real Amrita.

Then there is the added tension of Rakesh's business partner, Drew Lansford, who also saw the file and thinks Shari is out to fleece business tycoon Rakesh by pretending to be his betrothed.

Shari has fun at Drew's expense by keeping up the charade all the while drawn to his mersmerizing eyes and hot bod!

And there's a stalker after Shari, taking her for a famous Bollywood star!
After clearing up the misunderstanding, Shari and Drew get in to a fling when he visits New York. While Rakesh and Rita get into a cozy romance after the first sight!

But what will happen when Rakesh's parents find out that Shari is not Rakesh's intended? And especially when they catch Shari in a clinch with Drew?

And can Shari get the happy-ever-after with Drew as is her heart's desire?
Opening up her heart and living with Drew back in Mumbai had restored her faith in herself. She felt herself healed from past betrayal by the vibrant country and the love of an incredible man. But can this love turn into something long-term?

BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is an incredible inner journey of Shari as well as the trip to Mumbai and her growing love of India. Shari experiences the exotic Indian cuisine amid the dazzled and frazzled Mumbai, with its unique smell of diesel fumes, sandalwood and smoke from burning cow-patties!

USA Bestselling Author Nicola Marsh's BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is truly a magical read. The witty banter and the flirting, the breathtaking romance, the spectacular emotional punch, and the believable conflict of how Indian families organize and interfere in any and everything had me flipping pages late into the night. The vivid atmospheric details amid the fast paced story kept me spell bound ( )
  NasDean | Nov 7, 2011 |
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Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else's. Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend's whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiance her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she's mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiance. Life is less complicated in New York. Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that's when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance.… (more)

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