Claiming His Bollywood Cinderella: A Passionate Fairytale Retelling by Tara Pammi

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Published: November 1, 2020

Harlequin Presents

Series: Born Into Bollywood #1

Format: eBook (NetGalley)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Available: BN | Amazon

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While working for his grandmother (Daadi), Naina meets Vikram, a huge Bollywood star and she meets him in the most embarrassing manner...acting out one of his roles. This doesn’t bode over well. Still, Vikram is intrigued by his grandmother's younger assistant especially at a time when he is his loneliest. After a masked one night stand and a sort of tremulous “work” trip in Maldives; Vikram and Naina realize that maybe they may need one another…

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. There was almost little to no drama between our couple however, Naina’s self depreciation talk really wore on my nerves….a whole lot. Like yeah, Vikram was a big Bollywood star and sure his family was film industry royalty but the way this woman talked down about herself throughout this read was exhausting. And I didn’t much appreciate the way the author kind of (not really) skimmed out of not letting her face her issues. Her mother and step-sister were absolutely using her, she for sure allowed people to take advantage of her and when Vikram challenged her on said issues, she harshly insulted him. As you can see, she got on my nerves early. And I could put this towards Naina being in her early twenties...young...but I won’t because I don’t feel like it, lols. She knew she was a walking door-mat, she just stubbornly refused to see it. I would have like to have seen a resolution to her family's drama but we didn't get it and well, that's unfortunate.

BUT I loved that Vikram was our grumpy hero and not grumpy in a disrespectful asshole way (because there is a difference…). The man was having a midlife crisis, he is tiredt of the celebrity lifestyle, he is tiredt of being responsible for his families wealth...the man was fucking lonely and he owned it. Grumpy men are becoming like my favs in romance and that might attribute to me being grumpy as well know, to each its own. lols. I honestly would have preferred an older woman or a woman closer to his age or of his age but here we are…

Anyolways, Claiming His Bollywood Cinderella was an agreeable quick read. I enjoyed the mentions of Indian culture and the kind of low angst of its romance. If you're into fairy tales and all that, then this may be right up your alley. 

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