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Bootie and the Beast (Mills and Boon Indian Author) Paperback – 26 Mar 2015
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Falguni Kothari is a hybrid author of unconventional love stories and kick-ass fantasy tales flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. An award-winning Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dancer, she currently elevates her endorphin levels with Zumba.
She resides in New York with her family and pooch.
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So imagine my surprise when I found myself enjoying this one. I’d received a paperback copy as a gift so felt it would have been churlish not to read it. It’s good when you can get back to the giver with an honestly-felt ‘thank you’.
The storyline follows the standard scenario of misunderstandings keeping a couple apart and unable to reveal their true feelings for each other. I won’t add spoilers by saying any more about the plot, except to say that it’s about two expatriate Indians, one a globe-trotting super-star model.
There’s more than a hint of the exotic (for me at least, as I don’t know a great deal about Indian culture) which added interest in the form of different cultural mores and the thinking of the characters. I thought of Bollywood, even though I’ve never watched a Bollywood film!
The writing and language were imaginative and the story arc was satisfying, as was characterisation and descriptions. I was sufficiently immersed to easily conjure images. The dialogue was like eavesdropping on real conversations, which is the ultimate accolade, in my opinion, for dialogue.
All in all a terrific read.
The title is catchy and then the interest is further deepened by the blurb which promises a spicy, entertaining story. The cover is also appealing but it was the blurb and the title that caught me.
The next thing that really impressed me was the diary writing aspect of the book. Falguni does a stellar job of writing witty, engaging and seriously entertaining diary entries through Diya. Although the entries are few but nevertheless very entertaining.
The third thing that made an impression on me is her writing style which beautifully balances wit, humor, heartfelt emotional quotient and a deep insight in to modern human psyche. The characterization is very real and I felt connected to the protagonists. Diya is the "all pink" and girly girl type while Krish is the serious, brooding man with no belief in fairy tales. The scenes involving these two are well sketched and succeed in hooking the reader. The romance is hot, thrilling and definitely sensuous. I loved the brooding Beast with all his hotness and sufficiently Ahh'd and Ooh'd over him. He is definitely a man every woman wants to take support from! :)
"She loved a man who didn't love her. She was hung up on a man who did not desire her. And she was doing nothing-not one thing-to improve her situation."
The clash between Diya and her family is typically Indian. There is drama and a drama queen who loves acting which made for a "glued-to-your-seat-till-the-very-end" type of story. The main emphasis is on the two main characters and other characters are not given much limelight. The first part is a bit slow but catches pace when sparks catch fire and Diya goes after her man or he goes after her? Read the book to know! :)
While I loved the book and enjoyed it, I did feel the lack of development of the controversy aspect and the enlightenment of Krish at the end was a bit quick.
Overall I enjoyed Bootie and the Beast and definitely recommend it to all lovers of happily-ever-afters. This is a great holiday read and gets a well deserved 4 out of 5 from me. I liked Falguni's storytelling style and will definitely keep a look out for her subsequent books.
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
Thanks to the author, Falguni Kothari for sending me over a copy of her book, in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Diya, a.k.a, Beauty Mathur, is the most beautiful super-model and she is the biggest drama queen on earth and still believes that one day she would end up her life like any fairytale princess. Krish Menon is a hot, brooding, CFO/entrepreneur, addressed as 'Beast' by Diya. Although they are childhood buddies, but they are more like the 2poles of magnet, always end up getting attracted to each other. It’s a very, simple sweet love-story, but due to Diya's overly-rated dramas, Diya and Krish have to go a long way to finally find each other. Also Diya has a quality; she has seemed to taken the fashion world in a storm, the whole world is on her meet. Opening scene of the book is:
A speculation about Diya spikes up in the media that she is pregnant, so her Daddy saves her by hiding her with Krish in Dallas. Diya and Krish meets after 2 long years and it seems they can't get enough of each other by pulling each other's legs.
The writing is good. In the beginning the plot drags for a little bit, but when finally they both say those 3 magical words, the whole plot gets on fire, it becomes too hot. Their undeniable chemistry is very hot and sizzling, which will grip you till the very end. The characters were very well-developed, and especially, Diya is a very quirky character, everything about her is a pink, always a believer of fairytales, reality was far away from her, wherever she went, she added extra little drama to spice the event. Krish is a character, who any woman would fall for, a perfect husband/boyfriend material.
Drama queens will love this book a lot, because they can learn a trick or two about how to flirt or how to add drama in their lives. And for the rest, this is will be a very entertaining and light-read book, most of the time you'll find yourself laughing hard on Diya's immaturish activities. So definitely read this book to find out that actually fairytales are better than reality.