I received a copy of Busted in Bollywood in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book was great! I’ve read quite a few Bollywood books, so I am aware of the cultural and how the women must deal with arranged marriage. MC Shari Jones gets roped into a crazy scheme by her BFF Amrita – who is about to become the victim of an arranged marriage. When Amrita is called upon to travel from New York to Mumbai to meet her fiancé and his family for the first time, she somehow convinces Shari to go in her place. Since Shari is Indo-American she should be able to pull it off, especially when Amrita convinces her there is no way her photo has been shown to her fiancé’s family. Shari heads to Mumbai with a plan to be the worst possible fiancée around, hoping to break up the engagement so Amrita will still have a chance at true love. But her plan is foiled when not only the fiancé but his friend and business partner know that Shari is not Amrita. Will the friends come out on top in the game of love and blackmail?
Nicola Marsh has a fabulous writing style, fun, fast-paced, and wicked sharp! The plot was hilarious and a bit over-the-top, the characters were strong and memorable, and I laughed my way through Shari’s tale. I loved all the descriptions of Mumbai as well. I really connected with Shari, who put herself in the unfortunate “other woman” category and got burned because of it. She was very real and obviously loved her friend, and I was thrilled to see her get a happy ending. There was drama, humor, and even some fab fashion that made this an all-around enjoyable chick lit read. I recommend!