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ARC Giveaway for A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

I’m excited to present this giveaway – open internationally – for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev.

I loved this story that was mostly set in Michigan but seriously steeped in Indian culture (and showed how varied Indian culture was). It’s not a story you could tell outside the cultural influences.

Mili has been married since the age of four. Her husband has never come for her but she has stayed true to him all her life because she’s been taught to honor her vows and her husband. On the one hand you sense she reveres him but on the other she’s truly resentful that he’s not come for her and that her marriage to him ties her down. Given the opportunity to study in America, Mili grabs it and finds herself at Eastern Michigan University.

All Mili had ever wanted was to be a good wife. A domestic goddess-slash-world’s-wife-number-one-type good wife. The kind of wife her husband pined for all day long. The kind of wife he rushed home to every night because she’d make them a home so very beautiful even those TV serial homes would seem like plastic replicas. A home filled with love and laughter and the aroma of perfectly spiced food, which she would serve out of spotless stainless steel vessels, dressed in simple yet elegant clothes while making funny yet smart conversation. Because when she put her mind to it she really could dress all tip-top. As for her smart opinions? Well, she did know when to express them, no matter what her grandmother said.

Professor Tiwari had even called her “uniquely insightful” in his letter of recommendation. God bless the man; he’d coaxed her to pursue higher education, and even Mahatma Gandhi himself had said an educated woman made a better wife and mother. So here she was, with the blessings of her teacher and Gandhiji, melting into the baking pavement outside the American Consulate in Mumbai, waiting in line to get her visa so she could get on with said higher education.


Enjoying herself immensely, Mili helps her roommate, a North Indian Punjabi, run off with an entirely unsuitable southern Indian man. Her roommate swears her family will come to hunt them down and kill her fiance so when a huge Indian man appears at her doorstep, Mili believes it must be her roommates family. She jumps off her balcony, grabs a bike and cycles away only to crash into a tree injuring an ankle and a wrist.

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev


The Indian man is not her roommate’s brother, but rather Samir Rathod, a famous Bollywood director, who has come to America from Mumbai to find Mili and get her to sign the annulment papers. Yes, Samir is her husband’s brother and hence her brother in law. Samir does not reveal this information, at first believing Mili is some terrible gold digger but as they spend weeks together as Mili convalesces Samir not only realizes Mili is the farthest thing from a gold digger, but he falls in love with her — all the while keeping this huge secret from her.

They both have emotional pasts, Samir in particular and while the tropes are very familiar (the misunderstood ingenue and the wealthy bossy male) the characters are fresh and unique. And the setting was such a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend this book for readers looking for the same, yet different. ;)

Angie James read it and had this to say:

What do you get when you combine a heroine I have nothing (and I mean nothing) in common with, an author who uses a wonderfully rich and developed cultural background to bring two people together, and a story of two people you desperately want to find their happily ever after? You get a book that made me ache for the heroine–I thought my heart was being ripped out for her at just 12% in and it didn’t stop all the way to the end–and a book that’s on my list as the best contemporary romance I’ve read so far in 2014. 

Though I gush, the book wasn’t without its problems for me. The heroine was a little too passive where the hero was concerned (even in terms of what should have been an epic grovel at the end but instead was fairly easy forgiveness…

This book doesn’t release until October, and it looks like it’s selling at the trade sized price (kind of a shame, but it does make it a contender for the airport readers and those who want to pretend they’re not really reading romance because it’s in trade format), but the story was charming and happy book sigh enough, that I feel comfortable recommending it to those who want a great contemporary romance read. And giving it 5 stars (which I pretty much never do these days!) 

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102 Comments

  1. Rebecca (Another one)
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:18:58

    My favorite different romance I have read recently was one reviewed here: the Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho. It was more about a woman discovering herself and finding love, than a traditional romance. The large differences were the 1920′s setting in England and the her ethnicity and religion as well. I loved her curiosity and zest for living and cheered her happy ending.

    http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/overall-a-reviews/a-minus-reviews/review-the-perilous-life-of-jade-yeo-by-zen-cho/

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  2. Rebe
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:20:56

    Hmm, I’m not sure what qualifies as “different but same,” but perhaps Jeannie Lin’s The Lotus Palace? Really lovely book.

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  3. blodeuedd
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:28:05

    I wonder what poses as different yet the same too, maybe I have never read anything like it? Now that would be a shame

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  4. azteclady
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:29:36

    Morning Glory, every time. Set in small town Georgia during WWII, ex-con and dirt poor, “crazy” pregnant widow. Love, love, love that book.

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  5. Lynnd
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:31:16

    One of my favourite “different” romances is Lauren Willig’s Betrayal of the Blood Lily.

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  6. eliz_s
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:32:24

    I’ll ditto Jeannie Lin, as I love anything by her I’ve been able to get my hands on. I just read Skies of Gold (by Zoe Archer) with a half-Indian female engineer in steampunk Victorian England, and it was fantastic.

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  7. Stacey
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 11:05:46

    I have not read any romance based in Indian culture, and this sounds like it would be a great introduction to it.

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  8. suzy k
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 11:26:14

    I’ve been reading Shoma Narayanan’s Harlequin stories… I like reading about the Indian subcontinent and the cultures therein, whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, or any of the other smaller regional cultures. Fascinating! (also posted this on the ‘wrong’ blogpost :P )

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  9. Kerry
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 11:33:04

    Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon! LOVE Bollywood movies, so would love to try this book!

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  10. mina kelly
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 11:41:40

    Haveli, which I found after it was reviewed on here, was a brilliant different yet similar romance. A different decade, a different part of the world, but still a girl in full on Pride & Prejudice not-seeing-the-guy-in-front-of-her-and-going-for-the-wrong-man mode.

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  11. Karen
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 11:52:56

    Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid——the heroine is geeky and comfortable in her own skin

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  12. ruthg
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 12:00:18

    I just finished The Kraken King, which i really enjoyed. The conflicts were interesting and all the characters were complex.

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  13. Rhonda Helms
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 12:02:51

    My favorite “different yet the same” romance would probably be Rainbow Rowell’s YA Eleanor & Park. The writing was strong with prose that ripped my guts out, and I was so connected to those characters. Loved the 80s setting and the realism. I really enjoyed that book a lot.

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  14. Camilla
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 12:05:44

    I read Haveli after your review, and others by the atuhor and loved them…sort of Indian Harlequin Presents?????

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  15. Darlynne
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:10:06

    I don’t even know what “different yet the same” means. As an example of “one of these things is not like the other,” that would be a picture of me standing with my husband and his very tall family members; it’s embarrassing, really.

    But the book sounds fabulous. Thanks for the giveaway, Jane.

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  16. Janhavi
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:23:53

    Uhm, again, don’t know what different yet the same means. Well I recently finished Adite Banerjee’s Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal. It was different because it was a book, but I actually found it very similar to a Bollywood movie or even a Hindi soap opera.

    I am very much looking forward to reading Bollywood Affair, everyone on Twitter seems to be raving about it.

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  17. Ngan
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:28:12

    I enjoy Courtney Milan’s books. I think they are different yet some have familiar tropes.

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  18. Janina
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:38:17

    I’m not quite sure want a different yet the same book is. Need to read one.

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  19. Lozza
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:49:13

    One “different yet the same” book I quite like is Rose Lerner’s Lily Among Thorns, with it’s gender flip-flop of the traditional story of the world-weary sexually experienced partner and the virgin.

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  20. Annie V
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:58:54

    I don’t know what qualifies as different yet the same – I do know I want to read this book!

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  21. Zoebro
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 14:02:59

    My favorite “different yet the same” romance would have to be Laura Kinsale’s “For My Lady’s Heart.”

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  22. TerryS
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 14:14:42

    Barbara Samuel’ s book, The Sleeping Night

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  23. Jen
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 14:21:47

    The Eddie Spence series is delightfully different. There are no millionaire, absolutely drop dead gorgeous people…I love it.

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  24. srs
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 14:25:28

    I don’t really know what constitutes “same but different”. I guess all Jeannie Lin’s books? They’re very much traditional romance tropes, but the setting makes them different from most of the genre.

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  25. erinf1
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 15:15:41

    I really haven’t been reading all that much this year, but I do love the idea of Bollywood/ “same but different”. LOL… does the Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling series count? cuz that’s all I’ve read recently :)

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  26. Juhi
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 15:17:59

    Ahh, finally an “Indian” romance that this Indian girl actually wants wants to read! :)

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  27. Justine
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 15:38:45

    @Ngan: I’ll agree with the choice of Courtney Milan.

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  28. Maureen
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 15:56:00

    A favorite is Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

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  29. Rosario
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 16:35:45

    I love it when an author can take really familiar, even too familiar plots and make them seem fresh again. Thanks for the rec, I’ll definitely be reading this!

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  30. hilly
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 17:23:14

    Familiar yet different? If I understand the question correctly, my answers are:

    Teresa Denys (Jacqui Bianchi)’s The Flesh and the Devil and The Silver Devil,
    Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm and Seize the Fire,
    Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders,
    Mary Stewart’s Touch Not The Cat.

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  31. Alexandra
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 18:07:34

    First, OHMYGOSHANARCOFABOLLYWOODAFFAIRTHISISBESTDAYEVER!!!

    Glad I could get that off my chest. I haven’t been reading romance seriously for long so I’m not as widely read…though some of the suggestions here – like the Kraken King and Jeannie Lin – I can second. I basically eat up anything heavy influenced by non-Western culture.

    This one isn’t a favorite but I was just thinking of it recently. When I was like 13 (somewhere around there – I’m 22 now so it’s kinda sad I can’t remember) my grandma gave me a copy of Catherine Cookson’s The Whip. I remember it for two things: the extensive amount of suffering underwent by the heroine and her romance with the local pastor. At the time I was like “wha–?”, and I wouldn’t call the book a straight romance but it still really stuck with me.

    @eliz_s: That series (by Zoe Archer) has been on my TBR for a while now, but an Indian heroine who is ALSO an engineer? Normally I insist on reading in order…but exceptions will be made…

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  32. ML
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 18:16:54

    For different yet the same, I’d recommend Wild Indigo by Judith Stanton. Set in a Moravian community, where they determined their spouses by drawing lots.

    Love Bollywood movies, and I’ve seen the crowds that stand outside Shahrukh Khan’s apartment in Mumbai (!), so it’s great to find more books highlighting the growing Indian culture in the US.

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  33. Jordan R.
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 18:17:15

    I love Juliette Marillier! She writes fantasy, but she uses some of my favorite themes from romance like Beauty and the Beast, friends to lovers, etc. and switches them around to make them new!

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  34. Katie
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 18:18:13

    Mine is In For a Penny by Rose Lerner. A marriage of convenience is certainly a common trope, but I love how determined the characters were to make it a good marriage. I was also impressed with getting the nitty-gritty details of what it means to be a landlord to their tenants.

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  35. Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 18:33:40

    Sonali is a Golden Heart sister of mine, and I can tell you she is an AMAZING writer. The entries for this ARC giveaway should fill several pages!!!

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  36. Lindsay
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 19:14:28

    I love Robin McKinley’s take on a lot of tropes, especially Sunshine and The Blue Sword — she does such a fantastic job of really turning things around on readers. Also I have heard such great buzz for this book, I am really looking forward to reading it!

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  37. CelineB
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 19:21:44

    I guess I’d count Attachments by Rainbow Rowell as a ‘different yet the same’ romance book. It’s still my favorite Rowell book which is saying a lot.

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  38. hapax
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 19:37:33

    Hmm…. I don’t know how “the same” it is, but COURTING GRETA by Ramsay Hootman was certainly “different”. Seriously geeky, self-centred disabled hero; *much* older, awkward, tough-as-nails heroine; leading to a surprising, painful, utterly sweet romance.

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  39. Sandypo
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 20:01:25

    While Beauty Slept is definitely a different take on the old fairy tale — I think that’s “Different yet the same”.

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  40. Ren
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 20:13:04

    I’m not sure what romance novel that suit your “different but the same” category, but because Bollywood Affair was written by India writer, I think there is a novel that can fit the category. Have you read Chitra Banerje Divakaruni? Her novel, The Palace of Illussions is a short and feminist version of Mahabharat myth. While some people think there’s no romance, I think the feeling that the protag (Drupadi) have, like forbidden love and the star-crossed couple is what make this book interesting.

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  41. Julie
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 20:43:31

    Anything by Jeannie Lin or Zoe Archer!

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  42. ms bookjunkie
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 21:44:28

    Meljean Brook’s THE IRON DUKE. As someone somewhere described it, it’s basically a Harlequin Presents dressed in steampunk.

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  43. JL
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 22:35:52

    This sounds great. I’m going to put it on my TBR list regardless, but I’d love to win a copy. I don’t feel like I’ve read anything particularly ‘different’ lately. I’ve been in a small-town contemporary kick lately, and while I’ve read some great books, they do start to blend together after a while. I need to spice up my reading life!

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  44. flchen1
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 23:51:29

    Different yet the same? Maybe Carrie Lofty’s Flawless–such a memorable setting (South Africa) for a stumbling-back-towards-reconciliation story. Intrigued by the sounds of Ms. Dev’s novel…

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  45. Katherine
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 02:04:07

    The fact that often the romance is set in a different culture/country/time, and I get to feel what it might be like to be East Asian girl or Russian mobster or… The richest experiences for me are the ones set in another culture and country.

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  46. Mary Preston
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 02:34:50

    HEART’S BLOOD by Juliette Marillier – an amazingly different take on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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  47. Sally
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 05:04:45

    I don’t know how to answer the question. Different as in culture, location? I’m looking through my books and I’m stumped with choosing a book.

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  48. Azure
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 05:26:47

    I love all different kinds of romances of the “different yet the same” genre, too many to list here. What interested me enough to enter this contest was the opportunity to read more about a culture that is different than mine. I’ve been trying to expand what I read and learn about different cultures, and this book sounds very interesting. Even if I don’t win the contest, I’m putting the book in my database to find when it is released. :)

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  49. Adite Banerjie
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 05:38:43

    I am a huge fan of movies and Sonali’s book sounds like a “different yet same” kind of story that we so love in Bollywood land. :)

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  50. Ros
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 07:53:45

    Well, I’m with the others in not being completely sure what ‘different yet the same’ means, but for everyone interested in reading more Indian-set romances, you might like to know about http://www.sarisandstories.com/ that just launched this week.

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  51. Srividhya
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:27:06

    Hmm, the question is certainly difficult to answer. As others said, Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite. Her Daughter of the Forest is one of my comfort read. Her prose and the characters make the book different yet the same. Another book, from your recent posts author is In for a Penny by Rose Lerner. It was the marriage of convenience done very well.

    I’m really looking forward to this book. Child marriage is one of my hot buttons but I’m looking forward to see how the author handled it.

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  52. Joni
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:32:10

    As someone else mentioned earlier, Courtney Milan takes familiar tropes but puts a unique spin on them, so maybe they are “different but the same.”

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  53. KatieF
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:46:34

    Joanna Wylde’s Reapers Motorcycle Club series has been a fascinating introduction to a culture I didn’t even know existed. Outlaw motorcycle clubs, cuts, old ladies and sweet butts–I just had no idea.

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  54. Mary Jo Burke
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 09:43:33

    Historical where the woman is wealthy and the guy is poor.

    Congratulations Sonali!!

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  55. Amanda
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 10:51:34

    I have to second, third, or fourth the Juliette Marillier books. Hearts Blood and Daughter of the Forest are two of my favorites

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  56. Sofia
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 12:23:57

    I love the Mary Jo Putney’s The China Bride. It was one of the first I read, and I loved how it was an unconventional road romance.

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  57. Suz_Glo
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 12:59:56

    I think Meljean Brooks Iron Seas series would qualify.

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  58. Timitra
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 15:20:43

    I’m gonna go with Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series

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  59. Tina
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 21:30:13

    I’m not sure what would counts as different but same, but this story sounds like something I’d really enjoy!

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  60. KPDacey
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:20:15

    I agree, Courtney Milan writes very different heroes and heroines, even though they are certainly romantic. I rarely read contemporary, but this sounds interesting!

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  61. Jessi s
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:29:52

    This sounds like a fascinating book!

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  62. GladysN
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:39:01

    Marjorie Liu, Nalini Singh, and Meljean Brook’s books have that “different but same” aspect for me. Jeannie Lin comes to mind as well.

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  63. Monica
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:50:39

    Hmm, Rendezvous by Amanda Quick. Feisty heroine, spymaster hero, regency. But lots of fun!

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  64. Jessiann
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:55:41

    Different but the same… the Parasol Protectorate series. Can’t wait to read this book, either as an ARC or when it’s out.

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  65. Mary C
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:57:05

    Nalini Singh’s and Marjorie Liu’s books come to mind.

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  66. Kelly
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:57:28

    I love Lisa kleypas, nalini singh and gena showalter. They all three encompass a fresh feel for all different genres.

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  67. Deepthy
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 23:36:35

    Hmm… This looks interesting. Being an Indian, I avoid our romances because they never seem to be well-written or are too cliche… I think I’ll put this one in my TBR pile (as if it isn’t big enough already :/)

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  68. Ellie @ Elie Reads Fiction
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 00:12:33

    I don’t know if it qualifies but I loved Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid and the Kraken King by Meljean Brooke.

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  69. Nadia Lee
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 01:00:32

    Not sure what qualifies as different but same, but I liked Tangled by Emma Chase.

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  70. Kathryn@Book Date
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 01:36:15

    The same yet different? I’m not sure but I think the paranormal genre would apply as the same yet different for me, I am not a big reader of it but Nalini Singh has hooked me in.

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  71. Jen
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 01:41:25

    Don’t know what ‘different but the same’ means either, but this sounds like an interesting read.

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  72. Cassia
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 01:49:58

    I guess The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook is my favorite ‘different but the same’ romance – very, very different world, but a classic love story!

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  73. Laura
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 02:25:49

    Nalini Singh has read and loved this book and recommended it to her readers on a reading tour in germany. Hearing the title I immedtiaely thought that I want to get my hands on this book so desperately!

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  74. Laura
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 02:29:44

    As for the question, I really haven’t read anyting like this, not even close. Which is the reason why I want to read this book as the plot sounds refreshlingly new and not worn out already.

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  75. Carolina
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 04:34:13

    My favorite “different yet the same” romance I think it’s any book by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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  76. Tiffany
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 06:17:30

    I would have to say Under Locke by Mariana Zapata. I never liked MC books but this one just dragged me right in!

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  77. Laramie Sasseville
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 07:12:23

    My favorite ‘different but the same’ romance is ‘Wonder Guy’ by Naomi Stone – A nerdy guy wins the love of the girl next door, with a little help from his fairy godmother – who grants him superpowers so he can battle dinosaurs and giant mosquitoes among other things…

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  78. Mina Khan
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 07:41:26

    My favorite different but same book is Tiger Eye Marjorie M. Liu…it was the first PNR that was partially set in China and had an Indian hero. Love the story and re-read it every year. :)

    So want to read this one, thanks for the chance!

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  79. Mina Khan
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 07:42:21

    Um, the above comment was for Mina/Rashda :)

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  80. vicky
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:01:16

    Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, different to Psy Changeling but absolutely the same enjoyment from reading them.

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  81. EmilyD
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:37:40

    Zoe Archer’s Blades of the Rose series – I’m just about finished my re-read of the series and I think it qualifies as “different but the same”.

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  82. Erika R
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:53:02

    Nora Roberts books. Different series and romance genres, yet I really enjoy reading them all.

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  83. Kasumi
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 09:12:13

    I’m not sure what suits your “different but the same” category, but I suppose that it could be any fantasy romance like the Nalini Singh’s “Archangel” series: it´s really different, but it’s romance at the end of the day.

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  84. Melanie
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 10:21:30

    I have also read the Shoma Narayanan’s Harlequin books and enjoyed them. I’d have to say Meljean Brook’s Iron Duke would also definitely fit the bill!

    This book was a pre-order for me!

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  85. Louise
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 10:35:33

    I would say Spice and Smoke by Suleikha Snyder. I think it’s probably the first romance novel I’ve read set in India. And Bollywood is something I really know little about. The book really worked for me though because even though the setting and some of the language was unfamiliar to me, the emotions were very much what I was used to and looking for in a romance novel.

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  86. Jodie B. Cooper
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 11:47:54

    “What is your favorite “different yet the same” romance?”

    The Archangel series by Nalini Singh. It is a breath of fresh air within the paranormal romance genre. The series is completely unique, yet filled with a deep sense of pure romance.

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  87. Ruth
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 13:41:23

    The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. Features a noblewoman and her servant.

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  88. Becky
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 16:02:37

    Hmmm…not sure. Though I did just finish another book with a hero named Samir–London Falling, which I enjoyed very much.

    Actually, I guess that one qualifies–he’s from Lebanon and half French, she’s from the US and they’re both at school in London…

    Thanks for the opportunity, it sounds like a great read!

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  89. Suzette
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 19:26:15

    I love so many types of books. And I think there are many that fit this category. I would say many of my old faithfuls. Elizabeth Lowell’s Granit Man.

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  90. Kim
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 19:26:20

    I like to learn something about area or time period

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  91. L A
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 19:59:44

    Pamela Morsi has written some really wonderful romances that are definitely outside the norm. My favorite is still Something Shady, which blew my little mind when I first read it almost twenty years ago. Mature protagonists? No miracle baby epilogue? What is this (delightful) madness?

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  92. Sasha
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 21:56:38

    I’m intrigued. Coming from a half-Indian family, I’m looking forward to seeing how the author deals with the culture :)

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  93. Sasha
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 21:58:29

    Different yet same…hmm, I’d say where the heroine has the money and power That’s rare

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  94. KellyM
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 22:36:21

    I also liked The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho, which I bought after seeing it reviewed here at Dear Author. Thanks for the great give away! I’ve been hearing about this book from a while bunch of places and I’ve been looking forward to its release.

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  95. Collette
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 22:59:56

    Geez, I don’t know. Different yet the same? Yikes. I can barely remember the name of any book lately. Sad but true.

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  96. shelly
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 00:39:39

    Different but same … not sure exactly what that means, but I guess I’d say the two Rainbow Rowell books I read: Fangirl, and, Eleanor and Park.

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  97. Marinella Casadei
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 15:20:36

    “Different but the same” is Styxx, from Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s the same story told in Acheron, and there are similar tragedies and a lot of sufference, as in Acheron, but it’s very different too, ’cause I have loved Styxx a billion times more than Acheron. Ops, now I understand that this is not “different but the same”, it’s “the same but different”. Hope it’s not a problem!!

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  98. Aliyah
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 16:25:36

    I think that Jenn Bennett’s 1920s historicals are different (the power dynamic is more on the women’s side I would argue) and I love them.

    I can’t wait to read this, it sounds fabulous.

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  99. Katrina
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 12:46:17

    I love it when the love scenes in romance are different than usual. For example, I really loved The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan, and the scene where they consummate their marriage is amazing- specific to each character and their histories and traumas.

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  100. Elise
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 14:57:22

    This book sounds absolutely lovely!

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  101. Melonie
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 21:57:41

    Oh, yay! I pre-ordered this book already but if I get my hands on an ARC I’ll gift that copy to some other lucky soul. So excited for this story!

    As to a favorite same but different read, hm… I remember thinking Jennifer Crusie’s Fast Women had a lot of surprising quirks.

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  102. Lynn K.
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 09:52:13

    Different yet the same…maybe a story that’s set in a different country/culture?

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