Blog tour – Bollywood Wives – Alex Khan
Published: 06/02/2019 by Hera Books
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
Verdict: Fast paced, highly glamorous, and entertaining
The biggest scandals happen off-camera…
Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen.
So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives – Jackie, Sasha, and Rani – bringing their own off-screen drama.
But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down – and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets.
Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her…
Alex Khan’s new Bollywood Wives is dipped in the style and elements of Bollywood that I could literally feel the music and dance oozing from the book. Being an Indian, one doesn’t have to do a lot of explaining to us about Bollywood and it’s popular culture. So when I first read the plot, I knew I had to read it! I really enjoyed Alex’s descriptions of a Bollywood flick and how it really works in India. The riches to rag story is almost true that I can actually think so many actors whose life must have been this book itself!
From Mumbai to London, the story quickly swifts when Zara and her crew start to shoot a new movie overseas. Zara is still shaken by the tragic bombing of her car and the death of her driver. She even visits his family and offers to help them, unknown to the press. They still call her by names, and hate her for portraying the Indian queen. With the threats of violence and anger still coming her way, she feels just a bit secured having her rugged bodyguard along with her.
Bollywood Wives was a fun and interesting read that I did not want to end. For me, it felt like a true story. Credits to Alex’s depiction of the reality and building the intrigue by using the juicy bits in the right amount – scandal, sex, violence, music and luxury! You also get a better insight of the Bollywood and the pressure it builds on the hardworking employees of the industry. Bollywood is fierce, and doesn’t allow weak hearted to enter and survive! It’s full of competition and only the mightiest of all, survives longer! For women, it’s tougher than ever and Zara is an uplifting, and exciting woman of her kind!
I am a huge fan of Jackie COllins. I grew up reading all of her collections and could instantly relate this book with some of her bestsellers. The pace is fast and consistent that one could actually enjoy the rhythm of Bollywood in every single of the book! My Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and Tracy Fenton for my blog tour spot.
Alex Khan is the pseudonym of Alex Caan, whose Riley and Harris police procedural series for Bonnier reached number 1 in the digital bestseller charts, with Cut to the Bone being chosen as a WHS Smith Book of the Week. Bollywood Wives is the book that Alex has always wanted to write – a sweeping, blockbuster novel set in the luxurious world of Bollywood. One of Hera Books’ missions is to publish fiction from BAME voices with real commercial, crossover appeal. In this novel classic Jackie Collins meets the best of Bollywood in an escapist, engrossing and sexy novel that will appeal to all readers of commercial fiction.
Alex tweets @AlexKhanAuthor