Fairytales don't end with True Love's Kiss, they begin with one...
Diya Mathur (aka Beauty), celebrated supermodel and Party Princess of India, is adored by everyone. She works hard, plays hard, and has the biggest shoe fetish on the planet. But after she purchases one baby bootie, Diya's reputation is in ruins. There's only one place to escape the rumours - Texas, under the protection of her lifelong friend, and secret love, Krish Menon (aka the Beast).
Financial whizz-kid, CFO and entrepreneur, Krish is a brooding workaholic with a charisma that still brings Beauty Mathur to her knees. He has no idea, of course! They've shared a bond since childhood - a special friendship that thrives on sparring, teasing and goading - but with Diya back in his life and under his roof, Krish's latent desire for her explodes. And when he finally admits to the secret that has never allowed him to commit to any woman - especially Diya - everything changes. Krish might finally realise how much he wants his Beauty. But he won't get her until Diya has tamed her Beast.
Falguni Kothari is a non-traditional homemaker who accidently tripped on a misplaced soccer ball and fell down the writer’s rabbit hole. Having no more experience with the whole writing/publishing shebang than being a voracious reader and movie buff, it more than surprised her that she could, in fact, write a full-length novel.
Now, several manuscripts down, when she is not trying to find a way out of her many domestic duties or cajoling her Latin dance coach to compose a rumba on Bollywood music, she is found embroiled in some or other scandal—sorry, creating stories—on her ever-faithful laptop.
She’s authored Bootie and the Beast, It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! and Scrabbulous Impressions, a short story. She rumbas across a whole smorgasbord of Social Media daily and loves to connect with most living things.
I’m just going to admit it; I’ve always loved fairy tales. I remember being a child and watching Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. Unfortunately Beauty and the Beast wasn’t turned into a movie until I was all grown up (didn’t stop me from seeing the movie…no sir). While I appreciate the movie versions, some of them are pretty good, I still prefer reading the original stories and the modern adaptations that have come along. While Bootie and The Beast, author Falguni Kothari’s modern day Indian take on Beauty and the Beast, doesn’t really break any new ground, I can appreciate Ms. Kothari’s story for what it is; a delightfully dramatic tale of a princess who wants to be loved for herself – not her crown, her beauty or her wealth and the man, who admittedly behaves like a boorish beast, who wants her heart.Cursed with beauty, wealth and a dramatic soul, Diya Mathur, an incredibly beautiful model and social Princess of India, has a slight problem; she’s got a world sized shoe fetish and can’t stop herself from buying whatever shoe catches her eyes, including baby booties that start a media frenzy about her life. Deciding that enough is enough, Diya’s father takes matters into his own hands and arranges for Diya to get out of the limelight by sending her to Texas to visit a family friend. A friend Diya secretly calls “The Beast”, who she’s been in love with all of her life. Determined to have a modern day relationship, this Beauty won’t surrender to “The Beast” until he submits to all of her terms.A successful businessman, Krish Menon (The Beast), can’t understand why Diya’s family puts up with her jet-set lifestyle and the drama that surrounds her celebrity status. In love with her since they were children, Krish has his own relationship issues, especially when it comes to commitment. Keeping how he feels, and his secrets, away from Diya will be very difficult when her father talks him into letting her “hide out” when rumors get out of control after she purchases a baby bootie. Will this “Beast” learn to surrender to Beauty’s call?Filled with drama, angst and lively dialogue, Ms. Kothari’s characters are easy to connect with, colorful and fun. While Diya and Krish are almost polar opposites; they have smoking hot chemistry and have been dancing around their feelings for each other for years. While Diya was a bit overly dramatic, it’s understandable because of her chosen profession. Even though it’s clear that Krish needs to “lighten up”, his hesitation at getting involved with someone who is “front page news” is also understandable. I really enjoyed how Ms. Kothari brought them together, forced them to work through their issues and developed their relationship.The secondary characters were also well developed and I especially liked Diya’s family; it was easy to see where she got her “flair” for drama. The secrets, kept by both Diya and Krish, were well handled and slowly revealed to the reader. Though Diya’s secret did make me chuckle.Will Beauty and the Beast be able to work out a modern day relationship? Or will their secrets keep them apart? You’ll have to read Bootie and the Beast to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Kothari’s work.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Crowns
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