Sometimes you have to leap first to see if your parachute will open. They can be read in any order with no repercussions or confusion. View all 4 comments. God, they were such a mess. He was a mess. She was just far too tangled up in his mess. This was my first Sonali Dev book, so I was new to her style and composition and I think that might have hurt the rating a bit. I would categorize this more as fiction with romance; definitely not your typical romance genre read.
Our heroine Jess p God, they were such a mess. Our heroine Jess purposely collides with our hero Nic. Nic lost his wife two years ago, she was helping with a police case involving a blackmarket organ transfer business. He was forced to watch while they raped and then murdered her. Jess tells him that she received his wife's heart in a transplant and that she can "hear" his wife telling her to find important evidence for the case.
Jess has her own issues with surviving a rape when she was seventeen and the emotional fallout that comes with that. The first half is mostly Nic's pain over losing his wife, dealing with her death and how she never told him she was helping with the case, putting her life and her pregnancy in jeopardy. We get insight into why Jess is doing what she is and how Jess and Nic are experiencing some chemistry but are too tied up in their pain to fully acknowledge or know how to act on it. Why had he started this?
Why couldn't he look away from her eyes? He wanted her to stop, wanted to take back ever wanting to know. But those eyes were so filled with the need to have someone see and not turn away, he couldn't turn away from them. Even with such a start, the second half of the story I think is even more painful. We get a deeper insight to what Jess has lived through and there was some incredible dialogue and thoughts on how Jess deals with the pain and rape culture.
We also get a breakthrough with Nic and Jess allowing themselves to reach out to one another. This was a bit hard for me to fully connect with. Even though Nic has been in pain for two years, as the reader, I'm new to it and even though his healing starts here I had problems transitioning from the pain to new romance; it didn't flow completely smooth for me. Nic's family are from the previous books in the series and their connection and relationships filled out the story beautifully. There were also povs from Rahul, the cop Nic's wife was helping and who helps explain the criminal mystery part and is clearly being set-up for a book of his own and from the villain.
The villain pov gets pretty dark and graphic at times and was another component of the story that didn't quite mesh with every thing else for me. I don't want to talk too much about the criminal thriller part or all of Jess' motivations because I don't want to spoil certain points that I think have more impact if you go in blind. If I knew this read more like fiction, I would have skewed my mind that way but I was expecting something a little different. All the components didn't jive for me and the ending seemed a bit rushed but I'm definitely going to be on board for Rahul and Kimi's story.
View all 7 comments. Sep 28, Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is gut-wrenching. The hero's grief over his murdered wife two years previously is some of the most intense scenes I've read in romance books. The heroine has been raped seven years previously and is still dealing with that. There is a suspense part unlike the first two books.
This book hurt - it's a messy, messy romance. This book does something I think a lot of writers wish they could pull off--it manages to straddle several genres seamlessly. Romance, suspense, thriller, women's fiction--Sonali Dev deftly weaves a dark tale with two incredibly tortured people who find and save each other just as they're about to go hurtling into the abyss.
I loved every lyrical word and read it with my heart in my throat the entire time. Nic was a wonderful hero, but most of my love is set aside for Jess who has been beaten do This book does something I think a lot of writers wish they could pull off--it manages to straddle several genres seamlessly. Nic was a wonderful hero, but most of my love is set aside for Jess who has been beaten down and can't see a way out. I yearned so much for her happiness and I cheered for her well-deserved HEA. I can't wait to see what Sonali gives us next.
Dec 17, Jess rated it it was ok Shelves: I have really enjoyed Sonali Dev's books in the past for being complete and utter angst fests, but something about this one, which is actually angstier than all the rest, did not work for me nearly as well. It probably largely comes down to the suspense element, which felt very tacked on. This one just wasn't for me and that's okay. Aug 05, Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing Shelves: I got an ARC! This is beautiful - great mystery - really page-turning! Combined with a beautiful broken souls love story.
Sep 13, Ellie rated it it was amazing. I loved everything in this boook, the writing, the setting, the plot, the characters! Ms Dev is becoming one of my favourite authors. Full review to come soon is here now This is Ms Dev's third book and I have loved the first two with the second, The Bollywood Bride being my favourite. I have to say now that I have read A Change of Heart, it's a serious contender for that 1 spot in my heart.
Ms Dev is definitely becoming a favourite author of mine.
All three novels are loosely connected, each telling the story of a character we met in the previous book but they work perfectly well on their own. Ms Dev gives a look at life of Indians in the US and India through a beautiful but painful love story, that can only happen when broken souls meet and help each other heal. I have to admit this story started slow for me and I had a somewhat hard time getting into it but once I was in the story, I couldn't put the book down.
Like them it's a powerful character driven story with a slow growing romance, with an emphasis on personal growth and change and how one deals with disaster and moves on with their life.
Both Nic and Jess are broken in very similar, yet very different ways. It seems that she has moved on but in her interaction with Nic she sees that she is as stuck in the past and in her own pain and suffering as he is. You see two people who have suffered great losses trying to deal with that, they stumble forward, they fall, they make mistake but with the silent, almost intuitive support of the other they do manage to forge a way forward for themselves. This is not a love triangle but there is a strong third person present in this romance, Jen, Nic's death wife and having notes from her diary at the top of each chapter worked well in connecting everyone and everything that happened to them.
Ms Dev is a master storyteller and she creates a captivating which moved me in so many ways I've never highlighted so many passages in any other book on my Kindle. It will stay with me for a long time and I heartily recommend it to any romance readers looking for a mesmerising story, masterfully narrated. Oct 10, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed her first novel so I was excited to hear about this one.
This novel has an intriguing premise that I thought played out well throughout the story. The characters were well done and the story was well developed. I love how her stories center around other cultures and offer a great deal of cultural diversity. I feel like I come away from her stories feeling like I get not only a good story but also a better understanding of cultural identity. I really like how this one is focused I really enjoyed her first novel so I was excited to hear about this one.
I really like how this one is focused around black market organ transplants. I found that part of the story to be very well done. It added to the mystery of the overall novel. Although I quite liked this novel, I didn't find it quite as engaging as the previous novel of hers. The character development was good but not as good as before. It took quite awhile to connect with them or to feel connected to their relationship. It eventually came together but it took longer than I would have liked.
I was given an ARC of this novel by the publisher for an honest review.
Oct 08, Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it really liked it Shelves: Nikhil Joshi left the U. Unfortunately for her, this database caused her to become a target of unscrupulous men dealing in stolen organs and led to her death. Her organs were donated and her husband retreated from life. The story begins two years later when Nik is working as a doctor on a cruise ship. He is drinking and barely s Dr. He is drinking and barely surviving. If the job had not been given to him by a friend, he would have lost it by then. When a woman on board, Jess, walks by him periodically, he almost thinks it is Jen.
The hair colour is the same and she looks a bit like her. When she tells him that she has Jen's heart, he will do almost anything for her. They begin a search for Jen's list of donors, both for different reasons. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a quote from jen's journal and it is almost like her ghost is present in the story. This story had a bit of everything. There was mystery, romance, grief, criminal underground, deceit, Indian Culture, and suspense that caused many emotions in the reader. I enjoyed this book, but it took time to get through it.
There was a lot of repetition at times and I put it aside a couple of times. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. Oct 09, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: I became a fan of Sonali Dev when I read her first book, The Bollywood Affair, where she mixed romantic tropes with her own spin around Indian and Indian-American culture. It was both familiar and fresh and I loved it.
Now, after having finished her most recent book, Change of Heart, I find that all the things I loved about The Bollywood Affair are still there and more. The story is told from 4 different perspectives, the main ones being Jess and Nikhil as they navigate their pasts in order to heal their wounds. I loved Jess from the start, there was such strength in her quietness and in her single-minded determination to keep those she loved safe.
He was really torn between life and tragedy.
Change of Heart deals in tough, raw emotions. By the time we meet them, Jess and Nic have already gone through so much and are pretty battered by life, their tentative steps out of their respective shells are both touching and heartbreaking in turns; but Dev pulls it off without making the whole story feel like a downer.
Of the new characters, I really loved Rahul. I really hope we get to meet him again I think we will! I really enjoyed A Bollywood Affair so when I was offered a chance to read another book by Sonali Dev I jumped at the chance, probably should have paid more attention to the blurb. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. I've read the previous books by Sonali Dev and enjoyed the Bollywood feel and the romance and fun characters. This is a little darker it seems to me than the previous ones.
There has been a nasty murder, a crime ring that are dealing in human organs and Jess is being blackmailed into finding information she'd rather not do. She has a hell of a past and experienced terrible rape. Nikhil - cousin to Ria from a previous book is in the depths because his wife Dr.
Jen has been murdered and Why? Jen has been murdered and her heart taken. His heart is shattered. What Appeals to Me? The way the characters deal with the challenges, the need for healing and the need to stop a crime ring. Also the love of Jess for her son and the sense of love and support in Nikhil's family. I have A Distant Heart to read and review.
I see it is the story of Kimi and Rahul the police officer involved in helping to uncover the crime ring involved in taking human organs. Looking forward to it. May 15, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: No plot spoilers but more first reaction emotional spoilers.
No specific details other than character names. A Change of Heart-my reading experience so far. First off let me say I don't take notes while reading. I don't sticky note or highlight or fold down pages. Except for ultra rare occasions and this is one. Thursday-open book, read about 2 lines, feel the tears starting, put book down terrified to read more. Saturday- Ok I'm going to do it. Even if it Possible spoiler warning! Even if it means sobbing on my entire flight.
Just rip my heart out why don't you! You said your books have a happy ending--that wasn't just to lull me into a false sense of security was it? As time passed, Power's health declined drastically and he was near death when he got news that they have a donor. Little did Power know that Dr. Yiu died earlier and that his heart would be transferred onto him.
With a new heart and a second chance on life, Power returned to LCK with a new perspective on life. Through a combination of a renewed chance for life and inheriting the goodness from Dr. Yiu's heart, Power began to show a change in personality. He's no longer as ruthless and unforgiving as he used to; he began to work in more social development-based causes and even treated his staff around him with a more pleasant attitude.
He also inherited Dr. It was because of his change of heart that would become the prelude to many things, including atoning for his past. While Siu-Kat was devastated over Dr.
Although they look and sound exactly alike, Yuet-San is the less responsible one. Yuet-San personally watched his mother drown because she tried to save someone; moral responsibility became a joke afterwards as it cost his mother's life. He became a wandering vagrant and developed less reputable skills such as con-artistry and bar tending. After Yat-San's death, Yuet-San wanted to do more for his surviving great aunt and unofficially replaced Yat-San; he moved into his brother's apartment and even lived with Yat-San's best friend and roommate, Dr.
Because of his brother's memory, both Siu-Kat and Eason would voice disappointment over Yuet-San's nonchalant irresponsible nature. Things would change dramatically for Yuet-San when Power decided to help him. Perhaps out of a sense of life-debt to Dr.
Over time, Power would learn to appreciate Yuet-San and had him promoted multiple times and fast-tracked him as his new right-hand man in his operations. Sin-Hang is the elder half-sister to Eason. Eason's father made a selfish decision to abandon his previous family for the sake of greater financial gain with his new one, however, his actions would indirectly lead to many tragedies.
Sin-Hang watched her mother die from illness her father wouldn't see her mother in her final moments and the fact her father chose Eason's family over hers made Sin-Hang into a resentful person. Although she had other relatives to help raise her, she was often abused; all of this negativity shaped Sin-Hang into the manipulative, ruthless, and spiteful woman that she is today.
She loves Power greatly and would do anything for him, but she begins to distant herself from him as she couldn't stand Power's new sense of social and personal responsibility for his many years of wrongdoings. After Power recovered from his heart condition, Sin-Hang developed a more powerful seat with the board at LCK Enterprises and she began to lust for more power. She originally teamed up with Martin Benjamin Yuen , Power's original right-hand-man, to help Power maintain his CEO seat as well as help gather funds for the Sleepless City project; Power showed gradual disinterest in the project and focused more on philanthropy and dedicating funds to more social responsible causes, a series of disappointing decisions.
Around that same time, Siu-Kat also developed an unusual friendship with Power as she was partially drawn to him because Dr. Yiu's heart lives through him. Their odd semi-friendship lead Sin-Hang to think she's not appreciated anymore and started an affair with Martin. Concurrently, Power assigned Yuet-San to go undercover for him to keep tabs on his wife's activities, however, that lead to misunderstands and negative feelings from his friends and family. She later put their relationship on hold while investigating her mother's death. Secretly, Eason and Sai Kau Yip her subordinate, god-father, and father to Wing-Yan started to look into the case for her and later collaborated with her.
At first, the trio had circumstantial evidence to suggest Power had something to do with Siu-Kat's mother's death due to the similar tattoo he had. Due to Siu-Kat's overzealous nature, she had Power arrested and he confessed that he stole money from her mother, but never killed her. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
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