Priya in Heels

Priya in Heels

A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…Love doesn’t conquer all…does it?Priyanka Patel is the epitome of an obedient daughter. She’s finishing up her medical residency at one of Houston’s busiest emergency departments, and has agreed—albeit reluctantly—to marry the man her family has chosen for her. The only thing that can derail the “perfect” life laid out bef...

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Priya in Heels Reviews

  • Kami

    Twenty-four-year-old Priya is a proper Indian woman, working as a doctor and whose parents arrange her marriage to a dentist. Except that she meets a hot musician, who happens to live two doors down in her apartment building and who she met in the ER when he hurt his ankle. Tyler is thrilled that the neighbor he has his eyes on turns out to be his ER doctor. But Priya doesn't want anything to do with the hot musician next door. I thought this book was cleverly written and fast paced. I liked Pri

    Twenty-four-year-old Priya is a proper Indian woman, working as a doctor and whose parents arrange her marriage to a dentist. Except that she meets a hot musician, who happens to live two doors down in her apartment building and who she met in the ER when he hurt his ankle. Tyler is thrilled that the neighbor he has his eyes on turns out to be his ER doctor. But Priya doesn't want anything to do with the hot musician next door. I thought this book was cleverly written and fast paced. I liked Priya a lot. She is very cranky and snappish towards Tyler but he likes and pursues her anyway. This is a culture that I don't know a whole lot about outside of Bollywood and Slumdog Millionaire. An arranged marriage is a foreign concept to me. Priya wants to make her parents happy even if it means she would be unhappy. I loved that Priya is so laid back and normal. She talks about peeing and farting. Which made me laugh out loud. I also loved that she is nerdy. My favorite line: “I have three goals in life: work in private practice, bring plaid back, and dominate San Diego Comic-Con.” I enjoyed this book a lot. And where can I get a hot, astrophysicist, musician? I thought this was a very sweet romance. I am interested in reading more books by this author. 5 stars.

  • WTF Are You Reading?

    Good girl, Priya Patel, knew from the moment that Tyler O'Connor, of the twinkling green eyes and easy smile, ambled into her ER complaining of a possibly broken ankle; he was trouble for someone.

    She just had no idea that someone would be her.

    Priya In Heels is a beautifully written story which manages to bring the trials and tribulations of love and marriage for Indian-American traditionalists. Though the beautiful Priya should have the world by the tail, blessed as she is with beauty, friends,

    Good girl, Priya Patel, knew from the moment that Tyler O'Connor, of the twinkling green eyes and easy smile, ambled into her ER complaining of a possibly broken ankle; he was trouble for someone.

    She just had no idea that someone would be her.

    Priya In Heels is a beautifully written story which manages to bring the trials and tribulations of love and marriage for Indian-American traditionalists. Though the beautiful Priya should have the world by the tail, blessed as she is with beauty, friends, and a residency at a top Houston hospital. Her parents long to see her married off to a "nice Indian boy", and tucked away with two kids in a suburb not too far away.

    Since meeting and getting to know Tyler however, it seems that both Priya's mind and treacherous heart have their own versions of "happily ever after"

    This is a book that fills the reader's heart and mind through honest and highly relatable characters, and true-to-life scenarios. Priya and Ty are a couple that readers want to fight for, as they fight the cultural and societal barriers to their love.

    The 400+ pages comprising this novel fly by, and can easily be breezed through in one sitting.

    Ty is the perfect blend of nerdy heat, compassion, and knightlyness.

    Priya is beauty, brains, loyalty, and honesty.

    Seeing them struggle against old conventions and mores, in a quest for the new and now, will warm the heart and feed the soul.

  • Anissa

    I've been skipping many New Adult titles recently because I've reached the limit of my tolerance for sameness and histrionic angst I've kept running into so when I saw Priya In Heels on Netgalley & read the blurb, I jumped at the chance to read something a bit different. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this. Priya was very engaging and I could relate to her. I did begin to find her putting off of her love for Tyler and underscoring how she'd only marry a man her parents approved, annoyi

    I've been skipping many New Adult titles recently because I've reached the limit of my tolerance for sameness and histrionic angst I've kept running into so when I saw Priya In Heels on Netgalley & read the blurb, I jumped at the chance to read something a bit different. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this. Priya was very engaging and I could relate to her. I did begin to find her putting off of her love for Tyler and underscoring how she'd only marry a man her parents approved, annoying but mostly because she seemed not to let Tyler go. It was a bit like she didn't want him for keeps but she didn't really want him to move on either. I said aloud many times, "Priya, you can't have it both ways!".

    I enjoyed how Priya's relationship with her parents was shown and how sometimes their perception of her or her of them didn't quite line up in fact. It was very believable that anticipation of reactions and expectations of family members are often out of line with what actually happens even when all parties involved love one another and everyone wants their way. I won't spoil but I did like that both Tyler and Manuk were good and charming men. I was hoping the story wouldn't go in the all too trodden direction where one or the other had to be made into a complete prat to make the choice obvious for Priya or the reader. Thank you, author. Really.

    While the romance is present in the story, I truly found the familya and friends bit to be the most poignant and engaging. For the final 10% of the story, I smiled, laughed and teared up with all that happened between Priya and her father and their trip to India. It was lovely and so very meaningful to me.

    Finally, I won't give away which guy Priya goes for but I'll say now, you always choose the man who's the BSG fan. Though, I did have to wonder about Priya's choice of Apollo. If anyone in the BSG-verse was a toxic wasteland to the feminine psyche, it's Lee Adama. Ah, well, some of us would just have to make do with Anders & Helo. ;)

    I received a free copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks.

  • Wendy'sThoughts

    4 Worth the Reasons Stars * * * *

    We all are so interesting... each of our cultures bring so much beauty and traditions to our lives; discovering them through the books we read can be eye opening, rewarding and thought provoking. Because when long held ideas are challenged by other customs and more liberal ways.... questioning of what to do happens.

    This story takes this type of situation and uses it legitimately in this romance. We have a woman devoted to her parents; accomplishing every challeng

    4 Worth the Reasons Stars * * * *

    We all are so interesting... each of our cultures bring so much beauty and traditions to our lives; discovering them through the books we read can be eye opening, rewarding and thought provoking. Because when long held ideas are challenged by other customs and more liberal ways.... questioning of what to do happens.

    This story takes this type of situation and uses it legitimately in this romance. We have a woman devoted to her parents; accomplishing every challenge and goal with the main purpose of pleasing and rewarding them for all the sacrifices they have done to allow her to flourish.

    Which leads us to the ultimate questions.... Do we live for ourselves or do we live to make our parents happy and honor them.... or is there a way to satisfy both of these life needs....

    Priya has always been a good girl; focused on good grades, driven to become the professional her parents expected and understanding of how important the Indian customs and ways were to her and her family. Her family were loving and caring... more open then most of their friends in how they allowed Priya to live away from their home in Austin and do her Residency in Houston. They are proud of her being on her way to becoming a Dr. ... being a cherished daughter and ready to be married.

    The matching has already started by the families.... tradition for Priya is an arranged marriage, not a love match. It is done with the eye for whether the match comes from a fine family; does he have a good living and will he care for her.... will he protect her and will they be looked on by the community with favor....

    Because this matching... is more than two people meeting and having a life together... it is all tied together to community, status and most importantly... reflection on the parents... it is the ultimate goal for the parents to see their children be set in their lives... to continue the cycle with their children...

    This tale tackles all of these things but goes much deeper; it addresses the double lives the children will live in order to please their parents. They will partake in all the traditional functions but then go clubbing and date those considered not appropriate to marry- those from other cultures ... and the conflicts of where to draw the line and live for yourself is what the driving force of this.

    This love story was complex, sometimes sweet, sometimes frustrating but always intriguing and interesting. Never was I bored... I felt I was in the middle and sometimes wanted to shake the characters to see their way clear from everything. There was much emotion and I felt all of it.

    The true beauty of this was the voice of the writer with the authenticity needed to believe and feel for all of the characters... there was no easy answer for any of the questions asked... and we worked through all of them together.

    Finally, a quick note; the humor and strength was just right... it was an eye opening experience and those reads are always the best.

    A gifted copy was provided by Entangled Embrace Publishing for an honest review.

  • Norlin

    *I was given an ARC from NetGalley. All comments are my own

    A great, fun read that really shows us a glimpse of a culture that most might not be familiar with. Priyanka is doing her residency and she comes from a strict Indian family. She's an only child and a highly motivated woman who loves her independence. While she respects her parents' traditional ways, she also loathes the fact that she's about to be match-made with a batchelor from another "eligible' family.

    Across the hall in her apartme

    *I was given an ARC from NetGalley. All comments are my own

    A great, fun read that really shows us a glimpse of a culture that most might not be familiar with. Priyanka is doing her residency and she comes from a strict Indian family. She's an only child and a highly motivated woman who loves her independence. While she respects her parents' traditional ways, she also loathes the fact that she's about to be match-made with a batchelor from another "eligible' family.

    Across the hall in her apartment building lives Tyler, who has had his eye on her since he saw her. He tries to woo her and she tries to avoid her real feelings for him with, not surprisingly a myriad of dramas. A tragic fate somehow pulls hers away from Tyler and nearly kills her, But it also opens up her eyes to what is true and what path she should choose.

    I guess, this is a book version of what you would watch in Bollywood movies. Complete with over-the-top drama and dare I say predictable ending - just without the actual song and dance scenes....oh wait...you have that...only differently.

  • Roxanne

    My thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.

    I originally requested this title because the synopsis reminded me of the situation of one of my best friends when we were just finishing university. And in fact, as I was reading "Priya in Heels", I was brought back in time to where I couldn't understand why my friend would feel obligated to meet men that her parents felt were a possible match for her. It just seemed so strange to me, that in

    My thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.

    I originally requested this title because the synopsis reminded me of the situation of one of my best friends when we were just finishing university. And in fact, as I was reading "Priya in Heels", I was brought back in time to where I couldn't understand why my friend would feel obligated to meet men that her parents felt were a possible match for her. It just seemed so strange to me, that in this day and age, and in this country, people were still arranging marriages for their children. My friend tried to explain the reasoning of this to me, but in all my ignorance, I still couldn't fathom it.

    Anyway, because of this relationship with my friend, I felt some sort of personal investment in this book. It started off strongly. Priya and Tyler meet when Priya treats him in the ER for a sprained ankle. Immediately there is an obvious attraction between the two, and through the course of the first third of the story, they have several coincidental meetings, and some that are orchestrated by Priya's roommate and best friend.

    I found Priya rather hard to warm up to. She was quite judgmental, to the point where I didn't even know why she was friends with the girls she was friends with from the way she described them. One dressed promiscuously and had relationships with non-Indian men, so Priya looked down on her. The other friend was very traditional and inexperienced in matters of the heart, so Priya seemed to look down on her as well. When Priya first met Tyler, she thought he was a musician, so she looked down on him for that, and didn't even believe him at first when he said he worked for NASA. Like, she's the only dedicated career person around! Her attitude really irked me!

    Priya has a very close relationship with her parents, and one of the overriding themes of the book is how much she wants to please them. After meeting a couple of men her parents introduced her to and turning them down, Priya is finally introduced to Manuk, a dentist who seems to fit the bill in every possible way. Priya finds that she cannot turn down Manuk without severely disappointing her parents, but at the same time she cannot deny her growing feelings for Tyler. What's a girl to do? It was here that I first became dismayed with the direction of the plot.

    I could empathize with Priya's situation, but I really had a hard time respecting Priya's mother after that.

    Tyler seemed pretty great at first, if a little pushy. I liked how the relationship between him and Priya started with friendship and developed slowly. But then, something happened that really turned me off, and no matter how hard I tried, any love I had for Tyler was lost.

    So, that brings me to rating time, which is really difficult in this situation. On the one hand, I enjoyed the fact that this book was different than the typical New Adult fare, what with the interracial romance and cultural obstacles the characters needed to overcome. The writing was well done, and I liked getting a look into Indian culture. These aspects would easily put this book at a four star rating from me. However, the things I didn't like didn't just irritate me, they pissed me off! Those things really hurt this book, in my opinion. After careful consideration, I'm awarding "Priya in Heels" 3 stars overall.

  • Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

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    Priya In Heels is a standalone title from Entangled Embrace's new adult line. I have said it before, and I will say it again- I love that Entangled has multiple different lines of books because it allows the reader to really have a good idea of what they are getting when they choose a book. Priya In Heels is a great example of a well done new adult book. It was fresh, romantic, ton of feeling and emotion and it took

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    ** 

    Priya In Heels is a standalone title from Entangled Embrace's new adult line. I have said it before, and I will say it again- I love that Entangled has multiple different lines of books because it allows the reader to really have a good idea of what they are getting when they choose a book. Priya In Heels is a great example of a well done new adult book. It was fresh, romantic, ton of feeling and emotion and it took the readers on one heck of a journey. Holy cow, the author is not afraid to torment her characters a bit, or a lot. She puts them through the ringer.

    Priya is indian and I loved how culture filled both her and her family and the book were. I feel like I got a lesson on Indian culture and the way it meshes, or doesn't mesh in some cases, with american culture. Old school v. New school. Priya never wants to disappoint her parents. I loved how close she was with them, although that turned out to be a large source of the conflict in the book. I really felt for her. I have felt that pull of wanting to appease both yourself and your parents. And it must have been 100 times harder for Priya because of the cultural divide. As Tyler likes to point out Priya has lived in America her whole life. She is American just as much as she is Indian.

    Speaking of Tyler. There are so many things that I loved about Tyler. I loved that he never gave up on Priya. (even though I might have a time or two) and I loved how sweet and determined he was. The reasons that he left her were the cutest thing ever. I want those little reason cards littering my place. I loved how much he was willing to do for her. He really is a gem of a guy. I have no idea how Priya didn't wake up and see this way, way sooner. They were so cute together, but they have one heck of a bumpy road. At times you will have no idea how it is going to work out for them, but this book is on the longer side so there is plenty of time to ride out the ups and downs with Priya and Tyler.

    Ayesha Patel has done a wonderful job creating a novel with a strong and unique voice. I really enjoyed how cultural this book was, but at the same time how accessible it was to me as a reader, who didn't know too much about Indian culture and especially religion. It was woven into the story in a way that made you feel knowledgeable but never lost. I had minor issues with Priya herself. I really liked her as a character, but I wanted to shake her and have her come to her senses a few times. And there was one scene where she was antagonizing over what to do and then all at once in the same night she makes this huge decision (for her). I felt like that was a little rushed. If it was this big of a deal for her, I thought she shouldn't have rushed into it as quickly as she did. But other than that, she was likable and I really felt the pressure she was under. It was so palpable throughout the story and it helped me relate to her. Priya in Heels is so worth a read.

     

     

  • Susana

    1.5 stars

    DNF at 64%

    DNF at 64%

    This started out in such a promising way, that I honestly thought I was going to love it!

    So imagine my surprise when highly edu

    1.5 stars

    DNF at 64%

    DNF at 64%

    This started out in such a promising way, that I honestly thought I was going to love it!

    So imagine my surprise when highly educated twenty four year old Priya, a doctor, starts dishing out phrases such as this:

    Of course you do..

    Also, what smutty cartoons? o_O

    Oh...never mind...

    Because

    wouldn't be

    (or even YA) if there weren't: "eyes boring into souls..." *sigh*

    Now all of these gems were thrown in in the first 10 % of the book.

    10%!!

    One slut shaming quote per se, would be too much in a text. Now all of these?

    This would have been enough for me to throw the book out a window... if I weren't reading in a pc... and if this weren't an arc...

    So because this was an arc I forced myself to keep reading it! _ I really need to stop doing that!

    Because unfortunately this never got better, and only ended up being a waste of my time.

    Basic. Plain. Basically it was like reading a grocery list. The dual POV's didn't help things, mainly because Tyler's voice wasn't that differentiated from Priya.

    No depth to them... besides their passionate nature!

    It was said that "what's his name... Tyler" felt attracted to Priya, and after a while she gets attracted to him as well.

    And that was it.

    I wanted to see their relationship grow! I wanted to see these two people with so very different backgrounds fall in love. I didn't get that. I got their lust... but that's not exactly the same thing...

    Then almost everything in this story is

    : this went well... we did that...

    It becomes monotone.

    And then for those of you, who think that "the" slut shaming was only delivered on those first 10% of the story... yeah, think again.

    She's such a judgemental person, that honestly after awhile I couldn't care less about Priya:

    I've decided to start counting some problematic words that should be used in stories as little as possible.

    You know? Those words that really get on our nerves?

    Like giggles... and blushed... inner goddess...

    Score for "Priya In Heels":

    That's fourteen times "giggled" too much...

    What's wrong with using:

    I was expecting some drama due to the "clash of cultures" in which the story was founded. That was to be expected.

    I wasn't however prepared for the level of

    that ends up appearing.

    That was when I decided to quit reading this because...

    I draw a line at promises extracted at death beds.

    This had everything to be a successful story, if the characters had been properly developed, if the writing style had been more worked, and if the plot hadn't derailed into the overly dramatic.

    *cough, basically all the things that make a new adult title... a new adult title!*

    I liked the fact that we were given some background information on Indian costumes, and the fact that the author didn't try to hide the "ugly side" of arranged marriages.

    And once again it seems that "new adult" stories are not for me.

    But give it a try. If what I mentioned doesn't bother you, this is bound to be a fast read.

  • Srikari

    Yes pardon me if I have typos in my review cuz I am already half asleep!

    Okay so basically this book is about a Girl called Priya, an Indian who lives in the USA. she is a doctor. There is this creepy guy down the hall, oops my bad not "guy" but rather a Greek god living down the hall who has eyes only for her. Oh yeah he is a NASA scientist/bar singer. She plays hard to get but he doesn't give up and still flirts with her and calls her 'babe'(urghh), she is in danger one night when mugge

    Yes pardon me if I have typos in my review cuz I am already half asleep!

    Okay so basically this book is about a Girl called Priya, an Indian who lives in the USA. she is a doctor. There is this creepy guy down the hall, oops my bad not "guy" but rather a Greek god living down the hall who has eyes only for her. Oh yeah he is a NASA scientist/bar singer. She plays hard to get but he doesn't give up and still flirts with her and calls her 'babe'(urghh), she is in danger one night when muggers try to mug her and he saves Ms.Damsel in distress, and gets hurt.

    I mean what are the odds right?!

    -_-

    But you know with her being an Indian and he being an American her parents don't approve and want her to marry Manuk a guy that they picked out for her. Her mum is disappointed with Priya for having banged Tyler and confessing her love to them that she stops taking the medication she is supposed and dies making priya promise her to marry Manuk. She being "the always good girl" obliges. So she sleeps with Tyler for a few more days (oh sorry my bad I forgot to tell u she was also a slut, but on my defense I did warn u that I was half alseep) and then tells him about her promise and ends it with him! (Even though she still loved him or whatever!). But our "hero" doesnt get that they are fucking over and sends her flowers with a reason why he loves her ever singLe day.

    Before the "break up" (or so they choose to call) and stuff, she promises Ty that she would be his date for his cousins wedding, so she goes and they stay in the same room and stuff... (without banging!). So at the wedding Ty says:

    He not just a creepy stalker but also a cannibal. Disgusting.

    So that night they were this close to banging again when he asks her if she was gonna call of her marriage with Manuk and she says "no i want to be a slut and bang the both of u" (okay she doesn't say that but if she had said this it would have actually made the whole scene better)

    The whole plot continues with Tyler going on and on and on with loving her, kissing her, her best friend Vicki trying to get them together again.

    I mean how much can a man Keep expressing his feelings and face rejection every single time, in fucking reality? It was so superficial!

    On the day her engagement with Manuk she has a panic attack and gets admitted in the hospital and Ty runs to the hospital all the way from Huston to Austin for her , and she still was being a stubborn bitch .

    But her dad gets some sense into that stupid non existent brains of hers that she wasnt fucking doing them a favor by marrying Manuk.

    So she goes to india to find peace , comes back and Voila she and Ty are happily ever after.

    I want take this moment and thank the book for making me realize that I have 6th sense! Cuz I could actually predict what the next page is gonna be abt!

    I gave it at least one star cuz I really love this style or writing! Simple yet sophisticated but the plot just made go

    I mean I went to read this book with such a positive outlook but now I am just so frustrated that I could go throwing rocks at everyone I see on the road! Arghh!

    You not what is more interesting than the book? Why the hell did I add that exclamation mark in

    when there is nothing to be exclaiming about. You would rather do a hypothesis on that than read this book. Trust me.

    I sincerely wish I had enjoyed it but well it just hasn't been my day!

  • Madhu Koduvalli

    DNF. I picked up this book because it was on a list of books about first generation Asian Americans, and I thought the premise was cute. Stopped reading because I am not here for this slut shaming soap opera monstrosity that barely manages to string sentences together.

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