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Peek Inside Priya in Heels

Priya Patel is the ideal daughter for her traditional parents. With her medical residency nearly completed, she now faces the dreaded test of obedience—an arranged marriage. The good Desi girl in Priya says, “Obey your parents and get married.” But Priya's American side keeps checking out Tyler O'Connor, the super-hot Irish musician down the hall. How can she possibly explain a white boyfriend to them? Now she'll have to choose between the girl she's expected to be...and the woman she wants to become.

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Love doesn't conquer all...does it?

Priya Patel strives to be the perfect daughter for her traditional Indian parents. With her medical residency underway, she faces the inevitable pressures to marry an Indian man of her parents' choosing. She's perfectly content to do so until the Irish-American musician down the hall gets her attention and destroys everything she has worked so hard to build.

Tyler O'Conner can't stop thinking about the beautiful doctor who treated his sprained ankle in the ER. But between weekend band gigs, an intense workload at NASA, and trying to lower Priya's barriers, he doesn't expect to fall in love...with a woman who is meant to marry another man.

Priya struggles to maintain her relationship with her parents, to be their source of happiness, but falling for an American might be the one thing that unravels their world and leaves her in tattered pieces.

Previously released on Entangled’s Embrace imprint - September 2014


"Priya In Heels is a beautifully written story which manages to bring the trials and tribulations of love and marriage for Indian-American traditionalists. " ~ WTF Are You Reading?

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750555
Release Date: Nov 16, 2015
Page Count: 430
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural
Tropes: across the tracks

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By Wendy'sThoughts September 11, 2014

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 mor... ...more

By Kami September 17, 2014

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... ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? September 18, 2014

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 m... ...more

By Anissa September 05, 2014

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... ...more

By Beth January 25, 2015

Tiffany's Review:

Fun read! It has just the right amount of steamy romance and family drama. I have never really given much though to how people from India live once they move to American. How hard it must be for them to continue to follow their religion and especially the arranged marriage part!... ...more

By Arielle October 16, 2014

Debut novel written by Ayesha Patel, Priya in Heels is a novel about chemistry and romance pushing the boundaries of Indian culture in America. Priyanka is a beautiful, independent and focused young woman that divides her time between medical residency rotations in the ER, sweating it out at the... ...more

By Stacy September 15, 2014

I really liked this book! First the name intrigued me, then the blurb. Then I did something I don’t normally do. Because I don’t read a lot of New Adults, I read the other reviews on Goodreads before I decided to dive into this book. LOL. The reviews were split and I hemmed and hawed, then I sett... ...more

By Jocelyn September 03, 2014

My thoughts prior to reading it:
As soon as this book was available for review my greedy little hands wanted it. I love all the books Ayesha Patel has written, some of them under her alter ego Kaylie Austen. I have noticed that with every book she has published her writing has been improving signi... ...more

By Eye in Bookland September 21, 2014

Reseña en español:

Received an ARC copy provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Im really delighted with this novel, it was light, romantic, easy to read and with charming characters. To be honest I didnt know what to expect, I st... ...more

By Kristen October 01, 2014

We all know I struggle with New Adult. I was skeptical about Priya in Heels. As soon as I saw that Tyler was a musician, I prepared myself for disappoint. But Ayesha Patel surprised me entirely and delivered a clever book that I adored!

Not only did the author deliver on witty characters who sto... ...more

By Jessica September 16, 2014

ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review!

So this was a lonnnnng story. It actually took me 2 days to complete it. The conflict in this story is that our heroine (Priya) basically has to chose between going with her heart or with tradition. her heart is telling her to chase after Tyler but... ...more

By Amira September 26, 2014

I liked this book. I loved how immerse I felt in the Indian culture, and the snapshots I got were really beautiful. I liked Priya as well. While at time she came off as a bit young, I liked the gumption she displayed time and time again as she chose love over family expectations.

I am hoping her... ...more

By Carol-Ann September 21, 2014

A very interesting read that was well-written and fast paced loved the story and something very diffrent to read,Loved the characters of priya and tyler and her indian culture and family values, Thank you to entangled embrace for letting me read and review this book for an honest review, ...more

By Grace September 29, 2014

This is a fun, flirty book that also takes a genuine look at warring duties to American culture and subculture, self and parents. Well done for what it is. ...more

By Dilushani July 16, 2016

* Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

WOW!! seriously. I wasn't expecting this. This was just hilarious and totally relatable for me.
Being a Sri Lankan I could totally empathise with Priya. For all you people who might think "IS it really like this for Indians?... ...more

By Moon Love January 20, 2015

3.5 stars!

I loved the way the book started off. I especially liked the way Priya and Tyler met. It was totally a meet-cute like you'd see in the movies. Priya an Tyler had great chemistry from the get go and I loved seeing the two interact together, however that didn't carry through out the entir... ...more

By Jenny February 16, 2017

I think it would be more accurate to give this book 3.5 stars, but since that isn't an option, I will round up to 4. It's interesting, but all the sex scenes felt cheesy and a little romance novely, which is not a genre I normally read. But I liked the cultural component. ...more

By Gina November 25, 2014

Great story and peek into another culture

This is the story of a young Indian woman who must straddle two worlds--the traditional Indian culture in which she was raised and the less restrictive American culture in which she lives and works.

Written by someone who comes from the same kind of backgro... ...more

By Renee February 03, 2015

Interesting book. Great look at Indian culture. ...more

By Varsha December 30, 2014

Clearly able to relate to much of this story since I am an Indian living outside of India. ...more

By Gina February 05, 2015

i loved this book from start to finish. stayed up all night reading it. please bring sequel out ...more

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Ayesha Patel

About the author

Ayesha Patel

Ayesha Patel was born in the rich and colorful state of Gujarat in western India before moving to Texas. She quickly found her footing in languages and creative writing and weaves her diverse background into her stories. She currently lives in the beautiful, though rainy, state of Washington with her husband. With a splendid view of Mt. Ranier behind her, a cup of coffee in her hand, and a ridiculously fast laptop at her fingertips, Ayesha is thrilled to explore the literary world.

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