Author: Ayesha Patel
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Multi-cultural
Publication: August 28th, 2014
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 before her is the sexy musician down the hall who wants into her life…and into her bed.Tyler O’Connor has been infatuated with Priya since she treated his sprained ankle in the ER, and after saving her from a brutal attack, he can't get her out of his head. When Priya puts her family's wishes before their relationship, agreeing to an arranged marriage with another man, Tyler is devastated.But love is fierce and unreasonable and clashes with the carefully sculpted life her parents want for her. Is going after her heart such a big deal, or will it truly unravel Priya’s world?
"Priya in Heels is an exquisite mix of culture, romance, and humor all brought together by two characters you can't help but love from the get-go. It's a must read!" ~NYT Bestselling Author Anna Banks
"Sweet and sexy with a dash of spice." ~USA Today Bestselling Author Nicola Marsh
"Chemistry jumps off the pages in this sexy-fun tale of family, “firsts," and doing anything for true love. I swooned over Ty right along with Pree!" ~USA Today Bestselling Author Ophelia London
“A moving story about a girl at a crossroads between her Indian culture and what's expected of her, and the American boy who's stolen her heart.” ~USA Today Bestselling Author Cindi Madsen
"A thoroughly entertaining romance that deftly captures the enduring conflict between conservative Indian traditions and contemporary American culture." ~Shobhan Bantwal, Award-Winning Author of the Dowry Brid
What inspired the book?
Priya in Heels was inspired by my real life, and although it is majority fiction, almost everything stems from real people, places, events, and fears that I’ve experienced in the past few years. I am Indian and very close to my parents, so what they feel and expect from me is a strong indication of my choices in life. Needless to say, when I fell in love with and chose an American guy over Indian traditions, it wasn’t an easy road. Picking one over the other was never simple. I hoped to express the joys of first love and heartache, tradition and desire, culture clash, and the pain of regret through Priya. I think many people believe that an adult can make their own choices without considering their family, but no matter what culture or country you’re from, if you’re close to your family, then you truly care about what they think and how they will get along with your choices. In the case of Priya, what her parents want is never a bad thing…just different. When you add in the Indian social structure of maintaining your family’s namesake and realizing everything you do reflects on your family as a whole, every decision has to be carefully weighed.
Another inspiration for Priya in Heels was music. A long list of songs from Maroon 5, Neon Trees, and some Bollywood movies had a strong, emotional connection to the story. I felt as if those songs were created just for this book!
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.