Opening Act [NOOK Book]

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Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he's just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can't take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a ...

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Overview


Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he's just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can't take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622666706
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Entangled Edge
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 166,322
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek Suleikha Snyder published her first short story in 2011. Subsequent releases have included Bollywood romances Spice and Secrets, and Bollywood and the Beast, and contemporary short stories and novellas for a variety of publishers. These days, she's hard at work on more South Asian-themed romance and erotic romance.  Suleikha lives in New York City, finding inspiration in Bollywood films, daytime and primetime soaps, and anything that involves chocolate or bacon.
Visit suleikhasnyder.com, and follow Suleikha on Twitter, @suleikhasnyder.
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  • Posted July 10, 2014

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    Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder breaks all the molds and looks fa

    Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder breaks all the molds and looks fantastic doing it. It's definitely in the New Adult genre, but doesn't rely on all the "difficult subjects". It features a band that isn't completely dysfunctional. It has multicultural characters that shine, including the protagonist. The only problem: I wanted more, a lot more!

    Saroj and Adam have known each other for years. For Saroj, those years have been spent nursing a crush. For Adam, they have been spent looking at Saroj like a sister and best friend. It all starts falling apart with a kiss, and not a shared one either. Suddenly, Adam's safe little world is rocked and its very foundations are cracking.

    Saroj is, in a word, fantastic. Saroj is, by her own words, an American desi. Her cultural experiences, her family pressures, her religious observances are an open book and flow naturally through her as a character and through the narrative of the book. There is no sense that any of it is forced in any way (i.e., "need to add cultural reference here"). But Saroj doesn't have a long way to go to complete her character arc. It is Adam who has to get over his assumptions, Adam who needs to grow, become aware, accept himself as worthy. This is the crux of the story.

    Woven with ease through the book are the various relationships, both Adam's and Saroj's. A deft and delicate hand draws out the plot where it needs to be tense and releases that tension in just the right and at just the right time. This is a story about growing up, letting go of old ideas, and accepting love.

    RATING: 4

    Heat Rating: Mild

    REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    This was an emotionally heart tugging novella to read.  It was s

    This was an emotionally heart tugging novella to read.  It was simple, easy story to get into.  There were several parts where my heart would sink because I could totally relate to Saroj.  She seemed so relatable and real to me, and how I would react in her situation.  And Adam was so sweet with the way his eyes were finally open to the possibility of a chance to be with Saroj.  It was funny to watch him go crazy and to look at her in a different light.  JR, their friend stole the show for me.  He was hilarious.  We all need a fun friend like him.  Would love to read his story.




    The only thing I would want from this story is a little more of a glimpse into their future, to see how it all played out.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    Seven years is a long time to love someone without them returnin

    Seven years is a long time to love someone without them returning your love by word or deed, or them acknowledging that you are more than just a friend. I don't know anyone who'd wait that long.

    Saroj did, but the waiting period is over when this story begins. I can't say I blame her. Adam's kind of...clueless. Maybe if this was about two people who meet in grade school then I could understand his lack of knowing what Saroj felt for him. But they were adults when they met, became friends...and stayed friends.

    Saroj's love for Adam is front and center, right behind her decision that it's time to move on. Of course, it's then that Adam notices she might mean more to him than he originally thought. Or maybe it's because Johnny kisses her?

    Funny how the unexpected is meant to work in one's favor but all it causes is chaos. See though, that chaos actually helps. It brings perspective and order to a world suddenly tipped on its axis, which helps those involved see what they've been missing. That kiss did more than make Adam see Saroj differently. It knocked him flat on his ass and made him realize that everything he wanted in a girlfriend had been right in front of him all along.

    My favorite part of their relationship was that Adam was honest about his feelings for Saroj. In any other romance, the correct response to being told "I love you" is "I love you too." But for Saroj and Adam, that couldn't be the case. Saroj had years to go from like to love. Adam didn't have that, and he told her up front that he couldn't "right now." After all the times my heart dropped during this story, it was so encouraging to read "right now" because it meant they had a chance--finally!--to be a couple, to make it work, to get past their hangups together.

    For a couple that is emotionally unequal, how awesome is that?

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    This book was a great read. Saroj and Adam story is sometimes pe

    This book was a great read. Saroj and Adam story is sometimes people don't realize what they have until it's no longer in front of them.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Saroj has been in love with Adam since forever...or the first da

    Saroj has been in love with Adam since forever...or the first day of college. They were best of friends through college and afterwards while he plays bass for his band and she becomes a journalist following and reviewing for the band. Everyone knows that Saroj is in love with Adam but Adam. It takes a well placed kiss for him to realize his feelings but is scared that he isn't good enough for Saroj. Saroj just wants Adam to see her for her, and not to think that just because of what happened that they should be together.

    Great easy read. Good romance with some conflict between the characters, but love a happy ending.

    **I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    This was a confusing romance between Saroj and Adam. It tried to

    This was a confusing romance between Saroj and Adam. It tried to be a best friends to lovers book, but it was super confusing. Saroj has been Adam's number one fan/best friend since college. She is in love, and he isn't interest. She starts to move on and flirt with his band mate, which causes Adam to change his mind. Crises ensues and eventually resolves with a happily ever after.

    The first part of this novella was confusing, I didn't feel Saroj and Adam's connection. Honest this romance wasn't my cup of tea... Other might like it more, but I struggled to finish it. I was given a free copy for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Great Book! Do you have an hour or so to spare for an enjoyable

    Great Book!

    Do you have an hour or so to spare for an enjoyable read? If so, check out Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder, a fun and realistic contemporary novella.

    Saroj Shah has been in love with Adam Harper since the day they met as freshman in college, about seven years ago. Unfortunately, Adam has never considered Saroj to be more than a good friend or sister, much to Saroj's dismay. Now they are both in the workforce, Saroj an entertainment reporter for the local paper and Adam, a restaurant manager. Adam is also a hot bass player with a local grunge band. Because of Saroj's feelings for Adam, she has been one of the band's groupies for years. Now she is required to hear them play because it is her job to cover them for the paper.

    Adam is basically clueless and has no idea that Saroj has feelings for him. He is shocked when he finally finds out and needs a little time to regroup. Unfortunately, Saroj is tired of waiting. However, they are able to work through their issues and discover a possible future together.

    I liked this novella. The writing is good, the characters are well-developed and the plot is heartfelt as well as realistic. Saroj is a bit whiny at times, but it is understandable because she has waited seven years for Adam to come around. Johnny, Adam's band-mate and best friend, is funny and a bit devious, which adds another dimension to this gem of a read.

    A gifted copy was provided by publisher for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    3.5 Stars This was a quick read that had lots of promise, but f

    3.5 Stars

    This was a quick read that had lots of promise, but for some reason I just couldn't fully connect with the characters. I loved the premise of the book – unrequited love/friends to lovers, but I think it just took me too long to make any sort of connection to the story.

    I love Saroj’s strength and really appreciated the fact that she was pretty straight-forward with Adam about her feelings – of course it took her seven years to get there, but once she commits to letting Adam know how she feels she really does her best to lay it all out there. Adam was an interesting character. Because he feels he can never be the right man for Saroj, he has placed her high up on the friend pedestal. It was fun watching him realize that his feelings may run a bit deeper than he realized – even if he made me want to smack some sense into him for being such a guy at times!

    I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention JR - I think he was my favorite character and I would love to see his story written!

    Even though I wasn’t fully connected to the story, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good friends to lover story with a strong female lead.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    She's loved him for years. He's kept her firmly in the friend zo

    She's loved him for years. He's kept her firmly in the friend zone. Maybe it's time for a change! This was a good NA read (a little confusing in the beginning) that tells a great story of two people not wanting to lose the friendship they have but needing to discover if it could be more. Well written once the story got flowing. Recommended read.

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