Title- Vegas to Varanasi
By- Shelly Hickman
Anna has never been the beautiful one; she’s always been the nice one. So when the gorgeous man sitting across the table at a wedding reception remembers her from high school—and quite fondly at that—she’s taken off guard. Formerly overweight and unpopular, Kiran has never forgotten Anna, the one person who was kind to him when no one else could be bothered, and Anna’s a bit flustered as she slowly comes to grips with his intense attraction for her. In what feels like a romantic dream come true, all-grown-up, hunky Kiran invites Anna on a trip to Varanasi. But her troubled, whack-a-do ex-boyfriend starts interfering, creating drama at every turn, which begs the question, “Can nice girls really finish first?”
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Review! 4 Stars.
This book was different and not my cup of tea but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was amazed at how well the story was. Reading this was simple it was fast pace and nice I loved the characters. One thing that was hard for me to do is relate, mostly because the characters are the age of my parents and I am the age of the kids. All in all, this story was well written and sweet, and corny! (In a good way). I am glad I read this and that is because not every genre is my style but I love experiencing them all and I can say that even if this isn’t your genre, this is a read that captures everything you look for in a sweet romance and that is something that isn’t conquered often.
Romantic comedy is somewhat of what I’d call it, it had a sweet tale of love and heartbreak but they made it less tragic and more of a “moving on in life” type thing and there were parts where I laughed so much I got questioning glares from coworkers and was okay because I enjoyed it. This may have not been my cup of tea but this author did an amazing job. Liking this book is something easy anyone could do. The love and happiness in it is real, not like overdramatic but very realistic.
Reading this book will give you insights to many things that happen that most people turn their head away from and that is one of its best aspects. That is another thing that makes this book amazing. There are real issues put on the table and some are hard to talk about and I am glad at how it was handled in the story. As I said this is not my cup of tea for age reasons but that in no way means it isn’t for you! I still enjoyed this story a lot I just had a harder time with relating to characters and dialogues. Vegas to Varanasi is a fast, happy, and fun read and if you don’t like it, that is okay! It is bittersweet and tender and this is one book I will put on my “No Regrets” list. <----- Yes I have one.
About the Author-
Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. She lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.
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