Thursday, February 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR: 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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I really liked this book, very enjoyable!

Anna is still trying to find herself and a good relationship at 42. And while she has a very loving and friendly relationship with the father of her children, her live in boyfriend is a complete different story. He's more interested in drinking and writing than in nurturing his relationship with Anna. She feels alone and underestimated and deep inside this relationship has ran its course.
At a wedding reception she gets reacquainted with Kiran, a man who went to high school with her. She defended him from a bully back them and he never forgot about her or what she did for him.
Their friendship develops and little by little we see how they are attracted to each other. He asks her to go to Varanasi to visit his grandma and that's where the sparks start to fly.
Kiran has his own set of problems but he's a mature man who is about to show Shelly what she's been missing all these years.

This is the first book I read from this author and I was positively impressed by her. The way she develops the story and the way she describes people, places and even the food, is almost palpable and in a way that transports you into the lives of her characters. She's also dealing with very realistic situations and they're all presented in a very respectful way. This is a story that will make you laugh, get very upset at a certain someone, and just rejoice along with Anna and Kiran

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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