Friday, December 27, 2013

Vegas to Varansi by Shelly Hickman

Title:  Vegas to Varansi
Author:  Shelly Hickman
Published:  December 1st 2013 by Shelly Hickman
Length:  234pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?”

My Review:

Hickman’s mellow writing style really lets you focus on the story at hand. She subtly creates a world that you find yourself wandering through alongside the characters. This story was completely realistic, focusing on real relationships and problems. At the same time, Hickman presents everything in a captivating manner that draws you into the lives of her characters.

As a reader you really get to know all of the characters in this story. Hickman develops them fully without stepping out of the story proper. Although the focus is on the main character, she also takes the time to develop each character individually, giving the story a well-rounded and approachable feel.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that this novel took me on. It was a brilliantly put together, mellow read that really made me think.

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