Vegas to Varanasi, Shelly Hickman

Humor & Satire, Romance, Romantic Comedy

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?”

Vegas to Varanasi has to be one of the best romantic comedies I have ever had the pleasure of reading and is a book I can’t resist naming one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. I adore romance and think it is refreshing sometimes to read a romantic comedy and so when I discovered Vegas to Varanasi and learned about its plot I knew that I had to read it and that I would end up loving it and love it I did! Shelly Hickman, the author of Vegas to Varanasi, has written a superb and engaging story that will captivate readers from the first page. Hickman’s exciting, incredible book which is full of eloquent writing, will make readers fall in love with her story and characters and so I already have to recommend this incredible book for you lovely readers to read! However, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this gem of a novel!

Vegas to Varanasi is an incredible novel that will take its readers on a roller coaster of a journey that is full of downs but many highs! The reader will be introduced to Anna, the thirty-something-year-old protagonist of the novel who has had her fair drama with her relationships! Anna married her high school sweetheart, however, she realized a few years into her marriage that he is gay and although she loves him and he loves her, they parted ways, and this is the beginning of her dating life. I do not want to spoil all that happens but Anna one day meets Kiran although she had met him before as they went to school together and when she spots Kiran across the table at a wedding, she is shocked but intrigued. Kiran, when he spots Anna, is thrilled –  after all, she was the only woman in school who was kind to him and so when they get talking again he invites her to Varanasi and this book lovers is the start of the incredible novel.

The reader in Vegas to Varanasi will follow the reader on a journey of love as Anna and Kiran embark on a trip to India. It is here that the reader will be introduced to new love but also a new culture, and the result is charming as well as captivating. However, Vegas to Varanasi is not your typical romance novel; instead, it is full of many themes and what happens next will shock, but thrill readers and this book lovers is the premise of the phenomenal Vegas to Varanasi.

Vegas to Varanasi is a rare gem amongst an overrun genre. Shelly Hickman’s book Vegas to Varanasi stands out amongst the romance/comedy genre thanks to her impeccably well-developed story, believable characters, the authors excellent writing and lastly the amount of heart at the core of this book. Vegas to Varanasi interweaves many themes, but the theme I love the most was love and happiness. I admire Anna as a protagonist and admire her sweet personality and her drive to never give up on finding love, she makes for a brilliant protagonist whose narrative jumps of the page and her blossoming romance with Kiran is beautiful!

The story of Vegas to Varanasi is an incredibly entertaining one, and I admit that I was guilty of assuming from the description that Vegas to Varanasi would be a cliché romance but when I started to read it I knew full well that this book was not that kind of read. Instead, Vegas to Varanasi is a poignant novel full of powerful themes which are all excellently explored and weaved well together by the phenomenal author Shelly Hickman.

Shelly Hickman is an incredible author who has managed to transfix and entertain me with her beautiful literature. I am impressed by the amount of depth Hickman has managed to lace throughout her book. Hickman ensures throughout her book that her readers are entertained and thrilled from beginning to end, and Hickman does this by weaving twists and turns throughout her book which yes, are incredibly entertaining! As well as this Hickman flawlessly weaves brilliant characterization and development of her characters that will keep the readers turning the pages from beginning to end. Shelly Hickman is a sensational author because she manages to effortlessly transport the reader away to a place the reader is able to imagine easily. Her beautiful, descriptive writing combined with her perfect characterization make Vegas to Varanasi a stellar read and being transported to India was so beautiful!

Overall Vegas to Varanasi is an extraordinary romance story that will entertain and thrill readers from beginning to end so I, of course, have to award the book five stars! It would be criminal not to. So please book lovers, have a read of the excellent book and get lost in an engrossing, captivating story!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Vegas to Varanasi. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

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Thank you, Aimee Ann, for such a complimentary review! In recent years, I’ve developed a fascination with Indian culture, so I really enjoyed researching Varanasi. Thank goodness for YouTube videos, travel blogs, and Google Images. LOL. If your readers would be interested in seeing who my dream cast would be for the characters in the novel, I created a blog post about that a few years ago. Here is the link:

Thank you again!

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