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 ****4 STAR**** Review
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not one that I got overly excited about, or spent time thinking, “This book is awesome; I have to tell EVERYONE!!” It was a subtle feeling. There was a definite romance behind the story, and yet, I wouldn’t describe this book as being firmly in the romance category. This book was more REAL. The struggles were REAL, the people were REAL, and the relationships were REAL.
You travel with Anna through her life, and experience her joys, insecurities, struggles, passion and compassion. You get to experience a wonderful trip to India and learn about the culture there. You get to experience to struggles of loving someone with an addiction. And get to experience the successful workings of a broken family molded back together – just differently.
Most romance novels are happily ever after with characters that don’t exist in real life. Not this one. I truly enjoyed the REALNESS. The characters were very well-developed, and the story had a nice smooth pace throughout. It started out a bit different from the norm, and I found myself wondering if I would like it, but it took no time for me to start rooting for Anna.
I rate this 4 stars, and I look forward to reading more from Shelly Hickman!!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Shelly Hickman
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.