Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Series:   #2
Author:  Shelly Hickman
Publish Date:   11.01.14
Publisher:  Shelly Hickman
Category /Genre:  Chick Lit; Contemporary Romance
Received from:  Shelly Hickman (in exchange for an honest review)
Recommended for:  18+ due to adult situations and topics
Date completed: 11.03.14
Description from the publisher:
The sequel to "Vegas to Varanasi" catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age?

First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing?

Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry.

Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily ever after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change.”

This is the second book in the  series.  They do need to be read in order.

When I chose to participate in this tour, I was excited about “romantic comedy.”  Somehow I missed the first few words of the book description and didn’t realize this was the second book in a series.  That’s my mistake.  I will tell you that you can read this book without reading the first, but I knew that I was missing some background information.  That did not detract from the story.  It was light and funny.  It was downright hilarious in parts… well, for me it was because I am on the other side of menopause and looking back.  It’s not so funny when you are in the middle of those unexplainable meltdowns, but Shelly Hickman knows how to make it seem funny. 

I loved both Anna and Kiran.  They are down-to-earth, loving, and compassionate people.  It was a refreshing change to read of a couple in their late forties navigating the world of dating and weddings while dealing with the realities of aging bodies and extended families.  

I would love to read more about Anna’s ex-husband, Luke.  I’m sure that’s a story to find out how he got to where he is at this point!  Perhaps the next story could be about the playboy, Seth, finally being caught and tamed.  It certainly seemed possible.  Whomever she chooses to write about, Ms. Hickman is sure to entertain!!

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

The series:
  1. Vegas to Varanasi
  2. Menopause to Matrimony
Other Books from Shelly Hickman:
o    Believe
o    Somewhere Between Black and White


Thank you Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for hosting this tour.