Wednesday 1 August 2018


What Happens in Vegas
Girls Weekend Away #1
By Shana Gray
Releasing July 24, 2018
Entangled Amara

In the first warm, funny and romantic novel in the Girls Weekend Away series, four best friends embark on the ultimate girls’ getaway filled with hijinks and a sprinkling of romance. For any fan of Bridesmaids and Sex and the City and readers of Jo Watson, Lauren Layne, Joanna Bolouri and Cate Woods.

When the cop…
Tough-as-nails detective Bonni Connolly is on a girls’ getaway in Vegas with her friends, when Lady Luck shines on her. Seizing the chance to treat them all, Bonni splurges on a little luxury including a VIP booth in an exclusive club. That’s when she sees him.

Meets the gambler…
Professional poker player Quinn Bryant is in town for one of the largest tournaments of the year. Fortune smiles on him when he spots Bonni across the dance floor. But what starts as a holiday fling soon turns into something more, as Bonni learns to see the man behind the poker face.

The stakes have never been higher.
Even though Bonni’s trip has an end date and there is another tournament calling Quinn’s name, their strong connection surprises them both. And by the end of the weekend they start to wonder if what happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there…

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In What Happens in Vegas (Girls Weekend Away #1) by Shana Gray, Bonni Connolly never wins anything, but when she scores the jackpot while in Vegas with her friends, it seems lady luck is finally on her side in a good way. Then her night gets even better when she meets Quinn Bryant - a man her complete opposite. For one, he's a professional poker player and she's a cop. Gambling and law enforcement don't mix. Not in her world. Yet, the more time Bonni spends with Quinn, the more she finds herself falling for Mr. Wrong. Will Quinn be able to convince Bonni to take a chance on him or will she walk away from her chance at happy ever after before someone else manages to break her heart? 

When I first start reading a story I want it to pull me in from the very beginning and unfortunately this story didn't do that. The communications between the heroine and her friends felt a tad impersonal, monotonous and nothing like how I imagine close friends would be. Why go that route when it comes to communicating with good friends? However, in saying that, I liked the moment Bonni and her friends come together in Vegas, as there is fun to be had and memories to be made. 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as the heroine hasn't had the best of luck in life or love. Is she destined to be alone forever or will the hero prove he's not like everyone else who has ever walked away from her? While the hero, he's been determined to do his own thing instead of falling in with his father's plans. Will he ever give the family business a chance? Will Quinn's brother be able to convince him that things are different now that he runs the company instead of their father? However, I really enjoyed this story because of the secondary characters, as Bonni's friends have interesting pasts when it comes to relationships that I look forward to learning more about. 

With the heroine, she's strong and brave when it comes to everything she's faced in her past and I could understand why she reacts the way she does when it comes to Quinn and his profession since it's palpable he's a wanderer and more than likely not ready to settle down. I also liked how her friends help her when it comes to offering advice and supporting her in whatever decisions she makes. While the hero, he's confident, charming, driven to win when it comes to his career as a professional poker player and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over. I also liked the decisions he makes when it comes to his future because it's palpable he can't give up the heroine. She's it for him. 

Overall, Ms. Gray has delivered a read that I liked in this book where the romance was hot, but I thought the connection between these two was a little rushed and could have been built up a bit more. However, in saying that, their chemistry did get better as this story progressed. As for the ending, it was delightful and had me loving that both the hero and heroine were willing to fight for their shot together because Bonni needs Quinn in her life just as much as he needs her in his. I would recommend What Happens in Vegas by Shana Gray, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, the mysterious strangers trope or books by authors Heidi Betts, Jessica Collins, Caitlyn Lynch and Carrie Ann Ryan. 

SHANA GRAY is a hybrid author of contemporary and erotic romances. You can find her works at multiple publishers in including Harlequin Blaze, Headline, Random House, and coming soon with Entangled. Working Girl is available in six languages. She’s also self published. Her stories range from longer full length novels, to scorching quickie novellas. Shana’s passion is to enjoy life! She lives in Ontario, but loves to travel and see the world, be with family, friends and meet new readers.

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To celebrate the release of WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS by Shana Gray, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open internationally. One winner will be chosen to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Entangled Publishing.  Giveaway ends 8/3/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Entangled Publishing will send one winning prize, Pure Textuality PR will deliver the other. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

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