Review – What Happens in Vegas by Shana Gray @HeadlinePG @JenRHarlow

Book & Author Details:

What Happens in Vegas by Shana Gray
Published by: Headline Eternal
Publication date: July 24th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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’ Vegas getaway with her college friends, when she hits the jackpot. Taking advantage of her gift from Lady Luck, Bonni upgrades their trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in luxury and glamour. Seizing the opportunity to break out from her normal (formal) cop style, she splurges on a slinky designer dress and a VIP booth in an exclusive club. That’s when she sees him, and Bonni decides there’s another once-in-a-lifetime thing she wants to have: a vacation fling.

Meets the gambler…

Professional poker player Quinn Bryant is in town for one of the largest tournaments of the year and (as always) he plans to win. Determined to start off his vacation by getting lucky, he heads to his favorite club, where he spots Bonni across the dance floor. Fortune smiles on him when Bonni picks up the cards he puts down. However, what starts as a Vegas hook-up 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 overcomes their difference and they start to wonder if what happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there.

Look for the next escapist Girls Weekend Away novel, coming soon!


Now, this is obviously the scene setter for the rest of the series, so there is a lot of markers to be laid with this one.  But, it just felt a bit manic – perhaps a little forced – to me.

I find that instalove can be tricky to accept as a reader, unless it’s done well.  Here, whilst I liked Bonni and Quinn individually, and I understood what the author was going for, I just didn’t find the apparent depth of their attraction (even with my romance spectacles on) to be believable.

Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the story overall, because I kind of did.  But it didn’t wow me I’m afraid.

That said, I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the other ladies of the group.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.


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About the author

Shana Gray writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction that just might make you laugh. With 30 books behind her, some translated into multiple languages, she’s always eyeing the next story line. She lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada, is a mom of two grown sons, a brand new daughter-in-law, and is her black cat’s human. When she’s not writing or at her day job, she can be found daydreaming about life, usually with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand and making travel plans to far off lands to feed her wanderlust. Her newest series – Girl’s Weekend Away – is out now.

Brand new series GIRLS WEEKEND AWAY.

Shana is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.

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