Nothing Stays In Vegas by Elena Aitken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With a title like NOTHING STAYS IN VEGAS, you have no doubt figured out that the old adage "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is not necessarily true. In fact, it is very likely that what happens in Vegas will follow you around for the rest of your life...literally.
At 27 years old, Lexi Titan finds herself separated from a husband she once loved and longing for a life she never thought she would want. Lexi and Andrew's story is so sad. I am certain their story is a common one among married couples. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...no, wait, they agreed that there would not be any baby carriages in their future. So, what happens when one person changes their mind? Having children is not something a couple can compromise on...making the decision to be a parent is all or nothing. Lexi and Andrew cannot agree on this aspect of their marriage. As Lexi's desire to have a child increases and Andrew's resistance remains steadfast, their marriage falls apart.
When Lexi is asked to join her friend Nicole's birthday celebration in Vegas, she reluctantly agrees. With a little prodding from Nicole, Lexi allows Vegas to transform her from the conservative woman she has always been to one who is just slightly more impulsive, allowing herself to get lost in the moment instead of thinking about repercussions for once. Well, wouldn't you know it! When the good girl plays the part of the "bad girl" just for one night, it changes her world forever, some for the good and some for the not so good, but she embraces her situation and makes the best of it.
Six years later, Lexi finds herself in Vegas, once again for Nicole, but this time it is because she is getting married. Finally, fate steps in and forces her to face her destiny. The series of events that unfold from there are exciting and heart wrenching and sometimes a little difficult to read. This was a fantastic story, written with such emotion that I really felt like I knew the characters. I just love a story like that.
NOTHING STAYS IN VEGAS is one of those stories that kind of sticks with you. It's not light and fluffy and it certainly makes you think about choices you have made in your own life. It makes you think about what might have been and what still could be. I quite enjoyed imagining myself in Lexi's place as she gave herself over to the indulgences that Vegas has to offer and I'll have to say that it was quite liberating. If you are looking for a great romantic story about love and loss, then look no further, this is the perfect book for you!
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