Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review: I Heart Vegas by Lindsey Kelk

Title: I heart Vegas
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Publisher: Harper
Publication date: 8th December 2011
My rating: 4 stars

Lindsey Kelk’s books have quickly become my guilty pleasures, her books just like Meg Cabot’s and Sophie Kinsella’s I know I can turn to when I need a quick pick me up; they easily bring a smile to my face and they’re the perfect comfort reads. I’ve been glued to Angela’s adventures ever since she ran away from London 18 months ago in I Heart New York. Each time I’m about to start a new book there’s always a nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach, worried about what she will get up to this time. You always kind of know Angela’s going to mess something up somehow or cause some sort of controversy, but then there’s always the fun and laughter along the way which makes up for Angela being a total nutter. (A good nutter!)

I Heart Vegas kicks off with Angela receiving a letter from the immigration and naturalisation service’s revoking her visa; she has 30 days to obtain another visa and if she doesn’t she will be forced to leave the country. So who does Angela turn to in her times of need? Her best friend Jenny Lopez, Jenny can’t believe that Angela has over looked the easiest possible way of staying in America just marry her boyfriend Alex of course! But Angela’s not too sure, as she doesn’t want to marry Alex because it’s a convenience but because they love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. So she has 30 days to hatch a plan to get any of the other visa’s possible otherwise her big American’s dream over, her relationship with Alex will be over and she will be forced to leave America, which has become her home for the last year and a half and go back to her old life with her mum constantly fussing over her.

I’ve always had a topsy turvy relationship with this series. I didn’t really enjoy the first book; I Heart New York but decided to soldier along, the second book I Heart Hollywood was amazing and I thought if the series continued this way; this would probably end up being one of my favourite series. But then came along I Heart Paris which sadly wasn’t all that either. I was definitely considering giving up this series but decided to give it one more shot, and I’m glad I did because I Heart Vegas has to be my favourite book of the series so far. It was fun, full of an impromptu visit to Vegas, scandalous goings on, about misjudging people and Angela royally messing up as usual, but I never laughed so much in a long time!

“I knew he wanted me with
him - he’d said it over and over - but there was no
mention of making it official. We shared an apartment.
we shared a love of pineapple on pizza. We shared a
razor, even though he didn’t know that”

The only thing that miffed me was Angela’s communication problems, it took forever for Angela to tell Alex about her situation, I found myself constantly wanting to throttle her to get her act together.
This book was also full of the clichedness you would expect. At first it was a little unbearable, but then as you got more engrossed with the plot, you kind of get used to overlooking it. Also there was some predictability to the plot, for instance you could guess what would happen at the end, but then there were other aspects which caught me completely by surprise and so sort of made up for the predictableness side of things.

I Heart Vegas was just the sort of book I needed, after finishing a couple of intense books. It was a light, easy going, funny read. I hadn’t realised how much I missed Angela and Jenny’s adventures until I picked up this book. I look forward to more of Angela’s Shenanigans in I Heart London.

Favourite quote:

“All I could think about was weddings. A
trip around the supermarket turned into a trial for
the aisle. Every song on my iPod was a contender
for the first dance. Every time Alex reached into his
coat pocket, my heart stopped – phone or ring? Phone
or ring? Quite often it was chap stick what a girl.”


  1. Love that quote at the end! This sounds like a really fun read - I haven't heard of this series before but I will definitely have to check it out. It weird how you have an up and down relationship with these books though! :D I'm glad this one was a good read for you.

  2. As soon as you compared Lindsey Kelk to Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella in terms of guilty pleasures, I immediately wanted to read this book because I love those two authors too! x) It sounds like such a sweet and fun book -- and I usually don't mind cliches as much in contemps, so that doesn't bother me at all! :)

    Amazing review, Jasprit! I always love those light and funny reads in between all the darker paranormal ones I usually pick up, so this one sounds PERFECT! :) <3

  3. This sounds like fun, Jasprit. :) I enjoy a guilty pleasure every now and again, when you know the story is going to end happily but you enjoy the process anyway. Too many books make me want to tear out my hair as it is, hah.

    Nicely reviewed!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  4. I haven't heard of this book before but I should definitely add this to my TBR! I haven't read many chick-lits lately and a book set in Vegas? I am IN!

    Awesome review, Jasprit! So glad you enjoyed it! ♥

  5. This sounds like so much fun! Sometimes I envy you guys for being able to just let go and enjoy books like this one because I tend to lose patience and give up.
    I used to enjoy them though, so maybe it's time to give them another try. This series sounds like a good place to start.
    Wonderful review, Jasprit!

  6. Glad you finally read a book that wasn't a 1 or 2 star for you Jasprit! Seems like you were on a roll of bad books.

    I don't know if I'll tackle this, it seems a little frustrating to me. :/

  7. Yay! I'm glad you decided to continue with the series. :) These books sound like so much fun! Hopefully, you'll continue to have a streak of really good books! Fabulous review, Jasprit. :)


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