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What Stays in Vegas [Kindle Edition]

Beth Labonte
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Book Description

Bored administrative assistant, Tessa Golden, is trapped in a life of lousy weather, irritating bosses, and mind-numbing secretarial work. Her dreams of being an artist have rapidly deteriorated into building things out of paperclips while on hold with tech support. To make matters even worse, the love of her life has gone off and married another woman.

So when Tessa is suddenly transferred to the Las Vegas branch of her company - playing wingwoman to her freshly divorced boss, juggling a client-from-hell, and catching the eye of one very eligible coworker - will her life finally be shaken up enough to straighten itself out?

Editorial Reviews


"What Stays in Vegas is a quirky, fun chick lit novel written by someone who has seen it all firsthand in the corporate world - a self-professed "worst best secretary you'll ever have the pleasure of reluctantly doing business with." - Chick-Lit

"I loved the idea of a bored secretary at a crossroads, torn between her safe job and finding a career that is more true to her heart." - Stacy Juba, Author
"If you are looking for a cute and sweet chick lit read, this should be the first one you grab." - Kritters Ramblings

"This book was amazingly funny and had some great romance in it as well. Any novel that can make me laugh out loud gets a huge thumbs up from me." - Bookerella

About the Author

Beth Labonte was born in Salem, Massachusetts and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001. Currently working as an Administrative Assistant, she has taken to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth resides in Upton, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and two cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1633 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beth Labonte; 2 edition (May 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053GAY84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please January 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't post many reviews but I have to pause for a moment to write one here. First, let me say that if anyone is wary because this book is self-published, don't be. The writing is tight, no typos, and the grammar is spot-on. This is a quality book.

Secondly, I just have to tack on to everyone else and say I really didn't want to put this book down. I had to (work of course) but I finished the book over my lunch break and as an ex-admin myself, totally bonded with Tessa. It's so true, even when it's the Fed Ex guy's fault, you are really the one who caused the freak snow storm.

Ms. LaBonte, please write another book!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Heir to Bridget Jones February 10, 2012
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Beth Labonte's first novel, What Stays in Vegas, is the literary equivalent of biting into a chocolate candy and discovering it has a caramel center - in other words, like an old favorite.

Following in the tradition of many "chick-lit" writers before her, the storyline is somewhat predictable: think Bridget Jones' Diary or even its literary ancestor, Pride and Prejudice. However, Labonte's sense of humor and witty take on the excesses of Las Vegas make this a fun read. Tessa Golden, the protagonist, is a former art major who has fallen into the unfortunate career path of administrative assistant. As Tessa herself says, "You know you're in a dead-end job when you get a holiday forcing people to appreciate you." Even though her characters are over the top at times, Labonte gives them depth - and in so doing, creates people the reader can really care about. The subplot featuring Tessa's boss, by the way, is brilliant.

I had a hard time putting this book down, probably because I have a soft spot for chick lit - especially around Valentine's Day. As a regular visitor to Las Vegas, I was pleased to find that Labonte captured both the spirit and the geography of the place perfectly. (I wasn't aware that Las Vegas had an art museum - now I'll have to visit it!) The book could use one final polish - I marked a few more than twenty errors, though they were minor and didn't affect the overall story.

This isn't Labonte's first book, but it is her first full-length novel. I previously reviewed Coffee Breath on this blog, which is also a lot of fun. I recommend visiting the author's blog as well, where she frequently lampoons office life. Yes, it's true - I'm a fan. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next!

Oh, and I'd really like to have one of Tessa's binder-clip Eiffel Towers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, one-sit read January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Author Beth Labonte sure knows how to put a smile on a reader's face. Her novel, What Stays in Vegas is easily a one-sit read. It's fun, romantic, charming, and inspirational. It's about a miserable administrative assistant, Tess, who's asked to temporarily fill in at the Las Vegas branch of her office. There, she quickly befriends her boss Kendra, starts up a romance with her co-worker, the nerdy, but absolute cutie Chris, and has to deal with the client from hell. Add to the mix her unrequited feelings for a long-time crush, and Tess's life isn't as boring as it used to be.

You know you have a good book in your hands when it makes you laugh out loud, shed a tear, and rant in anger at the main character's actions all in one sitting. I was so emotionally connected to the characters in the book. I identified with Tess's desperate need to flee from her dead-end job and explore the career path for which she was meant. I sympathized with Kendra, her wild antics, and her feelings for her cheating spouse and her obligation to uphold family expectations.

Labonte definitely has the skill and talent for crafting a wonderful, character-driven story. Her writing is engaging, pulling me so far into the story that it seemed a punishment to put it down until the very last sentence of the book. Her attention to detail and her first person narrative makes What Stays in Vegas a splendid addition to the chick-lit genre.

By Jamee Pritchard, The Kindle Book Review
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny June 27, 2013
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This is the first book I've ever written a review for. Because it is also the first book that has ever made me laugh out loud. Tessa is completely relatable, which really sets this book aside from the rest. It's a great read with well defined characters and a great story line. Highly recommend this book to all. I actually wish I had paid to read this rather than it being free on Kindle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Funny and Written Very Well (4 Stars) June 17, 2013
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Well I think I may have found another indie author to love.

I really loved the entire premise of "What Stays in Vegas" and all of the characters. Maybe there can be a follow-up following Tessa again some day. I would hope since I haven't liked a female character like this in a while.

The main character is Tessa Golden who is an administrative assistant (secretary) and is bored by her day to day job. The only times she is happy at work is when she is creating her own art out of office supplies or talking to her co-worker Nick who she harbors a crush on.

Due to one of the secretaries in their company going on maternity leave in Las Vegas, Tessa is sent there for three months to work with one of the heads of the company.

I have to say hands down this novel was so funny. I loved the character of Tessa and her interactions with her boss and the other characters in the novel. Also I think it was great to see Tessa getting to live the high life in Vegas (something that all of us would love to experience).

Besides the novel being funny and all of the characters it really did have some heart in it when the novel started talking about Tessa and showing how torn she was with her current life in Vegas and her life waiting for her back home.

I also loved that the author Beth Labonte has obviously been to Vegas since she was able to capture the city, places, hotels, and tourists quite accurately.

The only reason why I rated it 4 stars though is that I did get a bit frustrated with Tessa at times since she was being so dumb about certain things (i.e. Nick) and I thought that things wrapped up a bit too neatly at the end with regards to her and her future. Other than those two minor things I would definitely recommend this novel to other readers.
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Pleasant to read.. not a masterpiece but the author has potentials! Worth the money
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It was so awesome I also wanted to Marry the book because the first part of the book was funny and made me smile
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In fact, I read it in less than 24 hrs. I was searching for a light-hearted and funny book to read and after a few other chick lit authors,... Read more
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A good light and fun read.
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Funny read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars clever and witty writing
The story was fun, but the writing was so funny and clever that I didn't want to put it down.
Published 22 days ago by Allison S Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining book to pass the time..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful shipper and wonderful product
Wonderful shipper and wonderful product!! Arrived just as promptly as I was told it would! And in exactly in condition described!! Trust this shipper!
Published 1 month ago by Gayle Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good chick lit read
A good chick lit read...story has some predictable twists but the characters came to life giving rise to an engrossing storyline.
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Beth Labonte was born in Salem, Massachusetts and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001. Currently working as an Administrative Assistant, she has taken to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth resides outside of Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her author website at or her blog at

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