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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 outside of Worcester, Massachusetts, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her website at www.bethlabonte.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461154472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461154471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This a funny story about Tessa, an administrative assistant, a girl confused about life and love. I am sure many us would identify with that. Tessa has a background in art but seems to stuck in her job of a glorified secretary with a huge crush on co-worker 'Nick' who happens to be married. Her life takes an interesting turn when she is offered a temporary position at their construction firm in Vegas.

For me the story literally begins after this transition. Although the story is about Tessa, her boss Kendra and the friendship and similarities they share form the heart of this story. Due to some circumstantial changes in Kendra's life and unlikely bond is formed between the two. Kendra is Tessa's boss and the owner's daughter, she is perfect in her work and in her fashion sense.Even though they are very different, Tessa and Kendra strike a deep friendship. After many humorous and humiliating episodes both the girls realize that they need to make the most of their art passion and only fear of initiative and change has held them back. Tessa manages to sort out her professional and personal life with some introspection. I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it.
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