A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley book review

a sudden crush

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley publisher Pink Bloom press is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.

Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

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I’d like to thank the author, Camilla Isley, for an arc in return for an honest review.

This is the first book I’ve read by Camilla Isley, when Camilla contacted me regarding her books I was initially drawn to her novels with the covers.  A Sudden Crush has a gorgeous summer blue background with tropical trees and flowers enclosing a silhouetted couple and a monkey.  The cover looked dreamy and an ideal escapist read for a cold winter’s day.  The synopsis was my next port of call with a view to reading this novel and it sounded like a fun read.

I was soon drawn into the story.  Camilla had developed great characters in Joanna Price and Connor Duffield, I warmed to them quickly.

Joanna Price is a book editor working for a top publishing firm in the city of Chicago, she fell in love and married the handsome bestselling author Liam. Joanna and Liam had just boarded the plane for their honeymoon however, after a mad rush to the airport to catch the plane there were no spare paired seats left for the honeymooners to sit on so Joanna was paired with a Mr Grumpy, aka Connor Druffield, and much to Joanna’s dismay her beloved is sat next to a stunning model.  Joanna pleads with her neighbour Connor to change seats but he grumpily replies he’s happy where he is sat next to the window and doesn’t wish to swap seats.  So Joanna and Connor are lumped with each other for the rest of the plane journey.  Unfortunately, the plane journey is hit by turbulence and we find Joanna and Connor waking up stranded on a deserted tropical island.  Joanna is not impressed of all the people to be stranded on an island with is Mr Grumpy.  Connor is also pretty much not overwrought with his companion as he is a country boy rancher who has a dislike for city girls.

Connor soon settles into survival mode on the island and builds a shelter, fire and hunts for food in the sea and jungle.  After Joanna’s initial shock finding herself on the island she is distraught about her husband Liam, is Liam alive, will she see Liam again, will they be rescued off the island?  Joanna eventually calms down and befriends an orphaned monkey who soon becomes inseparable with her, Joanna happily names this little monkey Manny.

We follow the journey of how Joanna and Connor survive on the island, how their relationship develops from loathing each other to actually talking to each other, as there’s not an awful lot else on a desert island they can do.  There are some wonderful comedy moments between the pair and some lovely endearing moments.  I loved this part of the story.  It did actually sound idyllic and I soon fell in love with Manny followed by Connor! 🙂

The story continues after they’ve been rescued.  How will Joanna and Liam’s marriage cope with this traumatic event?  Will Joanna’s life go back to normal?  Will Joanna and Connor ever meet up again?

I adored this novel.  It was like a modern day fairytale: like a cross between Robinson Crusoe and Cinderella.  When I got to the end I sighed as I loved the ending but I was also distraught as I didn’t want the story to end, I’d love to know more about how the characters lives continued.  This novel had it all funny comedic moments; idyllic location; a gorgeous endearing monkey; characters to fall in love with and to despise; a heart warming story that gives you hope and makes you smile and a story that you wish could go on and on …  5/5*

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