From Thailand With Love by Camilla Isley @camillaisley @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom

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From Thailand With Love written and self-published by Camilla Isley is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

All Logan has to do is to get the gold and get the girl. Easy, right?

Travel photographer Winter Knowles and archeology professor Logan Spencer dislike each other at first sight. Stuck together on a wild island, these two unwilling teammates will bicker and banter their way through a laugh-packed treasure hunt.

After years of searching, a new mapping technology has given Logan a clue to the location of the legendary Lost City of Gold. A discovery that could make his career. So the last thing he needs on this life-changing expedition is for his team to get distracted by a pair of long legs.

When Winter accepted the assignment on a tropical island she didn’t sign up for a brooding team leader who’d clearly prefer to run a boys-only club. Never one to back down from a challenge, Winter is ready to show him she’s no damsel in distress.

But when a treasure like no other is uncovered and ruthless enemies will want to keep it for themselves, it’ll be up to the two of them to save the day. Left alone to fight in the jungle, they will soon discover their lives might not be the only thing at stake—their hearts could be too.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

A fun read packed with danger, action, romance, and comedy.

From Thailand with Love is part of a series of interconnected romantic comedies but can be read as a standalone novel as all the other books in the First Comes Love series.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Camilla Isley’s latest novel: From Thailand With Love.

Ohh this was such a fabulous page turner of a read!  From Thailand With Love is book 5 in the First Comes Love series however, each book is a standalone story based around an enemies to lover romantic comedy theme.

I’ve read quite a few of Camilla Isley’s novels now and she writes stories that you fall in love with and you instantly become friends with the characters and are silently cheering them on.

I loved this storyline in From Thailand With Love; we have one feisty, beautiful, talented lady who is confident with her capabilities and then we have a man who’s still feeling bruised from his last break-up when he disobeyed his own ruling of mixing business with pleasure.

Winter Knowles is a photographer and she’s currently in Thailand for her next assignment, an assignment that’s been kept secretive but she feels she’s about to embark on a remarkable journey photographing detailed evidence of something that could become the start of an adventure of her lifetime.

Dr Logan Spencer is an esteemed archaeologist and he has been researching a forgotten hidden city within the depths of the jungle in Thailand.  He’s desperate to prove his theories correct and all his dreams of success lie on this project.  Logan has put together a team of experts to join him on his journey and he’s met all of them apart from his photographer.  Enter Winter Knowles, a vision to the eyes and one Logan believes will become a nuisance and distraction to the team.  So first impressions don’t go down well but as the mission commences Winter proves she is worthy of her place on the team.

However, as the mission takes on a dramatic turn the relationship between Winter and Logan becomes a battle of survival of their lives and of the ever growing chemistry that is sizzling between them.

An addictive, adventure fuelled romcom that will have you turning the pages desperate to know what happens next.  Loved it!

Author Bio – Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley blogtour book review


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A Christmas Date written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo, apple iBooks, Nook and Google Play.  The paperback is available from amazon.

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No one wants to be single at the holidays.
Even Little Miss Grinch, Nikki, a successful and independent woman, must face her bachelorette status at the most horrible time of the year.
December is her personal version of holly-jolly hell: a merry torture made of couples kissing at every corner, forced vacation days, and an inescapable family reunion.
And when her baby sister announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.
Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.
So what’s a girl to do?
Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.
Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalog of gorgeous actors to choose from.
But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy, and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date…
A fun, festive romantic comedy with lots of bad behavior and Christmas spirit. Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously hilarious novel down. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sally Thorne, and Jo Watson.
First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

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So what do you do when your annoying younger sister announces she’s got engaged to the guy you’ve been secretly in love with for years?  Well simply you hire a fake boyfriend!  A boyfriend you can invite back home to your parents at Christmas to quieten down the regular comments of “are you still single Nikki?” from well meaning relatives.

Nikki is highly successful in her professional life but her love life hasn’t had much look mainly because she’s been harbouring feelings for her good friend Paul for such a long time.  Paul that has asked your younger sister to marry him.  Nikki feels like she cannot spend another Christmas at home with the same old questions and she can’t cope with the love fest from her sister.  So, working at an Advertising Agency gives Nikki the ideal opportunity to browse the actor books to find a perfect boyfriend.  Maybe someone to make her sister jealous or even Paul?

Nikki finds the ideal candidate; a dark, smouldering half Italian/Irish struggling actor, Diego.  Diego sounded like he was fit for the job on paper so finger’s crossed for Nikki that he plays the part.

Travelling home for Christmas with someone you’ve only known for a matter of days was the start of a whole new adventure for Nikki.  An adventure that would open her eyes and make her reassess her relationship with many.

I absolutely adored A Christmas Date.  A Christmas Date is book three in the First Comes Love series and can easily be read as a standalone.  The author Camilla Isley treats her readers to a fun, exquisitely romantic story but also a story that’s filled with festive warmth and nostalgia.  Diego is a dreamboat of a book boyfriend and Camilla Isley’s festive story will have you purring 😉 over the pages.

Gorgeous, addictive, fun and festive.

About the Author

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.  She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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I Don’t Want to be Friends by Camilla Isley book review

I Don't Want to be Friends

I Don’t Want to be Friends written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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David is waiting in a bar for a date who’s not going to show… bitter and alone, will he give up on the girl he loves?

After a summer spent apart Scott and Haley are back together, but something has changed between them… Will their relationship ever feel the same as before?

Madison’s new mantra in life is: stay strong and survive senior year. She’s in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, but Scott only sees her as a friend, and her broken heart can’t take it much longer. She needs to finish college and turn the page on an impossible love story… but can she be stronger than her feelings?

Two brothers in love with the same girl.
Two best friends in love with the same guy.
A love triangle within a love triangle…

pink heart scrollI Don’t Want to be Friends is Book 4 in the Just Friends series. The Just Friends series is a set of four stories centred around the friendship of a group of college students in Boston. We follow the friends as they start their next adventure in life; moving home, starting college, finding new friends and new loves and this is all mixed in with life’s everyday hurdles. The books are part of a series and to fully appreciate the full enjoyment of the stories I would highly recommend reading them all in order:
Let’s Just Be Friends, Friend Zone, My Best Friend’s Boyfriend, I Don’t Want to be Friends.

It was great to be back in Boston to the young friends we have learned about in this series. This story focuses on Haley and her dilemma with her very confused emotions revolved around the Williams brother; David and Scott. For nearly a year Haley has been dating Scott but when he went away for a few months to work on his internship their relationship cooled and Haley was left hurt and unsure of where she stood with Scott. During these few months Haley and David built up a friendly rapport but when Scott returned Haley was so excited to see him again she welcomed him home with open arms. Seeing his brother return home into the arms of the girl David secretly loved angered him and he thought he knew how Haley’s heart truly felt.

With confused hearts and angered souls the two brothers and Haley were struggling with their emotions. However, there is another victim in this love triangle that is suffering with her feelings towards someone that is already taken.

I loved how the author in this story created two very different brothers, both strikingly handsome but each with their own personality. David the older brother had a devilishly dynamic about him but there was a side to him that appealed to many and he was so astute understanding people and situations. He was also deeply loyal to his family but ultimately when he wanted something he went for it. Scott was more level headed but I felt at times he could be a little selfish.

This was another great instalment in this emotive YA series. I’m certainly not at the age of a YA character but I love reading about the emotive feelings between characters in YA stories as whatever age we are our feelings on life and it’s struggles and complications are pretty much the same.

A gorgeous, sexy, emotive series.

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I Have Never by Camilla Isley blogtour/book review



i have never


I Have Never written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don’ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right.

But when Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she’s had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?

*Never Lie
*Never Pick a Fight
*Never Make a Scene
*Never Make the First Move
*Never Make Impulse Decisions
*Never Mix Business and Pleasure…

With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she’d thought…

I Have Never is a wonderful chick lit beach read and a fabulous office romance. A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane.

First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the release of Camilla Isley’s latest book I Have Never.  This is the second book in the First Comes Love series and each book in the series can be read as a standalone but to be honest once you’ve read and enjoyed one of Camilla Isley’s stories you want to read them all.

This is Blair Walker’s story who has lived her life with a list of ‘Never’s’ from advice given to her whilst growing up.  She’s been happy living and abiding with this list but when one day her life starts crumbling around her she decides to rebel against the list.

Our leading lady, Blair, sounded like a vibrant young woman who was career orientated and never lost the sights of her dream as a Fashion Editor for a magazine.  Blair was initially taken in by the glossy images of the upmarket offices and of her peers at Evoque Magazine but when she takes a step back and has a closer look revealing the ugly warts of the business she thinks again about her dream.  Appearances definitely are deceiving.  I instantly fell for the charms of our leading man who had a vulnerability about him.  With the introduction of a stray lost puppy the story took on another dimension and both leading characters were softened by this lovable furry friend.

With Blair rebuilding her life and defying against the list and accidentally falling secretly in love with her new boss Camilla Isley has written us a gloriously, fun filled romance.  I loved it!

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July 13th
Rachel Brimble Romance – Author Q&A
A Beautiful Book Blog – Book Review
Writing Pearls – Book Review
With Love For Books – Book Review
For the Love of Chick Lit – Book Review
July 14th
Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Excerpt (chapter one)
JenaBooks – Book Review
He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post
Judging More than Just the Cover – Author Q&A
July 15th
I Heart Fictional People – Book Review
Chrissi Reads – Book Review
Books and Photographs – Book Review
Rebecca Book Review – Book Excerpt (chapter two)
Monique McDonell-Author  – Book Excerpt (chapter three)
July 16th
One Book At A Time – Spotlight Post
CosyCuteKnits – Book Review
The Writing Garnet – Book Review
July 17th
The Belgian Reviewer – Book Excerpt (chapter one)
Girl vs Books – Book Review
kraftireader – Book Review

July 18th


Reading Is My SuperPower – Book Review
I Heart Fictional People – Book Review
July 19th
Kristin’s Novel Café – Book Excerpt (chapter two)
Simona’s Corner of Dreams – Author Guest Post
Bookish – Book Review
July 20th
TheBlossomTwins – Book Review
Grass Monster – Book Review
Chick Lit Central – Author Q&A
Living Life with Joy – Author Guest Post
July 21st
ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review
Rae Reads – Book Review
Novelgossip  – Book Review
Whispering Stories – Book Review
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Book Review
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Book Review
Steamy Book Momma – Book Excerpt (chapter nine)
July 22nd
BookLoverWorm – Book Review
Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt (chapter one)


Just Friends (2 book series) by Camilla Isley book review



Let’s Be Just Friends (book 1) and Friend Zone (book 2) written and self-published by Camilla Isley are available now in ebook and paperback format.

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Let’s Be Just Friends

What if the man you’ve always loved isn’t the right one for you?
Rose Atwood has been in love with her best friend for years, and she’s tired of keeping her feelings under wraps for fear of getting hurt. Being Tyler’s best friend is becoming more difficult with every passing year and every new woman in his life–especially Georgiana Smithson, a snotty, beautiful girl who’s in Law School with them.
When Rose, dumped by her long-term boyfriend, moves temporarily into Tyler’s apartment, tension spikes. Georgiana wants Rose out of the house. Rose wants Georgiana out of Tyler’s life. And Tyler… well, he doesn’t really know what he wants.
As an unexpected argument brings Rose and Tyler closer than they’ve ever been, they must decide if there’s more to their relationship than being just friends. And they must do it quickly, as Georgiana is determined to do everything in her power to keep Tyler and Rose apart. After all, all is fair in love and war.
Will Rose make a leap of faith and trust Tyler with her heart?
Will Tyler make the right choice, or will he be too late?

Let’s Be Just Friends is a fast paced, captivating college romance that will keep you glued to the pages with humor, heartbreak, and romance. It’s a story about friendship, love, and the choices we make.
Tyler and Rose are two best friends, who end up tangled in a college love triangle when they become friends with benefits. Enjoy this light new adult read.

Friend Zone

Alice Brown fell in love with Jack the day she moved into her freshman dorm. Problem is, she’s been stuck in the friend zone ever since. After another meaningless breakup, she’s ready to confess her feelings to Jack.
Jack Sullivan has mistaken friendship for love once before and has vowed never to do it again. A varsity sports player, he’s determined to enjoy college with no strings attached.
Peter Wells is Jack’s best wingman. He enjoys his popularity as team captain and when he meets Alice, he’s ready to steal her heart.
When Jack sees Alice and Peter together, jealousy hits him hard. But will he break his vow to never date a friend?

Meet new characters and catch up with old ones in the second book in the Just Friends series.


I really enjoyed this mini series by Camilla Isley.  The books are based on the complicated lives and loves of friends set in an American college.  Can friends ever develop more than just platonic feelings?  Is love worth the risk of friendship?

The books can be read as standalones but to fully appreciate the characters and story I’d advise you to read both stories in numerical order and once you’ve read book one you are going to want to read book two …

Let’s Just Be Friends – Tyler loves Rose and Rose loves Tyler but they both haven’t admitted their true feelings to each other.  There is also the added complication that Tyler has a girlfriend, Georgiana.  Tyler and Rose have been best friends in like forever and when Rose finds herself temporary homeless she moves in with Tyler.  Their best friends relationship was working well until Tyler and Georgiana got together.  Georgiana is jealous of this BFF relationship between Tyler and Rose and she feels there is more to this platonic relationship.

When an unexpected change in this friendship heats up Tyler becomes very confused. Georgiana schemes a plan to embarrass Rose but it backfires when Ethan, Georgiana’s brother falls for Rose.  Georgiana’s scheming continues and she does all her best to keep Tyler and Rose apart forever.  Can Rose open her heart and let others in?  Can Tyler commit to a relationship?

I loved this love story it was fresh, fun and flirty.  A YA romance that was quite addictive and I couldn’t wait to read more of this sizzling chemistry between friends.  I loved how the author, Camilla Isley, broke up each chapter with different character perspectives. The angst between the BFFS was truly felt with their constant battle of emotions, it was very poignant but also electric at times.

Friend Zone – sees us continuing on from the story from Let’s Just Be Friends with a startling discovery.  We are then transported back to 7 months previously when we are introduced to new friends struggling with their feelings for each other.  This story focuses on Alice and Jack.  Alice and Jack are studying the same course in college and as soon as Alice met Jack she felt strong feelings for him.  However, Alice didn’t reveal her true feelings to Jack for a long time but after making a pass at him and being rebuked by him she is embarrassed and angry with herself.  She vows to make him jealous and starts dating his ‘wingman’ and super popular captain of the basketball team Peter.  Peter is a player but when he meets Alice he sees more in her than his previous one night stands and a serious relationship develops between Alice and Peter.  This brings outrage to Jack and his jealousy spirals out of control.  Once again we are treated to chapters from different character perspectives with the young adults battling their confused emotions with each other.  Has Jack left it too late?

Another great fun love story from Camilla Isley that concludes the story in Let’s Just Be Friends and introduces us to more friends with heart breaking turmoil. 

This mini series would make a great read for Valentine’s Day shared with your favourite drink and sweet treat 🙂

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Love Connection by Camilla Isley book review


Love Connection written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Have you ever wondered what might have been?
Gemma’s at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two different futures. She’s at a crossroads.
Be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s?
Gemma’s decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks–will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she’s not even met yet?

In concurrent storylines, Gemma lives out the consequences of each journey. Different stories unravel with unpredictable outcomes for Gemma and her loved ones. As the alternative realities run their course, humor and romance intertwine raising questions about fate and chance. Will these parallel universes converge? Is true love meant to be? Is everyone destined to have a soul mate? Or are one’s cards just a choice away from reshuffling?

Love Connection is a romantic comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.


I adored this romance from Camilla Isley.  It was very clever story telling; one woman with two options, which would you choose?

Gemma is at the airport waiting to board one of two flights.  She has two tickets: one to San Francisco and one to Chicago.  Two weddings on the same day; one Gemma has been invited to, the other she hasn’t!  If Gemma chose San Francisco she’d be gate crashing her ex’s wedding and declaring her love for Jake.  Gemma hasn’t stopped loving Jake since they split up 3 years ago.  He was her childhood sweetheart and first love and they have a special bond that with lack of communication went wrong.  If Gemma chose Chicago she’d be Maid of Honour for her best friend Amelia’s wedding.  Gemma can’t decide on the two options; does she follow her heart or her head?

The story then cleverly continues with the two scenarios running parallel in time with each other.  We follow Gemma and her heart going to San Francisco, then on the flipside we head to Chicago with a broken hearted Gemma knowing she has lost Jake forever.  Each parallel storyline doesn’t go without a hitch and obstacles a plenty crop up with fun consequences.  Gemma also has some lovely tender moments rekindling romance with the love of her life after a 3 year gap and also has moments learning to love again following her heartache.

This was a cute, clever, fun, sexy, romantic read with these two parallel stories and I couldn’t work out how the story was going to end.  Such a gorgeous, quirky, flirty story that left me guessing till the end.  Heart warming in abundance romance with a twist to fully entertain you.  5/5*

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I Wish for You by Camilla Isley book review

I Wish for You

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If all your wishes could suddenly come true, what would you do?
A year ago when the love of her life dumped her for no apparent reason, Ally thought she had hit rock bottom. But now that she has seen him with another woman, and one she knows only too well, her life seems to have reached a whole new level of low.
Yet, when she stumbles across an ancient object infused with magical powers and a stranger with a dark past appears out of nowhere promising to grant all her wishes, she finds herself hoping again.
Suddenly Ally’s life is turned upside down; she has a mystery to solve, a rival to beat, a millenarian curse to break, and well, she wants to have some fun playing with her new “gifts”…
But can she wish her way to happily ever after?

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

This is Camilla’s debut novel self-published under the Pink Bloom Press label.  I was first drawn to Camilla’s novels by the gorgeous covers, I love the silhouetted figures against the pretty pink background for this cover and the blue background for her second novel A Sudden Crush.  Please find my review for A Sudden Crush here.  I also love Camilla’s style of writing contemporary fiction with a grown up fairytale twist to them.

This was such a fun, whimsical read with a touch of fairytale magic thrown in, and who doesn’t love a Disneyesque story to fill you with hope and warmth?!

Ally is still heart broken a year on from her break up with her boyfriend James.  She still cannot understand why, when they were both at their happiest, James suddenly broke up with her.  She has been avoiding all James’ old haunts for a year but when she suddenly bumps into him with Vanessa, her nemesis from work, she can no longer avoid him and his new relationship status anymore.

Ally feels this new hurt even more and hits a new low.  She visits an antique market with her mother to take her mind off things and becomes enchanted with a stunning, antique box. She doesn’t buy the box.  However, when she returns home she discovers the box alongside with a dark, handsome stranger has magically made their new home with her.  This stranger is an English gent in all his finery, going by the name of Arthur, and can grant Ally 5 wishes.

Will this stranger be able to grant Ally her true desire to be reunited with her one true love James?  Will the possession of this magic solve all Ally’s woes or will it lead to more problems?

We follow Ally and the gallant Arthur on her journey to win back her lost love.  We also discover the secret of Arthur’s past, which is quite tragic and beautiful.

Can the power of her wishes be enough for Ally’s happy ever after?

A gorgeous, romantic, modern fairytale 4/5*

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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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