Blog Tour- I Have Never by Camilla Isley

I Have Never (First Comes Love, #2)

How did I get it?:
It was sent to me for the blog tour!

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in 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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Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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. 

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… 

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Camilla Isley’s writing. I have read several books from her now. I always know that it’s going to be a highly enjoyable read. This book is no exception! If you’re into Sophie Kinsella then I think you’d like Camilla’s writing. Her light-hearted books with relatable characters are incredibly easy to read.

I Have Never centres around Blair who has been having a pretty horrendous time. She’s lost her job when she thought she was going to be promoted and lost her boyfriend when she thought he was going to propose. Blair is so used to her life being controlled by lists of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ that she decides to sort things out, once and for all.

The chapter titles are cleverly from Blair’s ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ list. Within that chapter, we find out whether Blair does or does not do the things mentioned. I really liked this element of the story! I liked to predict whether Blair would do the thing listed!

I loved that the story tied into the first book in the series so seamlessly. We meet Richard, who features in the first book, as Blair’s new boss. Blair now works at an online magazine. She has the opportunity to build a magazine from scratch and although it may not be in print, she gains much more satisfaction from it than she had even anticipated. Blair is incredible happy with her new friends and new job. Also contributing to her happiness is Richard… who she has a massive crush on. Having being jilted at the altar, Richard isn’t big on commitment. However, Blair is determined to find out if their relationship can become more than professional.

I don’t think you necessarily need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one, but it enhances your reading experience if you have read the first book in the series! This book is a lot of fun. There’s drama within, but never too much. There’s a good balance between relationships, friendships and humour. I totally bought into Blair and Richard’s relationship.

I didn’t take long to read this book and can imagine that many will enjoy it as a light, summery read!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

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Love Connection (First Comes Love #1)

Love Connection (First Comes Love, #1)

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered what might have been?

Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible 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?

Love Connection is a feel good Romantic Comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices.

Thoughts:

I have enjoyed reading Camilla Isley’s previous two books, so when Camilla got in touch about her newest release, I knew it would be something that I would want to read. I did enjoy reading Love Connection and think if you’re in the mood for a light women’s fiction read then this would be a great choice for you! It’s very Sliding Doors in nature as we follow parallel tracks and explore that ‘What if?’ dilemma!

This book will capture many as I think most of us, at some point, have wondered ‘What if…’ at points in our lives. I always like to read stories that explore the choices we make and the impact we have and Love Connection does this. We get to follow the main character Gemma and see how each path would turn out. Gemma can either attend her best friend’s wedding as a maid of honor, or she can make the choice to crash her ex boyfriend’s (who she is still madly in love with) wedding and express her feelings to him. It’s a story about fate and whether life takes us down a certain path no matter what our choices.

I liked reading about the characters in this story. Gemma is a fun character. I didn’t find her to be overly memorable, but during the story she’s certainly enjoyable to read about. I loved Gemma’s best friend Amelia and enjoyed reading about their friendship. It felt like a realistic friendship. The men in this story are great to read about and all have their good points, that’s for sure!

Love Connection is a decent, well written chick lit. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of the genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Another good book from Camilla Isley. Check it out if you’re looking for a light hearted read!

The One We Fell In Love With

The One We Fell in Love With

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Thoughts:

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the chick-lit genre. I have absolutely loved her books in the past, but felt some of her books were becoming a little predictable. However, Paige is one of my autobuy authors. I buy everything she releases without a second thought. I am thrilled to say that The One We Fell In Love With is a brilliant addition to Paige Toon’s catalogue. I think this is because even though it had its typical Paige Toon moments (not a criticism, I love Paige Toon’s writing style) there was quite a serious twist in the story. It gave the story much more depth which I really enjoyed.

The One We Fell In Love With follows three points of view. It follows identical triplets Rose, Eliza and Phoebe. They are all connected to Angus. They have all been in love with him at some point. I can’t say much more than that because it really would ruin the story. It’s better to not have a clue about what was coming which was certainly the case for me. I didn’t see the twist coming, but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it when it does come. It changed my rating of the story that’s for sure. It wasn’t expected.

Apologies for the vague and rather brief review, but I really don’t want to ruin the reading experience for other readers. In this book you’ll find some amazing characters and a gripping storyline. I adored the triplets, two more than the other, but that’ll become clear if you read it. I also really loved the character of Toby. He was so easy to like and to root for.

If you are into this genre, then I highly recommend picking up The One We Fell In Love With. Then go back and explore Paige Toon’s back catalogue. She has some gems!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Paige Toon has created another wonderful book. I highly enjoyed it!

Always With Love (Billy and Me #2)

Always With Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
Christmas With Billy and Me
You’re The One That I Want
Dream A Little Dream
Dream A Little Christmas Dream

Synopsis:

Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .

Thoughts:

I automatically buy Giovanna Fletcher’s books because I enjoy her writing so much. I was excited to revisit Sophie and Billy again. If you haven’t read Billy and Me, you don’t necessarily need to. There’s enough information given to understand what’s going on. However, I think it would enhance your reading experience if you have read Giovanna’s debut.

Always With Love was as sweet as I expected. It continues to follow Sophie and Billy. Billy has taken on another movie role, despite initially being on a break from acting. Billy can’t pass on the opportunity, so his relationship with Sophie becomes a long distance thing.  Always With Love follows the highs and lows of Sophie and Billy’s relationship and questions whether it can stand the test of time and distance.

Sophie is such a relatable character. She is your average every day girl who is so down to earth. Sophie is so far away from the LA lifestyle and I loved how her ‘normal’ lifestyle ensured that Billy stayed grounded.I loved reading about her relationship with her mother and how that, to, contrasted with Billy’s family life.  I loved reading about Billy too. I wish there had been more of them together.

If I’m being honest, I would have preferred a bit more drama within the story. I was fully expecting something dramatic to happen, but it didn’t. The story had some conflict but it was resolved so quickly and easily that I was left wanting more. I wanted more tension and even though their relationship wasn’t plain sailing, it wasn’t as gripping as I wanted it to be.

That said, Always With Love is a decent, heart-warming, easy to read book which fans of the genre will really enjoy!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A great sequel to Billy and Me!

A Sudden Crush

A Sudden Crush

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the author Camilla Isley, for review consideration. This hasn’t affected my opinion of the book.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
I Wish For You

Synopsis:

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?

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed Camilla Isley’s debut novel I Wish For You, so when she approached me to read her second book I jumped at the chance. I used to be such a big fan of the chick-lit/women’s fiction genre. Although I read more widely now, I often feel like good books in the genre feel like coming home. They’re comforting and relaxing. That’s exactly how I felt whilst reading A Sudden Crush. This book might be a little bit unbelievable, but sometimes it’s nice to suspend disbelief and just go with it, enjoying the story for what it is.

The story centres around Joanna, who is a successful editor recently married to the highly successful writer Liam. On their journey to their honeymoon destination, the plane gets into trouble and ends up crashing. Joanna finds herself stranded on an island. She’s not alone though, amongst the animals, the grumpy man named Connor who was sitting next to Joanna on the plane is on the island too. It’s certainly not the honeymoon Joanna was hoping for. Joanna and Connor have to learn how to live with one another as they try to exist side by side, waiting to be rescued, by Joanna’s new husband who she is sure will come to rescue her. Eventually, Joanna and Connor are rescued, by life can never be the same for them!

I think this book is perfect for fans of the genre. It certainly would be a great holiday read. I easily devoured it and could have done so in one sitting if I had more time to read. There are some unbelievable moments, sure, and I don’t think it’s the most surprising read, but it’s a wonderful, warm, funny read which is totally worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Perfect for chick-lit fans. Camilla Isley is one to watch!

Dream A Little Christmas Dream

Dream a Little Christmas Dream

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
You’re The One That I Want
Christmas With Billy and Me
Dream A Little Dream

Synopsis:

Sarah’s doing great. Okay, her dreams might still be totally bananas but real life is definitely back on track. She’s got a fantastic job, amazing friends and plans to spend all Christmas wrapped up with Brett, her handsome boyfriend.

But after another night of increasingly bizarre dreams, Sarah wakes to find her housemate suddenly announcing she’s moving out. And later that day Brett begins to act strangely. He’s clearly hiding something – but what?

Soon Sarah can’t help but wonder if she’s living in a festive nightmare. Will any of her dreams come true for Christmas?

Thoughts:

Dream A Little Christmas Dream is a really cute novella. If you haven’t read Dream A Little Dream, it doesn’t matter. Giovanna gives a little recap of the story, so it can be enjoyed as a standalone story. I love this, as it makes it much more appealing to read to many!

Giovanna’s Christmas novellas really get me in the Christmas spirit. They’re cute, so festive and adorable. It also allows the readers that have read the full length book to catch up with characters! Sarah and Brett are an adorable couple.

I did think the ending was slightly predictable, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story!

Would I recommend it?
Of course!

Giovanna Fletcher is a fabulous writer, especially of festive novellas!

The Happy Home For Broken Hearts

The Happy Home for Broken Hearts

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK/Ebury Publishing

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Memory Book
We Are All Made Of Stars

Synopsis:

Ellen Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits. But her reality is somewhat less rose-tinted. Once upon a time, Ellen had her ‘happily ever after’ moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband’s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home.

On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellen finally succumbs to her sister’s well-meant bullying and decides to rent out some rooms. And all too soon the indomitable Allegra with her love for all things lavender, Sabine on secondment from Berlin and estranged from her two-timing husband, and unreconstructed lads’ mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence – each with their own messy life in tow. And Ellen finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live – and love – again.

Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all…

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Rowan Coleman’s writing style, so when I saw a book from her back catalogue available, I just had to request it. I thought The Happy Home For Broken Hearts was a good read, if a little predictable in places.

The Happy Home For Broken Hearts centres around Ellen and her son Charlie. Ellen’s husband Nick, died in a car crash and her world has been turned upside down. Ellen is trying to move forward with her life, but with debt looming over her, she finally accepts her sister’s help and decides to take in lodgers to help her out with her money situation. Ellen takes in three lodgers, all very different. There’s Sabine, a woman that’s dealing with her husband’s affair, Allegra- an older lady who writes steamy romances and Matt, who writes a column for a lad’s magazine. Each lodger has their own fair share of problems. Ellen finds herself making friends and moving on. She doesn’t expect them to support her as much as they do, as secrets from the past are revealed.

Ellen is the main protagonist and very easy to warm to. She is dealing with grief, yet trying to sort things out financially for her family. Ellen has completely lost who she is, she hasn’t left the house since her husband’s funeral. We see Ellen trying to make life normal for her son, but at the same time, she can’t leave the house and panics when her son is out of the house. Ellen’s son, Charlie is such a sweet character. It’s hard not to feel sorry for him. He can clearly see his mum is having trouble with her grief, and as well as grieving for his dad, he’s desperately wishing his mum could be happy once more. I adored the lodgers as they definitely had more to them than met the eye.

This book was hard to put down. It was so easy to read and although I could predict what was going to happen, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. This book isn’t the happiest of reads, but there are moments of hope and humour and that’s exactly what I enjoy in books like this.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

A decent read from Rowan Coleman. Perfect for fans of women’s fiction!