Book Review: A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

Book Review: A Sudden Crush by Camilla IsleyA Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley
Published by Pink Bloom Press on October 8th 2016
Rating: five-stars
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, General, Clean & Wholesome, Contemporary, Contemporary Women
Pages: 146
Buy: Hardback/Paperback|Kindle
Also by this author: I Have Never

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?

A Sudden Crush is such a fun read! It reminded me a teensy, tiny bit of On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves which is one of my most favourite books EVER (seriously, go read it) but less intense. A more fun version, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it! Camilla is such a good storyteller, and while I reckon a few people will complain and say it’s an unrealistic plot, I just went with the flow. That’s the good thing about fiction, you can write whatever you want BECAUSE IT’S NOT REAL. So you CAN get stranded on an island with a man you can barely stand, and you CAN survive on said island, and you CAN make friends with a monkey called Manny. And it was delightful!

I dream of being stranded on a desert island. With books, sun, sea, sand, peace and quiet, and enough food to never run out, I’d be a pretty happy bunny. Not, however, in Joan or Connor’s case, because their situation SUCKED. Literally sucked from an aeroplane, and landed on a desert island, with the slimmest possible hope of rescue. That’s not how Joan’s honeymoon was supposed to go. But I loved that they both made the best of it, foraging for food, making a fishing pole out of what supplies they had, having a phone that had solar power (who knew that was even a thing), making friends with a monkey, it was almost like an adventure. A thoroughly enjoyable one.

What I loved even more, is that we got to see the aftermath of their adventure. We see them rescued, woohoo and everything that that entails. And it’s not pretty, in fact I was quite shocked at how things had changed, especially for Joan. The time-jumps were even more impressive because they kept the story flowing nicely, without wallowing on any one time, and I really liked that. Joan was amazing, I really liked her, I liked how she just sort of got on with her life, no matter whether she was stuck on an island with a man she could barely stand, or whether it was after she was back and she was thrown more curve-balls than a baseball match. She’s my kinda girl. And I loved Connor. Yes, he was grumpy and more than lived up to the first part of his second name, but he had some kind of charm to him and he sounded hot. That always helps.

This was such an enjoyable read. The kind of read you can finish in one sitting, and one you genuinely lose yourself in. I felt like I was there with Joan every step of the way, and I wanted nothing more than to go and get myself my very own Manny, because he sounded ADORABLE. A Sudden Crush was so much fun – and look at the adorable cover, too! I can’t wait to go and read I Wish For You, Camilla is the newest author to my list and I officially love her books!


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