Book Review (and a Giveaway!): I Have Never by Camilla Isley

July 18, 2017 Camilla Isley, contemporary, giveaway, romance 8

about the book

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?

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

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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SERIES: First Comes Love #2
GENRE: Contemporary Chick Lit
RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2017
PAGES: 228

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At twenty-nine what do I have to show for it all? Nothing. No job. No boyfriend.

Confession time: I totally grabbed this book because of the cover. I love the style, the colors, the whimsy. It makes me smile just looking at it. Yes, it seems that I’m suffering from an extreme case of cover love 🙂

But the inside is just as delightful. I grinned through most of the story, except for those moments when I was holding my breath to see what Richard was going to do. Blair’s narrative voice is hilarious, snarky, and relatable – and her adorable dog Chevron could easily show up on my list of quirky animals in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post.

And let’s just talk about the romantical tension for a second. HOLY KISSINGBOOKS, BATMAN! Keep a fan handy for this read. The electricity between Richard and Blair could light up New York all on its own. I appreciated that Isley kept all the sexy times behind closed doors – just some kissing that will make you search for the nearest freezer and then fade to black. Blair sums it up for us later (which means you’ll be chuckling even as you fan yourself) but it’s still appropriate and classy. Isley does a fantastic job of conveying desire and emotion with a look… with a tight voice … with a text from an intrigued observer.

The secondary characters are fabulous, too. I’ve mentioned Chevron but I can’t forget everyone who works with Blair and Richard. An eclectic mix of personalities with a variety of skill sets who remain endearing even as they work to advance the story. Woven throughout these great characters and the off-the-charts chemistry is Blair’s reverse bucket list. Cleverly incorporated into the chapter titles, the items on Blair’s ‘never do’ list find her rather than vice versa. While she might think she’s setting out to check them off one-by-one, she rather stumbles into most of them, realizing many times after the fact that she could make this work for her list. It helped Blair – and the plot – seem even more engaging and likable.

Bottom Line: I Have Never made me grin and fan and laugh out loud. I also cried, not gonna lie, because Isley is a master of charged emotions and tension. It’s a light chick lit read but it’s also sweet, sexy and lots of fun. You’ll fall in love with Blair, Chevron, and of course Richard and his brooding British-accented self. It’s rare for me to find a romcom that I go back and re-read right away, but I did go back and find some of my favorite snippets to swoon over again.  I’ve read a couple of Camilla’s other books and enjoyed them but I Have Never is hands-down my favorite so far.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is cursing in this novel, and while nothing is explicit or detailed, there is the implication of intimate activity.

My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 5 / Read this near a freezer or snowbank.

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about the author

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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What about you? Would you rather make a scene or make the first move? (two items from Blair’s ‘never do’ list)

There is currently a Goodreads Giveaway going on for I Have Never by Camilla Isley. It ends on July 20th and it’s open to people in the following countries: US, CA, GB, AU, AT, BE, FR, DE, IT, NL, SM, ES, CH.

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8 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): I Have Never by Camilla Isley”

  1. Kay Garrett

    After reading about the book and your review, I can’t wait to read I Have Never by Camilla Isley!

    I think I would be more apt to make a scene than to take the first move although I’ve done both. However, my temper and/or lack of patience or hating to see an injustice done have had me make a scene more times than I’d like to admit to. Never to have been the quiet one, when I get mad or angry my volume just goes up and up making it hard not to notice me. 🙂

    Thanks for the headsup on the Goodreads Giveaway!

  2. Karen

    I’m sure that I’ve made a scene at some point! Never deliberately, but my mouth gets aways from me sometimes. I’ve definitely made the first move multiple times! I’m known for jumping in without thinking. We’re not gonna’ talk about how that usually turns out! Lol

  3. Evangeline

    I would prefer not to make a scene. 😂😂 You are a new author to me, and I would love to win a book. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Iola

    My husband says I made the first move, although I disagree. So I guess that’s more likely than make a scene!

    This book sounds like a lot of fun.

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