Monday, 21 November 2016

Book Review - Jungle Rock by Caroline James

Amazon UK
Title: Jungle Rock
Author: Caroline James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Ramjam Publishing Company
Publication Date: 21st November 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposĂ© in a national newspaper, his fiancĂ©e Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. 

Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away...

First let me take a moment to comment on the beautiful colour palette of this cover, it screams rainforest and warmth to me, which is perfect on a cold winter's day such as today. 

And the story definitely brings a warmth into my life, as it involved the jungle in Australia, where celebrity chef Zach is taking part in reality TV show Jungle Survival. It is obviously a fictional version of I'm A Celebrity, but I much prefer this version. Thankfully none of the really gruesome trials are talked about in any detail, more mentioned in passing. 

Zach's stint in the jungle has repercussions on various people close to him. We find out how Poppy is coping with her latest job, while having an eye on her ex-fiancee. Then there is Zach's manager Bob who is enjoying himself in the friends and family area in Australia. We also get to see what is going on in Jo and Hattie's lives. 

If you have read other books by Caroline James, some of the characters will be recognisable to you such as Jo and Hattie, but this definitely works as a standalone novella. 

As everyone around Zach gets sucked in by Jungle fever, I loved seeing just how Zach was doing in Australia, and he had some great tactics. 

Jungle Rock is an entertaining short novella, that is a highly enjoyable story, set over a couple of weeks, in a reasonable fast pace, and feels like another really good book from Caroline James. Easy to read, perfect to while away an hour, especially if you are a fan of I'm a Celeb. Even if you aren't like me, I still got a lot from the story, as it has quite a few different strands, and I was really hoping that Zach would do well. 

Thank you to Caroline James for my copy of the book which I read and reviewed voluntarily and honestly. 


  1. Awww, I'm feeling sorry for Zach already. Is this a good thing? Fab review, Rachel! Well done, Caroline! :) XX

  2. Thanks so much for your great review Rachel - hugely appreciated. Caroline xx


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