Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Book Review - I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedford

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Title: I Will Follow Him
Author: Holly Tierney-Bedford
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 15th July 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?

When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she's landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to--best case scenario--report back that he's on the up and up, or--the unfortunate, more likely scenario--snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.

Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie's leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.

Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

From the moment I discovered this series existed I knew I had to read them, and in fact pre-ordered all of the books - after all I love books with exotic locations, and I love cruising, so what could be better than romantic comedies set on a cruise ship.  

I Will Follow Him despite being the fifth book, is the first one I have sat down to read, and i have thoroughly enjoyed it.  It can easily be read as a standalone, as each book is written by a different author, with just  the theme in common, as far as I can tell.    

This is ideal for either holiday reading, getting yourself into the holiday mood, or generally when you want to read an amusing novella, that features a Caribbean cruise. 

It's a really quick book to read, took me about an hour, and i was enjoying every moment of it.  There isn't a great deal of depth, but given its a novella, and a light hearted one at that, it does exactly what the gorgeous cover promises, and gives an enjoyable story, some smiles and generally left me grinning. 

Francie is a likeable character who is a private investigator and potentially against her better judgement takes on a job to spy on a fiancee,  on his bachelor parry, which just happens to be a week long cruise. The bride is convinced that he is going to cheat  or why else would he be going away. 

Danielle, the bride comes across as ridiculous neurotic, who appears to  be addicted to texting and with an unstable personality.  I loved the group of bachelors though, and everything that happens on this cruise. 

I could easily have envisioned myself on the Oceanic Aphrodite, I recognise the itinerary, I've done part of it myself, and the ship felt really familiar to the sorts of ships I've been on.  Would have loved to have been on board myself.  

Overall a highly enjoyable book, that hit all the right notes for me with this sort of book.   And I can't wait to read the other 7 Oceanic Dreams books. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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