Book Review: "I Have Never" by Camilla Isley.


Twitter: @camillaisley
Publisher: Pink Bloom Press
Release Date: July 13, 2017

I'm going to start by saying I am currently doing the happy book dance! Yes, please picture me dancing, jumping and wiggling on the spot. My dancing contains a lot a of wiggling from side to side because who needs skill and rhythm? :p This book was just wonderful. I got to read it while on the cruise which was heaven for me. I feel like I have been trying to get through my TBR pile for quite some time now, so it felt great to tuck into these books that I have been eager to read.

I am a huge fan of Camilla Isley and she delivered another winner with 'I Have Never'. I love, love, loved it!

In 'I Have Never' we meet Blair Walker (additional points for having a kick ass name and making me think of Sarah Walker from Chuck, sorry, couldn't help it. :p ) a twenty-nine year old, independent, confident woman who has her life in check. She has a great job working for a magazine, to which she believes she is about to get a promotion, and she has a loving boyfriend who she believes is on the cusp of proposing. Blair's list is serving her well...kind of, well, she thought it was serving her well, but actually...

It turns out she doesn't get the promotion, she gets fired and her boyfriend is not taking her out to propose but to tell her he thinks they should take a break. Who does that? Furthermore, in the middle of this fancy restaurant it's revealed that her boyfriend is in fact cheating on her with his secretary. Blair can't quite believe what is going on. She had a list, a plan, the do's and don'ts of life that she was following, she had it all figured out or so she thought. Now, she's saying screw it to the list, now she's about to give the list what for and she's going to do the opposite.

Never make a scene...we'll see about that.
Never make the first move...watch me.

Oh how I loved this concept! Blair was just awesome, she is a true leading lady if there ever was one. She made me happy. She was bold, she was strong, she was sweet, she was sensitive, she was funny and she wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. She inspired me with her attitude and also her fashion sense, I now need to hunt for a pair of pink converse wedges. The situations Blair got herself into will have you giggling but also standing right beside her rooting her on, there is just never a dull moment in her life.

As for the leading man in this wonderful story, have I said love too much already? Because at the risk of going overboard with this noun, I loved Richard. I'm a sucker for flirty, romantic, cheeky banter and Richard and Blair had it in abundance. I honestly couldn't stop grinning. What was really cool too, was how Blair took the lead. I enjoyed that she said how she felt and even after what had happened to her in the past, when she feels love like she's never felt it before, she's brave and goes after it. It doesn't mean that she's not scared, I thought her vulnerable side was very endearing, but it was a breath of fresh air that she didn't play games. The same can be said for Richard. Though we see their relationship build and take time to grow and though he is seen with other women and portrayed as quite the ladies man, he never comes across as a jerk. I really liked him. Moreover, the online magazine he runs seems like a dream to work for. I very much wanted a job there by the end of the book.

This book has such a warm, friendly, happy cast of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about, from Blair's best friend Nikki, to the friends she makes at her new job, Indira and Ada, to the gorgeous dog she is "definitely not" keeping. It's a fantastic book that I read in two days and missed as soon as I put it down.

I highly recommend putting 'I have Never' on your Summer read list!

Happy Reading!
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2 comments :

  1. This book sounds like exactly my cup of tea! Adding it to my TBR list asap.

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    Freya
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