- Author: Caroline James
- Published: November 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company
- Category: Romantic Comedy
Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée 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.
Zach Docherty, Michelin starred celebrity Gypsy Chef, is at a low point in his life. After an unfortunate incident which made the headlines and damaged his reputation, his fiancée has called time on their relationship. In a moment of weakness and with persuasion from his manager, Bob, Zach agrees to be a contestant on Jungle Survival, a TV reality show. He’s a great choice as his Romany father taught him the basics of survival and foraging. Zach veers from uncertainty about his decision, his deep regret and heartache at losing Poppy, to relief at being away from the Christmas festivities, when he and Poppy should have been planning their wedding.
Poppy, an agent for Bob’s firm, is facing her own challenges across the Atlantic, with another of Bob’s celebrity chef clients who is about to take part in the Epcot Food Festival. With Poppy out of the country, Zach resigns himself to a stint in the jungle.
Poppy hoped that she wasn’t going to have her hands full keeping chef to his tight schedule, which consisted of a series of TV interviews, an exclusive luncheon and several demonstrations to a ticketed audience. His stay would culminate in a grand finale with attending celebrity chefs from Europe, serving their signature dishes to a VIP guest list of foodie attendees from all over America.
Obviously based on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Jungle Rock is a fun, light-hearted novella. Thank goodness it didn’t delve too much into the more disgusting trials and activities of the real TV show. I’m not a fan and have never watched an episode, nevertheless that didn’t stop me enjoying the book very much. I wasn’t aware until I’d read it, that Jungle Rock is part of a series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone.
Each of the characters are well defined and likeable. I enjoyed learning quite a lot about Zach from the people around him, including his protective mother and impressively larger than life aunt Hattie, both of them fabulous characters. That and his behaviour in the jungle towards the other contestants speaks volumes about his nature and persona.
Great writing with vivid descriptions, realistic dialogue and fun characters – a thoroughly engaging and entertaining feel good story.
I chose to read and reviewed Jungle Rock, based on a copy of the book supplied by the author/publisher.
About Caroline James
Caroline James was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad.
Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was Ebook of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: ‘AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The book will be published February 2016.
Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. She has published short stories and is a member of the RNA. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for a lifestyle magazine. When she’s not running her hospitality business and writing, Caroline can generally be found with her nose in a book and her hand in a box of chocolates, she also likes to climb mountains and contemplate life.