Hello mersquad coven!
As some of you may have seen on Twitter, things have been pretty intense for me lately, but I’m still here. I have a couple of reviews coming up today, but I think I need to write some more fun posts to break up all of these blog tours. What do you think?
Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on this blog tour. Click on the banner for the rest of the blog tour schedule.
JoJo’s French Escape
by Lorraine Wilson
Series: A French Escape #3
Publisher: One More Chapter
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Jo Jo Grant is a reality star runaway, in hiding in the South of France following the release of a sex tape. It was filmed and released without her consent by ex-co-star and ex-boyfriend Aiden who also cheated on her on the show, with her ex-best friend Sally.
Living with Poppy at Les Coquelicots has been a lifeline to Joanna and she is starting to feel like it might become her home. She had to sell her cafe business in the UK and while she loves running the Chambres D’Hotes and cooking for the guests she always hides in the kitchen if there are English tourists.
Her safe hideaway is put under threat by the arrival of celebrity chef Callum O’Connor, a friend of Leo’s who has arrived to help set up and design the menus for the new on trend Barn restaurant, set in the grounds of the Chateau. Callum is everything Joanna doesn’t want – charming, sexy as hell and a rising star, all characteristics he shares with her ex…
Imagine yourself in beautiful France with the sun warm on your face and a glass of wine in your hand…Jojo’s French Escape is the perfect summer read!
Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for One More Chapter – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel;s Random Resources, Netgalley, and One More Chapter for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Revenge porn is the absolute worst and I hate that this is the reason why JoJo is hiding out in France. I would rather be in France just for the fun of it, or even just for the history of it. Even if she’s a reality TV star, she does not deserve to have her personal business aired out like that, and that is definitely something that needs to be said. Now I get that this is a plot device to give Jojo a reason for being in France when she should be somewhere else, but still.
Having this opportunity to cleanse herself from the toxic environment and people that basically made her life a living hell from that incident, Jojo finds that she may be able to start a new chapter in her life in France with her friend Poppy. Even though there were some things from her old life in the UK that she had to leave behind in the UK – like her cafe business – being able to help out in the kitchen in the Chambres D’Hotes and interacting with the guests that stay there during their trips seems to have been a better choice for her. Surrounding herself with real people that don’t have an ulterior motive, some sort of agenda, aren’t doing things just for the drama of television, may have had a positive impact on Jojo’s psyche and mental health.
Despite the drama that ends up happening when people from the reality TV world come back into her life somehow, I thought that this journey that Jojo experienced was one that needed to happen, and was an emotional ride form beginning to end. I think that this was a decent balance of dark material and light rom-com fluff.