Blog Tour Review: Clueless in Croatia by Joy Skye

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A cute and heartfelt romance about second chances at love.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Joy Skye for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Joy lives on the seductive island of Corfu with her four dogs and an embarrassing number of cats.

Her many years working in the tourist industry on this sunny isle and her love of all things literary inspired her first novel Corfu Capers which recently hit the #1 spot in Parenting and Family humour much to her delight.

She loves to cook, dance and drink wine, usually at the same time, and is currently working on book number three, due to be released later this year.

She also loves to travel, absolutely anywhere, and is looking forward to jumping on a plane!

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

D.I. Fierce always gets his man, but can he get his woman?

Actor Leonard Lupine is sick of his life, both on and off-screen, so when his agent suggests a luxury villa holiday in Croatia he leaps at the opportunity to escape. What he doesn’t realise is that his greatest mystery of all is waiting to be solved on the tiny island of Brač.

Does he have what it takes to follow the clues to love? 

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Review (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog for another book tour! I once again have three tour posts due back to back lol save me from my ill planning.

Clueless in Croatia is a heartfelt romance about learning to re-open yourself to love. Our female love interest is Isabella, who lost her previous partner to a tragic car crash and is afraid that loving someone else would serve as a betrayal to him. On the other side, we have Leonard, a depressed alcoholic with a not-so-great ex-wife. Both of them believe they’re not worthy of new love, but neither of them can deny the attraction they feel for each other.

There are many adorable moments and lovable characters in this book, most of them coming from the children of the main characters. If I’m remembering correctly, the children are all between 5-7 years old, and they are complete angels. I’m not even a fan of children in real life, but these boys stole my heart from the very beginning. I felt so bad for them at certain moments and wished that they could just have everything they ever wanted. PLEASE PROTECT THESE BOYS AT ALL COSTS.

There were a few things, however, that bothered me about the book from the get-go. The first thing that I noticed was that my copy has a strange amount of typos and long almost undecipherable sentences. I had to stop to read some passages multiple times because I couldn’t quite tell what it was meant to say. I’m actually not sure if I have an unedited proof for this tour, so these might have been fixed in the currently-available copies.

The other main thing that bothered me was the constant use of the miscommunication trope. It is one of my least favorite tropes of all time, so this probably bothered me more than it would bother the average reader. In order to drive the plot forward, there were several miscommunications throughout the book and a bunch thrown in all at once towards the very end. The reason the miscommunication trope bothers me so much is because it makes me want to grab the characters and just be like “bro, are you okay???”. By the time I got to the final chapters, I was legitimately worried about the way these two adults were behaving and about the well-being of their children.

In fact, while I do think that Isabella is a great mother (with flaws), the book never actually sold me on the idea that Leonard was a good father. Between his alcohol-induced black outs and volatile mood swings, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something bad would befall the boys at any moment as a result of his negligence. I had hoped that the epilogue would have clarified more about how the relationship between Leonard and his children had grown, but unfortunately it doesn’t (at least not explicitly). It might be one of those things where the ending is ultimately left up to the reader to fill in the blanks.

All that being said, Clueless in Croatia is definitely a story that will be cherished by many. It’s got many elements that I know people love to see in adult contemporary romance stories. There’s the snarky and practical best friend (that you secretly hope will get a spin-off), a bit of grumpy vs. sunshine dynamic, and adorable meddling children.

So while there were some things that didn’t vibe with me personally, I still very much enjoyed myself while reading. It’s a fairly short read (less than 300 pages) and I tackled it in a single day. If you’re looking to escape from the world with an atmospheric and light read, definitely check this one out!


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