I am so happy to be taking part in the blog tour today for the debut novel by my fellow RNA New Writers’ Scheme member, Giulia Skye – When Adam Met Evie. And it’s Publication Day! I hope you enjoy it, Giulia.
My thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and to the author for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.
Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.
He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?
This book was always going to start off on the right note for me because there is nothing I love more than a book that takes me on a journey to a place I’ve never visited before and makes me feel like I am really there with the characters, and this novel does that in spades.
The author whisks us off to the Kimberley region of Australia, a place few of the readers of the book will have visited in person, as it is a remote and often hostile environment, well away from the normal tourist trail. This is exactly why it has attracted the two protagonists in the book, who are both running from something in their every day lives. It is somewhere that the author has obviously visited though, as she describes it in vivid and beautiful detail, making the landscape come alive to the extent that it becomes an additional character in the book, and an essential part of the story. I felt like I was exploring and experiencing the harsh landscape and amazing sights along with Adam and Evie as they went on their journey.
Aside from the allure of the great unexplored landscapes, the emotional journey that the protagonists go on in the book is equally compelling. The author has drawn two interesting and complex characters to explore, and created a complicated relationship dynamic between them, woven through with real emotion and sizzling chemistry. The writing felt honest and real – this is no flowery, fairytale romance, but a proper, lusty, immediate physical attraction that grows into something emotional and mature. A relationship written the way relationships actually are, rather than the way we imagine they might be before we’ve actually experienced life (except Adam has a much better physique than any man I’ve come across in real life, and Evie is much nicer than most people, but it wouldn’t be fiction if it were too close to real life, would it? We always need a hint of escapism!)
The plot is novel and interesting, containing enough tension and twists to make the reader want to pursue it to the very end. I was invested enough in both characters to care what happened to them, and I enjoyed all the fun little escapades that were fed in along the way (Webbo and his novel travelling companion were a particular highlight!) Giulia doesn’t shy away from writing the love scenes with *ahem* passion either!
This is a strong debut by a confident new author and I will be watching eagerly to see what she does next. Having looked at what she has planned for her follow ups, I am sure I will be taking more exotic adventures with her characters soon. One to keep an eye on.
When Adam Met Evie is out today as an ebook and paperback, and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Author
Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.
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