Book review

Jungle Rock by Caroline James, Book Review

Caroline James is a couple of books old and already well known for her Romantic comedies. I have read one other book by her – Coffee, Tea, The Carribean and Me and trust me it had me laughing and giggling with such joyous abandon. Her stories are pure warmth, love, friendship and humour. Her characters will stay with you with their fun, wise attitudes sprinkled with loads of humour. 

Let’s see what Jungle Rock is all about.

​Romantic comedy author, Caroline James has written an entertaining novella with a Christmas feel set in the Australian jungle, the book has been described as ‘entertaining and funny, a real feel-good read’ and fans of, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me out of Here are sure to enjoy it.


Title: Jungle Rock

Author: Caroline James

Publisher: Ramjam Publishing Company 

Published: November 2016

Format reviewed: eBook

Rating: 5/5

Time period: Contemporary

Profession of main characters: Celebrity chef and Talent manager

Jungle Rock

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. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model, Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy.

Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King?

Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…

Buy the novella here: Available as an E-book& paperback Universal Link on Amazon | Kindle India

My thoughts

Handsome Zach, chef extraordinare, reality television’s sweetheart with oodles of roguish gypsy charm in his blood, is off to an Australian jungle. Zach has agreed to participate in another reality TV show, but an adventurous one this time – Jungle Survival, set in an Australian jungle. It’s for 3 weeks and a guarantee money, popularity and endorsements attractor. The talent management team definitely thinks so and after his heartbreaking split from fiancée Poppy, Zach agrees it might be a good distraction. 

Back home, Poppy and mom Jo are more anxious than happy for the upcoming increase in the Gypsy chef’s stardom. Auntie Hattie true to her nature is more than happy for Zach’s adventure. Zach might just survive 3 weeks in the jungle but not without a few more sizzling bits of gossip thrown in the paparazzi’s way. With every passing day Jo and Poppy settle into a resigned state while Hattie clearly enjoys the show and Zach’s jungle antics. Poppy on the other hand is doubly anxious, one for Zach and other for fending off advances from the current talent under her wing.

Will Zach win the show and be welcomed back home by Poppy or another lonely day at his bachelor pad? Will Mama Jo and Auntie Hattie finally celebrate Zach’s show with fanfare? 

Answers to these questions will be found in this truly fun novella which is full of friendship – the warm, fun, humour type between the characters. Hattie doesn’t disappoint and lightens the feel of some low moments the characters go through. Zach and Poppy make for a handsome couple and the highlight beside Hattie’s humour is the friendships in this novella. 

A novella telling the story of Zach’s jungle adventure and winning back the love of his life; I am sure you will enjoy this quick read and shed a few happy tears laughing along the way.


Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book 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, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten 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.” Her next novel, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.

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. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.

She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.

Caroline is available for interview. For further information please contact her via Website | Email | Twitter

Reviewed by Bharti

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