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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Angela Hayes

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3 ½ Stars

 

10 Days by K.J. Holliday is a fun romantic comedy with a camping theme. This is my first read by K.J. Holliday, so I really didn’t know what to expect going in, but when this showed up on my recommended book list the title caught my attention which made me read the blurb to find out what it was about. The camping/survival theme, as well as one of the main characters being an author, really sold me on the story and I couldn’t wait to discover what lay between the covers. But I must admit that I probably wouldn’t have found this book on my own, if it had not been on that list- and I am glad that it was as I have discovered another new-to-me author to add to my reading list.
Alexander Jones is a bestselling author who is in the process of writing his second book, which isn’t going too well as he has a bad case of writer’s block. In the hope of inspiring some fresh ideas, Alex’s best friend, Luke, suggests a 10 day camping trip into the wilds. Since his story is set in the wilderness, Luke thought it would help if Alex, a complete city boy, experienced ‘survival’. As you can imagine, Alex is rather reluctant- but eventually he is persuaded to give it a try. Luke’s childhood friend and camping companion, Penny, is also along for the adventure (which is the highlight of the trip as far as Alex is concerned)….. and so, the story begins. What happens on the camping trip made for an entertaining read, with plenty of fun, banter, and sarcasm- which kept things fairly light-hearted- but the author managed to sprinkle in a little unexpected drama that kept things interesting.
There were a few moments that made me wince, where the wording felt awkward and out of place with the rest of the story- but thankfully this didn’t detract too much from my overall enjoyment of the book.

Thank you, K.J. Holliday!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Lisa Helmick

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This beginning of this book was great! I enjoyed the inner dialogue of Alex and his stress of going camping. I was really getting to *feel* for the characters. Then something happened. It just stopped…well maybe dwindled away. The story became hyper focused on teaching him camping and the discovery of love. The ending picked back up and became the fun loving story. The dynamic between the three was good. Problem was half the time I couldn’t remember they are older characters because their antics seemed like teenagers. I liked the insight into Penny’s character.

Overall this started with a huge promise of a wonderful story. It lost its way but found it again in the end.

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

KJ Holliday is a new author for me. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. I can relate to a few things when it comes to the outdoors and camping style, but no way I am tent type of girl. This book was romantic, funny, steamy and had some seriousness as well. The characters were perfectly designed and entwined in the story so easy. I highly recommend this book.

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Rachel Moss

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10 Days by KJ Holliday was a great read! I was enthralled from the first chapter and didn’t want to put this book down. It was witty, realistic and romantic all the way through! The characters were super relatable as well, and I felt like I was right there, camping with Alex, Penny and Luke. I enjoyed reading this story, and watching everything unfold. This plot and storyline was great and I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future!

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Erica Shoebridge

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one surprised me, I have to say. Lovely, easy to read, but intelligent writing and captivating characters. The characters came to life beautifully for me… they were rendered so seamlessly, and I felt like I’d known them all of my life. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Highly recommend!

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

KJ Holiday was a new author to me but after seeing a few blurbs and teasers I knew it would be right up my alley for a lighthearted and funny romantic read. It did not disappoint and I found myself reading this quickly and sad when the story came to a conclusion. Holiday has a knack for writing some witty and laugh out loud scenes that will make any reader love these characters and the story they have to share. I couldn’t get enough of Alex and Penny and the sidekick friend Luke.

“First of all, f@*k tents.”

This line had me spitting out my diet pepsi, cause same lol. I love camping or the outdoors but not tents, tents are the devil and I have plenty of awful experiences with them to say I’m good never again. Alex really needs the experience though to help him with his latest writing endeavor and is dragged to the mountains to live it all. Penny throws in a plot twist when he discovers he loves her, but will Penny accept the advances and the idea of a romance with him? For that you will have to read to find out. I can’t wait to see what else is available from KJ Holiday in the near future!

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the first book by this author that I have read. I really enjoyed his writing style. Her plotline was entertaining and well worth the read. Her ups and downs the characters were on was spot on. Her characters were fully developed and modest. It is entertaining when you take any character from a big city and see how they act in a country setting. The same goes true with a country girl going to a big city. When a city boy, who is writing a book, comes to a complete stop, his best friend takes him on a trek in the county mountain side. Luke is that friend. He suggests going on this trek and he brings his friend Penny. Penny and Luke have been friends since childhood. How will Alex handle being in the mountains? What does Luke have plans for everyone to do in the mountains? Will there be some romance happening? I highly suggest this book for a great read to escape from reality for a while.

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Jennifer Gordon

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this entertaining romantic comedy featuring a city boy and a country girl who fall in love in ten days during a camping trip. Best selling novelist Alexander Jones is struggling with writing his second book and so his best friend Luke convinces him to take a trekking and survival boot camp in the wilderness to cure him of his writers block. The only problem is he hates the countryside and camping. Both Luke and his childhood friend Penny Foster take Alex to the mountains where they camped as children. Alex is completely out of his element almost straightaway but with his friends help he manages ten days. However, a surprising outcome of the trip is that within that ten days Alex has fallen in love with Penny, but is unsure how she feels or what Luke will think when he finds out.

This lighthearted and fun romance had me laughing out loud. The characters are all very realistic and relatable and the chemistry between Alex and Penny really comes across in the narrative. I liked how the book is written solely from Alex’s point of view which gives us a different perspective from the usual female viewpoint in most romance novels. I particularly liked Alex’s witty and sarcastic inner voice and found Alex to be an unusual but very likeable male lead, and was really cheering him on hoping he would get his girl, Penny. The author made the setting along with the camping and survivalist elements really come alive through her descriptive narrative which made me feel immersed in the story, and as though I was camping with them. An engaging and heartwarming read which I read in one sitting as once I started reading I could not put the book down. A great read for some much needed escapism during the continuing lockdown here in the UK.

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Bobbi Wagner

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a cute romance story that has a touch of humor to it. This is a well written story about a city boy and a country girl. This story will show you how much things could change if just given 10 days. Alex has given himself 10 days to embrace the country. His friends including a girl named Penny are determined to help him with this. Will Alex and Penny find themselves embracing more than something out of their element? They made the story fun to read and entertaining. I laughed a couple of times out loud at them. They made the story for me. I highly recommend reading this book.

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10 Days by KJ Holliday – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

10 Days by KJ Holliday is a great book with strong, relatable characters. They completely made this book for me and are what had me turning the pages. Everything about them was so easy to imagine. I could vividly picture most of their conversations happening and it really made me feel like I was right there with them. The story itself I found to be quite fun. I expected it to feel a bit rushed given that it was mainly going to happen over 10 days but this was not the case at all. The author really took the time to build the story to make it a great read. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more from them in the future.

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