#BookReview: The Trouble With St. John by Katie Bloomstrom

Reviewer: Samantha

the trouble with st johnI received a review copy


“After all that work and sleuthing and investment in my great detective notebook, I had nothing. In fact, the only successful thing I’ve done since stepping foot on this island was successfully believe all the lies everyone told me. Oh, I’ve also successfully been kidnapped, successfully almost drowned, and successfully eaten more Xanax than I’ve ever eaten before in my life. And in two days I’m supposed to just leave and pretend none of this ever happened. If I can even leave after being framed for murder.”

When shy, medium-looking Samantha Stone winds up on the romantic tropical island of St. John after getting dumped at the altar, she’s faced with two options: (1) sit in her sweaty villa and cry over her un-marriage to her idiot ex-fiancé while watching Love Actually on repeat and mass-eating Oreos and Xanax, or (2) pursue a hot vacation sexcapade with the gorgeous travel god she meets at baggage claim. Really, what’s a girl to do?

But, after losing both her super spendy non-diamond engagement ring and her mysterious tropical island fling candidate in the same drunken night, Sam quickly learns that St. John isn’t quite what she bargained for. In fact, she’ll be lucky if she can make it back home alive.

Join breakthrough author Katie Bloomstrom as she takes you on a journey into a picture perfect paradise filled with men, money, and mystery where nothing – and no one – is quite what it seems.


A book with mystery, set on the beautiful island of St. John, and our main character is named Samantha. Sounds like the perfect book for me 🙂 This was a quick and humorous read, filled with plot twists and honestly kept me guessing until the very end. Bloomstrom did a terrific job with building scenes with suspense, and also on bring the characters to life. I felt like I was friends with Samantha, and we connected on the Midwest bond, too! Sometimes she could seem like a total air head, but hey, that’s all right! Her journey made for a fun read!

4 stars

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