Friday, June 9, 2017
When Life Happend by Jewel E. Ann
Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.
After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.
Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.
Step Two: Find a job.
Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.
He also has a wife.
Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.
Step Three: Don’t judge.
Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.
“You … you tried to seduce me.” Anger fueled her fight, overriding how terrified she felt being feet from naked Gus. He laughed. That fed her anger even more. “I wasn’t seducing you. I was making a point.” He slipped on a white T-shirt. “Bullshit. I was there.” “Precisely. Then you should know that I wasn’t seducing you.” He grabbed her shoulders and steered her away from the entrance to his closet. She turned, relieved to find him dressed. “I felt you.” Her eyes narrowed. He smirked. “You did, did you?” Heat spread up her neck and burned her cheeks. Discussing Gus’s erection in his bedroom with Sabrina out of town qualified as the most inappropriate conversation she had ever had. “You’re such an ass. Just tell me why?” Twisting his lips to the side, he narrowed his eyes. “You’re young. You think the world is so black and white. In your fairy-tale world, love is a magic wand spreading trails of glitter and granting happily ever afters.” Parker stepped closer, knowing the lion could pull her into his den. “I don’t believe in fairytales.” “No?” He shrugged. “Then I guess I made my point.” “I don’t get your stupid point!” Her fingernails dug into her hands as she clenched them. Gus leaned forward, putting them at eye level. She held her ground, even though his proximity made her body tremble. “Someone cheated on you. And you’re so fucking mad about it because you can’t understand it. But love is an emotion that resides in your head and your proverbial heart. It has to be nurtured to grow or it dies. But … desire … it’s instinctual. Physical. Carnal. And when it wants its way, your brain shuts down and the only heart you hear is that blood-pumping organ in your chest. A slave to your desire, readying your body to do one thing and one thing only …” He leaned into her ear and whispered, “Get. Off.” August Westman proved he was the devil. Parker became the worst possible version of herself in his presence. He drugged her with his words, pulled her under with his confidence, and stole her innocence with a whisper.
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So, it has taken me a few days to come down from the high of this book. It hit me right in the gut with the feels and every emotion evoked had me crying. Yes, Jewel E Ann, you have hit the elite group of authors who have actually gotten my black heart to shed tears. I related to Parker so much because if I was in her shoes, especially when it came to her sister, I would have done the same things she did. While her mother drove me bonkers, it was also endearing. I really enjoyed Parker’s quirky sense of humor as well as her passion.
Now to the core of the story. How much Parker hates cheaters. But fighting that tension and chemistry is damn near impossible. But I loved the banter and wit. It is really hard to not give any spoilers just because of the way this book is set up but let me tell you, you get hit with a bang and a complete 360. It’s raw, gritty and powerful. When life happens, you literally are thrown for a plot twist. It was like that meme that is out there where it yells “PLOT TWIST” when something insane happens. That is this book. You are taking for a completely new ride that is even more emotional and almost breaks you at points.
To say this book hit me, well, that is an understatement. Because I have been in Parker’s shoes. I walked that walk. Damn, even crying while I write this review. What Ann wrote here, is really a jewel that is so precious that everyone needs to read. It takes you on such a roller coaster ride that has you gripping your ereader. You are left in awe to be honest. I feel like this book should, no NEEDS to be a movie. Out of all the books I have read, this one will stick with me. This is by far my top read of 2017 and as much as I love the words, it will be a struggle for anything to beat this one.
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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