When Life Happened, an all-new standalone romance from
Jewel E. Ann is available now!
When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: June 5th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Excerpt:“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. “Bullsh!t. 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 a$$. 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 f*cking 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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“Today is my favorite day”
Me: This book is my favorite Jewel’s book.
Inner Me: But you said that about the last book.
Me: Yes, that was the last book.
One thing is almost guaranteed for me when it’s time to write a review for one of Jewel’s books. It’s hard. Why? Because to make sense of the jumble of emotions that she makes me feel takes time, and because I definitely don’t want to give anything away. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. It’s best to just dive in with any of Jewel’s books. So how does one review this, how do I review this? Very delicately, I suppose.
For starter, as much as I love a sculpted torso or a bearded model on the cover, I love how Jewel bucks the trend and does her own thing with her covers. If you don’t believe me, go back to everyone of her book and you tell me.
Another thing, which I’ve already said before but will say it again (yup), Jewel’s blurbs alone are worth noting. If you don’t believe me, go back to everyone of her book and you tell me.
On to this book, to put succinctly, it’s Parker’s journey to finding true love. How she gets there, you just need to read. No matter what she does, I doubt you won’t fall in love with her the same way her man fell in love with her. She’s funny and quirky. She’s complex in her simplicity. She’s strong even in her moments of weakness.
And to put it simply, the man in Parker’s life will make you feel all kinds of things. The how and why, you just need to read.
Reading this is really almost like an experience. As Parker went through her moments, you can’t help but feel and think a certain way. Like… As you get older, you realize things stop being merely black and white, whether you want it or not. Sometimes the right decisions end being the wrong ones, and the wrong choices end being the right ones. Sometimes, life catches you off guard and changes in a blink of an eye. And sometimes, it really is best to just let go and let things flow... let life happen…
Jewel cracked my heart open with this one. Then she put it back together, but along the way, she wrung the hell out of it then she massaged it at the end. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, and boy did I cry, then I smiled.
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