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The Life You Stole (The Life Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B083QVPXNL
- Publication date : February 20, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2183 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,990 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cheating is a non starter for me. The reason I read romance is to escape chronic depression. I am in it for the HEA, though my favorites are compelling and every bit as challenging and affirming as books that fall into the “literary fiction” category. For that reason Jewel E Ann is one of my favorite authors.
I felt sick to my stomach when I read the prologue of the first book. It kept me up nights. I read it over and over for clues. I was so swept up in waiting several weeks to read Evelyn and Ronin’s HEA that it interfered with daily life. If that isn’t the mark of an excellent book I don’t know what it.
By the night of the 19th I convinced myself that Ronin cheated psychologically due to the connection between his and Lila’s mind rather than physically. I loved the first book so much that I did mental gymnastics to deal with the cheating.
This book was under my skin so completely that I stayed up until midnight last night to read it the moment it landed in my Kindle library. And that speaks to the quality of writing. While reading the first book I knew Lila’s accident was a suicide attempt and Graham was a bad guy. But figuring out stuff like that happens with the finest books. And, hey, I thought I figured out the cheating as well and was wrong.
Ronin was a different character in the second book because of the depression and pain he shared with Lila. That rang true even though it was difficult to read. But stuff is difficult to read, life is difficult, that worked for me. On the other hand, the ending was shockingly abrupt. Again, maybe that is the way with thrillers. But I missed the journey Ronin took to put himself, and themselves, back together because even if it wasn’t *his* depression the aftermath of what happened would have been complicated and painful and rich in terms of material. Same with Evelyn recovering from the betrayal. It isn’t any reader’s place to dictate how an author wraps up a story, it is only what I missed and might not be a second thought for most readers.
The abrupt ending also bothered me because the two books were so disjointed in style. The duet would have worked for me if the second book circled back to the first in tone. Watching them reconcile and reconnect would have served that purpose. As it stands, the two books don’t read as companions. We don’t get to see the Ronin of the first book, the guy who was so possessive of Evie that he the idea of her being in an almost threesome with their friends before he and she were together drove him to claim her with his words and actions even on the eve of rehab. He was deeply flawed, but he was all in. I like to believe he returned to a deeper and more complex version of that man and I wanted to read about it. I wanted the bad taste of the betrayal out of my mouth, I wanted to believe there was a path to an HEA. The ending didn’t satisfy that for me.
This is the first review I’ve written. And I feel pretty guilty I was first compelled to review a book that didn’t work for me because there are so many books, specifically so many Jewel E Ann books, that keep me up at night and make me daydream because I love them so much. Jewel E Ann’s Jack and Jill series, Jersey Six, Only Trick, Idle Bloom, Perfectly Adequate all fall into that category. She is an amazing author and will always be a one click for me.
If you love thrillers this truly is the book for you.
I am not sure that I will ever have another experience reading like I did with this duet.
What I am about to say.... I mean it truly in the best way possible.
I didn't just read this book mentally... Hell yes, it was stimulating and suspenseful and kept my mind guessing the whole time. But what made this so different was that I PHYSICALLY felt this book. It made me nervous, sick to my stomach, my heart was racing the WHOLE time and I was totally uncomfortable. I read this SO fast because I needed to feel better.
And because of that... I could totally understand where Ronin was coming from... How physical feelings can influence your decisions. This story is mind-bending. The way 4 lives can be tangled up into one... how one decision can start a snowball effect that can't be stopped.
My goodness, what a roller-coaster of emotions. I went into this second half of the story expecting one thing and came out feeling a whole other way. This is the epitome of why I love books so much.
Graham declines to the point of being a psychopath and at least gets what he deserves.
While Lila undergoes horrific abuse, she commits the most selfish, reprehensible act by instigating the cheating, which could have been avoided with communication and not being so self-absorbed.
Ronin sinks to the despicable level of initially emotionally cheating to "feel better" and eventually physically cheats. He becomes irredeemable when after crying due to the guilt, makes the decision to actually cuddle and fall asleep with his source of solace. That the author chose this path for him is disheartening given his purported love for his wife and children.
Evie is reduced from a strong, independent woman to a door mat. How many women in reality would witness their husband leaving their best friend's home while putting on his shirt and later sleep with him while smelling the other woman's scent on him without saying anything?
I ended up hating these characters and the story lines that were written for them. I sincerely hope that the author will include warnings in future books if she makes the disappointing decision to incorporate cheating.
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This is such a unique complex situation these four people have found themselves in, but mainly this focuses on Ronin and Lila. I felt this book was fairly dark and seeped in sadness and hopelessness more than the first book. What I felt for Lila and her pain and what she was going through literally tore me apart; my heart was breaking for that woman. So strong and yet so pitifully vulnerable. Ronin was going through much the same but no where near as severe as Lila. The whole story posed questions sending my mind into turmoil and my heart plummeting to the ground on so many occasions. The characters were all wonderfully written and it was so very easy to relate in some form to what they were all going through, but not really knowing in which direction Jewel was going to take us. Many a time I thought I knew what was happening, but it was so much worse than I ever thought.
This Author always has that wonderful knack of taking you down the rabbit hole which leads to endless mind F$$$S that you can never quite work out until it slaps you right in the face.
Jewel E Ann is amazingly talented with a brilliant imagination which shows perfectly in this truly unique duet.
One of my top reads for this year most definitely. Absolutely mind blowing in all ways possible. Phenomenal !!!