- File Size: 2704 KB
- Print Length: 429 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0999048228
- Publisher: Jewel E. Ann, LLC (June 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071ZX7Q47
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At its very core, the story centers on Parker Cruse, a young woman who hates cheaters! For personal reasons, I hate cheaters, too. I connected with Parker. It’s been a lifetime ago, but that hurt has never really been forgotten or forgiven. My motto – once a cheater, always a cheater. I wasn’t sure I could read this book. Even after being assured by book buds that I just needed to take it one page at a time and “let life happen.” I tried hard not to place a lot of emphasis on what the book blurb revealed. I held my nose and jumped into the deep end, and hoped I would still trust those friends when I surfaced. Within this all-consuming reading experience, I found some answers to my own personal demons and so much more. I’m glad that I just let life happen and read what now is most assuredly going to hit my list of best reads of 2017.
This second chance romance will own you -- tumultuous, evocative, sexy and addictive. Sometimes life just happens. Sometimes it hurts, and we can’t stop it. We can’t control it, no matter how hard we try. And that hurts even more. With emotions running high and intense, the story will burrow deep into your heart. I simply adored Parker. She’s kinda quirky, sassy with a little "devil" in her, and imperfect, but an organizational freak with "responsibility" as her middle name -- and always lovable. Parker is real and she brings life to this story. She's driven and knows exactly how to get a job done well. She's a terrific young woman whose twin sister's betrayal has devastated their relationship and caused rift in the family. Her heart is broken and she's lost the love of her life, or so she thinks. She's never really found her niche or a job that allows her to use the degree she worked so hard to achieve. Living across the road from her parents doesn't allow much adventure for our girl from Iowa either -- and did I mention her insane over-protecting mother?
When temptation comes knocking on her door, it is one of the funniest scenes I've ever read. Parker fights the attraction with all her might -- really she does! But the chemistry makes things hard to ignore between her and the new neighbor, Gus Westman. Their banter and interactions are so witty and direct that they hit their mark with precision. Gus is suffering his own personal problems. His wife is a workaholic and travels more than she's home. And when she is home, her schedule is filled with uppity clients and girls' night out. Gus is a great guy -- a gorgeous hunk who loves his old sports cap and tight faded tees -- and he gives it his best effort to appreciate and show his love for his wife. He plans trips for the two of them that are always cancelled, and he's built a beautiful home for a family he hopes to share with his wife one day -- if only she would give him the time of day (or night).
Besides Parker, there's a dynamic cast of characters: Gus, Sabrina, the parents, and sibs, Levi a/k/a The Funeral Clown, who are all wonderfully drawn. Their parts are meaningful as they each play a major supporting role in humanizing and adding depth to this story. Prepare yourself to fall in love more than once -- even with Rags, a mischievous Sheepdog. Some you'll lose your heart to deeply -- others not so much. It'll be easier loving to hate them. Still, each individual brings their own special meaning to the overall storyline. But the romance plot is predominantly angst-filled and a painful journey to self-awareness and forgiveness interwoven with family, love, loss, secrets, regret, and hope. But don't despair, there are definitely more than enough high-spirited moments interwoven throughout to provide a few belly-laughs from readers, along with some great banter and wit. Altogether, you'll find a truly eye-opening face-to-face with life and all the events that come in and out of our lives at any minute or hour of each day.
WHAM! TOTALLY GOBSMACKED!! Halfway in and I’m in a head-on collision with a SHOCKER PLOT TWIST. Be still my mangled heart. Torturous author! I never saw this 360 coming. Without being too specific for fear of including spoilers, this is not your standard romance and certainly not cut and dry. There are twists you won't see coming and ugly demons that must be conquered. Cried my eyes out and felt like I’d been slammed in the gut by a 300-lb. defensive lineman. But life happens when you least expect it, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. And that's all you're getting from me. There's a whole other side to this story and one that will definitely keep you in suspense and emotionally torn. Life goes on and thankfully this author justifies her well-served but merciless gut-punch.
I read each day, and sometimes it feels like I’m reading the same old story over and over – just different names/different locations. But this book went way beyond what has become the standard. Totally unexpected and uniquely surprising. Whether you believe in destiny or fate, Jewel E. Ann grabbed the bull by the horns and more than met my expectations in creating a story that shows how life just happens when you least expect it and effectively made it real. She is a powerful writer who builds a profound story that she capably brings to life on the pages, one that captivates from start to finish, and assures you’ll fall in love with her flawed and endearing characters.
Get yourself a copy of this extraordinary face-to-face with life, and find out how Parker, the girl from Iowa deals with all that confronts her “When Life Happened.”
*** 6 Star Review ***
The one thing I have discovered is that when I open a Jewel E. Ann novel I am in for a great surprise and an all consuming reading experience. Her writing is charismatic, engaging, and real. She delivers a very entertaining story with a sense of humor while slamming the reader with a raw emotional experience. Not only does she create an entertaining romance, the one thing that stands out is the story itself is completely original. Of course we all know that there really aren't too many plots that are original, especially this day in age where the publishing world doesn't have specific guidelines and rules. What makes Jewel E. Ann stand out is her gift to tap into several plot ideas and combine them to make them completely her own and completely different from the other million books out there. She adds her magical touch of creating dynamic characters that are charmingly imperfect but very endearingly human.
The first thing I want to say about this book is no matter what your reading tastes are just KEEP READING! I know many of the romance genre readers have hard limits with books about cheating and will not read a book where the synopsis indicates this may happen. Again I say KEEP READING! This book is exactly what the title is. It's a messy, emotional, delightful story about When Life Happened.
As I began reading When Life Happened I immediately connected with Parker Cruse. Parker was betrayed by her twin sister Piper. Parker caught Piper cheating with her fiancé/ high school sweetheart Caleb. Weeks later her sister walked down the aisle Parker should of been walking. Parker made sure her walk of shame was done in style with a huge dose of laxatives resembling the scarlet letter on the train of her wedding gown. Revenge was sweet but it would never heal the wounds of a broken heart. Two years later and still emotionally paralyzed, Parker is moving on with her life. She's taking on the world of adulting. She's moving out of her parents house, she's going to get a real job, and she's going to be an independent grown up. It doesn't matter that she's moving across the street into her grandparents old farmhouse. It's far enough away from her parents. It's also far enough away from conniving twin sister and despicable husband that are returning to town in a month. What she didn't anticipate is a grubby sheepdog and sexy neighbor intruding in her space. She didn't count on the sexy neighbor, Gus Westman, making her feel things she hadn't felt in years. She didn't count on her neighbor making her feel like a woman. She also didn't count on him being married. She can overlook his ordinary wardrobe and baseball caps, she can deal with his adorable mangy dog and give it a haircut, she can hold herself back from swooning at his bad jokes and quirky grins. Being around him on a hourly basis isn't all it's cracked up to be. What she cannot overlook is his wife. The wife who becomes her boss and meal ticket. It doesn't matter if she's the world's worst human being and wife. Gus belongs to that despicable woman, her boss. Gus wants to save his marriage until he doesn't. Parker despises cheaters. She has taken back control of her life and learned to love herself. Who does Gus Westman think he is to take that away from her? He's the man who loves her exactly for who she is until When Life Happened.
Sounds like a love story gone wrong? That's absolutely correct but ... KEEP READING... life happens and Parker is in the middle of all it's beautiful mess. She's going to find that life isn't black and white. There are two sides to every story and her story is just beginning. She's going to learn about forgiveness, acceptance, and love.
Jewel E. Ann had me with the first page. I could not put this book down and was completely surprised by the outcome because yes I am one of those readers that absolutely hates cheating. I am hopeless romantic that believes in true love and happily ever afters. I am also a human being that understands life can spin out of control and sometimes bad things happen before the good things can be appreciated. Life is messy but it is also beautiful. Parker experienced it all. Jewel E. Ann created a beautiful reading experience that left me with the warm and fuzzies!
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