- File Size: 2720 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: #1,977 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.”
SPOILER: the over the top parts for me; Levi never had issue with cheaters so his reaction felt over the top and didn't ring true to his character. He himself had said something like life was messy and grey, not black and white, so for him to shut down so completely felt false. I certainly could understand a pause or even a fight but a complete shut down just felt like a convienent plot devise by the author so Parker could go home to get herself together and make up with her family. That part felt to clean and tidy to me and not so much real life. We don't always have everything in order when we are ready to move forward in love, usually its quite the opposite. The other thing was that she didn't specify initially that they never had sex, I definitely believe in emotional cheating and believe it starts there first before anything physical, but i believe relationships are salvageable from emotional cheating, but not so much once they cross that line into sex. So for me, she had crossed a line, but not one that was irreparable and her refusal at first to be honest with Levi about it made me crazy.