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.
“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.
Title: When Life Happened
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Third person
Scorching Level: 4
HEA: Um… Not telling
Amazing writing and characterization but my heart is broken! Jewel E. Ann is a very unique writer. Her books are always emotional and sprinkled with her one of a kind humor. This book spoke to my heart. The heroine, Parker, is one of the most lovable heroine’s I’ve ever met.She is a twenty six year-old woman, living with her parents while trying to recover from her sister’s betrayal. She despises cheaters and so, she hates her sister for what she did.
Everything changes when she moves into the old farmhouse across the street from her parents’ house.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor ‘s husband.
Parker knows that but she cannot help but fall for her neighbor. Who is married. Who loves his wife. Who happens to be the sunshine in her darkest days. It doesn’t matter if her feelings are wrong or forbidden. They are what they are and Parker will fight with herself because of them.
So, when life happens…It happens and there is nothing you can do about it.
The book takes every pre-conceived notion and idea humans have for life and morality and turns it around, exposing every aspect of the human nature for what it really is.
I loved every message in this book. I adored every character. The writing was phenomenal. The story and the heroes were so tangible that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them.
So, why did I cut one star from my rating? Because there is a huge plot twist that broke my heart. Because everything after that didn’t feel as powerful as before. And that is why I love this author. She makes you invest in every character and every subplot. I cannot reveal what didn’t work for me in the end because I would spoil it for you, so I will simply say that this book broke my heart.
I hope you pick this book up because it is one of a kind. I highly recommend it. Just keep tissues close by.
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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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