Review & SALE – When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

When Life Happened
by Jewel E. Ann

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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.

MY REVIEW

When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
This is the section where I put the H/h names, but I really can’t… I can’t explain it either. All I can say is PARKER!!!
5 Stars all the way!!!

Step One: Buy e-book because Pam Godwin recommended it to me and told me NOT to read any of the reviews… apparently there are still DICKS out there who put spoilers in their reviews without any warning! Incidentally, Pam was freaking way the fuck out about this book and she was only 40% into it.

Step Two: Find out Jewel E. Ann is at the same signing we’re at (Penned Con 2017) and I make my way over to her table to buy a signed copy of said book. Did I mention I went back a second time to buy another copy to give away on Rough Draft Book Blog?

Step Three: Sit my ass in a comfy chair and get down to the nitty gritty of reading this wild book… Holy shit! Can’t peel face away from book…

Step Four: Read said book in one day because I couldn’t freakin’ put the damn thing down. And now I completely appreciate Pam’s fangirling over Ms. Ann and this fanfuckingtastic tale!

I am in love with this book, this story, and all its characters! When I finished reading it I was satisfyingly content. Ms. Ann brought these characters to life in a way that connected directly to my heart from the very beginning.

Parker is a conundrum of emotions. She’s fucked up from the past and the future’s not looking too bright at the moment. I get now why when I asked Pam to describe this book, she kinda stuttered a bit and shrugged her shoulders. There’s not much I can say without giving too much away.

This is definitely not a light hearted read. It’s not dark either. Shit, what the hell am I trying to say? It’s very serious and penetrating yet laced with enough humor to put an occasional smile on your face. The storyline is so enthralling that by the time you reach the inevitable plot twist, you’ll be too captivated to turn back. At least I was. And it doesn’t stop there! Sit down, strap in, and get ready for a bumpy ride.

This is my first Jewel E. Ann book, but it won’t be my last. I love the way she throws down the words and makes them all dance across my heart! Fantastic read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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Review: A Beautiful Catastrophe by Katheryn Kiden

For two years Shay Daniels has been stuck in the past—stuck in a pain so deeply overwhelming that she constantly feels as if she’s drowning. A chance meeting gives her her first breath of fresh air, but it could be her final downfall.

He’s stuck wondering what could have been—letting the pain of everything he’s lost simmer within his broken heart. She’s the first thing that has made him feel like himself again in years. He might be able to love her—he wants to—if he could only manage to live in the present.

Devastating pasts.

Uncertain futures.

Life is supposed to move forward, but what if all it does is revolve in a heartbreaking circle?

What if every step you take toward making yourself whole again only leads you closer to another beautiful catastrophe?

MY REVIEW

A Beautiful Catastrophe by Katheryn Kiden
Shay & Deacon
BEAUTIFUL AND BREATH TAKING
5 Catastrophic stars

Brace yourselves, this one is catastrophic and unpredicted. This is a love story for the ages. It’s warmth and powerful words will take you on a journey so shattering yet rewarding that your heart will never be the same. It’s profound, it’s tragic, and yet it’s even comical at times. I was glad I got to read this one. I’m sure there will be people out there that will knock this story for the simple fact that it’s not all hearts and flowers. Well, get a clue peeps.. LIFE is NOT all hearts and flowers. This book is amazing! I am forever changed after reading this.

Shay is suffering from the loss of a loved one and recuperating from a heart transplant. She’s a lost soul, wondering through life without any direction. She believes herself to be not worthy of the new life she’s been given. Her life is about to take on a whole new meaning…

Enter Deacon! Deacon is a doctor at the hospital Shay goes to have her new ticker checked up on. He is also suffering a great loss and therefore he is also going through the motions of life almost the same way Shay is. When their two worlds collide will they explode into a million pieces or will they be the glue that mends their broken lives back together?

The supporting character cast isn’t too large. Tyler is Shay’s doctor and also Deacon’s BFF. He and his wife Mia are very compassionate and caring to both Shay and Deacon, but also, very witty as well. The only other supporting character that bares mentioning is August, Shays friend. He’s there for her when she needs to release some anger.

The storyline is absolutely perfect. The characters prevailing and relatable. The tension is a slow build, but oh so damn worth it. The pacing is an even keel and the writing style effortless to read. This is my first Katheryn Kiden book, but it won’t be my last. Loved it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katheryn was born in Maine and has lived there her entire life. Growing up, she was the only girl out of five children. Out of four loving, but hard-assed, brothers she has been set on fire TWICE, shot at, left with a burning car and a five gallon container of gas, scared out of her mind every time they got behind the wheel, and has enough hilarious stories and amazing memories to fill a million books. It made her independent and every female character she writes reflects strength and independence.
Katheryn books are full of page turning suspense, humor, and enough steam to overheat your e-reader.
“There are no weak women, just weak moments.”

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Release Blitz: Kayden (the past) by Chelle Bliss

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Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not risking rejection. Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends for the path he’s walked.

Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of Sophia’s love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers. To learn more about Chelle, please visit chellebliss.com.

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Review: You’re the Only One by E.M. Abel

Sky and Dillon became best friends bonded through struggle, heartbreak, and a promise to get away from it all.

Together they move to New York to pursue their passions. Dillon is a singer/songwriter looking for his big break while Sky wants nothing more than to become a top fashion designer.

Years later, they’re still chasing their dreams. Their friendship has endured jealousy, insecurity, disappointments, and even open relationships.

But can they survive falling in love?

MY REVIEW

You’re the Only One by E.M. Abel
Dillon and Sky
NEARLY LOST MYSELF IN THIS BOOK
5 STARS

So, this is my first E.M. Abel book and what a book to pop my cherry on. I’ve always loved rock stars and musicians, but this one is a little bit different. He’s not rich and famous. She’s not a groupie! They are best friends pursuing their dreams in the big apple. Best friends that seriously needed each other in the worst way, but took forever to figure that out!

Dillion is quite a guy. He’s actually a great guy! His heart is genuine and his motives are always intentional. He struggles every day with putting down the “right’ lyrics and finding his happy medium when it comes to his dreams, dating, and everyday life. Now, his BFF Sky seems more outgoing. She’s willing to try things out of her comfort zone, but still looks back at what could be or should be. Sometimes I wanted to grab both of them and just shake the shit outta them and say “OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE,” but no such luck… yelling at my kindle didn’t do shit!

I was pleasantly surprised at the conclusion of the book. Although there were parts that made me want to rip my hair out and parts that pulled on my heart strings, I was delighted with the outcome. This story is real… like it could happen to you! I giggled, I sobbed, and I swooned. Be prepared to feel a conundrum of emotions! I will be reading more of Ms. Abel in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

E.M. Abel was born and raised a Marine Corps brat. She spent a large portion of her life moving and living in her mother’s home country, Japan. As a result, she gained independence and a unique perspective on the world. The youngest of three girls, E.M. Abel spent a lot of time alone in her room writing or sketching in her journals and dreaming up stories. Growing up, she wrote poems, short stories and articles for her high school newspaper. She also fell in love with art and discovered her deep need for self-expression.

Now, a Navy wife with two small children of her own, she still loves being creative and most of all translating her stories into novels. E.M. Abel, now referred to as E or Em by her friends and readers, can often be found with her headphones on jamming out to punk rock, in a chair getting tattooed or cooking dinner for her kids and attending gymnastics practice. No matter what she’s doing in her life, she’s always sure to do it her way.

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New Release: PLUS ONE By Aleatha Romig

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A fun, sexy new stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

He’s sexy and confident, the kind of man every woman notices. You know, the one with the to-die-for body and panty-melting smirk. And then there’s the way his designer suits drape over his broad shoulders and big…well, we’ve all heard the rumors, the ones that say he’s up for any challenge.

But I can’t see him that way. He’s my boss—technically one of the owners of the company where I work—and definitely not in my league. Men like him don’t notice women like me, and they don’t date them.

And I don’t date men like him.

Until that one time that I catch him in a compromising position when I’m also in need of a last-minute date for a wedding…and then it’s not real. It’s blackmail.

For one weekend, he’s my plus-one.

Beautiful and unobtainable.

From the moment she walked into my office with those stunning blue eyes and crazy sensual curves, she’s been on my mind. Three years and never once has she acted interested in me. Usually I flash a million-dollar smile and women fall to their knees, some literally.

Not her.

Then on the occasion that I agree to let another woman do that—fall to her knees—guess who happens to catch us?

It may not be the most conventional way to get on her radar, but I didn’t get this far in business without knowing when to seize an opportunity. If this sexy little firecracker with perfectly kissable lips thinks she can blackmail me into attending her cousin’s wedding, I’m going to jump at the chance to be her plus-one.

You love her darker side. Now it’s time to meet Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha, as she trades her renowned twists and turns for laughs and love with this sexy new stand-alone romance, PLUS ONE.

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 I’m in an alternate universe and it’s every fantasy I never knew I had.
What CEO of a billion-dollar company dreams of enjoying a farm in the middle of nowhere? Who imagines waking in a small bedroom, complete with a canopy bed and sunshine streaming through pink curtains, as birds sing? What owner of a 7,000-square-foot penthouse with a to-die-for view of the Empire State Building enjoys the hominess of a hundred-year-old, 3,000-square-foot farmhouse with a wraparound porch, creaky floors, and a view of cornfields?
Sitting with a cup of steaming black coffee, I listen as Kimbra and her brother Kevin bicker back and forth while helping their mother in the large eat-in kitchen. The warm spring air is filled with the sizzle of frying as the aroma of coffee, eggs, and bacon reminds me of some of the best diners in New York.
Although Kimbra’s dad, Oscar, is talking, I can’t concentrate on anything but Kimbra—Kimberly Ann. That’s what everyone here calls her.
“Because of you, I’m out ten bucks.” Kevin says, not doing a good job of whispering.
“Me?” Kimbra asks. “What did I do?”
Kevin tilts his head my way. “You brought a real guy here. I put money on him being made up.”
Kimbra reaches out and punches his shoulder.
He lifts his hands in surrender. “No. Listen. I was sure it was a good bet. When Mom said your boyfriend’s name wasn’t Timothy, but Duncan, and you didn’t want him in the wedding, Susan and I figured he wasn’t real. I bet Jimmy ten bucks this fake Duncan guy would be a no-show. Susan and I were sure that before last night, you’d have some reason why at the last minute he couldn’t attend. You know, like you’d make up some accident or something.”
Her brother is about as good at speaking softly as he is at being nice to his sister.
“Shut up!” Kimbra whispers back. “Obviously he’s real.”
Kevin’s head falls back in laughter. “He’s real, all right. Last night I thought your old bed was going to collapse.”
Kimbra’s eyes flash to me. And though I look down at my coffee and pray her dad isn’t listening, the gleam in her expression makes my cock twitch with the memories of the night before.

 

 

 

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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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