Standalone – a moving and intriguing romance
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
‘Not every day is a parade with fireworks, but every breath counts.’
We didn’t need any convincing to pick up this book. Jewel E Anne has become a firm favourite author of ours and has never disappointed in providing entertaining, enthralling, funny, emotional, suspenseful and passionate stories that always manage to grip us. When she challenges us to ‘step outside of your box’, in her latest read, you can bet we’re there! This was such a beautiful quotable book…wow…we highlighted like crazy!
‘I miss the touch of love: a gentle hand wrapped around mine, an embrace to hold me together on the days I feel like I’m falling apart, lips ghosting along my skin, a whisper of forever, a smile signifying my presence makes another human feel happy.’
We went in with no preconceived ideas or expectations, instead allowing the author to completely lead us with her story and what a story it was! It was nothing like we had anticipated but we’re all about the surprises in our reads and we loved that about it. We feel it’s important to remind you to go into this book without spoilers. Trust us, you’ll love the twists and turns.
‘Sometimes silence holds more meaning than words, and love…it’s infinitely impossible to define, but unequivocally without any doubt, the reason we are here.’
This is a difficult review to write because we don’t want to allude to anything that could be a spoiler. This story was undoubtedly intriguing from the start. There were twists that left us gobsmacked, some we saw coming but we still experienced their impact no less.
“Fuck you, Scarlet Stone. Fuck you for taking my heart.”
We have to admit, we did struggle to connect with Scarlet to begin with and the repetitiveness grated on us a little. Initially, it was Theo and Nolan who were the driving force behind us turning the pages. They were the ones whose story and character grabbed our attention, however we did warm to Scarlet and wanted to know her and what she was about and yeah……we didn’t see THAT coming!
Theo and Scarlet are both such broken characters. They meet when Scarlet flees England back to her roots in Savannah. She takes up an opportunity to house share with Theo, a brooding, bad tempered bear of a man with scars and baggage a mile long. Both Scarlet and Theo plan to live there for six months and then move on. Theo, to finally put the past behind him and do something he feels must be done. Scarlet, for her own reasons which we won’t divulge here.
‘Beneath the brute anger, jagged words, and threats, Theodore Reed is a sad man. What does he see when he looks into my eyes? I can’t find myself. I no longer see my own reflection in the mirror. It’s unimaginable that he sees anything beyond my dark skin and unruly hair.’
We really had no idea where this story was headed. We were scratching our heads wondering if it was an otherworldly story (it wasn’t), and soon came to realise this was a story about living, healing and believing in miracles, small and large. It reminded us to grab life and believe in love. Love, the most powerful, the most beautiful, and at times, the most cruelest emotion of them all. Love can be simple, it can be testing, and it is always a contradiction. Lies, deceit, the explainable and the unexplainable are all to be found in Scarlet Stone.
‘Love is indiscriminate in its path – healing some people while destroying others.’
As the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, we were left open mouthed, our struggles with the beginning somewhat forgotten as Jewel E Anne’s voice broke free, propelling us to give ourselves over to this inspirational, beautiful, sad, heartfelt, passionate and intriguing story. Our hearts beat with love and hope.
There was much we loved about this story and some things we felt hindered our enjoyment. The British vernacular felt quite cheesy and dated at times, as well as exaggerated in certain places. It belied her background, location and experience which perhaps is one of the reasons we struggled at times to identify and connect with Scarlet. Although in saying that, Jewel E Anne has overall once again proved why we will continue to embrace her stories. Her characters charm their way into our hearts, they obliterate them and heal them. Her stories move us and she always manages to inject humour into the saddest and brutal of times!
‘Love is a brutal emotion. That’s how I’m certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, it’s our sole purpose in life. Love is the heartbeat of our existence – the essence of our humanity.’
THE JACK and JILL SERIES by JEWEL E ANN
Romantic suspense with a side of humour, that’s mysterious, quirky, suspenseful, steamy, addictive, unconventional, funny, sad, romantic, bloody addictive and absolutely fantastic!
‘He would die for Jessica. He would kill for her. He would end ten lives to save one, if that one was hers. It wasn’t sane. It was far from rational. But it was love, and true walk-through-the-fucking-flames-of-hell love was unconditional and completely insane.’
ONE by JEWEL E ANN
Standalone – Spin off from the Jack & Jill Series .
Although a standalone, it contains spoilers for this series…and it’s a 5Star series you don’t want to miss!
‘After his whole body visibly relaxed and I was certain that he was asleep, I looked in the direction of God and whispered, “Can I keep him? Pretty please?”
Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.
God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.
It was one day.
One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.
His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.
When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.
“We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”
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UNENIABLY YOU by JEWEL E ANNE
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel.
“He cracked open the door to my heart and whispered….what if.”
One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate.
Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.
When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”
Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not—the pool guy.
Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word.
The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.
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