When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: June 5th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
“Today is my favorite day.”
Parker Cruse is a young twenty-something woman who has just moved out on her own from her parents, she's young, slightly immature, and doesn't make the best choices. When she caught her boyfriend cheating on her with her twin sister, she thought it would be a great idea to ruin their wedding in the grandest way possible. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty hilarious. I wasn't sold on Parker in the beginning of the book because so many things she did annoyed me, but she seemed to mature as the book went along and I can appreciate character development like that.
“…my touch is the only one that will ever matter.”
Humor- one of the first things I notice about Jewel's books are the humor in them. Whether it be a darker more complex story or a lighter romantic comedy, jewel always manages to deliver her classic humor and quick wit into every character. It's one of my most favorite things about her as an author, especially since our real lives are infused with humor every day, why shouldn't our books be? All I have to say about this is "pony scene". If you've read it, you get it. I laughed so damn hard! I'm laughing just thinking about it. If you haven't read it, do that, and you'll understand why Jewel's humor makes any book such a unique experience. Her mind is such a special place. This book had me laughing out loud so many times, the banter was hilarious!
“Did you check your vulva? Maybe you’re in heat.”
Rage/Love- Often, the second thing I feel when I read a Jewel book! Just kidding, this doesn't happen in every Jewel book, but in this book, YUP. HOW? How in all the crazy hell does an Author do this?!? It's NUTS. I'm officially perplexed. Like one minute I'm yelling and acting all stabby, and the next minute I'm all bunny rabbits and kittens. This book should be in a new genre-- the contemporary/bi-polar/romance genre. Because as crazy as I'm acting while reading it, I'm gonna need some horse tranquilizer to get through this. <--- All true things that happened while reading.
“If I can’t love you, then I’m just going to love everything about you.”
This is a long book and let me tell you before I knew it I was halfway through and then, before I knew it I was finished! It was addictive and kept me glued to the page, there is so much going on in the first half of the book that you don't realize that by the time you get to the second half of the book, you're starting almost a completely different story. It's crazy! I'm not mentioning the male characters for a reason, because if I do that will basically ruin the whole plot for anyone who hasn't read it. But, there are two men in Parker's life, and both of their individual stories are as unique and beautiful as this book as a whole. So much happens to Parker throughout this book and it's a beautiful thing to see a character grow in such a way.
"For the tiniest moment, she let herself wonder if everything in her life to that point had truly led her to him."
Jewel has a way of taking her readers on a journey that is unforgettable. And with this book that journey was hard, and rigid and ended on beautiful notes. When life happened is the most perfect title for this book because the simplicity and complexity of those three words hold more meaning than one would think. When I was finished reading I sat there for a minute and just stared at my ceiling with tears in my eyes, because I felt so consumed by this beautiful story. It moved me so much, and it will stay with me forever. This is a book everyone needs to read!
“I’m afraid of having everything that means nothing and nothing that means everything.”
“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.
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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