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.
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SHANDA'S 4 STAR REVIEW
When Life Happened is the story of Parker Cruse and her quest to find her way in the world. On the way she falls in love and it gets very messy. Parker was a really likable and loveable character. She was funny and quirky and it wasn’t hard to see why men want her. Gus was amazing too. As soon as he hit the page I loved him and my heart hurt for him. Parker detests cheaters; her ex cheated on her with her sister and she is still angry over it. But things get messy when Parker starts to work for Gus’s wife Sabrina. Being around Gus is a struggle and she starts to see how lines can blur and how it would be possible to cheat.
Fair warning; the 40% mark is going to blow your mind. I would try to avoid spoilery social media posts or reviews. Somebody is bound to ruin the big reveal. All in all I really enjoyed When Life Happened. I had a couple of things that I thought were missing so this kept it from being a 5 star for me. I wanted a convo between Gus and Sabrina during that event. I wanted to see what was occurring between them during this scene; you will understand when you get there. I understand this was mainly Parker’s story but I felt it was needed. I also thought the last half was cute but Parker didn’t really go anywhere. Did she ever get a job? That career she really wanted seemed pushed to the wayside.
If you like fun heroines, steaminess, and big surprises then you should check this out. But.......for some of you this book may cause you to throw your kindle. Good Luck! *wink wink*
AMY'S 4 STAR REVIEW
It's difficult to write an appropriate review without giving too many details in the story away. Parker hates cheaters....and that's a central issue in the story line. Life happens and Parker must find ways to adapt to each new facet that pops up in her life. I loved that Parker knew who she was as a person and wasn't afraid of pursuing her happiness. The twists and turns thrown at Parker may have brought another person to their knees, but she keeps fighting through and eventually finds herself exactly where she wanted to be and what she's been striving towards for such a long time. Overall, a really good story.
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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