Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt | The Life That Mattered by Jewel E Ann

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“The wildly talented Jewel E. Ann consistency finds a way to level up. Every book she writes leaves me desperate for more! The Life That Mattered is a must-read.” – Ella James, USA Today bestselling author

The Life That Mattered, an all-new emotional and poignant novel from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

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Sex isn’t love.

Love isn’t sex.

And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.

When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.

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MY REVIEW

5 STARS

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this pheomenal story. I don’t know why I’m surprised that Jewel E Ann can still shock the hell out of me. This is what she wrote on the dedication page of this book:

To my future self
Don’t ever be predictable

Something tells me her future self won’t have any problem heeding this advice. So as usual writing reviews for her books are so hard because I don’t want to give anything away. My advice is to go into this blind. Don’t read any reviews and don’t even read the blurb. Just read this amazing book and prepare to enjoy one hell of a ride. If you still insist on reading reviews, my spolier free thoughts are below.

The first thing that I loved about this book was the way Ronin and Evelyn meet. It was pure serendipity!

“That’s the thing about you, Evie… I had no idea I was waiting for someone until you arrived.”

Sigh! Ronin! My heart swooned so hard for this man. He was so big and strong and beautiful and so so romantic. I absolutely forgive him for being the worst gift giver ever. Evelyn is a chemist who creates and sells her own soap. She doesn’t think of herself as being the most attractive or desirous woman but I loved her ‘take me or leave me as I am’ attitude. Ronin and Evelyn fall deeply in love very fast but it wasn’t just lust. Though there was plenty of that. This book was steaming hot with a few scenes that were a touch risque. Their love story will warm your hearts and I fell in love not just with Ronin but with the both of them. They were couples goals!

There lives intersect very closely with another couple, Lila and Graham, who are Evie’s best friends. There comes a pont in the story that they become connected in the most obscure, crazy and shocking way. Of course I can’t tell you and you will never in a million years guess anyway. Seriously, how does this author come up with these plots! Anyway while I’m still trying to process certain revelations, the author ends this book in the most heartstopping and chilling ways. Oh but there’s more! After reading this book I went to read the prologue again. When you read it the first time, obviously it doesn’t mean that much but reading it a second time had me questioning so many things. My brain cannot connect the dots and I can’t even begin to imagine how the conclusion of this story is going to play out. Jewel E Ann is a master storyteller and she is queen of unpredictable and shocking plots.

I highly recommend this extraordinary book and be prepared to want to dive into the sequel right away!

5 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Hot
POV: Dual
Cliffhanger: Yes

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review

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Excerpt

I wasn’t opposed to the occasional drunken one-night stand, but not with Evelyn. We weren’t drunk, and I wasn’t okay with an arbitrary time in the future that I may or may not see her again.

“I’ll walk you to your door,” Evelyn said as she turned off her Jeep.

“God …” I laughed, shaking my head. “That’s messed up. Now I feel a huge urgency to get my own vehicle. I think I’ll go tomorrow to buy one just so you don’t ever have to walk me to my door again.”

She climbed out. “I don’t have to stop at your door. We don’t have to play by the rules of dating. I think we’re past that age. How old are you?”

I found her hand and led her to the front door. “Thirty-five.”

“I’m thirty-four. Have you ever been married?”

We stopped at my door and faced each other. “No. You?”

She shook her head. “The rules don’t apply once you’re past thirty.”

“The rules?”

Evelyn grinned. “The courting shit. The baseball game.”

“The baseball game?” My head canted to the side.

“Yeah. The sexual bases? First base is kissing. Second base is—”

“Yes.” I fished my keys from my pocket. “I’m familiar with the bases.”

“Well, I don’t know if you’re a fan of baseball or not, but I am.”

I unlocked my door and motioned for her to go inside.

She wet her lips and stepped into my condo without an ounce of hesitation. “You’re inviting me in. So you are a fan of baseball.”

Not so much. Skiing, football (soccer), rugby, cycling, tennis … but not baseball. However, something told me Evelyn might make me a baseball fan.

“Are you sure you’re living here?” She glanced around at the sparse furnishings of my two-bedroom condo.

“I never stay in one place long. No need to own much. It’s just that much more to sell or move.”

Books.

I owned books and a place to sit and read them. My parents didn’t believe in letting Julien and I watch television while we were growing up. Julien embraced art. I embraced fiction—mysteries and sci-fi.

“What do you consider not long?” She ran her fingers along the back of my leather recliner before dropping her bag to the floor and slipping off her jacket.

“Three to five years is a nice stay.” I tossed my coat onto one of two barstools at my kitchen counter.

“Okay. So our marriage will be short.” Her teeth trapped her full bottom lip.

“Probably.”

I’d dated enough women to know there existed a sequence of events that took place way before the M word should ever be discussed. I’d never reached the point of discussing the M word. Not even with my longest relationship, which lasted two years.

Two years and we didn’t talk about marriage.

I was out of my realm of experience with Evelyn. We joked about marriage, but who joked about that? Then there was a baseball discussion happening, and I didn’t even like baseball, but I waited with restless anticipation for Evelyn to make her point. Something told me it could be brilliant.

“Kenny was a guy I dated my first year in college. He played baseball.”

I could not have cared less about this Kenny guy, but he brought her back to the baseball talk, so I folded my arms over my chest, leaned against the counter, and gave her my full attention as she walked in slow circles around my furniture. A predator with calculated moves.

Who was I to judge? I walked into her shop that day and basically said we needed to expedite our dating status—laid out my plans to eat dinner with her, close down bars, and sip hot chocolate.

“He was a solid hitter. Always got on base, but he never hit a home run. I honestly think he lacked the confidence to go for it. His coaches told him to just get on base, so that’s what he did because that’s what you do when you’re young like that. You spend a lot of time on the bases.”

Were we still talking about baseball in the literal sense?

“I think once you hit your thirties, no one should judge if you just hit it out of the park your first time up to bat.” Her lips twisted as she stopped in front of me. “The goal is to hit it home. If you can do that, then why the hell not, right?”

I thought I understood the metaphor. But if I was wrong, I could get thrown out of the game.

“Can I get you a drink?”

Evelyn shook her head.

My eyes narrowed, studying her for a few seconds.

“First base is fine.” She shrugged.

Fuck me …

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About Jewel

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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