☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 5+ stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆••
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.
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel!
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content 17+
Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann is a delightful, engaging contemporary romance. I absolutely loved this book. I’ve had a paperback copy of it on my shelves for quite some time, but I’ve just now gotten around to reading it. It is on my list of books to re-read. Did I mention that I thought it was good and that I loved it?
Undeniably You is flawless chick-lit. All the characters are solid. There is just the right amount of humor. The angst is maxed out. The romance is perfect.
The story is told from Sidney’s POV. The book begins at her wedding and then flashes back to when Sydney spent a month housesitting in Palo Alto, California three years earlier. The story progresses as you’d expect….until the timeline moves back to the present. There is a big, and I mean BIG, detour from what I anticipated! I was fully engaged in the first half of the book, but the second half had me biting my nails and turning pages into the middle of the night. Did I mention the angst? Prepare for the emotional rollercoaster ride of your life!
The cast of characters is brilliant. The secondary characters richly add to the story without stealing the spotlight from the headliners. Sydney Ann Montgomery is taking a year off before she starts grad school. She is spending that year travelling and house sitting. She plans to do use her time well and achieve all the goals her late mother missed out on. Lautner Sullivan is a seriously sexy pediatric resident. This one-time college football star has goals and dreams of his own that require his full attention. He doesn’t need any distractions, but when a wrong turn lands him in the right place for an excellent “what if” opportunity, he goes with it.
Sydney and Lautner have thirty days. Thirty days for fun, romance, witty banter and hot sex. Their relationship has an end-date because Sydney will not fall into the same trap her mother did. She will not let love get in the way of her goals. She will not let this totally hunky, super romantic, awesomely sweet guy put her rigidly planned out life on a detour no matter how hard she has fallen for him.
“I. Love. You. Period. It’s a goddamn soul-shattering love that will never, ever be matched. My love for you is unapologetic and forever.”
Lautner professes his love, but the girl has plans. When 23 year old Sydney gets on that plane without fully confessing her feelings to Lautner, it isn’t the first time you want to slap some sense into her, and it won’t be the last. In reality, would I advise a 23 year old to give up their goals for a 30-day long relationship? No, but I also would not advise said 23 year old to shut the door on that relationship either.
As Sydney tearfully boards her flight to Paris, my only solace was remembering the book started with a wedding. Remember that BIG surprise I mentioned? Well, my heart is again racing just thinking about it. This is a spoiler free review so you will not get more out of me. You just cannot appreciate this story knowing more. Don’t read the spoilers with all the plot points or the end. You’ve got to live through each twist, turn, misconception, and deception to get that full-on adrenaline rush of this book.
Undeniably You is a sexy, funny, angst-filled standalone contemporary romance that will drag you through the entire spectrum of emotions. Do yourself a favor, buy the book and read it….don’t put it on the shelf until you’ve savored every single word. Did I mention it’s a five-star read? It is really more than five stars…
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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