What it’s about:
Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.
All the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.
Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.
The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly-humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.
This woman …
She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.
She must go.
Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.
Ever since I fell in love with Jewel E. Ann’s book, One, I’ve been desperately awaiting Flint’s story. Look The Part is his story. While I loved recognizing the tie-ins to the prior book, it is most definitely a standalone novel. This romantic comedy is told in dual narration by the main characters Flint Hopkins and Ellen Rodgers.
I loved Flint; he is battered and worn down. Left to raise his autistic son on his own, he also must deal with the guilt of his role in his wife’s passing. He has no plans to forget or forgive himself. The guy is not only an accomplished attorney, but also a devoted dad and extraordinary gardener.
I slowly warmed up to Ellen. Like Flint she is damaged and carries the baggage of past relationships. Since the gorgeous redhead was the victim in her relationship trauma, she response differently to her personal tragedies. She unwittingly hums (it soothes her), she is touchy, and even though she seems more positive than Flint, she is avoiding life as much as he is.
Ellen and Flint’s banter is humorous in its pent up desires and innuendo. They are very different, both in terms of their pasts as well as how they’re dealing with their respective issues. I didn’t feel chemistry between them immediately. There was a definite watchful lust, but it wasn’t until they made an attempt to reveal themselves to one another that I felt a real connection between the characters.
Jewel E. Ann nailed the attributes and mannerisms of Flint’s son, Harrison. I fell in love with his blunt, unfiltered commentary. I also empathized with Flint’s frustrations with raising an autistic child. Harrison is a secondary character who is part fulcrum and part catalyst to the story. The other secondary characters are just as wonderfully developed. I loved Amanda, Flint’s administrative assistant who is forthcoming in her opinions and advise. Her daily banter with Flint is fantastic. Both Ellen and Flint’s parents are fabulous additions to the story. They anchor the main characters as well as provide a sense of calm, great advice, and loving encouragement.
I always look for the meaning behind a book’s title. Look The Part is not about putting on an act or dressing up; it is about the various roles we play in life. A gorgeous man who is dapperly dressed in a suit could look the part of an attorney, a landlord, a suitor, or a superhero incognito. I appreciate underlying messages in fiction when the author can present it solidly without being overbearing about it. Jewel E. Ann’s messages give her readers a clear picture of the author without being preachy. Look The Part is not only about the roles we play in our lives, it is also about forgiveness. Lasting relationships—whether familial or romantic– frequently require forgiving others, and sometimes they require forgiving oneself. When given the opportunity to do so, will Ellen and Flint fight let go of their respective demons and choose to have the life they want (even though they aren’t sure they deserve it)? It is a hard battle, and one that I was thoroughly invested in.
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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.
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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