☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
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.
The prologue had me on pins and needles. There is no way that readers won’t be immediately hooked by the it. I was all in from the beginning to the end, and I’m impatiently waiting for part two of this duet series.
I fell hard for the two main characters, Evelyn and Ronin. Evelyn is like a sunflower; bright, warm and sunny. I loved that she is a chemist and uses her skills for saponification. Ronin is sexy personified. He’s tall, athletic, and chivalrous. He is just perfect for Evelyn. They fall fast and hard in the way you might expect of soul mates finding one another in another life.
The prose is beautiful, and the plot is well paced. There is the perfect blend of intrigue, drama, and romance. A few odd plot points didn’t make sense at first, but eventually their significance is revealed.
Whether they are lovable or not, the secondary characters are fabulous. I adored Ronin’s parents. Evelyn’s best friends felt toxic and controlling. The entire book is richly layered like a Napoleon cake from the very best Parisian bakery. As she has done in a few of her other novels, the author asks her audience to take a deep breath and open their minds to some “unexplained phenomena and unprovable ideologies”.
I was completely ensconced in this story and invested in the characters, and I have to warn you to be prepared for a soul-crushing cliff hanger. Don’t let that discourage you, because author Jewel E Ann will resuscitate your barely beating heart in book 2, The Life You Stole, which will release February 20, 2020.
About the Author: Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. When she’s not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.
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