☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
Sex. Lies. Revenge.
On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.
Only … part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.
“If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”
When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.
“We weren’t unbreakable.
I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”
The Life You Stole is the shocking conclusion to Jewel E. Ann’s Life Duet. There is a seamless transition from The Life That Mattered to The Life You Stole…and I am not going to hint at where the cliff hanger led. I will say that this book grabbed me and really shook me up. There was not one thing that I anticipated.
Ronin the superhero, husband extraordinaire is taken down a few notches and his humanity is flayed open for all to see his imperfections.
Evie, the main character in The Life That Mattered, almost takes a back burner as a secondary character. She is seen holding it together—taking care of children, home and work—while drama surrounds her. She can sense that things are amiss, but she is helpless to affect a course correction.
<i>Taken to the edge of a precipice, will Evie and Ronin finally say those three words they’ve been saving for when they really needed them?</i>
Readers are treated to Lila and Graham’s POV in this duet conclusion. Lila is even more aloof and enigmatic; I wished that I had a little more explicit detail on her thoughts and feelings since I could not understand or accept some of her decisions. Graham is even more toxic, and getting his POV floored me.
There are implied issues that aren’t fully divulged until the story reaches its climax. This made The Life You Stole angsty, dramatic, and emotionally wrought. Five stars for world building and character development, but overall a four-star read for me due to a few plot points that I couldn’t accept or felt were unnecessary. A gutsy book that I definitely recommend.
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