Thursday 6 February 2020

♥ THE LIFE THAT MATTERED ♥ Jewel E. Ann ♥ #LifeDuet1 ♥

© Bianca Janeane

• 6 February 2020
• Book #1 in the #LIFE duet
• #2 - The Life You Stole - 20 February!
5 Stars

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 closevery close.

When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiledunimaginable 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.

Evelyn. Ronin.
Lila. Graham.
Those are the four people this duet is about.
Evelyn starts telling us the story. She and Ronin are the main couple. At least I guess they are.
I just got started with the story.
The prologue was six years in the future. Very confusing, sad, weird.
And then we go back a few years. Evelyn tells us how she's been besties with Lila since kindergarten and how Graham joined their circle in college and fell in love with Lila.
After that Evelyn was always their third wheel and best friend.
And then - a little while before Graham and Lila got married and Graham went on to become governor ... Evelyn met Ronin in a café in Vancouver.
It was mega insta interest/attraction/love between Evelyn and Ronin. And as fate would have it ... Ronin would leave for his new job in Aspen the next day. Aspen, Colorado - where Evelyn runs her own bath and body shop.
But that's not yet our happily ever after ... not by a long shot ...

What will happen with Evelyn & Ronin & Lila & Graham?
Will there be a HEA???


Well, that was ... something!
I had NO idea what to expect when I started reading. From the cover I expected some kind of snow-accident-gone-missing-wilderness-adventure-psycho-suspense! LOL. From the blurb ... no idea ... a romance with a bit of suspense and a foursome?? NO idea what I was expecting, or what I was wanting it to be.
Then I got a very weird and strange and sad prologue and still didn't know much more!
And then the story starts. And we kinda love it - it's all fun and sexy and ski-ish and romance-ish and falling-in-love-ish and very mature (we're mid-thirties! Even though from the way they act - everybody could be in their twenties!). But we all know that the real story hasn't even started yet!
And yes, we're a bit scared of whatever might happen ...
But still - everything is going great. We're in Aspen. It's sexy and funny and adorable. Time goes by.
I think Jewel wants us to feel safe and happy ... for now. I just know the BAM will come!
There was this tiny line at the 18% mark that worried me a bit. (Because of my dislike of religion and spiritual crap and also because I just don't much love supernatural stuff in my romances!)
And now I just keep on reading expecting .... I don't know what to happen. LOL!
But I enjoy doing that. I love reading this story. Ronin is a perfect hero!
I haven't been scared away yet!
But I'm sure it's coming! It has to get really bad for the second book to make it all perfect again - but maybe we won't get any perfects at all. Oy. Now I'm even more scared.
And I'm also sure it will be HELL to have to wait for book 2 to arrive - even though Jewel changed the date to 2 weeks from today ☺!

THE LIFE THAT MATTERED was such a beautiful story. Funny, aorable, sexy, mysterious, wintery, heartbreaking. I need book #2 asap!!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Ronin - this one is MINE!


Book #2 will be out 20 February! 

Other Books by 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.