Sunday 6 December 2020

♥ NOT WHAT I EXPECTED ♥ Jewel E. Ann ♥


• 6 December 2020
• standalone women's fiction-ish☺

4 Stars
(would've been 5 Stars, but there was just way too much religion!)

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller Jewel E. Ann redefines modern romance with this unforgettable enemies to lovers story.

Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Tropes: Enemies-to-lovers, Holiday, Single Parent, Secret Romance, Smalltown, Starting Over

Are humans meant to mate for life?

After four kids and an unfortunate but fateful end to her twenty-two-year marriage, Elsie Smith meets the new guy in town.

Kael Hendricks is
a little younger, a lot sexy, and too confident for his own good. He also doesnt believe in marriage and all that goes with it.


He’s just opened a new business that threatens the livelihood of Elsie’s family’s store
just in time for the holidays.

The problem?

There’s an undeniable attraction that leads to out of control situations, a loss of inhibitions, and a lot of small town gossip.

As Elsie tries to redefine herself and convince her family she isn’t having a midlife crisis, she’s forced to answer the biggest question of all

Can she love an enemy who will never surrender?

Ten months ago Elsie was a married mother of four. All but one of her kids were already in college. Twenty two years of marriage. Enough money, good friends.
But she wasn't really happy. Not at all.
And now? Now she's a single 42 year old with a crush on her sexy and younger business rival across the street! 

What will happen with Elsie and Kael?
Will there be a HEA???


I'm always a bit scared when something says WOMEN'S FICTION. That doesn't sound like something I would love.
But this was adorable.
Well, maybe not the first chapter. ☺ That was sad and heartbreaking.
But definitely the budding romance between Elsie and Kael.
The romance is not the main part of this book though. It's more about a woman in her early forties and how she survives after everything that happened in her life - and is still happening.
It's about friends and kids and in-laws and small-town living with all its gossip and whatnot.
I loved reading it.
There was a lot religion in here - I hate that. I really hate everything religious. But that's what you get when you read a story set in a small US town. Sadly. It was just way too much church-going, talk about faith, bible, god. Way too much. The book could've been amazing without any of that religious stuff in it. The way it is - it's christian women's fiction. And I hate that it doesn't say anywhere that there would be so much religion in here. I wouldn't have read it. And that's why this only gets four stars instead of five!
BUT - I did read it. And I loved Elsie and Kael. Didn't much like most of her kids and the town's people and the whole church stuff obviously.
But it was a really cute love story.
It was funny, sweet, adorable, snowy, christmasy. Kael was just amazing. A bit too free-spirit-y for my tastes, but just such a kind and sweet and amazing guy.

It was a beautiful romance!

Wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day soon!

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED was a beautiful & adorable & funny & snowy & very emotional second-chance-at-love romance! 
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Kael - this one is MINE! 



Other Books by Jewel




LIFE Duet - Book #1

Book #2

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.