Friday 3 February 2023

πŸ’œ BEFORE US πŸ‘¨‍✈️✈ Jewel E. Ann 🌷

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B E F O R E  U S
Jewel E. Ann

• 2 February 2023
• standalone

4.5 Stars

I never saw him coming.

I didn't know what would happen after my client found me sleeping in my car.
I'd been cleaning his house as his wife was dying.
I didn't expect them to invite me to live with them.
I didn't expect Suzie to become my lifeline—until she was gone.

I didn't expect him to ask me to marry him when he found out I needed medical insurance.

I didn't expect to fall in love with a grieving man.

There are so many reasons to keep my distance from Zach. Every tender moment secreted away.

When we're not together, I miss the man I call husband.
Does he miss his wife? If so, which one?  

Emersyn + Zach (+Suzie)

Emersyn's life is not anywhere near perfect at the moment. She is 23 years old. She dreams of being a travel blogger or to just make money with her camera.
The money she makes cleaning houses doesn't pay for an apartment, her medicine and student bills. So she's sleeping in her car at the moment.
That's where Zach finds her one day.
He's her boss.
She's cleaning for him and his dying wife. A woman who has become a great friend in the past few months. She spends more time with Suzie than she spends cleaning their house.
And then Suzie dies and things start to get really complicated.
The guy who just lost the love of his life? The guy you have a huge crush on?? That guy just asked you to marry him so that you can get health insurance.
But then you find your dream job and start traveling non-stop.

What will happen with Em + Zach?
Will we get a HEA?


Ugh. That was so heartbreaking!
Not only Suzie dying and poor Zach having to go through all that. But also Em's sad life and all her problems. So sad and hopeless.
You'd think that there can't be a happy end for anyone.
But that's not the case.
It might take a little/long while but we'll get there. Probably. I'm not telling you! 🀣

This was a really sweet book. I loved reading it. Even through all these emotional moments... there are so many beautiful and funny and adorable moments too.

I wouldn't mind seeing this as a Netflix show!

I might have wanted a tiny little bit more. More of the falling in love with each other. The first naked scene happened so weird and fast and I just didn't feel it at all in that moment. (Not to mention: naked happenings outside in an islamic country?)
I wanted more time for those two and maybe a tiny little less time in the beginning with Suzie. Or maybe a two-book series with so much more in it.
But - I really loved reading this!!
I think I cried all through the beginning and the end and a bit through the middle parts too. LOL!

BEFORE US was such a beautiful + emotional love story. Two love stories really. It was all so very Heartbreaking. Hopeless. Sad. Amazing....
Run to your nearest book dealer for your own Zach - he's bookboyfriend/husband material NUMBER ONE!


Other Books by Jewel:

Life Series Book #1

Book #2

Life Duet #2 - Book #1

Life Duet #2 - Book #2


Fisherman 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.