September 24, 2019


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Enemies to lovers to enemies to lovers
I loved and hated this story and these characters SO MUCH and even here, at the end, I'm not really sure how I feel. Between wanting to yank out my hair, desperately holding onto my kindle so that it wouldn't end up smashed against the wall. yelling out loud at these people as if they were real or would really listen, and crying freaking tears, I'm exhausted. And that's how you know how incredibly talented Jewel E. Ann is. She made me go through what felt like a battle and I'm experiencing some strange form of euphoria. I'm not sure if it's because of how interesting the journey was or because I actually made it to the end in one piece, but I feel extremely triumphant!

However, I had some real issues with these characters. Serious issues.
✳ Scarlet was too damn nosey. Why did she find it necessary to be in everyone's business, but she wasn't honest herself? This aggravated me to no end
There’s nothing I want more than to crawl inside of this man and spend eternity piecing together what I have no doubt is an ineffable masterpiece.
✳ I don't care how deep a man's emotions run, if he constantly tells you what you share means nothing and that YOU are nothing, why are you still willing to give him everything?
✳ When a man sits idly by when you hold a gun to your head and pull the trigger, regardless of the fact that he knows that the gun isn't loaded, YOU believe it is... he is not the man for you
✳ When a man constantly accosts you, physically intimidates you, verbally abuses you... he is not the man for you
✳ If you find yourself tied to a chair, peeing your pants, all while he does his usual of degrading you, and then puts a knife to your throat and cuts your back... he is not the man for you
✳ But then again, Scarlet wasn't the woman for him either. These two were a PBS special on toxicity and while it was hella entertaining to read, it was equally disturbing.
✳ I'm still trying to figure out why Nolan played a big yet insignificant part in this story ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•
✳ And why was everyone tied together by less than six degrees of separation? While I enjoyed the part Oscar played in this story, I could have done without him falling in love. He should have just continued being there for emotional support and comic relief.
✳ Is it weird that despite how awful Theo was, I still fell in love with him? Maybe that's more about how twisted I am than anything else. He really was terrible though ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ and I loved every minute of it!! Well, he did have some sweet moments...
“Please let there be another life. I need a real taste of forever with you. This … this isn’t long enough.”

So, in conclusion, this was an awesome story about a girl who was trying to find the meaning of life, of her life, and found her meaning in a man. What else is new? But the ride people... the ride... addictive and entertaining and I highly recommend it!

Book Synopsis
“My name is Scarlet Stone, and my biggest fear is that someday I will find what I want most in life, and it will be impossible to steal.”

What happens when life just stops? When one moment makes you question your entire existence?

Scarlet Stone by Jewel E AnnScarlet Stone is a third-generation thief who has everything: a doting fiancรฉ, a spacious London flat, and a legitimate job offer. In a single breath, everything becomes nothing, and she finds herself on a plane to Savannah, Georgia in search of the meaning of life.

After securing a six-month lease for a beachfront house on Tybee Island, Scarlet changes the way she looks, thinks, eats—basically her entire outlook on life. She needs peace, but what she gets is a housemate who looks like Thor, acts like a warden, and smells her proximity like a Bloodhound.

Theodore Reed is a carpenter and perfectionist with a body built of steel, a black, hollow heart, and a hunger for revenge. He doesn’t like company, girly-smelling crap, and British accents.

He resents every breath she takes.
She’s fascinated by his every move.

In time, they discover their coexistence is toxic, their physical attraction is electric, the secrets they keep mean the difference between life and death, and the only truth they share is that everything is a lie.

“Over eighty-five percent of the world's population believes in a higher power, yet, very few people believe in miracles.”

Do you believe?

About Jewel E. Ann
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.

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