Monday, December 7, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: NOT WHAT I EXPECTED by Jewel E Ann


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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 doesn’t believe in marriage and all that goes with it.

And …

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?


"Don't let anyone else write your story."

As a woman. As a wife. As a mother of 3 beautiful children. As a person that gives her all and sacrifices her own happiness at times for my loved ones. As a raised Christian. I felt this book in my soul. NOT WHAT I EXPECTED was just that, not what I expected. Which if you're a returning reader of Jewel's, you know for a fact, that she is the Queen of unexpected. This book is unlike ANYTHING I've read before. It is SO MUCH more than a romance. It's an experience, one that I recommend you try. This story won't be for everyone, but I feel it could be for every married human being. Every woman that's been in a long term relationship. Even men. This book could have very easily been told from a male's POV. Has there ever been something about your significant other, that over time, drives you nuts? The way he scrapes his teeth on his fork when he eats. The way he leaves his clothes on the floor RIGHT BY the hamper. The way he never finishes a project. The way he doesn't go out of his way to woo you. The way he....the list could go on and on. It could very well be the silliest things that irritate you over time and then one day you just SNAP, all those little things have built up over YEARS and you can't deal with it anymore. You realize the man you look at, isn't the man you fell in love with. Not because they're a bad human being. Not because you never loved them. It's just that, at some point over the years, you've fallen out of love with him because of all those little things that piled up and eventually outweighed the things you loved about him. "After twenty-two years, three months, and six days of marriage … I couldn’t do it anymore."-Elsie.

This book is about falling out of love. After 22 years of marriage, 4 children and LIFE don't recognize who you are. Who THEY are. You've changed. They've changed. You've grown apart. It's not about finding something or someone better. You don't regret a moment of your life up to this point, but things have changed within you. You're not the same person you were at the beginning of your relationship. You don't have the same wants or needs. You want out to discover yourself again. This book was about moments. Living in the moment. Living life a day at a time. Letting go of the guilt. Not living your life with regrets. "Let me introduce you to a little monster called regret. The last thing it wants is for you to be happy. If you let it, it will ravage your soul. There's always more to be said, one last kiss, one last hug. Don't go to bed angry. Don't walk out the door with anything unsettled. Don't f*cking blink. Don't be human. If you live life in fear, it's not a real life. Fear will cripple your joy. Regret will cripple your happiness. Let. It. Go." -Amie, Elsie's best friend. This book is also about finding love. Love for yourself and love for another. Elsie's life had many unexpected turns, but all those turns led her to her new happiness and a new love.
“I’m ageless around you. Stupid. Immature. And . . . free.” -Elsie.
I can't fully express how much I adored this book. Elsie and Kael were so real. I loved their unexpected love story. I loved their individual personalities and how Jewel wrote them. I found WHAT NOT TO EXPECT funny, refreshing and relatable. I saw a lot of myself in her. Her thoughts and feelings mirrored a lot of my own in my life and marriage (not enough to push me to divorce, but enough to understand where she's coming from). I felt the message that Jewel was trying to convey in this story. I truly think Jewel is the ONLY author that could give me the depth. The rawness. The realness. That I needed for THIS type of story. This book is definitely on my top favorite list for 2020!

#SecondAct #GooseDuck #SayNothingOrSayEverything

5 stars
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹


Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today best selling author a with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Release Blitz & Review: WICKED IDOL by Becker Gray

WICKED IDOL by Becker Gray

Release Date: November 17th

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The new girl doesn’t belong here.

So why can’t I stop thinking about her?

The daughter of the headmaster wants to ruin my school year before it’s even begun.

Iris Briggs gets under my skin. With her demure skirts and braided hair, she flits around

the periphery until she runs right into me, hot coffee soaking me as she looks up with

wide, innocent eyes.

We start off scalding.

In the library, we reach lava levels.

And then in the city? She burns me to the ground.

I’m Keaton Constantine. My duty is to my family. At least, it was until I started

unbraiding the good girl and realizing there’s more to life than duty.


"What else do you want?" I only had one answer, and it was the same one from yesterday. "Everything." -Keaton and Iris
Soooo, I am torn how to rate and feel about this book. You see, there were times I DID enjoy it and was able to get immersed in the story and characters, but I always got the sense that I've read something like it before. While reading, I COULD understand where the author was going with the storyline and the generally direction she wanted everything to go. Again, that deja vu feeling. I got the connection she wanted me to feel between these two characters. Because there was a connection deep down. They had relatively similar situations in life and were able to find hope, love, and understanding in each other, immediately. They were ultimately reflections of each others circumstances and hopes. Both seeking love and validation from SOMEONE (because they weren't getting it elsewhere) and they were able to find those things in each other. They were able to look deeper than the personas that they themselves showed the public and were able to SEE each other for who they were/who they ultimately wanted to be. They were able to be themselves with each other. Like I said, I GOT that. I understood the objective of the storyline, but at the end of the day, I didn't FEEL it. I didn't feel that organic chemistry that Becker Gray was trying to convey. It was all just so abrupt...their immediate connection. There was very little lead up to that COMBUSTION between them. And I NEEDED that. I. NEEDED. THAT. to love this book. That's one thing that enemy to lover type storylines can excel at, is the build up factor and ultimately the explosive moment when they come together for the first time and times thereafter. But again, that was not given to me in this book (although there was TONS of sex in this book. Like almost too much for two 18 year olds in high school). I was anticipating, due to the blurb and early reviews, that I was gonna get tons of sexual chemistry, tons of push and pull moments where they try to resist the undeniable pull to each other (even though they "hate" each other) and also an alpha male who is a slight a**hole to top it all off, but again, I didn't really get any of those things. Keaton is actually really very sweet (I adored him) and I don't understand how ANY reader could think he's an a**hole, besides that ONE time in the book towards the end. Honestly, I don't even understand why IRIS hates him at first. That hate was genuine or understandable. The insta-hate never really made sense to me while I was reading and it still doesn't. The only one that made sense to have an insta-hate was Keaton and even that was a bit forced. In the end, it was all too insta-hate, insta-lust, insta-love for me. There's no obvious reason for any of those feelings. The feelings just developed out of thin air, like magic *poof*

Then the fact that the story sorta read like a cliff notes version. Like the author wrote each chapter individually on a index card and then threw them together without checking to make sure they flowed well together. The chapters seemed to move a rapid pace as I was reading and gave it a rushed feel. And then the plot, it was as if the author wanted to give us little tidbits of the backstory without giving too much information. To set up intrigue, maybe? I wasn't intrigued though and those mentioned things were just forgotten in my mind and/or overlooked. For example: the boys were a part of a group called the "Hellfire Club". I can not tell you what, where, when or who the group is. I can't tell you ANYTHING about the group other than the name and they are a part of it and Keaton didn't like the name. Is it a secret society type thing? Is it a fraternity? Is it a family secret group thing? No idea. Couldn't tell you. And the one big intrigue in the background, we have this mystery about his father potentially being murdered by some other family (Morellis), whom are mentioned like 3 times and only in regards to them being an obvious enemy of Keaton's family, but again, I know nothing else. It just all seemed like the author had a bunch of ideas for the plot and peppered them into the story without elaborating on them. Even in the end, those things all just seemed to be forgotten when Iris and Keaton are living HEA (at 18). What happened to his father being murdered? What about the Hellfire Club?

Honestly, the entire time I was reading this book, it felt like I've already read something like it before. Nothing felt new or unique about it. Good girl + Bad Boy = Love....been there, read that. There was very little angst. Very little character or plot development. And very like intrigue layered within the background of the story. Surface writing. This was strictly a quick and sexy high schoolish romance about two lonely characters that found love and got their HEA. If the author would've built up the back story a little more and added to the plot to increase the intrigue, this novel could've been really good. It all just fell together too seamlessly and wrapped up too easily. I needed more than insta everything. I needed the characters to actually have to work for something, but instead it all just fell into place for them quite easily. Insta-hate, insta-lust, insta-love, insta-HEA.

I wish this book could've lived up to that cover design because DAMN, that is a F.I.N.E. Keaton. And I do wish I could say that I loved this book and was intrigued about the next books, but I can't. I didn't get enough with this book to set me up for the next characters stories and most likely won't continue this series.

2 stars
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: THE CABIN by Jasinda Wilder


Sometimes the epilogue to one story is the beginning of another.

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jasinda Wilder comes an all-new, emotionally gripping novel, The Cabin, available now!

One year ago, I buried my husband.

One year ago, I held his hand and said goodbye.

Now I spend most of my days lost somewhere between trying to remember every smallest detail of our lives, and trying to forget it all. I fill my hours with work until I’m too exhausted to remember him, to feel anything at all.

One year, 365 days—and then one knock at my door changes everything. 

A letter from him, a last request, a secret will:

My dearest Nadia,

Trust me, my love. One last time, trust me. Sometimes the epilogue to one story is the beginning of another.

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"More simply put, then: you'll never totally forget him or replace him, you can't and won't and shouldn't. He's dead, and nothing is going to change that. You have a life to live, and only you can choose what to do with it"

This was a story about moving on. Learning to live again after the death of your one true love. Your husband. Your wife. That was the point of this story and Jasinda sort of got that message across to me, the reader, by THE END of the book, I got the fact that one should be able to move on after losing someone they love, but that doesn't mean they have to forget what they had and what they meant to them, but that's about all I got from this story unfortunately.

First issue, I knew right off the bat that the husband was gonna die, thanks to the synopsis. That left zero mystery and decreased the emotional impact quite honestly. So because of having that knowledge going into the story, I didn't allow myself to build a connection between those characters and their relationship because I knew it'd be severed at some point or would be severed upon starting the book. And even if I wanted to allow myself that connection, the writing itself hindered that ability. The rhythm of the story was one steady beat....rushed and surface. Many passages would basically read like: I drove up the driveway. I opened the garage door. I parked the car. I shut the garage door. I got out of my car. I went in the house. I set my keys down. I hung up my coat. You get the point...very rhythmic. Very step by step. Very surface. There was also a lot of "silent" moments. A lot of interactions between the characters, that the author said: There's as much silence as there is talk. as if there was nothing to add to the depth of the story or character. I needed more of those inner thoughts of the characters to really connect with them, but I wasn't able to do that with this book. Also, the predictability of this story left little to the imagination and angst level.

Second issue, this story was told in several POVs and the reader NEVER knew who's POV they were reading because they were never told. The reader has to decipher WHOM was talking after reading a couple sentences in each chapter. It was all very frustrating and took me out of the story.

Thirdly, editing issues. I rarely let arcs with grammatical errors bother me, but this one needed to go through another round of editing. I could not overlook them because they eventually felt like a "Chinese torture" tactic on top of my first issues I was struggling with. These errors further pulled me away from the story and further frustrated me. Then there was a plot error. At 28% it was stated that both her and her deceased husband's parents were dead, but then at 85%, it was stated that her mother was still alive and she still visited her from time to time. So which was it? Is she dead or alive? With more editing, this could've been caught, I'm sure. Then there were several times that the author was overly detailed about inanimate objects. TOO detailed. This lead me to start skimming some parts, so I could get to the meat of the story. Maybe this was a word count tactic? Who knows. All I know is I don't care to know about what type of fixtures are on the cabinets in the kitchen.

Lastly, the characters. Nathan's character development seemed forced. Like the author kept throwing random hardships onto his backstory for complexity, but it didn't work. It didn't make him seem more complex, it just felt wrong to give him those added layers when he was better without them IMO. Then Nadia, IMO she didn't do much growth until the very last minute, it was miniscule and abrupt. She was a very stagnant character throughout the story, which to a degree makes sense because she lost the love of her life, but the author could've given her more depth.

He's loving me from beyond the grave. He was telling me how much he loved me--he has been, through this whole thing. The cabin is his love letter to me. Each item was his voice and his hands, caressing me. Reminding me that he loved me that I was his and he was mine and he knows me. But the cabin was also him telling me that I still have to remember to live. That I have to go on without him. That I can go on without him. He chose Nathan for me. God, only Adrian could do that. Would do that.

I tried to like this book. I really T R I E D. I literally forced myself to finish it even though I no longer felt a connection with ANY of it. I was skimming over the over the top details and only reading the dialogue by the end. Honestly, I would've been happy if Nadia ended up alone at the end. That she would've been able to find happiness and peace on her own, instead of her dead husband orchestrating the whole thing between her and Nathan. I didn't feel their relationship was authentic, especially with the fact that 95% of the book was more about her and her husband and her pain after losing him. Nathan and hers "relationship" (and I put that in quotations because it was like 3 chapters of the book), was rushed, like most of the timeline in this story (weeks/months would just go by, so we didn't get to see their connection grow), and as a result their connection didn't feel organic to me. 

This story had a slight PS I LOVE YOU vibe to it with how her deceased husband wrote a book and planned out things for her after he was gone, but even that comparison is far fetched at best. The concept was there, but the execution was lacking. This story had SO MUCH potential. It just didn't pack the emotional impact it should've. I have read one other book with a similar storyline that the author brought me what I expected and it is one of my favorite books. I was hoping for THAT in this book. I was truly looking forward to the emotional upheaval that the blurb implies this book would be but alas it was lackluster for me. I'm not a totally cold-hearted human being, I DID feel emotions while reading this. I DID cry during the earlier moments with her and her husband and I DID cry when he eventually died. I am human after all. Those moments were raw and real and very sad and Jasinda conveyed that pain and loss, but those were the only moments throughout that really hit me in the feels and I was expected MANY MORE moments that just those couple. Unfortunately, the best part about this book, for me, was the cover, which is stunning and book shelf worthy.

1 star
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹

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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU.  You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Release Blitz & Blog Tour: OUT OF LOVE by Jewel E. Ann

I could love the monster or leave the man.

Out of Love by Jewel E. Ann is now live!

Conspiracies. Corruption. Serial killers.

You name it--I'm fascinated by it. My mom always blamed my overly curious and highly suspicious mind on my dad.

My incredibly overbearing dad.

Mr. No One Is Good Enough For My Daughter has been terrifying my dates since I turned fifteen.

College is my chance to be free from his control and date any guy I want.

I'm absolutely certain he would hate Slade Wylder--almost as certain as I am that I do too.

Since when have I shied away from trouble?

Slade fascinates me. He lives in a house I'm certain is haunted. His dog is trained as well as any guard I've ever seen. Rumor on campus is that he deals drugs. It would explain a lot.

But it doesn't explain why he saves me from my darkest moment.

It doesn't explain why I can't stop thinking about him.

And the explanation I finally discover is far more dangerous than any rumor.

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Jewel NEVER fails to amaze me with her stories. Once again, I am floored by Jewel's abilities to bring to life a story that I can feel from beginning to end. She truly knows how to pull a reader in and keep them intrigued through every chapter. Every scene. Every MOMENT (and there were plenty of MOMENTS in this book).

Jewel did not disappoint with Livy and Wylder's story. It was the perfect continuation to this book world, one I am glad Jewel took the time to give us. From the minute I heard she was writing this book, I was preparing. I got the audios for the first 3 books and I binged them in one week. I thought I was prepared for what was to come in this book, but I was wrong. Oh so wrong. There is just no proper way to prepare for Jewel's excellence. She brings a uniqueness, a certain quality to her stories that is incomparable. Hence the reason I continue to come back to her books time and time again and I will CONTINUE to come back.

In OUT OF LOVE, there is mystery, suspense, sizzling chemistry, a slow burn love, lies, secrets, pain and loss, and so much more in this book! For returning fans of this series, you will get everything you loved about the first 3 books in the'll feel like coming home. We get cameos from characters in that series in this book and each time they appear, I swear I felt my heart swell! I didn't realize how much I missed them all! I loved Livy and Wylder's messy and painful love story. None of their story was easy, but it was worth every moment.

Now to warn the returning and new fans to Jewel, she excels at the unpredictability with her stories. You can theorize all you want, but 99.9% of the time, you're most likely wrong. LOL. The ONLY thing you can predict is the fact that she'll ALWAYS bring you a story that is unforgettable. A story that WILL pull on your every emotion. A story that will consume your life. A story that will inevitably make your heart hurt, but will always end with your heart healed, just with a few new stitches and bruises. Battle wounds so to speak, but they are totally worth it.

I have to say this though before I go, this IS being sold as a standalone, but it IS also a spinoff of Jewel's JACK AND JILL series and IMO I would HIGHLY recommend you read them FIRST. To get the full experience and impact of some things in this book, I feel you need to have that foundation and knowledge from the first 3 books in this series to get the full picture and emotions. Without those, I feel some things won't hold as much of an impact or the emotional reactions that they should. Some plot points may be lost on you as to WHY they are SO relevant and shocking. Again, that is just MY opinion, but since I recently finished that series, I know I would be bummed if I read it AFTER this book. I appreciate reading stories IN ORDER, so that's why I wanted to mention it in this review. But if you plan to read JUST this book, then feel free to do that. You will still get an amazing story and experience.

5 "I love you back" stars


Meet  Jewel E. Ann

Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today best selling author a with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review: LOVE UNEXPECTED by Q.B.Tyler


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I’d only wanted one kiss.

One kiss, under the dark of night, in a city where no one knew us.

One kiss fueled by my hormones and alcohol and the blinding grief over losing my mother.

One kiss from the man I told myself was untouchable.

But, it didn’t stop at one kiss.

And now we are running full speed down a road with no intention of stopping.

His touch disarms me.
His kiss revives me.
But, our love, could destroy me.

*This is a taboo novel and is intended for mature audiences only.


I tried to step out of my norm and try something I typically do not read and as a bonus, try out a “new to me” author at the same time, but unfortunately, this was a flop for me. I did not connect with this story nor its characters on any level. I wavered on my feelings towards this story. At times, I would find myself being lost in their story, but then something would happen that would make me cringe. This was a stepfather/step daughter romance, which when I first stumbled upon it, it sounded like a good change of pace to the whole step brother trend that is out there, but unfortunately, I was mostly just disturbed by the age difference (he is 41 and she’s 18) and the times she referred to him as “daddy”. Maybe if he would not have been her father figure for 7+ years of her life (age 10-17), I could have overlooked it. Maybe if she would have been in her 20s and he would have been in his 30, I could have enjoyed the taboo aspect. Maybe maybe maybe…the list could go on, but plain and simple, THIS story did not work for me and that bummed me out because I was really looking forward to it.

On top of those struggles I had, I felt like the story didn’t flow well and it had some plot holes and twists that just didn’t quite gel and make sense in context to the story IMO. And then to top it off, the book ended in a rushed manner and with a neat little bow. There was VERY LITTLE struggle in regards to their loved ones accepting their relationship. Realistically, there would have been more obstacles that came up in their lives that they would have needed to deal with in order to be together. In the end, for me, the best part of the story was the sex scenes. They were most definitely steamy and those moments are the only moments I felt a true connection between the two main characters. I think I just needed MORE development. The concept was great, but the execution wasn’t 100% IMO.

Now I know that this is a popular storyline/trope for some romance readers and there has been times where I really enjoy a good age gap story, when it is done right, but this one wasn’t done right FOR ME. But if you’re the type of reader that just needs something that is quick, with a surface level story, little depth/analyzing, very little angst or drama, daddy issues, and a huge age difference…then THIS story could be for you. Each to their own.

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Write. Wine. Work. Repeat.
A look inside the mind of a not so ex-party girl’s escape from her crazy life.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review: FORTUITY by Jewel E Ann

FORTUITY, an all-new inspirational and moving standalone contemporary romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

Forty-something Gracelyn Glock is living the dream.
No husband.
No retirement plan.
And since her self-imposed man-ban—no need to shave above her knees.

After a tragic accident, Gracelyn inherits her ten-year-old nephew. She signs a lease on a San Diego beach house and learns their neighbors for the summer are a sexy anatomy professor and his young daughter.

Professor Nathaniel Hunt has spent the last decade being a single dad . . . and not having sex.

So when he discovers Gracelyn has a peculiar outdoor stripping ritual, a million inappropriate thoughts fill his responsible mind.

When kisses are stolen, man-bans are broken, and summer comes to an end, will hearts stay in one piece and hope stay alive? Or will saying goodbye destroy everything?

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“What took you two so long? Don’t worry, we saved you some cake.” Mr. Hans smiles from his recliner with Hunter on the sofa, her thumbs dancing along her phone screen. Gabe will get along well with her.
“Cake, Morgan?”
My steps falter when I hear Nate’s voice from the kitchen.
Mr. Hans winks at me. “I invited Nate for cake too.”
I nod slowly. “I see. Whose birthday is it?”
“Life is a celebration. Cake needs no excuse.”
So much for having some time to digest what Nate said to me and my flirty reaction to his kiss comment. I put on a neutral face and drag my timid ass into the kitchen.
“Cake, Gracelyn?” Nate glances up from the counter, a knife in one hand and a plate in his other hand.
“Mmm … yes, Gracelyn. You want cake.” Morgan rolls her eyes back in her head as she slowly chews a bite, standing next to Nate.
How am I supposed to look at him when I saw him barely an hour ago and he said he wanted to kiss me, and I returned the desire without the actual kiss? I guess we’re going to be two people who want to kiss but know that it will never happen.
“Thank you.” I take the cake, giving Nate a two-second glance. It’s all I can give him without completely self-combusting into a pile of ashes.
“Mr. Hans … this is so good.” Morgan traipses out of the kitchen.
“It is good. I haven’t had cake in a long time.” I slowly lick the frosting from the fork.
Nate glances at the floor, eyes narrowed, and hunches down. After a few seconds, I move around to his side of the island.
“Did you drop something?”
Hunched like a baseball catcher, gaze still to the floor, he crooks a finger at me.
I set my plate on the counter. “Did you lose a contact lens?” I squat next to him behind the counter.
He lifts his gaze to meet my squinted eyes. The corner of his mouth bends just as his hand slides behind my head and his lips press to mine.
 What the hell?
My lungs freeze while my heart pauses and my mind explodes. There’s no tongue to this kiss, just hungry lips. It knocks me off balance, and I fall to my knees, resting my hands on his shoulders.
Nate pulls back half an inch, letting his lips hover next to mine, the warmth of his breath covering my stunned mouth. “I’m not even sorry.” He shrugs.
My mouth opens as if it wants to speak, but I have no idea what to say.
“Dad …”
Nate bolts up, leaving me on my knees. “Yes?”
“Can Hunter use—” Morgan’s eyes narrow at me, my head barely peeking over the counter. “Gracelyn, what are you doing?”
“I’m …” I give her a tight smile.
Nate says, “Picking up a few crumbs.”
At the same time, I say, “Tying your dad’s shoe.”
His explanation is much better.
Morgan laughs. “Um … okay. You’re both acting weird.”
I climb to my feet.
“Can Hunter use what?” Nate asks.
“Your bike so we can go for a bike ride.”
“Are you going to stay around here?”
Morgan nods. “Pinky swear. We won’t go too far.”
“I’ll need to put the seat down for her.”
“Yes! Thanks, Dad. I’ll go tell her.” Morgan runs out of the kitchen.
Nate covers the cake with plastic wrap and nods to my plate with the half-eaten piece of cake. “Are you going to finish that?”
Cake. He wants to talk about the cake?
My head inches side to side.
“Too good to let it go to waste.” He picks up the plate and finishes my cake.
“By the way …” His gaze remains on the plate as he scoops up the last bite. “Morgan knows I know how to tie my own shoes.”


literally loved this book!!! If I could live in this book world, I would!

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a chance occurrence.
the state of being controlled by chance rather than design.
We can't turn off the sun, run from the wind, or push back the tides. Some forces are just too strong. Love isn't an emotion. It's a force.
Occasionally, a book comes along that takes me by surprise. It uproots ALL my feelings and emotions. It leaves me beyond speechless, giddy, and happy. It takes my breath away. FORTUITY was that book for me. FORTUITY had me laughing one chapter, crying in the next scene, and swooning in the next a had me FEELING and LIVING every moment in this story. Nate and Gracelyn's story was tragic, in what they had to go through to get to each other, but it was utterly beautiful once they found each other.

"Do you ever think about the people who had to die for us to meet? For us to be together? Do you ever wonder why? it a grand plan or is it just..."
"Or just what? Fortuity?"

I've waited, what feels like forever, for Nate's book, but that wait was SOOOOO WORTH IT. Jewel made it worth it. FORTUITY was E V E R Y T H I N G I had hoped for and then some. This book was SOOOOO good, it's nearly indescribable. I just loved it SOOOOO much! Jewel never ceases to amaze me with her storytelling. Each and every book I read of hers, I fall deeper in love with her words and her ability to give me a story that I can F E E L and believe. A story I could truly read over and over. I don't know how she does it, but I will be here waiting for her to do it again and again and again.

If you've read and loved Jewel's TRANSCEND duet, you NEED this book. TRUST ME! And if you've not read the duet, you can either read that set before this one or you can read this book and then read that one. FORTUITY is a spinoff of that duet and does contain some spoilers that were required for character/story building. I personally would recommend you read the duet first because you get to meet Nate in that duet and you will build a love for him that is powerful. You will crave his HEA. And I think, this book will have more of an impact on your feelings. Again, this is my personally opinion, but this book is sold as a standalone, so it can be read that way.

5 stars
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹
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About 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.

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