Not What I Expected by Jewel E. Ann is now live!
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.
He’s just opened a new business that threatens the livelihood of Elsie’s family’s store–just in time for the holidays.
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?
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Not What I Expected by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Not What I Expected is a small town, standalone romance.
Elsie Smith has lived in her small town all her life. After the tragic end to her marriage, she knows better than to give the town gossips anything to talk about. But when the gorgeous, YOUNGER Kael Hendricks opens another specialty store right across the street from hers, Elsie knows she’ll do what she has to so she can “take him down!”
I love Jewel E Ann! I’m sure I’ve said this before but she has a special way of creating characters that worm their way into your heart! I want to live inside every book I read from her!
Elsie is struggling to find her place in life. As a single parent, she wants to do the best for her four kids, even though they’re older. But at what cost? Should she put aside her own happiness for the happiness of her kids? So many right, wrong and in-between answers, who really knows all the best decisions to make? I felt totally connected to Elsie because this could be my life! (Except, you know, meeting a young stud..) Her story was both funny and heartwarming yet at times, extremely sad and heartbreaking.
I’ll admit, I definitely connected better with Elsie than Kael, probably because it’s told from only her POV. Kael almost felt like a secondary character which would normally irk me. However, I actually enjoyed the way this was written because I think Elsie’s story was important and relevant. Don’t get me wrong, Kael was a great character… charming, sweet, fun, sexy. It’s simply that this was ELSIE’S tale and in needed to come from her point of view!
This romance was definitely another hit for me and will be added to my READ AGAIN E-SHELF! Told from Elsie’s POV with a happy, if unconventional, ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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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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