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Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister. After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act 26. Step one: Move out of her parents' house. Step two: Find a job. Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He's an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it's a dirty word. He also has a wife. Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus - again. Step three: Don't judge. Step four: Remember - when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

©2017 Jewel E. Ann (P)2017 Jewel E. Ann

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  • Cyndi
  • 10-09-17

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This is a hard book to review! I loved a lot about it but I didn't love a few things too.
I'll start by saying I loved the basic story line. The author did an amazing job telling this story. I loved Parker when she first met new people, she was snarky, honest and fun. The time line in this book is what I think made it hard for me. If this story took place over a few years I would have LOVED it but it was really only a few months and that made it very hard for me to get on board with the love story. I do not like insta-love and this book has it times 2!! About 4 hours into this book I was wondering if it was supposed to all about the shock value. Because yes, there is "I didn't see that coming" in a huge way but I couldn't see where the book was going from there with 5 hours left to go. I found this book to be pretty depressing most of the time. And don't get me started on the sex scenes lol I was getting whiplash, either you have closed door sex scenes or you have details, you do not have graphic details then SLAM the door closes, that was a little odd for me.

I think if I had known before starting it that this book was sad and it had a shocking moment I would have loved it and like I said above If it had a longer timeline I would be screaming from the rooftops about it but instead I was left feeling a little unemotional about the characters because I couldn't get on board with the love they had for each other and after a huge WOW moment in the middle, the rest of the book fell a little flat for me.

The narration was great, She was perfect for all the characters and spot on the entire time!

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  • Misty
  • 30-07-17

Excellent writing

My first comment is about the writing because my review about the storyline is going to take some time. So the writing is excellent. The plot and characters are intelligent and well thought out. Jewel E Ann painted such vivid scenery in my mind, I was so impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow and pace of the book as well.

When thinking about the meat and potatoes of the story, I have a lot to say that might save the next listener from the surprise, shock and awe I experienced while I listened. While the blurb and the little one liner on the front of the book talk about falling for the neighbors husband... it's kind of misleading. If you were to take like 50 steps back, yes. I can see how it is about that. But up close and personal, no. Not really. I won't go into detail what it is about, but just be prepared for there to be so much more.

Also, be prepared for about 70% of the book to be sad. There are some pretty intense highs and happy moments but mostly it's navigating through a lot of pain. I was really surprised, necessarily in a bad ways I just wasn't expecting.

Tia Rider Sorensen did an amazing job. This is a straight third person book, which means that Tia always had to be on. The sound quality was good with no outside noise or swallowing or popping. I really was impressed with the narration, all the way around.

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  • Peachesnbeal
  • 12-10-18

Torn

This has been on my tbr forever. I am torn at how it turned out. I get the plot, but dang it sure is heartbreaking. I will definitely be reading more of her work.

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  • Erica
  • 26-07-18

Awesome book with amazing narration

This story was everything I didn’t know I was missing. I thought it was one thing and it was a completely different thing. I loved this book. Worth every second of my time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-18

HEA with surprises

Well written story about love and life - it has colors and textures that bring both joy and tears.

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  • Carissa R.
  • 03-06-18

So good!!!

OMG! I FLOVE THIS BOOK! This is a first read for me by Jewel and I can't wait to read more. I would highly recommend going in blind reading this. DON'T READ ANY SPOILERS, it's not what you think. The narration I got used to since I felt when Tia was monotone at times in the book, but otherwise I got over it.

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  • escoocoo
  • 03-05-18

Couldn’t Finish

After about 5 hours of listening to this, I gave up. I just couldn’t waste any more time on this overwritten, overplayed juvenile “love story “. I guess you could say this one is not for me, and that’s for sure. Unfortunately, like a lot of books such as this, it started out very promising (funny, fast paced, witty one-liners, etc.) but soon deteriorated into mushy juvenile nonsense. Not worth the time. Sorry I wasted as much time as I did.

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  • GM
  • 24-04-18

Painful plot twist but ends with a HEA

I really loved this book. Parker, Gus and Levi were so appealing, all having their strong and weak points. I felt Parker's struggle to make a life for herself and find happiness after her sister's betrayal. I don't think finally forgiving her sister was strange, especially after she considered herself a cheater, too. I loved Gus. He was in love with his wife although she had fallen out of love with him. He was so appealing and so lonely. Levi wanted to find his true love and he did.

Was the twist in the middle painful - absolutely. I hated it too, but I wondered if Gus and Parker would have survived anyway. However, there was a happily ever after and I was happy it turned out the way it did.

The narration was great. I did not realize the book was available on Audible so I read the book first, then listened to the story again. I'm so glad I did. I wish more books were available on Audible for Jewel E. Ann books!

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  • LISA
  • 22-04-18

This book tried to kill me!!!

Would you listen to When Life Happened again? Why?

This book is a must read. It evokes so many emotions. Sadness, I ugly cried. I laughed, got angry, felt giddy, wanted to scream and slam it shut. I don't have the words to accurately describe how good it is. I want to hug Jewel E. Ann for writing it. Do not pass this one up!!

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  • Elena de la Concepcion
  • 27-03-18

Touching Love Story

This was a good romance at first I was hesitant and then jumped right in. I enjoyed this book!