Published by Self-Published on July 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
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Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.
God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.
It was one day.
One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.
His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.
When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.
"We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”
***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.
In my mind, humor and angst go hand in hand with Jewel E. Ann’s books. One is a bit of a departure for her. It’s a sports romance that has all the wit, but none of the gut wrenching, anxiety producing conflicts I’ve come to expect. This book proves that Jewel can write lighthearted romantic comedy very well while maintaining an extremely touching quality.
“One is enough. It’s unique. It’s a chance, an opportunity, an experience. One is never greedy. One is independent. One can change everything.”
What can I say about Cage, the hunky superstar quarterback with a huge heart? He’s an ice cream sundae with all the toppings. You’d have to be without a pulse if his romantic gestures and smooth lines don’t make you swoon.
“I love you in a way that feels so much bigger than four little letters.”
Lake is one fierce woman: independent, confident, and bold. I love that she’s a survivor who doesn’t let her tragedies or disability define her. To say she’s also a little quirky is the understatement of the year. She has no impulse control when it comes to her words, and the things that fly out of her mouth are alternately hilarious and cringe worthy.
The blurb mentions Cage’s girlfriend. I know some readers are prickly when it comes to cheating, so let me just clarify that there is no cheating in this book. While the chemistry between Lake and Cage is intense, One is low on steam, with bedroom scenes that are more of the fade to black variety. This is a sexy but sweet romance. Shayna—the adorable little girl who lives across the hall from Lake—will definitely steal your heart.
What detracted from the story for me is that both Cage and Lake engage in some irrational and uncharacteristic behavior in the second half of the book. Fortunately, things get back on track and it’s a really enjoyable ride to the finish. The ending is absolute perfection.
Fans of the amazing Jack & Jill trilogy will appreciate the mini-reunion with characters from those books. One is a standalone spinoff; however, it contains spoilers from the Jack & Jill series so I recommend you read those books first.
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**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**