Published by Self-Published on August 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate.
Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.
When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”
Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not—the pool guy.
Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word.
The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel!
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content 17+
“I. Love. You. Period. It’s a goddamn soul-shattering love that will never, ever be matched. My love for you is unapologetic and forever.”
This book deserves a better cover. It in no way conveys the emotions and complexity of the story. Words fail me with this book. I ought to be pissed. Jewel E. Ann reeled me in with Sydney’s comedic antics while she’s being wooed by sexy Dr. Lautner Sullivan. For the most part, I smiled and swooned my way through the first half of the book. Mid-way through, however, it’s as if a switch gets flipped and the tone takes a dramatic turn. Things become complicated, serious, and heartbreaking. And by heartbreaking I mean lump-in-throat, stomach-in-knots, yank-your-heart-out, and stomp-on-it painful. The worst part is the angst lasts throughout the entire second half, and yet I couldn’t put the book down. It’s like being unable to drive past a car wreck without looking, or having a mosquito bite you can’t stop scratching. The way the plot is orchestrated is classic bait, and switch and I probably should be pissed—but I’m not because the story is so beautiful.
Every once in awhile I’ll stumble upon a book that catches me completely off guard. It’s only meant to be a light read, but it hits me at exactly the right time, pushes all my emotional buttons, and for whatever reason it simply means… more. That’s not to say the story is perfect. The heroine can be irrational at times, and a frequently-used plot device is employed that’s typically a pet peeve of mine. When executed by such a skilled storyteller as Jewel E. Ann, however, it wasn’t enough to stop me from loving the hell out of this book. The poignancy crept up on me, and the Hallmark-worthy ending had me melting in a pile of mush and clutching a wad of Kleenex.
So I guess I don’t have the words to write a great review because I really don’t want to overanalyze things. I just want to take this warm and fuzzy feeling and cuddle up with it for a little longer.