Title: One Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28th, 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5++ “F*ck gravity” STARS
“One day.One Kiss.One moment.One unforgettable memory.”
This is a standalone but also a spin off from Jewel’s Jack & Jill series. I strongly recommend you read the series first. We meet both Lake Jones and Cage Monaghan in that series. They have a brief yet very meaningful encounter. I knew from really early on in reading it that it was going to be among my favs for the year. The feels and connection to both Lake and Cage was palpable, intense and addictive!
Lake is one of those characters that you simply connect with on all levels. She’s hilarious, flawed, real, sweet and utterly lovable. We first meet her in the Jack & Jill series as Luke’s youngest sister. For her young years of 24, she’s already lost her boyfriend and her leg to a tragic car accident. She’s struggled to find herself again, have people see more than her ‘perceived’ limitations and is still struggling with her survivor’s guilt.
“Ben died and I lived.”
Cage is Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback and also a man who has suffered a lost that he’s chosen not to deal with. I loved Cage in the Jack & Jill series and was thrilled to learn this was his story. Cage is all man, hot and sexy, but he has a vulnerability about him that had me falling hard and fast for him. He’s just one special hero.
And an added bonus, if you’re a fan of AJ in the Jack & Jill Series (Maida ;), seeing Cage’s future is so bittersweet and kinda like another connection to AJ. Perfection!
Cage and Lake’s story starts with one shared moment in time. A moment when they both needed a reason, something more to keep them going, and they were that for each other. Neither forgot the other.
And as fate would have it, they are brought back together. Their love is heartwarming and
”Don’t forget to love me.”“Impossible.”
There’s a mix of laughs and sadness although the angst is low and any obstacles for Cage and Lake, I found, were mature and real. These two were so refreshing. Even when they were at odds, there was this strength, bond and love that endured, no matter what.
Jewel weaves so many great themes and messages into this tale about self-worth and image, the fragility of life, the importance of living and the brevity but also the extreme significance of one moment, one person, one love.
This is a MUST READ. It’s going among my favs for the year!
**ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**
Jewel E. AnnAdult Contemporary Romance Author
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under 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 a 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.