AUTHOR:  Jewel E. Ann

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

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REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie


Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.

All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly-humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman …

She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still …

She must go.

Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.

Absolutely outstanding from start to finish! A rare and surefire page-turner. Truly loved this brilliantly crafted book.  Beginning on a hate-to-love-you theme, it is one of the best second chance for love stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Masterfully drawn characters. Over-the-top fantastic dialogue with depth and heart and plenty of wit.  (Sorry Flint, but I just had to borrow and use “fantastic” one time in your honor!)  With a strong storyline that includes plenty of heart-wrenching conflict and angst, this one guts you at times.  But never fear because there’s plenty of balance filled with cleverness, sizzle and heat that comes close to erotic, along with fun and extraordinary laughable entertainment, as well. I went from tears to giggles in a heartbeat — so caught up in all the different feels that sparked this extra special and memorable journey.

All those pesky triggers that usually cause an immediate duck & run reaction suddenly lose effect.  This author apparently has magic powers to turn the unthinkable into reasonable, tears into smiles, and distrust and fear into “I’ll follow you anywhere” as the story ran the gamut of human emotions.  Told from first person dual points of view by both Flint and Ellen.

Flint Hopkins is the wounded and guilt-ridden hero, who is a bit dubious and withdrawn.  Cold and calculating even.  A successful attorney and single father to Harrison, a 12-year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, whose over-the-top intelligence often disrupts daily life. A character who lives for one thing – his son.  Otherwise, Flint’s life is utterly lifeless.  He truly drew on my sympathy while at the same time claiming my admiration – even though his sin made it difficult in the beginning.

Ellen Rodgers hasn’t escaped battle scars of her own.  However, she carries them far differently than Flint by making the most of each day reveling in the simplest pleasures.  She shares her talents and happiness freely, and in return enjoys being a party in the happiness of others.  Her interactions with Harry made my heart swell with joy and happiness.  She literally exists by living out loud.  And this sassy and witty musical therapist is determined to put the “live” back in Flint’s life.

A major HIGH FIVE to HARRY, my most favorite character and boy wonder! That little genius stole my heart the moment he was introduced (he’ll steal yours as well), and I never want it returned. The exemplary secondary cast, who play their parts to perfection, adding so much love, support, understanding and wisdom is made up of Ellen’s dad, Jon who is a tailor by trade, Flint’s parents, Gene (a real hoot) and Camilla, and last but not the least of which is Flint’s no-words-could-do-her-justice Personal Legal Assistant, Amanda.

I didn’t think JEA could top When Life Happened — but oh how wrong I was! Never doubt the magical storyteller that accomplishes this in a bigtime way, too.  A new favorite has emerged.

Two thumbs up (because that’s all I have)!!  Not one single change would I make – not even to delete those yucky rats!  And hip-hip-hooray for a standing-ovation-kind-of-Epilogue, one that deserves loud clapping and cheering, while smiling ear-to-ear as awe-inspiring characters I’ve grown to love find their perfect happily-ever-after.

Look the Part gets the highest recommendation I can give as a reader.







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