5 Star Review: Undeniably You by Jewel E Ann

Sunday 19 July 2015
Undeniably YouUndeniably You by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the first I’ve read by the author and it won’t be the last. I love a good stand-alone and this is definitely one to delve into. The writing is clear and concise, the story captivating and the humour is balanced and with characters perfectly complimenting each other, this is a story to love, cherish and hold on to.

For me this story had a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde feel about it. It started out with one distinct theme to it; comical romance with a dash of quirkiness, but then it morphed into its alter-ego; a deep contemporary romance with passion, heartbreak, angst, dare I say it, some cheating, before reaching its long awaited HEA. I loved both parts but it did feel that the author set out with one objective in mind only to be swept away by the power of the characters’ connection. The start was lighthearted with comical moments, fun banter and a delicious combo in the form of the “pool guy”, aka Lautner, and the easy-going but equally gorgeous vet, Dale. Torn between both men from the outset, Sydney, knowing she will only be house-sitting for a month, knows that romance should be kept firmly in its place; buried deep inside a locked box.

Despite the initial fun and games, courtesy of Sydney's introduction to Dale, thanks to Swarley, a weimaraner with a touch of the rear end malfunctions, and the embarrassment of meeting the “pool guy” in a rather wet fashion, Sydney's mind quickly heads in one particular direction and that’s thanks to a perfect set of abs and the most divine blue irises she has ever set “eyes” on! Yep, the pool guy packs a punch in the looks department and after initially threatening him, with a knife, Sydney soon falls into an easy relationship with him, despite her “red” mist. Lautner though, right from his first wrong turn which led him up Sydney's drive, knows this is the woman of his dreams but there is only one problem, he needs to convince her of that.

“What if you wouldn’t have taken a wrong turn for the right reason? What if the moment would have slipped away? What if for the rest of our lives we would have to live with the excruciating agony born from the soul-snatching what if?” I shake my head and smile. “BEST pick up line ever.”

Sydney has a cloud overshadowing her and that’s in the form of her mother. Now sadly passed away, Sydney’s mother put her career ambitions on hold for the sake of her children, and their father, and Sydney has always known that her mother regretted her path in life and vows not to head down the same road. Despite her growing feelings towards Lautner, she tells herself that all she will allow herself with him is a quick fling but her heart doesn’t get the message and when their one month is up, Sydney heads to Paris with the weight of the world on her shoulders and a determined Lautner firmly ensconced in her heart.

As expected, the story then takes an inevitable shift as we wait to see if Lautner and Sydney will ever reconnect or if their chance has been lost and this is where part 2 of the story kicks in. After numerous missed opportunities of seeing Lautner again, and Sydney determinedly convincing herself that his feelings for her we either in her imagination and definitely in the past she decides, reluctantly, to head in another direction and one which is comforting but not what she had in her hands with Lautner and lost.

“Here’s the problem. I don’t know how to live if I’m not loving you. It’s like asking my lungs to expand without air, my heart to beat without blood, my eyes to see without light. It’s just not possible. And yet, you’re so stupid …” ~Lautner

I loved this story so much despite its heart wrenching moments. I quickly became absorbed with Sydney and Lautner’s story and read it non-stop until its conclusion. The comical moments made me laugh out loud and the passion between Sydney and Lautner was tangible. The book cover didn’t portray the emotion of the story and merely draws readers towards a light-hearted, fun read, but don’t be fooled, this book has a depth to it which you will find hard to escape as you fight along with Sydney and Lautner in the hope that their love can find a way to a HEA.

Copy kindly provided by Netgalley and the Author in return for an honest review.

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