Aug 19

End of Day by Jewel E. Ann Review


5 Smooches!

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Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.

Four caskets. Two bodies.

Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.

Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.

Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.

Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.


What in the ever loving hell did I just read?  Why did I love it so incredibly much?  Why haven’t I read this author before?  I mean I have a couple of her books just sitting on my kindle waiting to be read and I just have not gotten around to it yet.  When this arc request came in, I snatched it up because the premise of this book really intrigued me, but End of Day was so much more than I expected.  It was well…EVERYTHING.

“Because everybody needs somebody.”

I say it was everything because it was.  I will try to explain this without giving too much away, but this book told two stories simultaneously.  You get Jillian Knight’s story in the present with grumpy and troubled military serviceman AJ or Sarge but you also get Jessica Day’s story with romantic and brutally sweet Dr. Luke Jones.

“I’m so … very … one-hundred percent … madly in love with you.”

Jessica and Jillian are the same person but Jessica is the past and Jillian is the present.  God, I do not know how to describe how much I loved this book.  I adored AJ but I wanted to hug Luke two.  This isn’t a love triangle but it was almost worse because both of these men captured my heart in different ways.  So this book is everything because you get 2 love stories, not just one.  Two completely different but both unconventional romances.  It was a little dark but a little light too. You get SO MUCH mystery.  You get a ridiculous amount of laughs.  AND ALL THE FEELS YOU COULD EVER WANT.  See, EVERYTHING!

The heart never forgets skipping a beat.

A couple of warnings.  This book is told in third person.  I will be honest, third person can sometimes go really wrong for me but the writing is really spectacular and I hardly noticed I wasn’t reading in first person.  Also, this is a book that you have read very very closely.  There is a lot happening in both story lines (the past and the present) so make sure to pay attention or you will be completely lost.  So, basically, if you are looking for an easy beach read, this is not the book for you.  One more thing that may displease some folks is the HUGE EPIC cliff hanger at the end of this book.  Nothing gets resolved.  There are a shit ton more questions and the last couple of sentences of this book literally took my breath away and left me hanging.  I love that kinda thing so I am so excited for the next book.  So after that bit of warning, I will say that all of those things are everything that made this book brilliant.  This book made me want to go and read everything this author has ever written.  MIND. BLOWN. I will leave you with a little quote from End of Day that pretty much described what this book did to me.

“I’m going to take you the way you took me – by surprise, relentlessly … completely.”