LOOK THE PART by Jewel E Ann-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway
LOOK THE PART
by Jewel E Ann
Release Date: January 29,2018
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
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ABOUT THE BFOOK: Release Date January 29, 2018
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.
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.
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.
REVIEW: LOOK THE PART by Jewel E. Ann is a contemporary, adult, stand alone, erotic romance story line focusing on thirty five year old high-powered attorney and single father Flint Hopkins, and thirty two year old music therapist Ellen Rodgers.
Told from dual first person points of view (Ellen and Flint) LOOK THE PART follows the antagonistic relationship between attorney Flint Hopkins, and music therapist Ellen Rodgers- a woman who pushes all of Flint’s buttons when he discovers that his new office tenant is a music therapist whose clients play a little too loud for his own peace of mind. Intending to evict his new tenant Flint finds himself falling for the woman who has captured his twelve –year old son’s heart. For weeks Flint and Elle will go head to head in a battle of wills and palpable sexual attraction until Elle is called home for a family emergency. What ensues is the push and pull of a building relationship between a man whose demons continue to knock at the door, and one woman whose own history of love is marred by the memories of pain and broken love.
Flint Hopkins is a single father to his autistic twelve-year old son Harrison-a high functioning autistic young man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose high level intelligence tends to interfere in normal everyday life. Harrison struggles with the world but finding a kindred spirit in Elle Rodgers’ and her family of rats, Harrison begins to show promise in his musical abilities but his father’s continuous need to push Elle away begin to interfere in their daily lives. Flint Hopkins is a man with a past that haunts his very existence; survivor’s remorse and a sense of guilt that eats away at his ability to love until Ellen Rodgers enters his life.
Ellen Rodgers is a spunky, sassy female lead who finds herself falling for a man broken by the past; a man who believes he is unworthy of love; and a man whose grief and guilt eat away one memory at a time.
The relationship between Elle and Flint is one of immediate attraction that is tempered by Flint’s inability to accept Ellie and all that she is. Elle is a tactile kind of person who likes to touch and be touched but Flint is a man whose walls do not allow for the closeness he once desired. Broken and battered, Flint goes through the motions until Elle enters his life. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
We are introduced to Elle’s father Jonathan Anderson-a retired tailor; Elle’s friend and hospital co-worker / Flint’s neighbour Dr. Abigail Hamilton: Flint’s son Harrison Hopkins; his parents Gene and Camilla; and Flint’s all-knowing and long-suffering PA Amanda.
LOOK THE PART has a little bit of everything: romance, love, heartbreak, loss, emotional pain, passion and a happily ever after. The premise is inviting, wondrous and inspiring; the romance is captivating, emotional and energetic; the characters are spirited, playful, courageous and real. Jewel E Ann has an amazing talent telling stories that will resonate long after the book is closed.
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Reviewed by Sandy
There’s something thrilling, even a little forbidden, about a man in a perfectly-tailored suit. Flint Hopkins wears the hell out of a three-piece suit.
Not a single wrinkle.
Not a hair out of place.
Not a scuff mark on his shiny shoes.
His lips move, but all I hear is “I wore this suit for you today” as his hands make their rounds: caressing the buttons on his jacket, twisting his cufflinks, and adjusting his tie. It’s sophisticated fidgeting.
“You said you’re a therapist, not a music teacher.”
Observant men are sexy too.
“I did. And I am. Specifically, I’m a music therapist. Do you want me to explain what a music therapist does?”
“No. I just want you to look for a different space to rent. I’ll give you two weeks.” He turns and makes it out the door in three long strides.
My toes are on his heels in seconds, chasing him down the stairs. “Wait? You’re evicting me?”
“I’m giving you notice.”
“Notice? You’re kicking me out for what? Doing my job?”
“Preventing me from doing mine.” He pushes through the door at the bottom of the stairs and makes a sharp right.
“Hey, Boss, how’d it—” Amanda’s gaze moves from Flint to me as I follow him into his office.
“Hi, Amanda. Would you happen to have the name of a good real estate attorney? I may need to sue my landlord for wrongful eviction.”
Flint turns, halting my forward momentum a second shy of slamming into his chest. “Shut my door, Amanda.” His eyes narrow.
I don’t care how hot this guy looks in a suit. I won’t recoil under his glower. “Please leave it open, Amanda. I may need you to be my witness.”
Arrogance tugs at his mouth. “A witness?”
“For when you threaten me.”
He unbuttons his jacket and takes a step back. A whoosh of oxygen leaves my chest like it’s attached to him. The man has an air of confidence and mystery about him that commands attention.
When he turned around to face me a few seconds ago, I sensed the slightest agitation in his narrowed eyes and flared nostrils, but not anymore. It’s not hard to imagine Flint Hopkins in a courtroom—cool, calculated, ruthless.
“You seem to be an intelligent person, so surely you can see how the noise level of your profession could distract me from doing mine. I think sharing space with other businesses is not a good idea. You need a building of your own or maybe you should work out of your house.”
“I live in an apartment. And I’m sorry, Mr. Money Bags, but I don’t have the cash flow to buy or rent a building all to myself. You’re an attorney. How often are you even in your office? And when you are, what are you doing that requires complete silence? Charming snakes? Narrating audio books?”
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her 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 at 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.
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