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The Jeweler

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Fender Barnes profits from an institution he doesn’t believe in: marriage. He’s a talented designer, but a reluctant jewelry store owner, thanks to his pop’s retirement. He’s cynical, he’s jaded, he’s not entirely certain about the concept of love, but he’s happy to sell an eager young guy an engagement ring for his fiancée to be—until moments after the transaction when th ...more
ebook, 1st, 208 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Omnific Publishing (first published September 28th 2014)
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance
3.5 Real People, Real Lives * * * 1/2

There is something to be said for books without Billionaires, Bikers and Cowboys...It is the type of story you could overhear someone retelling at a bar... bits and pieces in between the music and the noise.

The Jeweler was that type of story. It was unique in its characters... they were people who would be out there in the world today... unusual and quirky...goodhearted but slightly damaged in someway.

The men in the book have this bro thing happening... and
Jennifer Lane
Intriguing Plot, Quirky Characters

I loved Beck Anderson's debut novel Fix You, so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of her second novel, The Jeweler. When I heard about the clever plot, I was even more excited.

Fender Barnes is a cynical jeweler who regards his eager, love-struck, engagement-ring-buying customer Brad with disdain. Love isn't real, right? But then Brad dies in a car accident right outside the jewelry shop, and Fender knows he needs to get the ring to its intended recipient: Gi
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
There was a lot I really liked about this book. The plot was unique, this was laugh-out-loud funny at times and I loved all the characters. Fender (I love that name for a character) is jeweler who sells an engagement ring to Brad. When Brad leaves the store, he is hit by a car and killed. Fender picks up the ring and decides to find D.B. (dead boyfriends) girlfriend to give her the ring. When he finally does meet Ginger, he can't bring himself to give her the ring. I loved Fender! He is hysteric ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here's the deal: you have to read this book. I'm not one for gushy-romantic, thigh-throbbing tripe, so I was delighted to read this smart, witty tale of love and woe. Fender, though quirky, is far more real than typical, Ginger is more complex than typical. However, what sets this book apart for me are the minor characters. Their "contributions" to the romance are priceless. It'll have you smiling that goofy "awww" smile and laughing out loud, by yourself, in public. Read it now.
Midian Sosa
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*sighs from happiness*

What a unique love story. Fender Barnes is The Jeweler. He stole my heart with all his quirky charm. The book starts out with a lot happening in just the first chapter and never lets up. I can’t recommend it enough. If you have it on your bookshelf, grab it and enjoy.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for Smutty McSmutty, this book is not for you, so kindly move along.

Still with me?


What I love the most about The Jeweler is the rib-tickling humor sprinkled throughout the entire novel--a technique that is effortlessly pulled off by Beck Anderson in this newest work written in two varying third person points of view. Anderson's concise prose and believable dialogue will keep you turning pages... or swiping screens... or whatever we now call that.

With enough spark between
Monique Machuca-Austin
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Fender Barnes is a jeweler whom does not believe in love, but sells the jewels that represent the bond of marriage.

“Rings were beautiful hunks of rock wrapped in metal. Fender never bought into the “symbolism.” Diamonds weren’t forever-they were little pieces of carbon that had had the random luck to get squashed deep below ground for centuries. If that was supposed to symbolized marriage, then okay-trapped and
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received a reviewer's copy of this book from ATOMR Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's blog tour promotions.

I found this book funny. It's a light, enjoyable read that provides good entertainment and sweet romance. The hero, Fender, is not like most heroes these days. He is described to be bad at relationships and with women. However, it's not because he is a jerk or a player. In fact, he is awkward and weird in a cute way.

The heroine is also quirky. She loves her c
Nancee Cain
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Fender. Why? Because he isn't your typical romance hero. He's socially awkward, he's cynical, but he is sincere. And the heroine, Ginger, is a normal girl that the reader can relate to. She struggles with loss, doubt, and new feelings without being angsty. There are times on their journey you want to smack both of them because you grow to care. You want them to find true happiness. Ms. Anderson does a wonderful job with character development and I loved that it wasn't an "ins ...more
Rumer Haven
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged enough to read an ARC of this upcoming release, and while it's the delightful stuff of classic rom-coms, the irreverent humor keeps it unconventional. It offers both wit and sentiment in such a snappy yet reflective way and is I appreciate the humor and pop-cultural references and how its development and style makes people and situations endearing without getting sappy or melodramatic. In light of all this, I was completely sucked in and couldn’t put this story down ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first feel reading The Jeweler is been marvel, I wanted read this book because I liked the cover and the plot, but I thought it was a romantic romance ,nice yes ...but the story is much more. And the characters are funny, cynical, witty, unusual, also a bit socially awkward, but I liked all...and the plot is just a bit surreal but credible...and the environment, white snow, green grass, clear water, sun: I was from the beginning hooked .
A.R. Rivera
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beck Anderson writes some of the sweetest, saddest stories and still I find myself laughing in the midst of them. There's either something wrong with me or she's just a great writer.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ll make one statement right upfront. For me, there was a familiarity with The Jeweler that was particularly endearing. The story is set in Boise, Idaho, which is a place that many of my family and friends call home. We travel there for family events every once in a while and so I recognized many of the settings used in this novel (the scene at the Record Exchange was a particular favorite). There’s even a mention of an Oregon coast town that I know well and it really helped me connect on a dee ...more
Cyndi Becker
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m completely new to Beck Anderson’s writing, and now completely hooked. The Jeweler is one of those reads that will simply make you smile. Oh it’s not all hearts and flowers, or in this case bling, but the story is intent on giving us heartache, romance and love with a twist. This feel good story is the tale of Fender Barnes and Ginger Stevens and one that I strongly recommend as a book club read (PG rated). The story follows the course over a long time period which provides for some detailed ...more
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
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This is one of those books I pick because of the sexy cover and I was right about it. The first thing I noticed was the name of the characters, they are unique names: Fender and Ginger. It rhymes! HaHaHa! And then the plot was very intriguing. I wanted to know how Fender was going to reveal the engagement ring to Ginger, specially after he falls for her.
Ginger was a cool girl. I like her. I like how she is discovered, along the book, how she really felt and what she wanted in life. I like h
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Jeweler is filled with all kinds of kismet and hilarity - it is a fun and enchanting read. Fender and Ginger's romance is not your typical romance book. It's filled with heartache, plot twists but it's definitely worth checking out.

The romantic hero, Fender is a bit of a pessimist. In some books that might not be charming but with Fender it is. He was quirky and rude but I thought he was hilarious. I loved him. His misadventures with this ring and Ginger made me laugh out loud.

The story is b
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, disappointment
The guy was a bit misogynistic and he disappointed me page by page (I don't know how)
I was like 'really? Are you dumb enough to do that? You know it's going to end in catastrophe'. Very ridiculous situations...
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Terrible, nothing good about it not ecen the names of the characters, they just seem to have separate lifes and it just doesn't make sense at alla.

A shame the idea of the plot was good
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, review to follow.

*An ARC was received for an honest review.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is my first time to read a Beck Anderson novel, and as far as I know, this is her sophomore novel. What intrigued me to pick it up was the interesting premise of the story, told in the perspective of the male main character (most of the books I’ve read have females for main characters, so this is somewhat a refreshing thing).

Fender Barnes owns a jewelry store and he’s characterized as cynical and jaded. When he sells an engagement ring to a young man who figures into an on-the-spot accident
The Jeweler by Beck Anderson
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My Rating: 3/5 stars
My Review:

Fender Barnes spends his days enabling those lost in love. Couple after couple comes into his jewelry store buying and enhancing love in the form of diamonds in platinum settings. With the divorce rate being what it is, Fender has very little respect for love and even less for the institution of marriage but he has to pay the bills and so he continues to enable the fools in love. Case in point, the guy who comes in right at
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Jeweler by Beck Anderson is a standalone romance novel. It is not a heavy and hot romance by any means but it is tense and will keep you reading just to see what happens with that darn ring!

Fender Barnes is a cynic. He is now running his fathers jewelry business but is not overly happy about it. He see's so much manipulation in his store that he truly thinks the institution of love is a farce. When a tragic accident befalls a customer just outisde his store he does the strangest thing. He ta
Moon Love
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book fairly quickly. It didn't take very long to hook my interest. The concept was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it. There were some parts I of the book I enjoyed more than others, but we'll get into that in a little bit.

I liked Fender. He was usually put together, but being in Ginger's presence turned him into a bumbling mess. It was really quite endearing to see him that way. I liked his frank observations on the customers that came in and even his jadedness with the inst
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Rejane by: Amazo
SOME SPOILERS SPOILER SPOILER That was a boring book. If it was supposed to be said and heart breaking it failed miserably. It was about this girl whose boyfriend died hit by a car after buying her a ring to propose. The jeweler (hero) who sold the ring saw everything and went to look for the girl to give the ring to her. Than I thought it would be a romantic journey where the jeweler fell in love with the girl and struggled to tell her about the ring. It is something like that but NOT romantic ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
This story immediately pulled me in. I found Bender to be geeky but yet handsome and awkward but so easily loved. His character was so different from other characters I have read. Yes he is a bit arrogant but he also has insight that most others don’t. After a gentleman guys his girlfriend and engagement ring and then is immediately killed, Bender stresses about the ring. He is on a mission to get the ring to its intended owner and when he finally meets her, let’s just say a big crush e
Anita Powers
I was so excited to read this book, it sounded good, but I had to give it only 3 stars because it was so boring at times, it dragged on and on and then when the critical part came the heroine overreacted and I hated how she treated Fender. Towards the end of the book it started to get good, fun, and more of what I expected. Fender's best friend made this book fun, some of the lines the author had coming out of his mouth had me laughing out loud. I could never get a hold on who Fender was, what h ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok

This is one of those unique plot stories that caught my attention so I quickly grabbed a copy. I expected a lot from this book. I thought the guy was your typical book boyfriend, serious about life and girls everywhere and shit. As I was reading it, the guy (for me) was a bit of a geek or who doesn't give a shit about life. He's stubborn and honestly, he was quite girly. He was annoying! The girl, wew, I didn't even know what to think of her. Seriously, she was also annoying.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun and unique, this book definitely has a way with making imperfect characters fit pretty gosh darn well with each other.

I was definitely hooked immediately, even when I was frustrated with some of the abrasive sides of the main characters. They were never painted as perfect or even "I'm so imperfect that once I'm over my problems, I'll be the most perfect person ever". In short, the characters were well-rounded, likable, and real.

The timing of the book was spot-on. I really liked the way the e
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-fiction
Holy tap-dancing bunny rabbits, Batman! If you want a beach-side read to go down easy as a mojito, you'll hustle and purchase a copy of this stand-alone novel by Beck Anderson. The mostly winter setting will cool your core temp perfectly after watching those shirtless volleyball boys sweat it up. Fender, the main character, and his bumbling antics will leave a wry smile to your lips, giving everyone in the water people-watching just enough to make them wonder, "What does she know that we don't?" ...more
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Beck Anderson writes about perfectly imperfect people. She is a firm believer in love and its power to transform. She also believes firmly in naps and procrastination.

Beck is usually found chasing after her husband and youngest son, who are often out mountain biking, or cheering on her oldest son, a competitive figure skater.

She is a fan of: all dogs (even eighty-pound chewers of aglets), paddle b

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