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When Life Happened

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  6,747 ratings  ·  1,146 reviews
Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister. After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents' house.

Step Two: Find a job. Opportunity strikes when she meets h
Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Jewel E. Ann
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I loved it and hated it and liked it and disliked it and enjoyed it and loathed it and admired it and detested it. But most of all, I adored it.

And I didn’t shed a tear, I swear.

I did, however, at one point feel miserable, moping around wanting to lock myself within the four walls, burry my head under the pillow, wishing everybody would leave me alone.

I won’t say a word about the story. My lips are sealed. What I should probably tell you is to dive into this book totally clueless. At least that
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****10+++++++++++ BREATHTAKING STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Her heart ached, the yearning kind of ache, the pain that came with wanting something so much but being too afraid to believe it could happen to her.

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BREATHTAKING! That is only one amongst many words I would use to describe this book. There’s a reason why Jewel E Ann is one of my top favorite authors. Her writing is flawless. It evokes so many emotions from me. At times I laughed and when I thought I couldn’t fly any
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Major spoilers**

With all due respect, this story was manipulative af; more than this, the author displayed a patent lack of empathy for the characters and the readers.

Parker, our female lead, finds "true love" with not one but two men all in the space of six weeks. It was definitely a case of insta-love/insta-lust, also the turnover rate (and pace) of the love interest was alarming.

Gus, Parker's first love interest, died in a car accident along with his wife. This occurred right about the sa
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Mar 16, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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“You … you tried to seduce me.” Anger fueled her fight, overriding how terrified she felt being feet from naked Gus.

He laughed. That fed her anger even more.

“I wasn’t seducing you. I was making a point.” He slipped on a white T-shirt.

“Bullshit. I was there.”

“Precisely. Then you
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!


When Life Happened. What a perfect title for this book. This is one of those stories that gripped me from the very start. There were moments I couldn’t breathe. A part where I had to take a break for an hour and collect myself because there is no way that author went there. But she did. And someway, somehow, she made it work. This story is shaped perfectly the way it’s supposed to be. It’s angsty, stressful, and I loved it. I can’t really give this one a proper review, as I feel that a
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WHEN LIFE HAPPENED: is a standalone romance novel by Jewel E. Ann.

An unconventional meeting between two neighbours had me giggling uncontrollably, twenty=six year old Parker Cruse has finally cut the apron strings and has left home at last, it may not be suburbs over from her parents house but right across the street into her grandfather's old farmhouse, just a stone's throw away.

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Whilst enjoying her first night o
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➦We all are born, raised and then we're free to do whatever. Some people find their calling... an awesome job they excel at... successful career... that one special person.... and a happily ever after.

➦But for the rest of us mortals... let's just say, life isn't as accommodating.

➦It's not all rainbows and unicorns. We fuck up.

➦And sometimes shit just happens.

➦But we pick ourselves up and keep going.

➦We do all have one thing in common, though. We will all die.

➦lol. sorry. What I want to say is
5 + "My Person" Stars

This book. Just, this book. It was phenomenal. It was unexpected and emotional and funny as all get out. Jewel E. Ann did what not many can with this storyline and I fell hook, line and sinker. I devoured this story while at the same time trying to really savor it. Whether you believe in destiny or fate or karma, Ms. Ann created a story that showed that life happens when you least expect it.

This is the second book I've read by Jewel and it proves that her talent is unmista
Miss Rail
Personal Thoughts:

I have 2 main reasons for such a low rating:
● #1 ●
Life happens and it often takes your feet right from under you and yet, somehow, you have to pick yourself up and start walking again.

It takes so much courage to open up to love and hope and joy because you don't see them.

This book is supposed to show you how life can "happen" in the blink of an eye and how the journey is not over because something made you fall and/or broke your heart...

Halfway through I didn't want to finish it though, because
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
5 "Today is my favorite day." Stars

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I'm going to keep this short and sweet because literally everything about this book is a spoiler and I don't trust myself to not give away a thing. So here's my advice- READ. THIS. BOOK. Don't go searching for reviews because, rest assured, come release day they'll become riddled with plot spoilers. Experience this journey for Parker and how Life Happened for her. It's chock full with life experiences and lessons learned, often the hard way, for a twenty-so
Hulya Kara Yuksel
I absolutely loved it! Jewel never disappoints me and I highly recommend her books to you. ❤❤❤

"Today is my favorite day."
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-safe, 3-5-star
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Well, this is a really tough book to review without spoiling. It's not going to be my typical review, but if there is anything you feel like you have to know -- pm me. That being said...I think it's definitely a book better read without knowing spoilers going in! I saw a few of my GR friends say this same thing in their reviews, and I'm glad I followed their advice and essentially went in blind (so thank you ladies!). I don't think this is a safe read as it does have c
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This story snuck up on me like a thief in the night! I was expecting a laugh out loud storyline with my morals being compromised because who doesn’t love that? I was expecting to say goodbye to what I consider as a “normal” read. I was expecting a little bit of angst and a whole bunch of scorching sexiness and I’m happy to report that I got all of those things. But do you know what else I got? A mini fucking stroke that left me wondering if I was seeing things that weren’t there.

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“Not a al
Dee Montoya
6+++++ ~You're The Ballad Of My Life Stars~

Never have I ever read a book by author Jewel E. Ann and not have been blown away by her talent, and this one was no exception. She always bring us unique stories that make our hearts pump fast, our skins tingle and our brains explode. This author is the real deal. <3

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This book is about a girl who used to make plans, and organize her life to the very last detail but When Life Happened her plans were destroyed to smithereens, leaving her with nothing
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The truth doesn't always set you free, and lies are not always deception."

WOW, fantastic!!!
Well done Mrs. Ann, well done!
This book wasn't what I expected but was so good.
This is very frustrating there are so many good things I want to say about the characters and the story but I can't because well I don't want to spoil it.
But what I will say is, as in all her books the author wrote a kickass heroine and the storyline is so unique and unexpected.
I loved that I couldn't predict th
dnf @49%

I absolutely love this authors work, but unfortunately this particular story, and it's unexpected twist, is not my cup of tea.


May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fav-author
One thing I've come to learn from reading books by Jewel E. Ann is that she doesn't play safe or writes the same ol' predictable love story. She challenges me every single time, she surprises me even pisses me off royally but that's exactly why I read. I love different, risks and a story which has a purpose. When Life Happend encompasses all of that.

Go in blind! That's what I did and boy was I in for a treat. I can't tell too much about the story because then I'll give too much away. All I can s
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
When Life Happened is one of Jewel E. Ann’s strongest novels to date, and that’s really saying something. I’ve been a huge fan of her masterful storytelling, so it should not come as a surprise that this addictive book left me conflicted and entirely enthralled.

Don’t let the super cute cover fool you into thinking this is a lighthearted read. There are quite a few comedic elements interwoven, but this is first and foremost an angst-filled contemporary romance about self-discovery and forgiveness
Olga therebelreader
DNF @ 48%...
I thought I was going to like this one. It started off fine and all. And then everything fell apart. Yes, that dramatic. Not recommended.
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Life happens, right? We experience highs and lows, failures and triumphs. And we all ‘deal’ in different ways. I think it’s true that the way we handle ourselves in any given situation is a true testament to our character. Despite the fact that this story found obvious and obscure ways to torment me, it gave a raw and sincere depiction of reality that I quite enjoyed.

Temptation no longer resided in his blind spot. She lived a hundred yards away. - Gus

Simply put, this story was incredibly bea
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh, fuckity fuck...
*covers her eyes with the palms of her hands*

God dammit!!!!

It made me think too much on the things that usually make me so pissed off and I don't condone...and it made me look into the gray area on the subjects I don't give a rats ass worth in the first place...

God dammit!!!!

There were so many issues i didn't like, in fact I hated them...I hated the characters' actions, thoughts and less credible justifications...

And that made me mad...cause I couldn't see the justification, I
Damn, this is so hard to review without giving away any spoilers, gah! When Life Happened left me exhausted and conflicted because it's a total 5 star read for me yet it isn't because after "The Event" that happened half way (that gutted and pissed me off by the way) I kind of lost interest. Then the book took on a whole new spin and I was all in again, yet didn't want to be because of what happened the first half of the book. Shit, I'm talking in freaking code here lol.

There are a couple of tri
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2.5 Stars

I'm feeling really disappointed. I love Jewel E. Ann...I really do. Undeniably You is one of my favorite reads of 2015. That book still makes me emotional years later. I love her characters. They're are always different and refreshing. And this book was no different. I fell in love with Parker. She was spunky, no-filter, crazy but cool girl next door sort of heroine. I loved the hero Gus. He was just so real and I found myself falling for him more and more.

But 50% in I was like:

It frus
Well Jewel E Ann. Up until 48% I was loving this story and it would have got 5 stars from me IF you had developed the love story between Gus and Parker BUT you spoiled it from that point on and it truly did not work. So much potential for a cracker of a story and to look at the desire/love between Gus and Parker - did they cheat, or what? and then you did that? I failed to understand why you would take us there.

I just did not get the whole insta love between Parker and Levi - it was too soon af
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Lex Martin
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, sexy and so moving, When Life Happened will tear a hole in your heart and fill it back in piece by piece. I’m still thinking about it days later. 5 stars all the way from beginning to end. Just bring the tissues!
Incredible! I do not know if Jewel E. Ann is crazy or brilliant, but this book is amazing. I'm not even able to write review for it. There is no word to say that would describe all these feelings, you just have to read it.

And I really could end up on that, because when you have to write a review for the book, that you tag as 5-stars-is-not-enough then what more to say? For me, is the best book of the year, so far. I know some people are doing DNF, but really, I know what you feel, I know with wh
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Title: When Life Happened
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Category: Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Third person
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Scorching Level: 4
HEA: Um... Not telling

Amazing writing and characterization but my heart is broken! Jewel E. Ann is a very unique writer. Her books are always emotional and sprinkled with her one of a kind humor. This book spoke to my heart. The heroine, Parker, is one of the most lovable heroine's I've ever met.She is a twenty six year-old woman, living wit
Bindi Boo
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

To start off, i have to say this -THIS BOOK WAS SO HARD TO READ! I had to pause many times and make big decisions about this book- whether to go on or stop now. I persevered all because i bloody love this author. I knew there was something i will miss if i gave up to soon. Lo and behold- there was-a beautiful, sweet love story i've read in a while, with the best plot twist.

As sweet and entertaining the first 40% of this book was, it involved cheating. YES, PLAIN OLD
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Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today best selling author a with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.

Her upcoming release is Fortuity, a romantic-comedy.

Upcoming Projects: Out of Love (J&J Book 4) and a 20

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