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The Life That Mattered

(Life Duet #1)

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships,
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    Jewel Ann
    Jan 14, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

    Coming Feb 6th!
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    What I can promise about this duet:
    So many twisted thoughts. So much obsession.
    It's sexy. Gripping. Frightening. Completely addictive!
    You will inhale this story. It's a page-turner on steroids.

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    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I've treasured each and every story from Jewel, but this story has reached up and touched the sky for me. It should be a hard act to follow.........for any other author.
    But jewel will keep raising the sky it seems, like a personal challenge she sets for herself with every novel. She's competing with herself story after story
    As always, Her prose is vibrant and lively. It billows and rumbles, pregnant with possibilities and jewel is a sailor and explorer. Moving from one trope to another,
    Hulya Kara Yuksel
    Jan 13, 2020 is currently reading it
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    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Zilpha Owens
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    I’m going to put it out there - I read this story in mere hours. Planted myself in a chair and didn’t move until the last page. I’m not going to pretend I can write any kind of review that will adequately praise what I just finished.

    The prologue was ominous. The meet-cute totally sweet and fun. The rest of the story? A thrilling rollercoaster ride!

    JEA takes me to places I never dreamed of going and delves into relationships that I want to be a part of no matter the circumstances. She gives me a
    Dilek VT
    Jan 20, 2020 marked it as maybe
    Well, maybe... I don't know yet.

    The blurb is vague.
    The few reviews are vague.

    I need solid reviews before I decide. I really don't have any idea what this book entails. It sounds intriguing but as Ms. Jewel is either a hit or a miss for me, I will wait for the reviews of friends...

    And I will be very pleased if someone can explain to me WTF "The four become close—very close..." means...
    A foursome, swingers, what?
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    4.5 stars. The prologue immediately set me on guard as to what to expect in this story. Aside from that, the story took off without a hitch. But because it's Jewel Ann, there's a lot of stuff happening in tiers and as the reader, it really got my mind going on overload thinking about things, like the limits of love and crossing boundaries and emotional connections. Evie and Ronin meet in Vancouver and everything about them is just adorable, sweet, sexy, fun and flirty. I really enjoyed getting ...more
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    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    He wasn’t looking for anyone when he walked into the cafe in Vancouver, yet he found her all the same. He was the carefree bachelor who loved to travel the world, living job to job. She was the chemist who made body products and owned a store in Aspen called Clean Art. He’s the book nerd and she’s the science geek. Together they run the bases after only nine hours of dating.


    When a story begins with a prologue you better hold onto your hats and glasses because your going on the ride of
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I want to start off by saying, oh my word that Prologue! Heart rending and more than slightly ominous, I couldn’t wait to see where we were going with this story. I was gripped and once I started I could not stop. The phrase “page turner” was invented for this book.

    I love the characters this author creates. Not because they’re always sweet and gentle and kind, but because they’re authentic and true to life. I love the way she always allows them free reign to be what they need to be. They’re
    I feel like I’ve run a marathon after finishing The Life That Mattered. Out of breath and high on adrenaline. Jewel E. Ann delivers the good stuff. The angst, the suspense and the romance.
    The main characters are Evelyn and Ronin. Evelyn is best friends with Graham and Lila who’s getting married. That’s all I’m going to give away cause I don’t want to spoil anything.

    What I loved about TLTM was the different dynamics between these couples. Evelyn shares a lot of history with Graham and Lila
    Traci Parker
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    There is a reason I stop everything to read any and all the stories that Jewel E Ann writes.

    I don’t know if I have ever read another author that is able to slowly wrap my mind, body and soul into the words on the page. There is always a familiarness to her characters that makes them feel real. There is always great chemistry and witty banter that flows between love and sarcasm and humor and angst. And there is always, and I mean always, some mind trickery happening that I never see until it’s
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Stop whatever you're doing, whatever you're reading, stop full stop!

    Saying "Wow mind blown"! Won't even cover it for this novel. Oh my goodness, and p.s. Jewel E Ann you're on my bad list till the next one releases. You're also on the naughty list for those steamy scenes. While the steam isn't graphic as some other novels by other authors this steam is intense.
    This novel, is in my head, I cannot wrap my brain around what I just read. I might have stayed up till 12am reading, slept till 3am,
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    This book is beyond unique and one of a kind. I have ever read a story like this one and I loved every minute of it. This is one of the many, many reason why I love to read Jewel E. Ann's books. You never know what your going to get but I know I'm going to devour her words and let the story consume me!

    These characters are going to play with your heart, your mind and every emotion within your body and not let go.

    Evelyn, Lila, Graham have a unique yet loyal friendship. They test the friendship
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Life That Mattered by Jewel E. Ann is book one in her Life Duet and tells the story of Evelyn and Ronin.
    Both are in their thirties when they meet and their meet cute is like an earthquake. They're destined to be together, are perfect for each other, soulmates - I think you get it. They build a life together, are happy.
    I fell in love with the characters immediatedly and truly loved reading their story. I really did, but like every book by this author, I knew karma would come and show me who's
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    Deedy Hays
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Jewel is a author that I stop reading whatever, it is that I’m reading, to read her latest book. This book was no different. I slowed my roll with this book. My first instinct with her is to get to it, find out what’s going to happen. I took my time because I didn’t want to miss a thing...cue Aerosmith

    Jewel’s characters are always complex and she does a superb job of creating their world. You are invested in them and their complexities. Your mind goes on their adventures with them. Her honed
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Holy smokes, I knew, just knew 100% that my most anticipated book of 2020 by Jewel was going break me and make a hot mess. The Life That Mattered is probably by far one of my favorite books by this author.


    I loved everything about this story! I loved that Jewel gave me diverse/multi cultural characters and the 'paranormal' element is intriguing and had me glued to the pages. I felt the intense chemistry, love and passion between Evelyn and Ronin
    Amber- Leave Me Alone I'm Reading
    This book is absolutely incredible. I love Jewel. I’ve read almost all of her books and I just love the depth and realness to her stories. The Life that Mattered will leave readers questioning their existence. It’s thought-provoking, funny, heartbreaking, and sexy. It has this slow burn suspense that kept me glued to the pages. I am obsessed with Ronin and Evelyn. Their chemistry is like pure magic. I never wanted this book to end, but I knew it would have a crazy cliffy, and that’s okay. I was ...more
    Mary Ann
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Speechless, I love Ronin and Evie. I feel their instant connection I can feel their love for each other even though they never say it. I think one of the lessons is even though they don’t say those three words, there is no doubt that
    They love each other so much. It’s undeniable. Just because you tell some you love them with words doesn’t mean anything if you don’t show them how much you love them. Ronin who has a life changing Experience so young that tells him that there is something beyond
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely incredible! The power of Jewel’s writing is you feel every single detail. Every character comes to life and you breathe their love, their pain, their...everything. To say anything outside of Jewel is a phenomenal writer and The Life That Mattered is just another example of this would spoil the perfection of having this story unfold organically for you. Go in blind...go in open and let Jewel work her magic!

    Ps. I’m gonna need The Life You Stole like yesterday...this is cruel!!

    Kelly - Words We Love By
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    WTH do you do to me every single time Jewel E. Ann? Falling for your characters is like falling in a deep hole and you know you will never climb out. The heartbreak and pain that come with this book isn't something I would pass up because the words are to precious and gut wrenching you just have to absorb them and keep going. My heart went out to Evie and Ronin but also for Lila and Graham. Four friends destined to spend their days together but would it really end that way. It does end in a ...more
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I started this book and pretty much did not put it down until I was finished. It was utterly fantastic from beginning to end and I cannot wait to read book 2. I’ve never read anything like this. I was so immersed in this story and the characters....I still am actually......this one will stick with me for a long time. It’s just so damn good!!!!
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    *I received an early copy of this book to voluntarily read.*
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    Muhemed Masika
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie 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 The Life That Mattered, a romantic-suspense thriller.

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