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The Life That Mattered

(Life #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,517 ratings  ·  719 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,
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published February 6th 2020
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Storiesandcoffee
"That's the thing about you, Evie... I had no idea I was waiting for someone until you arrived."

It's been forever and a day since I've felt words bubble up inside of me in a way where I need to review a book, rather than feeling obligated to do so. Coasting by on books that don't give you an urgency to discuss its contents with other bookworms isn't good for the soul, but I'm not sure it's all on the books that I've chosen. Sprinkle in a handful of worldwide pandemic and a dash of ever-changing
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
I'll start from the end – I'M IN LOVE!!! 😍

This story had everything that made me fell in love with reading: loads of romance, humor, mystery, sexy chemistry and one PERFECT hero! 👑
In the first chapters, something happened that I didn't like. I didn't understand what was it's purpose to the story… so I took a break. I even considered to stop reading. After a few days, I decided to try again. DAMN, I should've trusted Jewel because then...
My life was ruined.
I'm not kidd
Dilek VT
Jan 20, 2020 marked it as lost-interest
Down below, you will see that I was undecided and hesitant about this duet at first.

Now, thanks to the information that came from my awesome friends Wil, Ceara, Mel and Hülya, I have made my mind up.

Here is the safety information about these books.

There is something akin to a threesome in Book 1 and also there is cheating in Book 2.

(view spoiler)
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Jewel E. Ann can write!

I gobbled this up in one sitting. That prologue kept my on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I felt maybe it actually did a too effective a job of casting the dread/doubt on me because I didn’t feel their chemistry as much as I felt I should have. Like my mind is so fixated on that revelation from that prologue and distracted from all the sparks or whatever.

Don’t get me wrong, it was hot when it needed to be. Just the whole flirting thing and I don’t particularl
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gaaaaaaaaah, why would you cliff hang like that?!

Should the sequel fail to drop in 12 days, someone better tell Jewel Ann that I'll just burst into tears. Yep

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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Sep 27, 2019 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, adventur
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Evelyn made me feel more vulnerable than I ever thought humanly possible. She was the beginning and the end, the mother of my children, the keeper of my heart, the reason my lungs took breaths, my absolute favorite…everything. Wanting her felt like an honor. Needing her felt like a failure.

Leave it to Jewel E Ann to write another spell-binding and captivating story. The prologue left me with a feeling of unease that stayed with me throughout
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 whic
Wendys Wycked Words

I just knew going into this story, that it was gonna wreck me. This amazing author has shown me her "shock-factor" abilities before so, I figured I was prepared for anything... I was wrong though, I was not prepared for this story and I was definitely not prepared for that cliffhanger!! prepared gif

Now, I am going to keep my review as vague as possible, because this story should be read with as little spoilers as possible. Just jump in blind ... you won't be sorry. 

All I can say is that this isn't your typic
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog


Wow I don't know what to say, I finidhed this one and still thinking about it!This is so different , this is unique, this is like nothing I have read and omg it was so addictive! I loved every minute of it , so many emotions!It was brilliant.


I was hooked from the prologue and I was so intrigued. Once I start it I couldn't put it down and now I want more.I went to this one blind and what a ride!It has a little bit of everything. It was romantic , mysterious, a little bit crazy .
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

That end! Ugh I need 2nd book ASAP! :(

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ❤

The Life that Mattered (1st book)
Releasing February 6th

-Cover Revealed-


Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.

The Life Duet, an all-new mind-bending and romantic duet from Jewel E. Ann is coming February 6th, and we have the gorgeous covers!

The Life that Mattered (1st book)
Releasing February 6th

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ro
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, jan-2020
This author, she knows exactly how to suck me in!!! Her writing just captures my attention and I'm all in. Like literally don't put the book down, or else.....

My emotions were on a roll with this book. Hard to explain but if you have read this amazing author before, you know what I am saying. If you haven't read her stories, DO IT!!! You'll definitely be outta breath at times, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, keep going you'll definitely love the cliffy
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕


There are simply not enough words to describe what this author does to her readers when we experience her stories. There’s this sense of loss because we’ve read those dreadful words “The End" or the flood of emotions and racing heart that we feel when she literally takes us over the edge with her no apologies cliffhanger. As fans and readers, we’re left to pick up the pieces because what we just went through? What our hearts had to endure? Again…. There are no words..


This story is very different
The Book Bee
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"Don't ever tell me what you can show me."

Double edged sword: I never want my JEA recommendation to be lost in a sea of glowing reviews because I want to share with you WHY one of her books did what it did to me and why you should read it. But then, there is obviously a very good reason I will get buried in all those reviews: she is an amazing storyteller full of life and unbelievable love that undoubtedly always makes me think.
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Evelyn. Ronin.
Lila. Graham.

Those are the four people this duet is about.

Evelyn starts telling us the story. She and Ronin are the main couple. At least I guess they are.
I just got started with the story.

The prologue was six years in the future. Very confusing, sad, weird.

And then we go back a few years. Evelyn tells us how she's been besties with Lila since kindergarten and how Graham joined their circle in college and fell in love with Lila.
After that Evelyn was always their third wheel and bes
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I don't think I can explain what I felt while reading this story.

It was strange and uncomfortable, but not for the usual reasons. There was nothing wrong, depraved or taboo.

It was the atmosphere surrounding the story, a strong unsettling vibe that I couldn't shake off.

Turning the page was scary.

This story was written in a code my brain couldn't grasp.

I'll need to think about my rate.

Lo Bookfrantic
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review-ng


Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Type: Book 1 of 2 in the Life Duet
POV: First Person – Dual

"When forced to choose what really matters, it all became so clear.  This moment.  The only moment."


Evelyn Taylor never thought she will ever find true love, after giving up on love she focused on her business.  As a small business owner she decided to make the best doing what she loves doing, creating soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, etc for her clien
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars ⭐️
Tianna✸loves books✸
Can someone please tell me what the plot is all about ? Blurb is vague. And all the reviews right now are ARC and they are all f*cking sweetshit. I don’t believe them. So please can I get the basic plot from some non arc reviewer? Is there foursome or couple swapping (not my thing) ? Any trigger?

I got my answer in the comment.
This book is a big NO.
Hats off to you ARC reviewers. You can sell even a broken table. 😁
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "Probably!!!" stars***


"Falling in love tomorrow is such a waste of today."

Is it possible for a book to wreck you even from the prologue???
To make you squirm all the damn time and to wait in every turn of the events, the other shoe to drop???
This woman and her writing skills are driving me crazy!!!
I'm craving her stories and I loathed them at the same time... Cause after their endings, i might never be the same again...
This story, right here, wrecked me in a ve
Wil Loves Books!
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read!

Another wonderful book by Jewel E. Ann. This was such a well written story. You get swept in from the prologue all the way to the end. And the ending will leave you impatiently waiting for the conclusion!

This at heart is a beautiful love story between two people, Evelyn and Ronin that seem fated from the moment they meet. The story spans a few years and you see how this relationship evolves through good times and bad times. There’s some strong secondary characters woven int
Zilpha Owens
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
Lisa Aiello
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lately it's been taking me days, sometimes weeks, to finish a book, fitting in reading when I can. Oftentimes, I choose to turn off my mind and stare at a 30 minute sitcom I've seen a thousand times, rather than concentrate on a book. This one, however, had me engrossed from the Prologue straight through to the end. I wasn't sure what I was reading. Where was Jewel E. Ann taking me? But you know what? I knew no matter where I ended up, it was going to be one hell of a ride. So, I strapped in and ...more
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
“For me, I felt like we were a fact—the sky was blue, water was wet, the wind blew. Ronin and Evelyn just were.”


4,5 “Jewel is evil” stars


This story opens up on a dramatic prologue and ends on an evil cliffhanger! So that’s no wonder that I wrote “Jewel is evil”.

I can hear her sadistic laugh all the way from Colorado to Belgium!

Just say it Jewel: you love torturing your readers!


Because when WE are all left wondering what happens to them, how
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

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Evelyn Taylor is a chemist who loves science, and owns a bath shop called Clean Art in Aspen, Colorado where she makes body products. She gets a much needed vacation when she tags along on a business trip to Vancouver with her best friend and her fiancé. While there she crosses paths with a gorgeous man that looks like he should be on a billboard somewhere. Ronin Alexander is the son of a French Olympic skier, and a Malaysian fashion designer. He’
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a good start to a mysterious duet! I even went back and tried to read the synopsis to see if my predictions were right, but nope! It starts with a bang with super mysterious prologue that holds promise of an upcoming epic train wreck. I kept on thinking back to that and making predictions about what was going to happen — as I’m sure the author had intended to do to her readers! I was a little frustrated with the pacing in the middle as it seemed to slow down, b
Berry ♡ Nice
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: duets
5 All-Consuming-Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

♡"And if you hold out your palm, you'll see that pulsing thing that used to reside in my chest is now sitting quite contentedly in your hand."

Sooooo. After I finished reading this I felt like I had to try and catch my breathe. As if unconsciously I had been holding it and then I couldn't get enough air in me.

And now I'm breathing but I have all these questions. All these feelings. And I'm beyond excited and looking forward to book 2.

I absolutely love Jewel E Ann
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 c
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4-4.5 ⭐'s

“My heart wants to beat with yours.”

There's never a question that a book(s) by Jewel E. Ann will be over the top, intense, angsty and have characters that are deeply layered.

This story takes you on a journey of four people. Evelyn is best friends with both Lila and Graham who end up together. Lila and her have been best friends since they were young and she met Graham in college. They had a drunken one night stand but are better off friends.

She meets Ronin when the three of them
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!!

*ARC gene
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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 For Lucy, a contemporary romance/women's fiction.

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