Sunday, October 18, 2015

5 stars for Middle of Knight by Jewel E. Ann

The living seek forgiveness. The dead seek revenge.

A first love.
A last breath.
A haunting past.

Armed with a sinful past and an equally sinful body, Jackson Knight absolves his vow of celibacy to pursue Sergeant Monaghan’s unsuspecting—older—housekeeper.

Ryn Middleton, on the cusp of turning forty with a snarky daughter, a killer dog, and an abusive ex-husband, finds Jackson’s advances humorous and unbelievable. After intense negotiations including Vera Wang, Ed Sheeran, and sex four times a day, Ryn accepts Jackson’s marriage proposal on their first date.

What could possibly go wrong?

While struggling to lay claim to the woman of the dreams he never had, Jackson is forced to deal with a grief-stricken Jillian trying to hold on to her past without letting go of her future—the doctor who took her heart and the Sergeant who gave her a new one.

Beyond the hope for light, lies the middle of darkness, the illusion of truth, and a haunting past.

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What I thought about Middle of Knight

Jackson and Jillian Knight are in a witness protection program of sorts, courtesy of a secret organization that hasn't been completely revealed to the reader yet.  These are their adventures. 

In Middle of Knight, the reader gets more of Jill's "before" life as Jessica, especially details regarding the love of her life, Luke Jones.  It is a very poignant courtship, as Jessica starts to recover from the awful events she experienced earlier in her life. It's really difficult to write too much without giving up some spoilers, so this review might be a bit cryptic. 

But there are two love stories going on here, one before and one after she and Jackson go into hiding. Jill's current love is her neighbor AJ and that's not going very well due to AJ having a serious illness, but I absolutely "adored" how she handled the situations with him. I felt the love there too.  

There's also more about the mysterious Jackson (aka Jude from his previous life).  He's decided that he wants a real relationship instead of the one night stands he's had in his past life.  So he sets his sights on Ryn, the housekeeper who is 10 years older and recovering from an abusive relationship.  Jewel E Ann captures beautifully Ryn's hesitancy and equal interest in a relationship with Jackson. He's hot, hot, hot and she just can't resist.

These are love stories that are sweet and desperate and doomed from the start but are yet very uplifting from viewed from a different angle. I love how Jewel E Ann does that with her characters.  They aren't what meets the eye, and it takes a while to get to know them. This is the second book in the series and I know there is more to be revealed about these two and their lovers.

I adore the dark, sarcastic humor in this. It's really well done and entertaining. Jewel E Ann does a brilliant job of  leaving the little breadcrumbs along the way to keep drawing you into the story. After two books, there are so many little details and questions that are running around in my head and that's a wonderful feeling as a reader.  I want more!

This is not a standalone series, but it's worth the investment of your time. What I like most about this author is that she brings a fresh and different perspective to her characters, especially in this book. I was intrigued with this author when I read Only Trick earlier this year, and this series has put Jewel E Ann on my list of authors I look for. I cannot wait for the last book in this series, Dawn of Forever, coming in 2016. 

This series is part romance, part suspense with lots of dark, sarcastic humor and a plot that is well crafted. I'm not saying it's perfect as there are few rough spots that could have been revised a bit more, but overall it's a great story with compelling characters and some very profound sentiments. Recommended. 

"Only in complete silence can the whisper of true love be heard."
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ARC provided for review.

*END OF DAY BOOK ONE by Jewel E. Ann


About the Author
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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