Look the Part
Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.Until …Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who's too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.This woman …She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.Still …She must go.Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.

Look the Part Details

TitleLook the Part
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2018
PublisherJewel E. Ann
ISBN-139780999048283
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Look the Part Review

  • ~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSFunny thing how when one of the most kick-ass authors in the romance genre releases a new book nothing matters to you anymore. I can't believe I'm saying this: It doesn’t matter there’s a dead wife. Or this: It doesn’t matter that one of the most fantastic heroes ever (Sorry, Flint. I just had to use that word) loved his dead wife beyond words.All of a sudden, you stop being picky. All your triggers, pet peeves and things you usually avoid like the plague vanish into thin air.Why is tha 4.5 STARSFunny thing how when one of the most kick-ass authors in the romance genre releases a new book nothing matters to you anymore. I can't believe I'm saying this: It doesn’t matter there’s a dead wife. Or this: It doesn’t matter that one of the most fantastic heroes ever (Sorry, Flint. I just had to use that word) loved his dead wife beyond words.All of a sudden, you stop being picky. All your triggers, pet peeves and things you usually avoid like the plague vanish into thin air.Why is that?Maybe it's because you know you can trust her. You know you will finish her little piece of art with a smile on your lips. Stronger and wiser.Because that’s Jewel E. Ann, my friends. And she is so, so worth the headache.I don’t think I’ve ever read a book she wrote that didn’t shock me or majorly piss me off. But I never, not even for one second, thought of DNFing it. Whether it’s her talented writing, her lovable and multilayered characters, her unusual and original story lines, her meaningful messages about life, or something else altogether, she NAILS it every freaking time. I just can’t help but devour each and every one of her books inhaling their pages like a woman starved. While this deceptively light book is fun and entertaining, it’s also a very serious and difficult read. But it’s unbelievable how she can make tragic events look so normal, so surmountable.It’s unbelievable how perceptive she is. It’s unbelievable how optimistic and empowered I feel after I finish her books.I loved the first part of this amazing book but I thought it wouldn’t be my favorite. I just couldn’t relate to the heroine, which is a first for me. Her heroines are always super awesome. Intelligent, quirky, funny, annoyance level: zero.This heroine has the same qualities. But I couldn’t connect with her in the beginning. Maybe it’s because of the lack of background information on her in the first half. Maybe it’s her cheerfulness. Or her constant humming. Or her pet rats. I don’t know.But then the last half happened. And I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. The hero is a different story. It was love at first word. I fell for him on page one.I wish I could read about them every day.Not to mention the secondary characters. The awesomest of all the awesome secondary characters I've met in a fictional world.I’m not sure if it’s obvious, but I loved this book. And I love this author. I love her quirky humor. I love how she perceives the world. I love how she understands life. QUICK REVIEW:Enjoyment: 4.5/5Writing style: 5/5Storyline: 5/5 Hero: 5/5Heroine: 4/5Secondary characters: 5/5 Hotness/steam: 3.5/5 Romance: 5/5 Angst: 4/5Darkness level: 2/5Humor: 4/5Depth of the book: 5/5POV: dual, 1st personTriggers: (view spoiler)[death of a spouse; drunk driving car accident, alcoholism, Asperger syndrome (hide spoiler)]
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    When one is privileged to read books that leave an indelible mark on the mind, you attempt to prolong the reading of it. These opportunities are rare-once or twice a year finds, books such as It Ends with Us or The Gravity of Us or 53 Letters for My Lover, and now, this book.Look the Part is filled with emotional and heartfelt scenes, perfectly balanced with some serious laugh-out-loud moments. In all, Jewel exceeded my expectations.
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  • Jewel Ann
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE!!!Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2GlCHelAmazon UK: http://amzn.to/2BAPI00A Chapter One first look:Time to crack the cover and give you all an early peek at Look the Part ;)Read chapter one today!http://www.jeweleann.com/look-the-par...Coming January 29th,2018!!There might be rats. Just saying.
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  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    My initial thoughts about the book before reading it- Single dad- Didn't let his wife drive while he was drunk and had an accident in which he and his son survived but his wife died- Lives a life of guilt with his autistic son - Has one-night stands but doesn't do relationships- Thinks of his dead wife all the time - Falls for the heroine slowly (enemies to lovers)- Heroine is a much too positive woman (annoying maybe?)- Unplanned pregnancyI don't think I will be able to forgive this hero and ro My initial thoughts about the book before reading it- Single dad- Didn't let his wife drive while he was drunk and had an accident in which he and his son survived but his wife died- Lives a life of guilt with his autistic son - Has one-night stands but doesn't do relationships- Thinks of his dead wife all the time - Falls for the heroine slowly (enemies to lovers)- Heroine is a much too positive woman (annoying maybe?)- Unplanned pregnancyI don't think I will be able to forgive this hero and root for his happiness. I hate the unplanned pregnancy trope, as well :(***********************************************Change of mindThen I saw too many of my friends loving it, (some loving it nearly as much as they loved "The Hating Game", which is one of my favorite books) and finally, I gave in to my curiosity and with the encouragement of my friends, I started reading the book.***********************************************My thoughts after reading the bookI am sorry but I hated the book. Here are my reasons:1. Firstly, I was dreadfully bored. After the first half of it, it got even more unbearable for me and the options for me were either "DNF it" or a "skim-scan & finish it quickly". I preferred to skim and scan the second half of the book to get to the end of it. I even couldn't read the epilogue properly. So very boring!"Hero, heroine & a child" combination rarely works for me in my romance books. That's why, I always avoid such books. Sadly but not surprisingly, this book was no exception.Harrison, the hero's son, plays one of the leading roles in the book. I like love stories that revolve around the hero & the heroine because when there is a child included, the romance loses its leading role in the story and it becomes more a family thing than a lovers thing, which makes it boring for me. Again, it's me, not the book. Therefore, if you do not avoid romance books that revolve around children, just ignore this number 1 comment of mine :)***********************************************2. Too easy!I like it when the hero works for it and the heroine makes him work for it. The other way around... uhm, nope, it doesn't work for me.The heroine in this book, Ellen, practically jumped on Flint and offered sex whenever he wanted. I don't like it this way so the beginning of their affair was the kind I like the least. Even Flint, the hero, told her not to be that easy! Yikes! “You know, I don’t require a fancy night out. I’m good with sex if that’s what you need.” “You really should make guys work a little harder for it.” ***********************************************3. Heroine not my cuppa!In general, the heroine wasn't the type of person I could like. She felt too chirpy, too positive, too affectionate, too forgiving, too quirky etc.. - shortly, too unreal.Her constant humming, her keeping a pack of rats as pets and her over the top easy-going manners totally annoyed me. I would never befriend such a person in real life. She is an unappealing character for me...Also, she is obsessed with touching the hero here and there, fixing his tie, collar of his shirt etc. even before they are together as lovers. However much I need touching, I would never do it on a person who didn't invite me to do it. That made her seem even more annoying to me. Actually, she is not a bad person, she is just not my person! ***********************************************4. Unlikable heroI didn't hate the hero as much as I expected I would. I just didn't like him. I think it really is impossible for me to like a "once a chauvinistic pig", who refused to give the keys of his car to his wife when he was drunk and killed her in the accident he caused while drunk-driving. It didn't matter how much he regretted. It was impossible for me to forgive and like him.He did feel guilty.He did wish he had died himself rather than his wife in that accident.He really missed his wife.He really was awfully sorry.Too late buddy, too late! She is dead!There are things in life I cannot forgive and I couldn't forgive the guy and therefore, I couldn't like him.If a person causes an accident and as a result someone dies in this accident, it is another story. I wouldn't hold a grudge on the driver if it was just an accident. However, I cannot forgive a person causing an accident while drunk and killing someone because of his recklessness.See? There is a difference. Long story short, I didn't root for his happiness.***********************************************5. No romance, no chemistry!The first kiss, the first sex and the rest of their intimate scenes meant nothing to me because I never felt their chemistry. Although the book is written in dual point of view, I never got to understand why they found each other appealing or attractive. I didn't understand when and how they fell for each other and it was because it started abruptly. I was just like this, "Huh, what are they doing? Did I sleep over it and miss something?" She called him "Sex in a suit" from the very beginning of the book, telling him he was melting her panties. (No, of course, they were not dating when she said that, she was flirting with him while he was trying to get rid of her). So, I assume that she found him attractive but I just didn't feel their connection. He found her beautiful, sexy but annoying and weird. So I assume he fell for her beauty first, and then, got used to her character and started to like her as a person, too. (Well, at least, this is my best guess.)***********************************************6. The tone of the book was annoying!The tone of the book was too chirpy , which made it awkward for me. It felt as awkward as a laughter in a funeral.The hero is an unhappy and grumpy man, so regretful of his past mistakes that he thinks he doesn't deserve happiness but the way he tells his story is full of humor. It is aimed to make us laugh. The heroine was already a "too chirpy person" so the jokes she made all along didn't feel wrong - even though I never ever laughed at her jokes.I think, as the book has a depressing theme, by adding humor and a light tone, the writer wanted to make it appealing to the reader but it just annoyed me more.I strongly believe that the light tone of the book was wrong - or let's say not appropriate - or let's soften it and say that it didn't feel right to me.***********************************************Please forgive me!I respect all readers and my dear friends who loved this book dearly. I am sorry it wasn't for me and I tried to explain my reasons as clearly as possible, risking that I might sound like a heartless bitch while doing so :))) So, please go read this book and give it a chance if you are not obsessed with the issues I just listed above because so many people loved this book. In this case, it seems that it wasn't the book, but it was me... Or not? Maybe? ! Oh, I really don't know...Rant over!
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  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    January 1, 1970
    *****4.5 STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}We’re that moment of light and whisper of hope that sprouts from the barren ground after the end of the world. It’s not him. It’s not me. It’s us. We defy the laws of existence. We are forgiveness and redemption. What we have is not a victory against all odds, it’s the inevitable.There are a few things that can be said of Jewel’s books. They are unique and phenomenal. You can just tell she puts a lot of her soul into her writing and that she’ *****4.5 STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}We’re that moment of light and whisper of hope that sprouts from the barren ground after the end of the world. It’s not him. It’s not me. It’s us. We defy the laws of existence. We are forgiveness and redemption. What we have is not a victory against all odds, it’s the inevitable.There are a few things that can be said of Jewel’s books. They are unique and phenomenal. You can just tell she puts a lot of her soul into her writing and that she’s one of those authors who takes the time to get it right instead of hitting ”Publish” just to meet her quota! LOOK THE PART has a flawed Hero haunted by a tragic past. The Heroine has her unconventional quirks and an over the top sassy attitude. Their journey to love everlasting is filled with many obstacles and unexpected twists and that’s what made this such an entertaining read.Flint Hopkins is a successful lawyer and father of a twelve-year-old boy who is mildly autistic. His life was turned upside down ten years ago when his wife died in a car accident. Caring for his son, Harrison, has become Flint’s life’s purpose. There is no room in his heart for anyone else and he truly believes that he doesn’t deserve another shot at happiness. He wasn’t expecting that the new tenant in his office building was going to barrel through his world like a tornado and awaken something in him that he thought died along with his wife.Ellen Rodgers is a music therapist who’s moved to a new town in hopes of making a fresh start. She’s been burned badly by love and doesn’t think her heart could take another beating. The minute she meets her new landlord, her hormones take over her brain and she finds it nearly impossible to refrain from jumping his bones. She’s a sucker for the beautiful man who looks killer in a three-piece suit. But the two don’t necessarily get off on the right foot when Ellen’s sessions with her patients immediately grate on Flint’s nerves. Apparently, he didn’t realize that part of her therapy sessions involves the playing of loud instruments. The two have some heated arguments when Flint decides to evict her, but when Harrison starts to develop a friendship with Ellen over their music appreciation and her four pet rats, Flint realizes it’s not going to be that easy to get rid of her. And whenever these two get a moment alone, passion takes over and neither of them can fight it.I loved how Ellen genuinely bonded with Harrison and that she never sugarcoated Flint’s past for him. Her love was constant and unwavering. And Flint, he was surprising. At first, he seemed to be an uptight suit unable to show compassion but as the story unfolds and all his layers were peeled back, we see that this man has an unbelievably huge heart who would go to any lengths to protect and care for the people he loves.Here are my overall ratings on the book: Heroes: 4.5 Heroine: 4 Plot: 4 Angst: 4 Steam: 5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5LOOK THE PART is currently available! It’s a no-brainer that this is a must-read!Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2GlCHelAmazon UK: http://amzn.to/2BAPI00
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK THE PART: is a full length standalone contemporary romance novel by Jewel E. Ann. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ The ‘Prologue’ grabbed my attention straight away, a birthday celebration ended tragically, a man left broken and shattered. A man locked in the past even though ten years have gone by he's still paying for the sins of his past. In this we meet thirty five year old Flint Hopkins, a hot uptight lawyer with a long suffering assistant Amanda that gets fired on a daily basis, Fli LOOK THE PART: is a full length standalone contemporary romance novel by Jewel E. Ann. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ The ‘Prologue’ grabbed my attention straight away, a birthday celebration ended tragically, a man left broken and shattered. A man locked in the past even though ten years have gone by he's still paying for the sins of his past. In this we meet thirty five year old Flint Hopkins, a hot uptight lawyer with a long suffering assistant Amanda that gets fired on a daily basis, Flint is a single father to twelve year old mildly autistic son Harrison and landlord to Ellen Rodgers.Thirty two recently divorced Ellen has just not long moved to Minneapolis and is a musical therapist who has just signed a lease with Flint to rent the space above his lawyers office, but the noise drifting downstairs drives Flint batshit crazy. “She's a music therapist, Flint. Please tell me you assumed music would be involved? Otherwise, I'm embarrassed for you.”Bang...Bang...Bang...Bang...Bang...Bang “This isn't going to work.” “But seriously...you have to tell me what you thought a music therapist does.”“Comfy sofas and relaxing music played through noise-cancelling headphones.”She smirks “You should have done an internet search.Lots of videos showing exactly what happens at a music therapist's office. I'm a little surprised this one slid by you.”With the ink has barely dried on her tenants agreement and he’s issuing an eviction notice. But the only problem is, his son has taken a shine to Ellen. And so their story begins...Numerous eviction threats, and that never ending push and pull on your heart strings will have you hooked on this story in no time. I went into this not really knowing what to expect, but having read one other by this author previously which I loved my expectations were high. Those expectations were met tenfold, this was such a unique, laugh out loud, swoon worthy, all the feels, I want this life book!! There is NOTHING (rats included *Shudders*) that I would've changed about this book. I lost count the amount of times I giggled reading this, such a light hearted feels good to escape to giggles galore land. I also lost my heart to Harry, god I loved what popped out of his mouth, I really really wish he gets his own story just for shits and giggles.      
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  • NMmomof4
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsOverall Opinion: I really enjoyed this! I tried really hard not to get my expectations too high for this one, because I hate that disappointment I get when I do that sometimes -- But with that cover and blurb it instantly sold me! I have a 13 year old son with Asperger's syndrome/high functioning autism, so this was a joy to read about the perks and struggles of parenting such a child. Don't get me wrong -- every kid on the spectrum is different in their own special way (and the author 4.5 StarsOverall Opinion: I really enjoyed this! I tried really hard not to get my expectations too high for this one, because I hate that disappointment I get when I do that sometimes -- But with that cover and blurb it instantly sold me! I have a 13 year old son with Asperger's syndrome/high functioning autism, so this was a joy to read about the perks and struggles of parenting such a child. Don't get me wrong -- every kid on the spectrum is different in their own special way (and the author says this herself in her author's note at the beginning) but it definitely felt like I was sharing a secret smile and laugh with these characters during their interactions with Harrison/Harry. I freaking loved the h too! Not very often I say that too, as I find I am always harder on my hs in my books. I felt like we got some good characterizations, some good depth in their stories, I felt a good connection between them and towards each character individually, and I was completely invested and rooting for their HEA! My only reason for not being a 5 star read was the ending. I was so darn invested that I just wanted more!! I also had a (type A and probably crazy) unanswered question that bugged me a little (see closure section below). Overall, I am very happy with this book!Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Elle and Flint's story. They meet when Elle is applying to rent the office space above Flint's office from him. Once Flint realizes his mistake in letting Elle run her noisy music therapy sessions while he is trying to get work done, he tries to evict her. But through Flint's 12 year old son on the autism spectrum, some guitar lessons, a group of pet rats, her constant touching and adjusting of his clothes, and their strong attraction/connection -- he finds it hard to get rid of her. They end up falling in love, but life throws some road blocks in their way that make it hard for them to get to their HEA (but they eventually do 😜).POV: This alternated between Elle and Flint's POV.Overall Pace of Story: Good for the most part (see closure section). I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.Instalove:No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.H rating: 4.5 stars. Flint. I really liked him! I felt bad for his past, but I also appreciated how he was a good dad and cared for Elle (and after he stopped fighting it, how he didn't have a problem showing the depth of those feelings for her).h rating: 5 stars. Elle. I loved her! She was quirky, patient, confident, and I loved how she demanded to be treated well!Sadness level: Low/moderate. I teared up a few times, but no tissues were neededPush/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ They both push away (the H more than the h), and they both pursue the relationship at times. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Low. They have some pretty good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. I'd say that most of the scenes are more about the emotional connection than the physical act, so kind of low on the steam factor (it didn't feel like that negatively impacted the story though).Descriptive sex: YesOW/OM drama: Yes, but actually pretty mild (view spoiler)[ The H has guilt for his wife's death, and the h has issues from her ex as well. The h's ex does come around and try to make amends, but the h isn't interested at all -- but this does cause some jealousy for the H. (hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: No (view spoiler)[There is a scene in the prologue with the H and his wife 10 years before he meets the h. They kiss, talk about sex, and touch -- but not sex (hide spoiler)]Cheating: NoSeparation: Yes (view spoiler)[They are separated shortly a few times (maybe a few months at most?), but there was no mention or suggestion of other partners during this time. (hide spoiler)]Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[The H was married before and was driving drunk when she died in an accident (off page), the H has a son from his past marriage and he has Asperger's Syndrome/high functioning autism (on page), the h was married before and is divorced, the h was verbally abused by her ex (off page), parent with a stroke (on page), alcoholism (on page), drunk driving accident (off page), and unexpected pregnancy (on page) (hide spoiler)]Closure: This had okay closure and a pretty good epilogue with what I would call a HEA ending (view spoiler)[they're married with children (hide spoiler)]. I am obviously a greedy girl, because I simply wanted more!! I wanted more time with them navigating their new lives together, and more of their HEA! I was a disappointed with the epilogue, as I felt like there was so much awesome material to work with that it left me feeling jipped. I also really wanted to know how they navigated the Sandy issue (view spoiler)[ (the H's dead wife's mother that expected him to remain celibate until his son was out of the house (hide spoiler)]. The closure and ending is the only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars tbh.Safety: This one should be either Safe or Safe with exception for most safety gang readers depending on personal preferences.(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have both the h and H pushing away- Does have a fes separations between the h and H- Does Not have abuse by mcs- Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]
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  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    ***Now Available***"Those who love you the most, will cherish what you cherish. They'll nurture what makes you -- you" I can easily say, I think this one will be one of my top reads this year. This book stole my attention from the very start. It pulled my heart in literally all directions and let me tell you, holy emotional overload..... I was high, I was low, I was in love, I hated, I laughed, I cried, I became impatient, I became overwhelmed, and holy hell did I love I'm not one for writing lo ***Now Available***"Those who love you the most, will cherish what you cherish. They'll nurture what makes you -- you" I can easily say, I think this one will be one of my top reads this year. This book stole my attention from the very start. It pulled my heart in literally all directions and let me tell you, holy emotional overload..... I was high, I was low, I was in love, I hated, I laughed, I cried, I became impatient, I became overwhelmed, and holy hell did I love I'm not one for writing long reviews, so of course, this one will be short. In saying that, finding the right words to justify this beautiful book is hard for me. I fell in love with Flint Hopkins and Ellen Rodgers in this story, oh and Harry, Amanda, Jon, Gene, its cast of secondary characters is awesome. This story is a story of finding second chances, its about laughing again, about loving again even when you least expect it or think you don't deserve it. This book, its tragic, its so very complicated. Its definitely filled with its share of obstacles, yet it makes you laugh and cry literally at the same time. Its full of passion, and it is so very addictive. The writing is simply amazing A beautiful, sweet, laugh out loud, dab your eyes kind of book, one that I highly recommend to you if you like those types ❤️ .
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    5 “This Life” StarsA masterpiece. Just like Flint’s suits. Look the Part played every single one of my emotions, and I loved it. Jewel E Ann is a genius of epic proportions. Her books always slay me and Look the Part is another romance that everyone needs to read. Flint made a mistake. A huge one. And his life is never going to be the same because of it. Now he’s doing all that he can do to get by and make the best life he can for his son. Until he meets Ellen. She’s the exact opposite of Flint 5 “This Life” StarsA masterpiece. Just like Flint’s suits. Look the Part played every single one of my emotions, and I loved it. Jewel E Ann is a genius of epic proportions. Her books always slay me and Look the Part is another romance that everyone needs to read. Flint made a mistake. A huge one. And his life is never going to be the same because of it. Now he’s doing all that he can do to get by and make the best life he can for his son. Until he meets Ellen. She’s the exact opposite of Flint in just about every way imaginable. And yet his new tenant has not only taken up a spot in his building, but also in his head. He cannot ignore her. And not just because her job as a music therapist is all noise all day. But because there is just something about her that he hasn’t had in over 10 years. So for both those reasons, she’s got to go. But that’s easier said than done when she builds a relationship with his Autistic young son. Now he’s not only got to wade into emotional waters he left long ago, but he has to figure out how his sons newly minted frienship with his annoyingly happy neighbor fits into his life. Jewel E Ann is one of my most favorite authors. I have love literally everything I’ve read of hers. Her stories are always fresh and imaginative. But also emotional with a sexiness that pulls me into each of her stories. Look the Part is no different. This story also had the added benefit of being a bit of a rom com. And while this story wasn’t all sunshine and roses, I appreciated each character, their growth and their up front attitude. Their connection was obvious and while at times my heart hurt because of Flint’s reluctance, that gave me time to really get to know and fall just as hard for Elle and her past as I did for Flint. Add in a cast of side characters that added layers and depth to the story and this new addition to Ms. Ann’s catalogue is going to be one of my favorites this year I can already tell. ARC provided to A is for Alpha B is for Books for honest review.
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  • Natalie The Biblioholic
    January 1, 1970
    It took me roughly 10 days to come up with something to write that would do this story justice. Right now, I know there is nothing that I can say that will illustrate the captivating beauty and pain that leaked from these pages. There is nothing that I can type that will give you a glimpse of the feels, the heart-rocking emotions, the utter devastation, and the sublime bliss that I found in this book. But I’m going to try anyway. We should remember people in their most beautiful moments, but we It took me roughly 10 days to come up with something to write that would do this story justice. Right now, I know there is nothing that I can say that will illustrate the captivating beauty and pain that leaked from these pages. There is nothing that I can type that will give you a glimpse of the feels, the heart-rocking emotions, the utter devastation, and the sublime bliss that I found in this book. But I’m going to try anyway. We should remember people in their most beautiful moments, but we don’t. It’s the etching of ugly and pain that leaves a lasting impression. Those lines right there? They were at the beginning of the book and pulled me right in and this story refused to let me go!Flint, a prominent attorney, rents his upstairs unit to Ellen, a music therapist. Too bad he didn’t know what he was getting into. He really should have done some research on what a music therapist does. The racket upstairs is a huge distraction to him and despite how attached his slightly autistic son, Harrison, has become to his new tenant, he serves her with an eviction. However, Ellen isn’t leaving without a fight. I want to be his greatest strength - and his greatest weakness. I want to be where he hides his lies and finds his truth. Flint was stoic, brooding and oh-so-sexy while Ellen was not only a gorgeous woman, but a positive force of energy. It was almost like she kept bouncing off of his forcefield of negativity in order to ultimately penetrate it. And penetrate it she did. While they embarked on their lust-hate relationship (not really that much hating going on though), they both found that they each had walls built up for protection, from pain that was more tragic than words. Neither of them expected the other to be the catalyst for those walls to come tumbling down. We’re that moment of light and whisper of hope that sprouts from the barren ground after the end of the world. It’s not him. It’s not me. It’s us. We defy the laws of existence. We are forgiveness and redemption. What we have is not a victory against all odds, it’s the inevitable. I loved every single thing about this book. From Flint and Ellen’s every interaction, be it casual, platonic or sexual, there was a fierce intensity to their connection, even when it wasn’t always pretty. Ellen and Flint’s interactions with Harrison were a highlight as well. I loved how he was different with each of them but they didn’t begrudge the other but rather celebrated the many sides to him. And when they finally admitted to their fall… le sigh… I don’t think there was anything the author could have done to make me love these characters, and I mean all of them, any more. It’s been 10 days and they haven’t left my mind. I’m going to love you so hard, time won’t matter. Distance won’t matter. All you’ll feel when you take each breath… is my love. The love in this book was profound. The love between Ellen and Flint, the love of their parents, the love everyone had for Harrison, it was picture perfect. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and I sighed. Again, words cannot properly express how much I loved this story or how incredible it really is, so I strongly recommend you read it to see for yourself.Release: Jan. 29, 2018 | Genre: Contemporary/RomCom | POV: Dual - 1st person | Heat: 3 out of 5 | Standalone
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  • Malene
    January 1, 1970
    There’s a reason why Jewel E. Ann is one of my go to authors cause she never disappoints. I’m pretty sure that I always get a unique and highly emotional story. I was introduced to Flint Hopkins in the book called One and was instantly mesmerized by him. Look The Part can easily be read as a standalone.Flint Hopkins and Ellen Rodgers carry this book beautifully. They crawled into my heart the moment they appeared in Look The Part. Their interactions and chemistry are incredible. Talk about chara There’s a reason why Jewel E. Ann is one of my go to authors cause she never disappoints. I’m pretty sure that I always get a unique and highly emotional story. I was introduced to Flint Hopkins in the book called One and was instantly mesmerized by him. Look The Part can easily be read as a standalone.Flint Hopkins and Ellen Rodgers carry this book beautifully. They crawled into my heart the moment they appeared in Look The Part. Their interactions and chemistry are incredible. Talk about characters that jump off the pages cause these two do. They’re are so much fun and likable. They both carry the weight of a tragic past and together they find solace in each other. Flint is struggling with his own worth and what he thinks he deserves. His guilt is heartbreaking. He starts his own path to redemption thanks to the extraordinary and spunky Ellen. Her past is also sad but is such a positive person and tries the best she can to move on and her meeting with Flint changes everything. Her bantering with Flint is definitely a highlight of mine. Omg! So much heart and soul in every interaction between them. They both awaken something in one another. The need, want and lust for more in their lives.The secondary characters are just as important as Flint and Ellen. Flint’s son Harrison, Ellen and Flint’s parents. I loved them so much. They’re so important for the story, for Flint and Ellen’s relationship. Ellen and her father Jon definitely made me tear up and so did Flint and his relationship with his autistic son Harrison. The change not only Ellen and Flint goes through but also Harrison, thanks to Ellen, are extraordinary and flawlessly executed.Look The Part is another smash from Jewel E. Ann. She can do nothing wrong. Her character development is phenomenal. There’s so much heart and soul in this story and the characters. I’m surprised how hard this story hit me. So beautiful, emotional and fun. Look The Part is another favorite of mine from the talented Jewel E. Ann. 5 BadAssDirtyHummingStarsI received an ARC
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    This book deserves 6 stars!!I was literally blown away by this novel.Look the Part was my first book by Jewel E. Ann. But it won’t be my last.This book was A M A Z I N G!!Everything about this book was perfection. From the story to the characters. Especially the characters. The author managed to write two fantastic main characters, as well as a supporting cast that blew me away. The dialogues, the teasing, the never ending good-natured back and forth had me chuckling and laughing out loud. Ellen This book deserves 6 stars!!I was literally blown away by this novel.Look the Part was my first book by Jewel E. Ann. But it won’t be my last.This book was A M A Z I N G!!Everything about this book was perfection. From the story to the characters. Especially the characters. The author managed to write two fantastic main characters, as well as a supporting cast that blew me away. The dialogues, the teasing, the never ending good-natured back and forth had me chuckling and laughing out loud. Ellen’s snarky and flirty personality, clashed with Flint’s dry humor and sarcastic undertones. It was PERFECT!!!This author has a way with words. It’s hard to describe, but every dialogue was on point. I devoured every word that came out of Flint, Ellen, Amanda and Harry’s mouth. I actually wanted to scream, where have you been all my life?Flint’s son Harry was adorable. And I would pay good money to get his story. It was so easy to fall in love with his personality, quirks, and autistic character traits. His no-nonsense answers had me cracking up. And Flint’s reaction to his son’s brusque and matter-of-fact way of speaking was delightful, and made me swoon all over the place.This novel was a stunning work of art. It was PERFECTION!!! (I know I’m repeating myself but I just can’t help myself. )The chemistry, flirting, and sexual tension was delightful and a never ending source of joy. The story was heartbreakingly beautiful. Flint especially made my heart ache. I felt true sorrow and anguish for him and all I wanted to do was hug him and never let go.I think this novel has been my most favorite of 2018 so far. It was just so perfectly balanced, with all the nuances I love and cherish in a romance novel. Strong and distinctive characters, a fantastic storyline and a supporting cast that was as memorable and as likable as the main characters.There was NOTHING in this story that didn’t’ speak to me, or I would want to change. I’ll be definitely reading this book again. It was that GOOD!!!BTW I already downloaded When Life Happened. There is just no way that I’m not checking out the authors other work. And I bought the paperback copy of Look The Part, not only because of the cover, I just needed it on my shelf. I think I was 20% into the book when I hit the buy button. Like I said, this book was the PERFECT book for me.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - 5 Stars
  • ✿Penny
    January 1, 1970
    ★Hero - Flint Hopkins, 35★Heroine - Ellen Rodgers, 32★Dual POV★Both celibate after meeting and during separation★No cheating, no OW/OM drama, no violence★Epilogue - 5 yearsThe story starts 10 years before Flint meets Ellen. He was celebrating his birthday with his friends and family. His wife, Heidi, had special plans for that night: "Don't drink tonight. I want you to put another baby inside of me," my wife whispered as her hand slip up my leg under the table..." He had been drinking the whol ★Hero - Flint Hopkins, 35★Heroine - Ellen Rodgers, 32★Dual POV★Both celibate after meeting and during separation★No cheating, no OW/OM drama, no violence★Epilogue - 5 yearsThe story starts 10 years before Flint meets Ellen. He was celebrating his birthday with his friends and family. His wife, Heidi, had special plans for that night: "Don't drink tonight. I want you to put another baby inside of me," my wife whispered as her hand slip up my leg under the table..." He had been drinking the whole night so she told him she wanted to drive because she knew he was drunk (and their baby, Harrison, was in the backseat) but he didn't let her: As much as I loved my wife, I also loved being a man. And a strong man knew his limits and didn't have to be told when he was or wasn't capable of doing something. Three days later I buried my wife... Ten years later he meets Ellen, his new tenant. As soon as she moves into her apartment he realizes that the music she uses in her work is too loud and annoying, so he tries to evict her but she refuses to leave. This back and forth took almost half of the book. During this time she shamelessly flirted with him even though he kept pushing her away.He's weirdly attracted to Ellen but still feels guilty for his wife's death and doesn't feel like he's worthy of happiness. He hasn't been in a relationship since Heidi died but he enjoys ONS: I hook up with women for one night. Hotels. Their place. But never mine. I don't introduce them to Harrison. I don't make any connections beyond sex. And I don't have sex that often... it's been a while since I've been with a woman. The push and pull continues and Ellen slowly wears him down until the point where he can't resist any longer. When they're about to have sex he backs out at the last moment. He's confused about his feelings: I miss my wife. Ten years later and I still can't breath. Random women. That I can do. Women who don't really know my life. Women who don't know Harrison. Ellen Rodgers has captured the attention of my son - a boy who rarely gives anyone his full attention. This situation surpassed messy some time ago. I can't take her away from Harrison, evict her, and stick my dick in her. After this, he thought of going on a date with OW, and he almost did but ended up inviting Ellen because he couldn't stop thinking about her: There's a pack of peppermint gum in one of the inside pockets to my suit jacket and three condoms in the other pocket. I have 5 numbers in my phone that would be a sure thing tonight-an easy, uncomplicated hookup. Yet, I crave her. I still taste her. How can she make me irritable, itchy, and so fucking needy at the same time? She looks at me the way Heidi used to look at me. It's unsettling. After they had sex for the first time this is what went through his mind: I can't tell which burns more, my legs or my lungs. Heidi would hate me for allowing a woman into my bed... for thinking I have the right to one second of pleasure. And she would be right. When they're having sex for the second time, he's thinking: Since my wife died, I haven't been able to have sex with another woman without closing my eyes and wishing she were Heidi. But right now, I can't stop staring at Ellen writhing beneath me, humming, smiling... Don't worry, eventually he's able to be inside of Elle without thinking about his wife... Anywho...They keep having sex and he keeps trying to evict her, but the more time he spends with her the more he realizes that his attraction to her is not just physical, yet he still feels like he doesn't deserve to be happy and he's also afraid to tell his son who has Asperger's syndrome and doesn't deal very well with change. On top of that Flint hasn't told Harry that he was the reason his mother died.A few weeks later Elle's father has a stroke and she has to move from Minneapolis to Cape Cod to be with him and help him during his recovery. Flint finally tells her that he loves her and even cries because he knows that Elle has to be with her father and that he can't disrupt Harry's life, so they agree to spend their last week together before they break up... reluctantly... She said it herself: we were over before we started. I'm delaying the inevitable. I lost one woman I loved, and I'm going to lose another. But I can't think about Heidi without thinking of all the times I wished I could have had one more day-one more week. They don't speak for weeks but she keeps in touch with Harry.At one point her ex-husband went to see her, but their conversation was not pleasant. When they were married he had an accident where he lost most of his fingers and he took out his frustration on her, he was verbally and emotionally abusive but she didn't want to leave him because she loved him and wanted to help him. Even though he implied that he wanted her back he didn't cause major drama.While she was at her father's house she found out that she was pregnant. She called Flint to tell him, he was taken aback by the news at first but it didn't take him long to realize that he wanted to be with her and their baby. He convinced her to move back to Minneapolis and everything was going great for a few months until a car crash sent her to the hospital. She had the baby and they were both fine. Flint asked one of his friends to investigate the accident and he told him that the man who was driving the other car was drunk and had died instantly. Cue meltdown... I lived. Heidi died. The wrong person died. The wrong person lived. Heidi died. She died on the night I was supposed to give her another baby. seriously?!? ugh if the fool had died he would've never met Elle... Flint feels guilt all over again and the little bitch leaves Elle and their new born baby for a week! I really tried to put myself in his shoes and understand his pain but that was not the time to think about his feelings and his wife, he needed to man the fuck up and give his unconditional support to the woman he currently loves. Elle was actually very understanding when she found out the reason he had left, I guess her optimism worked in this case cause I wouldn't have been so forgiving. Anyway, he finally pulls his head out of his ass and you know the rest... they lived happily ever after.----------Personally, I found Elle extremely irritating, I don't like it when the heroine chases the hero and I'm sure most people will love her and her positivism but I just couldn't stand her. She had some good moments but for the most part she was too damn pushy and annoying. I think that if I had liked her, I would have hated even more all the time Flint spent thinking about his wife.I would recommend this book if you enjoy "enemies to lovers" stories and don't mind reading about a hero who's still not over his dead wife.---------SFME
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  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars! Jewel E. Ann is another NTM author that I lucked out on. I really loved this book and it is the first FM book I have read this year that I have liked. LOL I was worried that this would be depressing and Flint hanging on to his dead wife's memory would put a dark cloud over most of the story. It didn't. Did he continue to feel guilt, pain, and love for his wife? Yes. Did he let it get in his way of moving on with Ellen? Yes. BUT it was complicated and messy and right for this story. Why? 5 Stars! Jewel E. Ann is another NTM author that I lucked out on. I really loved this book and it is the first FM book I have read this year that I have liked. LOL I was worried that this would be depressing and Flint hanging on to his dead wife's memory would put a dark cloud over most of the story. It didn't. Did he continue to feel guilt, pain, and love for his wife? Yes. Did he let it get in his way of moving on with Ellen? Yes. BUT it was complicated and messy and right for this story. Why? Because this author was perfect at making it feel as realistic as possible. It just wasn't put in there to keep up the angst. Nope. This man was still struggling with his guilt and the author makes you feel it with him because of the way she started the book with the prologue. It put you there when his wife asks for they keys. You read his cocky response as you cringe because your human and know that this moment is going to haunt him. You hear her mention their 2 year old in the back seat. You feel it in your gut cause you hear her words and know the outcome. You know his guilt. You feel it. So when he goes forward only to go further backwards you really can't fault him his feelings. Plus as the story goes and you read about the love he has for his son and the lengths he goes to keep his son healthy and happy he becomes a bit of a hero in my eyes. I really enjoyed the relationship he had with his parents as well, especially his father. He was pretty funny. What I am trying to get out is that I completely loved Flint. I usually am a sucker for the grumpy alpha types and he totally fit the bill as they say. Ellen was a bit of a mystery for the first part of the book. Still, I liked her. She annoyed the hell outta Flint which was entertaining. She was the light to his dark. The cheerful to his grump. The bright smile to his scowl. The perfect opposite he needed to bring back his laughter and lift the darkness he has been living in since the passing of his wife. But as the story goes we get to know Ellen more and learn about her ex-husband and why touch is so important to her. I loved her relationship with her father. I liked how pro-life she was and I especially loved her relationship she developed with Flints autistic son, Harrison. I laughed, got teary eyed, got mad, smirked, and all in all really enjoyed this fantastic story of loss and love. Definitely going to try out some of this authors other books. Happy reading dolls! xx
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  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    January 1, 1970
    Flint, I know you don't like that word but this book was absolutely(^_^)My Goodness, I laughed so bad while I was reading it. :) I LOVED Ellen & Flint's sense of humor so much. And don't let me started with their chemistry. It was hot as [email protected]! :DAnd this book is one of my favorites now and I highly recommend it to you. Trust me, you won't be regret for reading this book. <3 "Will you open your heart to me?”His hands move to the clasp of my bra while his gaze remains locked to mine. “Yes.” Flint, I know you don't like that word but this book was absolutely(^_^)My Goodness, I laughed so bad while I was reading it. :) I LOVED Ellen & Flint's sense of humor so much. And don't let me started with their chemistry. It was hot as [email protected]! :DAnd this book is one of my favorites now and I highly recommend it to you. Trust me, you won't be regret for reading this book. <3 "Will you open your heart to me?”His hands move to the clasp of my bra while his gaze remains locked to mine. “Yes.”"Good." I kiss his forehead, down his nose, and along his cheekbones.“Because I’m going to love you so hard, time won’t matter.” I kiss one side of his mouth as he eases my bra off. “Distance won’t matter.” I kiss the other side of his mouth. “All you’ll feel when you take each breath…” my lips hover over his "...is my love."
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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Well, that was a phenomenal surprise. Before I started this I wasn't too sure about Ellen from the blurb. Then I started it and ... I fell in love, totally and utterly. Fell in love with the characters - Ellen, Flint and Harrison as well as the side characters who were fantastic, fell in love with the story, fell in love with the writing, fell in love with the honesty and realness of the characters. There is nothing I can find fault with or didn't like. Not a thing. What a truly gorgeous re ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Well, that was a phenomenal surprise. Before I started this I wasn't too sure about Ellen from the blurb. Then I started it and ... I fell in love, totally and utterly. Fell in love with the characters - Ellen, Flint and Harrison as well as the side characters who were fantastic, fell in love with the story, fell in love with the writing, fell in love with the honesty and realness of the characters. There is nothing I can find fault with or didn't like. Not a thing. What a truly gorgeous read, it was perfect. I laughed, I snorted, I swooned, I FELT and I hugged my kindle so hard at times. There are some that will hate Flint for what happened. I can't because ... there but by the grace of God. There are some that will say he didn't show any remorse or character growth, I call bullshit. That man was riddled with remorse, deep regret and guilt and his character growth was huge. Was he wrong to do what he did? Abso-bloody-lutely. Does he deserve to be crucified? Abso-bloody-lutely NOT. Should he be vilified for having loved his wife? No, and it's a sad world if people who have loved and lost can't love again.Loved, loved, LOVED Look the Part so hard. It's by far and away the best non-angsty book I've read in a long long time. Up onto the tippy top of my favourites shelf this baby goes.
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  • J o d i B i b l i o p h i l e ♥
    January 1, 1970
    (Please note that this review contains curse words. If you don't like the F word then please don't read on).“I want this life”Fuck a duck this book was fucking A-MAZ-ING!!! Like, for real I had no idea I would LOVE it so much as I’ve not read this author before so I had no idea what to expect.Well tickle my tits till Thursday I adored it!Flint, after all his faults, I still wanted to sit on his face and the way that man wore a suit!! Wow! And Elle was a crazy girl with rat babies! She rocked my (Please note that this review contains curse words. If you don't like the F word then please don't read on).“I want this life”Fuck a duck this book was fucking A-MAZ-ING!!! Like, for real I had no idea I would LOVE it so much as I’ve not read this author before so I had no idea what to expect.Well tickle my tits till Thursday I adored it!Flint, after all his faults, I still wanted to sit on his face and the way that man wore a suit!! Wow! And Elle was a crazy girl with rat babies! She rocked my socks off! And then there is my mate, Harrison! Sweet lawd he had me cracking up with his bluntness and complete honesty. Such a dude and so cute - I’m thinking he needs his own book...All in all a wonderful story that had me laughing out loud, swooning and maybe a few tears were shed.I had so much fun with all these characters and so happy my book friend recommended it to me...so now I’m recommending it to YOU! Ps. What the fuck is a Hairy Eyeball?!
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw this one on GR it immediately grabbed my attention. Awesome blurb means awesome book right ?? Thankfully in this case it did ;)Once I started reading "the prologue" there was no stopping until I was finished.This book starts out with a tragedy, leaving behind a broken broody jerky man....my favorite :PFlint Hopkins is a single father, and a (stick in his ass) lawyer. I especially loved how he kept firing his assistant (no worries, you will like this part too).Flint only excists to do When I saw this one on GR it immediately grabbed my attention. Awesome blurb means awesome book right ?? Thankfully in this case it did ;)Once I started reading "the prologue" there was no stopping until I was finished.This book starts out with a tragedy, leaving behind a broken broody jerky man....my favorite :PFlint Hopkins is a single father, and a (stick in his ass) lawyer. I especially loved how he kept firing his assistant (no worries, you will like this part too).Flint only excists to do his job and take care of his "mildly authistic" 12 year old son Harrison. Flint is convinced he is paying for the wrong doings of his past and so he is fine with the life he is living.... He doesn't deserve "more".What he didn't count on though is Ellen. Beautiful, sweet, funny, rat loving music therapist Ellen. She is about to rent the space above his office and change his live forever.When Flint (who is kind of an idiot) finds out, that music therapy actually involves music, he is ready to evict her out of his building..... "Please tell me you assumed music would be involved? Otherwise, I'm embarrassed for you.” Problem is though that his son really likes Ellen ad if he is being honest (which he isn't) so does he....I really liked this story, it had the right amount of drama, angst and fun times. It also had some nice steam..I do have to say that Flint really made this book for me. Ellen was a great heroine and up until the end I liked her a lot. I started questioning her behavior towards the end though, and thats when she started to annoy me a bit....Still.....I had lots of fun reading this one, it was just what the doctor ordered ;) 
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  • Em Lost In Books
    January 1, 1970
    I passed this few months ago after reading the blurb. I had recently read Ann's Transcends duology and that had the main lead with a child. Here too male lead has a child and I thought this would be similar to that one, hence I was not very excited even after reading good reviews. But then my friend Iniya picked up this one for our weekend romance read after I gave her few suggestion, yup I included this in that little list. And just like Transcends books this one also surprised me. I found it d I passed this few months ago after reading the blurb. I had recently read Ann's Transcends duology and that had the main lead with a child. Here too male lead has a child and I thought this would be similar to that one, hence I was not very excited even after reading good reviews. But then my friend Iniya picked up this one for our weekend romance read after I gave her few suggestion, yup I included this in that little list. And just like Transcends books this one also surprised me. I found it different from the other romance that I usually read. It had some points that irked me a lot but on the whole I liked the story and the characters. I liked the usual banter between Flint and Elle. Flint's relationship with his autistic son was strained initially but it got better as the story progressed as both parties made few sacrifices and come to a point where they both understood each other. Elle's outspoken and in your face persona definitely made me laugh out loud at multiple occasions, but there was a sadness to her that she tried to cover with her cheery self. This was something that I liked but still feel hesitant to recommend it to others as this has some romance tropes that I guess everyone is not a fan of.
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  • Dee Montoya
    January 1, 1970
    5++++ Hopeful Stars *****Raw and beautiful. Look The Part is a story that evoked a million emotions in me as I was reading it. The characters and the story felt so real and relatable. I have no doubt that anyone who reads this book will fall irrevocably in love with Harrison, Ellen and Flint. image hosting facebook image hosting facebookFlint Hopkins was living inside his own personal hell until a new tenant, Ellen Rodgers rented the space above his office, and starts to to turn his world upsid 5++++ Hopeful Stars *****Raw and beautiful. Look The Part is a story that evoked a million emotions in me as I was reading it. The characters and the story felt so real and relatable. I have no doubt that anyone who reads this book will fall irrevocably in love with Harrison, Ellen and Flint. image hosting facebook image hosting facebookFlint Hopkins was living inside his own personal hell until a new tenant, Ellen Rodgers rented the space above his office, and starts to to turn his world upside down one musical note at a time. Ellen is a music therapist that always smiles, and gives it to you straight no matter what. She too has a lot of emotional baggage but she copes with her painful past, in the opposite way Flint does. In the equation of Flint plus Ellen, the result equals a powerful explosion. They fight hard and they do other things even harder. Harrison, Flint’s autistic son is a beautiful and amazing character that sort of symbolizes a truce between Flint and Ellen. And then the three of them eventually form a sweet bond that ultimately will save them from all the heartache of the past. A beautiful story from beginning to end. I really loved everything about it. Don’t hesitate, read it today.
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  • Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    5+ starsLadies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to my first five-star book of 2018. Look the Part is a massive gem in author Jewel E. Ann’s impressive collection of written treasures. This book is so stunning it took my breath away. It’s a unique take on second-chance romance, and it just may be my favorite work of hers to date.I have a serious girl crush on Ellen. The woman is larger than life—joyful, talented, intuitive, and fearless. She is beyond cool. I want to be her when I gro 5+ starsLadies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to my first five-star book of 2018. Look the Part is a massive gem in author Jewel E. Ann’s impressive collection of written treasures. This book is so stunning it took my breath away. It’s a unique take on second-chance romance, and it just may be my favorite work of hers to date.I have a serious girl crush on Ellen. The woman is larger than life—joyful, talented, intuitive, and fearless. She is beyond cool. I want to be her when I grow up. I also fell hard for Flint, a single father. He is a broken shell of a man whose life solely revolves around his son. I would be surprised if Flint doesn’t run away with your heart.Both Flint and Ellen’s lives have been touched by pain and regret. However, she invades his drab life with her persistent exuberance and challenges him to examine his self-imposed loneliness and grab a second chance at love. All the while, Flint fights his hate/lust feelings towards her. Their sparring, wit, and tenderness make them lovely together.I absolutely adored Flint’s autistic son, Harrison. He may be socially awkward and emotionally detached, but his bluntness is charming and the source of many gratifying chuckles. Having been around autistic children, I’m thrilled by Harrison’s realistic portrayal. The connection between Harrison and Ellen warms the heart, and the relationship between Flint and his son is delightful.There are many layers to the story, so be prepared to go through a gambit of emotions. I loved every single page of Look the Part. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. For me, this moving book is perfection with just the right blend of laugh out loud humor, poignancy, and swooning galore.Recommended for fans of:Second chance romanceSingle fathersEnemies to loversMusicPet rats **I received an early copy of this book. This does not affect the content of my honest review.**
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I got a copy of the book from the author but it didn't influence my as always honest opinion here below.4,5 humming starsAs astonishing as it can seem this is my first Jewel E Ann ever! Now I understand why my friend Melanie is such a fan! It won’t be my last one that’s for sure 😉 This story has everything I love: humor, deep and complicated feelings, a hot hero seemingly grumpy but melting under the heroine’s touch, an autist kid and a fantastic heroine. Ellen Rodgers has just moved from Cape C I got a copy of the book from the author but it didn't influence my as always honest opinion here below.4,5 humming starsAs astonishing as it can seem this is my first Jewel E Ann ever! Now I understand why my friend Melanie is such a fan! It won’t be my last one that’s for sure 😉 This story has everything I love: humor, deep and complicated feelings, a hot hero seemingly grumpy but melting under the heroine’s touch, an autist kid and a fantastic heroine. Ellen Rodgers has just moved from Cape Cod to Minnesota. She is a music therapist and has signed a business lease with Flint Hopkins, lawyer. Ellen being a music therapist her sessions are …noisy. Flint can’t concentrate to prepare his court cases and will soon ask Ellen to leave. Some things you must know about Flint: he’s been through Hell and is still living in Hell for something he did ten years ago. He bears the weight of guilt and does not feel worthy of love or second chance or any solace at all. It’s his self-imposed penance.As a consequence Flint is always in control facial expression included. Don’t expect to see even the ghost of a smile on his face. Don’t expect him to do spontaneous things to just enjoy the moment. “There’s really no reason not to rent her the space other than my obsession with crossing more t’s and dotting more i’s than exist on the proverbial paper. Absolute control is my life.”  Always looking the part in three pieces suits, feared in the court room Flint raises his autistic son Harry alone. When Ellen, very touchy-feely Ellen, live in the moment Ellen, bright ray of sunshine Ellen and very sassy Ellen enters his world Flint is knocked off his righteous seat. He will try to resist the woman. For all his bravery his resistance will be feeble because let’s face it, she has great tits, gorgeous auburn hair and an incredibly sexy silhouette. Ace up in her sleeve: his son Harry is infatuated with her.At least as infatuated as an autistic child can be. Ellen can’t avoid touching Flint. Righting his tie, fastening the buttons of his jacket, chasing imaginary lint from his sleeves… because Flint is Sex in a Suit. “I’m going to miss tidying you up, Mr. Hopkins. I like to think of myself as an expert on suits, and I can say with one hundred percent certainty that no man has ever looked this good in a suit.” I loved how Ellen invaded his private space throwing Flint on a loop. She loved ruffling Flint’s feathers. And soon enough Flint will want Ellen’s touch.This story is built on fantastic characters.I loved Amanda, Flint’s secretary. She was taunting him mercilessly and he fired her every day. She was a wise woman 😊 “AMANDA: Ellen Rodgers is here. I imagine you know this. She’s not a client, so I wasn’t sure if her arrival warranted an intercom announcement or a verbal announcement since your door is open. How do you want me to proceed with this delicate situation? ME: You’re fired. AMANDA: For real!!!! Gosh, I have so much laundry to catch up on at home!”  I loved Ellen. She went through so much! She was a giver. Dead set on enjoying life. She was the perfect balance of sassy and sweet.Flint is also the kind of hero I love: tortured, stoic in the beginning and needing the right woman to crack his shell open and have him to live again. I loved Harry with all his peculiarities and intelligence. “Twelve is the new twenty. I didn’t have these conversations with my parents when I was twelve.”  I even loved Ellen’s rats! Who wouldn’t be impressed by rats playing baseball right? Plus they obey! And they bath in sinks. Who said rats are filthy? I predict rats will be the next rave in pets! There were so many feelings in this story. It’s a story made of mistakes. You can’t remake the past you just have to live with it. If you do horrible mistakes are you deserving of a second chance at life? At love? Can you forgive yourself? Can you forgive those who hurt you so badly? A wonderful romance with some angst and fantastically portrayed characters. A must read! .Have you read it? Do you love Jewel E Ann's books? Thanks for reading and happy Friday! Sophie  Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    Forgive, but harder to forget…I love reading good books, but I really struggle with writing reviews for books that ROCK MY WORLD. How will I do it justice? How do I show my appreciation for fine work without it sounding like an OTT “SQUEE” review? I have all these bubbles of emotions that need to be expressed but I can’t write them all down. My head is exploding trying to put my love for this book in priority order. Who was my favourite? Elle…yes, Flint…yes, Harrison…yes, Amanda…yes, Ron, Gene o Forgive, but harder to forget…I love reading good books, but I really struggle with writing reviews for books that ROCK MY WORLD. How will I do it justice? How do I show my appreciation for fine work without it sounding like an OTT “SQUEE” review? I have all these bubbles of emotions that need to be expressed but I can’t write them all down. My head is exploding trying to put my love for this book in priority order. Who was my favourite? Elle…yes, Flint…yes, Harrison…yes, Amanda…yes, Ron, Gene or Camilla…yes, yes and yes? Oh, bloody hell, I loved them all the bestest of the best at least once in the book. These characters came to life for me. I saw them, knew them and lived their lives with them, for a little piece of time. I suffered with them through their pain, heartache and sorrow. But, I also got to experience their love, humour and excitement too. I loved seeing Flint come to life. I adored Elle and her humming ways (but I’m with Flint, I will never love your rat babies). Harrison and his special and quirky approach to life put a smile on my face. Knowing that Amanda, Ron, Gene and Camilla were always there if they needed a helping hand or guidance, gave me the peace of mind that they could survive anything. There really couldn’t be a favourite, because I loved them all.Which was my favourite scene? The fictitious gifted watch that should have been engraved…maybe. Or, when "Dr Hopkins" arrives to look after the patient…maybe. Those curved stairs (be still my beating heart)…maybe. Amanda and her job being on the line again and again and again…maybe. Harrison’s honest 7 out of 10 explanations…maybe. I can’t pick one because I loved them all.One of the first lessons I taught my boys was about repercussions. That unwise decision now could have lasting effects. But, at their early age, I always tried to tell them that I forgave them, loved them and it wasn’t the end of the world, they just had to try to not do it again. In Look the Part I found myself questioning whether every unwise decision that leads to repercussions is forgivable? Does a show of guilt and an apology make it OK? Like the characters in this story, I find it not always easy to forgive, especially forgiving myself. It’s almost impossible to forget though.Look the Part was some heavy stuff. Amazingly, I never felt depressed or morose. There’s this little underlying spark that brought light to the darkest parts. Each main character had their own patches of darkness but they also managed to project lightness. This is a story about wanting this life and moving heaven and earth to get it. You can live your life for someone else's happiness or you can live a life looking for your own happiness too.I love a story that makes me feel and I felt a lot. I love a story that takes me on a journey to happiness, and I was ecstatic by the end. I love a story that makes me question my thoughts, decisions, judgements and actions and I will try in the future to think, before judging.I loved Look the Part and I hope my attempt to share my love did it justice. This was my first Jewel E. Ann but it will not be my last.
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  • Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
    January 1, 1970
    ALL THE STARS! Fans of those angsty push and pull antics of a lust/hate relationship will devour Look the Part! If you’ve read Jewel E. Ann’s previous works, you’ll likely remember Flint Hopkins. Once a Sports Agent for Cage, star football player, he’s now an attorney, single-dad, and widower. Living a lonely existence chock full of regret for things he cannot change...ever. Then one seemingly normal day, Ellen Rodgers stumbles into his life. An applicant for his upstairs office space rental, s ALL THE STARS! Fans of those angsty push and pull antics of a lust/hate relationship will devour Look the Part! If you’ve read Jewel E. Ann’s previous works, you’ll likely remember Flint Hopkins. Once a Sports Agent for Cage, star football player, he’s now an attorney, single-dad, and widower. Living a lonely existence chock full of regret for things he cannot change...ever. Then one seemingly normal day, Ellen Rodgers stumbles into his life. An applicant for his upstairs office space rental, she seems the perfect candidate. Contract signed, he finds out the hard way that this seemingly perfect, spunky, auburn-hair, BOMBSHELL, is in fact, a noisy music therapist. His job requires quiet concentration and her clients deliver anything but peace and quiet. And so their story begins... One thing I love most about these type of love stories is hating the hero with every ounce of my being and then letting the author gradually melt my heart for him. This occurred with Flint. He was a grade-A a$$ and I might’ve told this author just what I thought of the clipped, rude, persistently frowning hero. A single father to a mildly autistic son, I could see his struggles in being patient with him yet a wanted to clock him in the jewels whenever he bantered with 12-year old Harrison or his tenant, Ellen. But it takes that special person to break through years-built walls of pain and regret. And that person was our spunky, five pet rat-owning, Ellen. And maybe she herself needs a little emotional therapy at the unlikely hands of grumpy Flint Hopkins... and he does look like sex in a suit. Bonus! Everything shines for me with Jewel E. Ann. It doesn’t matter what book, I fall in love with each and every character she shares with us. Her books are always instilled with her witty humor but Look the Part is chock full of emotion as well. A story that revolves around regret but also self-forgiveness. A story of second chances and love of family. This book has it all. Look the Part can absolutely be read as a standalone novel. Bravo!Look the Part hits shelves January 2018.Advanced beta copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Well, wasn't this just freaking fabulous.Enemies to lovers. Humor. Angst. Steam. Argh. I loved it so hard.
  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    ***** 5 Stars *****Available on Kindle UnlimitedSometimes, when you least expect it, a story rocks your world and brings you to your knees.They are moving, emotional and take me to tears, but I regret nothing. Look the Part is a refreshing and special story. One of those you don't want to stop reading but life gets in your way and you get so frustrated! I wish I could have started this in another moment, where I could let myself to be consumed by it, savouring it without any stop.I don't remembe ***** 5 Stars *****Available on Kindle UnlimitedSometimes, when you least expect it, a story rocks your world and brings you to your knees.They are moving, emotional and take me to tears, but I regret nothing. Look the Part is a refreshing and special story. One of those you don't want to stop reading but life gets in your way and you get so frustrated! I wish I could have started this in another moment, where I could let myself to be consumed by it, savouring it without any stop.I don't remember being impressed by a kid character to this extent, ever. Jewel E. Ann rocked developing Harrison's character. Hands down, my favourite kid character of all time.Both MCs were also brilliantly developed. They will stay with me for awhile.Seriously, Jewel E. Ann smashed it!Can't recommend this enough.
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  • ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked it!Flint and Ellen are perfect for each other. I like how she brings light to Flint’s life. Also Harrison was amazing! I loved that kid! I hope we see more of him in the future.This was a beautiful story of second chances, family, love and forgiveness. I will be reading more books by this author for sure!
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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ★'s "She tastes like forgiveness and feels like freedom."This is a story about two people who have made it through some pretty rough situations, each taking a different perspective. Flint is a lawyer and owner of the building that Ellen leases an office from...he just didn't pay attention to the fact that she is a musical therapist and all that would entail. Almost immediately, he evicts her giving her two weeks to find a new place. But almost immediately, she has gotten under his skin and s 4.5 ★'s "She tastes like forgiveness and feels like freedom."This is a story about two people who have made it through some pretty rough situations, each taking a different perspective. Flint is a lawyer and owner of the building that Ellen leases an office from...he just didn't pay attention to the fact that she is a musical therapist and all that would entail. Almost immediately, he evicts her giving her two weeks to find a new place. But almost immediately, she has gotten under his skin and she does it by getting right in his face and holding him accountable. Things get pretty heated but Flint's past makes it hard for him to take that final step. Plus, he has a son to think about. Unfortunately Fortunately(!), that son has taken quite the liking to Ellen and her music. Harrison has Asperger's Syndrome and takes to the music right away much to Flint's dismay. And as hard as Ellen tries to get Flint to let her stay, he doesn't let up even as things progress between them. It takes a tragic event for Flint to make a decision...and a little push from his Dad (who is pretty awesome!).I love the characters that Jewel E. Ann captured in this story. They are so complex and have such layered personalities. Each one adds something to the story with the exception of Heidi's Mom who was just plain awful. The story is also pretty funny...from dealing with boy issues to pet rats to grandmas not knocking on doors. They were dispersed throughout the story line and it helped alleviate some of the more serious issues.It was great that this story didn't follow the usual romance pattern of getting to know each other, big drama, get back together and done. Oh no, again...there were layers and a few dramas but the time we got of them together was pretty amazing. The ending was sweet even though Flint stressed me the hell out! And I especially loved the epilogue - where Harrison went and Jon, Ellen's dad making Flint another suit so he could look the part.
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