Book Review: Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann

Undeniably You
Title: Undeniably You
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Length: 404 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
One crazy dog––one awkward vet––one naked pool guy––and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate.

Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.

When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”

Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not––the pool guy.

Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word.

The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.

Grace’s Review
As the synopsis highlights, when Sydney begins housesitting/pet sitting, she has two bizarre encounters with two very different men. Dane is awkward and a bit shy.  Lautner is outgoing and a bit cocky. Despite their bizarre interactions and her goofy behavior, she catches both of their attention.  With her time being limited in sunny California, she offers no promises of commitment.  A guy’s dream, right?  Lautner, always up for some fun, takes his chances with her and the two form a quick bond.

Syd and Sully

For the first half of this book, the relationship between Sydney and Lautner if fun, flirty and sexy.  Sure, there are hiccups along the way, but they get closer with each day.  However, from Sydney’s perspective, the relationship becomes a countdown to her departure date.  Why?  Because stupid Sydney has a life plan with a career goal to become a museum curator.  Her ambition is admirable, but a bit warped.  She seems to have tunnel vision in regards to her career and doesn’t look at alternative paths to the same goal.  She is so stuck in her plan, she isn’t willing to change anything, even with the perfect kind of love on the line.

If you are like me, you had thoughts of doing something like this to Sydney:

Despite Sydney’s stupidity, around 59%, we get a sweet moment, and you think everything is going to be ok.  But . . . wait for it . . . BOOM!  A huge fucking twist I did not see coming.  I literally started ranting on all forms of social media.  I ranted to no one.  I ranted to the author. I ranted to Michelle (if you’ve been in a cave, she is our new reviewer) who wasn’t even reading the book at the time.  Arrrrrrgh! Still pissed!

This is supposed to be a Rom Com.  While it is funny at times, I never expected this level of angst.  I picture the author, typing away, with visions of the reader dancing in her head.  Those visions include the reader calmly reading their kindle while enjoying a nice Chai Tea Latte, only to hurl said latte and kindle moments later.  And then our author lets out a maniacal laugh.  Just cruel!

This is the third book I have read from this author this month, and I have to say two things.  One, I love her work and will continue to read anything she writes.  Two, I will be forwarding all of my medical bills to her from this point forward.  KA Linde may be crowned by some as the “Queen of Angst”, but Jewel is certainly giving her a run for her money.

*deep breaths, I am calm . . .*
This is one of those “woulda, shoulda, coulda” stories, and most of the drama can be blamed on Sydney.  Although that twat Claire could share some of the blame, but I don’t want to go there, I will cut the bitch! Anywho, back to Sydney and her ridiculous life plan, which she puts before Lautner.  Really. These types of guys don’t grow on trees silly woman.  Lautner *sigh* is seriously perfect.

* He has a big . . . er . . . ego, but it’s cute, not annoying. (FYI, if you had any doubt, he’s big elsewhere too!)
* He’s romantic. Flowers and breakfast deliveries are never boring.

Coffee
* He’s thoughtful.  The Advil was a nice touch. (You’ll have to read the book to get this.)
* He’s good with kids.  As a pediatric doctor, this would be obvious. But you get a glimpse into his interaction with kids which woke up my old ovaries. LOL
* And who could forget the eyes.

Lautner eyes

Sydney, in her attempt to achieve her life plans, hurts a lot of people in her wake.  Lautner, who laid out all of his feelings for her, takes the brunt of the pain.  And because of that, she probably didn’t deserve a guy like him.  He was too good for her.  But even as I say that, I was gutted with the plot twist at 59%.  It wasn’t how I envisioned things. Lautner had every right to have love and happiness back in his life.  I just wasn’t sure if it was the right love and happiness.

Sydney doesn’t stop there.  Her mixed up feelings hurt others, but I won’t spoil it for you.  Despite the damage in her wake, she does get her HEA.  Did she deserve one?  Depends on your thoughts on her.  But the author did manage to calm my heart rate and left me smiling.

“You want to know what you see in my eyes that’s so amazing?”
“What?” I whisper, brushing my thumb over his thick brow. “Your reflection.”

Side note to author: I wouldn’t be mad if you wrote a book for Sydney’s sister, Avery.  Just putting that out there.

Parting thoughts:
Scene stealer: Swarley, the Weimaraner. Loved this dog!
BBF claim: While all of you are swooning over some sad pilot, I’m claiming Lautner. I read about him first, and HE IS MINE!

– Grace
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.

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