Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann

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Meet Trick Roth in this roller coaster ride of angst, suspense, & scorching hot HEAT?!

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Title: Only Trick
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 331 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

“Don’t Look Back in Anger”

In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …I was homeless.

I’m a recovering drug addict.

My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.

I have a serious aversion to women.

My gay partner is a home wrecker.

I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.

I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.

I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.

Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.

My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”

I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.

She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.

My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.

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Michelle's Review

Jewel has done it again with a funny, tug at your heart book. I have been a fan since the Holding Series and will continue to be a fan. We meet Darby Carmichael. She’s a Physician Assistant when she encounters Patrick “Trick” Roth which her nurse describes him as a “squirrel”. No, not the cute rodent looking animal, but the hot as hell man that he is in the exam room. Oh and he’s a makeup artist. Darby’s first impression was holy hell, who is this bad boy looking guy with tats doing here? Darby’s upbringing was quiet, she was the nerdy type no friends in school. Even her immediate family were not very good, accept of course her grandmother. Loved her grandmother. Her dad and step-monster I detested.

Little did Darby know, that she would be meeting Trick again, she needs to attend one of her father’s fundraising events and her hairstylists makes sure that she will look spectacular. The encounter is very funny. Darby and Trick do develop a friendship because in her mind, Trick is off limits, like he plays for the other team (if you know what I mean), or she ASSumes he plays for the other team. Well let’s just say, she finds out otherwise. I loved how Darby and Trick started off as friends. Oh and the funny texts which would annoy Trick because of Darby’s text speak, but soon, he would love all of Darby’s quirks.

Darby learns the heartbreaking story of Trick’s past, why he was so mistrustful of women, but not of her specifically. With Jewel’s writing, she will have you laughing out loud one minute and the next, boom, she throws in some good angst and you are bawling your eyes out.

Darby and Trick’s trip was so sweet and romantic, yet they get to know each other even deeper, but of course, tragedy comes into play, because hey this is Jewel writing and she will make you want to throw something lol.

Of course, Darby’s stepmonster is somehow involved into Trick’s past. If I hated her in the beginning, I really detested her towards the end. Is there an HEA, oh hell yes there is, and the epilogue, prepare yourself for more tears. I have mentioned previously in other reviews, that I adore that Jewel writes about strong females and although, Darby was socially awkward growing up, she owned it and came out of her shell. Trick also making her feel sexy and womanly, boost her confidence even more. What I also loved was whenever Trick needed to get Darby’s attention, he would use one word “come”, get your mind out of the gutter ladies! A must read.

I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes:

Darby’s internal monologue regarding the doctor she was seeing and how he did not know her body “Sometimes I’m not sure if he’s trying to turn me on or prep me for a pap smear.” This gave me the giggles for a good five minutes.

Darby to Trick when they are just in friendship mode and he’s asking her what she would be doing if not hanging out with him: “That’s easy. I’d be on my back getting a subpar lay.” Darby has no filter lol.

Oh this quote gutted me, Trick to Darby in Mexico: “A book with blank pages, weathered edges, and eraser marks, that’s what I am. I need you to paint my future, write my story in permanent marker, just like the mark you left on my heart the day we met.”

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

Excerpt

“He’s a makeup artist Gemmie recommended. But he has not, nor ever will be ‘throwing his hat into the ring.’”

“Married?” She grins as if the thought of me being someone’s mistress pleases her. It’s possible all my living relatives are a bit twisted.

I shake my head and smirk. “No, Nana, he’s not married. He’s … gay.”

She throws her head back and slaps her hand against her chest in a fit of laughter. “Oh my goodness!”

“Why is his sexual preference so hysterical?”

“Oh dear…” she wipes the corners of her eyes “…it’s just you have the worst luck in love. When did you find out?”

I reach over and grab a tissue from the sofa table and hand it to her, rolling my eyes. Then I proceed to tell her everything, not leaving out one single detail—including my magnetic attraction to him that shouldn’t be sexual but is.

“Well, dear, you’ve hit the jackpot.”

“What? How have you come to that conclusion from everything I’ve told you?”

“A guy friend who’s gay? I hear they’re every girl’s dream. Except, from the sounds of things, Trick needs to gay up a little more and stop confusing unsuspecting women.”

“Gay up? Who are you?”

She snaps her wrist at me. “I read the tabloids you know.”

“Yeah? Well then you should know that gay doesn’t have a look.”

“That’s the problem. You used to be able to tell by the ear piercing—right for gay left for straight. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, these days everything gets pierced and so it becomes terribly confusing.”

Nana provides nonstop entertainment, and every time I come by to see her I chastise myself for not doing it more often.

“We’re friends, period. And maybe you’re right. If he would ‘gay up’ a little more I might feel the jackpot effect.”

“Yes, shopping, hair, makeup, and chick flicks without competing hormones or competing for the same men.”

“Or wishing he weren’t gay,” I whisper to myself.

She tilts her head to the side, giving me a soft, sympathetic smile. “Or that too, dear.”

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About

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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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