Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann

{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Look the Part
Author: @JewelE_Ann
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

“Look The Part is my new top favorite from the inimitable Jewel E. Ann. Delightfully quirky, funny but deeply emotional, Look The Part was pitch perfect. I loved everything about this five-star read!” – USA Today bestseller Ella James

Look the Part, an all-new “emotional and breathtaking” standalone from

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Synopsis

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.

Grace Review
On the outside, Flint Hopkin looks the part.
Successful attorney.
Single dad to an Autistic son.
And you can’t forget, the perfect three-piece suit.

Inside is a whole different story.
Overwhelmed by the guilt of (likely) causing the death of a person he deeply cared for, Flint does his best to just exist. Feeling undeserving of true happiness, his entire focus is his son and his career. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I applaud him for living up to the demands that an Autistic child requires. He does it well. But outside of those commitments, he doesn’t seek out happiness for himself.
Until one loud new tenant moves in to his office building.

“. . . you’re the first breath of oxygen that’s touched my lungs in ten years.”

Ellen Rodgers just may the biggest mistake and best thing to enter into Flint’s life. On day one alone, she manages to get under his skin.
Could it be the racket she’s making?
Her sexy appearance that having him thinking dirty thoughts?
Her ability to win over his son in a matter of minutes?
All of the above seem to drive Flint over the edge, where he’s arguing with her one moment, and ripping off her clothes the next.

I loved the cat and mouse game the two played throughout. The verbal barring and sexual tension made their fights more on the fun side and less on the angsty side. But there are many factors out of this couples control that make their possible path to happiness, a difficult one.

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.

Other than the main characters, this book had a great cast of secondary characters:
Harrison – Flint’s Autistic son, with his passion for music, rats and sweets. I thought the author perfectly captured the funny parts (the unfiltered talk, particularly on sex) and the harder parts (lack of emotion) of dealing with an Autistic child.
Amanda – Flint’s secretary, who deftly handles his moodiness and propensity to fire her on a daily basis.
Ellen’s grandmother – this woman’s timing was always wrong but she took everything in stride, adding some comic relief to an overall tenser part of the story.

I won’t give away the plot of the story, it is best to be read on your own. What I can tell you is that this book has a great blend of humor, sexual tension, sweet moments and a thoughtful approach to sensitive topics. It is worth checking out!

I . . . want . . . this . . . life . . .

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

There’s something thrilling, even a little forbidden, about a man in a perfectly-tailored suit. Flint Hopkins wears the hell out of a three-piece suit.

Not a single wrinkle.

Not a hair out of place.

Not a scuff mark on his shiny shoes.

His lips move, but all I hear is “I wore this suit for you today” as his hands make their rounds: caressing the buttons on his jacket, twisting his cufflinks, and adjusting his tie. It’s sophisticated fidgeting.

“You said you’re a therapist, not a music teacher.”

Observant men are sexy too.

“I did. And I am. Specifically, I’m a music therapist. Do you want me to explain what a music therapist does?”

“No. I just want you to look for a different space to rent. I’ll give you two weeks.” He turns and makes it out the door in three long strides.

My toes are on his heels in seconds, chasing him down the stairs. “Wait? You’re evicting me?”

“I’m giving you notice.”

“Notice? You’re kicking me out for what? Doing my job?”

“Preventing me from doing mine.” He pushes through the door at the bottom of the stairs and makes a sharp right.

“Hey, Boss, how’d it—” Amanda’s gaze moves from Flint to me as I follow him into his office.

“Hi, Amanda. Would you happen to have the name of a good real estate attorney? I may need to sue my landlord for wrongful eviction.”

“Um …”

Flint turns, halting my forward momentum a second shy of slamming into his chest. “Shut my door, Amanda.” His eyes narrow.

I don’t care how hot this guy looks in a suit. I won’t recoil under his glower. “Please leave it open, Amanda. I may need you to be my witness.”

Arrogance tugs at his mouth. “A witness?”

“For when you threaten me.”

He unbuttons his jacket and takes a step back. A whoosh of oxygen leaves my chest like it’s attached to him. The man has an air of confidence and mystery about him that commands attention.

When he turned around to face me a few seconds ago, I sensed the slightest agitation in his narrowed eyes and flared nostrils, but not anymore. It’s not hard to imagine Flint Hopkins in a courtroom—cool, calculated, ruthless.

“You seem to be an intelligent person, so surely you can see how the noise level of your profession could distract me from doing mine. I think sharing space with other businesses is not a good idea. You need a building of your own or maybe you should work out of your house.”

“I live in an apartment. And I’m sorry, Mr. Money Bags, but I don’t have the cash flow to buy or rent a building all to myself. You’re an attorney. How often are you even in your office? And when you are, what are you doing that requires complete silence? Charming snakes? Narrating audio books?”
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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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