End of Day
Book 1, Jack & Jill Series
Jewel E. Ann
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**THIS IS BOOK ONE IN THE JACK AND JILL SERIES
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.
Four caskets. Two bodies.
Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.
Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.
Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.
Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don't kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.
*This book contains explicit sexual content 18+
One person two identities. Two separate lives with two separate stories.
The story begins with four caskets and only two bodies. Jack and Jill have new identities and a new location. I'm getting comfortable with the new identities and location. I'm finally settling into the new jobs. Even the neighbors are starting to become familiar. The twin siblings moved to a retirement community. They are hiding. From what or whom I'm still not sure.
I'm still waiting to figure out what this all means. Trying to figure out who Jessica is, is a treat. Occasional chapters will give you a glimpse into the past when Jessica was dating Luke. I still cannot figure this story out. It's puzzling and interesting.
There mission is simple: Let go, start over, don't kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead. This is the best clue I could find that gives me any inclining as to what the eff is going on.
Jillian is a force to be reckoned with. She is sexy and witty with her one liners. She is physically fit and aggressive. She holds many jobs. To boot she rides a motorcycle. Jillian is attracted to the grumpy Sergeant who lives next door. He suffers from migraines and PTSD. Jillian's takes no bulls~~t by breaking down the defenses of the grumpy Sergeant.
The people in this community are entertaining. To have two young thirty year old siblings move into their community certainly livens things up.
Jude is Jack. Jessica is Jill. I don't know which person I like better Jessica or Jill. When the story invades my mind with Jessica I'm consumed by words, but then it quickly switches back to Jill.
The irony of burying Jessica is two fold. Jillian is suppose live life anew replacing Jessica's life with Jillian's life. Easier said than done.
The sibling conversations and physical contact are so inappropriate it's laughable. People actually thought they were married.
Reading the story in third person is wickedly weird. It's like listening to a person narrate the life of Jillian who lives in a box. We are outsiders observing Jessica pretending to be Jill. It's brilliant.
With all the vampire jokes I started to believe she was a vampire but I realize that is was humor masking a real underlining problem. I'm beginning to sense that what happened to Jessica and her need to bury her has to do with a traumatic experience in her past. This format for sharing this problem is the best way to unveil a traumatic experience. I'm still unaware of this trauma but when it unfolds I won't be surprised anymore by her reactions in life. Everything from this point will lock together and make sense. The running,the sprawling with her brother, the biting, the hitting, and the no touching as a form of waking up.
It seems coincidental that AJ kinda is battling between two people himself. The person he is with Jillian and the person battling PTSD.
This is my first read by Jewel. I think this story is genius. I loved the pace. I love the third person point of view. I loved the two separate characters that was actually the same person. I loved the humor. I loved the methods used to try and fix Jessica's problem.
It is not a standalone. November is when book two will release.
Unexpected, Wild, Mysterious, and Laced with Humor!
I'm completely blown away by this story! A wild ride that I was not expecting. I was drawn to all of the characters, made to sympathize and care for and root for them.
Told in alternating points of view, this is Jillian & Jackson Knight's story of starting a new life with new identities, but Jillian brings along a lot of baggage from a very damaging past. Their neighbor Senior Master Sargent AJ Monaghan who trying to deal with his own issues including PTSD can't fight his attraction to the wild Jillian Knight. (I love AJ's super dry humor!!)
“…no bra, lace panties, and red rain boots.” Sarge straightened with a stiff air of readiness. “I see. Was anyone else outside witnessing it?” Cage grinned. “Oh yes. It was like the second coming of Christ. The women gasped, nearly fainting, and the men…” Cage winked with an easy nod “…well, a part of them was most likely resurrected.”
The story also goes into the past to tell of Jessica and Jude Day...especially Jessica's very complicated relationship with Dr Luke Jones. We start to discover bits and pieces of the mystery surrounding the reasons for Jackson & Jillian's new life and identities.
Wonderful blend of suspense, humor and romance
I’ve only read one other book by Jewel E. Ann, and it was a romantic comedy. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up End of Day. I’m glad I didn’t start this series until it was completely published since I don’t think I could take waiting for the next book! I’m completely hooked on this fabulous trilogy!
Written in 3rd person narrative with a dual timeline plot, End of Day is very detailed and complex. The premise is brilliant and unique. The use of flashbacks to tell the Knights’ backstory is seamless. The beginning might leave you feeling a bit confused because it’s not explained. However, I think that is part of the author’s plan: all will be revealed eventually! I read slowly and devoured all the details—not only because it’s an incredibly good story, but also I know I’ll need to remember those details in the next installment (Middle of Knight). While not a romantic comedy per se, it has more than a fair share of humorous situations. The book is not easily defined in any one genre. This adventure, spy, mystery, romance, dark comedy, contemporary fiction will keep you on your toes and your eyes glued to the book.
I thought the use of 3rd person point of view was the perfect choice for this book. It allows the Knights’ mysterious past to be revealed tidbit by tantalizing tidbit. I felt a bit tortured by the slow drip of Jillian’s past; I desperately wanted to gobble up her entire story. With every new layer revealed, the foreboding increased andI felt more dread. I NEED to know why Jillian is the person she is. I want more, more, more of Luke and Jessica (nope, not telling…read the book and find out what I’m talking about).
Jackson and twin sister Jillian are perfect together; I love how Jackson looks out for his twin as if he is her older brother. Jackson is a sexy, lethal, computer nerd. I didn’t get enough of him! Jillian is complicated, intelligent, and unpredictable. Jillian is night and day, black and white. Kickass and sassy on the outside, she is a messed up, vulnerable girl on the inside. Her past haunts her. Juxtapose the unconventional, sexy thirty-something twins with the eccentric mix of elderly/older neighbors and you’ve got a sizzling start to the Jack & Jill Series.
End of Day is a smart, gripping read. Jewel E. Ann has included plenty of fun play-on-words, scandalous neighborhood antics, a mysterious back story, addictive adventure, and a charismatic cast of characters. Your next mission: read this book!