End of Day
Book 1, Jack & Jill Series
Jewel E. Ann
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"This book is phenomenal! My favorite read of 2015. Don't read anything else about it. Just buy it. Now." - Ella James, USA Today bestselling author
It’s never too soon to take your next breath …
Behind tinted windows a few yards from mourning family and friends, Jessica and Jude Day witness their parents’ funeral—and their own. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.
Six months and two new identities later, the 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 resurrects their past.
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!
I've never read a book by Jewel before and wasn't expecting this novel to be as awesome as it was! So, why not 5 stars for the awesomeness? Well, I'll tell you...
I did deduct one star because the first half of the book was a little slow for me. On one hand, I love being kept in suspense and not knowing where the story will take me, but it went on a little too long IMO.
The 2nd half was when it grabbed my attention and wouldn't let me put it down. The story started to unfold and I absolutely loved the plot. I loved Jillian/Jessica, actually I absolutely loved ALL the characters ❤️. I can't count on both hands the amount of times I laughed out loud because of Jillian's witty banter. That girl and her personality are larger than life. Not only is she funny, but she's a bad-a**. The ending though?..omg it broke me on that cliffhanger 😭😭
Reading on to the next!
Two Times the Wonderful
End of Day is a stand out book and one of my favorites this year. I loved every single world of it.
The story is about twins (Jessica & Jude Day) who left behind their lives of basically being trained like government agents. They have new identities (Jillian & Jackson Knight) and live in what amounts to a retirement village except for one neighbor who's career US Air Force. For most of the community, making a trip to the mailbox is a chore and may even require a scooter. Jill often checks hers in her underwear. Jack is covered in tattoos that make the little ol' ladies hearts go pitter-patter. Both siblings are covered in muscles and the epitome of physically fit. Emotionally, not so much. When given these new lives, they were suppose to forget their old ones along with their skills and education and just fit in like normal people so they're really giving it a go.
The Twins have the most unique relationship. Their idea of quality time is sparring, but really they are super close. Most of the story is about Jessica/Jillian, her life and lovers before and after. Both are equally interesting storylines. The novel switches between past and present, and each scene is mega important. It's all building and building, and then it ends. *Screaming* I so want the next installment right this minute!
Humor, heart, mystery, action—End of Day has it all. I laughed. I gasped. I swooned. I OMG'd. There are so many awesome one liners. I highlighted half the book I think. It has some really sweet moments and some dark aspects also. There's therapy, murder, romance, sex, blood and secrets. The over 400 pages just flew by. (I would like to see this plot play out on screen.)
I wanted to write a really amazing review that conveyed how in love with this book I am, but I'm totally sucking at it. Just know that I extremely recommend it.