Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: End of Day (Jack & Jill #1) by Jewel E. Ann

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.


First, I think that it needs to be said that the cover of End of Day is absolutely badass. I love it! I had no idea what significance it held, if any, to the story and I was a bit shocked to see that it was pretty spot-on. Shocked. Beyond shocked. But we will get to that in a bit. 

This is the first book in a new series by Jewel E. Ann. I've never read anything by her but I'm wondering if her other books are as completely twisted as this one is. There are a couple of things I want to warn you about before I delve into this review ... the first being that if you don't like cliffhanger books or if you prefer only to read them once the entire series is out, then don't pick this book up. There is a massive cliffhanger and you'll be pissed. Like I was. Second, this review will have numerous unladylike and crass words in it. I have thought about it and found no other way to fully express my feelings on this book without those words and if you don't appreciate a well placed f-bomb, I apologize and you should probably skip reading this one.

Now, on with this!! I don't even know where to start, really. My feelings are all over the damn place on this one. But one thing should be known, I really couldn't put this book down. It was like a car pulled over on the side of the road with 15 cop cars surrounding it ... you know you shouldn't look and you should mind your own business but you just can't help yourself, you have to look and slow down and try to figure out what the hell is going on. I guess I'll start with the characters ... one of my absolute favorite things when reading a book is a flawed character. I like to experience the rise and fall of a person ... seeing how they will pick themselves back up or fall down again. I just can't get enough of that stuff. So when I really got into the whole Jessica/Jillian thing, I was stoked! Dude, this chick is fucked up. She's totally twisted and I was excited to see how her character would morph into a better or worse person. I just ... I don't even know. Jessica/Jillian's past is tragic and grisly and gritty and at one point, I wondered if there was such a thing as a character that was TOO flawed. Jessica/Jillian is definitely flirting with that line. But she kept things interesting. There is this blood thing she has and it's ... (here it is again) fucked up. I've never heard of such an issue and I don't want to go into it any further because it is something that you need to experience on your own when (not if) you pick this one up.

You might also want to know that there is a lot of violence and most of it is this weird, screwed up, mutual abuse. I didn't know there was such a thing but in this book, there is. That kind of violence was a little difficult for me to stomach and I don't know if it was because the characters were fully aware of it and they were putting themselves through these things by choice, or what. It definitely bothered me but I think that it was something that the story needed. The reader needs to fully experience the utter desperation that the character in question is feeling. 

I think that the last thing I want to cover before I'm done is the genre. I have a REALLY hard time putting this one into a romantic suspense. I mean, there is suspense and there might be a jacked up version of romance but it just didn't fit that genre for me. Now I'm not saying I have a better idea for what genre this should be in, I have no damn clue but it didn't fit the one that people are putting it into. It may be one of those rare books that just doesn't fit into any category. Who knows.

I do know that I will probably be picking up another book (probably the next in the series) by this author. As much as I was confused by my feelings on this book, I like it in some strange and incomprehensible way. I've told quite a few people about it and if I'm telling people, it must be good. If nothing else, it's worth a shot!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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