Book Review, Giveaway: Idle Bloom by Jewel E. Ann




Meet Oliver & Vivian in this sexy, quirky & emotional stand-alone. You will laugh, you will cry and most of all, you will not be disappointed!




“What lies beneath my veiled perfection is the ugly truth—my truth, my reality, my destiny.”
Vivian Graham has an acceptance letter into Harvard, a badass tattoo, loyal friends, ties to marijuana, a penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts, and her pesky V-card.
Everyday she takes the Red Line to her job at The Green Pot in Boston while her friends enter the coveted, black iron gates to higher learning. The ramifications from a tragic accident have put her life on hold while time marches on for everyone around her.
After graduating from Harvard Law, Boston native, Oliver Konrad, moves to Portland to start his career and his life. Three years later, after a horrific discovery, he returns home to trade in his three-piece suit for leather work boots and his suburban home for a condo in Cambridge.
All he brought back to the East Coast was an aversion to pillows and secrets he keeps hidden behind a mysterious locked door. Oliver’s days are predictable and his nights are lonely until he meets Vivian on the subway. Her long raven hair, green eyes, and mile-long legs are achingly sexy, but the way she “innocently” fingers and licks her Boston Kreme doughnut can only be described in two words—complete torture.
When their paths cross at every turn, laughter is abundant, friendship is easy, and love is unintentional. However, their future seems improbable.





My Rating:

5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:

“So just like getting an unsightly mole removed, I’m going to get rid of my virginity.  It’s so overrated.  It’s not like I feel special still having mine.  I can’t put it on a resume’ or anything like that.”

“Oliver kisses me and the earth stops moving beneath my feet, as if our lips meeting trumps anything else the over seven billion other people in the world are doing at this exact moment.  Time just… stops.”

“I can’t get enough of him.  He’s ice cream on a hot summer day, peanuts and the Red Sox, popcorn at the movies, and a candlelit cake on my birthday.”

“I love sex with Oli.  If I had a car I’d get a bumper sticker that said so.  Maybe I should get a tattoo that says it.  Maybe not.”

“I’m uncontrollably in love with Vivian.  In such a short amount of time she’s infiltrated my thoughts, cast a spell over my body, and wormed her way into the deepest part of my heart.  A day without her would feel like a lifetime without a breath, an eternity without light.”

“I hope every day you take each other’s breath away.  I hope every kiss feels like the first buy ends like the last.  I hope you always see the best versions of yourselves reflected in each other’s eyes… But mostly, I hope you wake up every morning next to each other because there’s no place in the world you’d rather be, instead of having nowhere else to go.  May you always be each other’s home.”


My Review:

I have a new infatuation.  I had never heard of Jewel E. Ann before I picked up this book, but now I feel a compulsion to read everything she has ever written.  I honestly did not want to stop reading after starting page 1.  I was enthralled.  I smirked, I laughed aloud, I cringed, I choked up, and I was nearly panting during several of her deliciously steamy scenes.  I loved the story and adored the characters.  The writing is crisp, humorous, touching, insightful, sassy, and smart.  I read all day and felt major irritation when even briefly interrupted for any reason.  Phone calls went unanswered, the computer remained off, meals went uncooked, and my husband had to fend for himself – so basically, anarchy prevailed.  I loved the book so much I had marked over a dozen areas for “Favorite Quotes,” and found it extremely difficult to narrow the list down to six.  Despite it being a perfectly written self-contained stand-alone with a satisfying conclusion, I still wanted more.  I grieved seeing those dreaded words on my kindle, “The End” and “Book Complete.”  But I don’t think I could ever get enough of Oliver and Vivian’s story.  Idle Bloom was perfection, and I know I will be raving about this one for quite some time.

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About the Author:

Jewel E Ann

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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