Transcend by Jewel E. Ann
Series: The Transcend Duet #1
Also in this series: Epoch
Published by Self-published on March 26, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
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“In another life, she was my forever.”
An unexpected tragedy leaves Professor Nathaniel Hunt a widower alone with a newborn baby.
He hires a nanny. She’s young, but well-qualified, with a simple life, a crazy name obsession, and a boyfriend she met at the grocery store.
Over time, he discovers she knows things about him—things that happened before she was born—like a hidden scar on his head, his favorite pizza, and how he cheated on a high school Spanish test.
She speaks familiar words and shares haunting memories that take him back to over two decades earlier when he lost his best friend in a tragic accident.
“I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when you realize I’m not her.”
Transcend is a sexy, mind-bending journey that uncovers possibilities, challenges beliefs, and begets the age-old question: is there life after death?
Holy. Effing. Shirtballs.
Everyone knows I don’t do love triangles. It says so in my bio. Go look it up. I have no patience for them. I lose my shit when the back and forth “I can’t make up my mind” starts. But you know when I don’t hate them? When Jewel E Ann writes one in a mystical meets contemporary romance with a twist of past lives and reincarnation.
Transcend just blew me away, there is no other way to put it. There’s not much I can say without ruining this fantastic and gut-wrenching journey for everyone. The writing is engaging, the topic, as well as the author’s take on it, is spellbinding. There is not one character I didn’t fall in love with (ok, there is one, but he is a very bad guy and totally hate-able).
Swayze has an enviable great life with a fabulous tattooed-motorcycle-hot-guy boyfriend that is the definition of a dream man who’s crazy about her and who she is crazy about. Even if there are up and downs and her life hasn’t been idyllic she’s not done so bad for herself, and at 21 that’s saying a lot. She is caring and sweet, funny and quirky and I totally loved her.
Griffin, her boyfriend is absolutely perfect. He’s attentive and sweet in that alpha-macho way that melts me into a puddle of goo. He is sexy, hot, rides a bike… did I mention the tattoos? He knows what he wants and that is Swayze in his life. The fact that he’s 23 is something I’m trying to ignore right now so I don’t feel like a total cougar…
One chance encounter and a nanny job later, things begin to unravel when Swayze meets Nate. He’s her new boss and the childhood friend she’s known all her life. Only that’s not possible as everything she remembers about him and his life happened before she was even born. So the shit hits the fan, and nothing makes sense anymore. Until the pieces begin to fall in place. Only the picture it’s forming is not what any of the involved in it want to see.
The mystery and suspense, the emotional connections, the mystical touch and the raw feelings involved made this angst-filled romance one of the most engaging reads of my year. I loved Transcend as much as I’ve hated it. There is no way this story will end well for everyone involved and it is breaking my heart in advance. Is there any way this can turn into a menage story where the cute baby ends up with two very hot dads and a lot of siblings? Pretty please with a cherry on top? Unfortunately, I’m already halfway through the next book in this duet (I couldn’t help myself and had to one-click Epoch last night at 1 am) and I’m not seeing my wish coming true… *sigh*wailingemoji*sigh*
Rating: 4.5 “I’m taking half a star because I HATE what is happening” Stars
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