A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann

April 23, 2020 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

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A Place Without you by Jewel E. Ann
Published by Self-published on December 31, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The Law of Henna and Bodhi: When love breaks, fall inward, fall together, and fall hard. Then let time pick up the pieces.
Everything feels temporary when you’ve experienced tragedy—until Henna Lane meets Bodhi at a music festival.
Young and spontaneous, they have a lust for seizing the moment, falling hard and fast.
When Bodhi is forced to leave without a goodbye, Henna thinks she’ll never get over him. But then she meets Mr. Malone, her sexy, new guidance counselor.
They are reckless. They are forbidden.
When their secret is discovered, Henna has to choose between finishing school—banned from seeing Mr. Malone—or dropping out to follow her nomad dreams.
Henna chooses her dreams.
Over time, she learns that life is not a destination or a journey, some things are more than temporary, and the forbidden can never be ignored. But if she returns for him, will he still be hers?
A Place Without You is an emotional story of young love, shattered dreams, and impossible decisions.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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By LilyThis book broke my reading drought!

Wouldn’t you know it, my brain fixated on the non-stop news associated with the current pandemic when I could be ramping up my reading time. My godsend came via the plethora of books authors are discounting / offering for free at the moment. In among my latest book haul it was Jewel E. Ann’s novel,  A Place Without You, that caught my attention. Hello, my best book choice ever! I was swept up within this challenging forbidden romance, taking me to a place where I gladly found respite from our current reality.

Well, it didn’t start off as forbidden and that helped me overlook the fact that Henna’s love interest is her teacher. Normally, this wouldn’t be a trope I would go for. It has to be done well for me to overlook boundaries and the ‘ick’ factor involved. Even when I was a teenager at school, the staff there never had ‘that’ kind of appeal. As an adult, they still don’t rock my boat – no offence to the teachers out there, of course! I was able to get past the forbidden aspect thanks to the initial setting being a music festival. Now that is a setting I can totally relate to 🙂

The world is big, but our time here is small and precious. 

Life is meant to be lived, not solved.

There is so much more to this story than a forbidden relationship. Ethical questions outside of the relationship are explored, tabling challenging and thought provoking scenarios. I could easily relate to each character’s stance and left pondering what path I would have chosen if I was in a similar situation.

The sexual tension was rife throughout the story. Numerous missed opportunities had me believing that her 12 pack of protection was at risk of going to waste LOL. Fortunately for Henna, her determination to rip open at least one packet was realised. I loved Henna’s light-hearted, sassy banter while she not so patiently waited for her HEA!

What I loved overall about this book was the gentle yet unexpected plot twists. The story flowed effortlessly through scenarios I wished could be avoided. Initially each change had me believing this is it, they’re not going to work but then a shimmer of light would break through and ease the angst. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I stumbled across Henna’s story. Grateful for words curated beautifully together, allowing me to escape into a fictional world to rekindle my heart once more. 

Thank you Jewel E. Ann <3

5 Unforgettable Stars

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