“Look The Part is my new top favorite from the inimitable Jewel E. Ann. Delightfully quirky, funny but deeply emotional, Look The Part was pitch perfect. I loved everything about this five-star read!” – USA Today bestseller Ella James
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Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.
All the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.
Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.
The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly-humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.
This woman …
She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.
She must go.
Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.
“Ellen Rodgers is a missed opportunity. A close call. A what if.”
Aaaahhhh!! If you love quirky, messy, sexy stories, then ‘Look the Part’ is for you. Just like the author’s other stories, Ellen and Flint are imperfect, human and very flawed characters who still can laugh at themselves and their lot in life. Flint is a sexy single dad to an autistic son and believe or not, their scenes together are not only very heartwarming but very funny! The author never takes herself or her characters too seriously, and that is what I love about her! And that is also what keeps her books from descending into sickly-sweet territory which is a big NO for me.
“Good evening, Flint.”
“You can call me Mr. Hopkins.” I push the button to the elevator. “Mmm, my landlord likes to role play. Me too.”
Ellen is a music therapist and Flint is her landlord. The problem is that he is an attorney and cannot work with the constant music coming from Ellen’s office. So he spends a great deal of the book trying to evict her! BUT he is also wildly attracted to her AND she gets along beautifully with his difficult son. Flint keeps his emotions buttoned up tight and because of a tragic accident years ago, thinks he does not deserve any sort of happiness in life.
“I don’t know what to do with this image of you in jeans and a tee. In my mind I imagined you wearing a suit to bed.”
He sits back on his heels and turns toward me, dark eyes making a full-length inspection. “I don’t know what to do with the image of you imagining me in bed.”
The dialogue sparkles and the romance scenes are gorgeous and HOT. I absolutely adore the author’s witty writing style! (Oh and excuse me but the heroine’s name gets an A+++++ from me!!! Where are all the Ellen’s in today’s books?? Just a thought.)
Flint really does not make it clear that Ellen is right for him. He is so closed off that he almost loses her. Ellen is the polar opposite of Flint: warm, outgoing, funny, and she un-apologetically wears her heart on her sleeve.
“Someday I’m going to get to live my happily ever after. No more packing up and driving away from the man that I love. Everyone has their time. I will find mine.”
Passionate, funny and sexy…’Look the Part’ is a sparkling romance that is real and very satisfying. Jewel E. Ann puts an imaginative twist on the contemporary romance genre and the result is delightful.
“Live or die, Flint … but don’t sit in the fucking middle just … existing.”
There’s something thrilling, even a little forbidden, about a man in a perfectly-tailored suit. Flint Hopkins wears the hell out of a three-piece suit.
Not a single wrinkle.
Not a hair out of place.
Not a scuff mark on his shiny shoes.
His lips move, but all I hear is “I wore this suit for you today” as his hands make their rounds: caressing the buttons on his jacket, twisting his cufflinks, and adjusting his tie. It’s sophisticated fidgeting.
“You said you’re a therapist, not a music teacher.”
Observant men are sexy too.
“I did. And I am. Specifically, I’m a music therapist. Do you want me to explain what a music therapist does?”
“No. I just want you to look for a different space to rent. I’ll give you two weeks.” He turns and makes it out the door in three long strides.
My toes are on his heels in seconds, chasing him down the stairs. “Wait? You’re evicting me?”
“I’m giving you notice.”
“Notice? You’re kicking me out for what? Doing my job?”
“Preventing me from doing mine.” He pushes through the door at the bottom of the stairs and makes a sharp right.
“Hey, Boss, how’d it—” Amanda’s gaze moves from Flint to me as I follow him into his office.
“Hi, Amanda. Would you happen to have the name of a good real estate attorney? I may need to sue my landlord for wrongful eviction.”
Flint turns, halting my forward momentum a second shy of slamming into his chest. “Shut my door, Amanda.” His eyes narrow.
I don’t care how hot this guy looks in a suit. I won’t recoil under his glower. “Please leave it open, Amanda. I may need you to be my witness.”
Arrogance tugs at his mouth. “A witness?”
“For when you threaten me.”
He unbuttons his jacket and takes a step back. A whoosh of oxygen leaves my chest like it’s attached to him. The man has an air of confidence and mystery about him that commands attention.
When he turned around to face me a few seconds ago, I sensed the slightest agitation in his narrowed eyes and flared nostrils, but not anymore. It’s not hard to imagine Flint Hopkins in a courtroom—cool, calculated, ruthless.
“You seem to be an intelligent person, so surely you can see how the noise level of your profession could distract me from doing mine. I think sharing space with other businesses is not a good idea. You need a building of your own or maybe you should work out of your house.”
“I live in an apartment. And I’m sorry, Mr. Money Bags, but I don’t have the cash flow to buy or rent a building all to myself. You’re an attorney. How often are you even in your office? And when you are, what are you doing that requires complete silence? Charming snakes? Narrating audio books?”
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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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