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A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann is a beautiful, passionate, and inspiring romance that will pull you in right from the beginning and won’t let you go until the very last page!


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.

** Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann is a beautiful, passionate, and inspiring romance that will pull you in right from the beginning and won’t let you go until the very last page!

Henna. She blinds me with a light I haven’t seen in years.’

Henna had such a free-spirit, and I loved her quirky and unique style. She was just herself, plain and simple (but not really), and determined to live her life to the fullest. I admired her confidence and courage to live in the moment and not let anything hold her back.

‘Bodhi is a force greater than anything I have ever felt. We were meant to meet, if only to share a few days.’

I absolutely loved Bodhi! Where Henna inspired such zest for life, Bodhi was so restrained by his own. He was loving, honorable, and loyal to the bone in accepting the cards that he had been dealt. My heart broke for Bodhi and the choices that he had to make, and I really hoped that he would be able to break free and live for himself!

‘The Law of Henna and Bodhi: When love breaks, fall inward, fall together, and fall hard. Then let time pick up the pieces.’

Ann has such a talent for wrapping me up in the feelings of her relatable characters and really submerging me into their storylines. The story of Henna and Bodhi took me on such an emotional journey through so many highs and lows with some truly heartbreaking moments, yet it was also filled with such hope and a beautiful happily ever after. They loved effortlessly, and my goodness, their passion was overflowing! Although it killed me that timing was never on Henna and Bodhi’s side, I really loved that they were so selfless when it came to each other’s happiness.

‘Close your eyes and let me kiss away those tears. Fall asleep in the memory of my arms wrapped around you. Dream of us.’

The story was very well-written, and Ann put some really unique twists into it with situations I haven’t read about before. There were harsh and life altering decisions that Henna and Bodhi faced that gave me that knot in the pit of my stomach, leaving me totally unable to put the book down. However, I really do feel that Ann did a wonderful job of balancing it with the right touch of humor, fun, and light-hearted moments to offset the deeply emotional and complex story. Since I’m always a fan music and travel in my reads, I really loved that Henna and Bodhi shared such passion for both and enjoyed their adventures to the Coachella music festival and their travels abroad as well.

‘The world is big, but our time here is small and precious. Life is meant to be lived, not solved. And love… well it’s like a white T-shirt with French fries and ketchup. It’s messy but worth the risk.’

I know I’ve probably exceeded my ‘quote’ quota here, but that’s what Jewel E. Ann’s writing does to me! It’s just so touching and inspiring in the way she offers a light in the darkness that we all face in our lives. If you have not had the experience of reading one of her romances, you MUST, and the beautiful journey of Henna and Bodhi is one romance that you will not want to miss!

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** an Excerpt

His lips move. I stare at them for a few breaths before I realize he’s talking. My hand tugs out my earbud again.

“Sorry. Did you say something?”

“What are you listening to?” he asks in a voice as smooth as his Mediterranean eyes.

“That’s kind of a personal question. Like asking my underwear color.”

He grins. It’s all kinds of wicked. “Personal?” He shrugs. “I don’t know about that. Depends on the song … and the color.”

“Amy Shark, ‘Adore.’And red and silver polka dots.”

“Mmm …” He nods slowly. “Good choice.”

“The song?” I bite the corner of my lower lip to control my grin.

“The underwear.”

My heart wakes up as if to say, “Whoa, is something going on here I should know about?”

“Wanna see mine?”

My eyebrows lift a fraction. “Your underwear?”

He digs his phone out of his front pocket. “Do I look like a perv? My song.”

Damn. He’s good. My tummy joins in on the little dance happening inside of me.

Twisting his wrist, he shows me his phone screen.

“Apocalyptica, ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ Hmm … that’s unexpected.” I let my gaze fall into his, a dangerous place to be. “You going to Coachella?”

He nods several times, glancing over the seats to the road before us. “I’m working there.”

“Oh, cool. Doing what?”

He inspects my hair. I’d planned on changing clothes and doing something a bit more original with my crazy, dark auburn hair than a messy braid over one shoulder, but sushi dad took away my hotel room. Sexy stranger grins like either my question or my messy hair pleases him. “I’m an in-house tech—audio, lighting, video.”

Dear God, he’s the full package, especially when that grin of his grows as I continue to violate him with my eyes. Maybe it’s just the lollipop I had on my way to the hotel. Everything seems aesthetically pleasing when I’m a little high.

“So, I’ll know who to blame if the sound is a bit off while one of my favorite bands performs.”

“You’ll know who to thank when it isn’t.” He leans toward the middle of the backseat. I follow his lead because I’m curious if he smells as good as he looks. “But I get this feeling that in your state, everything will sound good.”

Ignoring his whispered accusation that I’m high, I sniff. “You smell like lemon.”

He sticks his tongue out, revealing a half-melted lemon drop.

I grin as we sit straight again. “Last year my mom brought back lemon drops from the Limoncello factory in Sorrento. They were amazing.”

Sucking more intensely on his sour goodness, he nods slowly. “I’m sure they were. Sadly, I don’t think my lemon drop was made in Italy.”

“That is incredibly sad.”

He chuckles. Is he laughing at me?

“Nice tats.” He nods to my arms.

Holding them out, I admire my art. “They’re henna, like me.”

“Like you?”

“Yes. My name is Henna. And these will be much more intense tomorrow.”

“Like you?” His teeth scrape along his bottom lip. It’s ridiculously sexy.

“Are you flirting with me?”

He chuckles. “We met less than five minutes ago. I have a little more tact than that.”

“Tact? Like asking the color of my underwear?”

He runs his hands over the legs of his jeans. Is he sweating? Am I making him sweat? That possibility gives me a whole other kind of high.

“I didn’t ask. You freely offered that information. Besides, I have rules about flirting.”

“Well, I despise rules, but you must share your rules anyway.”

“Never flirt with someone who is not sober.” He stares out his window like his rule is the end of our friendly conversation.

“Sober? Dude, this is as sober as I get.” Leaning forward, I shove down the waist of my shorts in back, exposing a long L-shaped scar.

He glances over, forehead wrinkled.

“If I sit too long or stand too long or do anything too long, life kinda sucks. But a little high can go a long way with making said life a lot less sucky.”

Sitting back, I exhale. Sexy stranger seems at a loss for words.

“Tell me, tech guy, do you have a name?”

The driver stops at the crowded entrance.

“Thank you,” we say while getting out of the car.

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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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8 thoughts on “Review ~ A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann!

  1. I still need to read this author! The twists you sited make me really curious. I love a good twist. I also think it’s cool that the characters’ names seem to fit their personalities.

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