Naked Love by Jewel E. Ann was such a fun and entertaining read! If you are looking for a super sweet romance to leave you with a warm heart and a big smile on your face, this is the perfect book for you!
What happens when a high-heeled diva goes camping with her sister’s dog?
Avery Montgomery, fashionista and preacher’s daughter, needs a ride from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.
“Make my death quick, and please don’t tie me up. I’m claustrophobic.”
Jake Matthews, diva-hater, agrees to let her tag along on his annual but primitive trek to the West Coast.
“Okay, Princess, I’ll take you to L.A., but your crown won’t make it there in one piece.”
She’s desperate and out of options.
He’s ruthless and out of patience.
Don’t miss this sexy, hilarious, and heart-warming journey of self-discovery and raw … naked love.
I’ve been wanting to lighten things up a bit from all the darker romances that I’ve been reading lately, so I was on the lookout for more of a romantic comedy. Naked Love, by Jewel E. Ann was such a fun enemies-to-lovers romance and the perfect choice! Ann really surprised me with the amount of emotion and heart that she wove into this unique story, and simply put, I loved it!
‘Avery Montgomery is an interesting creature. Flip-the-visor-down-every-twenty-minutes interesting. Part-her-hair-a-hundred-different-ways-to-check-for-something interesting.’
Avery was a complete hot mess, and I’m not saying this lightly, because following her character in the story was like watching a train wreck in slow motion! Although she was definitely amusing and clearly out of her element camping with a total stranger, Avery really wore on my patience with her ‘diva’ ways, and I had a hard time relating to her early on. However, as she faced one blow after another in the story, she really grew on me when I realized that there was a lot more depth to her character. I also enjoyed Avery’s feisty attitude and determination in keeping her chin up throughout the story.
‘I’m a girly girl who likes all things feminine, sexy, flowery, and pink – NOT muscle-bound vegan chefs with pickup trucks and a shit ton of tattoos.’
Now Jake was a different story for me, and I thought he was totally swoon-worthy! I admired him for living his life in his own way, and for his own happiness. Although Jake could be feisty when his buttons were pushed, I enjoyed his quiet and simple nature and appreciation for the little things. Because of this, he was able to see Avery’s truth underneath all of her pretentiousness.
‘If you get struck by lightning tonight, but leave your truck keys next to my purse, that would be the best gift for me.’
I wasn’t really sure if Avery and Jake were a match made in heaven or hell there for a while in the story. Avery, ‘the diva’, and Jake, ‘the diva hater’, totally cracked me up with their banter on their road trip across the country, and I could definitely relate to Jake’s initial annoyance with Avery. Believe me when I say that he wore his patience with her like his T-shirts, in an over the top and amazing way. I certainly felt Avery and Jake’s passion brewing on their journey, and Jake’s belief in her and encouragement to be herself really made my heart go pitter-patter!
‘I love you like an acoustic song. The words mean more. The emotions are magnified. It’s like the stars…during the day we don’t see them, but at night when the world around us feels stripped and bare, they shine so brightly.’
Ann’s eloquent words, creative writing, and development of the plot and characters were really fantastic. Jake and Avery’s dual point of views were hilarious and perfectly set to balance out the emotion and keep the light-hearted feel to the story. Ann just keeps hitting on all the things I enjoy in my ‘real’ life with things like t-shirts, music, concerts, camping, and all the quirky little nuances that she gives her characters and storylines that really keeps her books fun and relatable.
Naked Love was such an entertaining read, and if you are looking for a super sweet romance that will leave you with a warm heart and a big smile on your face, this is the perfect book for you!
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I nudge Jake. He groans.
He rolls away from me.
“Jake! I need the truck keys,” I whisper-yell.
My eyes flit between his bared torso turned away from me and his partially unzipped duffel
bag at his feet. Jake has nice feet. I’m not sure I’ve ever thought this about a guy before. But—I
move my phone’s flashlight an inch closer—yes indeed, he has nice feet. Not a single nasty
callous, and his toenails are perfect.
Not fair. What the heck, God? Why would you give a guy such perfect feet? Jackass Jake
must use an expensive foot cream.
I roll my eyes at myself. What is this? The beginning of a foot fetish? Therapy of some sort
might be in my future. After one last inspection of his flawless feet, and maybe a nanosecond
glance back up his bare torso—because why the hell not?—I inspect the contents of his bag.
It has five outer pockets, but I come up empty. No truck keys. Unzipping the main part feels
a little too snoopy. Biting the corner of my lip, I sweep the beam of my phone’s light across his
still body. If I’m completely honest, his feet are attached to some other really nice body parts, but
why start being honest now?
The light goes out. “Shit.” I frown at the dead screen. What happened to my final three
I need the key. I need to charge my phone.
“Jakey Jakey, wakey wakey,” I whisper, knowing he’s nothing more than a dead log on top of
a sleeping bag. A dead log with sexy feet and a drool-worthy trunk I could climb—
I must NEVER think of the Devil as sexy. Did I learn nothing about temptation from Eve and
the complete debacle in Eden? A questionably flawed story if you ask me. Still—religion
permanently haunts one’s conscience, and I’m no exception.
Wait until he wakes up.
It’s not like it’s an emergency.
It’s just my phone—my connection to the rest of the world, a way to see in the dark, keeper
of time, contact list, social media notifications, my savior in an emergency … MY LIFE!
Muzzling my conscience, I dive into the main compartment of Jake’s duffle bag, the way a
police officer would break open a door after a 9-1-1 call. It’s filled with clothes, but within ten
seconds I have all aforementioned clothes strewn all around me.
A jingle startles me, and my head whips back, but it’s just Swarley. “Don’t!” I warn in my
sternest whisper as he abandons his spot in the corner and plops down on my sleeping bag. “Get.
He shakes his head once. I realize how crazy that sounds, but it’s true. Swarley is not your
average dog, he’s a demon—much like Jake—out to destroy me. He can do things like nod and
shake his head as well as rip my poor hand apart when he sees something worth chasing, much
like Anthony ripped my heart apart when he discovered that chocolate does in fact taste amazing.
Before my herbivorous travel buddy wakes up, I start shoving his clothes back into his bag,
taking a deep inhale. What’s that smell? It’s good. Really good.
Herbaceous? Woodsy? Maybe piney, but we’re not amidst that many pine trees here.
Bringing one of Jake’s shirts to my nose, I take a whiff.
Oh … that’s nice. Son of a bitch! Sexy—uh—I mean, soft feet and amazing detergent.
Eat the shiny red apple, Eve …
I’m not going to eat his shirt, but I indulge in one more sniff before—
“Why are you smelling my underwear?”
“Shit!” I jump, tucking the shirt behind my back.
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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