• Natasha Lockhart

Jack and Jill Series by Jewel E. Ann

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

End of Day (Review)

This is the first installment of a three-book series about a brother and sister, Jackson and Jillian, who are forced to take on new identities after their parents are murdered. These thirty-year-old siblings are relocated to a suburban community mostly inhabited by senior citizens.

The story has sassy, witty dialogue as well as mystery and flirtation.

Jillian and AJ, the next door neighbor, are both tortured by the horrors of their pasts. Their journey to healing and wholeness gets off to a slow start in this book. I’m looking forward to seeing their progress in the next book of this series.

Middle of Knight (Review)

I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. So many broken people in one story ... lusting for each other ... keeping secrets from each other. And the ending scene? Cue the tears!!!

This is the second installment in the Jack & Jill series. Jackson and Jillian Knight (formerly Jessica and Jude Day) are both in relationships at this point. Jillian is still seeing the next door neighbor who’s now dying from a brain tumor in addition to suffering from PTSD. Jackson is dating Ryn, the cleaning lady. Ryn is ten years older than Jackson and has a restraining order against her abusive ex-husband. {I know this sounds like a soap opera, but IMO, soooo good!}

As far as the cougar storyline goes, I think Ryn’s body issues made her a believable character. I read a series a few weeks ago about older women who dated younger men, and the fact that each heroine was in great shape for a woman in her early fifties made them atypical and less relatable.

Some unlikeable minor characters are introduced in this book. Ryn’s daughter, Maddie, is a self-centered, spoiled brat. Ryn’s ex-husband, Preston, is a rich, controlling narcissist. McGraw, who was simply depicted as a snarky agent in the first book, is revealed as a rapist who caused more trauma in the life of a young girl who was already broken emotionally and mentally.

As I prepare to read the third and final book in this series, here’s what I need to happen- Reveal the secret Jackson wants to keep hidden in San Francisco. Luke and Jillian/Jessica need to find their way back to each other. He is her heart and the true love of her life. Can this woman please catch a break? Jillian/Jessica or Jackson/Jude needs to beat the crap out of McGraw. Jackson/Jude needs to eliminate Ryn’s ex-husband. Ok. Maybe, killing the abusive, controlling bastard would be extreme. Embarrass him publicly? Ruin his business?

Dawn of Forever (Review)

A satisfying ending to a great series!

In the third and final book of the Jack & Jill series, three storylines begin separately and eventually intertwine. Jillian/Jessica is kidnapped by a vengeful madwoman on her way to AJ’s funeral. Jackson/Jude struggles to stay afloat in his relationships with Ryn and his sister. Luke searches for the love of his life, Jessica.

At some point while reading, I recall thinking, “This group of characters has been through enough emotional and physical trauma to keep Dr. Phil, Iyanla, and Dr. Drew busy for years.”

I am at peace once again. After all the drama, I got the ending I wanted. These poor, long suffering characters got their happily ever afters.

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