Sunny Shelly’s Review: Not What I Expected, by Jewel E. Ann

Not What I Expected by Jewel E. Ann is now live!

Are humans meant to mate for life?

After four kids and an unfortunate but fateful end to her twenty-two-year marriage, Elsie Smith meets the new guy in town.

Kael Hendricks is … a little younger, a lot sexy, and too confident for his own good. He also doesn’t believe in marriage and all that goes with it.

And …

He’s just opened a new business that threatens the livelihood of Elsie’s family’s store–just in time for the holidays.

The problem?

There’s an undeniable attraction that leads to out of control situations, a loss of inhibitions, and a lot of small town gossip.

As Elsie tries to redefine herself and convince her family she isn’t having a midlife crisis, she’s forced to answer the biggest question of all …

Can she love an enemy who will never surrender?


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Not What I Expected was not what I expected! I figured it would be a typical older woman/younger man age-gap romance, but Elsie’s journey is so much more than that!

Of course, there are plenty of “what am I doing?” moments that she has over the course of her fling with Kael — 12 years her junior and the hot new guy in town who opened a specialty shop across the town square that is threatening to put her own late husband’s business out of business. But while this story starts out as her not knowing what to make of her rival becomes so much more as Kael shows Elsie what it’s like to let go and let loose. That it’s okay to take what she wants out of life to make herself happy, versus doing what is expected of her. That age is just a number. And that taking a leap is scary, but life-changing all at the same time.

Kael and Elsie are wonderful, rich characters, and their journey together was captivating. I loved how worried Elsie was about how the folks in town would react to their being together — her daughter’s reaction was exactly how I thought it would go! And I also loved how Elsie wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She was feisty and outspoken, told the truth about her late husband in her grief support group even when it wasn’t the polite thing to say.

Although Kael was a little too crunchy-granola, he grew on me as a hero, and I loved how falling for Elsie made him want all the things in a relationship that he never imagined he would.

Sometimes, the best things in life are not what you expected.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.


Meet Jewel E. Ann

Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today best selling author a with a quirky sense of humor. When she’s not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.

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