A Place Without You, an all-new emotional New Adult romance from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!
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.
I fell in love with Jewel E Ann last year when I read Look the Part. Ever since, I have been itching to read another book by her and I am so glad A Place Without You was that book. Jewel E Ann just has a different way of writing that is so incredibly unique to other romance books. I think that was my favorite part about this book…the uniqueness of it and how it stood out.
I love love love how this story was told. It had real life challenges and winning moments that made me feel everything. It was fantastically written and I loved the pacing in this book. I know I have said that some books have allowed me to crawl inside the book to be close to the story/character emotions, but this book truly let me do that and completely immerse myself in the story. I felt the passion, explosiveness, tragedy, heartbreak, the delicious forbidden streak, and the carefree air these characters lived by.
Bodhi has been punishing himself for his past mistakes for years, and refusing to forgive himself. He allows himself to enjoy himself one weekend of the year at one of the best music festivals in the world, which is where he met Henna. Henna leaves a permanent mark on him and is shocked to realize their world is about to be a lot smaller than either of them expect. Bodhi is a truly beautiful person who wants to live, but can’t due to his circumstances. Henna allows him to be him and live in the moment.
Henna is the kind of person everyone can learn from. She takes the world by storm and is determined to live life to the fullest because she truly understands the meaning of life or death. She is wild, carefree, and compassionate. She can make friends with anyone and isn’t afraid to fall and fall hard. Henna was the light in this book and someone that I completely fell in love with. She believes everyone and everything is temporary, but Bodhi is about to teach her that not everything is temporary.
Bodhi and Henna. Henna and Bodhi. These two together make the world go round and their story was one of the most beautiful that I have ever read. It is unlike any love story that I have seen before, which was refreshing. Yes, their journey was bumpy and went off track a few times, but they always came back to each other no matter the time or distance. I could never get tired of reading about these two.
Overall Rating: 5+ Stars!
Jewel E. Ann is one of those authors that stumbled into my life through the Kindle Unlimited program, and she’s truly one of the most amazing authors I’ve found like this. I downloaded her release Look the Part on a whim, and because I liked the cover. Once I started reading, I absolutely couldn’t put it down, and it cemented my love for Jewel. Since then, I’ve read a lot of other books and I’ve thought about Look the Part A LOT. I was curious to see if another of her books would stick with me just as much. And I’m happy to say that A Place Without You will be on my mind for a very long time!
I started this one late on a Saturday night, which was the wrong thing to do. Even though I knew I needed to be up at 5:30 Sunday morning, I just kept turning the pages of my kindle, falling deeper and deeper into this story. Because Bodhi and Henna were everything. This book ripped its way into my heart, and captivated my very soul. It wormed its way deep into my bones, and hasn’t let go. It trumped everything: sleep, family, the house. I had to know what was happening between these characters.
One of Jewel’s biggest talents as an author is creating characters that are incredibly broken, and using her words and the emotions that she evokes through her writing to take us on the journey of healing. I’ve seen this in every book I’ve read by her, but never more so than in A Place Without You. Bodhi is carrying an overwhelming amount of guilt for mistakes that he made in his past, and Henna is a breath of fresh air. The two days that they spend together are both the best and the worst that he’s ever experienced. The best, because Henna has a magnetic pull that he cannot resist, and in any other life, he knows that she would be the one. And the worst, because his guilt will not let him have her.
Henna is so carefree, and almost magical. Her spirit is unyielding and I fell in love with her, as much as I did Bodhi. These two together were phenomenal and stunning, and will forever be a part of me. Jewel E. Ann truly deserves all the stars for A Place Without You, and I have no doubt that this book will be one of my top reads of the year.
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“Let’s eat before we leave. I’m sure there’s quite the spread downstairs.”
“Rich people breakfast?” I ask.
She furrows a brow for a few seconds. “Yes. I suppose so.” Rolling away, she swings her legs around and stands up, stretching like a cat.
“Do you eat rich people breakfast every morning?” My curiosity has been piqued.
After a long yawn, she cocks her head to the side, lips slightly twisted. “Shredded Wheat with cut-up banana and almond milk. Is that a rich person’s breakfast?”
I sit up, doing a bit of my own stretching, loving the way her gaze roams along my bare chest, her lips parting ever so slightly. “No. I think that’s a solid middle-class breakfast.”
“Middle. That’s average. Average is good, right?”
“There’s nothing average about you, Henna.” I stand, following her into the bedroom.
“I’m going to shower quickly, and by quickly I mean I need an hour. Do you have an hour?”
“To shower with you?” I try to play it cool, like I’m serious.
I’m a little serious.
The color leaves her face. “Oh, um …” She twists her fingers together, drawing her shoulders inward.
A little kidding.
Henna’s posture relaxes as her cheeks pink up again. “We could.” Her gaze darts around the room before landing on mine for two seconds only to wander around the room again.
“My clothes are at my hotel. I’ll shower there. I need to get going.”
A slow sigh deflates her chest as she tries on a smile that misses the confident mark by a few centimeters. “Okay.”
“But thanks for the offer.” I wink.
More color paints her cheeks, and it looks stunning on her. “I kinda sorta thought we’d have sex last night, but we didn’t, and that’s fine, but now I don’t know what comes next.”
Does that make me the world’s biggest idiot for not taking what she was planning on offering? Or does that make me a gentleman? I’ve already fucked her a hundred different ways in my head, so I’m going to shy away from the gentleman label.
“How about you put my number in your phone and I’ll call you later today? That feels like a good next, don’t you think?”
Henna nods and turns, walking toward the bedroom door. Digging through her purse, she retrieves her phone. When she pulls it out, a string of three condoms comes out with it. “Oh jeez.” Quickly snatching them off the floor, she shoves them back into her purse.
I don’t respond because I’m not sure what the correct response should be.
“I was conceived at Coachella.” She hands me her phone with the contact screen open, ready for my information.
Taking her phone, I give her an expectant look, but she withholds all elaboration.
“And by conceived, you mean physical conception, not merely an idea kind of conception?” I hand her phone back and give her mine.
“In the shadows behind a stage. I know more details than most people should actually know about the moment they were conceived.” She lifts a shoulder in a small shrug. “But Juni is my best friend. She’s the absolute coolest mom ever, and the story of how she met my dad is my favorite story ever.”
I nod as she keeps her chin tipped toward the screen to my phone. “Why is that?” I take my phone back when she holds it out to me.
“Yin Yang. Opposites. Laws of the universe.” She wears a satisfied smile. “My parents were temporary. I was permanent.” Holding out her arms, she inspects her henna tattoos as if seeing them for the first time. “My mom had henna tattoos on her body when she met my dad. Henna grows in intensity over a few days before fading to nothing. It’s magical and beautiful and then it’s gone. My parents say that about their love for each other. It grew quickly into something deep and intense, but over time it faded. Their love—like most everything in life—was temporary.”
Her empty stare shifts to meet my gaze and she nods. “Don’t sweat it. Everything is temporary. But today…” she walks into my chest, and my arms wrap around her as she looks up at me “…we should be at our brightest, our most intense.”
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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