It all started with an innocent bucket list. She wasn't prepared for it to end with a broken heart.
Everyone wanted to be Jewels Peterson in high school. Naturally beautiful, exceptionally smart, talented cheerleader, life of the party, and with an All-American boyfriend to boot. One regrettable choice and fatal accident later, and Jewels found herself unceremoniously knocked off her pedestal. Now she's in college, going through the motions, but not really living. Adam Murphy is easy-going, charming, considerate, and crazy good looking; he's exactly the kind of guy Jewels pictures herself being happy with. But Jewels is already involved with someone, and Adam makes it known that he's guarding a dark secret, one that makes him the wrong guy for her. Trumped by the promise of an innocent friendship, Jewels is forced to ignore her overwhelming hunger for Adam. After Jewels unknowingly helps Adam create a bucket list, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that pushes their platonic relationship to its limits. But does she want to be with Adam without knowing the truth behind the skeletons in his closet, or is being with him just another pointless thing in her life?
About the Author
Jennifer Ann is the pen name used by Jen Naumann when writing steamy romance novels with complex love stories. Like her characters, she's in love with the city of New York and can often be found either there or at concerts, rocking with the best of them. On the rare occasions she realizes she's no longer a spring chicken, you can catch her driving a tractor alongside her husband in southern Minnesota while trying to keep up with the madness of their four active children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Poignant, romantic, real and beautiful. In a nutshell: two young people who harbour guilt and secrets that prevent them from surrendering to the love that is growing between them. What's new? The author's voice kept me entertained thanks to very lively dialogues, a pain that runs deep and irreversible in the characters' lives, and how much they need to be loved and be free which is something I always relate to. And of course, the list. The couple: the like each other at first glance, but it's their words, attitude, dreams and intelligence that hook them despite their fears. Jewels thinks she's not to be trusted in a relationship but she brings new light into Adam's sad moments in life. Adam is sweet and handsome, though he pushes her away by allowing only friendship between them. Great asset: a list of daring things to do before responsibility binds you forever. I loved that idea and I was looking forward to how these two friends would accomplish this trip, both physically and emotionally. I kept wondering what kind of list I'd draw. Dreams, fears, just whims to make me happy and oblivious to the dreary part of life? What I felt on the last pages: I could sense it coming, the big, brutal secret. It was still devastating to see how it affected Jewels and Adam. After he blurts it out, everything that develops from that moment on is worth every second I devoted to reading it. They share soulful and painful emotions in New York, while they try to check the items in the list, and afterwards, when the cold truth is weighing between them. I really appreciated the sensitivity the author pours into both the intimacy and the tough decisions this couple has to make. Favourite sad quote: I stay curled up in a ball, imagining myself disappearing, physically becoming the nothing I feel inside. I think this novel is poignant, romantic, real and beautiful, and also touches on a very delicate subject that doesn't have a happy, easy solution. Everyone looking for meaningful, emotional love stories should read this one.
Jewels made a drunken mistake in her late teens, and when tragedy struck, she let guilt eat her alive. The vicious depression cycle she rode took her from days on end curled up in bed when she was "down" to crazy frat partying when she was "up". And then she met Adam. Sweet, handsome, supporting Adam with the infectuous laugh snuck right into Jewels' heart and set camp for life. But when she disentangles herself from her messy life to attach to him, he drops the bomb. Two bombs actually: he has a deep, dark secret, and he's not looking for love; only a friend to follow him to the trip he promised his dying friend. Can Jewels evict Adam from her heart? Can he resist the funny, cheeky, gorgeous girl who helps him tick items off his list? And when his life-altering secret comes out, will their love survive? Will they, for that matter? Both Jewels and Adam have way too much on their plate plus overbearing parents. Their getaway is a much needed escape from their lives. But it's not without disastrous consequences that made me wonder if this book has a HEA. The young couple's chemistry is off the charts, and their intimate scenes are hot but also so so sweet. In fact sex scenes were not needed to raise the heat level. The kissing moments are so expertly written and with such thoroughness and emotion they could easily suffice. Adam's List is as New Adult as they come. Vibrant, fresh, sexy, angsty, heartwarming, it's got all the ingredients in the right dosage. The drama that's gradually revealed also helps to raise awareness on an issue I won't disclose because it would be a major spoiler, and that's another plus point for Jennifer Ann. I enjoyed the writing. Partly effervescent, partly dark, it kept a rhythm that drew me in. This happened to be the second in a row book that I read where the couple tours New York (the previous book was Truly by Ruthie Knox which I reviewed here) and now I have such a huge appetite to visit a city that apparently is so full of life, it manages to istill its vibrancy into you. Thumbs up for Jennifer's Ann, Adam's List. I thoroughly enjoyed it.