The Naked Fisherman by Jewel E. Ann is now live!
USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Jewel E. Ann returns with an addictive new adult romance about a young woman who discovers years of Sunday sermons didn’t prepare her for the many lessons of the crude and sexy man who is now her boss.
It’s official. I’m eighteen and a young woman with endless possibilities on my way to reunite with my mom in Colorado after five years apart–she had a little weed incident in Nebraska. At the airport, she springs the news on me … she’s leaving for a month of job training. And me? I’m left on my own in the basement she’s renting from the fisherman, aka her landlord who lives upstairs. He’s ten years older than me. Never wears a shirt. And makes it hard to remember all the things I learned at Christian Academy. Did I mention he’s also my new boss?
I love Jewel’s stories as we never know where she will take us in her next book.
When I saw that she would be publishing a new book, I was very excited to as for an advanced reading copy. I read the Naked Fisherman in one day as “it reads itself” and has no dull moment.
We follow indeed 18 years old Reese, fresh out of high school and raised very piously as a Christian by her grand-parents for the last years as her mom went to jail and her dad died.
Reese being eighteen thinks she is adult at the beginning of the book but she will realize later on that she is a teen not an adult yet! That concept resonated deeply with me as a mom of “young adults”. They too claimed being adult when they turned eighteen while I replied they were of legal age but not adults! What’s even playing against Reese being adult is her very sheltered life. Church and Christian private school, no phone before her 18 years old, Bible study…don’t really prepare young people to the harsh realities of our world nor the diversity of the world we are living in.
I confess that I had a hard time connecting with the two main characters in the beginning.
I had a hard time being in Reese’s shoes because of her upbringing and belief that being gay was a sin, that sex outside of wedlock was a ticket to Hell etc.
I certainly don’t want to mock or offend anyone sharing these beliefs as I do respect them but I am just stating that it felt alien to me and made it difficult to identify with Reese like I usually do with the main characters.
As far as Fisher is concerned, the so tempting landlord of her mother and current boss for Reese, I didn’t really like him for a long time as I thought he played with Reese like a cat is playing with his food. Tempting and mocking, reveling in shocking her.
What usually makes the story interesting with taunts and jabs just…frustrated me.
He seemed too cocky, too arrogant and I didn’t feel any love or feelings other than being tempted by the forbidden fruit coming from him.
That didn’t work for me.
And then… something happened.
Emotions dwelled on the surface, eyelids were peeled leaving Reese’s eyes wide open.
I’d say some of Reese’s feelings rubbed on Fisher and some of Fisher’s tolerance rubbed off on Reese (puns may or may not be intended).
That’s when they hurt that I finally connected with them.
Fisher and Reese’s story is certainly a story about finding who you are, outside of what everything that’s been taught to you. It’s a story of taboo love, of finding the right person at the wrong time.
And I very much wonder where Jewel will take us in the next instalment!
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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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