End of Day (Jack and Jill Series) by Jewel E. Ann
Wow! There's only one main thing I have to say about this series; go read it!
It’s never too soon to take your next breath.
Behind tinted windows a few yards from mourning family and friends, Jessica and Jude Day witness their parents’ funeral—and their own. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.
Six months and two new identities later, the thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defence skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.
Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next-door neighbour, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.
Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don't kill anyone, and pray that nobody resurrects their past.
I couldn't not give this series a rating of 5. I hadn't realised I had stumbled onto a cracker of a series. I couldn't put them down! There are 3 books in the series and I am reviewing them as a whole rather than individually.
Jillian/Jessica is a fiery character with a dark past. Her life is torn in pieces and not even her twin brother Jackson/Jude can put her back together.
I liked the first book. We follow Jillian and Jackson's new life in Omaha. Jillian has left the love of her life behind and she is completely broken but determined to carry on fighting. She doesn't want to be attracted to AJ (Sergeant Monaghan) but he is as broken as she is and they both find themselves completely and utterly drawn to one another. We get glimpses into her old life and how she fell for Luke. Both love stories run in parallel and head towards one very big love triangle. The only negative I can think of at all during this first book is that there was not enough about Jackson/Jude. Jewel pulled this back in the second and third book.
I cannot say much about the second or third book without giving away any major spoilers. The second was heartbreaking and the third pulls everything together from the first and second. Jillian/Jessica has been through so much in her life and to say she is a fighter would be a massive understatement. Jackson/Jude is so lovable even when he is being ruthless.
This is not your stereotypical love story; it is so much more. I loved how Ann took the story in a direction which wasn't expected. There wasn't twists that you couldn't see coming but even as the story was moving in a certain direction, I still couldn't quite believe that she did go there.
In short, I loved the series. It's been a while since I can say this. I have given them a rating of 5 because I am most certainly going to read them again.