Only Trick by Jewel E Ann REVIEW

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“Don’t Look Back in Anger”

In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …

I was homeless.

I’m a recovering drug addict.

My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.

I have a serious aversion to women.

My gay partner is a home wrecker.

I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.

I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.

I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.

Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.

My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”

I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.

She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.

My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.


This book was such an amazing surprise, I loved the characters and the story so much and I am happy to report I have discovered myself a great new author.

Darby Carmichael is a Physician’s Assistant working in the ER in a hospital in Chicago when Patrick ‘Trick’ Roth comes in for some stitches. He’s hot and tatted and brooding, so she’s all up in that, acting all clumsy and unlike her usual calm and professional self.

When a week rolls by and her hairdresser recommends the make up artist across the road to do her face for a charity gala she is shocked to discover who will be doing his magic on her and even though she’s informed that he is gay, she can’t help but feel flustered around him.

Not before long, Darby and Trick become BFF’s and breakfast soul mates, with a quirky relationship that is fast becoming something entirely different.

The first third of this book was very intense and I was worried that it was going to reach its peak too early. Whilst it did lose momentum a little bit, it still managed to progress into an equally intense love affair that had some wonderfully magic moments.

I loved that they would text each other when needing to tell the other something important, I loved that Trick would just give one simple command of ‘come’ when he wanted Darby to come close to him, there were so many little things and rituals that made my heart melt.

I also loved the mystery of Trick’s past and how we couldn’t begin to guess what secrets were hidden.

Yeah, the epilogue was a bit cheesy, but who doesn’t love a bit of cheese on toast with jelly every once in a while.

Told 95% in Darby’s POV, this is a standalone novel.

ARC gratefully received via Netgalley

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

Jewel E. Ann

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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