Review: Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.

Jewel E. Ann is my go-to author when I need a read that's got that bit of quirk and a hint of angst alongside the humor and romance, and she satisfies that need yet again with her newest standalone, Perfectly Adequate. Dr. Elijah Hawkins once had the sort of life that others would dream of--married to his high school sweetheart, father to a wonderful son, Roman, and a renowned pediatric oncologist. Then his wife of a decade and a half decided to up and leave him and the family they had created together. A year and one ex-wife later, thirty-eight-year-old Eli knows he's still got a good life, thanks to his being a single father to his three-year-old and an accomplished doctor, but he also knows that he needs to shake things up. He's missing something and when he meets thirty-year-old Dorothy Mayhem, he's pretty sure she could be exactly that. She's definitely not like anyone else he's ever met. She's a nursing student and patient transporter, but there's so much more to her than that. The question is: Can he convince Dorothy to take a chance on him with all his baggage, their age difference, and his ex-wife being her idol?

You never get cookie-cutter romance when it comes to a Jewel E. Ann novel. When you pick up one of her books, it's almost always a guarantee that at least one of the main characters is going to have some sort of quirk about them, whether it be in terms of their personality, their job, or their life. Here we Dorothy, who certainly lived up to her last name because her arrival in Eli's life may have wreaked some necessary havoc and mayhem. I appreciated how the author tackled autism and Asperger's and how it impacts Dorothy's life. Dorothy was someone who learned how to manage her reality and not allow herself to be addled constantly. She coped in her own way, and I loved how Eli wasn't a crutch but a source of support and was a true partner who loved her just the way she was. There were all these little touches that made this every bit the quintessential quirky Jewel E. Ann read I expected it to be. It was sweet and saucy and everything in between, and Dorothy and Eli were definitely memorable as main characters with Roman being the extra bright spot in what was a fun-filled story. Four stars for Perfectly Adequate. ♥

Date Read: 02 October 2019

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