#Review “Perfectly Adequate” by Jewel E. Ann

“Another brilliantly written winner. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you will not regret it.” —Kate Stewart, USA Today bestselling authorPA - RB banner

Perfectly Adequate, an all-new must-read romantic comedy

from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

Tricia’s Musings…

4 expect the unexpected CROWNS
One of the many things I love about this author is that she doesn’t write conventional stories with stereotypical characters. I also love her ability to surprise me, and I’ve quickly come to realise that you should assume nothing when it comes to her wonderful storytelling.
I enjoy Ms. Ann’s quirky sense of humor very much and so anticipated the comedy, the offbeat and laugh out loud moments liberally sprinkled throughout this story. However, what I didn’t foresee was the truly spectacular character that is Dorothy Mayhem and I applaud this author for the way she has captured Dorothy’s spirit, her true self. Sometimes shocking in her actions and her honesty, being on the autism spectrum she sees and interprets the world in a different way to the majority of the people around her. She is the ultimate survival expert.
“The lesson for the night? Expect the unexpected—whiplash with a deadpan delivery”
There’s no malice to her, she says what she means and means what she says. Her actions are always meant with the best of intentions, even when they have the possibility, or risk, of a less than stellar outcome. She has so many thoughts in her mind but she’s very frugal when it comes to articulating those thoughts. It’s very simple for Dorothy. Why use half a dozen words when one will do. Okay?
“In her world, everyone is equal. And words are poor expressions of feelings. I could just stand in a room with her, not saying a single word, and feel deliriously happy”
I did, however, struggle to completely get on board with the romantic relationship between Dorothy and Elijah. I liked Elijah but I didn’t love him in the same way I’ve loved this author’s previous male characters. Dorothy’s extreme need for routine in her life made it difficult for me to understand how she would be able to maintain a romantic relationship without alienating her partner, no matter how understanding he was. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that she didn’t deserve whatever kind of relationship she wished to have. Maybe I’m just not giving Elijah enough credit. He’s clearly capable of feeling and expressing his deep love for those who own his heart. I guess if it works, it works and if they’re happy, that’s all that matters in the end. No judgment on that score from me.
I really liked the supporting characters, including Elijah’s ex-wife Julie. I think it would be easy to see her as the villain here, but for me this author did a fantastic job of presenting her as real and relatable and I actually had great sympathy for her. Dorothy’s parents are simply wonderful and I snort laughed at their subliminal communication when it came to initiating adult time!
Perfectly Adequate is a wonderful, funny, yet touching, thought provoking read, one which I devoured from beginning to end.


4 Okay Stars 

This is a beautifully poignant story of acceptance, which is a definite must read for all. Jewel has brought such strength and light to these wonderful characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. They shook me to my core and brought tears to my eyes. I adored this world that she has created. These characters and this story have fundamentally changed me in a positive way. 

My brain hurts more than my burnt ass. Warren and Dorothy, Dorothy and emus. Willa is Willow. Willow wants to hump my leg.

I loved all the quirky humor sprinkled throughout the book. I had a perpetual smile on my face due to Dorothy and the amazingness that is her. I loved everything about her character, she doesn’t make excuses she is just who she is and she’s okay with that. I could immediately see myself being friends with her, better yet I need to be friends with her. She brings a much-needed honesty to life but not in a malicious way just that she doesn’t know how not to be. She’s so smart and capable of anything she puts her mind too. And she’s so completely unselfish, she’s always putting other’s first even if it’s a detriment to what she wants. Her character is utterly refreshing and captivating. 

At that moment, Dorothy shines, and it thrills me because I can’t pinpoint what it is about her that brightens my day. 

Eli oh Eli sexy doctor Eli. This man is incredible he’s gone through a very rough time. And most definitely has some issues that he needs to deal with. But the moment he meet’s Dorothy it’s like she shines this bright light on him and makes him happy. He can’t figure out how she has this effect on him for a while it’s just her personality and the fact that she is perfectly adequate. (You’ll get it when you read this). Their relationship made me laugh but at the same time twisted my heart when there was miscommunication. It can’t be easy being in love with someone who doesn’t show their feelings the same way as others. But he openly accepts everything about her. That made me fall in head over heels for him, seriously I don’t think my heart will ever be the same. 

Dorothy Mayhem possesses her own brand of seduction, and I’m completely entangled in every part of it. 

This book brings to light a lot of issues and problems with the world today, I think too often people disregard those that they deem different. And because of this they are missing out on the magic that they bring to this world. I truly think it’s a book that everyone should take the time and read. 

Having said that the book kind of lost it towards the end. I didn’t like how the story played out with his Ex-wife. I understood to an extent, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It kinda pissed me off to be honest and I was left feeling like if one thing was different it wouldn’t have ended the same way and I didn’t like that feeling (completely a personal opinion). I thoroughly enjoyed the story until about the 90% mark and still think that you should read this for all the other amazing qualities that this story brings. 



Dr. Elijah Hawkins needs … something.

After his wife jumps headfirst into a midlife crisis, he’s left with his young son, Roman, and a lot of unanswered questions.

That something turns out to be a someone—Dorothy Mayhem, nursing student, patient transporter, reckless driver, and emu owner.

Dorothy studies humans, the neurotypical kind, through books and television. Then she emulates their behavioral patterns to fit in with her peers.

But nothing can prepare her for Dr. Elijah Hawkins.

Single dad.

Brilliant pediatric oncologist.

And the sexiest doctor at the hospital.

When his failed attempts at asking her out turn into a string of playdates with his son, Dorothy finds herself unexpectedly enamored with the boy and his father.

And that’s a problem, a huge one, because Elijah’s ex-wife is a famous plastic surgeon—and Dorothy’s idol.

Perfectly Adequate is a beautiful, hilarious, and heart-felt journey along the “human” spectrum.

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About Jewel

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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