Review: Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann

Posted December 3, 2015 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Review: Only Trick by Jewel E. AnnOnly Trick by Jewel E. Ann
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Published by Self Published on April 13th 2015
Genres: Romance
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Source: Purchased

“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.


Book Review: 3 stars

“Only Trick” was the story of Darby and Trick. The senator’s daughter Darby meets the enigmatic man during her nightshift in the ER and soon learns that he is THE make-up artist in Boston. They are both drawn to each other from the beginning – if only there wasn’t Trick’s temporary amnesia or the fact that he is obviously gay…

The prospect of a love-story between a gay man and a woman, who fall for each other had my book-heart beat a lot faster immediately. The first few chapters with the brooding make-up artist Trick, who is on one hand drawn to Darby and on the other obviously gay (his “partner” owns the make-up studio he works at), were delicious. The undercurrent of angst the whole time was so good, because you never knew if Darby only imagined Trick to be attracted to her or if he really was. The writing was uncomplicated and I even had to laugh out loud a time or two. The characters were all likeable and the sex-scenes were ok, just enough to keep a smut-addict like me satisfied, but not so overly explicit that I would label “Only Trick” erotica.

So, the first 55% of the book were a solid 5 stars for me. Then, it went downhill very fast. All the issues between the two MC’s were solved at this point and I would have been satisfied with an epilogue and a happy ending. But no, the author made up unnecessary drama to cause more angst for the second part of the book. From there on out, it was either unnecessary drama or cheesy vows of undying love. Sigh. As for the epilogue: I had to shake my head. It was so unrealistic and so cheesy and so… yes, unnecessary. These are the reasons I can give the second half of the book only 2 stars.

All in all, I rate “Only Trick” with 3 stars and can recommend it. Maybe it was just not for me, because I don’t like too cheesy books…




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