Transcend (Transcend Duet, #1)by Jewel E. Ann Published 26 Mar 2018
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“In another life, she was my forever.”
An unexpected tragedy leaves Professor Nathaniel Hunt a widower alone with a newborn baby.
He hires a nanny. She’s young, but well-qualified, with a simple life, a crazy name obsession, and a boyfriend she met at the grocery store.
Over time, he discovers she knows things about him—things that happened before she was born—like a hidden scar on his head, his favorite pizza, and how he cheated on a high school Spanish test.
She speaks familiar words and shares haunting memories that take him back to over two decades earlier when he lost his best friend in a tragic accident.
“I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when you realize I’m not her.”
Transcend is a sexy, mind-bending journey that uncovers possibilities, challenges beliefs, and begets the age-old question: is there life after death?
"Transcend (Transcend Duet, #1)" Reviews
Great Scott!! & Oh! My! Word!!
What an exhilarating ride with an ‘I need to know yesterday’ cliffy.
Thank the stars book two of this duet has released because I won’t be able to have a moments peace until I know how all this ‘stuff’ turns out! Either way, my heart is going to hurt.
I do believe this incredible ride just got started and my stomach will be doing multiple somersaults!
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Transcend is book 1 in a duet. Book 1 is releasing on March 26th and book 2, Epoch releases April 9th.
I tried to be Switzerland for this story. I tried really hard not to choose sides, not to assume the worst, not to hate the actions of Swayze-pie, but to trust that the author wasn’t going to break my heart beyond repair. I’m not sure I succeeded. Because Griffin… lawd have mercy… I need this man in my life. I need this man in Swayze’s life.
Griffin was such a suprising young man. As Swayze said, he was more than just his 23 years. He was kind, he was caring, he was not only gorgeous but beautiful too, and he was so amazing. He was my absolute favorite character in this book. Everything else about this story threw me for a loop. While it was spiritual and profound, it caused me to fall into a state of confusion and conflict. While I felt tons of compassion for Nate, I didn’t completely like where the story was taking me.
Griffin made my heart fly open. He was such a sweetie. He was everything. And maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but aside from needing his POV, I need him to have a happy ending… with Crazy… I mean Swayze. I’m invested in this couple. For ones so young, they deserve the happiness they have found with each other and I’m hoping it continues. However, that cliffhanger was a doozy and I have no clue how things are going to play out. I just hope this author has some mercy on my soul and allows my heart some peace.
I fell absolutely in love with this story. It was so different from anything else I’ve read and quite literally blew my mind. I was at once so happy for these characters and also incredibly upset. I have no idea where this author is leading me and I find that I’m not a fan of feeling this out of control. I NEED Epoch right now!!
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Release: 03.26.2018 | Contemporary Romance | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 3 | Transcend Duet #1
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5 'Familiar Stranger' STARS
Jewel E. Ann has quickly become a one click, never even bother in reading the blurb, author for me. In this first part of her new duet, within pages she got me out of my book funk and had me engrossed in Nate, Swayze, and Griffin’s story. It’s a story with all sorts of possible outcomes to follow in the next book and one beautiful new born baby!
Our Heroine Swayze runs into Professor Nathaniel Hunt at her therapist office and she is flooded with memories of knowing him. However, she is fifteen years younger and this type of thing has happened to her before so she shakes it off. That is until she answers a nanny add for a newborn and Nate is the single father. Thrown into the mix is Griffin, Swayze’s intense, devoted, sexy, boyfriend and things get a whole lot more complicated as memories surface, bonds grow, and relationships move forward.
"She was my always. And I thought that would add up to forever.”
The writing is addicting, humorous, while the chemistry between Swayze and both men is intense. The story did have one wow moment in which I did guess, however, I’m sure there will be much more to this story and I'm extremely nervous about what's to come!
"A single touch can say things twenty-six letters can't even begin to say."
Genre: General Fiction/Romance
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Transcend Duet
POV: First Person - Dual
Nathaniel (Nate) Hunt was out of depth. Struck by a tragedy, he was left to pick up the pieces with his newborn baby. He hired a nanny as an extra hand but what he got was more than he bargained for.
Swayze Samuels was a young woman who was still figuring out her life. But when it came to handling a baby, she was more than capable. However, being around her new boss confused both of them because it invoked feelings and memories that didn't belong to her. Together, they must figure out the connections that seemed to tether their lives together.
I may be a different person to her, depending on her desire to deal with the past, but she’s so much more than a nanny. And now that I know that, I can’t pretend it’s anything but a fucking miracle.
I can't help but to love Nate. He carried a pain inside of him that made me want to coddle him. But I like how he could adapt to his situation without crippling his life.
Swayze provided plenty of comic relief to what could have been a somber story. She was a typical young woman with ambitions and insecurities. She was also selfless with a big heart.
“The people in our lives give color to our existence. When we love, we choose to let part of our heart—part of our soul—live inside of another person. Their happiness is our happiness. Their grief is our grief. And when they die … part of us dies too.”
The story was not exactly what I originally expected. I like how the author played with the relationship dynamics because it made the story much more interesting. I predicted correctly some parts of the story but it didn't take away my enjoyment.
"I remember my past and his past, but not us. And it feels ridiculous, even impossible, to know so much about him if there wasn’t an us.”
Transcend is a story of lost and enduring love. I'm looking forward to see how the story will conclude.
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Overall Opinion: This is a hard one to rate without ruining it. I appreciate the fact that I had kind of skimmed reviews and didn't get nitty-gritty type spoilers, because I think it was better to go in blind. I hope I don't ruin it for anyone, and please (as always) don't click my spoiler tags unless you really want it possibly "spoiled"!
That being said...I liked it. I always love this author's writing style and her unique storytelling capabilities. She never fails to suck me in and get consumed by her crazy mcs! I am, however, worried that this might have that feeling of being stretched out just for the purpose of having two books vs. one going on. I hate when authors do that, so I am hoping that this isn't the case...but I'm also thinking that it might've been better as one longer book. We'll have to see as I continue on...🤞🏻
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Swayze's story. I'm going to keep this brief, because I don't want to ruin it. Swayze has always been different, but she doesn't really understand how. When she sees Nate in her psychologist's waiting room she recalls certain things about him that she shouldn't know because they happened before she was even born. They are both shocked when she ends in being hired as his nanny for his one month old daughter after his wife died during childbirth. A lot of weird things happen for Swayze and Nate, and she is desperately trying not to have any of it effect her awesome relationship with her boyfriend, Griffin, that she easily sees a future with. Some big theories are thrown into the mix, some disturbing memories are remembered, some sexy times and drama happen...and they end their story for it to be concluded in the next book.
POV: This alternated between (mainly) Swayze and Nate's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.
H1 rating: 4 stars. Griffin. I loved him until he started behaving certain ways. I get the was hurt by the h, but I don't like the way he hurt the h seemingly on purpose.
H2 rating: 4 stars. Nate. I liked him. I feel bad for all of his loss, but I appreciate how he is doing the best he can with coping with all that has been thrown at him.
h rating: 3.5 stars. Swayze. I loved her character at first, but as things started to unravel for her I thought she did some things that kind of bothered me.
Sadness level: Moderate. I cried, but it never turned into an ugly cry.
Heat level: Good. The h and H1 have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.
Descriptive sex: Yes (between h and H1)
OW/OM drama: Kind of [spoilers removed]
Sex scene with OW or OM: No [spoilers removed]
Cheating: Yes IMO, but others might not think so [spoilers removed]
Possible Triggers: Yes [spoilers removed]
Closure: This ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. It is to be continued in the next book that has been released, Epoch.
Safety: This one should be either Safe with exception or Not Safe for most safety gang readers depending on personal preferences (see above Possible Trigger warning)