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From USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Jewel E. Ann comes a sexy, unforgettable, and powerful story about unexpected love, sacrifice, and daring to dream again.

Forty-something Gracelyn Glock is living the dream.

No husband.

No retirement plan.

And since her self-imposed man-ban — no need to shave above her knees.

After a tragic accident, Gracelyn inherits her 10-year-old nephew. She signs a lease on a San Diego beach house and learns their neighbors for the summer are a sexy anatomy professor and his young daughter.

Professor Nathaniel Hunt has spent the last decade being a single dad…and not having sex.

So when he discovers Gracelyn has a peculiar outdoor stripping ritual, a million inappropriate thoughts fill his responsible mind.

When kisses are stolen, man-bans are broken, and summer comes to an end, will hearts stay in one piece and hope stay alive? Or will saying goodbye destroy everything?

©2020 Jewel E. Ann (P)2020 Jewel E. Ann

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 12-01-2021

BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE & OVERFLOWING WITH FEELS

Back in 2019 I listened to an absolutely brilliant and unique Duet that had so many unforgettable emotions running through it - and finally we hear the fate of forty-six year old Professor Nathaniel Hunt years later. However, this book can totally be listened to as a stand-alone story. Dedicated single Dad Nate and his cute, outgoing, clever, older than her years, ten year old daughter rent a beach house for three months after travelling the world together. Forty-one year old Gracelyn has guardianship of her ten year old nephew after his parents death.. but he’s sullen and has his head focussed on his phone.. and not even the constant up-beat chatter by the sociable girl next door can distract him. Two very different ten year olds with two adults who have, for decades, held on to the memories of their lost loves which have stopped them from moving on. Nate and Gracelyn have both known heartbreak and loss.. now they’re content and neither one is looking for anything more. But Fate is a fickle little trickster.. because she puts these two contented souls in close proximity to each other to create a wonderful friendship. Then she makes sure their sizzling chemistry awakens long-dormant desires.. and she’s gives them three months to slow-burn. However, when their time is up, will their new relationship free them from the past.. or will old memories or obligations shackle them? Will their goodbye kiss be their last kiss and will tears and painful partings lead to heartbreak or happily ever afters? There’s laughter and good conversations, a live-in elderly Landlord who encourages fun in the sun and there’s happy family dynamics and days shared. There’s also tentative warm beginnings as temptation rises and heartfelt passion as sex is rekindled and truths are spoken. And it’s wonderfully brought to life by Tia Rider. WORTH A CREDIT? OMG yes, beautiful feels.. delicious feels.. heartwarming feels.. gut-wrenching selfless sacrificial feels.. very moving precious feels.. heartbreaking feels.. and joyous feels. It’s a well-paced well-written compelling riveting story of passion, dedication and love that ebbs and flows, breaks your heart and mends it again before the wonderful HEA ending.

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  • Karen Dee
  • 14-04-2021

What a wonderful conclusion

All the stars for this wonderful book! I loved how everything came full circle for Nathaniel. I mourned for him in Transcend and Epoch and wished he would find a hea in those books. But this experience was even better. Gracelyn was his true soul mate I feel like I have been on a long journey with Nathaniel and watch him grow as a man, father and now a lover He and Gracelyn lit up ears with their banter, humor and feisty repartee. I couldn't get enough of their dialogue and the children's antics. This was a heartwarming book with a touch of the supernatural to get you thinking. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Sara
  • 13-04-2021

Wished for dual narration but great story

I listened to two Jewel E. Ann books back-to-back. It isn’t good for the heart to be honest. Mine came out feeling raw. Ann goes straight for the heart and just bashes it around in there. So, I don’t recommend a binge with her name as the author unless you like this aching feeling. They do actually have some real laugh out loud moments too. Onto Gracelyn and Nathaniel, I didn’t read book 1 and 2 in this series. I know I’m missing some key things but I feel like I still got this story easily. I definitely want to go back to the first two books and listen to them now.

The narrator, Tia Rider, did a good job narrating the entire book herself. This book is also a dual POV story with male and female narratives. I do wish there was a male narrator but I can’t take points away when I went in knowing it was narrating only by a female. Like I said, she did do a great job. She tried giving each character their own voice. It didn’t always work the best in my opinion but it wasn’t bad or it didn’t turn me off from the story.

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  • Momma Becky
  • 06-04-2021

Great story

First things first, Fortuity is the third book in the Transcend series. It's also the first book in that series that I've read or listened to, but if I was missing anything from the earlier books, I didn't notice it. That said, I'm thinking I need to go back and check those other two out because Jewel E Ann weaves a wonderful story.
I absolutely love that Gracelyn and Nathaniel are closer to my own age, which made them much more relatable than the usual twenty-somethings I find in romance. I also like the pacing of the romance - this is a lengthy book by today's rush, rush, rush standards, but there are no lags in the story. Things move along at a good pace that kept me interested in the characters and their lives.
So, we have a solid combination of great characters and a story that feels real. Some things may not be the norm for the time, but they work for this book. It kind of feels like this is exactly where these people are supposed to be at this particular time in their lives. But, I digress. The point I was aiming for is that the stand-out element of this book is the writing and flow, at least for me. It's crazy emotional with the loss these characters have suffered and their grief is almost palpable. Then the author takes us from tears to laughing out loud no matter who might be around, and she does it seamlessly. Even the things I saw coming had an emotional effect of one kind or other - case in point: the haircut scene. I saw something of the sort coming a mile away, and Ann managed to have me laughing and feeling so bad for Gracelyn at the same time.
After suffering my own loss a few months ago, the healing these characters go through as well as the silly laugh-out-loud moments were just what I needed. And to further enhance an already solid story, Tia Rider breathes life into the characters. Now, I'd normally prefer dual narration for romance, especially when chapters alternate between the characters like this one, but Rider does a good job with Nathaniel. It's not quite as manly as I'd hope for, but it works well, and I didn't feel the loss enough to lessen my enjoyment of the story.
All in all, Fortuity is a lot of emotion, be it gut-wrenching or full-out laughing or somewhere in between, and it's a wonderfully written story that you don't want to miss.

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  • Adanna H
  • 02-04-2021

Beautiful Story That Will Make You Laugh & Cry

Self-proclaimed "Hot Mess Queen," Gracelyn has unexpectedly become responsible for raising her ten-year-old nephew after his parents pass away. She's sworn off men and dedicated to being focus on Gabe when she meets her new neighbors. Hot single dad Nate and ten-year-old Morgan have traveled the world having a lifetime’s worth of experiences. They've returned to the States to settle down and Morgan to attend public school. What happens when two single parents in their forties find love at the most unexpected and inconvenient time?

I didn't know much about this book before listening, and Jewel E. Ann is a new author for me. Side note, Fortuity can be enjoyed as a standalone, but the previous books in the series reveal Nate's backstory. Fortuity was an amazing listen! I found myself smiling and laughing as I listened to Gracelyn and Nate navigate a series of awkward situations and conversations as they fought their growing feelings. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments in this book. There are also emotional and sometimes heartwrenching moments too. Gracelyn and Nate are kindred spirits. They are both haunted by past loves. Both are unselfishly willing to put their own needs aside to do what's best for others. Needless to say, they have a lot to work through on their difficult journey to their happily ever after.

Gracelyn and Nate's beautiful story involves the making of a blended family. The kids, Gabe and particularly Morgan, often steal the show. Morgan is inquisitive and way too intelligent for her good. Get ready to laugh at the things that come out of both of their mouths! The quirky and endearing Mr. Hans rounds out this slightly unconventional family. He serves as the wise sage that helps Gracelyn and Nate along in their journey.

I enjoyed Tia Rider's narration. She brought the humor and emotion of Fortuity to life. As the sole narrator for a book with quite a few characters, Rider did a good job making each character sound unique. Since this book has a dual POV, I would have preferred to have male and female narrators. That said, it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment.

Fortuity is full of heart, heat, and I didn't want it to end. Highly recommend listening to this book!

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  • Momandbooks
  • 02-04-2021

Amazing Characters

What a love story. This is an emotions ride. I laughed, I cried and I swooned. You get so much story packed in one book. Not only is this book emotional it’s also fun and full of self discovery. This book has wonderful charters in Nate and Gracelyn. Then you throw in Morgan Nate’s daughter and Gabe Gracelyn’s nephew and landlord Mr Hans and you have a great story that has you wanting more with every chapter. This is definitely going in my must read recommend to others list.

🎧I listen to the audio of this book. With the amount of charters these narrators do is amazing. They take all charters and give them personality and it’s easy to follow which character is talking. 🎧

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  • Jocelyne
  • 02-04-2021

Beautiful Story!

This was my first Jewel E. Ann, and won't be my last. This is the third book in The Transcend Series. I believe it is a good thing to listen to this series in order, for a better understanding of the backstory, but you can listen to this story as a standalone. Gracelyn and Nathaniel's story is brilliantly written, sweet, emotional, heartwarming, fun, and romantic, with a good balance between happiness and sadness. Some scenes are hilarious! I loved to follow them in the journey to love. Morgan and Gabe are amazing kids. The supporting characters are great and interesting. Tia Rider did a good job with the narration. I enjoyed it. This is a beautiful story. #ValentinePR

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  • Nanda ❤️ Dream Books Club ❤️
  • 01-04-2021

Another amazing book by Jewel E Ann

I've finished Transcend Trilogy in three days... so I can say that I was pretty invested in those people happy endings!

After finished EPOCH, I was emotionally tired, but I also needed Nate to have his own happily ever after!
Just him been happy with his lonely fate wasn't enough, and this book gave it to me.

I really love the way Jewel tells a story.

I've laughed and cried with this book, and I'm in love with the journey that Nate and Grace lived until their right time to be together.

She had lost as much as him in life and love, and their understand of each others pain and grief were amazing!

I absolutely loved Morgan!
I've laughed so many times with all the banter between those characters, that I feel like they'll live with me for a while.

I wish Nate hasn't been lonely for so long... that he could've found love before, but I guess I would have missed the 10 years old smart pants that was Morgan.

Also the narration was really good, and Tia put all the emotions and tones on the right places, but I still would've preferred if there was a male narrator for Nate.

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  • BeazerB
  • 31-03-2021

Jewel E Ann does it again! Not surprised though!

I had the pleasure of reading this book and now I have listened to the Audible and once again- I am absolutely at a loss for words over how much I love this book. 

Jewel E. Ann is one of the authors who I have just found in the past year or so and I just can't say enough about her writing, her characters, and her brilliant storytelling.

This book runs the gamut of emotions from sobbing tears to outright laughing.  These characters will fill your heart with joy and then deflate it with sadness. But their journey was meant to be, their past a part of their future. This was one of my favorite reads of 2020 and the audible will be on my favorites for 2021. 

My only criticism for this audible was that I would have preferred a male narrator for Nathaniel but this book is so freaking amazing that it doesn't even deter me from rating it 5 stars.  It's just a preference I have when it's dual POV.

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  • Jenn Amy
  • 29-03-2021

Beautiful story!

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Fortuity is a beautiful story about finding a second chance at love after terrible loss. Jewel E. Ann is such a powerful story teller and this book had me feeling all the emotions.

Nathaniel Hunt is a single dad, to Morgan. After the loss of his wife, Nate has spent the last 8 years travelling with her. She has seen a lot of the world through her travels and is smart and witty, and such a ray of sunshine. She is wise beyond her years, and I adored her personality.

After the death of her sister,and brother in law, Gracelyn now has the responsibility of raising her 10 year old nephew, Gabe. At 41 years old this is a big life change for her, and she is finding her footing slowly but surely.

The best part of this story were the children. They stole the show for me!

While I adored Gracelyn and Nate there were elements of their love story that felt forced and at times was missing the passion and chemistry I look for in a romance novel.

Tia Becker is a new to me narrator. She did a beautiful job however I struggle when a female lead is cast to read the male POV in 1st person and I felt it took away from the story.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 18-03-2021

Nate & Gracelyn's story!

There is something to be said about going into a book blind. I had no idea what this story was about when I started it, but Jewel E. Ann was enough for me to want to hear it! And boy, is it ever good! The third book in the Transcend series, we have Nate and Gracelyn's story. Both single parents, both lonely, both with baggage. But a connection between these two is strong. Will they find the strength to overcome their obstacles? I was completely captivated by this story. From the first chapter, I was invested in both characters. I love Gracelyn, and her nickname of Elvis! Jewel always finds a way to infuse humor into her stories and this just made me smile every time I heard it. She is Gabe's aunt and legal guardian after the death of her brother and his wife. Not fully used to the idea yet, she has moved to San Diego to prevent any further disruption to Gabe's life. There she meets Nate and his daughter, Morgan. Nate is a great dad, a little overprotective, but truly loves his daughter. These two have been nomads for the past 8 years, with Nate giving the very adult, very exposed yet sheltered Morgan the chance to experience the world. And from there our broken couple learns to heal. These two are magic together. The push pull is there, the passion, the friendship, it's all evident. Their journey isn't easy, but so worth the trip. Add in the kids, with their humor and own issues and Jewel has a realistic view of life. It's a beautiful story and I just couldn't stop listening! (And I didn't listen to the first 2, so this definitely stands alone!)

Tia Rider is the narrator, is new to me and I have a new person to watch for. She is fabulous. Each character so easily distinguishable, she flows between male and female, parent and child with ease. The voices she created fit the people so well, it's exactly how I imagine them sounding and her inflections and nuances convey all the feels. It was a perfect match for her to narrate this book!

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  • Garden girl
  • 15-03-2021

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

This story is wonderful. I already knew Nate and was so very happy to meet up with him again in this beautifully tender, emotional, funny, perceptive story. Gracelyn, Gabe, Morgan and Nate form the heart of the book, drawn together by fortuity and the greatest of good fortune. This gorgeous, poignant story has so much depth and narrator, Tia Rider brings out every ounce of love, pain, humour, thoughtfulness and joy. Her narration is wonderful. 💖💖💖💖💖

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