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Life's Too Short (The Friend Zone, #3)TITLE: Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Date: April 6th 2021 by Forever
Format: audiobook & kindle edition (9 hrs and 6 mins; 384 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Christine Lakin & Zachary Webber
Blurb: Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.

But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.

The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .
WOW! This author knows how to write characters that touch my soul. This book has the tropes that I love, family, disability, trauma, single parent, romance and all of that leads to a happy ending.

Vanessa is my kind of heroine. She is a woman who cares about her family and works hard to keep them above water even though they have had enough tragedy to make anyone drown in their sorrows. Vanessa keeps going despite her own emotional and physical pain. She is definitely a fixer and a bridge but her family matters so much to her. Her neighbor Adrian Copeland is a defense attorney who is coming out of a relationship. He comes over because the crying baby was keeping him awake and there was an instant connection.

In this book I chuckled, I frowned, I laughed and I cried but most of all, I felt hope throughout the book. Book 1 almost crushed me, book 2 helped heal that pain and this book 3 pulled all those same emotions out of me. I felt so bad for the dad, I have seen an episode of Hoarders and that is an awful way to live. This family was in crisis but by the end of the book, everyone was on the road to recovery, even the hero Adrian. I learned a little bit about ALS but I was curious enough after this story to read more about it. That is what a great author does, teaching while entertaining.

I love stories where the characters grow and evolve into better people. My heart was so full after listening to this story. This one…the whole series is special. I will read this series over and over. It was that kind of storytelling that just grips your soul. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

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