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Life's Too Short

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Another successful rom-com from Abby Jimenez! You might remember Aiden Copeland’s cameo appearance in The Happy Ever After Playlist, when his cousin Josh tried to hook him up with Sloan. Well, now Aiden gets his own chance at love with YouTube sensation Vanessa Price. Vanessa Price lives life like there is no tomorrow… because in her eyes, there might not be. Her family has a hereditary illness that has already taken the life of her aunt, mother, and sister. How will a criminal attorney and control freak connect with a free-spirited social butterfly? Well you’ll have to read it to find out.

I like how the author uses inspiration from people around her or that she admires to write her novels. It puts a lot of emotion and realism to it… it’s not just a fun love story, but addresses deeper topics and characters that are struggling through them. She is a fantastic writer and tells wonderful stories!

Overall, not my favorite of the series thus far (that would be Happy Ever After Playlist), but a nice addition and a worthy read. I am curious to see whom Abby Jimenez helps find love in her next novel. You better bet, I will be waiting to read!

Thanks Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and Netgalley for giving the opportunity to access this ARC. I really enjoyed the book!

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First of all, I cannot thank enough Abby Jimenez and Forever Pub for this ARC. It really was an honor to have such a gem in my hands a long time before the release.

Abby has been one of my favorites since her first book. She’s a natural storyteller and her ability to break my heart and piece it back together in the same sentence is wonderful and makes me crave for more.

Vanessa and Adrian are two of the most lovable characters I’ve ever read! The way they build up their friendship out of compassion, heart of service and just the need to help each other made them clicked in every single way. These are two people who got each other, a relationship build in trust, honesty, and simply wanting to spend time with each other. Both of them were thoughtful in their own way and were doing their part in making the world a better place.

The moment I started reading Vanessa’s inner dialogue, I knew I was going to love her. She was so full of life, even when life seemed to be fading. She had thanksgiving as the ultimate form of positivity because it forced her to focus on what she had rather than what she lacked. Her passion for grasping every second as if it was the last and her unshakable joy for every breath she took, brought me to tears, and motivated me in ways I wasn’t expecting. I loved how she helped Adrian to see the little things in life he wasn’t noticing, she was so straightforward and direct but not in a judgmental way, she just wanted him to embrace life and live it to the fullest.

Adrian was the perfect book boyfriend ─and I wasn’t expecting anything less from Abby─, I was able to see his empathy and heart for others from the very first page. He wanted to have control because he wanted everyone to be OK, he wanted everyone to be happy and he wanted to love Vanessa and make sure she had everything she needed. I’m crying as I’m writing this because it’s something I understood as I read Adrian: True love is the most difficult thing to give because we need to love others the way they need to be loved rather than how we want to love them or how we assume they should be loved. Even if that means letting go out of our control.

Their banter and their sarcasm was off the charts. I think I could start reading any Abby’s book and know it’s her by that alone. The laugh out loud moments were in almost every page, followed by an emotional hit right to the heart. I was able to see once again Abby’s way to put two people with completely different lifestyles and work areas that you’d think could never coexist and make them find a way to work out because true love always finds a way!

I have to say, I love how Abby writes dog’s personalities and behaviors. People usually think “dogs are like this and cats are like that” when in reality, they’re all different from one another, even if they’re of the same breed. Abby makes that difference so clear in the pets she incorporates them into her stories.
Shout out to all the Minnesota places I was able to picture so clearly!

Abby’s novels are a remarkable work of art for Romance because they reassure us we all deserve to be loved the way we need. We all deserve someone who listens to us, who we can trust, we all deserve someone who we feel safe mentally, emotionally, and physically, someone who will wash barf out of our hair or show up at 4AM because we have an emergency. We all deserve someone who’s happy just because we exist and doesn’t want to waste a single second.

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This book😍
I never thought that anyone would beat Jason as a book boyfriend but Adrian comes pretty close!
This just instantly sucked me in! I love how Adrian and Vanessa meet. I laughed out loud through this book and I cried at parts of this book.
Vanessa is living with a lot. She has a possible disease always on the horizon of popping up and claiming her life, a half-sister who needs a lot of help in so many ways, a dad who seems to have lost his way in life after his wife had passed, and an aimless half brother. Vanessa is the rock that holds this family from breaking totally apart.
Adrian- a high powered criminal defense attorney who works way too much. But is so compassionate, dedicated to Vanessa one he's meets her even if it's just in a friendly way.
There's a lot of tension as they start to want to be more than friends and I was so there for every second of it. At the end I was just a mess of nerves and sadness and then hopefulness.

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All I have to say is, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Ugh, so so good! I laughed out loud, swooned hardcore, and can neither confirm nor deny ugly crying.

Abby Jimenez once again writes another beautiful story that I could not put down (though, sometimes I wanted to just to avoid finishing it so quickly). It’s cute, funny, and even vulnerable. I loved both Vanessa and Adrian, the epitome of opposites when it comes to how they live their lives. Vanessa is a carefree, famous YouTube vlogger, who lives every day like it’s her last. Adrian is less spontaneous, preferring a life revolving around work and the things he can control. That is, until they meet and form a friendship that pushes them out of their comfort zones...

Overall, highly recommend this book. It left me with all the feels — happy, heartbroken, hopeful, but most important, inspired.

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This was wonderful. I love how she used her platform for good and oh that romance!! This was very sweet with a ton of heart. It made me want to be a better person.

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If you’ve read Abby’s other books, you know you expect some sarcasm and humor along with a bumpy ride of romance. This book fits the bill and hits on a variety illnesses (ALS, addiction, hoarding) along the way. Abby has been opening up awareness to hard times in all of her books that others don’t, or can’t, in a loving and caring fictional way that is hitting home for a lot of us making these characters our friends, neighbors, and loved ones instantly.

While I wanted to love this book and rave about it as much as I did with The Friend Zone and Happy Ever After Playlist, I also felt in parts like I had already read bits and pieces of this book before in her first 2, like the characters were the same with different names - the sarcasm, the whirlwind romance, the constant push and pull (there wasn’t a “just say yes” moment, but kind of felt like there was). Some moments are repeated in all of her books and I realize it’s on purpose, but it is already feeling recycled instead of cute and awe to me.

On the other hand, there are some seriously great quotes and life lessons for all of us in the book. Despite the negatives I listened above, I think this is a good book worth reading, but did stop me from giving it the fifth star.

Personally, I hate going into books knowing quotes or too much about it, so I’m not using them or specific plot points in this review. :)

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This book gave me all of the feels. So much of this story is incredibly heavy, and honestly, I felt really stressed about Vanessa’s health and family for a ton of it. But the stress didn’t diminish my enjoyment of it. The romance between Adrian and Vanessa complete wrecked me. I loved how it evolved from their mutual need for someone else to lean on without it feeling like they were becoming co-dependent. Normally, I would have felt that this was almost too slow burn for me, but their incredible friendship made me not mind that we had to wait so long for the first kiss. And what a first kiss!

I really wish we had a bonus scene of Adrian when he boards his first flight, because I can just imagine him realizing that nothing is more terrifying to him than losing Vanessa. Gosh, I get misty just thinking about him choosing to adopt Grace. As a nurse who has worked with addict mothers in the NICU and their family member, I felt that the author did a really good job portraying the nuance of these complex situations. The messiness of the father was horrible, but much more common than many people know. And I loved that things with Annabel didn’t resolve neatly because it was realistic.

The beginning of the book was perfect too. I love how we jumped right into Vanessa’s life when she’s desperately trying to figure out how to be a mom without tons of exposition. We got introduced to the characters gradually and the rhythm if their relationship built naturally. The twist about Richard being Adrian’s actual father really surprised me. And I adored that Vanessa made things so simple for him with her particular form of perspective.

Overall, the hook of this book was great. I was really rooting for these two. By the end I was swooning over their sweet life together with Grace. I stayed up way too late at night reading this one and then woke up early to finish. Will be posting a review of this on my instagram and Goodreads closer to publication.

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I thought I was going to have to wait until April to read it, so when Life's Too Short by @authorabbyjimenez landed on my Kindle yesterday courtesy of @readforeverpub and @netgalley, I immediately dropped everything I was reading to start this one. Within the first couple of pages, I was cracking up. As a mother who has gone through the newborn stage twice, the first couple of chapters were all too real, from getting a baby at Target to admiring a dad bod and thinking your little baby might need an exorcism. I literally was laughing out loud, and knew I was in for a treat. Vanessa is a YouTuber who has a 50/50 chance of being diagnosed with ALS. She has built much of her brand on being happy and living in the moment. Behind the scenes, she has a lot going on, namely a dad who is a hoarder and a sister who is addicted to drugs. She also happens to have a sexy neighbor Adrian, who is probably one of the best male characters I've ever encountered. Adrian is a lawyer who is married to his job. I cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this book. Not only was it funny, but like Abby's previous books, it dealt with some pretty heavy topics, including drug addiction, hoarding, terminal illness, and more. Abby handles these difficult subjects in a way that is sensitive and humanizing. You can't help help but become emotionally invested in all of the characters' lives. By the end of the story, I was crying, and there were parts that were so heart-wrenching. Abby has the ability to make you laugh your ass off, break your heart, and then put it back together again. This book definitely lived up to my expectations, and now that I've devoured this one in less than 24 hours of it landing on my Kindle, now begins the long process of anxiously awaiting Abby's 4th book. All the stars for Abby's third book, Life's Too Short, which will be out in April 2021.

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This book is a whirlwind of emotions! You will Swoon! You will laugh and cry . Abby's writing is absolutely exceptional. You will fall so deeply in love with this story! I love Vanessa so much. She is incredibly funny, caring and her strength is unmatched. This book will easily be a favorite read of 2021!!

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Oh my goodness! I couldn’t put this down! I read it straight through in 4 hours. Light hearted and fun while also being gut wrenching and thought provoking. DefiniteLy recommend!!!

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I’ve been a huge fan of Abby’s ever since I read The Friend Zone at the beginning of this year. It quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I received an arc of The Happy Ever After Playlist and wasn’t let down. Abby, once again, wrote a beautiful story about loss and healing through grief. When I heard she was writing a third installment in this series, I was so excited. And once again, Abby didn’t fail to write an incredible story.

I was so intrigued with Adrian when he first appeared at the end of The Happy Ever After Playlist. And when I learned this was going to be his book, I flipped out.

This is such a beautiful story that I was so hooked on and binged so quickly. This has Abby’s trademark humor and banter. However, the friendship that developed between Adrian and Vanessa was so mind blowing. I cherished every minute of watching their relationship grow and turn into something more.

Abby beautifully tackles real and traumatic hardships and brings light to these tough situations. She’s able to eloquently balance humor without sacrificing the gut wrenching emotions that come with the heavy topics that are in her books. For the sake of not ruining someone’s experience going into this book, I won’t touch on too much or go into detail.

But we go through both character’s stories. You learn their childhood history, their family issues. It’s not a cookie-cutter romance. There are trials, tribulations, and heartbreak that follow both characters. You get to watch their relationships bloom despite what they’ve both been through. We get to be with them when they make mistakes, when they do the wrong thing and say the wrong thing. These characters are real and flawed and yet your heart can’t not go out to them. They’re beautiful people with incredible hearts and are just trying to figure out their lives as much as the next person. Which means they’re so relatable.

This story was beautiful to read and I can’t wait for others to be able to share the feeling that comes with reading this. That despite everything you may be suffering, you don’t have to bear the brunt of your burdens alone. People will be there to fight for you and with you.

*Thank you NetGalley and Forever Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book*

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Abby has done it again. I love her books.. Once I start one of her books I can’t put it down, I want to know what is going to happen but I don’t want it to end! This one was great!

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There's something amazing about Abby's writing style. Every time I pick up one of her books it plays out like a movie. Life's Too Short was no different and I literally could not stop reading this book once I picked it up.

Vanessa is a famous YouTuber. She has a huge following and lives by one motto - life's too short - so get out there and live your very best life. Vanessa hasn't had an easy life, she lost her mother at a young age and then her sister to ALS. Her younger sister leaves her newborn in Vanessa's care and vanishes - so on top of everything Vanessa is now a caregiver to a little baby girl too. But Vanessa tries not to let anything slow her down and she loves her little niece. She tries to always have a sunny disposition and a positive attitude.

Adrian views most things in black and white. He relies on facts - he is a lawyer after all. When these two meet each other for the first time - I had a huge grin on my face. Abby knows how to write the perfect "meet cutes" and this one was no different. Suddenly Adrian and Vanessa start spending all of their free time together. Both of them state that they're not looking for a romantic relationship - but being in such close proximity to one another that's bound to happen, right?

The thing I loved most about Life's Too Short was that Abby really incorporated mental health into her book in a way that we can all relate. We all process grief, sadness and anger in our own ways, but it's what we decide to do with those feelings that sometimes make or break us. Life's Too Short can sometimes be a bit heavier to read with topics such as ALS, mental health and addiction discussed, but in between those topics is an amazing love story.

I absolutely loved and enjoyed reading Life's Too Short. Overall I would give it 4.5 stars - so many amazing parts of the book highlighted and quotes that resonated with me so deeply!

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5 stars for Abby Jimenez! Having read Abby’s last 2 books, I knew this one would bring out all the emotions. I just didn’t realize just how much of them it would. Life’s Too Short was a beautiful story that opened my eyes to the struggles of ALS. The characters were fabulous, it made laugh and brought so many tears. I can’t wait to see what Abby comes up with next.

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It pains me to say, but I was disappointed in this third book from Abby Jimenez. To be fair, I adored her first two books so my expectations were high. I expect a lot of witty dialogue and laugh out loud banter throughout her books and that only came through a few times in Life's Too Short. The heaviness of the problems in Vanessa's life kept this one from zipping along and giving me the happy vibes I was expecting. I was bored by it. And it all felt like too much which then made the ending unsatisfactory as all the chaos needed to be calmed for the happy ending. In the end it was fine, and die hard romance readers may like it, but will not get a re-read by me and I won't be recommending it to friends. I look forward to her new work, though. She is still the author of two of my favorite romances.

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This book is GOLD! Adrian Copeland can hear a baby screaming in the middle of the night coming from his next door neighbor. At 4 am he's had enough and knocks on the door to see if he can help. Vanessa Price has had her baby niece dumped on her step because her sister is using again. She is struggling because the baby will not stop crying. Then she hears a knock at her door at 4 am with from a guy without a shirt claiming he is her neighbor and offering to help.

As the weeks move on Adrian and Vanessa start getting closer and become friends. Vanessa has put him in the friends zone because of an ALS gene in her family which means she might not live another year. They both start developing feelings for each other and both want to act.

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Life’s Too Short did not disappoint! As someone who Loved The Friend Zone and Happy Ever After Playlist, Life’s Too Short stacked up well against them. The story follows Vanessa who has a family history of developing ALS and dying before the age of 30 and Vanessa is 29. She’s a famous Youtube blogger who donates to ALS from every video she puts out. She’s made peace that she will most likely die from ALS therefore when her hot lawyer neighbor Aiden comes into her life, she might just let him in. I love how the author weaves a swoon worthy love story in with real life issues in all of her novels. If you loved the first two books in this series, you’ll love this one too! 5 stars!

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I received a copy of this title from NetGalley and I was, and remain, stoked! I love this author and I adore her books. There's no better world to escape to than the sarcastic, sweet, empathetic world that Abby Jimenez creates.

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