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A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. 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 A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. 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. . .


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A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. 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 A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. 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. . .

30 review for Life's Too Short

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wooooooww! I’m truly deeply and madly in love with this book! Can a person smile from ear to ear and cry like mad woman who was at the edge of ugly nervous breakdown! This book is not only the best book of Friend Zone series or the most perfectly written Abby Jimenez book, this also deserves a place at my all time favorite romance books list : a book which should be read more than once, a book which makes you feel everything: making you laugh so hard, pushing you think more about incurable disea Wooooooww! I’m truly deeply and madly in love with this book! Can a person smile from ear to ear and cry like mad woman who was at the edge of ugly nervous breakdown! This book is not only the best book of Friend Zone series or the most perfectly written Abby Jimenez book, this also deserves a place at my all time favorite romance books list : a book which should be read more than once, a book which makes you feel everything: making you laugh so hard, pushing you think more about incurable diseases with its social awareness passages about ALS, making your tears drop faster than the speed of the light: you smile, you laugh, you cry, you ache, you care, you sigh, you shout and at the end smile spreads wider on your face. You feel like somebody gently touched your heart, taking away your pain, unnecessary worries, sadness. That’s the power of great books which gives you hope, motivation and proves there’s always another options in your life so be brave, take risk and try again to get your second chances! Vanessa Price is one of the most adorable heroines you want to give long hugs and wish to be your real life friend. Even though life dealt real shitty hand to her, she is strong enough to deal each curveballs life throws at her. She’s inherited health conditions of her mother side of the family. Every women at the family died before they’re getting thirty. Her mother and her sister were already gone. She’s a ticking bomb. She rejects to get testing and spending the rest of her days in the hospital. She has only one year to become 30 so she wants to spend her probable last days by traveling around the world , drinking more wines, experiencing new things. Actually she’s already doing them: She’s a celebrity with her popular YouTube Vlogs, millions of admirers and followers. She’s honest about herself from the beginning, talking about her illness, raising awareness, conducting fund raising campaigns. And she spends her money to take care of her damaged family: a hoarder father who has never been getting through the loss of his wife, two step siblings: 19 years old drug addict sister and a jobless young brother who rejects to take responsibility. She financially, mentally support them even though she’s the one who is at the risk to die from fatal illness. But now her step sister left her baby to her, rejecting to go to rehab. So she’s all alone in her studio apartment, taking care of an infant, losing her last marbles. That’s where she meets his Jesus’s Abs neighbor Adrian Copeland, ultra hot, corporate lawyer who bangs on her door at 4 a.m. and offers her help for putting baby on sleep. Adrian already has his own family issues, breaking up from his not so loyal girlfriend, living a boring, work oriented, dull life till Vanessa brighten everything with her vivid, joyful, enthusiastic character and change him to be a better person! I loved Adrian so much: he was dependable, honest, caring, a real good man you can count on! I want to give him millions of hugs as well. I loved their friendship. I loved their genuine, intimate love! I loved their bittersweet, ultra romantic, tear jerking story! Overall: I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! If I could give entire galaxy stars or name a planet with the title of the book, I would do it without thinking any further! Special thanks to NetGalley and Forever/ Grand Central Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kris Reads Romance

    Okay, so I just finished this one late last night instead of sleeping, because that’s what Abby’s books do to me. Her books have this way of melting together the heavy and the humor, and Life’s Too Short is no exception. It has all the classic Abby sass and sarcasm I crave in her stories, while also tackling real and serious issues that people face every single day. Heavy topics are dealt with in here (ALS, addiction, mental health), but the laughs are woven in exactly when you need them, and not Okay, so I just finished this one late last night instead of sleeping, because that’s what Abby’s books do to me. Her books have this way of melting together the heavy and the humor, and Life’s Too Short is no exception. It has all the classic Abby sass and sarcasm I crave in her stories, while also tackling real and serious issues that people face every single day. Heavy topics are dealt with in here (ALS, addiction, mental health), but the laughs are woven in exactly when you need them, and not in a way that makes light of any of the issues at hand. I mean, how many of us use humor to cope, am I right?? We briefly met Adrian in The Happy Ever After Playlist, and I was so excited to learn he was getting his own book, because while the poor guy never stood a chance with lovesick Sloan, I definitely wanted to see him get his HEA. You know that feeling you get when a man rolls up the sleeves of his collared button-up to just below his elbows, exposing toned forearms with well-hydrated veins? Adrian is the bearded embodiment of that feeling. He radiates this sexy alpha-in-charge vibe, while also being an incredibly caring, loyal, and loving human being. He’s a fixer, and we get to experience both the benefits and the drawbacks of him possessing that trait when it comes to those he loves. Vanessa is someone I hope I would be like if I were dealt the cards she was in life. She’s lived through a lot of loss and had many curve-balls thrown her way, and even though she has this dark cloud looming just above, she doesn’t let it engulf who she is. While she does choose to live her life a specific way because of it, she’s also living the way she does in spite of it, because as we all know to some degree or another, life IS too short, right? She, like Adrian, is the fixer in her family, the responsible one. As Adrian puts it, “We were the rocks in our families, always putting the needs of everyone else before our own, so I knew what it meant that she let me be there for her.” I am hesitant to go into too much detail as even the tiniest things can feel spoilery when a book hasn’t yet released, but I thoroughly loved seeing their journey unfold. We learn a good amount about each of their pasts/backstory, and how those events have formed them into who they are now. Neither of them are perfect, but who is? They screw up. They say the wrong things sometimes. They assume the wrong things sometimes. They even DO the wrong thing sometimes. It’s part of what makes them not perfect people, but two human beings who have been chipped, bent, and broken in several places that serve to help them fit perfectly together: “Vanessa made me different. Better. She made me see the world through a new lens-or a lens that I’d forgotten existed.” “Sometimes I feel like I’m spinning. Like I’m a tornado and I can’t ever stop moving and the only time I feel still is when I’m with you.” There are a lot of family dynamics at play for both our MCs, and I think the relationships and struggles within the pages are relatable on many levels. All in all, this is a story where you’ll see that while love is not the magic fix or cure for everything, it definitely makes carrying the heavy stuff less of a burden, because you have someone else to share the weight of it with. ♥️ PS The Big Gesture™️ in this is *chefs kiss*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This booooooooooook. Right off the bat, I was hooked. Jimenez's sense of humor, her way with language, and the nuance of her characters were clear from page one. The book just SPARKLES. I will be honest, I'm a person who generally avoids books with strong plotlines about terminal illness, and Vanessa, one of LTS's main characters, has spent most of her life reckoning with the 50% chance that she will develop hereditary ALS. I'm not sure anyone but Jimenez could have guided me through a book with This booooooooooook. Right off the bat, I was hooked. Jimenez's sense of humor, her way with language, and the nuance of her characters were clear from page one. The book just SPARKLES. I will be honest, I'm a person who generally avoids books with strong plotlines about terminal illness, and Vanessa, one of LTS's main characters, has spent most of her life reckoning with the 50% chance that she will develop hereditary ALS. I'm not sure anyone but Jimenez could have guided me through a book with that possibility as a major component--but there was so much humor, so much sweetness, and excitement, and FUN that I couldn't stop reading, and I'm so glad I didn't. It's a hard read at times, but it's also a powerful one, about living your life in the now, instead of the what if. As Vanessa points out, debilitating worry about the future can rob you of your present, by making you live out the worst possible outcome before it's even happened. It's such a timely read, as we're all hanging in the balance of Covid, wondering what comes after, trying to understand how to be happy now, and I'm so, so grateful I got to read it, because I really needed the catharsis and hope this story gave me. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with these characters--side characters included. I am very much hoping for a Becky book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abby Jimenez

    Trigger/CW warnings for Life's Too Short: ALS, mental health (OCD/hoarding), parental abandonment, addiction, grief and loss Now a New York Times Best Seller!!!! "Jimenez masterfully blends heavy issues and humor, lacing the tear-jerking heartache with sass and sarcasm. Series fans and newcomers alike will be moved by this emotional rom-com." —Starred review, Publishers Weekly Just popping in to remind you that Indie bookstores need your support right now more than ever. Please shop small and order Trigger/CW warnings for Life's Too Short: ALS, mental health (OCD/hoarding), parental abandonment, addiction, grief and loss Now a New York Times Best Seller!!!! "Jimenez masterfully blends heavy issues and humor, lacing the tear-jerking heartache with sass and sarcasm. Series fans and newcomers alike will be moved by this emotional rom-com." —Starred review, Publishers Weekly Just popping in to remind you that Indie bookstores need your support right now more than ever. Please shop small and order Life's Too Short from your local Indie bookseller. Thank you for reading!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Well, Abby Jimenez, has done it again. I have fallen in love with this couple in the most charming way. Life's Too Short is full of humor, sweet moments, and awareness. We only have one life to live and you have to make a decision on how you want to live it. For Vanessa Price, the answer is simple. She wants to live in the now and in the fullest way possible. She wants to travel and do things that make her happy. She has lost loved ones and with her sister's death, she knew she had to make a chang Well, Abby Jimenez, has done it again. I have fallen in love with this couple in the most charming way. Life's Too Short is full of humor, sweet moments, and awareness. We only have one life to live and you have to make a decision on how you want to live it. For Vanessa Price, the answer is simple. She wants to live in the now and in the fullest way possible. She wants to travel and do things that make her happy. She has lost loved ones and with her sister's death, she knew she had to make a change. Vanessa quits her job, cashes in her savings, began a Youtube channel, and went on living. Now, she has loyal followers in the millions who support her (for the most part). Then, her traveling ceases completely when her half-sister falls into drugs again and Vanessa must take care of her niece until she is clean again. Adrian Copeland is a lawyer. He owns the building where Vanessa lives and he's her neighbor. When a child's constant crying interferes with his night, he will knock on Vanessa's door for the first time. Vanessa looks overwhelmed with a crying child in her arms, and Adrian will offer to help her while she cleans up. After this exchange, a friendship will blossom until they realize they want more from each other. Can they take the next step? I love how Abby Jimenez introduced these two characters. Everything that they did together that included the baby and the dog was wonderful. I laughed so much reading it but I also shed a few tears. Life is Too Short is wonderful in all the ways that matter and Abby Jimenez has become one of my must-read authors. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars We're now three for three! Abby Jimenez writes the kind of romance I love and she's given me three books I've absolutely adored. Though I'm not sure she'll ever be able to top 'The Friend Zone' for me, I still loved this one a lot! If Vanessa had a motto, it would be to live life to the fullest. Take the trip. Go for the experience. She's spent years being a travel blogger/youtuber doing just that. Living each day to the fullest and experiencing new things. Now, she's back in her hom 4 stars We're now three for three! Abby Jimenez writes the kind of romance I love and she's given me three books I've absolutely adored. Though I'm not sure she'll ever be able to top 'The Friend Zone' for me, I still loved this one a lot! If Vanessa had a motto, it would be to live life to the fullest. Take the trip. Go for the experience. She's spent years being a travel blogger/youtuber doing just that. Living each day to the fullest and experiencing new things. Now, she's back in her home state and traveling has halted. Her half-sister has an addiction problem and just left her newborn daughter (Vanessa's niece) with her and took off. It's hard to travel or do much of anything with an infant so she's home for the time being. Adrian Copeland is an attorney and Vanessa's next door neighbor. He works too much and doesn't spend his days living life to the fullest... he spends them in his office. When Adrian meets Vanessa and becomes friends with her, his life changes. “You suffer from One Day Syndrome.” He wrinkled his brows. “What?” “One Day Syndrome. You live your life like there’ll always be one day to do all the things you put off. One day you’ll take the trip. One day you’ll have the family. One day you’ll try the thing. You’re all work and not enough play. Money can’t make you happy unless you know what you want, Adrian. So what do you want?” Adrian realizes there are things much more important than his job. And though Vanessa is just his friend, sparks start to fly. He can't imagine a day without Vanessa or her niece. They become a found family of sorts. The found family troupe is one I adore, but I also loved the complex stories of Adian and Vanessa's real families. I loved both of the main characters in this story so much. Vanessa was incredible and inspiring and Adrian was so easy to fall for. There were times towards the end I wanted to yell at him, but I could sympathize what he was going through and the shock of it all. The very end left the biggest smile on my face. Vanessa and Adrian's story was so wonderful. Abby Jimenez has this way of writing that completely draws you in. This is an unputdownable story that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you swoon, and keep a huge smile on your face. I love books that make me look inside and think of my life and of course books that make me feel. This had the feels in spades, but also was lighthearted at the same time. A great balance. This was another stellar romance from Jimenez and I highly recommend checking it out! “You are the flood, Vanessa. Seeping and then pouring, washing away everything that I used to think mattered and then filling me up to the top until I’m drowned in nothing but you.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review Posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Let me be frank: I have a Love/Hate relationship with this book. What I loved: The characters and their relationship. What I hated: The major plotline (and I have my reasons). Ok, so let’s get down to it: I LOVED the characters of Vanessa and Adrian (even though Adrian is my dad’s name and it’s almost impossible for me to find someone with that name attractive (sorry, not sorry!). Truth be told, yes, in this novel, the character of A Review Posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Let me be frank: I have a Love/Hate relationship with this book. What I loved: The characters and their relationship. What I hated: The major plotline (and I have my reasons). Ok, so let’s get down to it: I LOVED the characters of Vanessa and Adrian (even though Adrian is my dad’s name and it’s almost impossible for me to find someone with that name attractive (sorry, not sorry!). Truth be told, yes, in this novel, the character of Adrian was delectably swoon-worthy (it almost pains me to say!). Kind, caring, witty, and funny, I was a goner as soon as he spoke. It was clear Vanessa felt the same way! The witty banter these two exchanged had me in stitches! The way Vanessa and Adrian’s relationship grew from a friendship into love, felt wholly realistic. Seeing them care for baby Grace, Vanessa’s niece together, also melted my heart. I laughed, I cried and yes, I was cheering for them the whole way through. So, on that note, let’s talk about what I HATED: The entire plot involving ALS. Vanessa’s sister and several of her family members have passed away from the disease and Vanessa feels that she may now be exhibiting initial symptoms. I felt this entire storyline to be very poorly researched, poorly written, and poorly executed. Unfortunately, I have had two family members pass away from ALS. As such, I know how the symptoms present themselves and I was very disappointed in the way this storyline was carried out. While I am not an expert on ALS, I know a lot and was discouraged by how this was handled (and knew what was wrong with Vanessa immediately) and discussed this at length with my book buddy Kaceey, who is a nurse, and who happened to agree with me. On the whole, I loved the friendship, romance, and witty banter in this story and simply adored the characters. I would recommend this book to fans of rom-com, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and Abby Jimenez. As long as unrealistic medical plots don’t bother you, I think you’ll love this. What I also enjoyed was the fact that we got a tiny glimpse of Kristen, Josh, Sloane, and Jason from “The Friend Zone” and “The Happily Ever After Playlist.” 3.25 stars A buddy read with Kaceey that gave us much to talk about. Thank you to NetGalley for granting my wish, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), and Abby Jimenez for the arc, and to my local library for loaning me a copy of the audiobook. Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Brandt

    First and foremost, thank you Abby for the advanced copy of this book to read and review. One thing that Abby Jimenez has proven over the course of three novels is her ability to write heartbreaking, heartwarming, believable and hilarious romances. She is also incredible at grounding her stories in real, life-altering issues that people face on a daily basis. Whether it's infertility like in "The Friend Zone" or grief after losing a loved one in "The Happy Ever After Playlist," Jimenez takes the First and foremost, thank you Abby for the advanced copy of this book to read and review. One thing that Abby Jimenez has proven over the course of three novels is her ability to write heartbreaking, heartwarming, believable and hilarious romances. She is also incredible at grounding her stories in real, life-altering issues that people face on a daily basis. Whether it's infertility like in "The Friend Zone" or grief after losing a loved one in "The Happy Ever After Playlist," Jimenez takes these very real and very heartwrenching issues and creates believable and lovable characters to navigate them. "Life's Too Short" follows Adrian--whom we briefly met in HEAP--and Vanessa. Vanessa, a famous YouTube blogger, is battling what may be ALS, a hereditary and deadly disease that’s already taken her sister. Through their meet-cute and subsequent friendship that slowly and then ferociously erupts into romance, we see these characters navigate love, life and loss in sometimes hilarious and other times heartbreaking ways. Abby writes love really, really well and Life’s Too Short just proves how masterful she is in the genre.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Life's Too Short , Abby Jimenez's upcomiing third novel, is fun, sexy, moving, romantic, thought-provoking—boy, did I love it!! Vanessa is a wildly famous travel YouTuber who has to put her career on hold when her sister decides to leave her infant daughter in her care. For an adventure lover and adrenaline junkie like Vanessa, however, instant motherhood is a challenge like none other. When she finally meets Adrian, her brooding, ridiculously sexy next-door neighbor, it’s 4:00 am, the baby has Life's Too Short , Abby Jimenez's upcomiing third novel, is fun, sexy, moving, romantic, thought-provoking—boy, did I love it!! Vanessa is a wildly famous travel YouTuber who has to put her career on hold when her sister decides to leave her infant daughter in her care. For an adventure lover and adrenaline junkie like Vanessa, however, instant motherhood is a challenge like none other. When she finally meets Adrian, her brooding, ridiculously sexy next-door neighbor, it’s 4:00 am, the baby has been crying nonstop for hours, she hasn’t slept in forever, and she has baby vomit in her hair. Yet he gives her the opportunity to shower while he magically gets the baby to stop crying. It’s not long before spending time with Adrian becomes a regular part of her day that she loves—and not just because he’s ridiculously good with the baby. But with a 50 percent chance of having a disease that killed her mother and sister before they turned 30, and with the possibility that symptoms are already developing, the last thing she wants is a relationship that can’t last. For Adrian, work has always been his refuge, the one thing he can control when his life circumstances go awry. Yet all he can think about is Vanessa and being with her and the baby. But as he lets down his guard with her, she keeps reminding him she’s not interested in a relationship. Why does she keep pushing him away? Y’all, Life's Too Short was just so good. Jimenez is such a great writer and I love the way she balances romance and fun with real emotion and issues that make you wonder how you’d react in a similar situation. Her books ( The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist ) are all so great—they make me laugh, smile, cry, maybe even blush a little. And here’s what I know. If she bases her male characters on people she knows, I’m totally going to hang out with her because, damn, these men. (Whatever.) Abby Jimenez and Forever provided me with a complimentary advance copy of Life's Too Short in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available! The book publishes 4/6/2021. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    I’m a big believer of living life to the fullest. Enjoying life. Doing the things that bring me happiness. Being passionate about life, friends and family. And not living in the past. Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez had everything I love about a romance. It was adorable, fun and enjoyable. Especially the first three quarters of the book were wonderfully romantic, passionate, and heartwarming. The last quarter struck deep and was much more emotional than I was prepared for. All the things I loved: I’m a big believer of living life to the fullest. Enjoying life. Doing the things that bring me happiness. Being passionate about life, friends and family. And not living in the past. Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez had everything I love about a romance. It was adorable, fun and enjoyable. Especially the first three quarters of the book were wonderfully romantic, passionate, and heartwarming. The last quarter struck deep and was much more emotional than I was prepared for. All the things I loved: ☞ Vanessa was without a doubt an amazing character, strong, brave, and full of life and joy. ☞ Adrian was a dreamboat of a hero. Supportive, attentive, and utterly in love with Vanessa – his feelings were palpable. ☞ Single parent trope – it’s one of my favorite tropes and seeing Adrian handle an itty bitty baby made my heart all gooey. He was perfection!!! ☞ Chemistry – they had bucketloads of chemistry, and it was fun seeing them go from friends to more. ☞ Friendship – Vanessa and Adrian had an amazing friendship, and I loved how well they were matched and how easy they made it look. They were a true match – soulmates if you like. So, if you are a fan of friends to lovers romances, this is your book. The novel is well written, has wonderful characters, a great story, and an amazing couple to root for. POSSIBLE SPOILER The topic of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is at the center of this book, and although it was very well handled, it’s not without emotional and heartbreaking moments. Also, the topic of hoarding and drug abuse is being mentioned in this novel. ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Cooper

    Wow! I mean seriously wow! I am consistently astounded at Abby’s ability to tackle hard subject with grace and humor. Every time she sucks you in and makes you feel like you are a part of the story. Like you are living in their world. Life is crazy hard and we all deal with so much. No two stories are the same but finding similarities in the struggle and identifying with someone inside of a romance novel while giggling at the same time is simply amazing. She has done it again with Life’s too Shor Wow! I mean seriously wow! I am consistently astounded at Abby’s ability to tackle hard subject with grace and humor. Every time she sucks you in and makes you feel like you are a part of the story. Like you are living in their world. Life is crazy hard and we all deal with so much. No two stories are the same but finding similarities in the struggle and identifying with someone inside of a romance novel while giggling at the same time is simply amazing. She has done it again with Life’s too Short! Gritty content, witty banter, emotions- omg all the feels people! Like her other two books “The Friend Zone” 😍 and “The Happy Ever After Playlist” 🥰 when you pick this up you will not put it down. I can’t wait for you to read it!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Abby Jimenez should just write all the romance novels from now on, please. I love Adrian. No at much as I loved the perfect man that is Jason from her previous book The Happy Ever After Playlist, but so very close. I will officially read any book Abby Jimenez writes and I only hope to find a man a wonderful as the ones she writes about. That's all there is to say. Abby Jimenez should just write all the romance novels from now on, please. I love Adrian. No at much as I loved the perfect man that is Jason from her previous book The Happy Ever After Playlist, but so very close. I will officially read any book Abby Jimenez writes and I only hope to find a man a wonderful as the ones she writes about. That's all there is to say.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    From a Goodreads interview with the author: (https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/...) AJ: I just turned in the first draft of my third book. It’s called Life’s Too Short and it’s about prestigious St. Paul attorney Adrian Copeland and the woman from next door, Vanessa Price. Vanessa is a famous inspirational YouTuber with a family history of ALS and the early onset symptoms of the fatal disease. It’s hilarious, and beautiful, and sad and I think it’s my best work yet. And yes, we get cameos f From a Goodreads interview with the author: (https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/...) AJ: I just turned in the first draft of my third book. It’s called Life’s Too Short and it’s about prestigious St. Paul attorney Adrian Copeland and the woman from next door, Vanessa Price. Vanessa is a famous inspirational YouTuber with a family history of ALS and the early onset symptoms of the fatal disease. It’s hilarious, and beautiful, and sad and I think it’s my best work yet. And yes, we get cameos from Sloan, Jason, Kristen, and Josh! Tackling ALS in this new book... I truly hope that this will be handled both sensitively and appropriately, and that the author has learned something from the infertility storyline debacle of her debut The Friend Zone and will deliver a book that marries the happiness of light fiction with authenticity of life with a terminal disease. Please don’t be sad inspo porn for the able bodied.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    I’m sorry. I know that I ignored a lot of your emails and texts, yesterday...but I FINALLY got my hands on a copy of the latest FRIEND ZONE book by the AMAZING Abby Jimenez and I just couldn’t be disturbed!! I don’t like many romance books, but I LOVE hers! ❤️ Her romance trope is Friends to Lovers, but in each book, the attraction is always there from the start but our courageous leading ladies won’t let their incredibly hot suitors get close, because they are struggling with SOMETHING and do not I’m sorry. I know that I ignored a lot of your emails and texts, yesterday...but I FINALLY got my hands on a copy of the latest FRIEND ZONE book by the AMAZING Abby Jimenez and I just couldn’t be disturbed!! I don’t like many romance books, but I LOVE hers! ❤️ Her romance trope is Friends to Lovers, but in each book, the attraction is always there from the start but our courageous leading ladies won’t let their incredibly hot suitors get close, because they are struggling with SOMETHING and do not feel like they have enough to offer in return. Of course, they are wrong! In book one it was infertility. Book two tackled moving on from incredible loss. And, in this book, Vanessa Price, a famous YOUTUBER raising money for ALS, is afraid she may not have a long life because she lost both her Mother and her Sister to the hereditary disease, giving her a more than 50% chance of dying from it as well. I like that these UPLIFTING romances have DEPTH, in addition to playful, witty banter and sexy bedroom scenes that don’t resort to using the three unsexy “C” words! Oh, and the books have dogs! 🐶 Don’t get me started on Harry Puppins, the geriatric toothless chihuahua that our leading man, Adrian Copeland gets talked into FOSTERING! Yeah, he is hot, he COOKS, is a partner in his law firm and he’s good with both babies and dogs in diapers! I mean, C’mon? DO READ the author’s notes at the end of the book, as EACH book has been inspired by an actual heroine! This one has a couple of recipes in the back too! I am already anxiously awaiting her next book, titled “Part of Your World”. No release date has been set, yet, for that one...but THIS book is available NOW! ❤️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My GOSH, this chick just CAN’T write a bad book! I have loved every single minute of every single one of the books in this series! In Life’s Too Short, we meet Vanessa - A famous traveling YouTuber who has no idea whether or not she shares the same fatal genetic condition ALS as mother and sister. She lives life to the fullest, day by day. When her drug addicted half sister abandons her infant daughter on Vanessa’s doorstep, it throws her life into a tailspin. Enter Adrian, he 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My GOSH, this chick just CAN’T write a bad book! I have loved every single minute of every single one of the books in this series! In Life’s Too Short, we meet Vanessa - A famous traveling YouTuber who has no idea whether or not she shares the same fatal genetic condition ALS as mother and sister. She lives life to the fullest, day by day. When her drug addicted half sister abandons her infant daughter on Vanessa’s doorstep, it throws her life into a tailspin. Enter Adrian, her gorgeous lawyer neighbor who offers his help with the baby. She barely knows him, but as they get to know each other better, sparks fly. As with the other couples in the previous books, you can’t help but love and root for them! Although this one is a bit darker than the previous books, there are still lots of laughs and heartbreaking moments that make this one another home run of a story. I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series. I can’t imagine not having these characters in my life. Keep up the great work Abby Jimenez! Thank you to NetGalley, Forever Books (Grand Central Publishing) and Abby Jimenez for my advanced copy to read and review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    So we're three books into this series (though this one I think is more like a companion where books one and two were definitely more connected) and I think we all know the drill by now : pack the damn tissues. Though, out of all three books, this was probably the one I cried the least over. And yes we're all ignoring the fact that a strong wind can make me cry, so, why even bother mentioning the cry factor. Like it means anything. Moving on. "Don't get a cat. It'll walk around pushing your drinks So we're three books into this series (though this one I think is more like a companion where books one and two were definitely more connected) and I think we all know the drill by now : pack the damn tissues. Though, out of all three books, this was probably the one I cried the least over. And yes we're all ignoring the fact that a strong wind can make me cry, so, why even bother mentioning the cry factor. Like it means anything. Moving on. "Don't get a cat. It'll walk around pushing your drinks off the coffee table. You're not emotionally strong enough for that." I think LIFE'S TOO SHORT did right all the things (all? there were only a few, really) that I didn't love from THE FRIEND ZONE. Not that there's any crossover here (though there might be cameos!). The topics are very different, with very different realities for both characters, but both deal with issues surrounding health -- the latter reproductive and this one focusing on the possibility of a terminal illness. Having neither of these conditions I, of course, can't speak on any of it, not in my review for book one and not this one now, but it surely seemed like the author did her research. "I've never seen [The Office]." "You've never -- are you serious? Where have you been? How do you understand memes?" That said, I don't think I was fully living this book, only visiting. I enjoyed what was going on, I was moved, entertained, but even though I think this was the better paced of all three stories, I don't think it will have the same kind of lasting impression books one and two have had. But I still really really enjoyed it, even going as far as rounding up to bring all three books on par star-rating-wise. "I can't do what you do. I can't pretend none of this is happening. I can't pretend to be happy." "I don't pretend to be happy. I just refuse to be sad." This has all the beats, all the emotes, again the pacing (!), but it just didn't crawl inside me. As much as I liked these characters, I never loved them. I just got swept up in their adventures. But that's a ridiculous and silly complaint, really, and probably means nothing to anyone but me. And I still think you're going to enjoy this. "Um, where's the dog? You do remember you have one, right?" "With all the shitting it does? How could I forget." "You just left him at home? He can't be in the apartment all day by himself, he'll be lonely." "He's got the demon he's possessed with to keep him company." Neighbours, friends-become-more, a baby, a very elderly dog, and a sorta-grumpy meets sunshine trope? This'll hit so many notes for so many readers (worth noting is that I think this toed the line more towards women's fiction than pure romace only because the heat level was way lower than I remember the other books being). But it's also chockful of many other topics I haven't even mentioned and don't want to for fear of spoilers (if you think you need content warnings please do seek them out). And I so hope it hits all the right notes for those who are impacted by the subject matter. If you can, if there are any out there, please try and hunt down some feedback on the ALS content. I'm too early to see anything yet but I'll be keeping my eyes out for it. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Therese L.

    Wow, Abby Jimenez does it again! Life’s Too Short has an extended family storyline from The Friend Zone and Happy Ever After Playlist. I loved briefly “seeing” the characters from TFZ and HEAPL in Life’s Too Short. Her ability to close the chapters from TFZ and HEAPL allows the reader to readily jump into this book with no reservations! Life’s Too Short will take you on a wonderful journey through so many emotions. The meet cute is hilarious. In true Jimenez style, you feel like you KNOW these pe Wow, Abby Jimenez does it again! Life’s Too Short has an extended family storyline from The Friend Zone and Happy Ever After Playlist. I loved briefly “seeing” the characters from TFZ and HEAPL in Life’s Too Short. Her ability to close the chapters from TFZ and HEAPL allows the reader to readily jump into this book with no reservations! Life’s Too Short will take you on a wonderful journey through so many emotions. The meet cute is hilarious. In true Jimenez style, you feel like you KNOW these people, you have seen this town, you have driven the streets, and lived in the homes. You will change your feelings about these characters so many times...just like in your own life! Jimenez writes with heartfelt detail with accuracy and purpose. You can tell she has researched thoroughly! The subject of ALS is serious, and she handles the subject with grace and respect. Having family members and friends who have had terminal illnesses, she is able to address the topic that felt honest and true. Not everyone’s journey through life is the same, and there is humor in life, even when dealing with a terminal illness. This book will leave you feeling completely satisfied and yet wanting more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    Abby has done it again!! I went through all the emotions with this one. Even this being a "romcom"...this covered the serious and deadly disease ALS! Vanessa's family has a history of ALS. Vanessa wants to live her life to the fullest, because she doesn't know if she caries the same gene that gave her mother the disease. She's also a YouTuber that travels the world and films it all. Suddenly, Vanessa is left custody of her half sisters newborn baby, and everything is turned upside down. What she Abby has done it again!! I went through all the emotions with this one. Even this being a "romcom"...this covered the serious and deadly disease ALS! Vanessa's family has a history of ALS. Vanessa wants to live her life to the fullest, because she doesn't know if she caries the same gene that gave her mother the disease. She's also a YouTuber that travels the world and films it all. Suddenly, Vanessa is left custody of her half sisters newborn baby, and everything is turned upside down. What she doesn't expect is to have her hot neighbor, Adrian Copeland, come to the rescue to help her out. And also doesn't expect to develop the feelings that she does for him. This book was so entertaining, funny and emotional!! I recommend starting with book 1 "The Friend Zone" because some of the characters roll over into her other booksl, but can definitely be read as a standalone also. You will get some steam in this one too! 🔥 Romance readers definitely won't be disappointed with this one!! So good!! Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the early digital copy!

  20. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    I am continually impressed by Abby Jimenez’s ability to create the perfect balance of emotions in her novels. There are moments in Life’s Too Short that are painful and will have you clutching your heart and then the next minute, you’ll be laughing hysterically until your sides hurt. Readers are introduced to such wonderfully relatable characters that you can’t help but root for them to find their way to happily ever after. This is book 3 in The Friend Zone series, but it can definitely be read I am continually impressed by Abby Jimenez’s ability to create the perfect balance of emotions in her novels. There are moments in Life’s Too Short that are painful and will have you clutching your heart and then the next minute, you’ll be laughing hysterically until your sides hurt. Readers are introduced to such wonderfully relatable characters that you can’t help but root for them to find their way to happily ever after. This is book 3 in The Friend Zone series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone. The previous two books are amazing though and The Happy Ever After Playlist is where we are first introduced to the hero, so I highly recommend reading them as well. One of my favorite things in a romance is the meet cute and Abby Jimenez writes them so well! They’re hilariously unique and set things up so wonderfully for the characters. Throw in her trademark witty banter and dialogue and I was sold. Vanessa and Adrian’s story was just the right combination of serious and sweet. I loved how the friendship developed naturally between them and seeing that slow burn build up and up and up until it boiled over was delicious. Adrian Copeland had me swooning left and right and if he isn’t inducted into the book boyfriend hall of fame after this, I will riot. Yes, he makes some mistakes along the way, but I loved that he owns up to them and that his heart was always in the right place. Vanessa's view on life was a great reminder that nothing in this world is guaranteed and that anything besides living is just waiting to die. They were such a great complement to each other. The secondary characters were awesome as always and Brent and Becky stole the show every time they were on the page. I also loved the cameos from Josh, Kristen, Jason, and Sloan. Those scenes were such a treat and it made me so happy to get a little update on them (and to see that Kristen hadn’t lost her sense of humor). I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ve listed a few CW below just in case. Just know that Kristen’s theory about the Copeland men is right (a 25 pound dumbbell! LOL) and you will laugh, (probably) cry, swoon, have a goofy grin on your face, and be left feeling happy and above all else, hopeful. CW: ALS, anxiety, death of loved one/family member, infidelity, substance abuse, mental health issues *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Creya

    Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. What happens when a super hot attorney falls for the girl next door? The only problem is that the girl next door comes with a lot of baggage, and the super hot attorney isn’t sure that he can handle it... I would read Abby Jimenez’s to-do list at this point. She is just SO GOOD. She handles difficult topics such as addiction, mental illness, fostering babies AND dogs, and disability right Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. What happens when a super hot attorney falls for the girl next door? The only problem is that the girl next door comes with a lot of baggage, and the super hot attorney isn’t sure that he can handle it... I would read Abby Jimenez’s to-do list at this point. She is just SO GOOD. She handles difficult topics such as addiction, mental illness, fostering babies AND dogs, and disability rights with grace. I’m hoping that this book helps to raise awareness for ALS research. I also appreciated the author’s note on her inspiration for this book, and I will be looking into that as well! Bonus: This book is chock-full of references to The Office, and Abby totally name-drops Post Malone. We also get to see our beloved characters from The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. Yaaasssss.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kini

    I've read Abby's two previous books, I loved TFZ and was mad about HEAP. Life's Too Short was firmly in the middle, a mehish read for me. Abby writes books that are very "readable" for me. They are fast paced and I am interested in what is happening. I started this book on a Saturday and finished on Sunday. I was very interested in Vanessa and Adrian. I enjoyed their friendship development and then as lovers. They really seemed to balance each other out. I also liked that he stepped in and was a I've read Abby's two previous books, I loved TFZ and was mad about HEAP. Life's Too Short was firmly in the middle, a mehish read for me. Abby writes books that are very "readable" for me. They are fast paced and I am interested in what is happening. I started this book on a Saturday and finished on Sunday. I was very interested in Vanessa and Adrian. I enjoyed their friendship development and then as lovers. They really seemed to balance each other out. I also liked that he stepped in and was a great caregiver to Grace. Those few moments with them on the page together were very sweet. Jimenez seems to be making a niche for herself with putting characters in tragic situations and putting them back together. And for me, I would love to see her branch out a little. Maybe make it less tragic? I had a few little things that I did not like but didn't necessarily impact my enjoyment of the book. Adrian is a criminal defense attorney and there is a comment about he spends his time arguing that guilty people are innocent. That is not exactly what criminal defense attorneys do. There is a chapter/scene where Adrian takes Vanessa to meet Josh, Kristen, Sloan & Jason from the previous books. The women are having a conversation and the size of Josh's penis came up. And then Adrian's. This felt weird and squicky to me. Here are some bigger things that did impact my enjoyment of the book. (view spoiler)[ Grace was a plot moppet. She had no purpose other than to bring the couple together. Once they were together, Grace was frequently absent (either not part of the scene until way late or with a sitter.) For all that Vanessa talks about living, she is obsessed with dying. She spends so much time thinking about how this will be her last whatever. It became tiring. Vanessa has a pain in her arm and absolutely refuses to go seek treatment. I found this infuriating. Why doesn't Vanessa have any friends? I feel like if she had friends at least one of them would have been like "girl, I respect you wanting to live/die on your terms, but go to the GD doctor and have this checked out." Vanessa is insistent that Adrian seek counseling to deal with the grief, but why isn't Vanessa on page seeking treatment other than Nar-Anan? She has been through a lot (dead mom, dead sister, neglect as a child) Speaking of neglect, Vanessa talks openly about her dad's issues and how he was so grief-stricken he didn't always care for the kids properly, why is she so willing to let him care for Grace. This is a big oh heck no for me. Lastly and one of the most important things is that the forgiveness, aka grovel, was almost non-existent. They have a big disagreement and spend some time apart and then quickly, too quickly for me, resolve it. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I was invested in the book and their relationship. I wanted to see Vanessa and Adrian get their win. I found some plot points and lack of grovel incredibly disappointing. C-/D+ CW: character suffering from addiction, deceased mother, deceased sister, heavy discussion regarding ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), child neglect, hoarding, Nar-Anon meetings

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shamashtika

    A truly beautiful and moving story about life and illness. I finished this novel so fast, I practically inhaled it. IT WAS THAT GOOD. Easily one of my tops reads for 2021. The characters were fantastic and there were so many funny moments. I read the 2nd book of the series, the happily ever after playlist, and enjoyed it, despite all the heartbreaking moments. But guys, this novel is even better! It was just so satisfying in every way possible, by the time it ended, i had absolutely no complaint A truly beautiful and moving story about life and illness. I finished this novel so fast, I practically inhaled it. IT WAS THAT GOOD. Easily one of my tops reads for 2021. The characters were fantastic and there were so many funny moments. I read the 2nd book of the series, the happily ever after playlist, and enjoyed it, despite all the heartbreaking moments. But guys, this novel is even better! It was just so satisfying in every way possible, by the time it ended, i had absolutely no complaints. All lose ends were tied, and all the sensitive topics were excelletly handled. There are topics of drug abuse, hourding, and ALS, so beaware of these triggers. The Author needs a pat on the back for handling these topics so well, while educating the readers behind the physical and mental struggles. It was hard listening to how the prospect of potential ASL affected the female lead's life but I loved everything she did to get out of depressing hole she was falling into. She was too adorable and the male lead was equally amazing. I absolutely adored these characters! I can't wait to read the next instalment in the series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    SO FREAKING GOOD!!! More in depth review to come... Thank you ForeverPub for the advanced copy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    Each book Abby Jimenez writes has a unique ability to make me simultaneously laugh and cry, and also feel every other emotion there is. Abby's debut, The Friend Zone, is one of my favorite books of all time and I was unsure how she could ever write something as good - enter, The Happy Ever After Playlist. But, could she do it a third time? Oh Jamie, don't ever doubt Abby - Life's Too Short certainly seals a three-peat for Abby. Vanessa & Adrian were such loveable characters and Abby's exploration Each book Abby Jimenez writes has a unique ability to make me simultaneously laugh and cry, and also feel every other emotion there is. Abby's debut, The Friend Zone, is one of my favorite books of all time and I was unsure how she could ever write something as good - enter, The Happy Ever After Playlist. But, could she do it a third time? Oh Jamie, don't ever doubt Abby - Life's Too Short certainly seals a three-peat for Abby. Vanessa & Adrian were such loveable characters and Abby's exploration of broken families due to drug abuse in this one had my heart wrenching, but of course, always rooting for that HEA! One of my favorite things about Abby's books is the opportunity to check in on characters from the past, so I absolutely loved the chance to see how Kristen, Josh, Sloane & Jason were doing. Now, just how long do I have to wait for book 4?! Thank you to Forever for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blackjack

    While I found Life's Too Short highly readable in a frothy kind of way, and I zipped right along with it without ever feeling bored, I also had the odd feeling of not at all being the target audience for it. For instance, my sister is a meme fiend and finds Instagram inspirational quotes truly uplifting, whereas I pretty much find them eye-rolling and cavity inducing. Life's Too Short is a giant meme-fest, chock full of truisms and maxims about "living one's best life"! The heroine, Vanessaa, fi While I found Life's Too Short highly readable in a frothy kind of way, and I zipped right along with it without ever feeling bored, I also had the odd feeling of not at all being the target audience for it. For instance, my sister is a meme fiend and finds Instagram inspirational quotes truly uplifting, whereas I pretty much find them eye-rolling and cavity inducing. Life's Too Short is a giant meme-fest, chock full of truisms and maxims about "living one's best life"! The heroine, Vanessaa, firmly believes she is either dying of a dreadful disease or likely to die within a year of a dreadful disease because family members have succumbed to ALS before their 30th birthday, and so she fills her life with feel-good sayings to carry her through her potential final year of life with as much adventure and joy as possible. There's nothing necessarily wrong with that, but I still ended up feeling like the Grinch while reading this; in short, I found the abundance of positivity here just downright mawkish. To compound my grinchiness, the hero, Adrian, a workaholic control freak attorney, is saved by Vanessa's joie de vivre and is able to become a new man, one who stops and smells the roses, dances in the rain, etc., and even worse, is Stunned by the brilliance of Vanessa's outlook on life. I'm screaming in my head, "Dude, sign up for Instagram or Facebook, or even visit Hallmark, and you too can become besieged with trite gifs and quotes to give you all the banal positivity you can take." A short list of positive insights Vanessa gifted to Adrian: (1) "life's too short to hate people"; (2) "life is about balance"; (3) "don't dwell on the worst possible outcomes in life"; (4) "live your best life"; (5) "always have something to look forward to"; (6) "take pleasure in the small things in life." The basic plot of the story is simple. Adrian befriends Vanessa late one night when he is kept awake by a screaming baby in her apartment. Unbeknownst to him at the time, Vanessa isn't a single mom but instead recently took in her drug addict sister's newborn baby and is trying her very best to take care of it under duress. Adrian is a bit of a baby whisperer for unknown reasons and is able to settle the baby right down, and after this one encounter, Vanessa wants to seek him out for friendship. Both are in less than desirable places in their life to get involved romantically, but they are nonetheless drawn to each other and very open to a friendship. My first qualm that things were heading south for me though is in the unlikely closeness they develop immediately. Their simpatico comes dangerously close to instant love, a trope I tend to dislike. I didn't like instant friendship much better here, with the emphasis most definitely on the "instant" aspect. Their actual friendship itself had some endearing moments, but the transition from stranger to friend is missing for me. But bigger problems quickly emerged. The entire story is derailed by Vanessa's obsession with dying, her predilection for finding pithy inspiration everywhere as a coping mechanism, and an incredible number of Issues aside from Vanessa dying, including, a short list that cannot possibly be addressed in one single novel: ALS; Drug Addiction; Hoarding and OCD: Child Abandonment; Panic Attacks; Grief Therapy; Disability Rights. I will add too (just because it irked me) that after the baby helped create the initial meeting between Vanessa and Adrian, she was a prop and nothing more. She was often there in the background but completely silent and agreeable. She might as well have been a piece of furniture. While the book suggested early on that it was a story about a woman suddenly submerged into the world of single motherhood and the kind, good-looking neighbor who helps her out, the baby virtually vanishes from the story. The resolution of the ALS plot seemed pretty obvious to me, and yes, pretty superficial. This is my first Jimenez book and likely my last since I, alas, don't find the writing appealing enough to pursue again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Blythe The Word Junkie

    4.5 out 5 stars! "If I don’t laugh, I’ll spend the rest of my life crying." Of course, Abby Jimenez has delivered. And I mean, delivered. Laugh out loud. Shriek and redden in the swooniness. Cry sad tears, cry happy tears on your pillow at past midnight. I have underwent them all. And, I totally understand how Vanessa wanted to jump into Adrian's suited goodness and cling unto Jesus's Abs like velcro. I would do the same. Zero shame. Abby Jimenez is a solid auto-TBR author for me. And, if you like 4.5 out 5 stars! "If I don’t laugh, I’ll spend the rest of my life crying." Of course, Abby Jimenez has delivered. And I mean, delivered. Laugh out loud. Shriek and redden in the swooniness. Cry sad tears, cry happy tears on your pillow at past midnight. I have underwent them all. And, I totally understand how Vanessa wanted to jump into Adrian's suited goodness and cling unto Jesus's Abs like velcro. I would do the same. Zero shame. Abby Jimenez is a solid auto-TBR author for me. And, if you like your stories to make you laugh, then swoon, and then cry, and give you this sense of new perspective of the world, an added layer on how you see your daily life, then this author is for you! I just hate that I finished this already after having waited for a year (a YEAR!). I deliciously smoked this up like crack in less than 8 hours and my greedy self is honestly still looking for a fix, and only Jimenez can provide. Slap me. As a remedy, I went and joined her FB LTS page and looked for her easter egg and crumb posts with regards to book #4. Every one of her books always have a great author's note section and in this one, we'll read about Claire Wineland, the beautiful wondrous soul who has Cystic Fibrosis and got her story documented in this series-long Youtube Original production. I have set my sights on watching this and am very much looking forward to it. I watched the trailer and it was already very moving. I also learned in here (though very little) about the cause for Disability Rights and am still learning more about it. It's a great cause to be made more aware of. I am reading into things to support it on my own simple ways. Books (Fiction or not) are great like that. You learn something every book. I COMPEL YOU TO READ THIS ONE. And, if you haven't read anything from Abby Jimenez, I suggest you read her books in order of publication. Though, all her books are stand-alones. xo, Blayt 🧡

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ginger at GReadsBooks

    There is always something so hypnotic about Abby Jimenez’s writing. I’ve come to realize that once I start reading one of her books, it will instantly pull me in & I won’t be able to stop until I reach that last page. Life’s Too Short is every bit swoony & heartfelt. I found myself rereading line after line of such rich, emotional words. I felt myself connecting with these characters on such a deep level. When they laughed, I laughed. When they cried, I felt their sorrow. Yes, this story tackles There is always something so hypnotic about Abby Jimenez’s writing. I’ve come to realize that once I start reading one of her books, it will instantly pull me in & I won’t be able to stop until I reach that last page. Life’s Too Short is every bit swoony & heartfelt. I found myself rereading line after line of such rich, emotional words. I felt myself connecting with these characters on such a deep level. When they laughed, I laughed. When they cried, I felt their sorrow. Yes, this story tackles deep issues such as depression, addiction, & grief. But it also sheds light on the disease ALS, & how someone can choose to live their life with it, or against it. It’s an inspiring story. The humor in this novel is by far the funniest I’ve read from Abby’s books. If you follow Abby on social media, you can definitely identify with the humor in this book. So much of Abby’s laugh out loud moments are reflected off the pages. I think this element was one of my favorites from this story. What begins as a story about two opposites meeting by chance, developing into a strong steadfast friendship & evolving into a beautiful love story, is what kept this book moving for me. I don’t want to reveal too much because I do think the element of surprise is what keeps this story so unique & special, but I will say have your tissues nearby! There is a lot of heartache these characters endure, but there’s also a lot of resilience they build up that’s also inspiring. Thank you, Abby, for gifting us readers with another one of your irresistible novels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    I was a sensitivity reader for this manuscript so I will not be rating or reviewing this. Plus, the author is a friend so I’m totally biased. This one hit me right in the feels, just like Abby’s first two books. CW: (view spoiler)[Heroine develops possible symptom of ALS ((view spoiler)[the risk never goes away but at the end, there is a different explanation for this symptom (hide spoiler)] ), family history of ALS (all female relatives have died by age 30, including heroine’s mother and sister) I was a sensitivity reader for this manuscript so I will not be rating or reviewing this. Plus, the author is a friend so I’m totally biased. This one hit me right in the feels, just like Abby’s first two books. CW: (view spoiler)[Heroine develops possible symptom of ALS ((view spoiler)[the risk never goes away but at the end, there is a different explanation for this symptom (hide spoiler)] ), family history of ALS (all female relatives have died by age 30, including heroine’s mother and sister), foster parent (heroine’s sister abandoned baby with her), hero finds out his girlfriend is married, hero’s dad left after he cheated, heroine’s sister dealing with substance abuse (relapsed after 2 years sober), side character with hoarding problem/OCD, codependency, past child neglect, heroine’s mother (also had ALS) died in a car accident, on-page panic attacks, hero’s grandmother has dementia, heroine’s tubes are tied, heroine’s sister was shot after breaking in to a home (recovers and goes to rehab), suicidal ideation (side character) (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Twice Upon A Book

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend if you're looking for -m/f friends to lovers -close proximity -opposites attract. -instalove -a sunshine heroine looking to make the most of her life -a grumpy hero who constantly works. -slow burn -closed door romance Abby Jimenez is a talented writer, her work is very readable and enjoyable. But I struggled with this one. Both Vanessa and Adrian were interesting and likable, but I didn't see the connecti Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend if you're looking for -m/f friends to lovers -close proximity -opposites attract. -instalove -a sunshine heroine looking to make the most of her life -a grumpy hero who constantly works. -slow burn -closed door romance Abby Jimenez is a talented writer, her work is very readable and enjoyable. But I struggled with this one. Both Vanessa and Adrian were interesting and likable, but I didn't see the connection between them. They both had clearly defined character traits that seemed to be forgotten in order to push the relationship forward. The tropes in this one were very reminiscent of her two prior books. Friends who cannot be in a relationship due to health issues, and instalove. Vanessa's niece she was caring for was forgotten throughout the book, and appeared to be more of a plot device than an emotional connection for both Vanessa and Aiden. This book had a lot of potential and the threads were there. Vanessa dealing with grief and the potential for illness in her own life. Despite her emphasis on enjoying life, she constantly considered her potential short life, which she self-diagnosed. Vanessa and Aidan were best friends but had zero communication about their lives. I will be upfront instalove is one of my least favorite tropes. I did not let the inaccuracies of Aidan's employment as a lawyer impact my rating. I enjoyed the aspects about living your life and the importance of family. But the HEA was so quickly resolved from the issues, tying everything into a neat bow. I will continue to read Abby Jimenez's books and am excited to see she will have a fourth book forthcoming. CW: parental abandonment, grief, potential ALS diagnosis, hoarding, addiction Rating: 2.5 Steam: 2

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