Book Reviews, Romance  |  04.12.2021

Life’s too Short by Abby Jimenez (Book Review)


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. . .


Adult contemporary romance

Trigger Warnings

ALS, hoarding, depression, drug abuse.

Spoiler-Free Review

Life’s Too Short (I should have guessed from the name) hits you right in the feels.

Adrien is a hotshot lawyer with an empty life. Obsessed with control, he’s been stuck in a bleak routine. That is until he discovers that a. his girlfriend of eight months is actually married, and b. that his next-door neighbor is going to bring a universe of color into his life.

Vanessa is a travel vlogger. Her family carries a rare strand of ALS and she is sure that she will inherit the genetic disease before she turns 30. That’s why her motto is to live life to the fullest skipping from country to country. That is until a. her sister drops a baby at her doorstep for her to care for and b. her hot next-door neighbor knocks on her door when she has spit-up on her hair.

The chemistry between Adrien and Vanessa is off the charts. Because they are both really broken at the beginning of the book this starts as friends to lovers and is really slow burn. But, oh boy is the payoff worth it.

But, the book is about so much more than their romance. Don’t let the bright animated cover fool you, Life’s Too Short can get intense real quick. Vanessa is not only trying to deal with her possible diagnosis, but she also needs to make sure her family is ok, and they are a hot mess. Her sister is an addict that desperately needs to go to rehab, her father is a hoarder and is clearly dealing with depression, and her brother can’t commit to finding a job.

Adrien helps Vanessa manage all the chaos in her life, Vannessa helps Adrien bring excitement and unpredictability onto his.

The end result is a book that will make you think about your life and how it’s important to cherish every moment.

Thank you so much Little, Brown Book Group UK for approving me for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ☆☆☆ (4 Stars)

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