Zee + Annmarie and Tan + Jubilee.

Forever. No exceptions.

They were to have the picture-perfect life together. Everything was all planned out.

Jubilee was to marry Eitan and Ezekiel was to marry Annmarie. That’s how it was always supposed to be from the moment that they met. Textbook, right?


Eitan and Annmarie die in a freak accident that never should have happened, leaving the two survivors reeling.

Sixteen years later, Jubilee and Zee can’t even be in the same room with each other before things begin to deteriorate. Too many memories. Too much pain. Not enough forgiveness.

They’re like hellfire and holy water, and neither one of them is willing to admit that they’re wrong.

Then one day things change, and all of a sudden, they’re looking at each other like maybe they aren’t each other’s enemies after all.

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My Review

‘There’s a thin line between love and hate.’

I don’t think I’ve ever read about two characters’ relationship that embodies this saying more than Ezekiel (Zee) McGrew and Jubilee Cope in Lani Lynn Vale’s It Happens. The fact that these two have known each other since they were young and have had to endure each other’s childish antics, sharp tongue, and jerkish behavior since their initial introduction would drive anyone over the edge, but these two also have to contend with a past that they blame each other for and that grudge has translated into 16 years of verbal sparring and harsh criticisms, making everyone around these two question why Zee and Jubilee can’t let it go and focus on what’s right in front of them – each other.

In the blurb, Vale describes her hero and heroine as hellfire and holy water, but the thing is…it’s unclear who is described by each word because, in my opinion, Zee and Jubilee both have their moments of devilish and demure demeanor and the fact that despite their mutual animosity, they have their moments of helpfulness and having each other’s back, which lends credibility to the idea that their feud tempers their mutual attraction and the underlying sexual tension simmering between them.

Vale brilliantly writes the constant bickering back and forth between Zee and Jubilee, and it’s in those moments that readers can truly feel the chemistry between them just waiting to explode. It’s clear that there’s always been a connection between them…there’s always been a desire, even if neither every spoke those words out loud. But they’ve been so wrapped up in their disdain for each other, playing the blame game and attempting to one up the other’s antics at every turn, that they’ve never taken a moment to realize exactly why they love riling each other up, pushing buttons and causing an exchange of heated words and glances.

When Zee and Jubilee finally give into their desires, their encounter is definitely not romantic, but I feel like it’s the way it needed to be in order to uncap their want and need for one another and while they’re both waiting for the anticipated fallout to occur, the direction they take together, especially due to a set of circumstances that requires Zee’s attention, only reinforces the fact that Zee’s father might have gotten it right all those years ago when he said that Annmarie was not Zee’s true match…it was Jubilee.

I can’t get enough of Lani Lynn Vale’s stories and characters – each one pulls me in and keeps my attention until everything plays out between the hero and heroine and those unwanted secondary characters who are hellbent on torturing the main characters for a variety of reasons.

4.5 Poison Apples

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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