Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez
Vanessa, a famous vlogger, has always lived her life like it will end tomorrow because it just might. After losing her mother and sister to ALS before their 30th birthdays, she expects she will meet the same fate. So she spends her time jetting from one country to the next, filming her fabulous experiences. That is until her younger sister leaves her newborn baby on her doorstep. Her next-door neighbor, uptight lawyer Adrian has had enough of listening to a baby cry all night. But when he knocks on Vanessa’s door to complain, he never expects the two will become friends. As the two grow closer, they start to question if their relationship is capable of lasting long term, or if the mountain of differences will tear them apart.
Life’s Too Short is told in alternating first-person chapters. Vanessa is a great character. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and she is determined to live life to the fullest. But at the same time, she’s taking care of her entire family, including temporarily having custody of her sisters newborn. Both characters have major issues. Vanessa is terrified that she will die young from ALS like her mother and sister. She uses this as a crutch to avoid relationships. Adrian is a workaholic lawyer who has no personal life once his girlfriend tells him she’s married and leaves him. What I loved about him is that he immediately steps in to help Vanessa with her niece. He’s all-around a good guy.
You do not need to read The Friend Zone or The Happy Ever After Playlist to enjoy Life’s Too Short. Some of the characters from the first two books make an appearance, but they are not a major part of the story.
I thought this book was perfect from beginning to end. I loved it from the first chapter. It’s absolutely hilarious. I loved the nearly instant chemistry between the two characters and their constant banter throughout. It’s such a quick read. I could have read it in one sitting if my schedule had allowed.
Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for the review copy! All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
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. . .
About the Author
Abby Jimenez is a Food Network winner and USA Today best selling author with her hit debut novel The Friend Zone. She founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby’s wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode ® cake.
Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house.