Title: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Series: The Friend Zone, Book 2
Release Date: April 14th, 2020 (Forever Publishing)
Format: Kindle Edition (400 Pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Blurb: Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.
Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?
This book had it all. I snickered, I rolled my eyes, I clapped, I sobbed and I whooped with joy at the end.
This book started off in a really cutesy fashion. It featured a widower, Sloane on her way to visit her dead fiancee grave when a stray dog jumps into her car. It was clear the dog Tucker was looking for protection. Immediately it spoke to the dog lover in me because I believe that dogs have an intuition about good people. When Sloane call the owner Jackson Waters, the reader gets a front row seat to a flirtation that turned into more.
I don’t want to give anything away about this story other than to say it dealt with grief after a major loss, learning to pick up the pieces, losing oneself and finding that individuality again. Another thing that was really important was the effect of people’s jobs and the requirements of said job on their romantic relationships. This book was so much more than what I was expecting. I thought it would be a fluffy rom-com but it was much more deeper about lifestyle choices and loss of individuality in romantic relationship. Both main characters were really good people who genuinely cared about the other, so I couldn’t help but cheer them on like Sloane’s best friend.
Consequently, I had to go and get The Friend Zone with I have not read. I read somewhere that this book was written first so I decided to start with this one. I recommend the opposite. Read the Friend Zone first. I will listen to the audiobook to get the background that I wish I had while reading this book.
Be prepared to laugh, shake your first, cry and hug the person closest to you in joy by the time you finish this book. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read all year.