About the Book:
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone comes an adorable and fresh romantic comedy about one trouble-making dog who brings together two perfect strangers.
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?
“I would notice you in a crowd of a million.”
SWOON! And when read in the voice of the amazing Zachary Webber, these words become even more swoon-worthy! The Happy Ever After Playlist is a sweet but very sexy romantic comedy that is the perfect antidote to the crazy times we are living in right now. And Erin Mallon as always brings her trademark intelligence and sassy wit to the voice of Sloan.
I did not read The Friend Zone, the debut novel by Abby Jimenez, but I had heard such amazing things about it that I was very excited to pick this one up. Minor warning: the author is clearly a proponent of hunting and there is much talk of Sloan’s website ‘The Huntsman’s Wife’, where she shared recipes based on cooking and preparing wild game. Not a fan of that BUT the writing is nonetheless fast-paced, smart and very witty. And you do not need to have read the first book about Kristen and Josh but they are very much an important part of this story so now I want to know their story, too!
Sloan and Jason “meet cute” over his dog, Tucker. Their relationship builds slowly and they could not be from more different worlds: Jason is a famous musician (under a stage name of course) so Sloan is not aware at first of who he is. Jason’s life comes with lots of drama, between the tabloids and the demands of his record label and the pressures of touring. Is it really fair to Sloan to subject her to all of that baggage? I loved how one story line in particular was resolved about a fellow pop singer named Lola and was pleasantly surprised at the sensitivity of how her story was dealt with. Sloan is wary if getting into another relationship after she suffered a tragic loss in her life.
“This wasn’t real life. This was just an in-between.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book version, and Zachary Webber made a perfect Jason. If you are looking for a fun rock star romance with plenty of sexy times, you will love The Happy Ever After Playlist. To paraphrase Steve Carrell, it is the prefect combination of sexy and cute!
“You’re worth the wait. You’re worth everything.”
Thank you, Libro.fm, for sending me an advance listening copy, in exchange for an honest review.