Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez: All the Giggles, Swoons, and Feels

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Published: April 14th, 2020
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary romance
Tropes: Friends to lovers, rock star, celebrity crush
My rating: 5 stars
Acquired this book: From the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest consideration
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*Read my review of The Friend Zone

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?

We’re only a quarter of the way into the year, but my list of 2020 favourites is growing quickly, and it now includes both of Abby Jimenez’s books. I recently read The Friend Zone and, while I admit I had a few issues with it, I ultimately loved it and ended up giving it 4.5 stars. I was glad I’d waited so long to read it so I wouldn’t have to wait for The Happy Ever After Playlist.

Abby Jimenez has a knack for writing realistic, relatable characters and the swooniest men imaginable. I loved Kristen and Josh and, if possible, I love Sloan and Jason even more. Sloan had been lost in a fog of grief for two years, unable to move on after her fiance’s death. Then suddenly one day there was this crazy dog that literally fell into her lap and eventually led her to Jason. I loved Sloan and Jason’s interactions via text and phone calls - they made me grin like an idiot - and it was such a joy watching them get to know each other and start to fall for each other before even meeting. When they finally did meet, Sloan continued to emerge from her fog with Jason’s help. He was sweet, understanding, and patient, and I fell in love with him right alongside Sloan. I also loved the friendship between Sloan and Kristen; their relationship made me laugh and pulled at my heartstrings in The Friend Zone, and continued to do both in this book.

I do have to admit that, like with The Friend Zone, there were parts of The Happy Ever After Playlist that rubbed me the wrong way and at times made me downright annoyed. Much like Kristen made decisions for Josh based on what she thought was best, Jason did the same thing to Sloan - more than once. It's a testament to Jimenez's storytelling ability that I was able to look past those things and still be completely captivated. The story and the characters had me hooked and I was rooting for them so much that the things that annoyed me didn't affect my overall feelings toward the book.

The Happy Ever After Playlist is laugh-out-loud funny, sexy, and brings all the feels and all the swoons. There’s a wonderful balance of dark and light, and I loved that this story is ultimately about healing, rediscovering yourself, and falling back in love with life as you learn to fall in love with another person.

Have you read The Happy Ever After Playlist? What did you think? What was your last 5-star read?

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