Monday, April 6, 2020

Book Review: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez is the story of Sloan and Jason. Sloan is struggling to get her life back on track two years after the death of her husband. Jason is dealing with a busy work schedule, thanks to his music career as popular singer Jaxon Waters.

The two of them shouldn’t have met. But they did.

See, Jason has a house sitter take care of his dog when he is out of town on tour. But when his house sitter loses Tucker and Tucker winds up running lose in Los Angeles, he stumbles upon Sloan.

Well actually, he jumps through the sunroof of her car and uses his puppy eyes to make her fall in love with him and take him home with her.

And that begins the relationship of Sloan and Jason.

Can I just say, that is a wonderful way to start a story? Haha. I’m a total dog lover. I mean, I even have an Instagram account for my dog so that I can show off cute pictures of her to my friends. So I loved this beginning and was immediately sucked into the story.

I enjoyed that Sloan was giving Jason such a hard time in the beginning. It was cute. She decided that since she found his dog, Tucker was hers now. Jason clearly didn’t love Tucker if he just let him run loose on the streets.

This story was completely different from what I expected. I loved the characters so much (Especially Tucker, the trouble-making dog) and it made me realize that when love is right, it’s right. Jason knew right off the bat that he loved Sloan and that she was the woman he was meant to be with. But because Sloan was still healing from traumas that she had experienced, he knew that he was meant to give her time.

In the past, I’ve been quick to judge stories with “Insta Love”, where the characters seem to fall in love immediately, with few cares in the world. I always felt that it seemed too unrealistic. But I think it worked in The Happy Ever After Playlist, because we got to know Sloan and Jason really well as characters and they made each other truly happy.

I would recommend this book to any of my Romantic Comedy loving friends. That’s not to say it’s all good times. This books made my heart hurt at times, as well. But there were so many cool story elements that I loved. I think you will like this story if:

  • You like romantic comedies
  • You like music. There are different songs mentioned throughout the manuscript and there’s a complete list at the end for a playlist! I’m planning to look some of the songs up later on Youtube.
  • You like animals. Tucker is a hoot, and a great animal sidekick.
  • You like cool characters. I thought Sloan was awesome. She paints, she blogs, she loves animals. What a cool protagonist!

Thank you to Netgalley & The Publisher for a review copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a great book to read and it made me happy!

Until next time,
Marian

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