The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So many beautiful, charming, poignant, emotional moments in this love story. Abby Jimenez writes the perfect “recovery” plot-line for the grief Sloan suffered with the abrupt loss of her fiancée two years ago. This story delivers Sloan from the depth of that depression to her Happy Ever After with Jason — via his dog, Tucker. Having absolutely ugly-cried my eyes out when Sloan’s fiancée died in The Friend Zone, I wondered just how Jimenez was going to make her whole again. Well, she did it, and wow!
Enter Tucker. This pup just happens to jump into Sloan’s life thru her car’s sunroof. As she starts caring for this lost dog – while leaving messages daily for the no-reply/deadbeat owner – she becomes attached. This begins the reawakening of Sloan. Taking the dog for walks – getting her exercising and out of the house. AND her mind distracted from her gut-wrenching grief.
Next, we hear from Tucker’s owner, Jason. I loved his character immediately – as he dumps a model/girlfriend for losing his dog while he’s away hiking the wilderness. Once he finds Tucker with Sloan, they begin a flirty, long-distance, texting courtship. This is such an ideal way to get Sloan even thinking about entering the dating pool again. Jason, by the way, is an up and coming Rock Star – looking for a gal who doesn’t want him only for his celebrity.
They finally meet – instant attraction. A whirlwind couple of weeks of romance, check-ins from Bestie Kristen (our fabulous fun darling from The Friend Zone) and a quick trip to meet Jason’s parents. Then they are off onto the adventures of a new relationship. Our author kicks in some adorable moments, a crazy ex, more ugly-crying — then gives us the HEA in a spectacular reunion.
The Happy Ever After Playlist flawlessly weaves a delicate path from grieving to the forever romance for Sloan and Jason. When I finished reading this book – I immediately wanted to re-read it all over again just for the feels! It was a bonus to get in some kid updates with Kristen and Josh as well. This book will be on my “Best of 2020” list for sure.
Also – please don’t forget to read the “Note from the Author” at the end of the book. Abby adds so much personal background to this story – no wonder it’s so beautiful!
Thank you to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for sharing this ARC in exchange my honest review.
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