The Happily Ever After Playlist – Published 2020
“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?” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
FRIEND ZONE SPOILERS, BEWARE!
I am so, so glad that I read this one right after The Friend Zone and didn’t have to wait for it to come out, because I wanted more immediately upon finishing TFZ. This story picks up two years after Brandon’s death and is Sloan’s story, rather than Kristen’s. It is a story of her finding herself again, putting herself back together, and being open to loving someone who isn’t Brandon. And boy is it good! Who is the first person she falls for? A famous musician. Not complicated at all, Sloan…
This author’s writing is so funny because of its quick wit. The friendship between Kristen and Sloan is so important, and Josh is just as swoony as ever. The characters in each of these two books are some of my favorites ever because they’re so stinkin’ funny and well-developed.
I legitimately laughed and cried during this book. The entire dog saga in the beginning of the book is hilarious, as are Sloan’s comebacks (and any time Josh or Kristen speak). Jason is very romantic. Sloan is still grieving the loss of her fiance, and the life she thought she would have with him. Both Jason and Sloan are trying to figure out their careers while also being in the beginning of a relationship. It’s just very good. I highly recommend it to anyone who is up for an emotional rollercoaster!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Sometimes authors will tell the same story but in someone else’s perspective, and I hate that. I don’t want a retelling but from someone else’s point of view. I was so relieved to find out this is a continuation of the story I already loved, and not a retelling. So, no major qualms here. There’s a scene at the end, at a concert, that’s a little far-fetched, but it’s forgiven because this is a rom-com and that’s what happens.