Synopsis – Goodreads
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?
The Good: The main and side characters are so easy to fall in love with. Sloane’s grief and self-imprisonment hit like a sharp knife to the heart. From start to finish I identified heavily with her. Her fears, trepidation, desire to return to some semblance of normalcy after tragedy. And let’s not forget the ever-present best friends, Kristen and Josh. They were always there to pick Sloane up but tell her what she needed to hear even when she didn’t like it or agree with them. Then bring in the star of the book, Tucker the fearless dog. He’s now one of my favorite book characters and I can’t wait to have a furry best friend of my own. Finally, the third star of the show, Jason an up and coming singer-songwriter/musician who happens to be Tucker’s owner and is intrigued by the daring woman who saved and is taking care of his best friend.
Which brings me to my next point, the romance. Sloane and Jason have that off the wall chemistry that, as an avid contemporary romance reader, makes me just feel all the swoony feels. Was it a bit insta-lovey? Yes but not in a nauseating way. I couldn’t help but root for them throughout the story.
Lastly, I found that surprisingly, I really enjoyed the pace of this story. The story felt more like peaks and valleys than a flowing linear timeline. Which meant for more emotional tension and I lived for it. Even if a lot of those moments felt like my heart was in my stomach.
The Not-so-Good: If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t love the plot. I also didn’t hate it. And because I don’t usually write spoilery reviews, I’m going to leave it at that.
Overall, The Happy Ever After Playlist is an emotional rollercoaster ride that is equal parts swoony as it is gut-wrenching. I definitely recommend this to fans of relatable contemporary romance.
TW: Grief, Depression, Loss of a Spouse, Drugs & Alcohol references.