Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 14, 2020
Format: ARC, 401 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
Spoilers for The Friend Zone abound in this book, so tread carefully if you’ve not yet read it!
After falling head over heels for The Friend Zone and being absolutely crushed by Brandon’s death, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Sloan’s story. I needed her HEA like I can’t even describe. In fact, I needed it so badly I did something I hardly ever do — read it super, SUPER freaking early. Like ridiculously early. It pubbed in April 2020 — yes, I’m that far behind — but I actually read it in November 2019. Are you ready for some long overdue gushing?
The Happy Ever Playlist was everything I needed and more. I was nervous going in. I won’t even lie. Sloan’s grief in TFZ was almost overwhelming to me at times. (And understandably so.) The loss of Brandon was traumatic and tremendous. Grief is hard and it’s even harder to get right in books, especially when moving on is involved. How do you pay respect to the previous relationship and honor it while a character works towards a HEA with someone else? It’s messy and complicated and emotional and Abby did an amazing job with it.
I loved The Happy Ever After Playlist from the moment I picked it up. Sloan and Jason sucked me right in with their (perfect and amusing) meet-cute and I was a goner. I’ll be the first to admit famous person/regular person books don’t always work for me AND I have a complicated relationship with rockstar romances, but I was ready to risk it all for this pair. They wiggled their way into my heart and didn’t let go. I don’t want to get all spoilery for THIS book, so I’ll just say it struck the perfect balance between funny and serious. I laughed, cried, swooned and cried some more. It was utter perfection. Oh, my feels. 💕
Have you read The Friend Zone or The Happy Ever After Playlist?
If not, are they on your TBR? (I hope so!)