Published by Forever on April 14, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, RomCom
Tropes: Rockstar Romance
Format: eARC, ALC - audiobook
Source: Forever, Libro.fm, Netgalley
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Narrator: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes
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 HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST
by Abby Jimenez
I loved THE FRIEND ZONE by Abby Jimenez although it wasn’t perfect. If you haven’t read this author’s debut yet don’t continue reading this review as there will be spoilers.
“I want everything with you.”
In THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST we finally get Sloan’s story whose tragic loss totaly blindsided me. Brandon was such a lovely man and I was hoping for someone who wouldn’t feel like the second best thing after him. Jason is everything I hiped for and more. Despite him being an up and coming rockstar he was so down to earth, sweet and charming. He had charisma in troves and his sense of humor kept me entertained for hours. And thus, the first half was perfection. the banter between Jason and Sloan, their flirty moments…it was just so obvious that they were made for each other.
The second half was different, as if the author had flipped a switch. everything became complicated and super angsty. She made use of a lot of rockstar cliches and there was some drama that made my heart ache. Jason got caught between a rock and a hard place and his only way to handle it, the way he saw it, was by hurting the woman he loved and I couldn’t even fault him for that.
I wish that there would have been a little bit more focus on Sloan standing on her own two feet, getting over Brandon, moving into this new part of her life. That was a little glossed over or got drowned in the rockstar cliches. The ending and the epilogue however did make up for the heartbreak. All of the swoons!
“I would notice you in a crowd of a million.”
I was lucky to listen to the audiobook and Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber bring their A-Game. Zach is probably the best choice when it comes to rockstar romance. He just incorporates these characters. And I think I don’t need to elaborate on how perfect Erin Mallon is.
With THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST Abby Jimenez underscores that her debut success wasn’t just coincidence. Her stories are highly enjoyable even if they aren’t perfect. Now I wonder what she has in store for us next!
THANK YOU to Libro.fm for the ALC and Forever Publishing for the ARC!