Book: “The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the publisher (Forever Books) for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The Happy Ever After Playlist” is a novel that centers on a woman named Sloane. After losing her fiancé two years ago, Sloane is struggling to reconnect. One day she finds Tucker, a lost dog that won’t seem to leave her side. After tracking down the owner, Sloane proceeds to fall in love with this adorable pup and might even develop feelings for his Rockstar owner too. Is her chance encounter with four legged Tucker really fate trying to bring her and the dog’s owner Jason together?
This romance novel from Abby Jimenez is sweet, fun and adorably playful. The banter between Jason and Sloane is entertaining, smart and diverting. Sloane’s scene with Tucker when she first finds him is laugh out loud funny and downright adorable. Dog lovers will especially find this story heartwarming as Tucker has a strong supportive role in this love story.
The novel is heartfelt at times covering subjects like loss and betrayal. This depth is explored through carefully crafted sections and comes across as respectful and reverent. These fierce emotions are dissected slowly and through actions rather than in a “telling” manner.
The one thing that I struggled with while reading this book was Sloane’s decisions in regards to Jason’s possible infidelity. I found some of her decisions in relation to this situation to be unrealistic. In the beginning of the book, Sloane proves herself to be an intelligent and strong character. However, after it seems like Jason is cheating on her, Sloane does a few things that would be counterintuitive for her character. Apart from this deviation, I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. Who wouldn’t want to fall in love with a good looking rock star who has an adorable puppy?
Recommendations: Each chapter has a title and then a song listed. Take the time to listen to the songs as you go through each chapter. It is an amazing diverse anthology of music and I loved this feature!