Why do all the bad things always seem to happen to good people?
Published: April 14, 2020
Pages: 400 (Kindle)
Series: N/A – Standalone (BUT is a companion to The Friend Zone)
Sometimes the hardest place to live is the one in-between.
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?
First and foremost thank you so much to the author, NetGalley, and Forever publishing for gifting me an ARC of this wonderful novel! It was on my NetGalley wish list and I was lucky enough to receive a copy! I absolutely adored this book and it was just what I needed to kick me out of a reading slump and get me excited for my TBR.
I have been incredibly excited for this novel since I read her debut, The Friend Zone. If you haven’t read my review for that, go ahead and click the link and if you haven’t read the book yet please do, it was amazing! Needless to say there was a lot to live up to, and Abby absolutely smashed it out of the park! Now, just to note, The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist aren’t necessarily a duet, but are best read in order, trust me on that one. Things happen in The Friend Zone that are key to this one, so don’t skip right to this novel if you wanted to read The Friend Zone anyway.
The thing I love the most about this novel is the way it seamlessly blends the humor and heart that I so desperately needed. This falls into that trope of rock-star romance, something I love but don’t read a lot of. It was a really interesting and exciting piece to this novel on top of the romance and heart. I was laughing and crying and swooning and just devouring this book. Sloan is dealing with the emotional turmoil of losing her fiancé and having her life turned upside down, and in walks Tucker and Jason. The meet cute for this book is beyond adorable, by the way. Sloan slowly starts to notice the way she’s let herself go and stopped really living, and in that way she very much saves herself as opposed to Jason saving her. Jason gives her the space to mourn, to come around to him, and to blossom again. And that’s the real heart to this story.
This was a really fast paced novel that takes you on a journey, emotionally and physically, through downtown L.A. and the mountains of Minnesota and nearly everywhere in between. It was such a treat to be able to read this and see Sloan get her happy ending as well as getting to see Josh and Kristen some more, as well. That epilogue killed me. This whole book was the best kind of roller coaster ride and I loved the way we got to see all these different sides of the characters and got to really experience all these hurdles they were able to overcome, both personal and professional.
Abby’s writing is so witty and free flowing that once you start reading it’s nearly impossible to put the book down until you’ve finished it. She writes like someone who’s been penning contemporary romances for 20+ years, and I’m in awe at how she blends a story like no other. I cannot wait to see what Abby does next and whatever it is, I hope it comes soon!
Novels by Abby Jimenez