The Happy Ever After Playlist
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 Happy Ever After Playlist Details

TitleThe Happy Ever After Playlist
Author
ReleaseApr 14th, 2020
PublisherForever
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Humor

The Happy Ever After Playlist Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    It's been nearly two years since Sloan's fiancé was killed and she has spent the whole time grieving, a shell of her vivacious, creative former self. She hasn't cooked, she hasn't painted creatively, and she barely sees anyone, including her best friends, Kristen and Josh. But she can't fathom moving on with her life since the moment it changed so drastically.One day, on her way to visit Brandon's grave, she sees a golden blur rush out into the street. She slams on her brakes, hoping against It's been nearly two years since Sloan's fiancé was killed and she has spent the whole time grieving, a shell of her vivacious, creative former self. She hasn't cooked, she hasn't painted creatively, and she barely sees anyone, including her best friends, Kristen and Josh. But she can't fathom moving on with her life since the moment it changed so drastically.One day, on her way to visit Brandon's grave, she sees a golden blur rush out into the street. She slams on her brakes, hoping against hope that she didn't run over a dog. Not only didn't she run it over, but it jumped into her car through her sun roof, and snuggled up to her, giving her a "take me home" look. She tries reaching the dog's owner, leaving message after message, and then she figures that the best thing she can do is care for him until (or if) she hears from the owner.Suddenly, having the dog around gives Sloan a purpose. She's actually leaving the house every day, going for walks, and feeling a little bit better about things. After two weeks, she finally hears from Tucker's owner, a musician who has been out of touch while on tour in Australia. Jason is grateful to Sloan for rescuing his dog, but he definitely wants him back, so Sloan agrees to watch Tucker until Jason returns to the U.S., provided Sloan keeps him updated as to how Tucker is doing.Their conversations via text get flirtier and flirtier, and then turn into long phone calls. Sloan can't deny that Jason is awakening feelings in her that have been dormant since Brandon died. But is she ready to date again, to chance making herself vulnerable once more? For his part, Jason is more intrigued by Sloan than he has been by a woman in some time. But with his music career on the rise, is there room for what could become (he hopes) a serious relationship?When they finally meet in person, their attraction is immediate and their connection is intense. Jason neglected to mention, however, that he's not just a musician—he's Jaxon Waters, a musician on the verge of fame, whose songs Sloan already loves. The couple tries to navigate the demands of his growing fame, Sloan's uncertainty if she's actually ready for intimacy again, and what the future potential for their relationship actually is, given Jason is about to embark on a world tour for more than a year."He'd never met the best version of me, and for some reason he still seemed to want to be here. I was a ghost, wandering the rooms of a museum of the person I used to be, and Jason was like one of the living who could somehow see me and decided to wander the place with me. I liked that he was willing to wander the place with me."As their relationship intensifies, they have to decide whether Sloan should go on tour with Jason, which means abandoning her family, friends, and art, and possibly dealing with an unstable musician who has feelings for Jason. But if she doesn't go with him, what does that mean for their future? Can they have a life together if they're always on the road, or will they ultimately resent each other? Is their best solution saying goodbye, no matter how much it will hurt?Abby Jimenez is an amazing storyteller. As she did in her first book, The Friend Zone , which made my list of the best books I read in 2019, she takes a plot with familiar elements and layers it with emotional complexity, and populates her story with fresh and flawed characters you want to root for. This book made me laugh, made me smile, and, I'll admit, made me cry in my office when I was finishing the book during my lunch.I can't tell you how much I enjoy Jimenez's books and the immense amount of heart she imbues them with. Both The Happy Ever After Playlist and The Friend Zone would make terrific movies—and yes, this one comes with its own playlist, as the title promises. Don't discount these books simply as "chick lit"; these are well-written books which make fantastic reads.The author and Forever provided me a complimentary advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available! The Happy Ever After Playlist publishes April 14, 2020. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • book bruin
    January 1, 1970
    Abby Jimenez has done it again! She continues to amaze me by writing the most wonderfully relatable characters and stories that are not only heartfelt and emotional, but also laugh out loud hilarious. After reading The Friend Zone (which is one of my top reads ever!) I could not wait to get back to this world. The Happy Ever After Playlist can definitely be read as a standalone, but it would probably be best enjoyed after reading The Friend Zone, since characters from that book appear and that Abby Jimenez has done it again! She continues to amaze me by writing the most wonderfully relatable characters and stories that are not only heartfelt and emotional, but also laugh out loud hilarious. After reading The Friend Zone (which is one of my top reads ever!) I could not wait to get back to this world. The Happy Ever After Playlist can definitely be read as a standalone, but it would probably be best enjoyed after reading The Friend Zone, since characters from that book appear and that is where our heroine, Sloan, was originally introduced.One of my favorite things about Abby Jimenez’s writing is her phenomenal dialogue and banter. It is brilliantly witty and so perfectly placed to bring levity to the more difficult scenes and moments. Not every author can grab your heart in a vise one moment and then have you gasping for breath from laughing so hard the next, but Jimenez does it with ease. I don’t want to be too spoilery, but The Happy Ever After Playlist starts off with one of the most epic meet-cutes. It sets in motion a story that will have you swooning, laughing, shedding a few tears, and will leave you with a huge smile on your face.A fun feature of the book is that each chapter lists a song to set the tone and mood for what’s to come. It really enhanced the emotions and experience for me and certain songs will forever be tied to those moments now. (You can find the full book playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.) I really enjoyed getting to know this new cast of characters, but also seeing some old favorites as well. Fans of The Friend Zone will love catching up with Josh and Kristen (Gah! I love them so much!) and new readers will get to experience the magic that is uniquely Kristen. One character that stole the show every time he was on the page though was Tucker. Honestly, if you aren’t in love with him by the end, I’m pretty sure you’re a monster.The Happy Ever After Playlist is more than a romance. It’s a story about choosing happiness and being true to yourself. Even if you haven't read The Friend Zone (Seriously, if you haven't, WHY??? Do it! It's amazing!) you will still love Sloan's emotional and heartwarming story! My heart is so incredibly full after finishing this book! *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book******So excited! 2020 can't come soon enough!
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  • Abby Jimenez
    January 1, 1970
    Hello readers! This book is very close to my heart. The Happy Ever After Playlist was actually the first book I ever wrote and the book that got me my literary agent. While we were shopping it to publishers, I had the idea to go back in time and write The Friend Zone so we could live through the events that made Sloan who she is in her story. Since The Friend Zone came first on the timeline, we led with that as my debut novel. Obviously because Sloan's book was already written, certain *ahem* Hello readers! This book is very close to my heart. The Happy Ever After Playlist was actually the first book I ever wrote and the book that got me my literary agent. While we were shopping it to publishers, I had the idea to go back in time and write The Friend Zone so we could live through the events that made Sloan who she is in her story. Since The Friend Zone came first on the timeline, we led with that as my debut novel. Obviously because Sloan's book was already written, certain *ahem* THINGS in The Friend Zone had to happen—because they already did. They happened before I ever wrote one word of Kristen and Josh's love story. The *big thing* in The Friend Zone wasn't done to facilitate Kristen and Josh's HEA or to add drama. It was done because doing it was the whole purpose of writing The Friend Zone in the first place. On the chance that you're here reading this and you somehow haven't read The Friend Zone or the blurb on this book, I'll sidestep the actual spoiler. Then I'll tell you to stop what you're doing and go read The Friend Zone before you touch this one. Both books are standalone novels, but The Friend Zone will give The Happy Ever After Playlist so much more depth.Sloan's grief will feel authentic—because it is. I wrote The Happy Ever After Playlist after watching a very close friend struggle following the sudden death of her husband. It wasn't until a beta reader told me I did a good job with the complicated grief that I realized what I'd written had a name. It was based on my own observations and attempts to help a friend trapped in a cycle of sadness that she couldn't seem to escape from. I encourage you to read the Author's Note at the end. Actually, I encourage you to read the Author's Note at the end of The Friend Zone too. Both books are based loosely on real events. The infertility struggle in The Friend Zone is, from start to finish, my best friend's real life experience with severe uterine fibroids. One more quick note. The songs at the start of each chapter were meticulously selected for tone, title, and lyrics. Listening to them before each chapter really enhances the reading experience. There's a Spotify and Apple Music playlist for the book for easy listening.I hope you love this read! It's been a long time coming and I can't wait to share Jason and Sloan with the world.
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI’m happy to say that I LOVED The Happy Ever After Playlist!!!The book was almost entirely divided into two entirely different tropes, a rom-com and a rockstar romance.I LOVED THE ROM-COM PART…The first half of the book was AMAZING. It had the most wonderful rom-com feel, and I’m not even a fan of that particular genre, but let me tell you, the author did a FABULOUS job. Great flirty and funny banter, witty and smart dialogues – the book had it all. I was smiling throughout the entire 4.5 starsI’m happy to say that I LOVED The Happy Ever After Playlist!!!The book was almost entirely divided into two entirely different tropes, a rom-com and a rockstar romance.I LOVED THE ROM-COM PART…The first half of the book was AMAZING. It had the most wonderful rom-com feel, and I’m not even a fan of that particular genre, but let me tell you, the author did a FABULOUS job. Great flirty and funny banter, witty and smart dialogues – the book had it all. I was smiling throughout the entire first half. True fact, there were actual sticky notes throughout the books, with comments from the other bloggers that have read it before me, and when I reached page 93 one said: Have you stopped smiling yet? I’ve had a perma grin since page one. I couldn’t stop laughing, because that’s exactly what I did until then, I smiled non-stop.NOW ABOUT THE ROCKSTAR ROMANCE…The second half was more like a rockstar romance and I must be honest, rockstar romances always reach a point, especially when the couple goes on road, that NEVER works out for the lovers. Unfortunately this became a rather predictable twist/outcome which took some of the joy out of the book. BUT even though it dragged and was predictable at times, the anguish and feelings were REAL!! This book is not just fluffy, it deals with real grief. And the author did a excellent job bringing it to life on page.THE COUPLE WAS GOLD!!!The connection between Jason and Sloan was fabulous from start to finish. The way Jason supported Sloan throughout the entire book was just wonderful. He never pressured her or made her feel bad for how she felt. He was the most wonderful, patient and understanding hero. Truly magnificent in every way. Perfection!Sloan was lovely, the opposite in many ways to her best friend Kristen from The Friend Zone. She was shy at times, got flustered when Jason turned on the flirting, and oh how he loved to make her blush – in a sweet way. And their Meet Cute was one of the cutes I ever read about. I could feel the heat between them, the moment when time stood still for a second or two. It all was just so adorable.THE EPILOGUEThe way the author wrapped it all up was perfection. She didn’t just wrap up Sloan and Jason’s story but also Kristen and Josh’s and it felt like the two story came to a completion. The two books are supposed to be read as a duet, since Sloan and Kristen’s stories are so tightly connected. All in all, very well done!OVERALLThe first half was a definite 5 star for me, the second half slipped a little to a 4 star since it was just too predictable at times, but the epilogue wrapped it all up so beautiful that overall I really, really loved this book.
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait!
  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    Abby Jimenez is one of my favorite authors hands down! When I finished reading this book, I had to decide whether I loved The Friend Zone better than HEAP, and I think that Abby just keeps getting better and better. Both these books are my top reads for 2019 and now for 2020. It has been two years since Brandon, Sloan’s fiancée dies of a tragic motorcycle accident from a drunk driver, and Sloan is still grieving the loss. Sloan has had no desire to do much of anything anymore and have lost her Abby Jimenez is one of my favorite authors hands down! When I finished reading this book, I had to decide whether I loved The Friend Zone better than HEAP, and I think that Abby just keeps getting better and better. Both these books are my top reads for 2019 and now for 2020. It has been two years since Brandon, Sloan’s fiancée dies of a tragic motorcycle accident from a drunk driver, and Sloan is still grieving the loss. Sloan has had no desire to do much of anything anymore and have lost her passion and have let her talents go to the wayside including taking care of herself. In an interesting turn of events, she runs into a dog named Tucker and ends up getting to know the owner, Jason. Jason ends up being half way across the world and in the meantime, Sloan ends up taking care of Tucker and that is when their friendship developed through text messages first then phone calls. The way they met and how their friendship developed was absolutely brilliant. The progression was as natural as it can get and that is where Abby’s brilliance comes in - nothing cringy and everything heart fluttering and swoon worthy. The second part of the story line is when Sloan discovers that Jason is a rising musician who just signed an incredible record and tour around the world. There will be plenty of romantic moments and equally as much of a challenging situation for a new couple navigating the recently found fame and popularity that will test their relationship and trust with each other. Each chapter of the book lists a song that sets the mood for that chapter. I found myself listening to the songs first before. This book had me in all of my emotions. It tugged my heart strings, I shed a few tears, and most of all I was left with the satisfaction of the couple I was rooting for from the very beginning. I highly recommend this book and give it all the marvelous stars and more.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    If you read THE FRIEND ZONE, you know that Jimenez's writing is compulsively readable and nigh unputdownable. So why I decided to pick it up at nine PM on a work night and stay up almost until midnight to finish and then write this review.. well, it wasn't a decision, I just lived it. I don't regret it now but we'll speak later as to how I feel in the morning.I can't quite decide if this was on par with THE FRIEND ZONE or if the former was a little better, but this was still a really fun read, If you read THE FRIEND ZONE, you know that Jimenez's writing is compulsively readable and nigh unputdownable. So why I decided to pick it up at nine PM on a work night and stay up almost until midnight to finish and then write this review.. well, it wasn't a decision, I just lived it. I don't regret it now but we'll speak later as to how I feel in the morning.I can't quite decide if this was on par with THE FRIEND ZONE or if the former was a little better, but this was still a really fun read, with characters just zany enough for comic relief (Kristen), supportive found-family friends, swoony love, a heaping portion of emotions and feels, and a big time second chance at love -- not with the same guy, of course, but a second chance nonetheless.This is definitely going to be a hit.Full review to come on release.** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Lyndse Kay
    January 1, 1970
    *WARNING! THIS BOOK WILL CAUSE A LOSS OF RATIONALE AND ALL CONCEPTS OF TIME!*Well folks, Abby Jimenez has done it again. With her first [published] book, The Friend Zone, it took me a few chapters to find my reading flow. With The HEAP, it took me about two paragraphs before I was sucked back in, and it felt like I had been happily reunited with my dear friend Sloan (who I’ve been desperately concerned for ever since finishing TFZ this past summer).Having lost a loved one myself, I have always *WARNING! THIS BOOK WILL CAUSE A LOSS OF RATIONALE AND ALL CONCEPTS OF TIME!*Well folks, Abby Jimenez has done it again. With her first [published] book, The Friend Zone, it took me a few chapters to find my reading flow. With The HEAP, it took me about two paragraphs before I was sucked back in, and it felt like I had been happily reunited with my dear friend Sloan (who I’ve been desperately concerned for ever since finishing TFZ this past summer).Having lost a loved one myself, I have always felt close to Sloan, and dadgummit if Abby didn’t have me crying by page two. “Watching” Sloan go through her journey of grief and finding happiness within herself - acknowledging that being happy is a CHOICE only SHE could choose - I have never wanted to step into a story more than I did this one so I could give her all the hugs and wipe away all of the tears (both happy and sad) and share all of the Nadia Cakes cuppiecakes (lemon drop is one of my favorites too).*Excuse me while I pack my bags, put my house on the market, and go fill my tank so I can begin my move to Sloan’s neighborhood.*The material was fresh as was the overall feel. Jimenez writes strong female protagonists that are genuine and able to stand on their own (which is refreshing considering that what turns me off to most romance novels is the whole “you complete me” trope that insinuates a woman cannot be complete without a romantic partner), but are ultimately open to being vulnerable and falling in love. There are less references to genitalia than in TFZ, but that’s because Jimenez wrote as Sloan, not Kristen (although she does appear from time to time to share her sage [tree] advice ;) and support for Sloan, and I actually found myself enjoying the change of pace just as much, if not more, than that of TFZ. Jimenez says her characters are based on close friends, but after reading The HEAP, I can’t help but wonder if she has actually lived multiple lives and this is her way of sharing them with us. It’s that or sorcery because I was unable to fulfill any prior commitments once I opened the book, I had no idea how long I had been reading (nor did I care), and not only did the final chapter have me crying from content, I cried harder when I realized it was almost over & I wasn’t sure I could cope. I’m saying I went full in, y’all. I was clutching book edges, clasping hands over my heart, laughing Sloan-style, freaking out my dog with sudden tear bursts, snorting, rolling eyes, cursing directly at characters (literally out loud at the book), trying to figure out twists I knew would be around corners, and apparently my dog taught herself how to roll her eyes because 200 pages in she was over my behavior and fell asleep beside me......and six hours after I began reading, it was all over.If you’ve read this far, just do yourself a favor and buy the dang book. You won’t regret it & you’re welcome.
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  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    Alright. I’m ready to talk about The Happy Ever After Playlist. Took me long enough….yes, thanks for noticing. This novel really hit me all in the feels and I had to let it simmer before giving my complete thoughts. I wanted to love this novel as much as I loved The Friend Zone. I wanted a marathon reading session. I wanted to reconnect with the characters that I fell in love with last year. Welp, that happened….except for the added bonus. I loved HEA even better! I.Loved.This.Book The Alright. I’m ready to talk about The Happy Ever After Playlist. Took me long enough….yes, thanks for noticing. This novel really hit me all in the feels and I had to let it simmer before giving my complete thoughts. I wanted to love this novel as much as I loved The Friend Zone. I wanted a marathon reading session. I wanted to reconnect with the characters that I fell in love with last year. Welp, that happened….except for the added bonus. I loved HEA even better! I.Loved.This.Book The characters, the story, the fairy tale quality with a big smack of real life…..it’s my jam. I actually fell so hard for this book, it keeps entering my mind. Abby, is an incredibly visual writer and because of that…I am treated to daily flashbacks 😊. Read the synopsis if you want the full low down on what this book is about. But trust me. Pick it up. Even if you did not enjoy The Friend Zone….this is a different story with similar characters but bringing to life a new chapter. PS: I thought about not including this in my review….but I want to and I do what I want 😂. When I posted on Instagram how much I enjoyed HEA, Abby reached out to me. What came out of that conversation was a greater understanding of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. Y’all. These were real people. Both Kristen and Sloane are real life stories….I adored that. As real as the characters were for me and trust me….they were real. This brought to light a whole new feeling from this novel. Go in knowing that grief looks different for everyone. Infertility looks different for everyone. Thank goodness we have authors that are willing to share a piece of themselves with us. {stepping off my soapbox…thank you for your time!}
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  • Kari | Books For The Living
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed. I cried. I loved.Y’all are just getting a quick mini-review of this one since there are still 6 months before it comes out, but long story short, I loved it. I tried my best to make it last, but I read it in less than 2 days. As y’all know, I am not a fast reader, so that says a lot I think.I was a huge fan of Brandon in THE FRIEND ZONE, so I wasn’t sure how Sloan’s new guy in THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST would live up to expectations. Jason is *very* flirty right off the bat, which I laughed. I cried. I loved.Y’all are just getting a quick mini-review of this one since there are still 6 months before it comes out, but long story short, I loved it. I tried my best to make it last, but I read it in less than 2 days. As y’all know, I am not a fast reader, so that says a lot I think.I was a huge fan of Brandon in THE FRIEND ZONE, so I wasn’t sure how Sloan’s new guy in THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST would live up to expectations. Jason is *very* flirty right off the bat, which to be honest had me going ‘woah boy slow it down’ but I think it fits his personality well. And it didn’t take me long to fall for him and Sloan together. He also has some devastatingly romantic lines that legit had me swooning.I loved that Tucker the dog was the catalyst for shaking Sloan out of her prolonged grief. I loved her in TFZ and was so happy to get to know her better in HEAP. She and Kristen’s dialogue is just as hilarious in this book and I loved Kristen and Josh’s antics too.Full review coming closer to pub date!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all I can’t even right now. It’s pretty rare for me to read a book this far in advance of release (April 2020!) but I literally couldn’t wait. I needed Sloan’s story more than I can even explain after what went down in The Friend Zone. The Happy Ever After Playlist was the sequel I needed. I laughed. I cried. I swooned. I cried some more. Perfection. Oh, my feels. RTC closer to release, after I’ve reread it at least once. Y’all I can’t even right now. It’s pretty rare for me to read a book this far in advance of release (April 2020!) but I literally couldn’t wait. I needed Sloan’s story more than I can even explain after what went down in The Friend Zone. The Happy Ever After Playlist was the sequel I needed. I laughed. I cried. I swooned. I cried some more. Perfection. 💕 Oh, my feels. RTC closer to release, after I’ve reread it at least once.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    Because I have no chill I read this April release in October and let me tell you...worth it. Get this on your TBR. Full review to come closer to release date. All the love!
  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    OK, so I didn't want to write anything too revealing just yet because the release date is so far away. So I'll leave you with my overall impressions. I'll update this when we get closer to the publishing date.I devoured this book in two days, but also easily could have done it in one because this story kept me reading. The characters are well-managed and I think most people will really love Jason and his charismatic and empathetic personality. I imagined him as Shawn Mendez or Ed Sheeran. The OK, so I didn't want to write anything too revealing just yet because the release date is so far away. So I'll leave you with my overall impressions. I'll update this when we get closer to the publishing date.I devoured this book in two days, but also easily could have done it in one because this story kept me reading. The characters are well-managed and I think most people will really love Jason and his charismatic and empathetic personality. I imagined him as Shawn Mendez or Ed Sheeran. The background in the music industry and how pop stars are treated was interesting and I wonder how much of that was true.It felt like there was more care and love put into this story than The Friend Zone. I liked this one immensely more than I did The Friend Zone especially because I don't remember Josh and Kristin being this annoying. They annoyed me throughout this book. I also really liked the conflict in this story. Their relationship was definitely insta-love, which is fine with me, but their HEA wasn't my favorite. I'm really not a fan of endings like this one, but that's more my preference than a negative about the book. Overall, a great romance story that really highlights Abby Jimenez's writing power. I mean, the woman has made me cry after both her books.I received a copy of this book from Read Forever for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author.
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  • Really Into This
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Thank you Read Forever for my gifted review copy. I've been waiting to read THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST since I finished THE FRIEND ZONE. Actually, that's a lie. I wanted to read HEA PLAYLIST as I was reading TFZ because this is the moment where I learned Abby wrote this book first! Once I knew more about Sloan, I had to read her story!Estelle from Read Forever sent Sarah contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Thank you Read Forever for my gifted review copy. I've been waiting to read THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST since I finished THE FRIEND ZONE. Actually, that's a lie. I wanted to read HEA PLAYLIST as I was reading TFZ because this is the moment where I learned Abby wrote this book first! Once I knew more about Sloan, I had to read her story!Estelle from Read Forever sent me a little note with the book encouraging me to savor this read. Well, I took her advice and I am glad I did. While I wanted to rip the pages apart and devour the book, I didn't. I read it over about a week & really let the story settle. Abby writes in such a binge-able manner. As soon as you read a few pages, you'll want to do nothing else but live in her written world. Her characters are relatable, zany, wild, hilarious & memorable. I feel like everyone has a thing for singer/songwriters, right? Maybe it's just me. So when I found out Jason has a music career...cue the swooning. Songs, tours, performances, sooo good. I also really like Sloane. She's been through a LOT and Abby writes her in such a strong & favorable manner. She's doing the best she can. Another thing I love is that Sloane & Jason COMMUNICATE. It's an honest, vulnerable relationship from the very beginning. I connected so much with their love story. Pre-order this book! Even if you don't think you like romance, give this book a try. I have an idea with Abby is working on next and I'm ready!! All the stars! This is me telling Abby I'm ready for more books!
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    This review has taken me way too long to write - and that's the problem with doing justice to a book that you absolutely loved! The Happy Ever After Playlist is the follow up to 2019's debut hit, The Friend Zone and is chock full of antics, charm, wit, dogs and of course, one of the most captivating romances of the year between a grieving Sloan and a superstar musician, Jason.Fans of Jiminez know that she has a unique ability to make you laugh and cry (often simultaneously) and The HEAP is no This review has taken me way too long to write - and that's the problem with doing justice to a book that you absolutely loved! The Happy Ever After Playlist is the follow up to 2019's debut hit, The Friend Zone and is chock full of antics, charm, wit, dogs and of course, one of the most captivating romances of the year between a grieving Sloan and a superstar musician, Jason.Fans of Jiminez know that she has a unique ability to make you laugh and cry (often simultaneously) and The HEAP is no exception! Jiminez navigates starting over and finding love again when you thought it was lost forever and does so in a way that will capture reader's hearts (especially mine), everywhere.Thank you to the author & Forever Pub for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    RTC but it was amazing and if you loved TFZ go ahead and preorder it ASAP! SO GOOD
  • Kaytee Cobb
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god, I freaking loved this.
  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    *NetGalley Review*After reading and LOVING “The Friend Zone” earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. My heart broke for Sloan in the last book and while I read this book I wanted to reach in and give her a big hug. “It was hard to come to terms with something that didn’t make sense, like a tragic untimely death or a breakup that came out of nowhere. How could anyone be at peace when they don’t know what they did to deserve it or what they could have done to make things *NetGalley Review*After reading and LOVING “The Friend Zone” earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. My heart broke for Sloan in the last book and while I read this book I wanted to reach in and give her a big hug. “It was hard to come to terms with something that didn’t make sense, like a tragic untimely death or a breakup that came out of nowhere. How could anyone be at peace when they don’t know what they did to deserve it or what they could have done to make things different?’’Ugh. Jason was EVERYTHING in this story and I need me one of him in real life as well. He was SO patient, caring and understanding and I loved how he stayed with Sloan through the good and the bad. Throughout this story we slowly start to see a transformation from Sloan and I love that it wasn’t because of a guy. Sloan got better because SHE wanted to get better and it was such a beautiful and heartwarming thing to see. I also loved how Kristen and Josh did everything they could to make sure Sloan was okay. #SquadGoals Kristen was a hoot in this story and it was so nice to catch up with her and Josh. It’s hard to believe that this is only Abby Jiminez second novel. The writing and storytelling always suck me in while I’m reading. It felt like I was with old friends. I smiled, laughed, cried and hurt right along with them these last two books and I am going to miss these characters so much. And as usual I am suffering from the only book hangover. Jiminez has blown me away twice in one year which is NO easy feat. P.S. Make sure to read the author’s note.
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  • Kelsey (kels.reads)
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think I liked it even better than The Friend Zone which I didn’t think was possible. So romantic and funny and amazing!!! Preorder now people!
  • b.andherbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I'm having a difficult time giving this story a star rating because something about Jimenez's writing grabs me by the throat, tosses me into a tornado, and doesn't let me go until I've reached the end surrounded by the destruction of my feelings. So, if that's what you are looking for, hold on for the ride Dorothy.I gobbled up The Happy Ever After Playlist, happy to see Sloan recovering from her grief over the events in The Friend Zone (a book which filled me with similar feelings), and being I'm having a difficult time giving this story a star rating because something about Jimenez's writing grabs me by the throat, tosses me into a tornado, and doesn't let me go until I've reached the end surrounded by the destruction of my feelings. So, if that's what you are looking for, hold on for the ride Dorothy.I gobbled up The Happy Ever After Playlist, happy to see Sloan recovering from her grief over the events in The Friend Zone (a book which filled me with similar feelings), and being wooed by the deliciously sexy musician's dog leaps through her sunroof and into her life. Sloan deserves the best in life and I'll cape for her till the end. The first portion of the book with the texts and flirting between Sloan and Jason is delightful and super fun, full of Jimenez's wit and perfection with dialogue.I wasn't always quite as enchanted with Sloan's friends (the couple from TFZ) or Jason after he reveals his stardom to Sloan. He's immediately entranced by Sloan because she is physically beautiful and funny, and makes some comments about needing to lock her down before anyone else can realize she's ready to date again which made me cringe a little and I was glad Sloan wasn't privy to those thoughts. Sloan's friends also seem to be on #TeamJason a few more times than I felt like he deserved, but to each their own. I'm just firmly #TeamSloan and wanted to punch Jason in the teeth a few times.There was also a subplot involving Jason and a pop star ex with mental health issues that thankfully wrapped up in a respectful way but also made me grit my teeth a few times. See behind spoiler for more thoughts (view spoiler)[She and Jason had a night of sex after working together then break up because she's "got issues" and seems to be on drugs and "crazy." Jason lies by ommission to Sloan about not wanting to take Sloan on their joint tour, which Sloan finds out and causes their first breakup. Plus, it turns out Jason's record label's been putting Lola in to these situations and manipulating her, which is terrible, and she and Jason ultimately reconcile their working relationship. I hope she gets her own story. (hide spoiler)]So, overall there were a lot of things that worked for me and other things that didn't BUT I devoured the entire story in about a day because that's how much I wanted to know what happened. A perfect follow-up for fans of the first book and who want to take on this angst filled romance with a cute as heck dog.Thank you to Forever for the advance copy!
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  • Kori Sulewski (_livelaughread)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this. I read Abby Jimenez's debut, The Friend Zone, earlier this year and really enjoyed it. The banter was right up my alley! When I found out there was going to be a companion following Sloan's story, I knew I'd need to read it! I think I loved this even more than the first. It's an incredible combination of heartfelt and emotional while also making me laugh out loud. The dialogue is witty and the entire story is really well paced throughout. It's a roller coaster of I absolutely LOVED this. I read Abby Jimenez's debut, The Friend Zone, earlier this year and really enjoyed it. The banter was right up my alley! When I found out there was going to be a companion following Sloan's story, I knew I'd need to read it! I think I loved this even more than the first. It's an incredible combination of heartfelt and emotional while also making me laugh out loud. The dialogue is witty and the entire story is really well paced throughout. It's a roller coaster of emotion! While yes it is a romance, it's also a story of choosing happiness.The best part about this, though, is at the beginning of each chapter, there is a song listed that helps to really bring you into the chapter and set the mood. I love listening to music while I read so it was a really cool experience! You can find the full playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.Thank you to Forever Romance for sending me an ARC of The Happy Ever After Playlist! This can be read as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading The Friend Zone first as you get to catch up with Josh and Kristen and knowing the beginning of Sloan's story will add to your reading experience.
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  • Tori Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Where to even start with this book? I read The Friend Zone earlier this year and I absolutely adored it so I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Author Abby Jimenez has the uncanny ability to submerge me completely in the story at the start of her books and I'm lucky if I know what day it is by the time I've finished. This book had everything a great rom-com should include – an epic meet-cute (like, I don't think anything will top this one for me), banter that will, at the same Wow. Where to even start with this book? I read The Friend Zone earlier this year and I absolutely adored it so I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Author Abby Jimenez has the uncanny ability to submerge me completely in the story at the start of her books and I'm lucky if I know what day it is by the time I've finished. This book had everything a great rom-com should include – an epic meet-cute (like, I don't think anything will top this one for me), banter that will, at the same time, have you laughing until you're crying but also blushing because DANG, THAT WAS HOT; a best friend whose love and support is both unwavering but also kind of bonkers (in the best way); and last, but most certainly not least, a dog. You really can't go wrong with any of that.This book can work as a stand-alone, for sure, but, for me, having read The Friend Zone, it felt much easier to get completely swept up in this one, letting a book devour me for once, and, since I was already familiar with Sloan and her devastating past, I was attached to her from the get-go and it was impossible for me not to fall in love with her and to root for her the entire time. And, really, is there anything better than that? The Friend Zone was one of my favorite books of 2019, The Happy Ever After Playlist will definitely be one of my favorites of 2020 when I read it again upon it's release on April 14th, and Abby Jimenez has become one of my favorite authors, hands down. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this book, to The Friend Zone, and to anything Abby might gift us in the future. You won't regret it.
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  • Dawn Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    I can count the number of times I have been so invested in a book I cried. The Notebook was first and The Fault in our Stars was second. The Friend Zone dove right into that category & The Happy Ever After Playlist came in hot on its heels. The tough stories written inside of funny quirky writing is the best thing ever. People have junk, life is messy and to write something that feels like I am learning about my new best friends is a breath of fresh air. I know 2020 seems a long ways out, I can count the number of times I have been so invested in a book I cried. The Notebook was first and The Fault in our Stars was second. The Friend Zone dove right into that category & The Happy Ever After Playlist came in hot on its heels. The tough stories written inside of funny quirky writing is the best thing ever. People have junk, life is messy and to write something that feels like I am learning about my new best friends is a breath of fresh air. I know 2020 seems a long ways out, but you will not be disappointed. You will also not be able to put this baby down!
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  • angelareadsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come but now I have to decide if Friend Zone or Happily Ever After Playlist is my favorite book of the year. Maybe have to just choose both!!!
  • Summer
    January 1, 1970
    I am always a sucker for a regular person dating a celebrity, so this book had me at the blurb. The writing is hilarious and effortlessly shifts on a dime to touching or gut-wrenching. This author really works that balance masterfully. Without giving away anything in the story, I will say at one point, I jumped out of my chair, tears in my eyes, screaming with glee so loudly I scared the hell out of my dogs.
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  • Brei
    January 1, 1970
    I am still processing how much I loved this book. I didn't want it to end! I loved how real this all felt. Longer Review to come. Go Preorder this book!
  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    So so so amazing. RTC!
  • booksbikesbooze
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars ...ALL THE STARS!!Thank you to the publisher @readforeverpub for my netgalley widget to read this title early!!! I have been (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of Jimenez's HEAP as soon as I closed The Friend Zone last May! I couldn't wait to get my hands on (or, eyes on) this book! I was shocked to find out this was actually Jimenez's FIRST book she wrote, prior to TFZ! And to think she wrote this "for fun", never thinking it would be published!I honestly can't decide which book I loved 5 stars ...ALL THE STARS!!Thank you to the publisher @readforeverpub for my netgalley widget to read this title early!!! I have been (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of Jimenez's HEAP as soon as I closed The Friend Zone last May! I couldn't wait to get my hands on (or, eyes on) this book! I was shocked to find out this was actually Jimenez's FIRST book she wrote, prior to TFZ! And to think she wrote this "for fun", never thinking it would be published!I honestly can't decide which book I loved more! Obviously TFZ is all Kristen, and HEAP is all Sloan, so I guess I can love them equally.I absolutely loved Jason & Sloan's story. As I read through the chapters I felt all the emotions: love, fear, angst, distress, forgiveness, etc. A lot of their story reminded me of falling in love myself, and I was able to relate to all those fears and emotions of resistance and apprehension that Sloan felt upon meeting Jason. There were times I honestly didn’t know if they would make it, or not, but without giving anything else away, I will leave with you this: THE ENDING IS PERFECT 😊Add this to your #TBR list ASAP if it’s not already on it! This is out 4/14/2020!
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  • Amy Lea
    January 1, 1970
    Can I just say, I have never been so excited to be granted access to an ARC (thank you Estelle). I was afraid to read it because I LOVED The Friend Zone sooo much. I didn’t know how it would compare.Best believe, this book BROUGHT IT. Abby did it again. First, she is excellent at dialogue between love interests. I felt the chemistry between Sloan and Jason straight away just through those initial texts.Sloan’s story was absolutely heartbreaking in TFZ. I was so pleased to see how Abby handled Can I just say, I have never been so excited to be granted access to an ARC (thank you Estelle❤️). I was afraid to read it because I LOVED The Friend Zone sooo much. I didn’t know how it would compare.Best believe, this book BROUGHT IT. Abby did it again. First, she is excellent at dialogue between love interests. I felt the chemistry between Sloan and Jason straight away just through those initial texts.Sloan’s story was absolutely heartbreaking in TFZ. I was so pleased to see how Abby handled the effects of grief and the way it manifests into every facet of your life. Read the author’s note at the end, which gives some further insight. I absolutely love the way it was handled.Now let’s talk about Jason Larsen (my new top 3 book bf). I didn’t think any man could match up to Josh Copeland. But I think I actually love Jason more? Don’t ask why. I really have no explanation. Jason needs his own post on my blog entirely (coming soon).😅😍Misc things I loved: The music and the playlist (available on Spotify) was also spectacular! Highly recommend. Also, can we talk about the Epilogue!?? ❣️❣️❣️This is what dream romance epilogues should be. Seriously. Authors, please take note.Anyway, I’m ending this review here because I’m going to talk about this book for days, weeks, months, years, forever and ever. You must pick this book up in April when it comes out 🙌🏼❤️
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  • Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    After reading The Friend Zone, I knew Sloan’s story would be compelling. In fact, I was so excited to read The Happy Ever After Playlist that I decided to read the free extended preview. A little snack, if you will, to tide me over. Big mistake. I’m in love with this story already and I’ve only read a few chapters. I was a goner from the moment the adorable dog Tucker is introduced. Then you add in the witty and flirty text messages and phone calls between Tucker’s owner, Jason, and Sloan. Can After reading The Friend Zone, I knew Sloan’s story would be compelling. In fact, I was so excited to read The Happy Ever After Playlist that I decided to read the free extended preview. A little snack, if you will, to tide me over. Big mistake. I’m in love with this story already and I’ve only read a few chapters. I was a goner from the moment the adorable dog Tucker is introduced. Then you add in the witty and flirty text messages and phone calls between Tucker’s owner, Jason, and Sloan. Can you say rom com heaven? How am I supposed to wait until April to read the rest of the story?!?! I only have myself to blame.
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