- Death of a friend
- Grief and loss of a loved one
- Surprise pregnancy
The meet cute in this book is *chef’s kiss* While driving, her bffs fiancé’s brand new truck, Kristen spills coffee all over herself. This causes her to slam on her breaks and get rear ended by the handsome Josh… who, unbeknownst to her, just happens to be best friends with the owner of the truck… she just covered in coffee. Neither of them realizing their connection, they continue on their day, only to meet at the firehouse where Josh and Brandon (the bff’s fiancé) work.
There is a strong mutual attraction, from the start, but since Kristen has a boyfriend, Tyler who’s a Marine, neither one voices their thoughts on the matter. No matter how hard Kristen tries to avoid Josh, fate seems to have other plans for them, and continues to throw them together. This book is full of humor, heartache, friendship, and love.
Whether you pick this book up because it’s a contemporary romance, due to it covering infertility, or just because you thought it sounded humorous, you will not be disappointed.
Going into this book, just based off the summary, I knew I was going to get a bit emotional during this book…I did not anticipate how emotionally devastated this book would have me.
I felt such a connection to Kristen that only continued to grow as I progressed through the book.
Being able to see both Kristen and Josh’s inner dialogue and emotions through this book was critical, I don’t think the story would have felt as powerful if it had only come from one of their perspectives.
DO NOT READ SUMMARY/DESCRIPTION OF “THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST” IF YOU HAVE NOT READ “THE FRIEND ZONE”
- Grief and loss
- Self harm
- Crippling depression
- Drug and alcohol abuse
When this book begins it’s been 2 years since a drunk driver hit Sloan’s fiancé, Brandon, as he was riding a motorcycle…which landed him in a coma. Almost two years since Brandon suffered a stroke during that coma which rendered him brain dead. Two years since the thought of a “happily ever after” was torn from Sloan.
In two year’s Sloan hasn’t managed to move on from her loss. She no longer cooks, because it reminds her of too many meals she happily cooked for Brandon. The once happy and free artist is no longer inspired to create art and instead picks up random commissions that she can do that don’t challenge her. Her best friend and her husband, who was Brandon’s best friend, seem to be living the life she thought she’d have. No matter what her friend’s do she can’t seem to get herself to really care about anything. She doesn’t want her friends to continue to worry, though, so she tries to limit the time they spend around her, and she attempts to start doing small thing’s, that will lead them to believe she’s getting better.
On her annual trip to Brandon’s grave, to spend time with him on the anniversary of his accident, she ends up thinking she may have hit a dog. As she stops, intending to get out of her car and check on the dog, said dog jumps onto to her car and through her sunroof. She can’t stand the idea of this dog going to the shelter, so she decides to take him, “Tucker”, home until she can find his owner.
After 2 weeks of calling his owner daily, hanging posters, and posting online about Tucker…and still no response from his owner, she makes the decision to keep Tucker. Since Tucker jumped through her sunroof she’s started to feel happiness again. Tucker’s constant need for walks has gotten her out of her house and exercising…she’s starting to see and feel glimpses of the Sloan she was before fate took Brandon from her.
Jason, Tucker’s owner, has been blissfully unaware that Tucker wasn’t safe and sound. Jason has been across the globe for 2 weeks attempting to work on new music and just finally is able to power up his phone and see all those missed messages from Sloan. Jason is horrified to know that Tucker was wandering around and not safe until Sloan took him in…now that he knows, he wants his dog back, but he won’t be back in L.A. for two more weeks.
Sloan doesn’t want to give Tucker back but if Jason really does love and want Tucker…who is she to deny him his dog? But in order to get Tucker back…Jason must prove to Sloan that he loves Tucker. This challenge leads to the two, Sloan and Jason, texting and calling each other daily. By the time the two weeks are up and Jason is finally back in L.A. they’ve both developed feelings for each other, even though they don’t know much about each other.
Sloan and Jason face a lot of hurdles, both emotionally and situationally, that challenge this budding romance. Both Sloan and Jason have to really think about what being together would mean…and decide if they’re willing to face all the challenges that will come with being together.
I’m not going to lie…after reading “The Friend Zone” I didn’t know if I would ever be prepared, emotionally, to read this book. The trauma Sloan faces in “The Friend Zone” messed me up for days…but once again Abby has found a way to tell us a story based around tough subjects that is both beautiful and educational. I love that Abby uses real like experiences she’s witnessed, and been a part of, to tell these stories.
If you don’t mind a romance that will yank your heart out multiple times before putting it back in…grab a box of tissues and dive in!
Another awesome find when reading this book, is each chapter is titled with a song, and someone on Spotify was kind enough to compile those songs for us. I’m honestly hoping this book someday hit’s the big screen…so we can complete the playlist with the 2 songs written by Jason…I want to hear those lyrics!
MORE COMING SOON!