And They Lived Happily Ever After by: Therese Beharrie

Release Date: November 30th 2021

One unexpected kiss . . .

Successful romance author Gaia Anders has a secret: anything she dreams at night is magically written into her bestselling novels. After a lonely childhood in foster care, her dream life is the only one she trusts. Gaia’s waking life just can’t compare–until she gets caught in one utterly surprising, crazy-passionate, real-life kiss . . .

One near-perfect guy . . .

Workaholic businessman Jacob Scott has had a crush on his brother’s best friend, Gaia, since foreverbut he never expected to literally share her dreams. Living out their magical nighttime fantasies is explosive, but it’s their waking desire turning his single-minded ways upside down. It’s making him want a future he didn’t think was possible . . .

One dream that could come true . . .

But Gaia has secrets from her past she won’t reveal. And Jacob’s attempts to keep the peace in his own fractured family puts him up against her deepest fears. Soon, they’re facing hard truths about who they are and what they’re running from. And the only way to break this curse is realizing true love’s real-life power . . . “

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***I received an ARC of this book, ahead of release, through Netgalley***

Potential triggers…

  • Anxiety/stress/depression
  • Foster care
  • loss of a parent/parents

Therese wrote Gaia and Jacob’s anxiety, stress, and insecurities so real that I found myself having to take breaks from this beautiful story.

Gaia was someone with who I deeply felt a connection. Growing up feeling like, or being told, that no one wanted you leaves a big chip on your shoulder that is really hard to let go of. Her social anxiety and nerves about others all trace back to those feelings of abandonment and never wanting to feel that way again.

After the death of his mother, Jacob is left feeling like it is up to him to keep his family (his older brother and their father) together. Jacob tries hard to ensure no one can see how much stress and anxiety he carries around.

The attraction between Gaia and Jacob is pretty much instant and only grows stronger the more they talk to each other which both intrigues and terrifies both of them…in different ways. Gaia is scared of putting her heart out there only to be abandoned and Jacob is afraid that Gaia might distract him from keeping his father’s company afloat and trying to keep his family together.

This was such a beautifully written book that had me laughing and crying. I cannot wait to read more books by Therese!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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