Review: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Happy Ever After Playlist
The Happy Ever After Playlist
by Abby Jimenez turned out to be the feel good read I really needed. Laugh out loud funny, a little sad but completely adorable I sat down and read the whole thing in one go, smiling the whole time.


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?


This was very possibly a case of right book at the right time but I don’t care. I loved it and read the whole thing in one Saturday morning with the biggest smile on my face.

I had no idea when I started it that it was a sequel to The Friend Zone but while the author does recommend you read them in order the fact that I hadn’t made absolutely no difference to my enjoyment of this story. Would I have gotten more depth from knowing more of the characters’ backstory? Maybe, but it works perfectly well as a standalone.

From the very start when main character Sloan rescues dog Tucker this story is just ridiculously adorable. I loved each and every character and I adored the relationships between them. Sloan and Jason are so cute together. I loved the banter between them, especially before they meet in person. There’s a lot of teasing and flirting and sooo much chemistry. They seem to have an instant connection but unlike a lot of insta loves this one feels believable and real.

I liked Sloan a lot as a character, she’s kind, funny and tough, but Jason is swoon-worthy book boyfriend material. You could maybe argue that he’s a little too perfect or too good to be true (he’s sensitive, patient, generous, charming, funny and gorgeous) but I was more than happy to just go with it.

There was a lot to like in the secondary characters as well. I really want Kristen and Josh as my best friends, they were absolutely hilarious and sound like they’d be a lot of fun but I loved how they were always there for Sloan. They tease her, embarrass and push her but it’s clear they would do anything to protect her and want her to be happy.  The highlight of the story for me though was dog Tucker. He was a real character, stealing more or less every scene he was in.

The writing is wonderful, witty, fun and packed full of emotion. It made me stupidly happy reading it and I found myself smiling a lot. There are a few sad moments, Sloan is grieving and the new relationship is not all smooth sailing, but while I did shed a couple of tears it is an upbeat and positive story.

I also loved the song titles at the start of each chapter and yes I did listen to the play list as I was reading. Music seems to have become a much bigger part of my life during lockdown, it’s picked me up, calmed me, kept me motivated and helped me let off steam so listening to the tracks while reading really added to the whole experience (and I’ve fallen in love with a few of the tracks).

As you have probably guessed I loved pretty much everything about this story and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of light relief.

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy. This has in no way influenced my review.

14 thoughts on “Review: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

  1. I am a fan of both Jimenez’s books, and I don’t think you need to read The Friend Zone to appreciate this story. The author did a good job letting you know what happened, and to me, that’s enough background. Because, I was there when Sloane lost her finace, I needed this story, but I still think it would have an emotional impact regardless. It was wonderful! I loved every single thing about this book. I cried and smiled and laughed, and I felt joy. It was beautiful! And, yes! The playlist was so good. I mean, it had a song by my favorite band, The Smiths, so that was enough for me.

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    • That’s good to know. I was thinking about reading The Friend Zone soon but I’ve seen a lot of reviews criticising it, I think because of Sloans fiance dying. I may leave it a bit till I’m in a happier place.

      This book was just so wonderful, I kind of want to pretend I’m still in it. Turns out the playlist is great to have on in the background when you’re working (or blogging)


  2. Wonderful review! This sounds like such a cute read… I’ve been unlucky with most of my romcoms, but I think this might just be a winner for me too. xx


  3. oh I need something like this right now! and great that it brought a smile to your face! Good to know even though it’s a sequel, reading this first makes no difference to your enjoyment. Excellent review!


  4. woohoo – I enjoyed this one too!! Actually much more than the first book 😆
    Did you know that the author wrote this one first, and TFZ second?

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    • I read that in the acknowledgements, weird huh? Although I suppose it makes sense given the author’s personal experience.

      I have yet to read the first book so I guess I’ll be reading in the order they were written rather than publication order.


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