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Happily Ever Afters

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Lainey Stratton does not fall in love with strangers she meets on vacation. It simply doesn’t make logical sense. So when Lainey meets Carter Thompson on the first day of her Caribbean vacation, she knows it could never amount to anything more than a crush. At the end of the vacation she will return to Dallas and he will return to D.C., and that will be the end of it. Well ...more
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Published September 19th 2017 by Clean Reads
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Katie W
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars) My heart and soul belongs on the beach and the first quarter of the book takes place in Puerto Rico (I've been there, so it was easy to imagine). Lainey and her two best friends, one of which is her sister, are celebrating her 30th birthday and a chance encounter with Carter leaves everyone involved (reader and Lainey) with a palpitating heart. The chemistry is definitely there, but after this long weekend, how can these two successful people from opposite parts of the country possib ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The road to a happily ever after is not smooth. There are many obstacles and hazards to be overcome before reaching your destination.

Lainey is a successful Doctor celebrating her 30th birthday when she unexpected meets a handsome bachelor. (When do you ever expect to meet the right guy?) They hit it off from the beginning, but she lives in Texas and he lives in Washington DC. She considers it to be a vacation crush and is prepared to move on. Fortunately, that's not the way this story plays out
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It's always a bit of a chance picking up a book by an author you don't know and haven't really heard anything about. I do believe this is Rachel Magee's first book and if it isn't, it's MY first book by this author. I was hopeful going in, but unsure. Man, I am SO glad I joined in for this book tour because this book was fantastic. It's more than just a sweet romance, it's a journey filled with emotion and growth.

The book starts out in a tropical paradise where two people meet. All the initial f
K Dow
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Story
By the cover I thought I was in for a pleasant boy meet girl kind of story but it was more than that. It was the second half of the story that really did it for me. The heroine's pain was believable and heartfelt for me. Rachel Mcgee really knows how to pull on the heartstrings. I loved the relationships she built not just between the hero and heroine but between her and her friends. I would definitely read another story from this author.
Suzie Waltner
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The road to happiness is sometimes littered with potholes. The ones that hurt. The ones that derail your plans.

Lainey Stratton has had some difficult knocks in her life. She is definitely due for some joy. When she goes on vacation with her sister and best friend, she meets Carter Thompson. A vacation fling with a gorgeous guy is just what she needs to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. Yet as she spends time with Carter, she grows to admire the man he is.

This book. Wow. The first third was fun.
Janice Sisemore
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A fast reading book, even though some of the first parts were slow the story kept me interested from start to finish. About finding love, recovering from lost loves. Will Lainey ever find her Happily ever afters? Loved the characters of Lainey and Carter but one character that was really special was Reece, who is the best friend of Lainey. She was always there for Lainey. Carter and Lainey met while on vacation, he lives in Washington D.C and she lives in Dallas. Will they be
Kate Randle
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It is such a sweet story with compelling characters, romantic settings and an engaging plot. I was really rooting for the heroine Lainey and the hero Carter. The emotional journey of these two souls captured my heart and stayed with me long after I finished the novel. I highly recommend this debut novel by Rachel Magee and hope to see more of her work in the near future.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Lainey Stratton was on vacation with her two best friends to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. She was bemoaning the fact that she still was not happily married, when the handsome Carter Thompson met and asked her on a date. He was only supposed to be a vacation fling. But then he indicated that he wanted to continue their relationship past the vacation, despite the thousand plus miles between them. Should Lainey take the chance to start a relationship with him or let it go lest it never the sam ...more
Melody Delgado
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really cute love story. You could feel the warmth between Lainey and Carter from the get go.
Linda Dunn
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming and passionate read.

This book is about Carter and Lainey's journey which starts off by a chance encounter in Puerto Rico. Lainey and her best friend and sister are on this trip to celebrate Lainey's 30th birthday. Lainey sees in Carter everything she longs for in a man. Tenderness, sense of humor, but above all he is an amazing friend and she feels relaxed and comfortable when she is with him. It doesn't hurt that he is extremely attractive. Lainey and Carter have chemistry, but L
Susan Dayley
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I planned to read Happily Ever Afters a chapter here or there, a bit of diversion discretely spaced throughout my day and to-do items. It didn’t happen. I guess I have Rachel Magee to thank for the bags under my eyes from staying up to finish “one more” scene that turned into twenty without my realizing it. This story is not only a page turner, but it crept up on me, and by the end I was doing the unthinkable—grabbing tissues. I’m not a crier over stories, but this one had me swiping away at my ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
A happily ever after. Isn’t that what all little girls dream about? I don’t necessarily mean a Prince Charming, but just a good old fashion being swept off your feet, romantically falling in love, happily ever after. And when you read a romantic novel, isn’t that what the tone should be? Sure, some stories may be a little bit far fetched, but they are there to provide hope to those who have not began their story yet, right? As a romantic myself, I’d like to think so.

Here’s the thing. Happily eve
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

So, um, maybe the book should have a stronger warning about the tragic turn in Lainey's life? It was very sad. It made the ongoing emotional trauma that she was experiencing very understandable, but kind of hard for me to go through with her. Still, as promised, the happily-ever-after does come.

Carter really is too good to be true. The author does a good job of letting us see how well Lainey and Carter hit it off, but how many guys would be that patient and understanding for so long? T
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is quite possible that Lainey and Carter are my favorite book couple. These two are so relatable and real, I felt like I was right there with them every step of the way!
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Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destinati ...more

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