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The Happy Ever After Playlist

(The Friend Zone #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  58,872 ratings  ·  7,495 reviews
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. ...more
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Published April 14th 2020 by Forever
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Abby Jimenez
Feb 10, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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* TH
This was SO DRAMATIC but I’d be lying if i didn’t say i got heart-squishy feelings.

Like, first half: four stars. Normal rom com. Pretty good stuff.

Second half: The kind of scandal and constant ups and downs that I have longed for since my days of reading fan fiction in which the slightly older tour costume designer who is definitely just a self insert for the author falls for Justin Bieber. (Yes I am thinking of a specific one and please for the love of god sound off in the comments if you remem
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is proof that authors deserve a second chance. after the problematic fiasco that was ‘the friend zone,’ i was hesitant to give this a shot, but i am surprisingly relieved that i enjoyed this.

the first part is an absolute delight. the adorableness of how sloan and jason meet, how they interact and get to know each other, and how they eventually fall for one another is just too sweet. but then the story takes a turn as jason goes on tour and then it becomes like every other romance stor
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guys!! Read this book!! It's so cute! I thought my face was going to cramp up from all the smiling!!! 

 I went into this book completely blind. I didn't see any early reviews, I didn't even read the synopsis. I saw the cover and I went with it.

And I am so glad that I did because I lowkey fell in love with it.

For the first half of the book, I was convinced that it was going to be a full 5-star read. It's still pretty close to five stars, but not quite, and I'll explain why later.

The first half of
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m so happy right now because I have to admit, I have so many second thoughts before requesting this book to review!

I can hear you ask me:” Why the hell you requested and stole other romance lovers’ chances, you…” Okay, don’t fill the blanks and I hope you didn’t get angry to me. But I have a good reason: This is the second book of Abby Jimenez and I had so much trouble to like the first one. I didn’t any problem about the witty, sarcastic writing but also angtsy, heart-wrenching story progress
All the stars! Or should I say hearts!

When Abby Jimenez released her previous novel The Friend Zone, I opted for the audio version. It became the first audio that I really enjoyed. Let me re-phrase that…I loved it! A solid five-star experience that left me anxious to pick up Ms. Jimenez’s follow up The Happy Ever After Playlist. I had high hopes I’d have the same thrilling experience. And boy did I. Didn’t think it was possible but occasionally lightning does strike twice, and I have to say
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know!

Abby Jimenez really made some of you angry with the direction that Sloane’s life took, when we met her as Kristen’s best friend, in book #1 “The Friend Zone”. (Another 5 ⭐️book for me)

And even though, she promised to “make things right” in this book...you just could NOT imagine how she could!!

Well, let me tell you...she found the PERFECT way...and his name is Tucker. 🐶
Oh, and Tucker’s dog daddy, Jason isn’t bad either.
Even if he is a “soon to be famous” rock star!

Will he be “the one”
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Originally I was going to give this a full 3 stars. On further deliberation, I’ve decided it was really a 2 or a 2.5. While the execution and writing style is there, I couldn’t let go of some of the toxic tropes in this book. As the twitter saying goes, it’s not the inclusion of problematic tropes that’s an issue, it’s the exclusion of illustrating that those tropes are wrong.

Of course there’s the little things that annoyed me. Like the fact that Jason’s stage name is Jaxon Waters. It’s like aut
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

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You can’t control the bad things that happen to you. All you can do is decide how much of you you’re going to let them take.

Last year I read Abby Jimenez's debut novel 'The Friend Zone' and I was blown away. When I saw she had a new book coming out, I jumped on it. The Happy Ever After Playlist can be read as a complete stand alone, but if you've read 'The Friend Zone', you'll recognize the heroine, Sloan. Sloan is Kristen's best friend and suffered a tragic loss. Her f
Larry H
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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 hop
I wasn’t planning on reading this one after being so upset over The Friend Zone, but then I was able to get my hands on the audiobook thanks to Libro.fm, and so I decided why not, and gave it a go.

This book was fine, it actually started off really good. I love reading about the dog Tucker and the way the couple meets in this book because of the dog is really interesting and the way it was setting up, I thought it was gonna be something I was really gonna enjoy. But then I feel like when the cou
This book gets all the stars for eliciting all the feels! Run to purchase it & read it!!! ⁣

While so many people loved The 𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘡𝘰𝘯𝘦, the ending just didn’t do it for me but I did love the romance so I knew I had to read 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵 and see what became of Sloan. If you’ve read 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘡𝘰𝘯𝘦 you know she deserved her happy ever after. ⁣

I’m here to say that this book blew me away! It was everything I wanted and more - romantic, emotional, sexy, adorable, funny and yes - steamy. 🔥
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Much to think about on this one! I definitely liked this one waaay more than Jimenez's previous book, The Friend Zone (check out my review of that one here), but I still wouldn't call this a new favorite. I really liked the characters and even at times when I normally would have found their interactions to be way too cringe-y, I was completely hooked and rooting for them to succeed. ESPECIALLY that ending scene. Sa-woon. But I think the reason that I didn't enjoy this one as much as I could have ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads, audiobook
My relationship with rom-coms is complicated but in the early days of the quarantine not many books were working for me. This was recommended so many times I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad I did. A dog brings the characters Sloan and Jason together in a cute way when he jumps into Sloan's car. His name is Tucker. (I have a sweet Tucker of my own so how could I not love him? 💖) The witty banter between the characters was my favorite part of the book. The narrators in the audio version w ...more
5 Perfect Stars!

“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez, Hits All the Right Notes! Cue the Smiles, the Laughter and yes, even the Tears!

What a Gem this novel is. In times like this, each and every one of us needs a book that will make us break into a smile and bring on that hysterical laughter. This, my friends, is that book!

First, there is the friendship between Sloan and her bestie Kristen (from Abby Jimenez’s prior novel “The Friend Zone”). These two will have you laughing so hard,
Whitney Atkinson
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2020
3.5 ish stars, idk.

A book with both Abby Jimenez and Casey Mcquiston's on it is one that had me so hyped, I was sure nothing would stop me from giving it 5 stars. But. Here we are. It was good, but it wasn't the greatness of book one, The Friend Zone.

I'm gonna mention this first because in the grand scheme of the book, it didn't matter, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. Jason is a hunter, Sloan runs a blog about cooking game, and in general, their relationship is quite heteronormative. I'm n
Sheyla ✎

It's not a secret that The Friend Zone was one of my favorite books of 2019. It was such a good story that I thought how can Abby Jimenez top that? This was the main reason why I had reservations about reading The Happy Ever After Playlist. I was so worried it was not going to meet or surpass my expectations.

It turns out, I didn't need to worry. I ended up loving it. The ending is now on the list of my favorite endings of all time. While I was reading it, I was a mess. I cried, I laughed. I
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This light hearted, entertaining and warm offering from Abby Jimenez is likely to appeal to many readers looking to alleviate the stress and anxiety of our current global pandemic. Sloan Monroe is a Los Angeles artist whose life descended into utter misery and never ending grief on the loss of her fiance, Brandon, almost two years ago. Nothing and no-one has managed to lift her out of the despair, not her best friend, Kristen, and her husband, Josh, she has been unable to produce her original ar ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’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.


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
book bruin
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forever
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 th ...more
Well well well! I've got my second "Holy Shooty Balls" read of the year!

Endearing, heartwarming, and irresistible!

THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST by ABBY JIMENEZ is an outstanding, adorable, engaging, enchanting and fun rom-com so beautifully written that it gave me all the feels. I was smiling, laughing, teary eyed and totally mesmerized with what I was listening to.

After finishing this book I discovered that Sloan’s best friend Kristen was the main character in Abby Jimenez’s previous novel, TH
Berit Talks Books
SO darn fun! Abby Jimenez stole my heart with this adorable romcom.Sloane and Jason had the most perfect meet cute ever (not sure if technically this was a meet cute, but I’m calling it that because it was super cute). The beginning of their relationship was pure magic, so sweet and authentic. They of course had some bumps in the road when they were literally on the road traveling while Jason’s band was on tour. It was all resolved almost as adorably as they met. The audiobook was narrated by Er ...more
This is a Romance, and this is the second book in the Friend Zone series. I cannot put into words how much I loved this book. In fact I think this is my favorite romance book I have read this year. I am so glad I read this book. I could not put this book down. The characters where cute and funny, and the storyline/plot was so much more then the normal romance.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, if you want something for right now that’s entertaining, fun and well written then this one is ‘just the ticket’, ‘fits the bill’ and totally ‘cuts the mustard’. Sloan Monroe is stuck and has been for two years since the tragic death of her fiancé Brandon. She’s in a state of inertia and cannot move on. Then Tucker most unexpectedly enters her life as does his musician owner Jason a few weeks later. Tucker is the star of the show, he’s a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever. Yes, I didn’t kn ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you Abby Jimenez, thank you for creating these characters! I simply ADORED this book! If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

I loved The Friend Zone. It was a solid 5 star read for me. When I finished it and found out that Sloan’s story was coming up in a sequel I could barely contain my excitement! Little did I know that The Happily Ever After Playlist would be even better!

Sloan is still reeling from the death of her fiancé. While out and about, she meets Tucker - the c
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audible
Oh thank-you to my Goodreads friend Tina who praised this book so much in her review that it made me read (listen) to it right away!! What an enjoyment it was!

I was mesmerized right from the start. The story of Sloane and Jason is so cute and the way they met just makes your heart melt! This was a fabulous Audiobook. Both narrators were outstanding!

I did not read, "The Friend Zone" but I will for sure pick it up now. I think this book is tied for the best romance of the year for me. Way to go Ab
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
3.5 Stars
I would notice you in a crowd of a million.”

I've been dying for Sloan's story ever since the end of The Friend Zone made me cry my eyes out. I loved her and Brandon so much, it was difficult to imagine the man that would make Sloan's heart beat again. But man, oh man, never in a million years could I have imagined the perfection that was Jason.

Sloan has been a shell of herself for two years since the tragic loss of her fiancé. Her love for Brandon was one of a kind. But some
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 p
I know that people have mixed feelings over The Friend Zone, but I was a huge fan of that romance. After what happened to Sloan's character in that book, I was very excited to see her find her own happily ever after.

Sloan is having a hard time moving on. Life has been at a standstill for two years until an adorable pup literally falls into her life. I loved how this book started out with Sloan breaking down her walls with this dog that came into her life. Then, her and Jason start communicating
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay Abby Jimenez... I see you! I was pleasantly surprised by The Friend Zone, so I had high hopes for this one. I mean, what an adorable title and cover! SHE'S TWO FOR TWO! I absolutely loved this book and not sure which one I like the best now. It's funny and heartwarming, but also deals with much deeper and emotional things such as loss and mental health.

The Happy Ever After Playlist follows Kristen's best friend, Sloan, from The Friend Zone. Her husband Brandon died two years ago, and she's
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Abby Jimenez is a Food Network winner, New York Times best selling author, and recipient of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for her novel Life's Too Short. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following.

Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the

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