Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell ~ Review
In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages—or between her sheets.At forty-six, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an eleven-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs.
Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar…too familiar, in fact. She encounters an incredibly handsome man exactly like the one in her imagination—and her latest novel. Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing in Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking... places where Happily Ever After might not be so far-fetched after all
I was pleasantly surprised by Happily Ever After. Elizabeth managed to combine genres, contemporary romance with a little bit of fantasy/paranormal and do it fairly well. The main character Sadie is in her 40’s and divorced and I really didn’t think I would relate to her, but she was a very relatable character…funny, and very normal. There were just a few issues that held my rating back a little…I thought the plot could have been written with a little more to include more of Sadie’s current relationship (I won’t tell you which guy), and the mixing of genres was a little much at times, but overall the writing was good and the characters were well developed. This was an enjoyable read…something cute, light, and hilarious to occupy my afternoon. 3.5 stars.
Sadie Fuller is a 40ish divorcée, overweight, frumpy, mini-van driver who spends the majority of her time in her office working on her latest steamy romance novel. Her pen name is K.T. Briggs and she brings most women’s fantasies to life, to bad Sadie’s life is not as exciting. She has a young daughter, who is the product of her marriage to her gay ex-husband…yes, you read that right…but the two still manage to be close friends and raise their daughter together. Sadie doesn’t really have a romance life, she is devoted to her writing and daughter, but she does have Jason whom is her Friday afternoon “hook up” and that is the extent of her dating. One day while at Target, she runs into a handsome man who she soon realizes is straight out of her current work in progress. How is that even possible? Aidan has amnesia and she agrees to help him gain his memory back, no matter how crazy it may seem. Soon, really strange things begin happening and in the process of helping Aidan, Sadie realizes what love is and she may in the process, just find her own Happily Ever After.
Happily Ever After was a cute, funny, unique read. If you’re looking for something different, something refreshing than the typical romance novels out today, then Happily Ever After is a fast-paced book you will enjoy.
*Reviewed by Brandi
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