Title: Happily Ever After
Author: Tanya Anne Crosby
Sophia Vanderwahl had always dreamed a knight in shining armor would sweep her off her feet, but she knew this only happened in fairy tales. And when she discovers the truth about her philandering fiance, she decides to track down and confront him in person. So she hires adventurer Jack MacAuley to help her find her neglectful husband-to-be. But with every glimpse into Jack’s seductive eyes, every tremor she feels at the sound of his voice, she finds her memory of her fiance fading away….
So, I have a confession to make…..I didn’t want to be the one to read this book. I really didn’t. I thought the title was so cliché that the book had to be as well. But alas, it was the only one from our latest stack of library check-outs that either my sister or I had not read. So, against my better judgement I decided to make a go at it.
To my surprise, it turned out to be one of the BEST books I have read in a very long time. In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite romances EVER! And that is saying a lot considering I’ve probably read at least 20 of them over the last two months….(And before your go making judgements about me, yes, I do have a life…… I just neglect it to indulge in my love for trashy books.)
One point of praise for this book is the author’s skill in incorporating humor into the plot. Some of the scenes had me actually laughing out loud! It is like “I Love Lucy” meets “smut book.” Pure entertainment!!
Also, the character development is exceptional! Sophia is the kind of heroine that any woman could love. She is smart, beautiful, and witty enough to hold her own among an onslaught of male characters. And Jack…well, who wouldn’t love Jack? He is a perfect Adonis (much like every other hero in these types of books), but the author does an excellent job in expressing his fears and insecurities, so his character isn’t unrealistic.
The relationship between Sophia and Jack is one of the best attributes of the book. They are constantly bantering back and forth, and yet, there is an undeniable sexual tension that will have you practically skipping pages just to get to the sex!
Speaking of sex….. the sex scenes are fairly explicit, but they are done in good taste and seemed natural and not in the least bit contrived. (There is nothing worse than reading a book that makes you feel awkward during the sex scenes.)
If I had to make one point against the book, it seemed like the timeline was a little rushed. The voyage on Jack’s trip is two weeks long, and the author could’ve done a better job helping the reader get a better sense of the progression of time. It seemed to me like Sophia boarded the ship and “poof”, one week had already gone by. And then “poof” four days went by.
Other than that small detail, the book was fabulous! I would recommend it to anyone! (Especially if they don’t normally read romances.)
RATING: 5 out of 5