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April 26, 2014

Loved It: Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Touchstone
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Fantasy
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.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Elizabeth Maxwell is like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise fogged up reading streak thick with butt-kicking fantasy adventures and heart rending stories. I said on my post yesterday that I'm hitting a wall of some sort and HAPPILY EVER AFTER is exactly what I needed to scale said wall... I'm still in a "writing" slump though so thanks in advance for bearing with me. 
I didn't plan for it to go this way. No one fantasizes about being a slightly overweight, middle-aged, divorced mother desperately in need of an eyebrow wax and some sort of Pilates intervention. no one dreams of driving a blue Toyota minivan with unidentifiable food particles wedged between the seats or owning a sofa with coffee ring stains on the arms. but these things happen regardless. And then you must live with them.

I believed in romance. It was my one true faith. We all deserved flowers and diamonds and a man entirely devoted to our happiness... We were due our champagne and starry nights and kisses so deep they made us weak in the knees.
That's Sadie in a nutshell but HAPPILY EVER AFTER is far from being a pity party. And regardless if you're anything like her, you'd be able to relate to Sadie in some organic way. If you've ever been jilted, cheated on, been desperately single, fantasized what your HEA would be like, Sadie tells your story to an extent and with much self-deprecating humor. There's so many things that I love about Sadie, she's funny, nutty, independent, she's a talented writer but a relatively average female with body issues and a shoe fetish. Her ex-husband is gay and he still (awkwardly) calls her in the middle of the night for love advice. She put out an ad on the paper looking for a decent f*ck buddy which turned out satisfactory. 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER has a simple plot but laid out in a rather complex manner and very much like the movie Enchanted in that there's a story within the story. It's ridiculous but in a good way and I can't count the number of times I LOLd because of the dialogue and Sadie's observations. And just like Sadie, EMaxwell bent a LOT of rules in this book. Surprisingly I DIDN'T MIND IT AT ALL! I didn't care how and where the magic happened and all the world building required from a fantasy novel, I took all the missing parts in stride just went with the tale and for some reason it worked well for me. I wish there's a sequel!

So if you're a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's books or have read Gigi Levangie Grazer's The After Wife or if you just want to read something light and humorous, grab a copy of HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Elizabeth Maxwell, this is the kind of book you'd want to share or gift to your friends.








20 comments:

  1. Woo! So glad this one had that edge of originality to scale your wall.

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    1. Very! I was laughing so hard you won't believe it!

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  2. I love everyday gals who make me laugh. This sounds good, Braine! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of this. It's really funny!

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  3. Awww this book sounds absolutely adorable, sometimes these contemporaries are needed to take you out of a funk. Sadie sounds like a hilarious gal that is fun to read about!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. So true, I never realized I needed a good laugh until I've read this!

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  4. Now this one looks like a book for me .D

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  5. Oh that sounds fun! Just added it to my wishlist :)

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    1. Awesome! I hope she makes you laugh too!

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  6. Oh! This is the book Hootie was telling me about! Now I want it even more. So glad you enjoyed Happily Ever After, Braine!

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    1. Yeah we were comparing notes and laughing so hard over Sadie's comments

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  7. This does indeed sound fun! I'm glad it was able to bust-up your reading slump ;)

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    1. Funny books always does it for me. Who doesn't want to laugh?!

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  8. Fun! I love book like this and I'm always searching for more.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I hope you get to try this soon, you won't regret it!

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  9. Braine, this sounds great! And, as I believe I've said, I need something different from what I've been reading. You've written a great review and have convinced me to read this one. ;)

    Btw, I'm going to take you up on your offer for Red. I'll let you know when I'm ready. <3

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    1. Yay!

      Ok, email me or whatever and I'll lend RED to you ;)

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  10. those dreaded Reading slumps..glad you found a good book to get you out of it 😃

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  11. Yes!! I'm so glad we loved this together. I feel closer to you. I LOL'd sooo many times! I know you didn't like Jason but he was so sweet. We need to keep reminding E to write us a friggin sequel!!! Your review was fantastic!

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