Madison Buchanan’s life has imploded…
Her husband left her for his nineteen-year-old intern, leaving her alone and faced with starting over in her forties. With the help of her feisty best friend, Madison reinvents herself, armed with a new look and open to new possibilities.
Sean Taylor is gorgeous, fun, and young—very young…
He hasn’t had the best of luck. Sean’s track record with women is less than stellar, but when he walks into The Den one day, he just can’t help but be captivated by a dark haired beauty with the sad eyes and killer legs. She’s a little older, but he doesn’t discriminate. More than anything, he wants to be the one to make her smile.
Sean personifies the only thing that has eluded Madison all of her life—joy…
It was meant to be a fling, something fun, with no strings and zero drama, but Sean wants something more, and Madison is just not ready. She’s lived by the rules her family, her friends, even her boss have laid out for her, but her new life is not what she expected. Being with Sean opens feelings she never thought she’d experience.
The the demands of her family and her job throw her boring, simple life into chaos, and Sean is no exception…
Madison is left with a choice. Give in to the expectations of the world around her—or choose to follow her heart and be happy.
But choosing happy is so much harder than it seems.
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She took a deep breath and took a bite of her food, a sigh of pure satisfaction escaping her lips as she relaxed into her seat. Fuck me that sound. I could spend the rest of my life searching for more ways to get her to make that sound again. If her laugh had turned me on, that fucking sigh made things almost painful.
“You are a mess,” I repeated, “but so am I. Life is messy.” I pressed my forehead against hers and exhaled. “The mess isn’t the problem. I can deal with messy. The problem is you won’t let me.”
“We make absolutely no sense. I get that, but I can’t explain it and I shouldn’t have to. We are so alike in some ways and completely different in others. She’s frustrating and overwhelming and I know that I should be running for the hills, but I love her. Why can’t that be enough?”
What I Thought
The synopsis to Choosing Happy really captured me and made me want to read this book. That and the fact that I am a sucker for anything romance. I have only read one other Contemporary Romance before where there has been a significant age gap between the characters that was a big issue for one or both of them, so I thought hey……let’s give another one a go, and I adored Choosing Happy.
So we start off with Madison Buchanan getting drunk to the point of passing out whilst she stares at her divorce papers. Madison’s life couldn’t be further from where she ever thought she would find herself. Her husband, Michael, has left her to be with his 19 year old intern, that he also slept with behind Madison’s back. After 16 years with her now ex-husband, Madison doesn’t really know how to live life by herself. She has always lived her life how her husband and mother wanted her to. Now she is free to be and do as she wants. Calling upon her best friend Margot’s help, Madison prepares to be transformed. When new look Madison is complete, the two ladies head out to The Den to celebrate the start of her new life.
Sean Taylor is the life and soul of every party. He is a joker. He doesn’t take life too seriously. But now, all of his best friends are pairing off around him. Settling down and starting families. This is the furthest thing from Sean’s mind. Until he spots the two ladies at the bar. Tits (Margot) and legs (Madison) talking to the new bartender Liam. After heading over and discovering that Madison is Liam’s sister, Sean’s interest is piqued in her. He knows Margot would be the easy choice but Madison and her blushing is the one he wants. After being warned off by Liam, Sean is super chuffed when Margot secretly slips him Madison’s number.
Madison is incredibly flattered that Sean is interested in her. Who wouldn’t be?! He is gorgeous and young. The young is the problem. Sean is 13 years younger than her. What would people think of her? What would her mother say? So Madison decides to have a no strings, no feelings, purely fun and sexual relationship with Sean. Realistically though, how long before one or both develop them feelings and then what is to happen next for them both?
Well…..all I have to say after finishing this book is, if you don’t love Sean Taylor once you hit the end, then I think you are crazy. Right from the very beginning he grabbed my heart and ran away with it. I loved his cheeky chappy attitude and then with the way he pursued Madison, SWOON! He knew what he wanted and was patient, knowing that Madison had her reservations. You had to admire his determination and chase. He was enchanted by her. It’s not often that its the way of the female wanting casual and the male wanting more, but I loved it in Choosing Happy and it was such a pleasure to read.
It was understandable why Madison would be reserved and scared to move on again and start anything with anyone after what her ex husband did. The way her character developed throughout the story was evenly paced in comparison to the story line and its progression. It was played out in a mature way, but was still fun. There was a time or two when I did want to grab her and shake her, there was just a time too many when she backed off from Sean due to the age thing. I kept thinking “he is done this time, he has to be done this time.” But Sean was just to damn sweet and hung up on her.
Choosing Happy is written from the male and female point of view with a very realistic story line when it comes to age differences and realistic thought processes and reservations about moving forward after being hurt by someone so unexpectedly. It coasted just very slightly in the beginning but it soon kicks in.
All of the secondary characters in Choosing Happy are very entertaining and are very involved in the story. They also made me one click book #1 Somewhere in Between. I think I may of found another series that I will enjoy reading over and over again.
About The Author
Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.
Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.