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Happily Never After

Happily Never After, March 2024
by Lynn Painter

Berkley
Featuring: Sophie Steinbeck; Max
320 pages
ISBN: 0593638018
EAN: 9780593638019
Kindle: B0C7TPPBY8
Trade Paperback / e-Book
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"Fun New Rom Com from Lynn Painter"

Fresh Fiction Review

Happily Never After
Lynn Painter

Reviewed by S. Lyn Collins
Posted March 9, 2024

Romance Comedy | Women's Fiction

Lynn Painter's newest romantic comedy HAPPILY NEVER AFTER has a fabulously unique premise with engaging characters and a fast-paced read. What is Sophie Steinbeck to do when she finds out her fiancee is cheating...again? Since her father works for his father, there would be guaranteed backlash if she breaks it off. Her best friend hires an Objector to interrupt the wedding and reveal the groom's infidelity when the minister asks if anyone has a reason why the couple should not be married. In the aftermath, Sophie gets to know the Objector, Max. When Max asks Sophie to return the favor and object at a friend's wedding for him, the pair realize that being seen together is good for Sophie's work aspirations and also encourages Max's parents to think he is settling down. The fake relationship progresses to spending more time together and building a friendship. Until the next wedding they are hired to object has Max's ex as the cheating bride. Are they just friends or can they be more? 

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SUMMARY

Their name? The objectors.
Their job? To break off weddings as hired.
Their dilemma? They might just be in love with each other.
 
When Sophie Steinbeck finds out just before her nuptials that her fiancé has cheated yet again, she desperately wants to call it off. But because her future father-in-law is her dad’s cutthroat boss, she doesn’t want to be the one to do it. Her savior comes in the form of a professional objector, whose purpose is to show up at weddings and proclaim the words no couple (usually) wants to hear at their ceremony: “I object!”
 
During anti-wedding festivities that night, Sophie learns more about Max the Objector’s job. It makes perfect sense to her: he saves people from wasting their lives, from hurting each other. He’s a modern-day hero. And Sophie wants in.
 
The two love cynics start working together, going from wedding to wedding, and Sophie’s having more fun than she’s had in ages. She looks forward to every nerve-racking ceremony saving the lovesick souls of the betrothed masses. As Sophie and Max spend more time together, however, they realize that their physical chemistry is off the charts, leading them to dabble in a little hookup session or two—but it’s totally fine, because they definitely do not have feelings for each other. Love doesn’t exist, after all.
 
And then everything changes. A groom-to-be hires Sophie to object, but his fiancée is the woman who broke Max’s heart. As Max wrestles with whether he can be a party to his ex’s getting hurt, Sophie grapples with the sudden realization that she may have fallen hard for her partner in crime.


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