Happily Never After (Paperback)

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Happily Never After (Paperback)

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"Lynn Painter's latest rom-com follows Sophie Steinbeck, as she hires a professional 'objector,' Max Parks, to interrupt (and ultimately stop) her wedding to her cheating fiancee. Months later, Max asks Sophie to join him at weddings as an objector. What follows is two love-cynical individuals in an unusual partnership to save others from an impending disastrous marriage. 

 Painter gives us an utterly delightful, hilarious story with HAPPILY NEVER AFTER. The premise of this story is so original, and her characters are charming and realistic. The chemistry between Sophie and Max is palpable from their first meeting, and that chemistry builds and builds throughout the book (even as they insist to remain 'just friends'). 

 This story was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. It is quick-paced with well-developed main and supporting characters. Our leads have amazing banter that had me laughing throughout the entire book. Contemporary romance lovers will enjoy this modern and realistic love story. This was a joy to read and something I will be picking up again and again."--Reviewed by Hannah

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.
Lynn Painter is the New York Times bestselling author of Better Than the Movies and Mr. Wrong Number. She writes romantic comedies for teens and adults, and when she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found binge-watching rom-coms or shotgunning energy drinks.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593638019
ISBN-10: 0593638018
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English
"Happily Never After is a giggle-inducing romp that readers won't be able to object to."—Lana Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author of The Fake Mate

"Happily Never After takes an irresistibly fun concept and expertly delivers on its promise, brimming with hilariously cheeky banter and so-red-hot-it'll-make-you-sweat chemistry between its lovable lead characters. Lynn Painter has a true gift for crafting wildly entertaining rom-coms, and this is her best one yet!"—Nicolas DiDomizio, author of The Gay Best Friend

"Lynn Painter writes the romcom banter of my dreams! Happily Never After is a sparkling, hilarious, sexy romance that leaps off the page and is just begging to be made into a movie!"—Sarah Adams, New York Times bestselling author of Practice Makes Perfect

"Well-crafted and filled to the brim with sexual tension, Happily Never After is rom-com gold! We fell head-over-heels for the romance and the undeniably swoony chemistry. Max and Sophie are two characters so perfect for each other that you can’t help but want to smoosh them together."—Krista & Becca Ritchie, New York Times bestselling authors

"A rom-com for the cynics...The supporting cast is equally funny and helps to round out an entertaining yarn that doesn’t take itself too seriouslly."—Library Journal

"Painter delivers a charmer of a rom-com with this lively tale of professional wedding objectors…Rom-com fans will find this scratches the itch.”—Publishers Weekly