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It was fun reading how these two best friends slowly became more than just friends.
(Hint: They'd make great stocking stuffers.)
It is, of course, a foregone conclusion that Tucker and Libby will fall in love. What I appreciated about Flaherty's take on the "friends to lovers" trope is that neither was secretly in love with the other, as is often the case in this type of romance. Instead, it wasn't until Libby was trying to find a woman for Tucker that they both took time to actually examine their feelings and consider the potential of a relationship. I did think that their relationship went from 0-100 pretty quickly, but I guess when you know, you know 🙂.
The book isn't all about the romance, though. A large portion is dedicated to Libby's struggle with depression, a secret she hid from nearly everyone—including Tucker—for years. I'm not one to throw out trigger warnings, but I do wonder if this content might be too much for someone who struggles with depression or who has lost someone to suicide. So basically, use your good judgement when deciding whether to read it.
The Happiness Pact pretty much has Hallmark movie (or series!) written all over it (they would, of course, take out the depression thread, or tone it down). It's an enjoyable read, and I wouldn't hesitate to return to this world that Flaherty has created. 3-1/2 stars.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
As someone who did fall in love with my best friend, I always have a soft spot for the friends-who-fall-in-love trope in romance novels. Liz Flaherty’s The Happiness Pact does this trope really well.
Tucker and Libby have been friends since they were born twenty-seven minutes apart. They’ve walked with each other through great tragedies and have a great sense of humor together. Their camaraderie is easy, their care for each other smile-inducing. Tucker is the kind of guy you just want to envelop you in a big hug because a) he seems very huggable and b) he has that kind of compassionate personality that you want to wrap up in. I could very much relate to Libby’s depression/anxiety disorder, and her personality is so warm and friendly.
The two of them make a great team, and their adventures together make for some great scenes. Especially because, in spite of Tucker’s attempts at planning, they rarely go as planned. But that made this aspect of the plot even more interesting. AND we got to meet some other great people along the way.
The Happiness Pact by Liz Flaherty is romantic and swoony and sassy and sweet. Tucker and Libby may not think they have any chemistry, but they do! I loved their shared moments, their shared memories, and their shared kisses. A great read with a great message!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
While Tucker and Libby are firmly in the friend zone, little things keep popping up for each of them. An awareness, a little spark. They push it aside, until they can't because that little spark refuses to go away. Still, it's a gentle, slow road for these two finding their way to more than friends. Meanwhile, you can sit back and relax as you are taken on some fun adventures and many scenes with family and friends that create a feeling of community and home.
My favorite part was when Libby calls Tucker. She's in a bad place and doesn't say anything when he picks up. His answer? "Oh, hi. I'll be right there." That right there is friendship. And that right there? That's love.
I enjoyed this book although there were some slow parts. The characters were great and the ending was perfect.
Content: talk about depression and anxiety disorders, kissing, mild peril.