Review: Hapily Ever Now by Jen Meyers

Posted January 23, 2016 by Lola in Contemporary, Review, Romance / 8 Comments


Happily Ever NowHappily Ever Now (Happily Ever After #0.5)
by Jen Meyers

Wedding planner Everly Vaughn has three rules for a Happily Ever After:
1. Find a nice guy.
2. Make sure he passes the BFF test.
3. Never—no matter how much you like him—engage the Player (aka Austin, your best friend’s brother).

What happens if you don’t follow them? A Happily Ever Now. (Those don’t last.)

Too bad Ever doesn’t follow her own rules.

My Review:
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

What a great introduction to Jen Meyers her new series this is! It’s a prequel, so yes it’s short and doesn’t give you the whole story, but it serves well as introduction to the series and to Ever her story. I was a bit afraid that Ever would only get a novella for her story, but this is only the start of her story and book 1 will be about her as well.

I am so excited that Jen Meyers is writing another contemporary romance series, I read Anywhere by her what feels like long ago and I’ve been hoping she would write more contemporary romances ever since. And so far it promises to be a good one.

This series follows a group of 6 friends and we get a feel for each of them in this book. The focus is on Ever as the main character, but we meet the other 5 girls as well. They all have their own quirks and personalities, although I did have a hard time remembering who was who. I am sure that will get easier though as they do all have different personalities, but it’s hard to remember which name goes with with personality. I liked seeing the 6 of them together and they are such good friends. They really care about each other a lot and I can’t wait to read more about this great group of friends.

Ever is a workaholic and she has he dreams job, a great boyfriend and a good life, if only she actually made time to live sometimes besides all her work. Her boyfriend is also a workaholic and they spent little time together, then there is Austin, who’s her best friend, but a player and she won’t got there, ever. The story is a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed it nevertheless and I am curious how this novella will set the stage for the first book and where the characters go from there. I really liked Ever and Austin her friendship, although just like Ever those player types always make me wonder if they can and will settle down ever.

To summarize: This is a great introduction to Jen Meyers her new series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the first book. This series follows a tight group of 6 friends with all a different personality. I really liked meeting this awesome group of friends and am looking forward to learn a more about them all. This novella and the first book follows Ever her story, she’s a wedding planner and workaholic, has a nice boyfriend, but is sort of in love with her best friend Austin too, but he’s a player and she knows better than to engage the player. This is a great start of the series and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read the first book!


This novella is free, so if you’re curious about this series, make sure to grab a copy 🙂

Do you like novella’s that serve as an introduction/ start of a series?


8 responses to “Review: Hapily Ever Now by Jen Meyers

  1. I’m not really a fan of novella’s that are an introduction to the first book. I don’t mind novella’s that are in the middle of a series and give a little more info into a couple or give a background character a little more insight for us. But the first book in a series should be the first full book in my opinion.
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    • This is more a piece of backstory that takes place before the first book. The first book is still the first book and I think you can read it without having read this one first. I think with this series it worked pretty well and makes me even more excited for the first book.

  2. As you started your review, it made the prequel novella sound like one I just recently finished that started the story and was mainly just an intro for a series. This one sounds cute. I like the idea of the group of girls and her side romance with her friend.

    I don’t mind introductory novellas as long as they are marked as such so I know what I’m getting.
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    • I think you can read the first book without the novella too, but this one is just a free short novella to make people more exicted for the series/ give a feel for the series and give a bit of background information for the first. And I think it fulfilled both those goals pretty well. It was cute and I liked the concept of the group of friends who all fall in love, looking forward to the first book in this series!
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  3. I saw this one on your Sunday Post book haul, Lola, and it had me curious. I’m glad it was such a cute read and a good introduction to a new series. I do like the sound of it, even if it does seem a little predictable. It’s wonderful that you enjoyed another story from an author you already knew and like.
    I don’t mind novellas being used as introductions to series…especially when the author does a great job of getting my invested in the story. 😀
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    • I think this novella is free everywhere in case you want to give it a try. It’s a great introduction to this series and I can’t wait to read the first book. I feel that with a lot of romance books they are bit predictable, but that’s okay.

      I am the same as long as the novella is done well and adds something to the story I like them as introductions to a series and like in this case they can make me more excited for the first book.

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