Title: Happy for You (Love & Family #3)
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: September 10th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 281 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Mort wants his de facto family back. . . .
He knows he doesn’t deserve them. Not yet, anyway. Not without making up for leaving them in their time of need.
But it’s not easy to make amends. Mort must show how much he wants the Rochester family back in his life. When his best friend’s younger brother, Felix, has his license suspended, Mort jumps at the chance to play chauffeur and to win back the family he desperately wants to call his own.
Repairing his broken relationships—with all five Rochester siblings—becomes Mort’s personal mission. Especially with Felix. Felix, who used to follow him everywhere. Felix, who idolized him. Felix, whom Mort has not stopped thinking about . . .
Felix is just trying to keep it together. . . .
With a perma-smile as his armor, he’s determined to make his family happy. Determined to be a positive role model to his three younger sisters, while their mum struggles with depression after her kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, no amount of smiling can save his license when he gets pulled over for the umpteenth time, and he still needs to get his sisters to school, soccer, and dance classes.
The solution to his problem emerges in the return of their prodigal neighbor, Mort. Mort, who left their lives without a word. Mort, who was in love with Felix’s older brother.
Mort, who is the last guy Felix wants charging back into their lives. . . .
Mort and Felix. Two guys bound by a rocky past—
—a past they must come to terms with to find true happiness in the here and now.
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Set in New Zealand, Happy For You (Love & Family #3) is an MM gay romance featuring two guys pitted together in a blue 1988 station wagon — and there’s no doubt about it, Mort is going to drive Felix crazy.
Can be read as a standalone.
Tropes: brother’s best friend, second chances, family drama, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, found family
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance
Trigger warnings: Depression and generalized anxiety (of a side character)
I so enjoyed Happy For You by Anyta Sunday. There were several aspects of the storytelling that just worked for me, and will also work for all Anyta fans. I won’t rehash the premise as the blurb is ↑
-Dual POVs. And in this story, we needed to get both perspectives.
-Thank you to the author for not dragging out the reveal of the “big mystery” that caused Mort to leave their lives suddenly. It drives me nuts when authors do this. We find out early on, and it sets up the story perfectly.
-UST. The slow burn is classic Anyta Sunday, and it was nice that we didn’t have to wait forever for Felix’s and Mort’s feelings towards each other to be revealed. You’ll see.
-Felix (and his whole family minus mom) were utterly adorable, and Mort’s love for them was heartwarming.
-I love “best friend’s little brother,” trope, and it was exquisitely executed.
-Mort and Felix’s conversations just made me smile. I think I was smiling almost the whole time.
My only “meh” was Felix’s mom. I just never warmed up to her.
All in all, Happy For You was a great addition to the Love and Family series.
4 Stars. Highly recommend it.