Happy by Chris Scully ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

HappyLGTitle: Happy

Author: Chris Scully

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/30/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Blurb:

Growing up Greek-Canadian, Peter Georgiou always knew his duty was to his family, for whom twenty-first century rules don’t apply. In his early thirties, Peter still lives at home, dates who his parents tell him to, and works at the family restaurant. But watching his two best friends find happiness in each other’s arms has made him worry over his destiny.

When Louie Papadakis returns home to nurse his broken heart and start a new life, he can’t believe his sister is dating his high school crush, Peter. There’s a sadness behind Peter’s eyes that draws him in, and a chemistry he wishes he could ignore. After his closeted ex broke his heart, Louie is afraid to fall in love again, especially with a man who’s keeping secrets.

As Peter finds himself drawn to Louie in unexpected ways, old and new worlds collide. Then a family crisis forces Peter’s hand, and he must decide if he’s willing to sacrifice his happiness for family duty.

My View:

I enjoyed this story. It started out kind of slow, and there were so many times I wanted to slap one or more of the characters, but the way things ended was just right and wrapped this story up nicely.

I really liked how the thread of “Are you happy?” was continual throughout the story. It was the basis for this tale and by reminding the reader of this fact, the story was made cohesive and relatable. I loved seeing the various ways happiness was expressed and the different ways the characters defined it.

Happiness is a combination of self and reactions to outside influences; family, religion, friends, expectations. This was two men’s journeys to define and find their happiness. Louie’s path was chosen years ago and then things changed and he had to reevaluate. Peter’s happy was hidden in favor of other people’s happiness. This story was all about these two men doing what they needed to do to be happy. It wasn’t always perfect or pretty, but it was necessary.

Both Peter and Louie were great characters and their romance was real. I connected with both men and was invested in their future. I did not always like Peter or some of the supporting characters, but I needed that little bit of dislike to make the happy stronger. I am so glad everything happened as it did in the end and I hope these men have a long lasting future together.

Links

Happy Birthday on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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