Thursday, February 20, 2020

Happy for You (Love and Family #3) by Anyta Sunday

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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.

My Rating - 5+ Stars!

Wow, Happy For You, the third book in Anyta Sunday's Love and Family series is phenomenal. A deep story, full of so many wrongs to be righted, this one is absolutely amazing and emotionally riveting.

Mort is back, trying to right wrongs, and reestablish himself into Felix's family. But it's his relationship with Felix that is the one he needs to repair most. Felix, who's long been in love with Mort, is bitter and hurt by Mort disappearing, as well as returning. 

Oh, Felix. Poor Felix is drowning in pain. He's the one holding his family together, but he's oozing pain due to his relationship with Mort. Even with Mort back, he struggles to trust him. 

A combination of second chances, brother's best friend, and friends to lovers, it's a story of explanations and re-establishing trust. It's a slow burn, as they take awhile to get back on track with their friendship, let alone more. Their pasts are complex, with the reasons for pain firmly developed for the reader. 

I love the family theme in this one. From the start, the author clearly establishes the bond between Mort and Felix's family. The pain his distance has caused is immediately conveyed. 

But it's the writing that sets this one apart from other books. Every single look, every single touch, and every single emotion is felt by the reader. Every single one. It will rip your heart out along with them. The way the scenes are written, each one slowly carried out, will leave your heart pounding, melting, and hurting along the way. It's truly impressive with how damn emotional every scene is.

Happy For You is easily read as a standalone. This Anyta Sunday read is a stunningly sweet and tender second chance romance. Definitely check this one out when you're in the mood for your next intense book.

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