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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Choosing Happy by Samantha Harris / @XpressoReads @samanthaharris08

Series & Title: Madison Square, Book 2: Choosing Happy
Author: Samantha Harris
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Xpresso Book Tours

Madison Buchanan’s life has imploded…

Her husband left her for his nineteen-year-old intern, leaving her alone and faced with starting over in her forties. With the help of her feisty best friend, Madison reinvents herself, armed with a new look and open to new possibilities.

Sean Taylor is gorgeous, fun, and young—very young…

He hasn’t had the best of luck. Sean’s track record with women is less than stellar, but when he walks into The Den one day, he just can’t help but be captivated by a dark haired beauty with the sad eyes and killer legs. She’s a little older, but he doesn’t discriminate. More than anything, he wants to be the one to make her smile.

Sean personifies the only thing that has eluded Madison all of her life—joy…

It was meant to be a fling, something fun, with no strings and zero drama, but Sean wants something more, and Madison is just not ready. She’s lived by the rules her family, her friends, even her boss have laid out for her, but her new life is not what she expected. Being with Sean opens feelings she never thought she’d experience.

The demands of her family and her job throw her boring, simple life into chaos, and Sean is no exception…

Madison is left with a choice. Give in to the expectations of the world around her—or choose to follow her heart and be happy.

But choosing happy is so much harder than it seems.



Other books in this series

Age really is just a number. I know it's a huge hangup for some, but it really is just a number for me. My husband is five months younger than me. Not much of an age difference, lol, but he likes to tease me that I'm so much older than him. Yeah. Whatever. But I know couples who have fifteen years between them, some even twenty! I used to wonder, "How does that work?"

I honestly don't know because I'm not in their shoes but I do know that it just does. The heart speaks a language that only another heart that's attuned to it will understand. The differences that matter to the rest of world matter not to the hearts that are completely enraptured with each other, including age.

But for a woman like Madison, who lost her husband to a younger woman, it made sense that she struggled with her attraction to Sean. He was, after all, essentially the same age as the woman her husband left her for. How was this okay? Was this okay? Could she not only be okay with this but learn to accept it?

Most May-December stories are gender reversed. Older man meets younger woman type thing. This story is a sweet break in a genre dominated by older men. One aspect of this genre that is undeniable is self-discovery, usually in the older main character. Madison was no different and gained a world of perspective by being with Sean. He made her see things differently, act and react differently, feel differently. A good thing? A bad thing? Hm... Depends on how she wanted to see it.

There was no denying the attraction between Sean and Madison. Despite the baggage they carried, emotional and mental, their attraction burned bright and true. Giving into what they shared, acknowledging it was worth having, pursuing it with everything they had, made their love story beautiful.

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.


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  2. Great review, Miriam! This sounds like a well written and character driven read! And I like that it's the woman who's older too! Glad you liked it! :)

    1. Thank you, Giselle. It's a great story, definitely a nice break from what I usually read in this sub-genre and definitely worth reading!