Title: Acting Happy
Series: Texas Desires #2
Author: Rylie Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Kenzie Stanton’s constantly matchmaking mother won’t take a hint. At twenty-eight years old, she’d learned rainbows and fairy-tales don’t exist. She swears if she ever gets back on her feet, and out of the hot water her ex landed her in, she’ll embrace a new life that’s relationship-free. When a tall, handsome man with sexy eyes and a smoking-hot body shows up in her family’s store, she has no trouble ignoring him. Until his kindness and genuine nature truly test her resolve.
The tabloids describe Ty Bateman as a cynical, take-charge, run-over-them-before-they-run-over-you kind of guy. In truth, the life of extreme celebrity has turned him into a tainted, jaded man—being virtually imprisoned behind the windowless walls of his home to avoid the clicking cameras of invasive paparazzi and the overzealous media will tend to do that to a person. When the time comes for his yearly weekend with his childhood friends, he decides to buy a secluded mountain cabin and take an extended vacation from his overwhelming reality. Rejuvenating his soul and making decisions about his future are his top priorities until he spots a blonde beauty in short-shorts carrying groceries out of the only store in town.
Kenzie and Ty are both hiding out in the mountains…but for very different reason. Reality can only wait so long before it comes knocking on their doors. Even if Ty can break through Kenzie’s barriers, he’s not entirely sure his hurt beauty can withstand the mental brutality of his world. For these two damaged souls, is the possibility of failure too much to try for a life of more than acting happy?
4 out of 5 (very good)
Acting Happy is the second book in the Texas Desires series, and this one concentrates on Ty. He is a move star, very close to being burnt out. He has insisted on a holiday and has retreated to the mountains where he has organised a weekend with his buddies, to reground himself. Not long after he arrives, he sees Kenzie helping a lady with her shopping. It is one of those moments where your heart stops, and your breath catches in your throat. He NEEDS to know this woman. Unfortunately for him, Cole also sees her and wants the same. However, Ty lays his claim out there, and is also patient enough to wait for the weekend to end and Cole to go home. Kenzie has her own secrets and retreat and certainly didn't count on meeting Ty. Will their worlds ever be able to combine?
I enjoyed this book more than I liked Chasing Happy, simply because, although he knows what he wants, Ty didn't steamroll Kenzie either. He works with her and they are able to find a mutually agreeable compromise. I will say that I loved Reed's appearances in here. He grew on me in the previous book, and his support in this one just confirms how much he has grown and what a benefit Lara is to him.
One thing that I love about Rylie's books is that you don't just get to 'good bit' and then it's finished. No, with Rylie, you go on further and get more story of how they live, work and generally be together. This makes for a more well-rounded story for me, and I love that extra look into their lives.
Well written, with a smooth pacing, and excellent characters, this is completely enjoyable and definitely recommended by me.
* I received this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *
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"Acting Happy (Texas Desires #2) by Rylie Roberts is a fun, sweet, heart catching read." ~Melissa (Goodreads Review)
"Do you love heart happy read? Something that is fun, flirty, and just makes you giggle like a schoolgirl with her first crush? If you answered yes, then you absolutely must read Rylie Roberts' newest release..." ~Emily (Goodreads Review)
"I finished in two days. I can't wait for the third book! This group of friends are amazing." ~Sandra (Goodreads Review)
"I loved this whole story and enjoyed how there were funny scenes, some suspense, and most of all, lots and lots of super hotness!!!!! ~Geri (Goodreads Review)