Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing a review copy of Life’s Too Short
How the hell does Abby Jimenez keep getting better with each book? Seriously – when I first read The Friend Zone, it was one of my favorite romances, then The Happy Ever After Playlist raised the bar even higher. I have no idea how she does it – but she’s gone ahead and topped the amazing The Happy Ever After Playlist with the third entry of the series, Life’s Too Short.
A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.
Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.
But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.
The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .
One of Jimenez’s strengths is how she can infuse humor and sass into even the most emotional of scenes. There are very few books that actually make me laugh out loud, but all of her books are all on that list. From a plot point of view, there was plenty going on in Life’s Too Short – it’s impossible to not get glued to the pages of this book. Even the side plots are entertaining and easy to become invested in.
One of the core elements of Jimenez’s books is that the lead is always dealing with a massive struggle of some sort and finds love despite of it all: Kristen in The Friend Zone was dealing with infertility and Sloan from The Happy Ever After Playlist was dealing with the sudden loss of her husband. In Life’s Too Short, Vanessa is struggling with her odds of getting ALS and being forced into raising her sister’s baby.
Naturally, having a lead character facing down a possible terminal illness made this book very emotional – Vanessa assumed with her luck that she had inherited the disease and decided to distance herself from people as a result. She refused to date, and before she was saddled with the responsibility of her niece, she quit her day job and decided to travel around the world before she ran out of time. She also came from a troubled family – she was constantly bailing them out of their messes. A big part of her character growth came from learning to stop coddling and belittling the members of her family and learning to trust them more. She also ended up learning to let people in and stopped treating herself like a disaster in the making. She learned to not only be individually strong, but how to draw strength from those around her.
The romance between Adrian and Vanessa was gloriously slow burning and really delivered on the payoff. They were mutually attracted to each other from the get go, but each believed the other was not into them. Part of their love story was also the formation of their tiny family – before they even started dating, Vanessa, her niece, and Adrian were already a family unit. The couple was not without their ups and downs (they had a major fight I wasn’t sure they would recover from) but their chemistry was flawless and they mutually helped each other become better people.
Life’s Too Short is a poignant and fun romance that will definitely make you feel everything from happiness, to swooning, to bawling your eyes out and everything in between. If you haven’t already, you should definitely read the first two books in the series: The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. I seriously cannot wait to read whatever Abby Jimenez writes next (fortunately, she has another three book deal). 5/5