Author: Chris Scully
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Peter Georgiou, Louie Papadakis
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I’ve read several books by Chris Scully and I’ve enjoyed them all. Chris has a way of truly getting to the heart and soul of her characters. They are flawed, likeable people and I enjoy the story they have to tell.
Peter is going through day to day life without really living. Since his father’s heart attack, Peter has basically given up his own dreams and independence so he can take care of his ailing, aging parents and help run the family restaurant. Although he has a few friends, Peter is lonely. Plus, his mother is constantly pushing women on him to marry, and since he doesn’t want to disappoint her, he tries to push aside his attraction to men.
Living a lie begins to take a toll on him. Especially when he meets Louie, who is his current girlfriend’s brother. There is something about Louie that causes the normally walled-off Peter to take down the barriers he’s put up and begin to dream and live again.
Louie is adorable. Although he’s moved back into town, he is still having trouble getting total acceptance because of his sexuality. Strong and tenacious, Louie’s determination to live the life he is meant to have is something that I found myself quickly admiring. I understood why Peter was enamored with him, because frankly, I was too. His kind heart and quick wit made him a hero that I could really find myself standing behind. I loved Louie and truly enjoyed watching he and Peter become friends and eventually more.
Both characters go through a lot of self-growth as the story progressed. They must endure prejudice and ridicule, but come out stronger and better people in the end. There were times I didn’t like Peter and Louie’s parents. Their very traditional thinking and pressure they put on others would drive a saint to drink, but I admired Peter’s love he had for them and in the end it was that love that caused them all to grow and evolve.
Happy by Chris Scully is a lovely story filled with interesting characters that live and breathe off of the written page. It’s a perfect choice for those who love a good romance with just the right amount of drama and angst.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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