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?
"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)
Acting Happy is a wonderful romance with some really great characters and smooth writing that make reading this story a truly enjoyable experience.
I loved the male lead, Ty. He is sweet and caring yet also strong and a bit jaded with his life. The way he is around Kenzie...it will make you easily fall for him. Kenzie is hiding her issues, and secrets create tension and drama any time they're introduced in a story. It's what kept me eagerly flipping the pages as I waited for things to fall into place for the two of them.
Ty and Kenzie have a lot to work out, but you sit there through it all rooting them on as they just feel so right together. The pages seemed to fly by thanks to the great writing that kept me engrossed in the story.
Acting Happy was a 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend it to any romance fan...I'm sure you'll fall for Ty just like I did and really enjoy his and Kenzie's story as it unfolds. Even though this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. I hadn't read the first book when I picked this one up, and enjoyed Acting Happy regardless :-)