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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by: April Book provided by: Publisher Review originally

Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




Happily Ever Madder is an excellent story that combines tons of humor, fun and emotions. I guarantee that you will laugh, cry, squeal and shake your head in exasperation.

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Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




Happily Ever Madder is an excellent story that combines tons of humor, fun and emotions. I guarantee that you will laugh, cry, squeal and shake your head in exasperation.




I had previously read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, which is the book that comes before this one (though they can be read as stand-alones, it adds an extra understanding and depth if you read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl first) and absolutely loved it! Ace Jones is such a hoot and I could not help but fall in love with her and her sassiness and guts! She has such a strong self-worth and isn’t afraid to let someone have it if they tick her off. All I can saw is that there is nothing not to love about this character.




In Happily Ever Madder, we get to delve into Ace’s new life with her fiance and the love of her life since she was eleven-years-old, Mason. They have settled into their new lives in Pelican Cove, Florida, Ace has her very own art gallery where she can spend her days doing what she loves – painting – and planning the wedding of her dreams. All should be perfect, but it isn’t. The dreams that Ace had always imagined coming true, have, yet they are not as wonderful as she had envisioned. She misses her friends back in Bugtussle, she has a craggy old lady with a stick up her tush who will do anything to make her life miserable stalking her, Mason is always gone at work and she misses teaching. It’s a good thing for her devoted chiweenie Buster Loo and a rockin new group of friends that she had made in Pelican Cove, or Hurricane Ace would probably wipe out the town.




I think that one of the things that draws me to both Happily Ever Madder and Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is the writing style of Stephanie McAfee. She writes in such a no-holds-barred way that I cannot help but be wrapped up within the story and the characters. Her writing style is simply “in your face” hilarious and would more than likely offend the easily offended. I, however, love it and found myself laughing out loud several times. I could not help but be endeared to Ace – she is sassy and holds nothing back, yet there is a soft and slightly insecure side to her that tugged at my heart. The secondary characters are just as lively and vivid as well. I found myself hooked on Ace’s new group of friends consisting of Jalena, Tia, Olivia and Avery – I had a particular fondness for Jalena who has went through men like water, but still holds out hope of finding that one special guy.




As for the relationship between Ace and Mason, I went very back and forth with this one. I loved Mason and thought they were a great couple, however the tension and torment of his long hours and all-consuming job as a Real Estate Lawyer add a lot of strain. His devotion to Ace is utterly sweet and their chemistry is good, though not mind-blowing. Of course there is a little bump in the road with a certain hunky sex God on two legs…




I finished reading Happily Ever Madder with tears and am dying to read the next book in the series. The ending is the perfect cliff hanger ending and left me with my mouth wide-open for the simple fact that I could not believe that Ms. McAfee would conclude in such a way that left me dying to know what happens next! Ace is the perfect Southern sassy gal with real life problems and very creative ideas on how to deal with her problems. I highly recommend Happily Ever Madder to anyone looking for the perfect sassy Southern girl book that will have you rolling with laughter and your heart tugging with emotion. Stephanie McAfee is a supreme talent and one of my favorite authors!

posted by RtBBlog on January 22, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl.

Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl. However, it took a while for the story to start and the ending was a big letdown. Ace lost her likable qualities in this book. She turned into a ungrateful person.

posted by 9073855 on November 10, 2012

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Graciela Jones ¿Ace¿ has just moved to Pelican Cove, FL to live

    Graciela Jones “Ace” has just moved to Pelican Cove, FL to live with her long time love and fiancé, Mason. Not only is she about to marry the man she’s loved most of her life, but she is opening an art gallery—a dream come true. On the opening night of her gallery, Ace finds she’s made an enemy of socialite, Lenore Kennashaw.




    Even though all her dreams seem to be coming true, Ace finds herself wanting hot construction worker Kevin. She can’t seem to get her dirty mind off him and all his hunkiness. She wouldn’t have so much time to think about Kevin, but the gallery is well boring. Not nearly as glamorous as she thought it would be oh and even at home she has time on her hands because Mason is ALWAYS at work.
    After Ace starts settling in to her new life, she makes a group of great girlfriends to hang out with and even meets some of the neighbors. Do not get her started on the crazies running the homeowners association!




    Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl is the sequel to Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. I have not read the first book, and I would say you don’t have to, but my guess is I would have enjoyed the second book more had I connected more to Ace. I really didn't ‘get her’ or her big attitude.
    I really couldn't relate to Ace and I felt she was very immature for her age. Even though I really didn't connect with her, I did find the book to be somewhat funny and over the top. Not really my thing, but if you are looking for a light easy read I'm sure you'll enjoy it.




    I would mention there is language in this book (*not a judgment! I felt her use of language worked for her characters, this is just to let people know).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    What happens next?

    With an ending that leaves you hanging, I'm hopeful for a book 3. Doesn't have the laugh out loud quality of Fat Girl, but still full of fun and that Ace-only spunk. We are introduced to several new characters and, at books end, there are many unanswered questions about certain folks and some missing items. I must have had some missing pages between 59 and 65 because one page didn't lead to the next. If there is a book 3, I most certainly will read it and hope to discover that Ace's "covert-ops" didn't go unnoticed and she can have some vindication. Ace Jones is still my hero!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    So-SO

    LOVED the first book but enjoyed this one too! Did not like the ending so i hope there will be a book #3 about Ace Jones. Love the fact that I know about many of the places & events talked about in this novel:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 3, 2013

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