Happy, by Chris Scully
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 30, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
Pretending to be Straight
“Are you happy?”
Reading a novel about someone who is so obviously unhappy with his life really doesn’t sound that appealing, but Chris Scully has set up a really enjoyable novella about what it means to seek your own happiness, even if it leads to other people’s disappointment.
I really loved how the focus of this novel wasn’t about Peter coming to terms with being gay. He knows that he’s gay, and he’s accepted that. Instead, the conflict is between Peter and his parents and community. It made for a very interesting dynamic, and one that kept my attention with every page.
Louie is such a refreshing character! He’s completely done with dating people who are still in the closet; he’s made a choice, and he’s sticking to it so he doesn’t get hurt again. And that’s what the story is all about: making choices. Peter has to make choices too: does he do what makes his parents happy, or does he accept what Louie needs, and make them both happy instead?
The novella does end a bit too quickly and neatly for me, but after so much unhappiness and struggling to do what’s right for himself, I was really happy to see Peter get his HEA!
Chris Scully lives in Toronto, Canada. She grew up spinning romantic stories in her head and always dreamed of one day being a writer even though life had other plans. Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She divides her time between a mundane 9-5 cubicle job and a much more interesting fantasy life. She describes her characters as authentic, ordinary people—the kind of guy you might meet on the street, or the one who might be your best friend.
Connect with Chris:
- Website: chrisscullyblog.wordpress.com
- Facebook: facebook.com/chris.scully.author
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/6152322.Chris_Scully
You can purchase Happy from the Publisher as an eBook!
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.