Happy For You by Anyta Sunday
Series: Love & Family
Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 10, 2019
Length (Print & Ebook): 60,000 words
Genre: light-hearted contemporary gay romance, new adult
Tropes: brother’s best friend, second chances, family drama, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, found family
Warnings: depression (affecting a side character)
Mort wants his de facto family back …
He knows he doesn’t deserve them. Not yet, anyway. Not without making up for leaving them in their time of need.
But it’s not easy to make amends. Mort must show how much he wants the Rochester family back in his life. When his best friend’s younger brother, Felix, has his license suspended, Mort jumps at the chance to play chauffeur and to win back the family he desperately wants to call his own.
Repairing his broken relationships—with all five Rochester siblings—becomes Mort’s personal mission. Especially with Felix. Felix, who used to follow him everywhere. Felix, who idolized him. Felix, whom Mort has not stopped thinking about …
Felix is just trying to keep it together …
With a perma-smile as his armor, he’s determined to make his family happy. Determined to be a positive role model to his three younger sisters, while their mum struggles with depression after her kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, no amount of smiling can save his license when he gets pulled over for the umpteenth time, and he still needs to get his sisters to school, soccer, and dance classes.
The solution to his problem emerges in the return of their prodigal neighbor, Mort. Mort, who left their lives without a word. Mort, who was in love with Felix’s older brother.
Mort, who is the last guy Felix wants charging back into their lives …
Mort and Felix. Two guys bound by a rocky past—
—a past they must come to terms with to find true happiness in the here and now.
Set in New Zealand, Happy For You (Love & Family #3) is an M/M gay romance featuring two guys pitted together in a blue 1988 station wagon—and there’s no doubt about it, Mort is going to drive Felix crazy.
Can be read as a standalone.
Two weeks later, I’m really in The Groove. I transport the Rochesters from A to B and Z and beyond—as Felix likes to say—and transport myself to work. Kresley Intermediate is five minutes from Felix’s job at the retirement home, so it makes sense.
After teaching, Felix and I begin the driving rounds. Most missions run smoothly, but driving Tiffany around proves uncomfortable; only the radio—or Felix—breaks the silence.
Like Felix is doing right now, at the end of my third week chauffeuring. But once he finishes doling out excited praise for Tiffany passing her driver’s theory test, they settle into silence.
I wish I could strike up conversation with her. Wish I could find a way to reconnect.
A hard ball lumps in my throat.
When we arrive at the dance studio, she shoots out the wagon, swinging her dance bag toward the old brick building like she can’t escape fast enough. I stifle a sigh and stare at the sun setting on the orange brick. Neon blue and green light up the adjoining arcade.
“Felix, you heading inside?” He always follows her in.
I swivel and inspect through the gap between the front seats.
Felix’s eyes are closed, head resting against the window, mouth grimaced. Light crowns his unruly dark hair, streaking it with copper. Shadows from moving traffic dance across his face.
He’s clearly exhausted.
Wake up, make breakfast, wrangle the girls to school, work eight hours. Chauffeur the girls to practice, run errands, bring kids home, make dinner, bathe the girls, read them a story. Fall into bed six hours away from his personalized version of Groundhog Day.
That is Felix’s life.
He’s particularly tired today, though, and a little flushed. Maybe he’s coming down with a spring cold. The last thing this guy needs. The universe owes him a break.
Felix eyes me sleepily. “That’s one wild frown.”
I readjust my cap. “Tailored just for you.”
His cheeks dimple. “What’s the matter?”
“Are you in the mood to talk?”
Felix pushes himself upright, leaving a smear of condensation on the glass. “About what?”
Q&A with Anyta Sunday:
What is the significance of the title “Happy For You”?
AS: This book’s all about happiness – where to find it for ourselves, how to make others happy, and how to live with the fact that we can’t make everyone around us happy. Mort and Felix have to learn it the hard way: if they’re both only trying to make others happy, they’ll lose sight of themselves. They have to find their own happiness first to finally be happy together.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
AS: While every book has its own challenges, this one was special because it features a large family that wanted to have ample space on the page. To give all of them their rightful place was not easy, but they all demanded to be heard ☺ This spring and summer, when I worked on “Happy For You”, was also a time of transitions for my family – from my son changing schools to me transitioning to a new diet, so finding time for the book wasn’t always easy.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
AS: I am always working 😀 At the moment, I’m diving back into astrology and star signs, and tackling book 5 in the “Signs of Love” series. A Cancer and an Aquarius are the lucky couple in this one, and I’m already having so much fun with them. It’s quite emotional, but just like all the other SoL books, also full of banter and romantic comedy!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
AS: Inspiration is all around – walking the streets, seeing a couple interact at the café, getting a lovely message from my husband. So many things can spark an idea, like a smell that brings back a memory or a piece of music that becomes alive in my head. I try to soak it all in and scribble it down as soon as possible.
Do you have any new series planned?
AS: There are a few ideas currently swirling in my head, and I never know how they’ll finally arrive on the page. One series idea I just cannot stop thinking about is what I call the “Love Shack” in my head. A beachside house that brings different roommates together, always sparking new misadventures and love stories! Another idea is a cozy, super sweet and romantic mystery. But whatever series comes next, you can be sure it’ll be full of slow burn romance!
About Anyta Sunday:
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of Fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.
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