The Happy List ★★★★☆ [Review]

Book: The Happy List

Author: Briar Prescott

Series: Better With You

Genre: M/M Romance; Contemporary Romance; Humor

Pub date: 10/25/2020

Pages: 307

Publisher: BooksGoSocial(?)

Source: Netgalley


There are some things I excel at:

– Exercising rigid control over every aspect of my life

– Making sensible decisions at every turn

– Being organized, predictable and responsible to an abnormal degree

In short, I’m boring as hell and in desperate need of a change.

Luckily I have my best friend by my side and a newly written to-do list to guide my way through the murky waters of finding happiness.

It’s all very promising at first, but as weeks pass, I start to realize that the best part of my day has always been Kai.

And when I see him out on a date with some guy?

Let’s just say I’m definitely not happy about it.


I’m back in Boston after ten years of traveling, and I’ve fulfilled all my goals:

– See the world

– Figure out what to do with my life

– Get over my impossible crush on Gray

Check, check and check.

Life’s good until I accidentally find Gray’s happy list, which contains some very interesting things that friends never ever do with each other.

And as weeks pass, it becomes clear those not-so-innocent parts are the ones Gray is determined to explore with me.

In short, I’m screwed because no matter how hard I try, I can’t resist him, and pretty soon I’m forced to admit that I’m not as done with my crush as I thought I was…

Please note: This book was provided to me through Netgalley to give an honest review. I never go into a lot of detail in my reviews because why would you read the book if I told you everything that happens with my personal bias that you may or may not agree with if you’d have read it yourself?

So umm… where to start? I don’t review books very often anymore. I’ve been in the mood lately to read but, even with a Kindle Unlimited membership, nothing has caught my attention. Out of desperation, I decided to turn to NetGalley to see if there’s anything new out. The Happy List is probably something I would skip over in a different mood. But, I have to say I’m just sooo sick of cover art with some mostly naked guy it caught my attention. I read the description and was intrigued.

The concept, gay man in love with his best friend doesn’t want to ruin their relationship by telling him then suddenly best friend develops feelings for him… kinda overdone. So really, you’d think I’d be bored out of my mind. But, I wasn’t. It had me hooked from the first paragraph. Also, having a demi character, even if it’s not spelled out that way in the book, makes me very happy. I can only remember one other book with one. AND best of all, there is no angst or anything over it. No turmoil at all. Gray’s just kinda like “oh, I like a guy… whatever.” *sigh* If only more books could be that way.

Poor Gray. He thought he was going to a leap-year surprise birthday party with all of his closest friends and family there. Instead, his girlfriend proposed to him. After telling her no, he has no urge to be married or ever having the kids she’s suddenly talking about, he takes his grandmother’s advice and climbs out the bathroom window. And, of course, Kai’s there. Kai’s been his best friend since they were like 12 or something and has been pretty much nomadic all their adult lives. When he finally decides to put down roots, Gray asks him to move in with him. Kai thought he was over his crush on Gray but after living together he realizes… not so much.

Anyway, on to the happy list. After the unwanted surprise proposal followed by a night of bar-hopping with Kai, his sister Monica and brother-in-law Ian in which they all share stories about all the crazy things they’ve done in their lives, Gray decides he needs a change. He makes a list of things he’s never done, mostly things mentioned during the drinking game, and when Kai finds it he decides to help him out with the list, even if it means seeing his best friend with someone else. So yea, obviously in the process Gray discovers feelings for Kai. *trumpets blare* And none of the “OMG he’s a guy” things that usually happen ensue. It’s more like “holy shit he’s my best friend.”

Okay, so I’ve said more than I usually do in book reviews. But dang this was a really good book! The banter between Gray and Kai was hilarious. There weren’t any really emotional and depressing moments despite both of them having childhood tragedies. I’d say it was a good fluff read but it really was more than that. Truthfully, it had a 5-star rating from me until it got to all the sex. Sorry peeps, I’m just not into all that and all the skimming over it got kind’ve annoying. So yea, if you enjoy all the hotness along with the hilarity, it’ll be a 5-star book for you for sure. Highly recommended. And so, I’m going to end this review with some of those hilarious quotes I mentioned…

It can be, and often is tedious, kind of boring, and monotonous. Especially in corporate law, which is coincidentally my specialty, so good choice past Grayson. I commend you for your tolerance of tedium.

-Grayson thinking of his job as a lawyer

” No wonder you thought I wouldn’t get it. Hey, as a lighting expert, what are those things called in the ceiling of my office? I’ve been referring to them as little suns and asking the maintenance to fuel my tiny suns every time one of them burns out, and then I yell a star is born when it shines again in the morning.”

-Grayson when Kai says “Good lights. In the ceiling.”

“I’ll end up with a boatload of, I don’t even know… chairs that’ll remind me of my failure for years to come. Eventually I’ll start conversing to the chairs because I’m so bitter and lonely, and before you know it, I’ll start treating them as my children, and you’ll start receiving Christmas cards from me and my family of chairs. I’ll die surrounded by my chair children, and you’ll have to transport them all to my funeral and set them up next to the grave, which is both sad and convenient because my human mourners, the few there might be, can sit on my kids.”

-Kai describing his predicted failing business.

I had tried so hard not to rock the boat that in the process I’d forgotten that some motion was necessary in order to move at all.

-Grayson looking back on his life and the list.
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