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Susan Mallery welcomes you to Happily Inc, where true love isn’t just for fairy tales… Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass a Susan Mallery welcomes you to Happily Inc, where true love isn’t just for fairy tales… Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top. After a secret tore apart his family and made him question his sense of self, Ronan fled his hometown for Happily Inc, but the sunny small town can’t fix his damaged heart. He won’t give in to his attraction for beautiful, perpetually cheerful Natalie. She’s untouched by darkness—or so he thinks. Natalie knows that when a heart goes through the flame, it comes out stronger. Life may not be a fairy tale, but sometimes dreams do come true. Why not this one? Why not tonight?


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Susan Mallery welcomes you to Happily Inc, where true love isn’t just for fairy tales… Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass a Susan Mallery welcomes you to Happily Inc, where true love isn’t just for fairy tales… Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top. After a secret tore apart his family and made him question his sense of self, Ronan fled his hometown for Happily Inc, but the sunny small town can’t fix his damaged heart. He won’t give in to his attraction for beautiful, perpetually cheerful Natalie. She’s untouched by darkness—or so he thinks. Natalie knows that when a heart goes through the flame, it comes out stronger. Life may not be a fairy tale, but sometimes dreams do come true. Why not this one? Why not tonight?

30 review for Why Not Tonight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Mallery vividly and artistically paints a picture with words. Why Not Tonight is an endearing romance between a highly temperamental and haunted male artist, Ronan, and an optimistic, take it as it comes struggling female artist, Natalie. I really found myself enjoying this story so much that I did a re-read, a few weeks apart, and loved that I caught more details Mallery added to the Happily Inc. world. Feel good, emotionally connecting plot that will pull you right in. I received this ARC copy Mallery vividly and artistically paints a picture with words. Why Not Tonight is an endearing romance between a highly temperamental and haunted male artist, Ronan, and an optimistic, take it as it comes struggling female artist, Natalie. I really found myself enjoying this story so much that I did a re-read, a few weeks apart, and loved that I caught more details Mallery added to the Happily Inc. world. Feel good, emotionally connecting plot that will pull you right in. I received this ARC copy of Why Not Tonight from HARLEQUIN - HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review. Why Not Tonight is set for publication September 18, 2018. My Rating: 4 stars Written by: Susan Mallery Series: Happily Inc Sequence in Series: Book 3 Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: HQN; Original edition Publication Date: September 18, 2018 ISBN-10: 1335474609 ISBN-13: 978-1335474605 Genre: Contemporary Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Tonigh... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/why-... Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/why-... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  2. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Why Not Tonight is a wonderful addition to the Happily Inc series and a story of rediscovering your heart’s passion and love for life. Ronan Mitchell moved to Happily Inc after finding out he was the illegitimate son of his father’s affair and needed to strike out on his own. He and his brothers share a studio next to a gallery along with mix media artist Natalie Katela. Natalie is worried that Ronan has lost his passion for his art and wants to help find it again. Ever optimistic Natalie finds Why Not Tonight is a wonderful addition to the Happily Inc series and a story of rediscovering your heart’s passion and love for life. Ronan Mitchell moved to Happily Inc after finding out he was the illegitimate son of his father’s affair and needed to strike out on his own. He and his brothers share a studio next to a gallery along with mix media artist Natalie Katela. Natalie is worried that Ronan has lost his passion for his art and wants to help find it again. Ever optimistic Natalie finds herself stranded for a few days after a savage rainstorm wipes out the roads and her car. Tentatively they tiptoe around each other and find their easy banter a way to relax for Ronan to think about his art again. It’s a story of family; the one we are born with and the one we create for ourselves, and how those ties are fragile. Natalie has no blood family of her own but she has created one with the friends she’s made in town. They support her and show her the love as good friends. What she longs for is a family of her own with a husband and children. Ronan isn’t exactly Mr. Forever but he can be Mr. Right Now, until the right one comes along. What started out as casual slowly turned into caring and she fell in love with him. Ronan had a difficult childhood and after discovering his illegitimacy his world turned upside and he left his family behind. He had a hard time reconciling his place with them and how his mother Elaine could lie to him all these years. Natalie didn’t understand how he could be so adamant opposed about his mother’s feelings and actions when she would die to have someone care that much. It took a long time for Ronan to reconcile his feelings for Elaine and it took Natalie leaving him to figure it out. I love a story when it shows a deeper quality beyond a couple’s path to romance. Not only did Ronan have to find his passion again for his art but to figure out how to live with the family again. Natalie was an easy character to fall in love with because of her great attitude and look on life. She had an epiphany herself when she had a scare to make her realize that she needs to be more responsible for her health and well-being. Overall it was a great read and Ms. Mallery has done it again. She’s created a memorable story with depth, humor, poignancy and romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I’ve been waiting for Ronan’s story since we first met him and I was eager to get to this one. I’ve liked Natalie from the start and I thought her happiness was a perfect match for Ronan’s brooding. She’s sunny and sassy and doesn’t take any shit. He’s stoic and cloudy and quiet. Together they had some sweet chemistry and playful banter. Plot wise it was fairly satisfying. I would have liked to see more of them together. It felt like they were in the same space, but separate for a lot of the sto I’ve been waiting for Ronan’s story since we first met him and I was eager to get to this one. I’ve liked Natalie from the start and I thought her happiness was a perfect match for Ronan’s brooding. She’s sunny and sassy and doesn’t take any shit. He’s stoic and cloudy and quiet. Together they had some sweet chemistry and playful banter. Plot wise it was fairly satisfying. I would have liked to see more of them together. It felt like they were in the same space, but separate for a lot of the story. The conflict wasn’t too bad and didn’t last long. I am curious to know if there’s an epilogue because the last chapter of my e-arc was a repeat of a previous chapter. And let me assure you, it was insanely disappointing. Overall, it was a great story. Of course I would have liked a bit more because I’m greedy, but it was worth the wait. **Huge thanks to HQN Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    Great book! I hope she continues this series :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Nobody does romance as well as Susan Mallery. Her ability to create characters to populate her worlds is beyond compare. Each time I visit one of her towns, I want to spend time with the people who live there. The situations her main characters face always are so very believable. I simply love her work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I have read all of the books this far in the “happily inc” series and thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. “Why not Tonight” was no exception. The characters and plot simply pulled me in to the story line. The characters came to life once again; and the story was very believable and entertaining. I never close one of Susan Mallery’s books feeling I’ve wasted my time; instead, I close it looking forward to her next one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I have been waiting for Ronan's story since he first appeared in the Fool's Gold books, and I was not disappointed. Ronan is a brilliant glass artist. He is also brooding, angry, and terribly confused. In a previous book, Ronan discovered that he is not his brother Mathias's twin. He is the product of one of his father's affairs, which has made him question everything about himself. He has pulled away from everyone - his brothers, his father (I don't blame him there), and the woman he thought wa I have been waiting for Ronan's story since he first appeared in the Fool's Gold books, and I was not disappointed. Ronan is a brilliant glass artist. He is also brooding, angry, and terribly confused. In a previous book, Ronan discovered that he is not his brother Mathias's twin. He is the product of one of his father's affairs, which has made him question everything about himself. He has pulled away from everyone - his brothers, his father (I don't blame him there), and the woman he thought was his mother (that does bother me). He's so angry that he's been lied to all his life that he has allowed that anger to affect every part of his life. He's finally reached a point where he realizes that he misses the relationship he had with his brothers, but he doesn't know how to fix it. They miss him too, and it's that worry for him that sends Natalie up the mountain to check on him. Natalie is a fellow artist as well as the gallery owner's assistant. She is one of those people who can find the good in almost anything. I loved the description of her as curvy, feisty, and that she wears glasses, which added to the realism of her character. She is also a wee bit stubborn, which is what sent her up the mountain in bad weather in a car that was inadequate for the conditions. It was no wonder that she ended up on his doorstep muddy, wet, and spitting mad. I loved the development of Natalie and Ronan's relationship. Natalie has had a crush on Ronan but has kept it under control. An engagement gone bad has left her unwilling to risk her heart again, even though she wants a family of her own. Her conversations with her friends over the "baby app" are funny and heartbreaking at the same time. When she gets stuck on the mountain with Ronan, she discovers a whole new side of the brooding artist. I ached a little for Ronan because he was so surprised that anyone was worried enough about him to check on him. I loved how easy he found it to bring her into his house and his life. It turned out that he'd been crushing on her a bit, too. I loved those couple of days that they had together. Natalie's cheerfulness threw some light into the dark corners of Ronan's life, and I loved seeing a lighter side of Ronan emerge. I especially enjoyed the paper airplane scene. There are also some pretty strong sparks flying between them. Though it was frustrating for Natalie, I quite liked Ronan's refusal to take advantage of those sparks while she was "trapped" in his house. He certainly made up for it later. When they agreed to have a fling, with the understanding that emotions would not be involved, I had to laugh. It was clear to me that Natalie was already well down the road to loving Ronan. I loved watching them together. With Natalie in his life, Ronan lost a lot of his broodiness, and his creative side began to re-emerge. With both of them being artists, there was no feeling of neglect when one or the other was caught up in their creative process. There were some very sweet scenes showing Ronan's support and encouragement of Natalie. When they were together, Natalie seemed to be consistently tuned into Ronan's moods. Because of her lack of family, Natalie really wants Ronan to reconcile with his. She takes every opportunity to point out to him how lucky he is to have the family that he does. I loved seeing how she brought Ronan and his brothers back together, using an art project as the reason. The more time they spent together, the deeper their feelings grew, though each one tried desperately to deny it. I ached for Natalie when she got up the courage to tell Ronan how she felt, only to have him run. Ronan is terrified that his problems would suck the life out of her, just as his father tended to do to others, so he'd rather push her away than see that happen. But when Ronan faced a crisis, Natalie was the one he turned to. The ending was intensely emotional, as Ronan was finally able to lay his fears to rest. I loved his big moment at the end. It was sweet, romantic, and beautiful. The big issue in the book was Ronan's reaction to finding out the truth of his birth. I could completely understand the initial shock and the need to get away and process the information. However, I couldn't understand him pushing his brothers away. Even if they are "only" half-brothers, the love, respect, and memories are still there. I liked that they didn't give up on him. I ached for him and his feelings of betrayal from his mom. That was the hardest thing for him to deal with. Once Ronan was involved with Natalie, things began to change because of her. I loved her determination to help him reconcile with his family. She also knew that it couldn't be forced. I loved her creativity in bringing him together with Nick and Mathias. But try as she might, she didn't seem to be able to get through to him when it came to his mom. I found it immensely satisfying when she finally laid into him with her opinion of his attitude. In the end, it was Nick who took the logical course of action to resolve the issue. I loved Ronan's stunned reaction and how it made him reevaluate his own actions. The resolution was intense and emotional. I also loved the friendships among the women of the story. It's always wonderful to see how the author brings together such diverse personalities in a way that works. They are always there to support each other, professionally or personally, and can be depended on to be brutally honest if required. There were a couple of those moments between Natalie and Silver when Natalie had a decision to make. There were a few hints dropped that make me think that Silver's story is going to be another fantastic installment in the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com Utterly charming and ridiculously fun, Why Not Tonight was another lovely trek back to Happily Inc with a whole new romance to enjoy. Susan Mallery also caught us up with previous characters and gave us some interesting lead ins for upcoming books. (Yay!!) I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it many times again, but Susan Mallery’s small town romances are one of my literary happy places. There’s just something so realistic about the quirky character See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com Utterly charming and ridiculously fun, Why Not Tonight was another lovely trek back to Happily Inc with a whole new romance to enjoy. Susan Mallery also caught us up with previous characters and gave us some interesting lead ins for upcoming books. (Yay!!) I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it many times again, but Susan Mallery’s small town romances are one of my literary happy places. There’s just something so realistic about the quirky characters she writes and the lively dialogue that makes me laugh. That was definitely true of Natalie and Ronan. Oh my goodness but they were a riot together. Read More

  9. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Another mega-adorable addition to the Happily Inc series! It was sweet and funny and a little heartbreaking. I just adored Ronan and Natalie. Natalie is this super happy, always-dancing-in-place-from-the-sheer-joy-of-life kind of person. And Ronan - he's basically the total opposite. But they just fit. Perfectly. It takes him a little while to get over everything in his past - but the reader has an amazing witnessing that journey. I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! If I had to complain about something? It was Another mega-adorable addition to the Happily Inc series! It was sweet and funny and a little heartbreaking. I just adored Ronan and Natalie. Natalie is this super happy, always-dancing-in-place-from-the-sheer-joy-of-life kind of person. And Ronan - he's basically the total opposite. But they just fit. Perfectly. It takes him a little while to get over everything in his past - but the reader has an amazing witnessing that journey. I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! If I had to complain about something? It was mayyybe a tiiiny little bit too long. The middle part was a bit slowish - but I still absolutely adored reading it! ♡ ♡ ♡

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the third book in this series. The series has gotten better with each book. I really have grown close to the characters and the town of Happy. The brothers, Mathias, Nick, and Ronan are great. I like that while, each one has been in the spotlight, they are still featured together in some way in the books. Instantly, I loved Natalie. She had spunk. This spunk is what broke down Ronan's walls and brought him back into the "world". They were so good together. Natalie's joy was so infectious This is the third book in this series. The series has gotten better with each book. I really have grown close to the characters and the town of Happy. The brothers, Mathias, Nick, and Ronan are great. I like that while, each one has been in the spotlight, they are still featured together in some way in the books. Instantly, I loved Natalie. She had spunk. This spunk is what broke down Ronan's walls and brought him back into the "world". They were so good together. Natalie's joy was so infectious; especially over her new red car. I like Ronan just wanted to keep Natalie happy. While, Ronan had a tough exterior shell, he was still very likeable. The only question you have to ask yourself is "why not tonight" pick up a copy of this book and treat yourself to laughs, love, and engaging characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    2.5 stars: Why Not Tonight is the third book in the Happily, Inc series. This one is Ronan and Natalie's story. I have been kind of iffy on this series so far. I'm sad to say this one is my least favorite of the three. Natalie works as an admin assistant in the art gallery in town. She decides to drive her car in a major storm up the mountain to check on Ronan. The weather forces her to stay at his house for a few days. The couple get to know each other a bit better and see a different side of e 2.5 stars: Why Not Tonight is the third book in the Happily, Inc series. This one is Ronan and Natalie's story. I have been kind of iffy on this series so far. I'm sad to say this one is my least favorite of the three. Natalie works as an admin assistant in the art gallery in town. She decides to drive her car in a major storm up the mountain to check on Ronan. The weather forces her to stay at his house for a few days. The couple get to know each other a bit better and see a different side of each other. What frustrates me about this series as well as this book is the lack of chemistry between all of the couples so far. Ronan and Natalie have zero chemistry. Even their friends are surprised when they find out the couple is sleeping together. It's hard to enjoy a romance where there is no chemistry. The HEA was sweet, but not really enough. Ronan and Natalie were also kind of so-so characters. While I liked Natalie's spunk and love of life, she was still kind of annoying. I got tired of the constant reminders of her financial situation and comparing herself to the other more established artists who made more money. Ronan was beyond frustrating in his denial that Elaine was his mom. I felt bad for her and she barely in the book. I still think the man needs some major therapy. I did cheer Natalie on when she called him out on his BS. It's not a bad book and it wasn't an awful read. I just want more from this series. The next book, Not Quite Over You, comes out next month. It's Silver's story. I'll be reading it, but if that couple isn't any better, then I will probably be calling it a day with this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy ~ Love At 1st Read

    I’d recently read a couple of dark historical romances back to back. While they were amazing, I felt like I needed a change of scenery. Something contemporary and lighter. Susan Mallery’s newest addition to her Happily Inc series was just the ticket. This one is guaranteed to bring you joy and tug at your heartstrings. If you’re feeling in a rut and looking for a little inspiration, why not try Why Not Tonight? As part time office manager of Willow Gallery, Natalie Kaleta was responsible for a I’d recently read a couple of dark historical romances back to back. While they were amazing, I felt like I needed a change of scenery. Something contemporary and lighter. Susan Mallery’s newest addition to her Happily Inc series was just the ticket. This one is guaranteed to bring you joy and tug at your heartstrings. If you’re feeling in a rut and looking for a little inspiration, why not try Why Not Tonight? As part time office manager of Willow Gallery, Natalie Kaleta was responsible for all the local artists. All 3 of them. The Mitchell brothers were Happily Inc’s local brilliant and extremely lucrative talent. At present, Natalie was dealing with the very handsome but brooding and reclusive Ronan Mitchell. She’d noticed his withdrawal and lack of production the last few months. While she was sure he’d see her as an annoyance, she was determined to get him back on track. While Ronan Mitchell had made quite a living for himself as an artist, lately whatever creativity he’d had was gone. He’d lost his mojo. He’d come to Happily Inc to find himself again. After discovering the truth behind his birth, he felt betrayed and lost. He didn’t know who he was anymore. He’d distanced himself from the only family he’d ever known. When Natalie showed up at his mountain home with her sunny, excited personality, he was grateful for the distraction. And after torrential rains and mudslides left them stranded together, Ronan, who usually preferred to be alone, realized he didn’t want her to leave. Ronan and Natalie built a friendship in their time alone together. She realized he was more open than she’d thought. In addition to his mad artistic abilities, he had a great sense of humor. Ronan liked Natalie’s zest for life and feisty attitude. Just being near her made him feel better. It was hard to brood when she refused to let him do it. He found himself slowly opening up to her about things he’d not even discussed with his brothers. Even after the storms subsided and she went home, he anticipated spending time with her. The more time he spent with Natalie, the more focused he became. He felt inspired. Not just to work but to spend time with his brothers too. Natalie looked forward to time spent with Ronan as well. He was kind, affectionate, handsome, and talented. She felt connected to him. Things quickly turned from friendship to something more. And when it did, both Ronan and Natalie were torn. Ronan didn’t want the darker spirit he’d cultivated the last few months to destroy Natalie’s optimistic spirit and vivacity. As quickly as she was falling for Ronan, Natalie couldn’t give her heart to someone who didn’t treasure their connection as much as she did. Ronan had already turned his back on his family. Could she trust him not to turn his back on her too? Natalie and Ronan’s friends considered them to be too opposite for a relationship to work. There were definitely big differences between them. They came from completely different backgrounds. Ronan had taken his well-to-do upbringing for granted while Natalie had struggled for everything she had. Ronan brooded about his family, the secret that had been kept from him, and his fears of being like his father. Natalie had lost the only family she’d ever known but had worked to make the best of her life and find connections with friends. I think it was what they wanted in life and the way they encouraged each other that made those differences not matter so much. They were both artistic and encouraged and supported one another in their crafts. They both wanted to belong to family. Ronan had never really lost his. He just had to figure that out for himself. Though not related by blood, Natalie found she had formed her own family of sorts with her Happily Inc friends. Ronan and Natalie really were cute together. I loved their teasing, competitiveness, and snarky banter. I found it funny that, even when Ronan was saying it would be temporary, he was cleaning out his closets and drawers for Natalie at his house. He just needed to quit moping and figure things out. Natalie pushed him to do that, and that’s why I loved her character so much. She didn’t back down. She said what she thought. When Ronan was acting like a butthead, she called him on it. He had sunk so far into anger and confusion about his family that he couldn’t find his way out. Natalie brought him back to the land of the living. With her, the dark things in his life didn’t seem so grim, and the good parts of his life were even better. While I had read and loved the Fool’s Gold series, this was the first I’d read of the Happily Inc series. I was able to read it as a stand-alone but couldn’t help but feel like it would have been even better had I read the first two books in the series. There were so many references to previous happenings with characters that I felt like I wasn’t getting the whole picture. I’ll be sure to catch up before the next book comes out though, because I am definitely intrigued by several of the secondary characters in this book. It had been a while since I had read Susan Mallery. I’d forgotten just how vibrant and relatable her characters are. I love the wit, warmth, and wisdom I find in her books. If you’re a Fool’s Gold fan, you’ll fall in love with Happily Inc. Like that series, this one is brilliantly written, funny, moving, and sure to make you feel good about life, love, family, and friends, and all the crazy things that come with them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    3.75 Two artists, a case of opposites attract. One is a positive, talkative woman with a sunny disposition, the other, a semi-recluse man who's also closed off emotionally. Ronan Mitchell is a notorious creator whose life changed in a matter of seconds when he learned that his mother is not his mother, making his twin Mathias not being his twin. Even now he's still angry and can't forgive the people who lied to him, nor can't he carry on as if nothing had happened. But what begin as a brief stay 3.75 Two artists, a case of opposites attract. One is a positive, talkative woman with a sunny disposition, the other, a semi-recluse man who's also closed off emotionally. Ronan Mitchell is a notorious creator whose life changed in a matter of seconds when he learned that his mother is not his mother, making his twin Mathias not being his twin. Even now he's still angry and can't forgive the people who lied to him, nor can't he carry on as if nothing had happened. But what begin as a brief stay at Ronan's house, halfway up to the mountain to see how's he doing since they haven't heard from him for a couple of days at the gallery where he work with his brothers and Natalie, will soon become the chance to get to know each other outside of work, to realize they love what they see, what they hear and what they feel when they're together. But can Ronan get rid of all his baggage and let Natalie's light shine on him or is he gonna let anger ruin the best thing that could ever happen to him ? For me, Why Not Tonight was a case of it's the characters who made the book. Otherwise, I think I might have found it boring. But I adored Natalie, her zest for life, that she was always hopeful and helped the hero get out of his head and his isolation. And the fact that she understood it was not her role to make him change his mind but just to show him an other way to see things. A lot of things about Ronan's history and personality talked to me. It was easy for me to understand how he reacted more emotionally and had trouble acting more rationally.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I love this series and the town of Happily Inc! It is the type of town I'd like to live in if I could. This book focuses on Natalie and Ronan. I like that Natalie is a curvy girl and for the most part owns and rocks her curves. Ronan has a lot of baggage from finding out that he doesn't know who his biological mother is and that the woman that raised him lied to him about being his mother. I like how his brothers and Natalie don't let him wallow in his misery for long....well not too long, they b I love this series and the town of Happily Inc! It is the type of town I'd like to live in if I could. This book focuses on Natalie and Ronan. I like that Natalie is a curvy girl and for the most part owns and rocks her curves. Ronan has a lot of baggage from finding out that he doesn't know who his biological mother is and that the woman that raised him lied to him about being his mother. I like how his brothers and Natalie don't let him wallow in his misery for long....well not too long, they basically tell him to get over himself. The romance between these two has their ups and downs, but that is what made it a real romance and not a fairy tale. They support each other but also they have their moments where not everything is sunshine and roses. A quick fun read when you just want to pretend that nothing is wrong with the world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Blushing Reader

    I forget how easy it is to fall into a Susan Mallery story! I missed these characters and so happy to read angsty Ronan’s story. I loved the emotion and the togetherness you get from this series. Well done! I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    Well...I cried! This book had ALL THE FEELS! Ronan is WOWZA and Natalie was just what he needed. I love this series! What a fantastic read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    3.5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen Machamer

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Yet another great book by Susan Mallery. Really enjoying the new series. Can't wait to read more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Why Not Tonight glows with a warmth and a sense of joythat are totally due to the heroine, Natalie. Her openhearted appreciation for life, for art, and for the people around her shines through in everything she says and does, from falling in love with Ronan to her excitement over the broken “treasures” she finds and incorporates into her art. I also love her dedication to her art and her determination to carve out time to create, even when it means scrimping and saving to live on a part-time sal Why Not Tonight glows with a warmth and a sense of joythat are totally due to the heroine, Natalie. Her openhearted appreciation for life, for art, and for the people around her shines through in everything she says and does, from falling in love with Ronan to her excitement over the broken “treasures” she finds and incorporates into her art. I also love her dedication to her art and her determination to carve out time to create, even when it means scrimping and saving to live on a part-time salary. (Side note: just how much is Atsuko paying her? Because it’s pretty much impossible to live on part-time wages these days, yet Natalie has a two-bedroom apartment to herself.) Gifted glass artist Ronan, on the other hand, is broody, angry, and for several years has been retreating deeper into isolation—from his brothers, his abusive father, and the woman he’d thought was his mother. On learning in a previous book that he is the result of one of his father’s affairs, Ronan fled Fool’s Gold for Happily Inc…. but he is anything but happy. Worse, he has lost his ability to create. Opposites attract, and these two are certainly attracted. And Natalie is perfect for Ronan: she lightens his moods, calls him on his stupidity, and inveigles him into spending more time with his brothers. I’m less convinced that he is perfect for her, but Natalie is, and that’s what counts. He is certainly supportive of her. He may be moody and prone to run away, but underneath, there’s a nicer, happier person, who respects women in general and Natalie in particular, who knows how to play, who loves his brothers as much as his art. Art is as central to the book as it is to Natalie and Ronan’s lives. All three of the brothers living in Happily Inc. are artists: Ronan and Matthias work in glass; Nick works predominantly in wood, though he knows his way around a glass studio. (The other two brothers, Del and Aiden, stayed in Fool’s Gold; their books fall in that series.) Why Not Tonight may be my favorite book yet in the Happily Inc. series—and that’s despite the charm of Millie the giraffe in Matthias and Carole’s book, Second Chance Girl. If you’re looking for a warmhearted, feel-good story to go with your romance, Why Not Tonight is an excellent choice. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    marieno

    My family's story is not the same as the Mitchell brothers but their story really speak to me so I was very emotionally involved in my reading. Here's my advocacy for Ronan: There is a small chasm between Ronan and his family. Part of it is his fault, yes, but his family should have reacted differently (try to understand his side) His family feels like he is giving up on them, but maybe Ronan felt life they gave up on him too. His brothers don't reassure him that nothing changed. (I know that the My family's story is not the same as the Mitchell brothers but their story really speak to me so I was very emotionally involved in my reading. Here's my advocacy for Ronan: There is a small chasm between Ronan and his family. Part of it is his fault, yes, but his family should have reacted differently (try to understand his side) His family feels like he is giving up on them, but maybe Ronan felt life they gave up on him too. His brothers don't reassure him that nothing changed. (I know that they tried to show him, but I thing Ronan needed them to talk and act at the same time) Their parents lied to all the brothers but the lie impact mostly Ronan (and also Mathias. He did his part to try to keep his bond with Ronan but I think he didn't completely understand Ronan's feelings.) They don't understand that maybe Ronan don't think he deserved the life he had, that it wasn't HIS to live. They think he reacted like a kid but they didn't see that he learn the truth as an adult but the lie started when he was a KID. They don't understand that maybe, he felt ashamed to have been lied to. When Nick did a gesture at the end of the book, I was: Thank God for the middle child! His gesture didn't say to Ronan get over it. It said: You're hurt. I don't know how to help you but I'll do that and hope it helped. He was also a great friend to Natalie. The ending was a little bit rushed but it worked with the story. Because everything is not as it should be, but there is hope that everything will be allright. Nathalie was such a beautiful character. Her imagination, her contagious hapiness and the memories she had of her mother (that prepared her for her life) were great things that made her who she was. She thinks Ronan doesn't appreciated his life. She voiced her jugement, but I liked that she helped him, she didn't dictated her rythm and she never turned her back on him. I wasn't surprise that Ronan was scare to dim her light. "She was good for him, he admitted, knowing it was equally important that he be good for her, as well" I also like that Ronan make space for Natalie in his life as the story progressed. Silver's is the next character to have her book. I don't know all their story but let me tell you, Drew's better be groveling like crazy because my review is going to be the angriest review I have ever written. (I might still be a little bit too emotional considering that I'm talking about fictional characters ;) )

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

    I have a love/hate relationship with Susan Mallery novels. Usually it starts out love, love, love, and then something happens, and I want to toss the book aside. When I first started reading her stories, she had the heroine get pregnant at some point, which is always a bad prop for a romance writer to use as far as I’m concerned especially if it happens in more than two…three…four novels. Fortunately with the Happily Inc., she’s left out the props (or at least that one)…so far. Natalie and Ronan’ I have a love/hate relationship with Susan Mallery novels. Usually it starts out love, love, love, and then something happens, and I want to toss the book aside. When I first started reading her stories, she had the heroine get pregnant at some point, which is always a bad prop for a romance writer to use as far as I’m concerned especially if it happens in more than two…three…four novels. Fortunately with the Happily Inc., she’s left out the props (or at least that one)…so far. Natalie and Ronan’s story is sweet. Natalie gets stranded at Ronan’s house when a storm hits, which knocks down trees, totals Natalie’s car, and makes the road impassable. Since Ronan has become a bit of a recluse, spending most of his time at his home rather than the gallery/studio where Natalie is part-time office manager, they have never been in each other’s company much. This all changes. Inspired by Natalie’s cheerful disposition (she’s almost manic pixie, but not quite quirky enough–maybe), Ronan begins to create again. And they fall in love. But Natalie won’t enter a serious relationship with Ronan because she thinks he throws important relationships away, which she can’t abide because she lost her mother and wishes she’d been able to spend more time with her. Ronan, on the other hand, feels betrayed by the woman he thought was his mother. He doesn’t think that Natalie can understand where he is coming from. All true. The problem here is that Ronan has multiple opportunities to give the situation some real thought, and it isn’t until he’s practically hit over the head with evidence that he caves. This is a shame because, for the most part, I liked Ronan, but brooding idiot can only be carried on so long before it becomes annoying. However, that didn’t ruin the novel for me. The scenes that come after Ronan is “hit over the head,” so to speak, are well done. Those combined with the charm of Ronan and Natalie as a couple made this an excellent read. And, as we had in the other novels from this series, there’s a lot going on so the reader is never bored. While this can be read as a standalone, I wouldn’t advise it. I missed the novella in the series and felt like I’d missed some important information–and that was just the novella. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Susan’s Mallery’s series Fool’s Gold is one of my favorite series out there, with The Happily Inc. series coming in close second. I enjoy how Ms. Mallery blends the characters without taking away from each series. Natalie is a talented, kind, caring heroine that I felt needed her own HEA. Natalie has had a bad run with the male species but taking on Roman Mitchell is turning out to be harder than she thought. Natalie sets out to give Roman a piece of her mind; but on the way Natalie has her own n Susan’s Mallery’s series Fool’s Gold is one of my favorite series out there, with The Happily Inc. series coming in close second. I enjoy how Ms. Mallery blends the characters without taking away from each series. Natalie is a talented, kind, caring heroine that I felt needed her own HEA. Natalie has had a bad run with the male species but taking on Roman Mitchell is turning out to be harder than she thought. Natalie sets out to give Roman a piece of her mind; but on the way Natalie has her own near-death experience. When she finally reaches his front door on foot she was ready for a showdown. Roman youngest of the Mitchell Clan and a brilliant artist. He proves so far that he is the most challenging of the boys to get to know. Roman discovered his life was based on a lie, a secret that came to life and changed everything for him and his family. Moving from Fool’s Gold to Happily Inc has its challenges that is for sure, but the biggest challenge for Roman is coming head to head with the feisty Natalie. Roman and Natalie have been working together as artist for over a year. Roman is moody and dark where Natalie is smiles and light. An Oil & Water mix if I ever saw one. So, what draws them to each other? Passion & Desire, perhaps the need to feel close to someone. Is it possible to carve out a relationship with two people who have different lifestyles? Read Why Not Tonight to see. I need Natalie’s work station @ Romans enough said…lol It was nice to see how the supporting characters help Roman and Natalie without out over shadowing them. I enjoyed visiting with everyone again. I for one can’t wait to see what comes next for Happily Inc. Susan Mallery draws readers in with her strong, sexy, lovable, yet flawed characters, town folk who in truth are as much a part of the family’s as the family’s themselves, that is what makes a wonderful book for me. Rated 5 Stilettos and a Recommended Read by Deb!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Perrin Larton

    Natalie. Light, bright, upbeat. Paper and mixed media artist. Ronan. Brooding, moody, temperamental. Exceptionally talented glass artist. Never, ever will these two be able to have a relationship, right? Ummm…no. After learning his ‘true’ identity, Ronan leaves Fool’s Gold for Happily Inc. and decides to continue his incredible glass work, but pretty much tunes his family out. They reach out to him, but he only interacts with them if he absolutely needs their help or the mood strikes him. Often, Natalie. Light, bright, upbeat. Paper and mixed media artist. Ronan. Brooding, moody, temperamental. Exceptionally talented glass artist. Never, ever will these two be able to have a relationship, right? Ummm…no. After learning his ‘true’ identity, Ronan leaves Fool’s Gold for Happily Inc. and decides to continue his incredible glass work, but pretty much tunes his family out. They reach out to him, but he only interacts with them if he absolutely needs their help or the mood strikes him. Often, he’s by himself in his mansion on a mountain. This usually isn’t cause for concern until he doesn’t answer his phone or texts from his family or the studio for much longer than usual. After discussing Ronan’s MIA status, Natalie, struggling artist and art studio secretary, is elected to head up the mountain to do a status check and find out what the heck is going on. In typical Natalie fashion, she doesn’t take a vehicle that will get her up the mountain safely, because she doesn’t want to put anyone out or drive the behemoth truck Ronan’s brother wants her to take. Stranded, wet, and pissed, she heads to Ronan’s door and soon watches her car disappear down the mountain carrying a tree…and she’s OK with that. Other family members make an appearance in Why Not Tonight, and there is a heartwarming resolution to Ronan’s thoughts on his status in the family. Ronan and Natalie’s story to me, was a study in contrasts. Black vs. White. Yin and Yang. Upbeat vs. Brooding. Happy and angry. Natalie is the light in the room with Ronan being the shadows, and you need that ‘depth of field’ for a vibrant and focused relationship. Susan Mallery takes these differences and allows her characters to come to life. Sit down, get cozy, grab your favorite beverage and fall in love with Happily Inc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pennie Morgan

    This one was just plain fun with all the feels! Happily, Inc. sounds like not just a great place to visit but a wonderful place to move to. Natalie Kaleta ended up here when she was engaged to be married and planning her destination wedding until her fiance broke up with her. With no family, she stayed in Happily, Inc. and it was the best thing that could have happened to her. This fiesty, spunky, sassy, and infectiously sunny spitfire is the perfect counterpoint to Ronan Mitchell and his broodi This one was just plain fun with all the feels! Happily, Inc. sounds like not just a great place to visit but a wonderful place to move to. Natalie Kaleta ended up here when she was engaged to be married and planning her destination wedding until her fiance broke up with her. With no family, she stayed in Happily, Inc. and it was the best thing that could have happened to her. This fiesty, spunky, sassy, and infectiously sunny spitfire is the perfect counterpoint to Ronan Mitchell and his brooding and grumpy self. He moved to Happily, Inc. when he discovered he was the illegitimate son and his mom was not really his mom and his twin not really his twin. He was running away from his life but his brothers followed him and now he and his two brothers have an artist studio in town next to a gallery where Natalie is the part-time office manager. She is tasked with finding Ronan when he falls off the grid at his mountain home for several days with no contact so up the mountain she goes in her less than trusty car. After crashing into a tree and getting stuck in the mud she makes it to the house soaked to the bone and "crash-boom-crash" trees fall and mud slides and oops, there goes her car! A happy dance later and we are treated to Natalie's true spirit and Ronan is hooked. They are stuck together for a few days and his brooding is no match for her sunny disposition. Watching these two come together was a hoot and watching them learn to co-exist and bond as they formed stronger ties was special. All Natalie wants is a family and all Ronan wants is to be away from his but they are no match for the forces that bring them together and when they are forced apart will they find their way back together? This one can be read as a standalone. **Received this as an ARC for review**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    In Susan Mallery’s newest installment of Happily, Inc, Mitchell brother Ronan and artist Natalie get their story told. Ronan is the moody, misanthropic brother, but he’s that way for a reason. Since finding out he’s a bastard, raised with the lie that he is Matthias’s twin, everything about his life he thought was real has been shattered. He can’t create, he can’t socialize, and he doesn’t know how to fix the fractured relationship he has with his family. Natalie, the part time gallery assistant w In Susan Mallery’s newest installment of Happily, Inc, Mitchell brother Ronan and artist Natalie get their story told. Ronan is the moody, misanthropic brother, but he’s that way for a reason. Since finding out he’s a bastard, raised with the lie that he is Matthias’s twin, everything about his life he thought was real has been shattered. He can’t create, he can’t socialize, and he doesn’t know how to fix the fractured relationship he has with his family. Natalie, the part time gallery assistant who’s also a budding artist, is exactly what he needs to pull him out of his dourness and bring him back to the land of the living again. Where he is dark, she is light; where he questions his talent, she sees nothing but genius; where she values family above all else, he doesn’t trust it. And where she believes love cures everything, he doubts it even exists. Their love affair is natural, real, and heartwarming. Until it isn’t. And this is Susan Mallery at her best storytelling self. I think I loved this Happily Inc story more than any of the others because I truly love an opposites attract story and these two are full opposites in almost every way. Thank you to NEtgalley for an advanced arc of this book to read for an honest opinion. Another 5 stars from me for Susan Mallery at her best!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Why Not Tonight glows with a warmth and a sense of joy that are totally due to the heroine, Natalie. Her openhearted appreciation for life, for art, and for the people around her shines through in everything she says and does, from falling in love with Ronan to her excitement over the broken “treasures” she finds and incorporates into her art. I also love her dedication to her art and her determination to carve out time to create, even when it means scrimping and saving to live on a part-time sa Why Not Tonight glows with a warmth and a sense of joy that are totally due to the heroine, Natalie. Her openhearted appreciation for life, for art, and for the people around her shines through in everything she says and does, from falling in love with Ronan to her excitement over the broken “treasures” she finds and incorporates into her art. I also love her dedication to her art and her determination to carve out time to create, even when it means scrimping and saving to live on a part-time salary. (Side note: just how much is Atsuko paying her? Because it’s pretty much impossible to live on part-time wages these days, yet Natalie has a two-bedroom apartment to herself.) Gifted glass artist Ronan, on the other hand, is broody, angry, and for several years has been retreating deeper into isolation—from his brothers, his abusive father, and the woman he’d thought was his mother. On learning in a previous book that he is the result of one of his father’s affairs, Ronan fled Fool’s Gold for Happily Inc…. but he is anything but happy. Worse, he has lost his ability to create. Opposites attract, and these two are certainly attracted. And Natalie is perfect for Ronan: she lightens his moods, calls him on his stupidity, and inveigles him into spending more time with his brothers. I’m less convinced that he is perfect for her, but Natalie is, and that’s what counts. He is certainly supportive of her. He may be moody and prone to run away, but underneath, there’s a nicer, happier person, who respects women in general and Natalie in particular, who knows how to play, who loves his brothers as much as his art. Art is as central to the book as it is to Natalie and Ronan’s lives. All three of the brothers living in Happily Inc. are artists: Ronan and Matthias work in glass; Nick works predominantly in wood, though he knows his way around a glass studio. (The other two brothers, Del and Aiden, stayed in Fool’s Gold; their books fall in that series.) Why Not Tonight may be my favorite book yet in the Happily Inc. series—and that’s despite the charm of Millie the giraffe in Matthias and Carole’s book, Second Chance Girl. If you’re looking for a warmhearted, feel-good story to go with your romance, Why Not Tonight is an excellent choice. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    This is the story of Ronan and Natalie. Ronan is an artist who looks on life in a negative light. He has discovered he was lied to about his birth. As a result he has disconnected from his family and pretty much the world around him. In comes Natalie a bright, cheerful woman who is sunshine all the time. Natalie ends up stuck at Ronan’s remote house during a storm. Ronan is attracted but tries to resist, but Natalie pulls him into her life. There is some really clever dialogue in this book. Nata This is the story of Ronan and Natalie. Ronan is an artist who looks on life in a negative light. He has discovered he was lied to about his birth. As a result he has disconnected from his family and pretty much the world around him. In comes Natalie a bright, cheerful woman who is sunshine all the time. Natalie ends up stuck at Ronan’s remote house during a storm. Ronan is attracted but tries to resist, but Natalie pulls him into her life. There is some really clever dialogue in this book. Natalie says whatever comes into her mind, often embarrassing herself. This is the 3rd book set in the town of Happily Inc. it could be read alone but there is a lot of backstory about the history of the characters that you might miss. All the books are good reads so if you like a good romance with a great cast of characters read them all. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia | gameofreading

    I LOVE HAPPILY INC!! I WANT TO MOVE THERE!! I’ve never read Susan Mallery before and I don’t know why it took me so long! I was a little worried when I got this that it would be a cheesy romance novel… I love him but he doesn’t love me / I love her but she doesn’t love me plotlines. My worries were unfounded and I fell in love with the characters in this fictional little town. The only thing I didn’t like was how the ending was neatly wrapped up with a bow (I would have preferred a more realisti I LOVE HAPPILY INC!! I WANT TO MOVE THERE!! I’ve never read Susan Mallery before and I don’t know why it took me so long! I was a little worried when I got this that it would be a cheesy romance novel… I love him but he doesn’t love me / I love her but she doesn’t love me plotlines. My worries were unfounded and I fell in love with the characters in this fictional little town. The only thing I didn’t like was how the ending was neatly wrapped up with a bow (I would have preferred a more realistic ending). A perfect, fun, light read for any romance fan. I am now going back and reading the first two in the Happily Inc series! Thanks to Susan Mallery, the publisher, Harlequin – Romance, and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Happily Inc is my home away from home and these people are my best friends! Ok, maybe I just think they are. I feel like I'm growing with these characters. They are all so realistic and I can relate to each of them about certain things! I figured Ronan's story would be more about breaking down his wall. I felt like Natalie was the perfect person to help with that with her happy-go-lucky (er unlucky?) self. I thought they had good chemistry and enjoyed their story. I like the added art element and Happily Inc is my home away from home and these people are my best friends! Ok, maybe I just think they are. I feel like I'm growing with these characters. They are all so realistic and I can relate to each of them about certain things! I figured Ronan's story would be more about breaking down his wall. I felt like Natalie was the perfect person to help with that with her happy-go-lucky (er unlucky?) self. I thought they had good chemistry and enjoyed their story. I like the added art element and it makes my untalented self want to learn more! I'm glad there was a small Fool's Gold trip added in. I miss that town and need to go back and visit them again! I can't wait for the next story and all it's glory !

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I loved the authors note on the first page of the book. As a girl who wears glasses, I agree w/her that you don’t always feel sexy wearing them. And there aren’t a lot of romances w/leads who wear glasses. She dedicated this book to those of us who feel the same. Right on sista sistah!!!! good addition to this series. as others have said in their reviews, i've come to know these characters & they feel like family. glad to finally have Ronan's story. it was alot of getting him to get over his anger I loved the authors note on the first page of the book. As a girl who wears glasses, I agree w/her that you don’t always feel sexy wearing them. And there aren’t a lot of romances w/leads who wear glasses. She dedicated this book to those of us who feel the same. Right on sista sistah!!!! good addition to this series. as others have said in their reviews, i've come to know these characters & they feel like family. glad to finally have Ronan's story. it was alot of getting him to get over his anger & move on. loved the natalie character. they had good chemistry. enjoy seeing the progress of the other characters & their lives as well. definite foreshadowing of the next stories in the series. silver, wynn & jasper & a new dark horse Renee. a charming read!

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