Can’t Wait Wednesday – HAPPILY NEVER AFTER by Lynn Painter


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is HAPPILY NEVER AFTER by Lynn Painter. Lynn Painter has quickly become one of my favorite rom com writers and the premise for this new book sounds hilarious!


by Berkley

Publication Date:  March 12, 2024



Their name? The objectors.
Their job? To break off weddings as hired.
Their dilemma? They might just be in love with each other.

When Sophie Steinbeck finds out just before her wedding that her fiancé has cheated yet again, she desperately wants to call it off. But because her future father-in-law is her dad’s cutthroat boss, she doesn’t want to be the one to do it. Her savior comes in the form of a professional objector, whose purpose is to show up at weddings and proclaim the words no couple (usually) wants to hear at their “I object!”

During anti-wedding festivities that night, Sophie learns more about Max the Objector’s job. It makes perfect sense to he saves people from wasting their lives, from hurting each other. He’s a modern-day hero. And Sophie wants in.

Max and Sophie start working together, the two love cynics going from wedding to wedding, and she’s having more fun than she’s had in ages. Sophie looks forward to every nerve-racking ceremony, where she gets to save the lovesick souls of the betrothed masses. As they spend more time together, however, they realize their physical chemistry is off the charts, leading them to dabble in a little hookup session or two—but it’s totally fine because they definitely do not have feelings for each other. Love doesn’t exist, after all.

And then everything changes. A groom-to-be hires Sophie to object, but his fiancée is the woman who broke Max’s heart. As Max wrestles with whether he can be a party to her getting hurt, Sophie grapples with the sudden realization that she may have fallen hard for her partner in crime.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

11 replies
  1. Angela @ Literary Wanderer
    Angela @ Literary Wanderer says:

    This sounds adorable – I love books about weddings, although all these weddings being broken up sounds a little sad!

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Oh my goodness! Professional objectors to wedding ceremonies?? Is there such a thing? I love this premise, which is quirkily unusual:)).

  3. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I am always excited for a Lynn Painter book. I just finished her next YA book, and it’s classic Painter. I am glad I can depend on her for laughs, smiles, and swoons.

  4. Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse
    Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse says:

    I’m super excited to read this book as well! Painter has become a favorite of mine over the past couple of years. It doesn’t matter if it’s adult or YA. I’m going to read it! I hope we both love this one.

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