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More than friends, less than lovers was the best way to describe Darby Sullivan and Avery Monroe's relationship. Sparks flew from the moment they met, but timing and circumstances kept them apart. Darby is known for being the charmingly wild and reckless Sullivan, with a love 'em and leave 'em attitude. But Darby has a secret: underneath all of that wildness is a nice guy More than friends, less than lovers was the best way to describe Darby Sullivan and Avery Monroe's relationship. Sparks flew from the moment they met, but timing and circumstances kept them apart. Darby is known for being the charmingly wild and reckless Sullivan, with a love 'em and leave 'em attitude. But Darby has a secret: underneath all of that wildness is a nice guy who really just wants a nice girl that will love him the way he needs to be loved. Well they just don't get any nicer than Ms. Avery Monroe, who also has a secret: underneath that ladylike niceness is a wild child DYING to get out. What happens when these two opposites finally come together? Find out just how far Darby and Avery will go in their pursuit of happiness.


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More than friends, less than lovers was the best way to describe Darby Sullivan and Avery Monroe's relationship. Sparks flew from the moment they met, but timing and circumstances kept them apart. Darby is known for being the charmingly wild and reckless Sullivan, with a love 'em and leave 'em attitude. But Darby has a secret: underneath all of that wildness is a nice guy More than friends, less than lovers was the best way to describe Darby Sullivan and Avery Monroe's relationship. Sparks flew from the moment they met, but timing and circumstances kept them apart. Darby is known for being the charmingly wild and reckless Sullivan, with a love 'em and leave 'em attitude. But Darby has a secret: underneath all of that wildness is a nice guy who really just wants a nice girl that will love him the way he needs to be loved. Well they just don't get any nicer than Ms. Avery Monroe, who also has a secret: underneath that ladylike niceness is a wild child DYING to get out. What happens when these two opposites finally come together? Find out just how far Darby and Avery will go in their pursuit of happiness.

30 review for The Pursuit of Happiness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    DNF @ 30% This is a third book in a series after a first full length and a novella. But it read like it was the thirteenth book or something. There are so many couples all popping up within the the first several chapters, all with their varying couple issues that I could not keep them straight. Who are all these people? They all had the substance of wet paper. The main couple disappeared for awhile while we get a look at all these other people. Also holy head-hopping! One of the reasons why I fou DNF @ 30% This is a third book in a series after a first full length and a novella. But it read like it was the thirteenth book or something. There are so many couples all popping up within the the first several chapters, all with their varying couple issues that I could not keep them straight. Who are all these people? They all had the substance of wet paper. The main couple disappeared for awhile while we get a look at all these other people. Also holy head-hopping! One of the reasons why I found all these people so confusing is that I never knew whose POV I was getting. it changed so quickly sometimes from paragraph to paragraph. The book was so busy checking in with all the eleventy-twelve characters it never actually settled on a real plot. The beginning felt like it was setting up a good action romantic suspense story, but that petered out in the first chapter. There was also a crudeness to the scene crafting that jerked me out of the story a few times. No plot to really hang on, too many characters, odd scene shifts and the wandering POVs was just too much. So I gave up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mspraise50

    Another great read in this series. The book did focus more on Avery and Darby's story but it also caught up with all the other couples too. I loved Avery and Darby's relationship and the love they share. I love how he calls her "Miss Avery". This was a great story and I would highly recommend it. Now for Casey and Sid. Lord but she is treating her man poorly. He is going to give up on her if she does not get it together. Another great read in this series. The book did focus more on Avery and Darby's story but it also caught up with all the other couples too. I loved Avery and Darby's relationship and the love they share. I love how he calls her "Miss Avery". This was a great story and I would highly recommend it. Now for Casey and Sid. Lord but she is treating her man poorly. He is going to give up on her if she does not get it together.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MARQUETTA

    DNF at 68% This book s about everyone and the kitchen sink. The focus is not on Darby and Avery and this is a huge disappointment. I've never read a romance where the main couple isn't the focus. Why am I reading about every single couple in this series and the shit they're going through???? That's what novellas are for. DNF at 68% This book s about everyone and the kitchen sink. The focus is not on Darby and Avery and this is a huge disappointment. I've never read a romance where the main couple isn't the focus. Why am I reading about every single couple in this series and the shit they're going through???? That's what novellas are for.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michele Wesley

    Excellent and highly entertaining from start to finish.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adrienh1

    This by far is the best in the series! I like a lil dark action with my romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    OMG!! Are you freaking kidding me! Darby and Avery were worth waiting for! Darby may be my new book boo, lol. Damn, he is sexy as hell, dangerous and protective of all that is dear to him. Avery is a closet bad ass, and together they are perfect! Loved this book. Can't wait for the next installment! You go D. A., you did your damn thing with this one. Great book! OMG!! Are you freaking kidding me! Darby and Avery were worth waiting for! Darby may be my new book boo, lol. Damn, he is sexy as hell, dangerous and protective of all that is dear to him. Avery is a closet bad ass, and together they are perfect! Loved this book. Can't wait for the next installment! You go D. A., you did your damn thing with this one. Great book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nene

    Awesome Read! I truly enjoyed this book. This book had you laughing out loud. I love Darby and Avery relationship, I would recommend this book and can't wait to see what happens next. Awesome Read! I truly enjoyed this book. This book had you laughing out loud. I love Darby and Avery relationship, I would recommend this book and can't wait to see what happens next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    N0iR

    It was a lot going on in this book. I just couldn't get to the point and the good stuff. But then again I probably shouldn't start from the middle of a sequel series. It was a lot going on in this book. I just couldn't get to the point and the good stuff. But then again I probably shouldn't start from the middle of a sequel series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CoCoFierce

    The latest book in this growing series is The Pursuit of Happiness this is Darby and Ms. Avery story. In the last book ( New Beginnings) we were left with quite a cliffhanger. This story picks up where that one left off. Let me tell you I absolutely loved this story. Darby was known as the wild child, the love them and leave them type. At the beginning of this story we get a little flashback on how his past helped shaped the man he is today. I will admit Darby was a playboy but meeting the spicy The latest book in this growing series is The Pursuit of Happiness this is Darby and Ms. Avery story. In the last book ( New Beginnings) we were left with quite a cliffhanger. This story picks up where that one left off. Let me tell you I absolutely loved this story. Darby was known as the wild child, the love them and leave them type. At the beginning of this story we get a little flashback on how his past helped shaped the man he is today. I will admit Darby was a playboy but meeting the spicy Ms. Avery has turned his world upside down. Ms. Avery is a woman wanting to break free of the self-imposed prison she is in. Darby makes her want to be the woman she has always dreamed of becoming but insecurities has stopped her. Darby has a lot of baggage including a few surprises but can Ms. Avery ride it out with him? I loved that even though these two had their issues as readers we got to see them work through them and develop their relationship. One issue I had is that although this book is a series the author does focus on all the characters and just when you are starting to get into one characters storyline it’s a transition to the next character. Don’t get me wrong I love catching up with all the characters but if this is to be a story about two characters the main focus needs to be on them. Because this series has a few characters each with great stories that need to be told I think the author could benefit from a family tree. With all the anguish between Alexi & ViVi I would love to see more how this storyline was going to play out. ( I know, I know their story is coming, but I am on pins & needles with the bombshell that just dropped). I did love the meeting in the chop shop with three of the main characters. D.A. Young knows how to keep the readers interested and on the edge of their seat. I cannot wait to see how this all will play out. Readers if you are looking for a well told story with depth and layers please one click this author. You will not be disappointed. Please read this book for yourselves and not based on this one review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laverne Brewster

    2.00 Stars. (BW/WM). Audiobook with narration by Morae Brehon and Sean Crisden. Disjointed. Confusing. The story supposedly features Darby Sullivan and Avery Monroe and their road to love, romantic bliss, marriage and eternal happiness; but quickly after a chapter or so, the storyline diverges from this couple and splits into stories about several different couples who are struggling with various issues. The main characters are lost and relegated to having sex in an abyss of plotlessness. The st 2.00 Stars. (BW/WM). Audiobook with narration by Morae Brehon and Sean Crisden. Disjointed. Confusing. The story supposedly features Darby Sullivan and Avery Monroe and their road to love, romantic bliss, marriage and eternal happiness; but quickly after a chapter or so, the storyline diverges from this couple and splits into stories about several different couples who are struggling with various issues. The main characters are lost and relegated to having sex in an abyss of plotlessness. The story’s opening on slaughter of ugly name calling...wetbacks and dim witted didn’t make sense to me, I attributed my confusion to not reading book two after book one; I inadvertently read this book instead. I’ll go back and read book two, if that changes my opinion of this book, I will revise my review; however, I doubt it, each of the books in this series is about a different Sullivan brother. I hate trilogies.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    All Over The Place I really enjoyed this author's first book in the 'Whiskey Row' series but this book had way too much going on. I like a book that has a good subplot but this book was subplotted to death. It was supposed to be about Darby and Avery's love story but they made up at the very beginning of the story. So, we're left with a story about them coming to love a little boy who is placed in their care; and about Darby's surrogate mom and dad's romance. There are also separate subplots invo All Over The Place I really enjoyed this author's first book in the 'Whiskey Row' series but this book had way too much going on. I like a book that has a good subplot but this book was subplotted to death. It was supposed to be about Darby and Avery's love story but they made up at the very beginning of the story. So, we're left with a story about them coming to love a little boy who is placed in their care; and about Darby's surrogate mom and dad's romance. There are also separate subplots involving Kat, Ella, Ginger...you see where I'm going with this. If you enjoy books with random hot sex scenes and no real story line, then this is the book for you but if you're looking for a solid story, skip this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    5 dissatisfied stars After reading the first book I was almost panting waiting to get to Darby and Avery's story... I am soooooo disappointed in the story Darby and Avery were given. An almost painful disservice. This book featured way too many couples and the white supremacists/kkk angle made me lose all interest. I gave the book 5 starts if you are a fan of ANY other couple in the series. They all have far more interesting stories than my favorite duo. I was looking forward to Darby being,,, we 5 dissatisfied stars After reading the first book I was almost panting waiting to get to Darby and Avery's story... I am soooooo disappointed in the story Darby and Avery were given. An almost painful disservice. This book featured way too many couples and the white supremacists/kkk angle made me lose all interest. I gave the book 5 starts if you are a fan of ANY other couple in the series. They all have far more interesting stories than my favorite duo. I was looking forward to Darby being,,, well, wild. Darby and Avery's story was seriously tame and very boring. I was expecting scorching fire and got tepid water.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Natashia

    The Row Love my peeps from Whiskey Row!! Darby and Avery's story was so sweet but also full of outside drama! Really can't wait for Casey and Sidra! The Row Love my peeps from Whiskey Row!! Darby and Avery's story was so sweet but also full of outside drama! Really can't wait for Casey and Sidra!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Loving the Men of the Row!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Good This series get better and better. Great read keeping up with all the characters. Now for my favorite couple, Sid and Casey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I Know I was curious what was going to happen between these two. And If you’re like me you wanted to know what could possibly happen to get these two together, since Avery seems to be stuck on her judgmental fiancé. YUCK. But what happens is something that would be happy to have read here, and happy for Avery even more than you do. I enjoy the fact that Avery finally goes out and explore and finds out who she is as a person. Made me shout, “YES FINALLY!” I enjoy reading this book and see Avery sta I Know I was curious what was going to happen between these two. And If you’re like me you wanted to know what could possibly happen to get these two together, since Avery seems to be stuck on her judgmental fiancé. YUCK. But what happens is something that would be happy to have read here, and happy for Avery even more than you do. I enjoy the fact that Avery finally goes out and explore and finds out who she is as a person. Made me shout, “YES FINALLY!” I enjoy reading this book and see Avery stand up for herself. She is no one punching bag, and as much as her friends try to make her see that she bad all by herself. It takes for her to really see that in order for herself to find happiness. The surprises in this book is breath taking and funny. I really enjoy DJ, and baby Ruby. You cannot help but love them, I love the new phase that Noelle take on. And I love the fact that this series, past main characters are very much involve with the new main character. I enjoy the fact that they have their own little scenes in this book, and that D.A Young did not forget about them. I feel so horrible for DJ and everything he been through and so happy with the way that things ends out. All I have to say is that Avery is a very, very, smart cookie.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle B.

    Darby & Avery I LOVEEEEEEEEE this series!!! Oh my goodness, the laugh out loud moments are phenomenal. I will definitely be recommending this series to others. The love story is built upon the careers of the characters as well; therefore the suspense unfolds within what the men do as a job. Now Darby shooting people, working within his security firm, pure sexiness! But, Ms. Avery being fearless come on girl... Thank you for not writing in a wimpy female lead... 👍 Yes!!! I can't wait for Casey, I Darby & Avery I LOVEEEEEEEEE this series!!! Oh my goodness, the laugh out loud moments are phenomenal. I will definitely be recommending this series to others. The love story is built upon the careers of the characters as well; therefore the suspense unfolds within what the men do as a job. Now Darby shooting people, working within his security firm, pure sexiness! But, Ms. Avery being fearless come on girl... Thank you for not writing in a wimpy female lead... 👍 Yes!!! I can't wait for Casey, I know he will have me laughing in stiches (after I have worked her over, at least buy me a steak or leave a $20 bill on the nightstand... Tooo funny). One must purchase this series if you want steamy romance, a story with suspense, a scene to unfold and laughing to make you literally laugh for at least 5 minutes... This series is for you. I am loving it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ms Shay

    Loooooved this book. Team Avery & Darby for life!! Avery was just the sweet but spicy woman he needed especially after she came out of her shell of doubt since ridding herself of that douche bag boyfriend. Darby was just the guy she needed to remind her how beautiful she was and bring out her inner kink as well... I was SO proud when she took some well deserving me time to fi d oit who she was as a person, I especially loved how Darby watched her through Intel and popped up in Greece to go get hi Loooooved this book. Team Avery & Darby for life!! Avery was just the sweet but spicy woman he needed especially after she came out of her shell of doubt since ridding herself of that douche bag boyfriend. Darby was just the guy she needed to remind her how beautiful she was and bring out her inner kink as well... I was SO proud when she took some well deserving me time to fi d oit who she was as a person, I especially loved how Darby watched her through Intel and popped up in Greece to go get his woman back after he was alerted some unsavory creatures were planning to approach her. I really enjoyed DJ, and baby Ruby. Couldnt help but love them. And I love the fact that this series, past main characters are very much involveed with the new main characters. It was a lovely mixture!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cherryl

    OMG this was so good I loved this book. The character development and the storyline plot was on point. The brothers and their friends have such an easy rapport with each other that gives comic relief at just the right time. I can't wait for the next installment to see what happens to Alexei and Vivi, Casey and Sidra, and Holt and Kat. I'm also wondering what's in store for Guy as well. NOTE: This ebook was re-read in conjunction with Audible.com. The narrators Morae Brehon, and Sean Crisden r OMG this was so good I loved this book. The character development and the storyline plot was on point. The brothers and their friends have such an easy rapport with each other that gives comic relief at just the right time. I can't wait for the next installment to see what happens to Alexei and Vivi, Casey and Sidra, and Holt and Kat. I'm also wondering what's in store for Guy as well. NOTE: This ebook was re-read in conjunction with Audible.com. The narrators Morae Brehon, and Sean Crisden really made the story come to life, especially Sean. I just love his sexy voice. He also does and except Russian accent and Spanish accent.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Azizov

    It's review time 🎧 Blurb 📜: Warning ⚠️: interracial romance, obsession, brothers, hot! Narrator score🎧 ; both narrators are amazing I love them both so much they did great especially Sean with his accent 😍😍😍 Level of steam🔥: all the books are very hot. This whole series is extremely hot. Level of anxiety and sadness 😱😢: you have some drama in each book but I don't think it is too much... it is good though so I enjoyed it. The book itself📖: this series is great. I love it . Each character was differ It's review time 🎧 Blurb 📜: Warning ⚠️: interracial romance, obsession, brothers, hot! Narrator score🎧 ; both narrators are amazing I love them both so much they did great especially Sean with his accent 😍😍😍 Level of steam🔥: all the books are very hot. This whole series is extremely hot. Level of anxiety and sadness 😱😢: you have some drama in each book but I don't think it is too much... it is good though so I enjoyed it. The book itself📖: this series is great. I love it . Each character was different and sweet in its own way. The stories where good and interesting which I loved.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elysa

    This saga gets better & better! More danger, suspense, mystery, ever evolving characters, New characters, sappy romance interspersed with some sizzling eroticism too hot for me to handle, major tear-jerking moments with the cliff-hanger ending. Now I'm alright with the cliff-hanger in this series. That's because I know I have something worthy to look forward too. Thank God I'm off because I'm about to slide right into Book 4. It's 5am...😄 I finally found something my Insomnia is good for! 😆 This saga gets better & better! More danger, suspense, mystery, ever evolving characters, New characters, sappy romance interspersed with some sizzling eroticism too hot for me to handle, major tear-jerking moments with the cliff-hanger ending. Now I'm alright with the cliff-hanger in this series. That's because I know I have something worthy to look forward too. Thank God I'm off because I'm about to slide right into Book 4. It's 5am...😄 I finally found something my Insomnia is good for! 😆

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Gibbs-Jones

    Absolutely love, love, love this series. Lex and Vivi are perfect for each other, their temperaments compliment each other perfect. Vivi was stupid for staying away from him, but she pulled it together in the end and when back to her man, who's been waiting patiently for 20 years for her to come back to him. Although they have seen each other during their separation. The characters in this series are great, we described, closely knit, and have such a great relationship with each other. They're f Absolutely love, love, love this series. Lex and Vivi are perfect for each other, their temperaments compliment each other perfect. Vivi was stupid for staying away from him, but she pulled it together in the end and when back to her man, who's been waiting patiently for 20 years for her to come back to him. Although they have seen each other during their separation. The characters in this series are great, we described, closely knit, and have such a great relationship with each other. They're funny and will keep you laughing and oh so country.

  23. 4 out of 5

    QUEENFATFAT

    FINALLY Great read Kept you locked in like the prior books to the WHISKEY ROW series! SUSPENSE I didn’t expect From D. A. Young. I loved the fact that the book touched on Racism and abuse etc and how to handle it when children are sadly been influenced and forced to do and or be a monster.. I can go on and on about another Great Book By D. A Young but I’d rather you all go and READ Sweet Obsessions and the second book then this one YOU MUST START FROM THE BEGINNING of the SERIES of the men OF WH FINALLY Great read Kept you locked in like the prior books to the WHISKEY ROW series! SUSPENSE I didn’t expect From D. A. Young. I loved the fact that the book touched on Racism and abuse etc and how to handle it when children are sadly been influenced and forced to do and or be a monster.. I can go on and on about another Great Book By D. A Young but I’d rather you all go and READ Sweet Obsessions and the second book then this one YOU MUST START FROM THE BEGINNING of the SERIES of the men OF WHISKEY ROW.. xoxo - 👑QueenFatFat👑

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lialeh Blue

    Love it I enjoyed reading Darby and Avery's story! They are my favorite couple besides Noelle and Jack! I loved how Darby protected his loved ones! I loved DJ and am happy he will live with Darby and Avery. He deserves to be a kid and have fun with whoever he wants to. I'm also glad Guy found his sister in law. I liked how racism was addressed. It's sad how people are taught to hate someone because of their skin color. On to the next book! Love it I enjoyed reading Darby and Avery's story! They are my favorite couple besides Noelle and Jack! I loved how Darby protected his loved ones! I loved DJ and am happy he will live with Darby and Avery. He deserves to be a kid and have fun with whoever he wants to. I'm also glad Guy found his sister in law. I liked how racism was addressed. It's sad how people are taught to hate someone because of their skin color. On to the next book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nadineevans

    Loved this book I was thoroughly entertained. I laughed out loud and my heart was totally captured by the characters in this series. Each book gets better and better. Some books with linked characters tend to make the previous characters just witnesses to the new story, not here these are fully evolving characters. The romance is there, the family bonds are there and you will laugh out loud. Loved it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    Whiskey Row First, I wished Whiskey Row Tennessee was a real town I would move in a heart beat especially with the U.S. Is today.. Anyway. I loved Darcy, Avery and DJ's story and the things that comes out of these guys mouths (you will see what I am talking about) loved the idea of Avery getting to show her superwoman skills again and not needing her man to save her. It was a great book love D.A. writing style looking forward to the next book Whiskey Row First, I wished Whiskey Row Tennessee was a real town I would move in a heart beat especially with the U.S. Is today.. Anyway. I loved Darcy, Avery and DJ's story and the things that comes out of these guys mouths (you will see what I am talking about) loved the idea of Avery getting to show her superwoman skills again and not needing her man to save her. It was a great book love D.A. writing style looking forward to the next book

  27. 4 out of 5

    CLorraine Kibler

    Ms. Avery and Darby I love how Darby calls his love Ms. Avery. The gang is all back with multiple story lines popping out all over. Darby and Avery reconnected and demonstrated that they were made for each other. Some story lines were resolved but others opened. We got to catch up with the family...close and extended. I am hoping that Tucker has a story somewhere in one of the upcoming books. The dialogue is always fierce and funny and I always love resourceful women.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Great Read! I can not tell you how much I enjoy the thick plots and twist and turns in D. A. Young’s novel series! Such great content and characters! I love a book that makes you want to know the characters represented in the book not to mention the towns and cities they live in! It makes wonder if the next series will be about this single character or that one! Well I journey on to the book in this series happy reading everyone!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Great book! I really enjoyed this story and the characters were very entertaining. Loved the journey that the author takes you on. You get a taste of every one's life and their storyline. I loved the chemistry between Darby and Avery it was sweet and smoking hot 🔥! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to my fellow romance readers you will not be disappointed. Great book! I really enjoyed this story and the characters were very entertaining. Loved the journey that the author takes you on. You get a taste of every one's life and their storyline. I loved the chemistry between Darby and Avery it was sweet and smoking hot 🔥! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to my fellow romance readers you will not be disappointed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    M Virginia

    Good story I really loved both main characters and enjoyed reading how they supported escort and how the family did the same. Whenever the brothers and their friends for together they were so hilarious.. The fun they had together and the busting of each others chops was really entertaining. Can't wait for the final book. Good story I really loved both main characters and enjoyed reading how they supported escort and how the family did the same. Whenever the brothers and their friends for together they were so hilarious.. The fun they had together and the busting of each others chops was really entertaining. Can't wait for the final book.

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