When a psychic tells Natalie Nixon her life is about to be upended by a mysterious stranger, she laughs it off. After all, she has everything she’s ever wanted—a successful bakery, a the perfect boyfriend, and the keys to her dream house.
Who could possibly make her want to throw all that away?
Then Miles Haas comes back to town.
But he’s no stranger—they’ve known each other since high school. Plus, he’s only around for the summer, he’s still a shameless playboy, and he makes a living writing articles for a men’s magazine with titles like 'Should You Bang the Boss’s Daughter? A Flowchart' and 'Butt Stuff for Beginners: A Field Guide.'
He’s not the man of her dreams, and she’s not about to abandon everything she’s worked so hard for just for a little fun. Except he makes her laugh like no one else, smells like heaven, and looks sexy as hell in those panty-melting glasses.
**SOME SORT OF CRAZY is a full-length standalone romance.**
I’m surprised by how much I liked this book. I’m a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, but it’s a difficult recipe to follow. Add the romance too suddenly, and the dish doesn’t seem authentic. Drag out conflicts, and the meal tastes sour. Some Sort of Crazy has just the right ingredients, and Melanie Harlow follows the recipe expertly.
Natalie has the ideal life: a dream job, a new house, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend of ten years. When things suddenly get turned upside down, Natalie has two choices: 1) fight to keep her life plan on track come hell or high water, or 2) take time to explore other opportunities. Then Miles, Natalie’s childhood friend and outrageous sexologist, comes along and makes the decision a lot more interesting.
Natalie is the perfect Rom Com protagonist in my book. Both adventurous and reserved, she’s honest about her feelings, smart, and endearing. Miles is the man-child you can’t help but love—hilarious, cocky, sweet, sexy, and romantic in his own crazy way.
Now, back to our recipe. This is a friends-to-lovers romance, but one in which the sexual tension has had time to simmer over a period of years. It’s way more realistic than a switch getting flipped and friends suddenly seeing each other as sexual beings. When they eventually do get together, it’s doubly satisfying.
The conflicts aren’t over cooked, and they are sprinkled in with humor. It is a romantic comedy after all. There might be a bit of cheese, which the lactose intolerant may not appreciate, but I enjoyed it.
Some Sort of Crazy pushes all the right romantic comedy buttons for me. It’s whimsical and lovely, but just a heads up. On the steam scale from one to five with five being the hottest, this one’s about a six. Miles and Natalie get some sort of freaky in the bedroom, but this story also manages to be sweet and funny. It is a standalone, and I did not read the first book in the series, Some Sort of Happy. However, I definitely plan to read it now.
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