Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow

November 21, 2015 Angela Contemporary, Reviews, Romantic Comedy

Some Sort of Happy by Melanie HarlowSome Sort of Happy (Skylar and Sebastian): A Happy Crazy Love Novel by Melanie Harlow
Series: Happy Crazy Love #1
on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
four-half-stars

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Skylar Nixon is a twenty-seven year old failed actress with no Plan B. After a humiliating stint on a reality TV show crushes what’s left of her childhood dream, she finds herself back in her hometown with no money saved, no college degree, and no confidence she’s anything but a joke—a small town starlet who couldn’t hack it in the big city.

When she runs into former classmate Sebastian Pryce, she can’t believe the hot body and chiseled jaw belong to the shy, troubled loner she knew ten years before. He’s not exactly friendly at first, and she’s heard the rumors about his tragic past, but something in his sad eyes intrigues her.

She only wants to get to know him better.

Until the night she wants more—and takes it. (Hard and deep. Twice.)

Are they just two lonely people seeking solace? Or can a disgraced beauty queen and flawed, frustrated man find some sort of happy ever after?

**Some Sort of Happy is a full-length romance novel, complete with HEA.**

I don’t know how many times I’ve told you I love you
but I know that number is all wrong
because it isn’t enough

I’m beginning to think Melanie Harlow is a magician. How else did she manage to write a romantic comedy, weave in a mental health issue, and make it moving, sexy, and lighthearted as well?

Skylar and Sebastian are an unlikely pair. She’s a former beauty queen, failed aspiring actor, and vilified reality TV star. He was that weird kid in high school that everyone picked on. He’s still rather moody and socially awkward, but now he’s a lawyer – a super hot lawyer. Sebastian and Skylar were classmates in high school, and when they run into each other again in their hometown, Sebastian’s decade long crush is reignited. Skylar is attracted to Sebastian, even though he seems nervous and unapproachable. It quickly becomes clear that Sebastian’s odd behavior stems from more than just shyness.

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I loved these two together. Skylar is unwavering in her devotion to Sebastian. Her love helps ease Sebastian’s constant battle between heart and head. His love, meanwhile, renews Skylar’s confidence and encourages her to pursue new dreams. There’s nothing fanciful about this couple, which makes them seem genuine. Their lives are simple and their fears are real. They’re funny and sexy; romantic and silly.

The subject of mood disorders is explored in a believable and sensitive way. Emotions are often expressed through poetry that is heartbreaking and beautiful.

Today when I touched you
I felt a familiar chill down my arms. I think it
came from the future (or the past?)
With your hand in mine I saw the
tragedy of us
unfold quite clearly

I have no choice but to
keep my distance
but your beauty is gravity
and terrestrial bodies will fall

It’s a thoughtful and uplifting tale, but don’t wouldn’t worry about things getting too heavy. Melanie Harlow brings a great deal of humor, joy, and even steamy sexytimes to the story. Delightfully well done.

four-half-stars

About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.


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