New Release (Book Review & Giveaway): Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow

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Title: Some Sort of Happy
Author: Melanie Harlow @MelanieHarlow2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 404 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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, dual POV novel, complete with a happy ending.**

Grace Review

There is something about this author’s work that I just love.  I’m not sure I can pinpoint what it is, but every time I start one of her books, a smile forms on my face.  Maybe it’s how her heroines, while beautiful on the outside, are still flawed in a relateable way.  Maybe it’s how she adds humor to her stories.

“You need eight screws to get the job done?”  That brow cocked even higher. “That happens to be my favorite number.”

Skylar’s life is a complete mess after she took on the role of villain for the reality TV show, Save a Horse.  With editing and apparently some good acting on her part, she has destroyed her image and lost the support from her community where she had been crowned the Cherry Queen. Slowly she tries to put her life back together.

“I feel like I’ve been impersonating some version of myself for so long, I don’t even know who I am anymore!”

Skylar meets Sebastian during one of her embarrassing moments, and follows it up by lashing out at him.  He’s all kinds of awkward, first with his own personal issues, second with the crush he’s always had on Skylar, making him a jittery mess.  So to say their first couple interactions went badly, would be an understatement.

Sebastian isn’t your ordinary book boyfriend.  He’s flawed in a clinical way.  I never really thought about how someone with OCD could damage a relationship.  I myself have a fear of fire and will repeatedly check my iron at least 3 times before leaving the house and have been known to turn my car around 15 minutes into a trip, just to check again.  With Sebastian, you take that behavior to the thousandth degree.  His odd habits drove away one woman from his life, and make an appearance often with Skylar.  There are several times I wanted to punch him in the gut for his harsh words that seem to make an appearance at all the wrong times.

Because I knew better than anyone that this feeling never lasts, not for people like me.  It’s an illusion that makes you feel good for a time, but it makes the fall that much worse when you realize it was only a tease.  

Like Skylar mentioned, he goes from hot one moment, to cold the next, which immediately made me think of this song:

On top of his OCD, he has some odd aggressive desires to cause pain.  I loved how Skylar tackled this problem, not something I’d recommend for most people, but obviously she didn’t feel he was a true threat to her.

Ever since Frenched, I have become a fan of this author’s work.  So it was a great surprise to see that Mia and Lucas not only get a shout-out, but play a significant role in helping Skylar get back on her feet.  Although Skylar made some bad decisions with her reality show, that seemed to create a domino effect of destruction, I never doubted her abilities.  I knew at some point she would get back on her feet.  With her business sense and attention to detail, it was obvious that she was smart.  She just needed to focus her energies in a different place.

Through Skylar’s rocky return and her ongoing struggles with Sebastian, she leans on her two sisters for support.  Natalie and Jillian offer her a shoulder to cry on, as well as advice.  I’m really hoping each sister gets their own book.  I can see both women have a good story to tell. Whether the author decides to take up this idea, we’ll have to wait and see since Skylar and Sebastian’s story isn’t over.  Have no fear, this book DOES NOT end on a cliffhanger.  However, with the next installment of their story being called Some Sort of Crazy, I don’t think they are in a perfect place, yet.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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