Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow
Also in this series: Some Sort of Crazy, Some Sort of Love
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mental Disorders, Romance
Source: the publisher
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.**
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Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow is a sweet, swoony, and passionate story about Skylar and Sebastian. It is light-hearted and adorable, as well as very hot and a little angsty. In fact, I found it irresistibly charming.
Skylar is 27, has recently moved back in with her parents, and is licking her wounds from a failed acting career. She is feeling the pressure to get her life together and wants to find success in something–anything, really. Skylar is having a very bad day when she runs into Sebastian. They went to high school together, but Skylar doesn’t remember him. He’s all grown up now, not the gawky teenager he used to be. They strike up a friendship that soon grows into more. However, something is holding Sebastian back from committing to a relationship with Skylar.
Seemingly polar opposites, Skylar is light and bubbly to Sebastian’s moody and brooding. He is sweet, but his demeanor can turn on a dime. Since the book is written in dual points-of-view, you get to see exactly what is going on in Sebastian’s head–and what we find there is so heartbreakingly sad. His thoughts aren’t always “normal” or based on fact. His fears are not justified. However, I felt that they were portrayed in an honest and well written manner.
I really enjoyed both the story and the characters in this book. Harlow keeps the writing light-hearted (most of the time), but still makes you feel the emotional highs and lows of Skylar and Sebastian’s relationship. I also like that both characters are strong, patient, and loving with one another. They grow so much through the book, both together as a couple and as individuals.
Some Sort of Happy is an endearing read with lots of passion and poignant moments. It hits just the right notes of funny, emotional, sweet, and heat. I am definitely a fan of Melanie Harlow, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.
(Some Sort of Happy is the first book in a series, but can be read as a standalone.)