Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow: Release Day Blitz & Review

Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow: Release Day Blitz & ReviewSome Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow
on September 22, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance

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?

Alexis says…

Some Sort of Happy is a bit different from the other Melanie Harlow books I’ve read.  This book had all the funny, sexy, and light elements that I’m used to but it also had a darker theme that Melanie pulled off flawlessly.  Sometimes reading about mental illness can be difficult and especially for me as I do too suffer from the exact thing that Sebastian deals with.

Skylar has pretty much bit rock bottom. She’s come off the show Save a Horse and pretty much is not well liked by any of the townspeople after some editing snafus went awry. After losing her job, she runs into a former classmate, Sebastian.  Sebastian was a bit different in high school and has now blossomed into quite the brooding hunk. Sebastian suffers from OCD and it has caused some turmoil in his personal life.  Keeping their relationship in the friend-zone is the best that Sebastian can offer Skylar until they both start to want something more.

What I liked most about the story was that these two definitely helped each other in more ways than one. I think Sebastian gave Skylar the motivation to grow up a bit and find her niche in life. She ended up finding a career that she loved plus I think that she also was able to find someone to care about in more than one way.  For Sebastian, Skylar taught him that his life is worth fighting for. That there may never be a cure for OCD but that a life without Skylar is not worth OCD taking over his life.  I think they both grew up a bit and learned quite a lot from each other.

The story was so well written and I loved the humor that went along with it. I think the epilogue pretty much stole the show for me…it showed Skylar in such a compassionate light and exactly how far Sebastian had come since the beginning of the book.  Though I did not realize that there will be a second book in the series, you don’t need to fret, there is not a cliffhanger and the ending will leave you with quite the smile.



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About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. Her stories are inspired by a sense of place, an appreciation for the past, and unexpected pleasures in life—especially the romantic kind. She lifts her glass to readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.