Book Review: Some Sort of Happy

Some Sort of Happy (Happy Crazy Love #1)
by Melanie Harlow

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 HEA.**

TeriLyn's thoughts: I have a new author crush and it's Melanie Harlow. Some Sort of Happy was a really amazing read for me. Completely unexpected, I was enamored with Harlow's easy, descriptive prose, her engaging plot, and this beautiful love story between two people so seemingly different they just fit together perfectly.

In the interest in preserving the plight of each character I'm not going in depth about either one but rather generalizing each with the blanket statement that I loved them both.

A beautiful and confident woman is Skylar Nixon. One that had stars in her eyes for as long as she could remember yet those stars didn't burn as bright as she once hoped. Back home she runs into an old classmate, Sebastian Pryce - our hero, and a whole new opportunity for discovery comes alive from the pages. Sebastian and Skylar, both quirky in their own rights, have a connection so visceral it jumps from the pages. A tortured hero in a really unique way, Sebastian possesses all the right qualities in being star "book boyfriend" material. And Skylar makes it easy to be a heroine we can fall in love with - strong in her convictions with a lot of love to give. In understanding each other and supporting each other the reader witnesses an honestly real relationship in which we see one of them coping with a certain way of life and the other learning to deal and cope with that as well.

The angst of the story is really low key making it more comedic than dramatic but it's always present, creeping along the pages reminding the reader of the depth in each character and the measures they're willing to go in order to protect and save the other.

Some Sort of Happy is really sweet, often funny, and just a chance at love neither Skylar nor Sebastian was expecting. Told from both characters points of view, Harlow gives us a birds eye view into the minds of each making their connection to the reader that much stronger. Secondary characters provide a great deal of comic relief and strengthen the bonds of the hero and heroine.

From what I understand, the continuation of the Happy Crazy Love series will focus on two new main characters but we'll see the continuing forever's of the characters in previous books. Next up is Skylar's sister, Natalie. I'm so impressed with the writing of Melanie Harlow and the excellent story she told in Some Sort of Happy that I can't wait for this next installment. And in the meantime I'll be reading her Frenched series. Lovers of romantic comedy type contemporary romances, please don't miss this one.

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