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.**
4 Star Review by Ashley
Melanie Harlow has the ability to blend laugh out loud humor and crushing heartache. She did both in Some Sort of Happy. And if you've read her earlier work, you'll be happy to see Mia & Lucas make an appearance.
I really loved how wonderfully flawed and fearless Skylar was. She had a dream and she was going to do what it took to make it come to fruition; even embarrass herself in front of the country. She's doing her part to pick up the pieces when a blast from the past rocks her world. Enter Sebastian Pryce, high school loner and the town "weirdo". When his long time crush falls back into his world, it sets his orderly life spinning into chaos.
Sebastian is a different kind of leading man. He is nervous, twitchy almost, compulsive but no less alpha than some of my favorite leading men. His fears make him irrational at times but there is something about them that makes his vulnerability charming. Though what he envisions is anything but the kind and gentle guy he really is. And no one brings that side out better than Skylar. She is patient and giving of herself. Her kindness allows him to open up and show his softer side.
One of my favorite parts of the book was when Sebastian stepped up by showing up to the event that was giving her much anxiety. But all is not fair in matters of the heart when the mind gets involved. And Sebastian has a lot of work to do on himself. And good for Skylar for risking her own sanity by making him get himself sorted out.
This love story is far from ordinary. Kudos to Melanie Harlow for taking on the task of writing about a character who battles mental issues. It couldn't have been easy, because reading parts of it weren't. Some Sort of Happy shows just how much work being the best you and being a relationship is. It is constant work and fighting with and for the person you love. Loving them not despite their faults and fears but because of them and helping them to overcome them one hug at a time. So, if you're in the mood for something unconventional but no less lovely, Skylar and Sebastian's story should be at the top of your list.
About the Author
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.
She is represented by Rebecca Friedman of Friedman Literary.