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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

I almost didn't believe it was him. In high school, Sebastian Pryce had been an aloof outsider who kept to himself. But now, 10 years later, he's back and unusually attractive. With muscles in all the right places and hands that know exactly what they're doing, Sebastian is everything I didn't know I needed. And while he isn't exactly friendly, he has a magnetism that draws me in.

He pulls away, afraid he'll break me. Until the night I demand more - and he gives it. (Hard and deep. Twice.) Are we just two lost, lonely people seeking solace? Or could a disgraced reality TV star and a flawed, frustrating man actually find some sort of happy together?

©2015 Melanie Harlow (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" Some Sort of Happy is all kinds of amazing, sexy, and romantic." (Lauren Blakely, author of The Sapphire Affair)

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  • KathyD
  • SF Bay Area, CA
  • 02-24-16

Expertly read, great story

Melanie Harlow weaves the seriousness of coping with OCD expertly into this wonderful, steamy hot romance between former reality star you-love-to-hate small town girl Sky and man who has crushed on her from afar since High School, Sebastian. I adore the deep family bonds Sky has with her sisters -there is nothing they don't share and it's hilarious! The readers did a fabulous job, particularly with Sebastian's difficult internal voices and mind chatter as he struggles to overcome his disorder. Sky is in a state of limbo in her life, trying to find her way, but has a great strength that makes her admirable. Harlow fan for life.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I WAS TRANSFIXED FROM THE MOMENT THEY MET

This isn't the type of book I usually go for.... but WOW it absolutely blew me away in oh so many ways. The handsome Hero Sabastian suffers from OCD and has probably been that way since a childhood drama happened when he was just 8 years old. He was skinny, strange, obsessive and was called names, bullied and made fun of during his High School years and he eventually moved to NYC and became a Lawyer to try to overcome and fit in when he was older. But relationships proved hard when you have to check things over and over again, when you have mood swings or when you have to do things in 8's or in even numbers. So now Sebastian has moved back to his Hometown for peace, tranquility and to try to get control of his life.... and to stay away from people. However, the feelings Sebastian brought out in me as I listened to his story was how vulnerable, shy, misunderstood and loveable he was and I just wanted to give him a great big hug...... but that will prove to be Skylar's job.

Beautiful Skylar was the popular girl in School, made friends easily and moved to NYC with dreams of becoming a famous Actress - but the only thing she achieved was being labelled as 'the bitch' on a reality dating show. The Producers wanted her to act that way and clever editing did the rest which had her trashing her Hometown and its residents in order to boost ratings. So now, with not much to show for her years trying to make it big, the only thing left is for her to go home.... but the Town's residents aren't at all understanding, sympathetic or forgiving.

One day, when it all proved too much, she laid down on a deserted beach, wept and let it all out - but when she pulled herself together there was a handsome sexy stranger, with a a body to die for, just staring at her - straight faced and tongue tied. They didn't get off to a great start because nervous Sebastian had secretly yearned and lusted over Skylar since their High School days and now he just can't overcome the negative voices in his head. And this starts off one of the sweetest and most touching love stories I've listened to because these two wounded souls find each other, help one another and learn, through a bit of trial and error, to trust, to overcome..... and to love.

It wasn't all smooth sailing though, there was a lot of give and take as Skylar slowly had to understand the depths, moods and triggers to Sebastian's OCD and Sebastian learnt to share his thoughts and to trust Skylar unconditionally but this was done through a bit of conflict and angst. So there was a lot of character growth and it was also a fun, romantic, passionate, tender and touching love story as they went from tentative friends to red hot lovers and, in the bedroom (or wherever!!), boy did Sebastian's Alpha side come out to play. Dual POV's, a romance driven story that was emotional, hot, had a few noteable secondary characters and the narrators did a fantastic job breathing life into two loveable main characters who worked hard for, achieved and very much deserved their HEA ending.

Worth a credit? Yes, it was nothing like I had expected... but it actually surpassed all expectations by delivering so much more and it left me craving to hear even more about these two wonderful characters whose struggles to find happiness entertained, amused and pulled at my heartstrings.

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Fantastic narration!

Absolutely loved Sebastian and Skylar's story! Sebastian is one of a kind - sexy, sweet, quirky but adorable! You'll love it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Realistic portrayal of mental illness

As someone who has been married to a man with OCD for ten years, I have to give the author a lot of credit for either researching OCD very thoroughly, or for living with it or being close to someone who has it. I went into this book not knowing it portrayed a character with OCD, and was shaken a few times by how accurate it is ... the struggles, the drastic mood swings, the intrusive thoughts, the rituals, the way a loving partner gently pushes back and says, "No, you don't need to do/say/count that again." The characterization of the man with OCD was a pleasure to read, and I found myself wishing my husband was as open about his struggles as Sebastian was. Kudos to the author for jumping in with both feet and making a flawed human being likable and worth getting to know. This turned into much more than a fluffy, sexy read, which was a surprise.

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PERFECTION

This book made me immediately go purchase the other two books in the series before I'd even finished it. I loved nearly every aspect of the story, and I was surprised by that because it took me a minute--maybe about 30 minutes to really get into it--honestly. After that, I was hooked on every word, thought, and action of these incredible characters. I love a good romance, and over the top characters and situations, but, I absolutely ADORE a story where the author creates characters that are flawed, unsure of themselves and how to navigate love, life, whatever, and still find a way to find acceptance, love & happiness. This is that book, 100%, and I highly recommend it.

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I Need a Bandaid

What made the experience of listening to Some Sort of Happy the most enjoyable?

The author's ability to get so deep into the mind of Sebastian that I felt like an ant on his wall at home made this book unforgettable. I would have to say enjoyable was the wrong word because my heart continuously broke for him and his struggle, but I also cheered for him and reveled in his big and small victories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Some Sort of Happy?

I love her new employer's reaction when Skylar approaches her, admitting her reason for being shunned by her town.

What about Nelson Hobbs and Lucy Malone ’s performance did you like?

I loved Nelson Hobbs performance because I felt so connected to Sebastian due to Melanie's writing. His delivery was perfect. I felt much the same about Lucy Malone talent. Both of them drew me in deep and made it hard to let go of this story long after it was over.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments that moved me in this book, but I would have to say that most of them surrounded Sebastian and his struggle to get out of his head and overcome the fear that was keeping him paralyzed. I would have to say the first time he talked to her on purpose in the coffee shop. It was endearing and gave me great hope for a beautiful story. I wasn't disappointed either.

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Disappointed

Ok, so the storyline started out good. I loved Sebastian and always like when authors write about real issues so many people go through everyday. OCD is real and can really affect the lives of not only the people suffering from it but also those around them. However, throughout the entire book, I kept waiting for the big climax (no pun intended) but it never came. When the word "Epilogue" came, I just starred at my phone in confusion. "Wait, that was it? Seriously?" So, would I recommend this book? Not really unless you're just looking for a quick and easy read (well, listen) to fill your time. As for me, I don't think I'll move on to the next book in this series.

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It was a hard listen.

Any additional comments?

I liked the book but it was so sad I was happy when it was over. Hell it had me up and down as much as he was. Worth a listen

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Dealing with OCD

The narration of both the H and the h were great. I feel like the author portrayed the H's issues with OCD in a proper manner. Sexy times were pretty hot <3. Overall a really good read with a HEA.

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Not Your Typical Love Story Characters

Many of today's romance books are filled with minor relationship hiccups or dramas and almost do not seem like they are your real life type story. This book was real and heartfelt and brought into it real life obstacles that not a lot of people talk about.

This is the story of Sebastian and Skylar. Old middle school acquaintances who run into each other in their mid-late 20's. Sebastian was the kind of loner, smart kid who kept to himself and Skylar was of course one of the popular girls. She was never cruel to him, but they weren't really friends either. Sebastian also has OCD and anxiety.

Skylar returns to her hometown after a failed acting career and a stint on a reality TV show that casts her in a bad light. She runs into Sebastian, but at first she doesn't realize who he is because, of course, Sebastian is now hot and does not look like he did in middle school. He always had a crush on Skylar and is scared to death when she tries talking to him. He's been working on his OCD and anxiety for years and sees a therapist, but as he and Skylar grow close he starts to regress in his progress and it ends up being a very difficult time for them.

This story was refreshing and felt like I could have been listening to someone's real life love story. I do not know anyone with OCD or anxiety the way that Sebastian had and to hear the types of thoughts and fears one with OCD goes through was real enlightening. Kudos to Melanie Harlow for bringing what seems like a not talked about subject and condition into the pages of a great love story. It made these characters much more real than your typical romance story characters. The connection and passion you felt between these two was undeniable.

As far as narration, I haven't listened to too much from these two before, but I thought they did a good job.