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When it’s later explained that Sebastian's dysfunction is from OCD at least I had some sort of reference point (??? ok, nah, not so much) for the off the wall quirkiness. I know people that suffer from OCD and I’m no therapist but whoa….this was cray-cray OCD. Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets comes to mind which was so sad and maddening that it was sometimes funny. Didn’t find any humor in Sebastian’s illness. And this was illness.
Lucky for Sebastian that beauty queen, reality star Skylar, his high school crush, is just the right amount of silly, immature innocence to handle Sebastian’s odd ways. There was something sweet in these two lonely souls finding each other but can’t say I really enjoyed it. Mostly just felt bad for poor ole screwed up Sebastian. Unusual read for the start of a series, can’t imagine where the author goes from here for bk 2.
So, from page 1, I was completely invested in Skylar’s character. This is my first Melanie Harlow book, but it will certainly not be my last. It’s a rare thing when an author can write romantic prose without it feeling overdone, cheesy or just plain embarrassing, but Ms. Harlow did it. I have SO many highlighted phrases in this book, it looks like the pages are yellow. Sebastian is hero like I’ve never encountered before. Struggling to deal with his obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) coupled with fear of commitment and lots of shame, Sebastian is incredibly frustrating. From his first encounter with Skylar, it became very clear that she was going to be the person in the relationship that kept them moving forward. Sebastian’s mind is bogged down by an almost crippling fear of hurting someone that in the beginning almost every sweet encounter was tainted by his inability to believe in the goodness of it. At the same time, his love for Skylar was breathtakingly genuine. He struggled because he wanted things to work out with her SO badly. He stepped out of his comfort zone early and often to let her know how he felt. And when he had moments of backsliding, he works really hard to get healthy so he can give their relationship a real chance. Skylar is also in the middle of a crisis. Bad decision making and doing what was expected of her rather than what would make her happy has led her to hit rock bottom. She is jobless, has had her one major accomplishment invalidated and at the age of 28 she is living with her parents and starting all over again. OMG I’ve been RIGHT THERE. EXACTLY. I only wish I had the presence of mind (and someone like Sebastian) to focus on my energies on what I loved and not jumping right back into the pattern of behavior that got me where I was in the first place. It was so sweet to see Skylar and Sebastian help each other out their dark corners and holes.
They are like the Ying/ Yang and was nice to read a couple people with REAL world problems. They communicated with each other and they both had individual goals that had nothing to do with their relationship. Ms. Harlow treated Sebastian’s OCD with a lot of respect and care and didn’t sensationalize or sugar coat any of the aspects of what it is like to live with someone with this disorder. A lot of the reviews called Sebastian a “difficult” man to love. I just couldn’t imagine how you couldn’t love him. What a beautiful soul who suffers from something he can’t control. And the things he could control, he worked hard on getting better. I love both of these characters. I loved this story, I loved their chemistry (JEEZ, it was HOT) and I loved how much they both resonated with me.
Skylar’s sister’s Natalie and Jillian’s stories can be found in Some Sort of Crazy and Some Sort of Love. Some Sort of Happy is part of the Happy Crazy Love Series and is FREE is you are a Kindle Unlimited member. I can’t wait to read them all! I highly recommend this book and it gets a obsessive 5 Stars from me!
Happy Reading, Lucy xoxo
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