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But the thing that kills this story for me, is the whole "I want to choke you" thing. (Mentioned early in story) Not talking about this in even an autoerotica asphyxiation thing, either (not that THAT would be a good thing).
But here, it's meant in a violent way (stabbing also mentioned.) I don't care what someone's issues are (OCD here, not a secret), if a guy tells a girl he has the impulse to touch her in a seriously violent way, that girl should LEAVE. Giving any woman the idea that it might be something that's never going to happen, maybe it's just his OCD!, is a very dangerous message to send.
Because I'd lay money down that, for every case of OCD impulse issues where the violence probably will never happen, there's at least 20 cases where the guy is just a violent man and ignoring these warnings (pretty in-your-face warnings IMO!) is the best way to get trapped in an abusive relationship or, hello, killed.
I don't find anything about this book sexy or interesting or compelling. Sorry I gave it the time I did.
DNF 60% through.
Terrible and a dangerous message to send to women.
Some Sort of Happy was fun, sexy, humorous and heartfelt, and I absolutely loved it! It was my first novel by Melanie Harlow and it will definitely not be the last. I loved her writing style and the unique storyline and characters she created in Some Sort of Happy. It was certainly a top 2017 favorite for me and I can't wait to read more from her.
Skylar and Sebastian were truly amazing and I fell head over heels in love with them and their story. I felt an instant connection with them and wanted to know more. I loved their personalities and chemistry together, and how their story and relationship progressed. I loved that it was told from both Skylar and Sebastian's POV, and I loved getting to see what each of them was thinking and feeling throughout. They were both dealing with difficult situations in their lives, Sebastian more than Skylar, and it was frustrating and heartbreaking at times, but I loved going on their journey with them.
Skylar and Sebastian's story was so unique and refreshing. I had never read a book where the hero or heroine was dealing with OCD, nor have I ever dealt with a person who had such a severe case like Sebastian, but I thought Melanie Harlow did an outstanding job with every aspect of the story. Skylar and Sebastian were both strong and vulnerable, and it made them more likable and relatable to the reader. I loved that they found each other and were able to deal with the difficult problems together for the most part. Skylar and Sebastian had plenty of ups and downs, but their story was beautiful, emotional, and definitely memorable, and I absolutely loved the conclusion in the epilogue. It left me with a huge smile on my face, and I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.
The secondary characters were wonderful and I loved their addition to the story. Skylar's family, especially her two sisters, Jillian and Natalie, were amazing and hilarious, and I loved when all of them were together. I haven't read the Frenched series by Ms. Harlow yet, but I know that a few of the characters in Some Sort of Happy were from that series, and if you loved them in those books, I think you'll enjoy seeing them again in this one.
Some Sort of Happy was absolutely amazing and definitely a top 2017 favorite. I loved this book with all of my heart, and I was truly ecstatic with the outcome to Skylar and Sebastian's story. Melanie Harlow certainly impressed me with her writing style, and the wonderful and addicting storyline and characters she created, and I can't wait to devour the rest of the Happy Crazy Love series, as well as all of her other novels!
It can be read as a standalone (no cliffhangers).
This is the first book I've read from Ms. Harlow.
I bought this book back in June and finally got around to reading it a couple of weeks ago. I believe the blurb was different than what appears today on the book listing. To be completely honest, I still don't think either blurb accurately represents the story. I would have rated it higher had I known what I was getting into. (see spoiler below if interested)
The story has its positives and if this is your kind of read, then definitely give it a chance.
Sebastian is not your typical H. He's very complex, incredibly misunderstood, and has OCD. He had ticks and a boatload of issues. The only time he's not obsessing about something, is when he's having sex or thinking about it. So there's a hefty amount of heat, inner sex thoughts, and hand-lovin' in this story.
Skylar is flaky and a little lost. She's gone through the bulk of her life on her good looks and charm and finally has to grow up after a reality show appearance causes more harm than good. Sebastian intrigues her. She's curious about the very tall and sexy guy. Sadly, I couldn't help but wonder if she would have actually cared about Sebastian had he not been so attractive. I initially didn't like her. At all. She seemed like a spoiled brat. She grew up a bit in the story and how she helped Sebastian with his issues helped changed my opinion of her.
These two broken and very lost people somehow make it work and balance each other out. The attraction on h's side is very quick, almost a little too quick. But honestly, had it been any other type of personality, I'm not sure I would have bought the speed and intensity at which it happened. But for Skylar, it seemed plausible. Sebastian's attraction has built over a decade. Seeing his high school crush again after so many years throws his issues into overdrive which drives part of the story.
The spoiler I list below made me uncomfortable, but I continued to push through because I could sense the fear he had at the thoughts running through his mind. I also sensed his protectiveness of Skylar and his desire to work through his issues. They wasn't a quick fix or easily resolved issues, but they found a way to "manage" them as people often do in real life.
I did skim parts of the book where I felt the scene descriptions were a bit too descriptive (winery) without adding to the story's development. The story has the HEA ending and you can see how they've grown as a couple. (The plane scene was very cute.) But the discomfort I felt with parts of the story were difficult to put aside and sadly, did affect my overall feelings about this story.
***This is a potential spoiler***
This book should come with a warning. Reading the thoughts H had about choking h were jarring and appeared to come out of nowhere and made me wonder what the heck I had bought when I picked up this story (yes, I bought it, I didn't get it when it was offered as a free read). This wasn't a choking fetish, it was a choke-to-kill vision. There are reasons for it which are explained as the story progresses, but the initial appearance of it was unsettling and immediately dropped the rating of this book for me. And the way the choking is described (the words in the journal used by H) were almost poetic. So it didn't appear like the traumatic rambling of someone afraid of performing an act, it appeared more as someone with romantic ideations of choking to death another person. It would have made sense if I were reading a story about a serial killer or a thriller. Not a romance. Had I received fair warning there was some degree of darkness or mental heath issues or anything even remotely hinting to the fact that the character was dealing with his own demons or issues, I would have been prepared for this. I wasn't. And this made me uncomfortable.
There was also a mention of stabbing.
***end of potential spoiler***
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Melanie Harlow knows how to give riveting reads. The book is super hot and super well written.Read more
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