When a psychic tells Natalie Nixon her life is about to be upended by a mysterious stranger, she laughs it off. After all, she has everything she’s ever wanted—a successful bakery, the perfect boyfriend, and the keys to her dream house.
Who could possibly make her want to throw all that away?
Then Miles Haas comes back to town.
But he’s no stranger—they’ve known each other since high school. Plus, he’s only around for the summer, he’s still a shameless playboy, and he makes a living writing articles for a men’s magazine with titles like ‘Should You Bang the Boss’s Daughter? A Flowchart’ and ‘Butt Stuff for Beginners: A Field Guide.’
He’s not the man of her dreams, and she’s not about to abandon everything she’s worked so hard for just for a little fun. Except he makes her laugh like no one else, smells like heaven, and wears panty-melting glasses.
*****5 Crazy Feeling Stars*****
Some Sort of Crazy had the perfect blend of vibrancy, chemistry, and that effervescent spark that made this book and these characters come to life in the most extraordinary of ways. It also had a healthy dose of fun and crazy, which was the cherry on top to this outstanding book. Melanie Harlow’s phenomenal writing brought it all to life in a way that made these characters so beyond easy to love and fall for, and had me truly invested in their story together.
What can I say? I loved every lively, fun, and heat filled bit of this book. Melanie Harlow is assuredly one of my favorite authors, and this book and her magnificent and consuming writing just reiterated that fact to me over and over again. There is just something about the way she writes her books…the feelings she lets you experience so fully through her words, the passion that she so immensely creates that has you blushing in more ways than one, and the dynamic characters she so authentically creates and glues to your heart combines to make a story bursting with everything that makes a book truly exceptional and enjoyable to read.
I think it’s pretty safe to say I highly enjoyed this book, and I have to say that I am loving this new series by this author. Her Frenched Series is one of my all-time favorites, but the girls and guys of the Happy Crazy Love Series just might be giving that series a run for its money. I absolutely loved Some Sort of Happy, so it was no surprise to me to find myself loving Some Sort of Crazy just as much, if not more.
Miles and Natalie’s story was one that I could not put down from the moment I started it. I ate up every word of it. Every word that I breathed in, and lived, and felt, and basked in. Their story was just so good to read and experience. It was bursting with charm and liveliness. It had more passion and heat and chemistry than you can shake a stick at. It also had two characters I adored from the start, and not a page went by that I wasn’t melting or swooning or laughing or feeling for those two. Melanie Harlow made it so easy to love every word of this book with everything that she so thoughtfully created within its pages.
Some Sort of Crazy follows the spark filled journey of Natalie and Miles. The two of them have always just been friends, but now things are starting to change. You see Natalie had a psychic tell her something crazy was going to upend her life, and in comes Miles. Throw in the fact that her picture perfect life isn’t as perfect as it seems, and that’s when things really start to get interesting. She’s someone who knows exactly what she wants and she craves a plan. He’s a fly be the seat of your pants kind of guy who isn’t looking for anything serious. They think they know what they want, but boy were they not prepared for each other. Some Sort of Crazy follows the two of them as they see if that spark they share, that immense level of chemistry, and want they have for one another could lead to something more…or it it’s all just too crazy to work.
Natalie Nixon is a girl with a plan, and I immediately loved and related to that with her character. That girl knew what she wanted, and wasn’t afraid to go and get it. At the beginning of Some Sort of Crazy Natalie has the seemingly perfect life, only to have that life crumble just a bit. She was comfortable, maybe too comfortable with how things were, and now she must see where a little unpredictability can lead her. She always has a plan and is prepared for anything, but she was not prepared for Miles Haas and what he would bring to her life.
I absolutely loved Natalie’s character. I found her very real and easy to relate to on so many levels. She was honest and lovable and downright good. She also had a quite a determined streak that was the absolute best, and that fire and spunk that came out with that determination had me loving her even more. What I loved most though about Natalie’s character was that even though her world was thrown off kilter and sometimes she didn’t know which way was up with what she was feeling for Miles, she keep fighting and charging ahead because that girl wouldn’t sink. She was a vibrant and resilient little thing through and through, and I think it’s truly impossible not to love her.
Now Miles Haas was one of the most charming, lovable, and honest to goodness melt worthy male characters I have had the pleasure of reading. I loved being in that man’s head in this book, and it was such a treat to get into his mind and understand exactly what he was thinking and feeling. That not only allowed me to understand him more, it allowed me to fall for him more, right along with Natalie. Miles is definitely a character and has charm bursting from him that will win you over from the moment you meet him. He will make you smile and swoon and laugh your butt off on every page that he’s on. I guarantee it.
What I really loved about Miles was that I got to see so many sides to his character. I got to see the fun and flirty side to him that gave off a spell that is impossible to resist, but I also got to see a more vulnerable side to him. I got to see and experience what it was like for him to realize he might want more. To be there when Natalie throws him off kilter and gets him thinking that maybe what he thought he always wanted couldn’t be further from what he actually wants. Seeing that side to him, that honest and open and vulnerable side made me fall so hard for him. As I sit here writing this review, I don’t think I’ve yet to stop falling for him, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with that.
Like any couple in a Melanie Harlow book, the connection and chemistry between Natalie and Miles is off the charts. Those two have some serious heat that sparks off the page in the most alluring and all-feeling way. Melanie Harlow did an outstanding job in this book of blending that heat and passion and desire, with the true feelings and emotions of these characters. She gives you both of them so truly and authentically, and she lets you be there when the two of them start to realize the crazy things they’re feeling and sharing, and how it all might mean something more and reach deeper places than they ever expected. Going along with Natalie and Sam in this book as they explore all that their feeling made for one seriously enrapturing ride, full of all the feels, all the emotions, and all the unforgettable moments that made this book the spectacular thing that it is.
Melanie Harlow’s effervescent writing brought this book to life right in front of my eyes while I was reading. What she created between Natalie and Miles was so easy to love, believe in, and root for. The supporting characters in this book were amazing and highly enjoyable, making the world of this book an even better place to be. I cannot wait for more from each and every one of them. The feelings, the wants and desires, the hopes, and all the moments that melted and hurt my heart made this book so good. I felt it all, and loved living and experiencing every vibrant and consuming moment of it.
This book gives you every single bit of everything that makes a book memorable and enjoyable in every way. Some Sort of Happy is filled with light and spark and connection, but it’s also filled with meaning and so much feeling that you will feel so deep in your heart. The story within its pages, and Natalie and Miles gave me everything. They gave me themselves so honestly and fully through this author’s fabulous writing in a way that made the impossible not to love and root for through every page.
Some Sort of Crazy is a book about a lot of things. It’s about what can happen when you meet the right person, who throws you off kilter and into a bit of tailspin. It’s about what happens when you think you know what you want, only to have that vision completely obliterated piece by piece, making you rethink everything you thought you knew. It’s about what can happen when you throw that caution to the wind, give into the pull of what you’re feeling, and see where all of that intensity and vibrancy can take you.
It’s about taking that risk, that leap of faith, and seeing where it leads. And sure it’s probably kind of crazy, but only the best things are.
This book gives you every happy, crazy, and love filled moment it has to offer with Natalie and Miles, and you won’t want to miss a single second of it. Trust me. Some Sort of Happy gives you it all, and you will relish in that because when you read a book as good as this one, a book that lights your heart up like a firecracker in every way and has you feeling it all…well that is everything and not to be missed.
The light was off in my room when I returned, and I could barely make out her shape under the blanket. Leaving my glasses on the bedside table, I slid between the sheets, careful to stay on my side. When was the last time a woman slept in my bed without orgasms being involved? I couldn’t think of one time, actually. I didn’t even know what to do with myself.
I lay there for a while on my back, hands beneath my head, breathing slowly and deeply, trying to stay calm. But I could smell her perfume, and it was making me hard again. Fuck! Was she asleep already? Could I rub one out without her knowing? I braved a look at her, and my eyes had adjusted to the dark enough to see that she was facing away from me, curled up on her side. Long, agonizing, minutes ticked by, during which I imagined rubbing my cock along the crack of her ass, which was sticking out in my direction. Taunting me.
“I lied to you last night.” Her voice was so soft, I thought I might have imagined it. Or dreamed it.
“Huh?” Stop thinking about her ass.
She rolled to her other side and faced me, tucking her hands beneath her cheek. “I lied last night. I told you I didn’t remember what you said to me the night we said goodbye. The night before you left for school.”
I blinked in surprise. “Oh.”
“Did you really mean the things you said?”
“Of course I meant them. I stand by every word I’ve ever said to you.” And my cock is standing straight up right now. So if you could please stop being beautiful and sexy and vulnerable, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.
She took a shuddery breath. “And yet…tonight, you wouldn’t—”
“Tonight was not about us, Natalie.”
“But…what if it was?” She paused. “What if it could be?”
Fuck, was she serious? Because I wanted that. I wanted a night that was just about us, wanted to show her what it was like to be with someone who appreciated her. Just one night, even if it was all we ever had. But I couldn’t be the one to initiate it, not without knowing it was really OK.
“Natalie,” I started, but she interrupted me.
“I’m lying here thinking, a week ago my life seemed so complete, everything in order. My relationship. My business. My house. I had everything I wanted.”
“Now I feel like I’ve been missing something. Like maybe I was wrong about what I wanted. I feel…lost.” She looked at me with her huge, round blue eyes, making my whole body heat up.
“You’re not lost.” Rolling onto my side, I met her forehead with mine. “You’re right here with me.”
And I kissed her. Just like that, I kissed her.
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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not reading good books, she gets her kicks from TV series like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, Deadwood, Mad Men, and Downtown Abbey (although she wishes it were more HBO and less PBS). Melanie is the author of the FRENCHED contemporary romance series (FRENCHED, YANKED, FORKED) and the sexy historical series SPEAK EASY (SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOW), 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 and two daughters.
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