Some Sort of Love, by Melanie Harlow
On the surface, I have it all—a career I adore, a loving family, the Nixon metabolism but not the Nixon ears, and a salary that supports my lavish taste in designer shoes, fine wine, and lacy lingerie…but I have no one to share it with. Until the day I run into him—my one night stand from college with the cocky smile, let’s-get-out-of-here eyes, and dirty, dirty mouth.
Levi Brooks is six feet four inches of hot bearded fantasy. A sexy single dad with broad shoulders, strong hands, and a fantastically big…heart. (I mean, it’s massive. And generous. And it pumps so hard… um. Sorry. Lost my place.)
But he lives for his son, and he's keeping me at a distance because he thinks I deserve someone better—a man who can give me more time, more attention, more of himself. He doesn’t believe he could ever be enough.
But he's wrong.
This is a really fun series, and the last book didn’t disappoint. Jillian, the third of the Nixon sisters is successful, has a pediatric practice and until recently, felt perfectly fine with her life. Then, she has to attend her sister’s wedding, and deal with all the family and issues about being the last sister standing!
“No date tonight? Must be hard to find a man once you’re past a certain age”
“So why aren’t you married yet, Jillian? That clock is ticking!”
“You’re not one of those lesbians, are you?”
*side note: been there, heard that!*
She’s feeling a bit like the “old maid of honor” and despite reassurances from her siblings, she’s feeling the impact of putting her career above all else.
"I’m not young: I’m thirty. That’s like ninety in judgey years”
She’s happy with her life, but lonely and wants a good relationship just like her sisters. In all honesty, she’s a bit jealous of what they have but she’d never say that out loud.
“Ah, wine. Wine was my friend. Wine understood me. Wine knew that it was entirely possible to be one hundred percent happy for your sisters and also ten percent jealous because wine does not care about mathematics.”
She finds herself being dragged around an evil aunt trying to get Jillian introduced to any single man in the room. While trying to hide and dodge from another comment about her singleness, she rushes off to the bar and runs smack into the one wild thing that she did in college: Levi. They’ve, um, met before, and after ditching the meddling aunt, she finds that Levi is friends with her sister’s new husband.
Although they both were willing to get, ahem, reacquainted, their evening is cut short with an interruption from Levi’s son. The two continue to talk and have some Friday night flings, but that’s all it seems to be and Jillian isn’t happy being a girl-Friday.
Levi is a single dad, trying to manage his career as an architect and a son that has autism. It’s not been easy. His family thinks he’s just giving in too much to his son’s quirks and doesn’t understand why Levi is putting his life on hold for his son. Levi feels guilty about everything! Every change in routine, every meltdown, every bad thought he as about being a parent to a child with special needs. So much so, that he pushes away Jillian.
I liked the entire series, and really enjoyed this book. My only issue is that Levi was a bit too much of a martyr! Dude could have lightened up a bit, but I get it. He’s a dude. Stubborn and needs his behind kicked before he realizes his issues.
Melanie Harlow has taken some chances with this series and introduced some issues that many struggle with: Sebastian in book 1 has OCD. In this book, Levi’s son has Autism. Harlow has done her homework and handles the descriptions and behaviors of these disorders with sensitivity and accuracy. So much so that she even points out that no two conditions are the same, behaviors vary, and those around them need extreme patience, support, and understanding. All this without being preachy. Kudos!
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#1 Some Sort of Happy
#2 Some Sort of Crazy