Review of a 2016 Favorite ★ 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.
Intensely sexy, deeply romantic, and emotionally engaging.
Thirty year-old, Jillian Nixon has a fulfilling career as a pediatrician and a loving family who she can also call her friends. She’s an independent woman who loves her life, but she’s starting to feel the pressure from her family to get married and have babies. Her two younger sisters are already locked in to that, after all. She wants to find the love of her life and start a family at some point, but what can you do when the right guy just doesn’t appear?
The night of her sister’s wedding, Jillian runs into a one night stand from her college days and suddenly everything seems clear. The missing piece in her life effortlessly falls into place when Levi Brooks catches her.
With a wounded past and an autistic eight year-old, dating and getting to know one another isn’t the easiest.
Scotty was adorable, I wish we had gotten to see more of him. Particularly, him interacting with Jillian. I really loved how well he was written.
In the previous book, Jillian came off as the stuffy, work oriented older sister. But here she showed a more playful side to herself. She liked to let loose, and be funny and wild. It was a nice change to witness.
I adored how kind, compassionate, and understanding she was. Not just with Scotty, but Levi too. With their difficult situation that not any woman would invest in.
She is one classy lady.
Of course, the sex scenes were incredible. Detailed, passionate, palpable. These two didn’t merely have sex, they made magic.
Levi is sex on a stick. A bearded, papa bear with pro sexing skills… Sign me up!
And you know what I really loved about him? He wasn’t described as having a gajillion pack of abs. Not every female goes gaga over an inhuman amount of muscles, so seeing this body type is refreshing.
In all seriousness though, Levi is a kindhearted soul. His devotion to his child was probably the most attractive thing about him.
Levi’s point of view was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. *sniffles* He’s been burned just once, but that’s all it really took. That one woman, that one moment, ripped any and all self confidence in himself as a man, a partner, and a father. He feels an immediate, deep connection to Jillian and wants to make it work with her.
It was a rough endeavor to figure out where they stood and whether a future was possible for them. As much as he trusted Jillian, there was still a part of him that couldn’t fully integrate her into his 2-person family.
What I absolutely love about Melanie is that she brings in her characters from prior books. For her devout fans who’ve read all of her books, it’s a chance to reconnect and get nostalgic. So hearing about Mia and Lucas, Coco and Nick, and Erin and Charlie just warmed my heart.
This series is more than just a bit of romance and comedy. It deals with serious issues, and it’s written with finesse. This book (and series) is seriously some sort of MAGIC!
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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, 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, two daughters, and pet rabbit.