Some Sort of Love by Melanie Harlow

You know the feeling when you’ve read the first two books in the trilogy, and you’re Positive that there’s no way that the this book is going to live up to the first two? Like, there’s no way all three books can be good? I was very nervous as I began reading Some Sort of Love by Melanie Harlow. The first two books in this trilogy were basically awesome and that made me weary about the third. Melanie Harlow yet again, has me gracefully taking several seats because not only did I love Some Sort of Love, but it’s my favorite out of all three reads.

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Synopsis:

From the outside looking in, I had it all—a career I loved, a supportive family, the Nixon metabolism but not the Nixon ears, and a salary that supported my lavish taste in designer shoes, fine wine, and lacy lingerie … but I had no one to share it with.
Until the day I ran into him—my one night stand from college with the crooked smile, let’s-get-out-of-here eyes, and dirty, dirty mouth.
Cute and cocky then, today 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.)
Being a good father means everything to him, but 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.
He’s everything

 

My Thoughts:

Some Sort of Love felt like riding the biggest ride at the state fair, in the front seat with a blind fold on! Jillian and Levi had a one night standish/in the closet/in college situation once upon a time and haven’t seen each other since. Until years later and they find themselves as guests at the same wedding.

The romance picks up very quickly. Things get hot and heavy pretty quickly. These two are perfect for each other, and I realized that very quickly. What stirred up my emotions in this book though was Levi. Levi is a single father taking care of his son Scottie who is autistic. As the mother of a special needs child, I felt his frustrations and hesitations in my core. I felt Harlow did a wonderful job writing Levi and Scottie. As the reader you really get to see Levi struggling to find the balance between being attentive with Scottie who he has always put first because he needs him, and falling in love with Jillian.

I enjoyed seeing things from Jillian’s perspective. I was very frustrated on her behalf because Levi at a certain point began treating her like a “side dish,” as her sisters put it. He was so nervous about introducing Jillian to Scottie that all she was getting from him was there Friday night rendezvous.

“I didn’t need everything but I needed more.” 

This romance really explored the concept of trusting someone. Levi had to let his guard down and trust Jillian. Thanks to Scottie’s Mom, he has his reasons to be hesitant the way he is and I enjoyed seeing the many different backlashes from mistrust after being hurt.

With this following three sisters and their romances, I was happy to finally get older sister Jillian’s romance. I admire the sisterhood between the three characters. It was refreshing to read. In a world where the more strain the relationship the better, it is so nice to read of a sisterly bond with no drama.  I also really liked Levi’s sister and how supportive she is.  Levi’s Mom too. She and Levi had been a bit strained due to his outlook on how she periodically stepped her boundaries when it comes to Scottie. My respect for her grew though.

I am sad to see this trilogy come to a close, but it makes me excited to continue on with what I can find by Melanie Harlow. I loved this book. I loved the families. I loved the romance. Its definitely worth the read if you’re looking for a romance you can easily get lost in and finish in a day or two.

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Romance Chat With Friends

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Hello Friends! I am back with another Romance Chat With Friends post and I am so excited to share today’s friend with you all. Today on the blog I have my girl Stephanie. I found Stephanie on Youtube shortly after I started reading romance, and I can’t even being to describe how happy I am to have found her channel.  When I decided I want to occasionally do these romance chats, Stephanie immediately came to mind. She is a busy woman who still finds time to read and not only does she find the time to read, but she reads ALOT. I highly recommend checking out her Youtube channel which you can find her at Stephs Rom Book Talk So without further ado, let’s get into the chat.

 

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Falling For Romance: To kick off, I am always fascinated with what I like to call the ‘origin story’ for romance readers. I want to know how they got into reading the genre. Share your romance “origin story.” How did you come across and read your first romance novel?

Stephanie:  When I was working the night shift during Hurricane Sandy and finishing up my Master’s Degree I needed something to fill my nights so I started to read the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I devoured them and then I read as many books as I could that was compared to this trilogy.

Falling For Romance: You’re a Booktuber who reads romance which unfortunately isn’t the most popular genre on Booktube. Were you ever hesitant to start your channel? And what keeps you excited about posting videos?

StephanieI actually started my channel because my “friends” and co-workers were tired of me talking about all these books that they needed to read. One of them suggested that I start a channel, so I did and the rest is history. I found that talking to the camera to post on the internet about books that excite me is a great outlet. During that first year I was a little hurt that I wasn’t getting views on my channel but I just kept at it. I even had a time where I thought of quitting but then some of my major viewers and favorite authors let me know they really enjoyed my videos and it changed my mind. In turn I let go of comparing subscribers to success.

Falling For Romance:  Who are 3 authors and any books in particular by them that you wish more people would read?

Stephanie:

The Grip Series by Kennedy Ryan 
Dear Life by Meghan Quinn
Red Lights, Black Hearts by Fabiola Francisco

Falling For Romance:  What is one trope in romance you’ll never be tired of reading?

StephanieQuick breeding, instalove stories, and if they are interracial but not stereotypical, even better!

Falling For Romance:  What is something you want to see more of or done differently in romance?

StephanieSince I read so many indie authors many of them already give me so much variety that as of now I have the perfect balance in the books I am reading.

Falling For Romance: As I read romance novels, I’m always imagining them being made into films. What is one recent read you’d love to see have a film adaptation?

Stephanie: Mercy by Debra Anastasia – It has romance, action, darkness, and such a unique storyline that I think it could really transfer well.

Falling For Romance: What are you currently reading that you’d recommend and are there any upcoming releases you’re excited for?

Stephanie: Dear Martin by Nic Stone rocked my world recently. Anticipated release I am looking forward to is Blood Cure by KA Linde the third book in the Blood Type Series.

Falling For Romance: Lastly, are there any other Romance reading  Youtubers or Bloggers you’d like for more people to check out and subscribe to?

Stephanie:

I hope you all enjoyed this romance chat with Stephanie. Be sure to check out her Youtube channel and the other ladies she recommends. Be sure to be kind to yourself today, and I’ll chat with you in my next post. xoxo.
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