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. There are books you finish and know exactly what you want to say, good or bad, about the book, the characters and the author. There are those you finish that leave you with no desire to write a review as you have nothing to say. And then there are books like Some Sort of Love, characters like Levi and Jillian and authors like Melanie Harlow. This one I had to think about, to put how I was feeling into words. This was an emotional journey and I am still not sure anything I can say will do it justice.
Jillian is strong, self-assured, successful, and confident. She is on the top of her career, moving in the direction she wants, and is able to buy wine and shoes, even the expensive ones, but she feels like there is something missing. She is lonely. She wants the relationships she sees around her, the relationships her sisters and parents have and is reluctantly jealous that she has not found this perfect love in her life.
Levi is lonely too, but he doesn’t know it, at least he doesn’t admit it to himself, but the people he is closest to see it, and challenge him in ways that he is not totally comfortable with, which causes him to retreat from them a little. Levi is dealing with some guilt that he needs to resolve before he can move forward with anyone, and the way this was handled in the story was both moving and realistic. Jillian sneaks up on him in a way that he does not expect, and she challenges everything he thought he believed about relationships and where his family and son fit into his life.
The joy of the story is how they get there. Levi is compelling, you will cry for him and he will break your heart.
It goes without saying that I loved SSOL, I gave it 5 stars. But it also needs to be mentioned that this is Melanie Harlow’s best work yet. The depth of character will leave you reading until late at night and the words “The End” will make you cry. Again.