Published February 2016
Series: Happy Crazy Love #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
What drew me to this story initially (since I am not really one to get a book in the middle of a series) was the single-parent / surrogate mother plot. And the ratings on Goodreads were not too bad so I just thought I would give it a try. Thankfully, Some Sort Of Love could be read as a standalone, and there were little to no complications brought on by previous characters in the series. However, I was pretty disappointed at the book and how the storyline played out.
Some Sort Of Love is the story of Jillian Nixon and Levi Brooks, who are old strangers who meet again at Jillian’s wedding rehearsal. Turns out that Jillian and Levi shared a really hot closet encounter when they were both at college. However, years have passed and both have matured. Jillian is a pediatrician and Levi is an architect, but also a single parent to an autistic child.
As you can guess, sparks fly between Jillian and Levi, but despite the passion, Levi has a tough time reconciling his personal life and the life of his son, who will always come first in his mind. Levi knows his son Scotty finds comfort in routine, and he therefore wants to shield him from his relationship with Jillian. He is also afraid that Jillian will up and leave him the way his son’s mother did.
Honestly, I just found the whole storyline extremely blunt. Levi acted like a martyr, always quoting his son as an excuse for his cowardness, and the way he treated Jillian – like a dirty secret that’s best kept hidden – also angered me. But what angered me most was that Scotty was always pictured as a burden, as a difficult child, and the author never once puts him in a good light.
I read the story until the end but I was just bored at how Jillian had to do all the work to convince Levi it was worth taking a chance on her. I’m not saying guys should do all the work, but in this case, Levi was only ever manning up when it came to sleeping with her. So yeah, the whole story just didn’t appeal to me, however hot the sex was.
Also, when I happen to read a book in the middle of a series without having rwad the previous books, I am generally tempted to find out about the previous stories. But here, I am pretty sure I will not have a life-changing reading experience by reading the previous Happy Crazy Love books. Especially since it was alluded that the storyline is pretty much the same for all three of the books (i.e. man is scare of love and ignores the woman, who has to fight for him). Bleh.
|All the feels|