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In love with her gay best friend since forever, Cassandra Spencer has accepted that not everyone can have the fairy tale. Not everyone can have marriage and children and the same last name. But she has Shane, and she loves him and he loves her... Until he falls in love with someone else. Someone nothing like Cassandra; someone she can never accept. Brady Roberts destroyed h In love with her gay best friend since forever, Cassandra Spencer has accepted that not everyone can have the fairy tale. Not everyone can have marriage and children and the same last name. But she has Shane, and she loves him and he loves her... Until he falls in love with someone else. Someone nothing like Cassandra; someone she can never accept. Brady Roberts destroyed his whole world, and there will be no forgiveness. No end to his guilt and pain. He exists day to day until he tangles with a woman who just won’t let him. A woman who believes that life is meant to be lived, no matter how hard it is. No matter how much it hurts. No matter how hopeless. Because sometimes, hopeless doesn’t have to mean alone. And sometimes, hopeless isn’t the end.


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In love with her gay best friend since forever, Cassandra Spencer has accepted that not everyone can have the fairy tale. Not everyone can have marriage and children and the same last name. But she has Shane, and she loves him and he loves her... Until he falls in love with someone else. Someone nothing like Cassandra; someone she can never accept. Brady Roberts destroyed h In love with her gay best friend since forever, Cassandra Spencer has accepted that not everyone can have the fairy tale. Not everyone can have marriage and children and the same last name. But she has Shane, and she loves him and he loves her... Until he falls in love with someone else. Someone nothing like Cassandra; someone she can never accept. Brady Roberts destroyed his whole world, and there will be no forgiveness. No end to his guilt and pain. He exists day to day until he tangles with a woman who just won’t let him. A woman who believes that life is meant to be lived, no matter how hard it is. No matter how much it hurts. No matter how hopeless. Because sometimes, hopeless doesn’t have to mean alone. And sometimes, hopeless isn’t the end.

30 review for Some Like It Hopeless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mo_Better

    The only thing I liked about this book was that we got to see Ethan and Mackenzie from book 1. Everything else was weird, angsty, and supremely unsatisfying. It's a book about two people settling. They settle and are okay with knowing that if either one of them had what they wanted they wouldn't be with each other. That's just...wrong. On so many levels. I don't recommend this even a little bit. Especially if you expect any of the wit and charm of book 1. I've just been disappointed with every b The only thing I liked about this book was that we got to see Ethan and Mackenzie from book 1. Everything else was weird, angsty, and supremely unsatisfying. It's a book about two people settling. They settle and are okay with knowing that if either one of them had what they wanted they wouldn't be with each other. That's just...wrong. On so many levels. I don't recommend this even a little bit. Especially if you expect any of the wit and charm of book 1. I've just been disappointed with every book after the first one. Also, FYI vasectomies are reversible.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melody Cox

    Be warned that this book is nothing like Some Like It Charming, Some Like It Perfect, and Some Like It Ruthless. It isn't even close and I was so disappointed. For me this was a depressing book and I had trouble sleeping once I finished it. Cassandra was so very much in love with her gay best friend, Shane, and she wanted him to be her HEA regardless. She wanted him whatever way she could have him. Very sad reality is that it was evident he was not going to be her forever. He loves her as well, Be warned that this book is nothing like Some Like It Charming, Some Like It Perfect, and Some Like It Ruthless. It isn't even close and I was so disappointed. For me this was a depressing book and I had trouble sleeping once I finished it. Cassandra was so very much in love with her gay best friend, Shane, and she wanted him to be her HEA regardless. She wanted him whatever way she could have him. Very sad reality is that it was evident he was not going to be her forever. He loves her as well, until he falls in love with Christian. He still loves her but as his best friend. I did not care for Cassandra's character and she was not all that likeable. Poor Cassandra could not catch a break. Everything dream she had of her future would most likely never happen. Brady has had a severe tragedy that has changed his life forever. There will never be forgiveness and his world is destroyed. He just trudges through life a day at a time. He meets Cass and they have fling but he doesn't want anything more than that. They both realize that if they remain a couple they will be each others second best always because if they had a choice they would have chosen someone else. She is truly devastated with what Brady has to tell her and then he leaves her... Big problem with the gay couple. To me, their characters were portrayed as weak-bodied, weak-minded, somewhat effeminate, wimpy, and they actually reminded me of two girls. They had no cojones whatsoever. I did not find it a flattering characterization of these two men. It was like a weird foursome with Shane in love with Cass and Christian and Cass in love with Shane and Brady. I don't think, no matter the circumstances, that I could be someone's second choice, their consolation prize. It just isn't in me. Do I recommend this book. I am sorry to say that I cannot. But I need to also say that the situations and characterizations in this book may not trouble others as it did me so it may work for you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    Some like it hopeless is the latest in Megan Bryce’s A Temporary Engagement Series. Having read the other stories in the series and reading the blurb of this one I was unsure if I even wanted to read this one, but I decided to give it a shot as the other novels I had really enjoyed. That being said I found this book very hard to deal with. The premise of the book is about two people ending up together, however in one person is actually in love with someone else and, the second person in the relat Some like it hopeless is the latest in Megan Bryce’s A Temporary Engagement Series. Having read the other stories in the series and reading the blurb of this one I was unsure if I even wanted to read this one, but I decided to give it a shot as the other novels I had really enjoyed. That being said I found this book very hard to deal with. The premise of the book is about two people ending up together, however in one person is actually in love with someone else and, the second person in the relationship has decided not to trust themselves or others in love again. While I'll admit the author gives the story realism, as fairy tales do not occur in real life, this is part of a romance series and it’s left decidedly unfinished in my opinion. Romance stories are meant to have happily ever after endings and this one does not in fact it deems as if in the end the couple isn't so much happy as content with the status quo, which to me just seems wrong in the context of a novel. This could have been saved by the author if she had drawn more on the relationship development between the characters instead of fast forwarding to a maternity ward where we are expected to believe everything is fine now. Overall while this wasn’t an altogether bad read it was not as good as the previous novels in the series and therefore came off decidedly lacking.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kanoko

    This is such a weird book. It's a unique kind of bittersweet, of heartache, of requited loves that can't be fulfilled, not really. I like Bryce's writing, and I like this story, but I'm just so…weirded out. There are moments of poignancy, of humour, of sweetness so bitter that it just makes your heart squeeze painfully. The characters develop subtly, incompletely. And that works for me, because this is a story of hopeless halves. It's a difficult book to read and, now that I've finished it, even This is such a weird book. It's a unique kind of bittersweet, of heartache, of requited loves that can't be fulfilled, not really. I like Bryce's writing, and I like this story, but I'm just so…weirded out. There are moments of poignancy, of humour, of sweetness so bitter that it just makes your heart squeeze painfully. The characters develop subtly, incompletely. And that works for me, because this is a story of hopeless halves. It's a difficult book to read and, now that I've finished it, even harder to review. And what a weird, but somehow fitting, ending. Life's a bitch. What's next?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bungluna

    Can two people who have been through the love wringer find some form of happiness? I found this story painful but rewarding. I don't know if I'll re-read it though I am glad I experienced it in the first place. A heroine in love with her gay best friend. A hero consumed by guilt because he caused the death of his wife and son. No excuses or dissembling to make the past loves "untrue" and the current relationship more legitimate. And, as a bonus, an exploration of what family really means. Great st Can two people who have been through the love wringer find some form of happiness? I found this story painful but rewarding. I don't know if I'll re-read it though I am glad I experienced it in the first place. A heroine in love with her gay best friend. A hero consumed by guilt because he caused the death of his wife and son. No excuses or dissembling to make the past loves "untrue" and the current relationship more legitimate. And, as a bonus, an exploration of what family really means. Great story, but be prepared for a lot of angst.

  6. 4 out of 5

    A.R. Von

    Not what I expected. Very different actually. But it left me...unsatisfied as a reader that really got into the story. Just a few tidbits missing to make it a truly satisfying read. This was my first time reading from this author and I plan to look into more of her work. She created a different-written atmosphere with characters that the reader ends up having love/hate relationships with. More love than anything else ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    This was my first read from this author. I'm guessing by reviews that the other books in this series are more typical light hearted romance. I think this book was supposed to be angsty, gritty, etc. Unfortunately, it kinda reads like bad college poetry reading night drama. I didn't love it. I will try another by this author based on other reviews though. This was my first read from this author. I'm guessing by reviews that the other books in this series are more typical light hearted romance. I think this book was supposed to be angsty, gritty, etc. Unfortunately, it kinda reads like bad college poetry reading night drama. I didn't love it. I will try another by this author based on other reviews though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    B Cate

    Depressing

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Some might like it hopeless, but I am not one of them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Greymalkin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book did a lot of things I admire and it would be rated much higher if not for two problems: first, the ending. The author created a really fascinating, complicated, atypical romance and then in the last few moments, sold out their growth for a cliched "one true love" sort of ending. And the second complaint is that the sex was remarkably tepid for a relationship based on sex. I wish I could have seen more of their personalities come out through their lovemaking because they clearly communi This book did a lot of things I admire and it would be rated much higher if not for two problems: first, the ending. The author created a really fascinating, complicated, atypical romance and then in the last few moments, sold out their growth for a cliched "one true love" sort of ending. And the second complaint is that the sex was remarkably tepid for a relationship based on sex. I wish I could have seen more of their personalities come out through their lovemaking because they clearly communicated well there but we (the readers) never really saw it. I really loved the secondary romance, the delicate blossoming of a gay relationship was handled with respect and I liked that the characters clearly loved each other but were blind to some of the issues that their lover had. It made them feel like real people.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Fountain

    I love to hate it...I think. While I enjoyed the other books in this series, this one I’m left feeling disappointed. I get real life happens and sometimes real life sucks. Like losing your wife and child, being the one who did it, being in love with your gay best friend...and I like seeing real life situations in my romance books but I do t like feeling defeated and down when I finish. It’s romance for a reason, we want a HEA. While there is one, it’s a downer. The connections weren’t as strong I love to hate it...I think. While I enjoyed the other books in this series, this one I’m left feeling disappointed. I get real life happens and sometimes real life sucks. Like losing your wife and child, being the one who did it, being in love with your gay best friend...and I like seeing real life situations in my romance books but I do t like feeling defeated and down when I finish. It’s romance for a reason, we want a HEA. While there is one, it’s a downer. The connections weren’t as strong for me in this book, I didn’t feel them or that they were anywhere strong enough. I feel like they were living in the past and for the “what if’s”. 2 stars because I liked some of the characters that showed up and I like the style but didn’t come close to falling in love with this one and I had high hopes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Avid

    I returned this KU book day before yesterday and already have forgotten what it was about. I remember feeling like it was... nope, I can't remember. I do remember supreme disappointment and a wish that I had not picked it up in the first place. Usually, those feelings arise when there are ridiculous cliches throughout the novel, or when the romance isn't believable, or when I couldn't possibly care less for the characters. Perhaps there was a combination of all three here, but I'll never know be I returned this KU book day before yesterday and already have forgotten what it was about. I remember feeling like it was... nope, I can't remember. I do remember supreme disappointment and a wish that I had not picked it up in the first place. Usually, those feelings arise when there are ridiculous cliches throughout the novel, or when the romance isn't believable, or when I couldn't possibly care less for the characters. Perhaps there was a combination of all three here, but I'll never know because I'm not about to re-read it to remind myself. Sorry, Review Readers, for not having specifics. C'est la vie.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    I Was Wrong -This One Is The Best I have no idea how this author did it, but this story is the best of this series --even though I cried through most of it! I don't think I have ever read a story that felt more honest than this one. The main characters both have pasts that are so sad, but they hook-up and go from there. Once you start reading you will not be able to stop. I can't wait to read the next book by this author. I Was Wrong -This One Is The Best I have no idea how this author did it, but this story is the best of this series --even though I cried through most of it! I don't think I have ever read a story that felt more honest than this one. The main characters both have pasts that are so sad, but they hook-up and go from there. Once you start reading you will not be able to stop. I can't wait to read the next book by this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I felt the author put too much focus on Shane and Christian relationship. Cassandra's love for Shane felt more like stubbornness. However, I liked that Brady's love and admiration for Cassandra was based on who and what she was rather than how she looked. Too many books spend time describing the physical features of the female character and how much the hero loves those said features. The ending was bittersweet but it made sense in a weird way, not your normal HEA. I felt the author put too much focus on Shane and Christian relationship. Cassandra's love for Shane felt more like stubbornness. However, I liked that Brady's love and admiration for Cassandra was based on who and what she was rather than how she looked. Too many books spend time describing the physical features of the female character and how much the hero loves those said features. The ending was bittersweet but it made sense in a weird way, not your normal HEA.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Pitcock

    Wow I had read SLI Charming and loved Cass but wow, this was light years more of everything. The twists and turns were not just on Mullholland Dr. So many relationships woven together make Christian's plaid shirts seem like a not so straight line. Not to mention an ending that I never saw coming. Bravo! Wow I had read SLI Charming and loved Cass but wow, this was light years more of everything. The twists and turns were not just on Mullholland Dr. So many relationships woven together make Christian's plaid shirts seem like a not so straight line. Not to mention an ending that I never saw coming. Bravo!

  16. 4 out of 5

    A.B. Shepherd

    You'll need tissues here. A reviewer said this is a book about settling. I think that reviewer must have led a charmed life. This is a book about love and loss, about guilt and survival, about people who are living with pain and how they manage to find their own version of an HEA when life hasn't handed it to them so neatly. You'll need tissues here. A reviewer said this is a book about settling. I think that reviewer must have led a charmed life. This is a book about love and loss, about guilt and survival, about people who are living with pain and how they manage to find their own version of an HEA when life hasn't handed it to them so neatly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Moffat

    I wish i could give this book more than 5 stars. what an utterly brilliant read. My heart broke for Cass and Brady, i loved how broken and honest they were. The ending was exactlly as it should be, bittersweet and beautiful.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Borthwick

    Another great book by Megan, loved it!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen West

    Yeah perfect ending

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Cassandra is hopelessly in love with her best friend Shane. And he loves her to end of the world. The problem? He's gay. Shane leaves with a guy during Cassandra's sister's wedding reception. When she tries to leave the hotel - drunk - she's stop by the hotel owner, Brady, and has what she believes to be a one night stand. Only, he follows her home the next day to drop off her drivers license that she left behind. Cassandra feels broken by her hopeless love for Shane and quickly discovers that B Cassandra is hopelessly in love with her best friend Shane. And he loves her to end of the world. The problem? He's gay. Shane leaves with a guy during Cassandra's sister's wedding reception. When she tries to leave the hotel - drunk - she's stop by the hotel owner, Brady, and has what she believes to be a one night stand. Only, he follows her home the next day to drop off her drivers license that she left behind. Cassandra feels broken by her hopeless love for Shane and quickly discovers that Brady has his own darkness and both find each other to be a welcome distraction from the misery. First and foremost, this is not a typical romance novel. And i want to be clear that I am actually okay with that. Megan Bryce has four of her books posted on Wattpad right now including Some Like It Charming. Based on readers' comments, people are upset with the flawed personalities of the characters and their choices in relationships particularly Cassandra. She's in love with her gay best friend. And to get over him finding love, she gets into a purely sexual relationship with emotionally unavailable Brady. Cassandra is bitchy and Brady is a douche bag. It might be really off-putting to some, but I think their personalities make them rather interesting. And through the narrative perspective, it's their flaws that create attraction between Brady and Cassandra. Here's the thing: life and love are messy. We all want the fairy tale. But let me be one of the many, many people out there to say that it doesn't exist quite the way it does in some books and movies. And honestly, the real, true, gritty stuff is more interesting. It's more emotional. I'm not knocking the fun escapist fiction because I read it too and enjoy it. But sometimes it's nice to see the characters have the same struggles you do. What I really enjoyed about Some Like It Hopeless is that Cassandra and Brady are able to push each other out of the comfort of their miserable existence almost unknowingly. When Cassandra must face the reality that Shane is in love with Christian for real, Brady helps her overcome her jealousy for the sake of her friendship. In the same way, Cassandra helps Brady confront his own demons while encouraging him to live his life. As Cassandra frequently says "Life's a bitch. What's next?" They both realize that what they want and what they really need are completely different. And through that struggle, they find real, honest love that's complicated. They find hope when they believed it was lost. A final word, the plot is really straight forward - no secrets, no scandals, no plot twists. It's solid romantic drama. Definitely not for the squishy, derpy romance lovers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mical

    Not so much. Books 1-3 of the series is great. But #4 didn't keep up. Still a fair read. Not so much. Books 1-3 of the series is great. But #4 didn't keep up. Still a fair read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Different, quirky, sweet and bittersweet, not always happy and yet it was so much more. There was just something about this book that I wanted to hate and to love all at the same time. The cast of characters were all over the place, not completely fleshed out but still real enough to make you see them as people who surround you in real life. And while there were times I wanted to smack Cassandra and her selfishness, yet I found her attitude was just right at other times in the story. I'm still n Different, quirky, sweet and bittersweet, not always happy and yet it was so much more. There was just something about this book that I wanted to hate and to love all at the same time. The cast of characters were all over the place, not completely fleshed out but still real enough to make you see them as people who surround you in real life. And while there were times I wanted to smack Cassandra and her selfishness, yet I found her attitude was just right at other times in the story. I'm still not sure even now that I finished the book that I like her. Brady is a sad but forceful character. He is thought provoking, making you wonder how you would deal with what fate threw at him. Shane is lovable. Christian is the character I loved the most. This is a story that not everyone is going to like or be able to read to the end. For me, I did finish and I'm glad I did read it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty Lambert

    I liked this book. I was a little disappointed in the overall story line as I think Megan Bryce made the character of Cassandra a little too self-centered. She was in love with her best friend, Shane, who also just happens to be gay. She just would not give up that "love" and focus on being happy for her best friend and move on with her life to help Brady. Made it hard for me to really keep reading this book and I had such high hopes with this book when I read the synopsis. I liked Brady a lot a I liked this book. I was a little disappointed in the overall story line as I think Megan Bryce made the character of Cassandra a little too self-centered. She was in love with her best friend, Shane, who also just happens to be gay. She just would not give up that "love" and focus on being happy for her best friend and move on with her life to help Brady. Made it hard for me to really keep reading this book and I had such high hopes with this book when I read the synopsis. I liked Brady a lot and he needed a lot of help overcoming his problems and I don't think Cassandra went about it right.

  24. 5 out of 5

    K.T. Munson

    This book is one of the most heart wrenching of the 'some like it....' collection. It feels very real because Megan Bryce doesn't pull any punches. You will laugh, a lot, you will get choked up, and you may even cry. Best part is the two main characters aren't anywhere close to perfect. They are complex, unique characters that keep things interesting. It also touches on the tender topic of current events; gay marriage. It would be best to read 'Some Like It Perfect' first because you'll go 'awe' This book is one of the most heart wrenching of the 'some like it....' collection. It feels very real because Megan Bryce doesn't pull any punches. You will laugh, a lot, you will get choked up, and you may even cry. Best part is the two main characters aren't anywhere close to perfect. They are complex, unique characters that keep things interesting. It also touches on the tender topic of current events; gay marriage. It would be best to read 'Some Like It Perfect' first because you'll go 'awe' at least half a million times before the end of the book. I also have to say the epilogue perfectly matches with the title. Definitely recommend for the tipping point if you need a good cry.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    I enjoyed Some Like It Hopeless. Cassandra and Brady are two flawed and somewhat broken characters. I thought they complemented one another very well. Neither were looking for love, but found it when they were least looking for it. Although this story is mostly about Cassandra and Brady, we do get to see her best friend Shane fall in love with Christian. Also enjoyed watching Christian learn to accept being gay and loving Shane. Some Like It Hopeless is the fourth book in the Temporary Engagement I enjoyed Some Like It Hopeless. Cassandra and Brady are two flawed and somewhat broken characters. I thought they complemented one another very well. Neither were looking for love, but found it when they were least looking for it. Although this story is mostly about Cassandra and Brady, we do get to see her best friend Shane fall in love with Christian. Also enjoyed watching Christian learn to accept being gay and loving Shane. Some Like It Hopeless is the fourth book in the Temporary Engagement series and can be enjoyed without having read the other books. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a fun qwirky read. If you like lots of sarcasm and attitude in your books, you'll love this story. Cass has been in love with her gay best friend, Shane for years. He falls for another guy and she, on the rebound meets Brady. Brady has his own baggage. Cass must find balance between her always been in love with Shane and her growing feelings for Brady. This is an R rated story, not so much heat as humor, but for free on all romance, it was a fabulous find. I laughed, a few tears were she This is a fun qwirky read. If you like lots of sarcasm and attitude in your books, you'll love this story. Cass has been in love with her gay best friend, Shane for years. He falls for another guy and she, on the rebound meets Brady. Brady has his own baggage. Cass must find balance between her always been in love with Shane and her growing feelings for Brady. This is an R rated story, not so much heat as humor, but for free on all romance, it was a fabulous find. I laughed, a few tears were shed....I will be reading more by this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Inga

    The best story.... All her books are great but this one stood out as the best love story ever. Four different personalities that found love in their own way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    DNF at 42% A bit too dark/depressing for my current mood. Might try again later.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Christine Gregory

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

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