Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ARC Review: Fusion (Book 2 North Star trilogy) by Posy Roberts (@posyroberts)

Fusion - Posy Roberts
From the blurb:

How do you tell your friends and family you've fallen in love with a man when they've only ever known you as straight? How do you explain to your kids that you loved their mother very much, but your new partner is your best friend from high school?

Kevin Magnus must figure it out while trying to build a relationship with Hugo Thorson, whose bigger than life, out-and-proud drag queen persona is simply too big to be contained in a closet—even for the time it takes Kevin to come up with an explanation for his kids and Erin, his soon-to-be ex-wife.

But Erin faces an even bigger obstacle—one that shakes the entire family to the core. When she unexpectedly turns to Hugo, they form a connection that forces Hugo to grow up and offers Kevin the chance to become the kind of father he wants to be. Despite the coming complications, they'll all benefit from a fortunate side effect: it becomes clear that Hugo is very much a part of this unconventional family.

Sandra's rating:

I loved this!!!

For a second installment, despite the heavy topic and the pain and the drama that ensued, this book was as close to perfection for me as possible. Loved how their relationship grew, loved how they weren't perfect but worked through their struggles, loved how they found common ground and compromise. Loved the supporting characters, especially Erin and Summer, and adored the kids.

Fusion - the title itself hints at what's to come inside the book - is the story of Hugo and Kevin melding their lives together, as best as they can. It's the story of crafting a family of your own, against conventions and against the odds. It's the story of coming to terms with pain and loss, and finding ways to cope and communicate. It's the story of finding friendship in unexpected places, and giving from your heart. It's the story of two men who've loved each other for a very long time and who have to fight to be together and stay together. It's the story of one very strong woman who recognizes love when she sees it and has the inner strength to foster it, support it and celebrate it.

In short, it's a story about love and family and the fusion of their lives.

Where the first book was all about Kevin and Hugo, their history and their new beginning, this book is all about the two of them learning to forge a life for themselves, learning to honestly communicate despite their differences and learning how to move forward with compromise. There were times when Kevin pissed me off, and when I yelled at Hugo (who of course didn't hear me) to stop acting like a doormat, but then they figure it out, communicate, with a bit of help from their friends, and all is well again.

Erin's friends and her mother were the only characters I openly despised. They judged what they didn't understand, and they treated Hugo abysmally. I wanted to reach into the book and slap them. Then again, it's a sign of a good book when the reader experiences strong emotions while reading. And I grew to admire Erin for her strength and the strength of her convictions, as well as for being sufficiently self-aware and honest to tell the two men what she needs from them.

Posy Roberts' writing style just flows. Despite the many tears I cried while reading, I also smiled and giggled and cheered and laughed. Her characters are rich and vibrant, fully developed, with quirks and flaws and heart. Even the supporting characters - the kids, Erin (admirable woman), Summer (loved her!), Russell, Hugo's mom - they're all part of the rich tapestry that Posy Roberts has woven, and I for one cannot wait until the next book, which will conclude Hugo and Kevin's story.

There were sexy times, yes, but all of them were emotional and served to further the connection and the relationship between Kevin and Hugo. And there were so many poignant and honest moments between the two of them, filled with such love, you can't help but adore them both.

Both Hugo and Kevin grow throughout this book, whether it's through forged compromise or with a little help from their friends. As Hugo begins to find his feet as part of the family, Kevin learns what it takes to be a boyfriend, and you can virtually see how the tendrils of their connection grow and fuse and take root. It's a thing of sheer beauty, and it was a privilege to have read this book.

I highly recommend reading this trilogy in order, so start with Spark, then read Fusion. And please, do read these gorgeous books. You can thank me for the recommendation later.

I received a free ARC from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return.

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