Dana reviews Fusion (North Star Book 2) by Posy Roberts (Published by Dreamspinner Press, Novermber 17, 2013, 300 pages)
This week is Give Thanks Week at RGR. In the U.S. Thanksgiving is a big eating holiday, but also a holiday for family. I felt that Fusion with it’s story of love and family would be a great book to review this week.
To read my review of the YA prequel novel Private Display of Affection click here.
To read my review of Spark (North Star Book 1) click here.
Sequel to Spark
North Star: Book Two
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.
In the first book of this series, the story revolves around Hugo and Kevin reconnecting.Though Kevin is in the middle of a divorce and Hugo needs to share time with him with his kids, Spark was fairly angst free. In this book, Kevin and Hugo’s relationship is turned upside down. Kevin’s divorce is halted when he finds out that his soon to be ex has inoperable cancer.
Kevin shows such strength of character and compassion when he decides to stay with her in order to give her his health insurance and more time with the kids. But I have to admit that I was wondering how it would affect Hugo. However, if Kevin touched me with his generosity, I was awed by Hugo. No, it wasn’t easy. At first, delaying their official coupledom made Hugo want to run away completely, but knowing that Kevin’s romantic love was all for him did smooth things out a bit. Soon Hugo is like a second husband, a second father, and a close friend to Kevin, his wife Erin, and their kids Brooke and Finn.
Kevin and Hugo are not the only ones making sacrifices though. Erin must watch the man she loved fall in love with someone else. She knew their relationship was over and she knew that there was no future for them, but it still required a good deal of strength. I had already loved Hugo and Kevin after reading the first book and it’s prequel. In this book, I fell in love with the whole family, and that is really what this whole story is about. The love of family, the love of two people attracted to each other. There are so many moments of true love passed from character to character that it warms the heart. Until it breaks it.
I didn’t cry reading this book, but I felt for each of the characters deeply, as they went through the process of saying good bye and learning who they are individually and together. The side characters of Gilbert and Sunny are awesome, and Erin’s brother Russell is in this book a lot and he is great too. They all provide so much support for this family that is merging and breaking apart all at the same time. I’m not thrilled with Erin’s parents who seemed to be judgemental of their situation. Their protests were shut down pretty quickly, but I do worry if and how they might make things difficult in book 3. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I highly recommend it.
Real. Genuine. Love.
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting