Erryn reviews ‘The Impossible Boy’ by Anna Martin. The ebook was published January 5, 2020 and is 219 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Dan Calley. It was released June 3, 2020 and is 6 hrs and 32 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love narrator Dan Calley and am always up to trying a new author.
To read Bethany’s ebook review of The Impossible Boy, click here.
This is not your average love story.
Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass guitarist in a band, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.
Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his makeup perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it. Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben is away touring with his band, Ares.
With Ares on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful, impossible boyfriend.
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Stan is an enigma. His blond hair is long. He wears dresses and high heels. He knows how to apply makeup like a professional. He works in the fashion industry but not as a model, despite the fact he could. When he meets Ben in a bar, they click. Ben plays in the band Ares and they are on the verge of breaking out. Stan originally hailed from Russia and is in London via New York and Italy. Ben is a Kiwi who came with his family when he was younger and has stayed, making the vibrant but expensive city his home. His mother has remarried and he has three much younger siblings. His bandmates are his found family.
In some ways this is a predictable romance and in others not so much. Stan’s battle with anorexia was painful, as was Ben’s need to feel connected. Their worlds collide when Ben goes on tour with the band and Stan is left behind. That whole section of the book nearly broke my heart. I could see how Stan was the impossible boy. But they find a way to make it work, and I got my happy ending.
Dan Calley narrates this series and I was thrilled. He did a great job bringing the characters to life. I enjoyed his performance and can’t wait for the next book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.