Flare (North Star: Book 3)
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Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 330 pages
Blurb: Sequel to Fusion
North Star: Book Three
Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus are learning to live again after the death of Kevin’s wife, Erin. They’re doing everything they can to make a stable home for Kevin’s kids, but that stability is threatened when Kevin is served legal documents: Erin’s parents want custody of Brooke and Finn.
Meanwhile, Hugo is offered several acting jobs; to encourage him to take them, Kevin hires a nanny who is very hands-on with the kids. But Hugo feels distanced from his new family, so he makes the decision to leave his eclectic neighborhood and moves in with Kevin. He quickly finds he has a hard time fitting in with the suburbanites, and Kevin’s passive-aggressive “friends” make Hugo feel anything but welcome. Yet he keeps his concerns a secret and tries to take it all in stride.
When Brooke is bullied about having two dads, Hugo realizes his mere presence might be doing more harm than good. The stress will force him to make a choice: does he stay and fight for the family he loves, or does he walk away to let them live in peace?
Review: This is a really good series. This family is so precious and their struggles are ones that we can all relate to: loss, grief, bullying, family, feeling different, fighting for acceptance, and the struggle to maintain our relationships through the hard times in life.
Hugo is amazing. He has so much love in his heart for his new family and is willing to do whatever is necessary to keep them all happy and together, even to his own detriment. He has committed his whole heart to them and the life they are making, while he has his doubts about whether he is what they need to be happy there is never any sense that he questions that they are all that he wants. Even as he struggles to balance career and family, you see that he knows what he values and he works to make it happen. It was fantastic seeing the maturity and confidence that he has developed through his experiences in these stories.
Kevin is a wonderful partner and parent. Not because he is perfect and always gets everything right, sometimes he can be oblivious to important nuances. He is wonderful because he always tries, he always listens and he is willing to fight for Hugo and their family. Every challenge, every doubt, every argument he stands up and he stays. He has a stalwart quality without being hard or harsh. Kevin has this open sweetness that he shows his family, especially Hugo that is beautiful. When you see those flashes of this sweet, deep, kind heart in this strong and successful man you can’t help but love him.
We have watched these children grow. From the first book where they were all getting to know each other to starting middle school and dealing with puberty and makeup. Struggling with school work and attention spans and finding ways that work for them. Illness and loss and finding the way through grief. Hugo is an amazing parent because whatever he can’t know first hand he finds out or finds someone to help them. I’ve enjoyed watching Kevin embrace fatherhood and become hands on and involved. He has become a fantastic father.
The challenges, frustrations and sense of helplessness that comes from being bullied can overwhelm and destroy. Whether as a preteen or an adult, no one is exempt, luckily they have each other and draw together to try to resolve their situations, eventually. The way that they handled things seemed realistic. I felt so badly for all of them and was so proud of how they dealt with it.
This was a fantastic ending to the trilogy, although I would welcome a glimpse or two into their lives in the future as they progress as a family. I will miss them and watching their story unfold and feeling a part of their journey. An endearing series full of family, hot romance and real life.
Reviewed by Nina
Posted on May 31, 2014, in Nina and tagged Acceptance, Actor, Bisexual, Bullying, Career, Children, Choices, Commitment, Contemporary, Crazy Family, Custody Battle, Drag, Drag Queens, DSP, established relationship, Family, First Love, Forever Love, Friendship, Grief, Growing Pains, Healing, Heartwarming, High School Sweethearts, Homophobia, Hope, Loss, Love, love triumphs over all, M/M, Making Your Own Family, Nina, Parenting, Relationships, Secrets, Sequel, Series, Sexy, Step Parent, Suburbia, Sweet, Therapy, Tween Angst, Two Dads. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.