Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 300 pages
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.
Review: What a great follow through on the story. The first book, Spark was a fantastic book that tells the story, with flashbacks, of high school sweethearts who meet again years later and fall in love all over again. You will want to read Spark first, it is sweet and poignant and full of possibilities. And because while the author does a good job of catching you up, this book is much richer and satisfying after reading the first book, which I loved.
This story picks up where the first left off with our men trying to meld their lives together and figure out how to tell everyone that Kevin is bisexual and that they plan to spend the rest of their lives together.
The love and sexual hunger between Hugo and Kevin is palpable. They belong together and their relationship and spending their lives together are essential to each man, and the way that they openly express this was a joy to see. They lift each other up and bring out the very best in each other, always willing to do whatever is needed to insure the other’s happiness. They are everything they need when they are together. The team they make as parents is inspiring and I adored the family they begin to make together with the children.
The flexibility of their sexual relationship was hot. The sex always moved their relationship forward and even when things got a little intense there was always a sense of love, acceptance and a fulfillment from bringing pleasure to their partner. I loved that there were no assigned roles in their relationship, rather there was an overall acceptance and a living this moment mentality.
Having already fallen in love with this beautiful cast of characters I enjoyed revisiting them and seeing new layers and their development as a new family. The way they came together and dealt with tragedy was heartbreaking and sweet. I enjoyed the dynamics between Kevin’s children and Hugo. He will make an exceptional stepfather.
We saw glimpses of Erin in the previous book that hinted at her being a pretty cool lady. the separation and divorce process was amicable and they both tried to be parents first. When the situation changes and they are faced with a hugely different future, she shines. The friendships, first between Erin and Kevin and then Erin and Hugo were wonderful.
There are elements to this story that will break your heart and have you reading through the tears in your eyes. There are moments of laughter and many sighs, I know I found myself feeling a little hot at the erotic moments between Hugo and Kevin. I can’t wait to read the next book, Flare. I have so enjoyed the time spent with this family.
Reviewed by Nina