Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb: North Star: Book One
In their small-town high school, Hugo and Kevin became closeted lovers who kept their secret even from parents. Hugo didn’t want to disappoint his terminally ill father, and Kevin’s controlling father would never tolerate a bisexual son. When college took them in different directions, they promised to reunite, but that didn’t happen for seventeen years.
By the time they meet again, Hugo has become an out-and-proud actor and director who occasionally performs in drag—a secret that has cost him in past relationships. Kevin, still closeted, has followed his father’s path and now, in the shadow of divorce, is striving to be a better father to his own children.
When Hugo and Kevin meet by chance at a party, the spark of attraction reignites, as does their genuine friendship. Rekindling a romance may mean Hugo must compromise the openness he values, but Kevin will need a patient partner as he adapts to living outside the closet. With such different lifestyles, the odds seem stacked against them, and Hugo fears that if his secret comes to light, it may drive Kevin away completely.
Review: These guys have an amazing love story, both when they first became best friends as teenagers, falling in love for the first time, and reunited as adults, realizing that all of those feelings are still there. I was rooting for these guys and their forever love from the very beginning.
Hugo was the rock. The one who had family support and love. The one who knew who he was and while his awareness of the dangers of being openly gay in a small conservative town kept him subdued he was never ashamed of who he was. He grew so much during their years apart and found the life he always dreamed of, he just needed to find the missing piece – Kevin.
Kevin was the romantic who never let go of the love he carried for Hugo. The one person who accepted him completely, the one who he could be strong for and step outside of the box his parents had kept him imprisoned in his whole life. I felt such compassion tempered with frustration for Kevin. I was regularly torn between hugging and smacking him. He had a compassionate heart and I was proud of him.
Hugo’s family was tragically wonderful. His mother and his sister were strong, supportive and awesome. His relationship with his dying father was beautiful and gave him confidence and strength that lasted him a lifetime. When all of the clutter of life is blown away in the wake of illness and facing death people are suddenly able to see what really matters. Things like love, relationship, family, being true to yourself, happiness, peace, acceptance, loyalty become the measurement of success in life.
I loved this story and am so glad that I get to read the next installment soon. This is a story worth reading, full of the things that matter. Family, compassion, independence, honesty, being true to yourself, art, laughter, and unconditional forever love. And we can’t forget the fierce and feisty drag queens I hope to spend more time with.
Reviewed by Nina