I couldn’t wait to dive into the second installment of Posy Roberts’ North Star series. I knew it was going to be a rough ride, though, and I reached for the tissues on more than one occasion as I read this lovely continuation of Hugo and Kevin’s journey.
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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.
Fusion is the second book in Posy Roberts’ North Star series. Hugo and Kevin have reunited after sixteen years and have begun to forge a relationship despite Kevin’s closeted bisexuality. Yet as they continue to work through issues and try to approach life as a couple, their journey takes an unexpected turn in the form of Kevin’s near-ex, Erin. Everyone involved must now search their own heart to find a way to fuse very different and separate people into a family that can love one another unconditionally and prepare for a difficult road ahead.
It is a struggle to review this book without giving away too much, so I will keep it brief and simply state that while Spark, the first book in this series, focused mainly on Hugo and Kevin’s reunion and history, Fusion takes the reader in a much different direction. This is Erin’s story just as much as it is Hugo and Kevin’s, with a significant amount of the writing bringing her character to life as the axis around which the family rotates.
This is the center of Fusion’s message: family. These dynamics take center stage as bonds are created and strengthened, and Hugo and Kevin establish roles neither of them would have imagined adopting. I particularly enjoyed seeing Kevin in a different light. Many times throughout the story he is shaken, uncertain, and downright terrified. The growth of his character as a result of overcoming these obstacles is satisfying and authentic, yet there remains within him an underlying vulnerability that is appealing and endearing.
I also felt that the passion between Hugo and Kevin was more intense in this story, both sexually and emotionally. External forces cause them to rely on one another to a greater capacity, which served to solidify their relationship. I was in tears multiple times during their interactions with one another, whether it was a conflict or a tender love scene.
In Fusion, Posy Roberts weaves a beautiful, deeply moving tale of people joining together to help ease the pain of ravaging life events. In doing so, they break the traditional views of what constitutes a “family” and become shining examples of love and acceptance. I highly recommend both books in the North Star series, and I look forward to reading the next installment with great anticipation!
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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