Title : Fusion
Series : North Star, Book #2
Author : Posy Roberts
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 300 pages (e-book)
Published : November 18, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
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 the North Star Trilogy by Posy Roberts. The story picks up where book one, Spark, leaves off. In Spark we were introduced to Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus, two young men who met in high school, became best friends and fell in love. We learned about their families, their hopes and fears and watched them grow up. Sometimes growing up leads us down different paths. Spark brought them back together and explored who they had become as adults and how, if possible, they could make a life together.
Fusion brings us into the building stage of the relationship and as in real life, this is not always smooth and definitely not always easy. When you have a blended family there is more to consider than just the two people in love. Kevin has lived his life as a straight man because of his father’s expectations. Now his father has died and Hugo, Kevin’s one and only male lover, is back in Kevin’s life. Things should be simple, but that is not always the way it works. He is in the middle of a divorce, has two young children to consider and how do you tell the people that have always known you as a straight married man that you are bi-sexual? How do you explain this to your children and soon to be ex-wife? As much as he loves Hugo, it is scary coming out when there are so many variables.
Hugo made it clear that he was never going to go back in the closet after he left high school and allowed his true self to shine. Hugo is multifaceted and a beautiful character that has struggled to feel comfortable with who he is. Although Kevin accepts all aspects of Hugo’s life, Hugo still feels insecure at times. His previous lovers have not always been as accepting and those relationships ended badly. Plus, Hugo is still dealing with some insecurity from the relationship that he had with Kevin in high school.
To add to this, there is a life changing event developing in the Magnus family; one that will test not just Kevin and Hugo’s relationship, but each man individually. I felt that we saw more about Kevin and the growth of his character in Spark. In Fusion, I see more growth in Hugo. The author takes on some very serious issues in Fusion. A large part of the book focuses on Erin, Kevin’s soon to be ex-wife, and what she is going through but it also focuses on family dynamics – what makes up a family, what labels we use on ourselves and others, how social media is a part of our lives today and how it affects the way we communicate with each other, in both positive and negative ways.
I enjoy the way the author gives voice to her characters, allows us to travel along with them as their lives change and experience their great joys as well as heart aches. This book is more serious than the first book and deals with issues that were heartbreaking, but at the same time brought forth some beautiful moments from those events. The author addresses those issues thoughtfully.
I am trying not to give any details that may spoil the reading experience. If you have read Spark, then you are already invested in this lovely group of characters. If you have not, you definitely need to read it first. Once again, I loved this book even though it has a more serious theme than the first book and I am looking forward to the next book.
Rated 5 stars by Deb