North Star Trilogy ~ Book Two
USA Today Happily Ever After Recommended Read
Kevin and Hugo make plans to blend their lives, but bleak news changes everything. Building a future together is still a priority, but only if their relationship can survive.
Love strengthened by adversity.
Everyone in Kevin’s life knows him as straight rather than bisexual. There was no need to come out until now, but loving Hugo is worth any prejudice he’ll encounter. Hugo does his best to be patient while Kevin navigates his way toward openness, but he refuses to be put back in a closet for long.
Kevin wants to tell his kids without screwing up their newfound stability, and he worries about telling his ex because Erin might use the truth against him to renegotiate custody. Kevin wants it all finalized, but time isn’t on his side.
When Erin gets grim news, it shakes everyone to the core and rips Kevin away from the life he planned with Hugo. The news brings Hugo’s past hurts bubbling to the surface. Yet when Erin turns to Hugo for support, their new connection shows him how essential he is to Kevin and his kids.
Despite the chaos, it’s clear Hugo is very much a part of this unconventional family.
366 Pages 7-8 Hours 95K Words
romance saga, second-chance, hurt/comfort, recovery romance, romance trilogy, healing power of love, angst, medical caregiving, family saga, fatherhood, family life, gay romance, MM romance, bisexual
Well, it’s 6 in the morning. Im super sleepy now, but I wasn’t while I read this book. Maybe I ignored it. I knew I needed to sleep, but I’d get to the end of one chapter and I’d be like, ‘ok I need to see what happens next.’ Right? Well, I get to the end of that chapter and I’d be like, ‘well how are they going to react to that?’ I’d have to keep reading. To the point, I finished the book. It was so good. But I am going to tell you right now, you need a giant box of Kleenex for this book. It’s going to balls-to-the-wall tear you a new one like never before. You are going to cry. I mean ugly cry. But it’s so damn worth it.
If you read book one, you know what’s up. If not, go read it first. It’s necessary. At the end of book 1, Kevin and Hugo were finally together. They weren’t out, because Kevin wasn’t out as bi and his divorce wasn’t final, but they were together. But this one puts their relationship through the wringer. It’s already stressful because Kevin isn’t out and Brooke, Kevin’s daughter, knows something is going on and they’ve asked her to keep it secret. Hugo is not cool with that. But now, Kevin gets some grim news concerning his wife and he has to tell Hugo. And from Hugo’s perspective, he just lost Kevin again. Even though Kevin says no. Another strain. And each thing Kevin is telling him is adding more and reminding him more of past issues he’s had. Another strain. But surprisingly enough, it’s Erin that brings them back together. Erin needs Hugo for many reasons, and Hugo sees she’s not the only one. Hugo is needed by everyone. But he’s tired of being classified as the help from others. Another strain. But he does all he can to be the strong one. And it’s not easy. And what’s to come is going to break this family wide open.
A new relationship is hard. They all take work. But when you have to hide, it’s much harder. When secrets are kept, it’s harder. And my heart broke for Hugo. It wasn’t fair. He’s supposed to be Kevin’s partner and he’s being shoved aside. Not that what’s going on isn’t important. It is. Extremely. But Hugo was left out of everything til the last minute and now he’s being classified as the help. It’s a tough situation.
Erin was the lifesaver surprisingly enough. She saw. She saw how happy her kids were. How changed Kevin is because of Hugo. Everyone loves and gravitates toward him. He’s so selfless and caring. Even when it hurts. And she made sure Hugo was alright.
Kevin was better, but the more things happened Kevin didn’t feel strong. He went to therapy. They all did. But it’s still a day to day struggle. I felt for him too. He tried to be strong for everyone but couldn’t. He didn’t know how to cope and people were being cruel. Somehow they all rallied together to form a bond that couldn’t break. Even when they broke down. it was still hard but life seemed a touch easier. Breathable.
I’m nervous about book 3. I read the blurb and damn I don’t know if I can handle it after this one. Shew. But I will read it anyway. I’m addicted to see how Hugo and Kevin make it. Such a good series.