Friday, January 18, 2019

How Not to Blend (Lovestrong #1) by Susan Hawke







Blurb

One clueless single dad…

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his fifteen-year-old son, Grayson, being bullied, right? And what the heck is non-binary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad?

Plus one sassy Southerner…

Andy Ferguson, or Kandi as the Thursday night drag community knows him, is just trying to get along in a small town and hold things together while he takes care of his beloved Gam-Gam. If she’d just get off his back about finding himself a man, that would be fantastic, thank you very much. He’ll get around to love… one of these days.

Equals a pair of fake-boyfriends who will keep you in stitches.

When Corb gets the wild idea to ask Andy to pose as his boyfriend to let Gray know that his dad is bisexual and open-minded enough to talk to about his nonbinary status, Andy is amused and just intrigued enough to say yes… especially since he seems to be in the market for a fake boyfriend himself, if it will get Gam-Gam to quit nagging.

This is the first book in the LOVESTRONG series about finding love and being yourself in a small town. Intended only for 18+ readers, this is an mm romance fill with all the fun, fluff, and feels you’d want from an S. Hawke book.



Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

How Not To Blend is the debut book by Susan Hawke, pen name for Susi Hawke. And it's everything I hoped it would be and more, as it's absolutely exquisite. It speaks of opening your heart, and risking your heart.

Corbin and Andy are an amazing couple. I love everything about them. They drift to each other so naturally that it's perfect. 

Andy is so open and loving. His love for his grandmother demonstrates how wonderful he is. He's full of sass, he's loyal and loveable. And I absolutely adore Andy's drag scenes as Kandi. In particular, the tuck mishap is an absolute hoot.
And snake sightings! The drag shows are fabulous!
 
Corbin is a beautiful soul who's trying to raise his son as best he can after losing his wife. He has some struggles ahead of him.  

Gray is such a tragic character with a heartbreaking background. He endured bullying and attacks, all because he's discovered he's enby/non-binary. This part of the tale is so damn touching. I love how it's handled by his dad and I love Gray.  

Their story definitely put me through a range of emotions. It's sweet, uplifting, touching, scary, angering and more. It contains a whole lot of important issues. The faith to trust in someone. The courage to trust in someone. The fight to keep what you have. The bravery to trust in love. 

This story is the perfect combination of a great plot, great characters, wonderful development and emotional relationships. 

They will face insecurities, fears, pain and risks. Yet, overall, How Not To Blend is a refreshing, fun and compelling romance. Susan Hawke perfectly carries over her fantastic writing from her Susi Hawke books into this new pen name and new series. I am definitely a fan!




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