ARC Review by Laura: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin
This is not your average love story.
Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.
Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his makeup perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.
Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben is away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.
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I liked this book; it was well written and very sweet. But it lacked some kind of spark to make me actually *love* it. Excuse me if I ramble about for a bit.
The thing I really loved about this book were the characters. I adored Stan, and Ben, and I liked how their relationship developed kind of effortlessly. I liked the secondary characters too, mainly Tone, and I would love to read a book about him. I loved how Stan was written, and it was refreshing to see a genderfluid character. The conversation between Stan and Tone, when Stan explains his gender fluidity to Tone, was very well done and enjoyable to read. And I liked how Ben just accepted Stan, all of him.
But I think it was mainly that relationship what lacked that spark I was missing. I’m not sure, it was really sweet, but I couldn’t help but think everything was a bit too easy. Don’t get me wrong, they struggle, and there’s the second half of the book where the main conflict is, but it doesn’t have to do with their relationship and everything was resolved a bit superficially for my taste. But I’ve never been in the situation Stan is, so I’m not really one to judge that.
So all in all, this was enjoyable, but it didn’t rock my world as I was hoping it would do.
*I got an ARC from Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
Genre: Contemporary Identity: genderqueer / genderfluid Orientation: Bisexual Pairing: M/M Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Review Tag: Friends to Lovers Anna Martin The Impossible Boy
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