Length: 91,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Olive Us Designs
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Hugo Thorson fell in love when he was sixteen. He’s maybe been in love since, but probably not. He’s been too busy directing plays to devote much time to men who can’t accept all of him. No one ever made him feel like his first love did.
Kevin Magnus married a woman and has two children, but the marriage wasn’t happy. In the shadow of divorce, he’s striving to be a better father, but he’s still a work in progress.
When Hugo and Kevin bump into each other at the lake, memories of their last kiss incite a new first kiss. Visions of the life they always wanted are vivid, but so much stands in the way of their dreams. Hugo is out and proud but no one knows Kevin’s bisexual. If Kevin comes out, he risks losing custody of his kids. If he doesn’t walk hand in hand with Hugo, he risks losing the love of his life.
The curtain may never rise on their second act.
Posy Roberts' Northstar Trilogy was one of the first MM romances I read way back when. Spark is book one and in it we meet Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus, two men who have stayed with me for all this time. Spark is a story of first love, lost love, and then that amazing second chance that doesn't come along for everyone. Reading it again brought back all those feelings from before: the joy at these two finding one another after being apart for seventeen years, the hope as they start over and start again, the love of them together and apart and the happiness as they navigate their new relationship. Spark is a friends to lovers, second-chance romance at it's best. Full of feelings and emotional scenes and characters that will stay with you for a long time.
One of the things I loved most about Spark was the fact that it spans such a long time frame. From the time Kevin and Hugo first meet when they're in high school to seventeen years later when they cross paths again. Posy does a remarkable job of using flashbacks to show us how Kevin and Hugo began as closeted boyfriends all those years ago and how that relationship affects their lives going forward. When they meet by chance as adults we find Hugo working as an actor and part-time drag queen, Miss Cherrie Pop. Kevin is still in the closet, and an about to be divorced father of 2. You can tell from the first moment these two see one another again that the spark is still there; their connection is strong and deep. It doesn't take long for a new relationship (or maybe it's a continuation of the one started long ago?) to develop and for their love to begin to grow once more.
I liked how the romance played out. It was sizzling hot at times (um, the scene in the lake for instance!) but at others it was quiet and tender, but still full of intensity and passion. The kids added a bit of light relief and were utterly adorable. I'd like to commend Posy for her portrayal of Summer and Kevin's ex-wife, Erin. She could have taken these characters any direction and is such a refreshing change to see them as loving, supportive women instead of the cliched harpies they could have been. This goes especially for Erin. I really enjoyed her character and what she brought to the book. The writing is beautiful, full of evocative imagery and emotion. Nothing felt flat and the flashbacks could have easily taken me out of the story, but instead they just added to my overall enjoyment.
If you've never read anything by Posy Roberts, Spark is the perfect place to start. It's the first book of an astounding trilogy ... and those new covers are on fire! Be sure to check this one out people if somehow it's passed you by. You won't be sorry if you do!
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She wanted to read about men falling in love with each other. She wanted to explore beyond the happily ever after and see characters navigate the unpredictability of life. So Posy sat down at her keyboard to write the books she wanted to read.
Her stories have been USA Today’s Happily Ever After Must-Reads and Rainbow Award finalists. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family and friends and doing anything possible to get out of grocery shopping and cooking.
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