Title: The Impossible Boy
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Ben Easton, Stanislav Novikov
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
The Impossible Boy is the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. Ms. Martin has a real talent at writing compelling, heartfelt, well-written characters that live and breathe off of the written page.
In all honesty, I loved this book from cover to cover. I immediately fell in love with Stan AND Ben and as we continue to get to know them was swept up into the intriguing and sometimes heartbreaking story they had to tell.
This story is a true romance. Sparks fly between Stan and Ben when they first meet. Though Stan isn’t your typical hero, he is still sexy as hell. Stan has learned to embrace his gender-fluidness, but has come to realize that because he loves to look and feel feminine, he’s not everyone’s flavor. Despite all odds, Stan’s ambition, intelligence and beauty have already gotten him a successful career in the fashion industry.
On the other hand, Ben is a hardworking struggling musician who also bartends at the local dive. Ben has many friends, is well-liked and though he is tatted up and sometimes lives a rock and roll life, Ben is truly a warm and loving guy. From the moment he spots Stan sitting at the bar he works at, Ben knows that Stan is special.
Even though Ben and Stan’s relationship is truly a beautiful one to watch develop, everything isn’t always smooth sailing for them. Stan suffers from anorexia and when he relapses, it tests not only his relationship with Ben, but his will to strive to overcome his disease and find a reason to get and stay well. I thought the struggles both Stan and Ben go through was a realistically written and well-thought out one. I found myself really rooting for these two amazing men and was thrilled by the ending they gave me.
I loved the way these two men loved one another. I loved the way they respected one another. I loved the way their relationship developed from strangers, to friends, to lovers. I loved the way they learn to depend on the other. I just loved this book and it’s so easy to recommend.
The Impossible Boy is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Trust me when I say that you’ll fall in love with these characters and the story they have to tell.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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