#ReviewTour — The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin + Giveaway
The Impossible Boy
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 make-up 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’s 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.
I didn’t have the immediate/intense connection to The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin that I thought I was going to have when I started reading. With that said—as I continued—I became more invested in the story and developed a heartfelt love for Stan and Ben, but the one man that stole my heart was Tone. . .Ben’s best friend.
Stan is a gender-fluid man who owns his identity, is comfortable in his skin, and he makes no apologies for the things that he loves, such as nice clothes, make-up, expensive lotions, etc. and I found that extremely refreshing to read about. He suffers with anorexia, that he continues to work on, and I got the feeling the only thing he felt self-conscious about was—body image—only in the sense of Ben's impression—was he appealing. . .but even so, he is very open—if asked—about explaining his issues and what he has gone through.
Ben is the opposite of Stan. A tattooed-bad-ass-wannabe-rocker-who also happens to have a heart of gold. I absolutely love Ben and his caring, nurturing, and patient personality. He took one look at Stan and knew that whether he was a boy. . .or girl—it didn’t matter—he/she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen. He is selfless and so loving with Stan and it was beautiful to witness their romance taking shape.
The Impossible Boy is a romance between Stan and Ben and even though the story’s focus in not on gender fluid—it still felt like the pink elephant in the room—and Ben, Tone, myself—the reader—had questions, and the author answered those and explained them well, in my opinion, at least, and I have a much better understanding .
Tone. His given name Daniel—earned the nickname for bringing down the tone in the room—can be rude, disgusting, crude—also has a heart of gold—underneath his burly beard and stained shirts. He gets Stan where Ben sometimes couldn’t see the whole picture. . .maybe because he was too close to Stan—blinded by his love—Tone could stand back and see from a different perspective. He was a breath of fresh air and even though he made Ben jealous with his easy—no complications—fussing over Stan, he is an awesome friend to both men.
The Impossible Boy is a slow-build romance with low level angst that has a small setback focusing on Stan’s anorexia—that, at first, seemed out of place within the context of the story. . .however—once explained—I could easily see the why’s and how’s of it happening. It should also be a reminder that it is a daily struggle—for a lifetime—to balance and monitor.
The story didn’t take off for me until halfway point—but once it did—I was swept away with the beauty—the simplicity—of a sweet and tender romance surrounded by loving friends that prove sometimes it really does take a village to make things work. Recommended Read.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://signalboostpr.blogspot.co.uk/ *
is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England and now lives in Bristol. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before turning her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), visiting friends who live in other countries, Marvel Comics, learning new things, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT Adult Fiction genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen/ Young Adult genre, Romance, and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; "My favourite books," she says, "are The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood." She also several well-read copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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