by Anna Martin
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre: M/M 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 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 know January is only 4 days long, but I think already discovered one of my best read of the month. This is my first book of Anna Martin and I'm definitely going all stalker mode on her social media waiting for her next release. This woman had some serious talent in writing such a memorable, meaningful and addictive story without having to create much drama.
The Impossible Boy is a sweet, lovely, low angst story that didn't even have a villain or nasty character. I really much enjoy Ben and Stan's loving relationship from the start. They meet in a bar and proceed to call up each other for dates without any expectation. Is just feel so normal, yet refreshing for a mm romance book.
Stan is a very interesting character and definitely also a first for me to read about an androgynous boy. I've read transgender before, but Stan isn't a trans. He just love looking pretty like a girl. He's new in London working as a fashion journalist.
Ben is a bartender wannabe rockstar, pretty much a normal bloke. But what make Ben different is his acceptance of Stan for who he is and he is such an amazing boyfriend. Ben had a group of rag tag bandmates who aspire to make it big in the music industry. Along with everyone else, I especially love Tone. He is such a funny, kindred soul that in need of some loving too. I'm glad that Ben's friends were nice to Stan as well. Definitely no homophobe or trans-phobe asshole around.
I don't know how did Anna do it, but I was seriously glue to my kindle right from the start despite Stan and Ben doing mundane things like cuddling by the coach watching TV and eating sushi. The only part that felt more dramatic is during the second half when Ben and Stan had to overcome Stan's health scare due to him being an anorexic. I swear Stan seems perfectly normal in his day to day life. After reading his story, I had some new insight to people who suffer similar plight.
Overall, The Impossible Boy is the recommended read of the month for MM lovers. Even though you might be skeptical about a gender-fluid character, I urge you to give Stan a chance. I'm not sure I love Ben or Stan more because they both make my heart melt.
Anna Martin 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.