Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: How Not to Blend by Susan Hawke

How Not to Blend
(Lovestrong #1)
by Susan Hawke
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: M/M Romance

One clueless single dad…

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his fifteen-year-old son, Grayson, being bullied, right? And what the heck is non-binary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad?

Plus one sassy Southerner…

Andy Ferguson, or Kandi as the Thursday night drag community knows him, is just trying to get along in a small town and hold things together while he takes care of his beloved Gam-Gam. If she’d just get off his back about finding himself a man, that would be fantastic, thank you very much. He’ll get around to love… one of these days.

Equals a pair of fake-boyfriends who will keep you in stitches.

When Corb gets the wild idea to ask Andy to pose as his boyfriend to let Gray know that his dad is bisexual and open-minded enough to talk to about his nonbinary status, Andy is amused and just intrigued enough to say yes… especially since he seems to be in the market for a fake boyfriend himself, if it will get Gam-Gam to quit nagging.

This is the first book in the LOVESTRONG series about finding love and being yourself in a small town. Intended only for 18+ readers, this is an mm romance fill with all the fun, fluff, and feels you’d want from an S. Hawke book. 

I like the premise of this book - singe dad cardiologist meet cute barista/drag queen. 

Corbin is the hot doctor at the place where Andy works as a barista. When Corbin found out that his teenage son is being bullied at school for being an enby, Corbin asked Andy to pretend to be his boyfriend to get his son to open. First of all, I'm in absolute rage when read about the bullying that Grayson endured. When it finally escalated, Corbin did something not every parent will do, but definitely something I will do. Yeah, it sucks that I can't see the well deserve comeuppance, but that's life I guess and that's pissed me off.

Okay, the reason why I rated this 3 stars is not because I'm pissed off about that. I just don't feel an emotional connection between Andy and Corbin. The dialogue between them is all fun and flirty, but it seems very casual and only hovering on the surface. The diva talk by Andy is also entertaining and even though I never get the chance to watch RuPaul Drag Race, I imagine those drag queens talk like Andy, I suppose. The dialogues in this story seems abundance and maybe that's the reason I don't get the emotional engagement. I need the characters to self reflect or have some in depth though or something to make me feel more connected to them. 

The good part is I really like Andy's relationship with Grayson. It was really heart warming to see the teenage nonbinary kid having a great support system behind him.