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It has it all--a well-structured plot, a beautifully detailed setting, and at its heart, a unique and beautiful love story!,
This review is from: Drew in Blue (Kindle Edition)I adore this book. So much so that I read it twice before sitting down to write this review. Simply put, it has it all--a well-structured plot, a beautifully detailed setting, a winning supporting cast, and at its heart, a unique and beautiful love story.
Drew Doyle has no desire to be a parent, and no trust in his paternal instincts. Having grown up in a series of foster homes following his mother's sudden death, he has never had a good model for how to raise and nurture a child. Which isn't a problem--until he finds himself with a son. Following an unplanned pregnancy, his ex-girlfriend leaves four-week-old Nick on Drew's doorstep and drives away. Seeing another little boy who has been abandoned by his mother, Drew vows to care for the baby, even though he has no clue where to begin. In desperation, he turns to his best friend, Kristina Moser, a fellow artist, his first love, and best friend for advice and support, relying on her to bring a sense of normalcy back into his life.
But Nick's arrival changes everything. Drew no longer has the luxury of thinking only of himself. His time and his future are now tied up in Nick--and any potential relationship Drew might pursue has to be with someone who is willing to take on the role of mother as well as partner. He sets out to find the perfect woman to fill the role, but eventually comes to realize that the person he has been looking for might be the one who's been there all along...
The relationship between Kris and Drew is brilliantly written. They are close enough to be honest with each other, even with some very painful subjects. They understand each other--sometimes even better than they understand themselves, and love each other even though they are completely aware of their shortcomings and weaknesses. In Drew's narrative, there was something that felt off, or lonely somehow, when he was alone with Nick or dealing with other characters. When Kris is around and part of his life, however, there is a sense of completion about both characters that is magical to read. When they finally do come together, it makes for one of the best scenes I've read in a very long time.
But Drew and Kris are not the only love story in this book. This is also the story of Drew and his son Nick. And, again, the story of these two lonely characters feels wonderfully honest. Here, there is the awkwardness of a new relationship, the overwhelming fear of failure and the humor of the unexpected. Also, for Drew, there is the need to learn how to deal with the loss of his mother and his own role in Nick's life. At a critical moment in the story, Drew finds a letter that his mother wrote to him when he was a baby that sheds light on the person she was and all that life could have been for them together. While the scene itself is absolutely heart wrenching, it leads Drew to want to get to know his son--to cherish him as well as care for him. And from there, it only gets better. Watching the bond between dad and son grow is a complete joy, and as fulfilling as the scenes between Drew and Kris.
I loved the fact that this book was told from Drew's point of view. It was fascinating to get in the head of the man in the story and see the world through his eyes. It's a perspective that I haven't seen in many romance books, and one I certainly haven't seen done so well in a very long time. Drew manages to be strong, capable and still vulnerable, and reading his story as he tells it was refreshing and really moving. His revelations about child rearing are both hysterically funny and hauntingly emotional, and the way he describes his love for Kris made my heart skip a beat.
As I said before, I love this book. It made me laugh and made me cry, which is something that almost never happens. I fell in love with Drew, Kris and Nick from the start and couldn't put the story down until I had made the entire journey with them. The story felt so real and so honest, and was told with such genuine feeling and love that, to be honest, I can't wait to read it again!
Reviewed by Bridget
for The Romance Reviews