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**Note publisher tags - this is a genderqueer romance. He and she are interchangeable in my review to match the character and the story.
I loved the pairing of Ewyn and Kerry. They simply work together. I think this is a case where individually they’re not as powerful as they are as a couple. Ewyn has some specific needs from, wants in a partner, and Kerry fits like a glove. This in turn helps Kerry be who he wants to be. Ewyn’s acceptance and support of Kerry was a beautiful thing to watch unfold. It’s not always easy in life for people to find another person so in-tune with them, so supportive. Kerry’s short but difficult history has left him scared witless of change – with good reason – and Ewyn wants to help Kerry overcome that. He nudges him to discuss the reasons behind some of Kerry’s insecurity. He also has the ability to see where Kerry’s correct identity lies and gently encourages affirming changes. Kerry trusting in Ewyn and allowing him to take control in key areas makes Ewyn more able to deal with his loss. Kerry’s duality inspires Ewyn. Neither MC ever expects the other to change to suit the other, it’s about mutual acceptance, support, respect, overcoming fears, and love.
'Around his parents, Kerry always had to wear the uniform of khakis and polo shirts. With Jamie, Kerry had been pressured in a different way to become the man’s man Jamie craved. The whole time, what Kerry personally wanted never seemed to matter. Now, his tentative first steps towards honest self-expression were being witnessed by a man Kerry wanted to impress. It was both a thrill and a terror.'
Erin, Ewyn’s mother, is amazing. Praise-be for mothers in LGBTQ books that aren’t meddling witches. Erin is cheery, wise, motherly, accepting and also a self-confessed fusser… just like her son.
This book is by Lynn Kelling so there is plenty of sex and eroticism. It’s hot. It’s organic. It works in a book that has plenty to say on a social level. It’s written so it flows seamlessly between emotion and desire. The quiet exhibitionist and the dominant voyeur are wonderful.
“Fair warning,” Ewyn said between gasps for air. “I may need to take this dress off ya and kiss you for a while. In a few different places. To start with.”
“Please, she says,” Ewyn grinned. “Well then…”
Drama gets a tag for reasons. There is a lot that happens within these pages. Kerry needs to let go, to grow and lovingly embrace who she is. If you enjoy the Twin Ties series I think you’ll also enjoy Becoming Kerry. Both have their own social commentary and both have their fair share of turns and events. Both are emotionally charged and erotic. Both have MCs with approximately the same age difference, albeit only two MCs in Becoming Kerry. In someone else’s hands, frankly, this book could have been awkward, and it’s anything but. It’s another poignant, meaningful Lynn Kelling story.
The publisher has a tag for BDSM but don’t go in thinking punishment or spankings or gags or some oft-used BDSM kink. It’s more subtle and about being able to let go and to also maintain a sense of equilibrium.
“Widen your stance. Stand straight. Lace your fingers behind your head.”
The commands helped him calm down, giving him something to focus on, other than his doubts.'
'Ewyn had learned a lot from his friend Trevor about creating safety and control in sex and romance, though he didn’t have the interest in following through with a strict BDSM lifestyle. The kink didn’t draw him as much as the order and sense of it all.'
For some time Kerry’s family did not endear themselves to me and I have many notes reminding myself how much I didn’t like his stepfather, I didn’t think much of Kerry’s mother or brothers either. Then they started to come around. Kent, the closest brother to Kerry, wanted to maintain a relationship with Kerry and he worked with the nuclear family to do the same. He helped them become more supportive across the board and to reach out. Have I left this book thinking that Kerry’s stepfather is going to slip up and become hostile at some point? Hmm. Yes. I’m not 100% convinced about you Michael. I know people can change, I just don’t trust you completely. I hope there is another book planned for Kerry and Ewyn, because I want to see how things have progressed between them, as well as with Kerry’s family. I want to know more about Kerry’s friend, Dima. I’d love to see more about Kerry’s business venture as well. How things are working with her ability to wholly and completely embrace who she is in the world around her.
For as much as I loved Kerry, how a hemmed-in he tentatively joins with a very brave she, I also loved Ewyn. He is a hero, contrary to what he thinks he lacked in regards to the death of his brother. I have notes piled up on my Kindle for him, often starting with, awww…. I have notes about Kerry as well, brave is a biggie – it’s why it’s taken me days to review this book.
This is one of my favourite Lynn Kelling books, and that’s saying something. There is such depth to the storytelling I’m certain a second read would shine a light on things missed the first time around. There is a genuineness to the eroticism and dramaticism. Within Kerry’s metamorphosis there is love, healing, comfort and immense hope. I love well written psychological and/or emotional books and I expect a strong seed of reality sown into it even though it’s fiction. I truly enjoy seeing a Phoenix rising up from the ashes. I revel in hope given to characters who have been through much and won hard fought battles to become their true selves. Life is full of ups and downs. It is complex, and Becoming Kerry mirrors that complexity with dignity, love and hope. 5 Stars!
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Kerry Sanderson has not had the easiest life. At only twenty years old, Kerry has endured more in his short life than most people could withstand. Abuse--both mental and physical--bullying, identity issues, the traumatic loss of a loved one...the list is extensive. Kerry struggles with fitting in--with his family, friends, and the world at large. He tries so hard, contorts himself into impossible boxes to try to please everyone and of course this leaves him not only confused but lonely. When he meets Ewyn Garrity, it doesn't take long for him to find out that Ewyn accepts him just as he is. The feelings that develop between Kerry and Ewyn are fast and strong but I fully believed in their connection. It was genuine and authentic and each needed the other so badly and were so perfect for one another. Ewyn might even be a little too perfect, if there is such a thing, but for Kerry, for the story Kelling tells, he was just awesome. A knight in shining armor with a heart of gold, who loves his mother fiercely, and a comforting, easy presence that Kerry so desperately needs. That's not to say he's not intense, because he is, and when he turns all that focus toward Kerry it's a palpable thing.
As for Kerry, he blooms under Ewyn's careful, attentive care. When he's severely injured and Ewyn's mother comes to help, the blooming continues. I was really fascinated by the way Kelling showed the dichotomy of Kerry's strength and combined that with his need to submit. Of course we all know, or should know, that it takes a person of great mental fortitude to be able to submit to another, but at first glance, Kerry might seem to be this waifish, demure person when the opposite is true. What he needs more than anything, what Ewyn gives so selflessly and fully, is a safe space to explore the feelings he's buried inside for so long. The ones that tell him he's other. That sometimes he wants to wake up in the morning, put on a pretty dress, makeup, and jewelry and be called she instead of he.
Kerry's transformation--and I'm not simply talking about him embracing his female identity--into a strong, bold, confident woman was nothing short of beautiful and heartwarming. It's not without pain, but it's handled with such grace and respect that it's truly something special. This book is about a journey toward self-discovery and acceptance. It's also a beautiful romance that is tender and sweet even during the most intense sex scenes. It's also about family and forgiveness. While some people might not understand all of Kerry's actions toward his step-father, it's really not for us to say how and when and why someone should forgive another for causing them pain. I applaud Kelling for the way she dealt with Kerry and his family. It totally fit with Kerry's personality.
Becoming Kerry is a truly stunning book that is at times brutally painful and then is sweepingly romantic and happy. I would urge you to read the publisher's note at the beginning of the book and heed the trigger warnings if you are sensitive to abuse, violence, and rape. But I also urge you to read the heartfelt author's note at the end because it's every bit as important and moving as the book itself. Do yourself a favor and be sure to pick up this book. It's inspiring, emotional, and will leave you with such a strong sense of peace and happiness.
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