Kevin and Hugo make plans to blend their lives, but bleak news changes everything. Building a future together is still a priority, but only if their relationship can survive.
Love strengthened by adversity.
Everyone in Kevin’s life knows him as straight rather than bisexual. There was no need to come out until now, but loving Hugo is worth any prejudice he’ll encounter. Hugo does his best to be patient while Kevin navigates his way toward openness, but he refuses to be put back in a closet for long.
Kevin wants to tell his kids without screwing up their newfound stability, and he worries about telling his ex because Erin might use the truth against him to renegotiate custody. Kevin wants it all finalized, but time isn’t on his side.
When Erin gets grim news, it shakes everyone to the core and rips Kevin away from the life he planned with Hugo. The news brings Hugo’s past hurts bubbling to the surface. Yet when Erin turns to Hugo for support, their new connection shows him how essential he is to Kevin and his kids.
Despite the chaos, it’s clear Hugo is very much a part of this unconventional family.
~USA Today "Happily Ever After" RecommendedRead
~Rainbow Aware Finalist
- 4 To Be Read lists
- 2 Read lists
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Class Differences, Coming Out / Closeted, Coming Out Later in Life, Families/Raising Kids, Find Love and Come Out, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Opposites Attract
Word Count: 95,000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
SOMETHING’S DIFFERENT. He smiles and laughs like never before. It’s almost as if he’s found himself. Like he’s in love.
For weeks now, Erin had noticed changes in Kevin. His eyes sparkled when he smiled, and he seemed so much more engaged in life. The kids were happier too, always talking about how much fun they’d had with their dad.
It was nice to see Kevin like this again. The last time she recalled him this happy was in college when they’d first fallen in love.
That was a long time ago. She still missed that man, but years of pressure — external and internal — changed him. She missed her best friend. If only their marriage could’ve worked.READ MORE
Erin drew a deep breath and shook her head. This was no time to get sentimental, weeks before their divorce was final. She was just missing her kids, which made her more emotional than usual.
She missed a lot of things.
Feeling a Ghost
HUGO COULDN’T help the gasp ripped from him as Kevin thrust deeper.
“Shh. Do you really want them coming in here to discover this?” Kevin reprimanded, but his seriousness only made Hugo laugh. “Oh, for Christ’s sake.” He started pulling out.
“No, no, no. Shh.” Hugo palmed Kevin’s ass, stopping his retreat. “I’ll be quiet. Please don’t stop. Just maybe not so hard.”
Kevin nodded and took up a slow dance with his hips instead of the intense pounding. Hugo handled that better, burying any noises he made in the muscle of Kevin’s neck and chest.
It had been two weeks since they’d managed to eke out alone time. After Erin unexpectedly dropped the kids off at the lake, Brooke and Finn had been staying with their dad full-time. It had been a crazy few weeks with the start of the school year.
Brooke celebrated her eleventh birthday, filling Kevin’s house with tween girls, Finn geared up for all-day kindergarten, and new homework and bedtime routines had to be established. That was hard enough under the best of circumstances, but best wasn’t what had happened.
Erin felt ill, struggling with headaches that got little to no relief, so Kevin had done everything he could so she could rest and recover. The kids living with him full-time was the simplest solution for now. But this arrangement was new, and it made it hard for Kevin and Hugo to connect as a couple when there were always little ears and eyes around to catch them.
Early in their relationship, they made it a rule that Hugo wouldn’t spend the night when Kevin was in Dad-mode. But after two weeks of sneaking kisses or being interrupted mid-grope because a little voice from upstairs called out for a drink of water or a cuddle, they were both going a little crazy.
Hugo now spent most evenings helping with homework and making the kids’ lunches for the next day. Then he’d head home to finish up his own work before bed.
It wasn’t something Hugo thought he’d be doing in his life, ever, but Kevin appreciated the help. This was new for Kevin too, considering Erin had managed all things child-related prior to their separation.
Last night when Hugo had gathered his things to leave, Kevin begged him to stay. It didn’t take much convincing.
Which was what brought them to having nearly silent morning sex to avoid waking the kids, whose rooms were just down the hall.
“I’m close,” Kevin warned, so Hugo wrapped his fingers around himself and stroked his dick in short bursts near the top.
Kevin bit down on his groan as his climax peaked, and a strangled burble sounded deep in his throat instead. Hugo came silently but then chuckled. The sound Kevin made was so much worse than if he’d just let go.
“Shut up. It was intense. I did my best to hold back.” Kevin rolled off Hugo and lay back on his pillow with a look of satisfied exhaustion.
“Yeah. I know. But you have to admit, it was a funny noise,” Hugo taunted.
Suddenly the door handle rattled, and Hugo dove under the comforter, doing his best to make his body flat as a pancake. And not breathe.
“Dad? Are you okay?” Finn had a tendency to climb into Kevin’s bed on weekend mornings, or so Hugo had been told. The shuffle of feet on carpet informed Hugo the kiddo was in the room.
“Yeah. What’s up?” Kevin’s voice wavered.
“I just heard a funny noise.”
Hugo barely contained the snort of laughter that made his stomach contract, but the movement, which could lead to his discovery, naked in Kevin’s bed with come still cooling on his belly, sobered him.
“I was just stretching, Pickle. My shoulder’s a little achy after all the Frisbee and catch we played yesterday. Why don’t you get dressed, and I’ll make you waffles this morning?”
“Can’t I snuggle?”
Hugo’s eyes went wide, and he calculated the best escape route. If he slid out sideways and lay under the bed until Finn left, he’d remain undetected.
“Not this morning. I’m getting in the shower now. Go on and get dressed.”
“Okay.” Finn grumbled as he climbed on the bed to get a kiss.
“I’ll be down in about fifteen minutes. Go on now,” Kevin encouraged. A few moments later, Hugo heard the door snick shut. “You can come out now.” His tone was droll.
“Do you think he noticed?” Hugo emerged from the sheets.
“No. He was clueless, but how will we explain your sudden presence at breakfast?” An eyebrow rose, serious, but his mouth curved into a smile.COLLAPSE
on Pants Off Reviews:
Another ace for Posy Roberts. Book two of the North Star Trilogy is beautifully written, poignant, emotional, and sexy.
Christine on Prism Book Alliance wrote:
Read This Book!!… You will laugh, you will cry and you will feel every emotion that these characters feel and you will come on the other side all the better for it!!
Sandra on My Fiction Nook wrote:
a beautiful, deeply moving tale of people joining together to help ease the pain of ravaging life events.
I loved this!!! For a second installment, despite the heavy topic and the pain and the drama that ensued, this book was as close to perfection for me as possible.