An Alisa Review: How Not to Blend (Lovestrong #1) by Susan Hawke


Rating:  4 stars out of 5

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.

Corbin just wants to reconnect with his son and find out what is going on in his life and him being caught up in fights.  Andy lives for taking care of him Gam-Gam and won’t let anyone tell him how is supposed to act.  They both find so much more than they could have ever expected.

I loved how dedicated Corbin is to his son and though the fake boyfriend isn’t the best approach it works out great in the end.  I loved how much his son, Gray, took it in stride when he found out the truth and helped him to get things patched up.  I felt for Andy as he still has some trust issues since his parents’ kicked him out but Gam-Gam won’t let him get away with feeling sorry for himself for long and Corbin shows him that he is worth the risk.  All of these characters are great and I loved their willingness to be there for those they care about.

It was great getting to see both of these characters’ points of view which helped a lot when understanding their actions.  It hurt to see Corbin being hurt by Andy’s actions at one point but it was easy to see that Andy was just scared but he came to his senses in the end.

The cover art by Ana J Phoenix gives a great visual of Corbin.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 226 pages

Publication: January 15, 2019

Edition Language: English