Book Reviews

Impossible Things (Star Shadow 2) by Beth Bolden

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 17-October-2019

Book Blurb

For the last ten years, Benji and Diego have not only been members of Star Shadow, one of the biggest boy bands in the world, but best friends. During the years of fame and fortune they've also held a front row seat to the callous cruelty of the music industry. As much as they've both wanted more from their relationship, it never felt worth it to trade what they have for something hot, heady and completely impossible.

But is it really?

After welcoming back their long lost member and making it through their reunion tour with a new lease on fame, life suddenly seems too short to continue settling for safety.

Benji and Diego could have everything they’ve ever wanted, but can they figure out how to choose each other? Despite every impossible thing the world intends to throw at them?

It’s never the end... it’s only the beginning.

Book Review

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” ~ Christopher Reeve

 

Benji and Diego have been friends and bandmates for ten years. Powerful chemistry between them has always been there, but now they are in a position to make it what they have both dreamed of—more. One of their biggest concerns is the fear of losing what they presently have. They are afraid of rocking the boat and ending up with nothing.

Being in love with your best friend, yet having to hold back for so many years, took an emotional toll. Now that they are free to act on those feelings, they don’t quite know how to go about it. Complicated by the emotional impact is the fact that neither have ever been with another man. Previously, both were married to a woman. Diego is gay, but married his wife to be, who was pregnant at the time. He had never been with anyone else. Also, Benji, took an inordinate amount of time deciding that he was bisexual. After deciding that being with Diego was a possibility, not just a dream, he knew that he needed to get out of his marriage, to be free to be with Diego.

Coming out to the band isn’t a big deal, especially since they already knew. The other bandmates are relieved that Diego and Benji have finally admitted the attraction and do something about it. Coming out to the public is a different matter. Diego is afraid of the publicity it would cause, particularly when it comes to his child, Ana.

Benji is willing to do anything for Diego, but with the pressure his manager is putting on him, to either become involved with someone else or come out as a couple, is intense; something has to give. Benji has always been ambitious and realizes what publicity can do for the band’s image, how it can enhance the possibility of their being successful, but Diego doesn’t. He’s always been in the background and wants to remain that way.

As Benji and Diego work through their relationship, the specter of what going public will do to their lives frightens Diego. The demands made upon someone who is famous are enormous, but comes along with the territory. Diego wants Benji, but doesn’t want the controversy and lack of anonymity that goes along with it. The thing is, he can’t have it both ways; he has to make a choice.

I have mixed feelings about this story. Being a fan of the series, I understand the struggles Diego and Benji have had. However, it is still it’s difficult to imagine why it took ten years to get to the point of admitting how things really were between them and acting upon them. Although not uncommon in relationships, their unclear communication caused them more problems than were necessary. They were both stubborn and self-centered at times; neither wanted to compromise, which didn’t help their cause. Often, I wanted to smack their heads together, and tell them to grow up. With all that said, it was clear that they loved each other and deserved to be together. Thanks, Beth, for helping Diego and Benji find a way to do so. I’m sure the rest of the band thanks you too.  

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 359 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-June-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Things-Star-Shadow-Book-ebook/dp/B07SVPLYPR