Title: Drew In Blue
Author: J.M. Kelley
Description: Drew Doyle’s done a lot of stupid things in his life, but the biggest mistake by far was not paying attention to that 2% failure rate listed on the back of the condom box.
Drew in Blue is the story of a thirty-six year old loner unexpectedly saddled with the task of raising a baby while trying to sort out his mess of a life. Problem is, he just keeps making things worse for himself. It’s a running theme in Drew’s life, considering he never does anything the easy way. The River’s View, Pennsylvania gossip mill is watching each misstep as Drew juggles a price-gouging babysitter, a major case of artist’s block, and a best friend with an opinion to share on every bungled choice he makes.
His love life isn’t faring much better. Despite a long history of relationships that never really get off the ground, he falls head over heels for someone new, hoping that she might be the one to end his romantic bad luck streak. Things finally start looking up for Drew, until he finds out (the hard way, naturally) that this new love interest isn’t the one for him after all. Turns out, it’s actually lifelong pal, and high school girlfriend, Kristina Moser.
Drew’s feelings for Kris intensify as he witnesses her growing bond with his son, and he finally realizes where he belongs. Now all he has to do is convince Kris he’s right… and she’s just not buying it.
My Thoughts: Drew is your typical guy until the night his old flame shows up. He had gotten her pregnant and she had decided to have the baby. Imagine his shock when she stopped by in the dead of night saying she couldn't do it and gave him the baby. Drew hadn't wanted the kid at first, now apparently the mother didn't either. Drew had grown up in the foster system and his troubled past made him determined to not let the same happen with his child. He knew then that he would never let his son become another discarded kid bouncing around. His friend Kris comes to his side, helping Drew raise his son, Nick, as much as she possible can. I loved seeing Drew evolve from an average, artsy playboy going out on a regular basis to a loving, caring father who finally opens his heart. His transformation allows him to realize that the person he always loved, had been right under his nose. The book had me laughing out loud at one moment, then switching the emotional ride to sympathize with Drew on his journey of becoming the very best dad he could be despite his initial reservations. I loved Drew with Nick and adored Kris with all her smart-assness. She knows when to be the caring best friend and when Drew needs a l‘il kick. I would have loved to have seen a few of the scenes from her perspective. The ending left me confused and wanting more with its cliffhanger ending. It was kind of like at the end of a movie where you're thinking you can’t seriously leave it like that, unless it is the set-up for the sequel. Let’s hope that was J.M. Kelley’s way of opening up the next book, as I really want to see what happens with these two. Overall, I really enjoyed “Drew in Blue”. I will be looking for J.M. Kelley’s next book and hopefully “Drew in Blue: Part Deux“ very shortly.
4 out of 5 stars
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