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The Lost Boy

(The Impossible Boy #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Five years after his band Ares shot to success, Ben Easton is struggling. He’s holed up in a mansion in Los Angeles while he fights depression and a dark drug addiction that threatens to destroy everything. In a final attempt to save Ben’s life, his best friend Tone does something desperate—he calls Ben’s ex-boyfriend Stan and begs him to help.

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Published January 19th 2020
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
This is a story about redemption, salvation and finding home.

Ben and Stan had found a home in each other but life happened and it slipped away. Now, five years later Ben is mired in an addiction that's on the verge of killing him when Tone intervenes and brings them back together. Good ole Tone.

The blurb is pretty straightforward and the narrative is as well, so I'll refrain from summarizing. Suffice to say, it's brimming with the same unfussy writing and unambiguous dialogue that enchanted me
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I understand that a lot of readers get mad when an author messes with the HEA. Personally, I'm delighted when this happens. As long as the characters keep ending back together, bring me all the established couple relationship angst you can.

The Lost Boy was an unexpected, gorgeous sequel to The Impossible Boy. It's definitely the good old Anna Martin I 've missed so much.

P.S. Does not stand alone.
Jan 27, 2020 marked it as dnf
dnf @ 41%

Nothing seems to be working for me here: the writing, the story, the pacing, the relationship, Ben feels like a completely different character. After reading the blurb I expected to find a good reason for everything that has happened to him, but I'm not buying it at all.

One of the things I loved about The Impossible Boy was how pure that story was. And I would like to keep it that way. If I wanted to read about issues that this book is dealing with, I'd pick something else. And I
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jan-20, m-m

-Second chance romance





This book could've easily been dark and depressing, but instead was full of hope.

4.5 Stars. I loved it.

P.S. Don't read this book before reading The Impossible Boy first.

Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful from the pain & angst for both Stan and Ben in both books, comes forgiveness, peace and salvation. You must read the books in order to appreciate the journey and understand the characters. I really loved this. So well written- I was fully invested ...more
Serena Yates
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2020
‘The Lost Boy’ is an excellent title for this compelling and deeply emotional second-chance-at-love story about a rock band, including a fight against addiction by one of its members. All the different types of rocker stereotypes are there, and their issues – pressure to succeed, finish the next album, rabid fans, press attention and public scrutiny, party all the time, and drugs – are pretty much exactly as you’d expect. But the personal relationship between Ben (the addicted band member who ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit - I've been shocked when I started reading to realize that Stan and Ben had broken up. I mean - here I was, remembering them as a couple, Stan expressing himself as he wanted to be, Ben and the band on the way up. Everything was fine.
And then I started reading this book and got thrown into cold water. The couple broken up, Ben addicted and a mess, Stan so..conformed...But seriously, I got pulled in immediately. The book is gripping, you suffer with them and you cheer with them. I
Loved that we arrived without knowing Stan and Ben weren't a thing anymore, and that we had to wait to find out more about that breakup.

Hated seeing Ben in such a state, but silver lining, Stan was in such a good place. Lucky coz now he can support Ben through his own despair.

It takes ages to set this pair right, and it's worth taking this well developed journey. It's all about family, and how we need to care for each other.

(also drugs are bad)

Very intense in some places. so maybe seek out TWs.
Joyfully Jay
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

The Lost Boy is a direct sequel to Anna Martin’s novel, The Impossible Boy, and these books must read in order. I have to admit, I’m a bit conflicted over my review of this one. On the one hand, I love Stan and Ben and it was wonderful to see more of their lives. On the other hand, The Lost Boy felt stodgier and less defined than its predecessor and it was harder to connect with the story and it’s characters this time around.

When The Lost Boy starts, five years have
Queen Plamo
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book! I loved "The Impossible Boy" soo much and I was really okay with the kinda open but with a glimpse of happy edning.
But!!! "The Lost Boy" was the sequel I never knew I need that much!
It was everything I wanted, everything I hoped for and even more!
The plot summary is pretty much straightforward so there is not a lot I can say. It is what it is. But it's important to be known - this is both a happy and a sad book, a book for love and hope all together. The characters are going trough a
Elsa Bravante
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Mmmm, el primero me gustó, con mis dudas, muchas, pero me gustó mucho un planteamiento que no se veía mucho con protagonistas que no se veían nada.
En esta segunda parte, no me molesta nada que la autora juegue con el final feliz prometido, pero he encontrado un poco perdido a Stan y su relación. Mucha introspección, cómo salir del agujero, pero muy poco de la relación amorosa, me ha faltado ver mejor cómo vuelven a trazar esos puentes, cómo vuelven a confiar el uno en el otro. Después de
DNF been trying to finish this book for like a week. I quit.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book.

You will need to read The Impossible Boy before reading this book as it's a continuation of Stan and Ben's story.

The first book focused more on Stan and his demons whilst this book focuses on Ben and his difficulties in dealing with fame when the band Ares becomes a success.

After the band becomes famous and after losing Stan 5 years earlier Ben is an addict and is at the point of no return when in desperation Tone contacts Stan out of the blue to ask for help.

Ana  Nimity
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

At first I was nervous about the premise of this sequel. Who wants to read that the HEA you just finished didn't last? But I was involved with the characters, invested in their lives and gave it a chance. I am so glad I did.
It's a love story, a romance with barge loads of hurt-comfort, so if you're looking for high heat, look elsewhere. If you are allergic to angst, scroll on by. But if you love broken characters who claw and scratch their way to happiness, you have struck gold. The
I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
Feb 18, 2020 marked it as 00-mm-fail-dnf-nope-will-not-read  ·  review of another edition
If you need to write a book, write a book, but don't fuck around with a pair of MCs you've previously written about and already gifted an HEA to [from what I've heard from those who've read the first book]!! I mean why ... why do that?!? Why fuck around with an already established couple's HEA and do THAT?!? Why turn the MCs into something ... else?!? I'll read the first book because I own it [and have for a while now; I just haven't cracked it open yet], but I'll be reading it with a different ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, this follow up to The Impossible Boy took me longer than usual to read. That is in no way meant to imply that it wasn’t fantastic. It was! I was a little concerned that after loving the first book so much, and then reading the blurb for book two, all I could think was “What did Anna Martin do to Stan and Ben’s happy-ever-after?” I just didn’t want book two to ruin the story for me. I was happily surprised that The Lost Boy was even better than The Impossible Boy. It’s filled ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Stan and Ben!

I cannot even begin to say how excited I was to know there was another book in this series. I’m a huge fan of books that show the struggles after a previous HEA. The connection between Stan and Ben was beautiful and watching them fall in love all over again made my heart happy. Anna Martin is a wonderful author!
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this sequel to the Impossible Boy was the best book of the two. Not just because you'll find out what happens 5 years later but also the way it was written and the progression of the story was played out best. Just loved it !
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book. Love Stan and Ben together. Although 4 years apart Stan did not hesitate to go to Ben when he needed him the most. Just read this book. It was good to see the all especially Tone. He was such a good friend to Ben.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, m-m
*3.5 stars*
This series is one of my favorites, I like all the characters but felt like some things were missing. Though enjoyed reading it!!
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. I absolutely loved it!
storyline: *****
main characters: *****
side characters: *****
world building: ****
editing: *****
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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh

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