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.
Drew in Blue is about so much more than the brief glimpse we get in the synposis. Drew grew up in the small ltown of River’s View and even though he moved away for awhile, he decided to come back home to set up roots. He’s an artist with severe writer’s block and hopes something will stir his creative juices because his money is about to run out.
When his ex drops off his son and says “here you go” he is dumbfounded and doesn’t know what to do. He grew up in foster care and is determined to be a father to his son, no matter how many times he screws up. With the help of Kris, his best friend, he bumbles his way through it.
Kris falls in love with the Nick a little more each day. She is there whenever Nick and Drew need her, no matter what. She and Drew have been best friends since they were little kids and she would do anything for him, except date him again.
Drew is a very complex character, even though it doesn’t seem that way when you first meet him. He doesn’t have any family and has a handful of friends. He displays his artwork at the studio in town that Kris owns and he lives a simple life. He is forced to grow up and take stock of where he is in life when Nick becomes his responsibility. He fumbles through it like any new dad would but finally gets the hang of it.
His has bad luck with relationships but manages to remain friends with his ex girlfriends. When he meets Valerie, he is sure things will be different this time, but they’re not. While on vacation with Nick, he does a lot of thinking about his past relationships and why they didn’t work out. He draws one conculsion, none of the girls measure up to Kris. Now he just has to convence here that she is the one for him.
There are so many wonderful moments in this story. It’s filled with humor, love, and heartache that tug on your heart strings. One of my favorite scenes was when he was reading the letter and Kris was there to hold him through it all, it just broke my heart.
The turn around in Drew was the other thing that impressed me about his character. He grew so much throughout the book and became a man focused on providing for his child rather than feeling sorry for himself. Kris was so much fun to read, I love her ability to dish it out with the best of them. She’s a strong female lead that knows what she wants out of life and the perfect complement for Drew.