Title: Cold Fusion 2000
Author: Karl Drinkwater
Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  December 2012
Published by: Lulu

With thanks to Karl Drinkwater for the copy of the novel! My review is as always, non-bias and fair.

 Alex Kavanagh is the best!

Problem is, he's the best at being a pedantic physics-obsessed geek. He's a teacher who hates teaching; a lover who's just been dumped (again); a writer whose articles all get rejected; an adult who still lives at home and gets bullied at the bus stop by teenagers; and he's just had the worst day of his life. So far, so bad. Things can only get better, right?

While drowning his sorrows he sees an ex from six years ago, Lucy Spiers. The point when Lucy dumped him for his best friend was the point when his life started to go nuclear. He can't help himself: he tells her exactly what he thinks of her.

So it comes as a surprise when they go on a date. He didn't expect a spark to be reignited. Couldn't foresee the power of magnetism. He hadn't realised that he still loved her.

Holy protons, he hopes she's changed.

And – oh boy! – she's changed all right. For a start, she's actually Lucy's twin sister, Jane – someone prone to misguided acts of kindness, strange visions, and keeping secrets. Someone who knows she'll leave Alex's life forever in three days. As lies pile up Jane wonders if she can avoid breaking Alex's heart like her sister did.

Cold Fusion is a story wrapped around an enigma. It's a novel about making peace with the past and moving on, set in Manchester in the year 2000. It's time for change.

 First up, I received this so long ago and with my backlog of reviews, Cold Fusion 2000 got lost in the ever-stacking towers of books on my desk, so I'm sorry for that! But back to my thoughts, I knew from just the premise that Cold Fusion 2000 was going to be a unique novel and also being set in the UK, it was already gaining a great reputation in my books.

Set in Manchester during the Millennium era (2000, hence the title), main character; Alex, still lives at home with his Mum and sister; Kelly and has been in an impasse since his girlfriend from university dumped him. 
Now thirty years old and his life being in this rut, a sudden encounter finally unlocks him from this dilemma in his life to get him back into his better ways. He's fed up of getting bullied by the teenagers at the bus stop and fed up of getting dumped, so he was surprised when he was in a distressed way that he sees his ex Lucy (who dumped him for his best friend) and can't resist the temptation to tell her just what he thinks of her. did they end up going to a date?
And how come she isn't Lucy, and is in fact her twin sister; Jane?
A spark like a firework between them shocks him both. Alex didn't realise that he would fall back in love so quickly with someone who he thought had broken his heart. Jane isn't anything like Lucy, and is kind though secretive. She doesn't want to hurt Alex like her sister did, but she knows that she'll be leaving Alex's life in just three days. She doesn't want to lie, but she doesn't want to repeat the past and repeat Lucy's faults. 
 Intricate layers of family, life and love twist in to Cold Fusion 2000. With it's bittersweet ending and complicated characters, Karl writes with truth and hope in this coming-of-age novel. The characters are so ordinary, yet so distinctive and have all had a taste of an epiphany in their time. The past plays a huge part of the novel, but what it truly comes down to in the end is the outlook for the future and the peace that the characters have to make with their own pasts.
I was pleasantly surprised throughout the story with every new unveiling, and can say that this is a one-of-a-kind novel that can be interpreted in many different ways and that the reader plays a huge part in what they can take from the enigma-filled novel.
A hugely inspiring novel that I adored from start to finish.

Have you read Cold Fusion 2000?
What did you think? 

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happy reading!
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