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Release Day Review: Big Love by Rick R. Reed

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Release Day Review: Big Love by Rick R. Reed

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About the Author
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel.
Publication Date
April 04, 2016
1634769775 (ISBN13: 9781634769778)
Teacher Dane Bernard is a gentle giant, loved by all at Summitville High School. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and an easy rapport with staff and students alike. But Dane has a secret, one he expects to keep hidden for the rest of his life—he’s gay.

But when he loses his wife, Dane finally confronts his attraction to men. And a new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth himself is starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup. The last thing Seth wants is another relationship—but when he spies Dane on his first day at Summitville High, his attraction is immediate and electric.

As the two men enter into a dance of discovery and new love, they’re called upon to come to the aid of bullied gay student Truman Reid. Truman is out and proud, which not everyone at his small town high school approves of. As the two men work to help Truman ignore the bullies and love himself without reservation, they all learn life-changing lessons about coming out, coming to terms, acceptance, heartbreak, and falling in love.

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Heart warming, heart breaking story
(Updated: April 04, 2016)
Big Love by Rick R. Reed is an absolute gem of a book that should be savoured slowly to fully appreciate each of the fabulous MC's, and the journey they embark on together. Once started I was unable to put it down, however, so I think a more leisurely reread is in order. It is just that good! 

Dane Bernard is a six foot six gentle giant, teaching English at Summitville High School. He has been happily married for twenty years to Katy and has a sixteen-year-old daughter, Clarissa, and a twelve-year-old son, Joey. He has also been hiding the fact that he is gay his whole life. He loves his family and has sacrificed his true identity to keep them all happily together. On the first day of school Dane loses his wife in an automobile accident and meets two people who will change the course of his life, and his view of himself, forever. 

Truman Reid is a fourteen-year-old freshman beginning his first day at Summitville High. He is a good-looking young gay man, with blonde hair and blue eyes, who was often mistaken for a girl, sometimes cruelly, growing up. Assuming the other students are going to bully him anyway, Truman decides to make a statement with the clothes he wears, from day one. Unfortunately, the High school can be a vicious hell hole when you're different, and Truman's statement backfires when he is attacked by some jocks on his way to assembly. Mr. Bernard quickly intervenes and guides Truman away from the trouble. Truman will have much to contend with in the year ahead, and whether he realises it or not, he'll need people by his side to survive. 

Seth Wolcott is a twenty-something English and Drama teacher, escaping Chicago, and a cheating ex-boyfriend, to start a new life in Summitville. The last thing he is looking for is a new relationship. On his first day, Seth looks out the window of his car and sees all his fantasies wrapped up in one neat package. Dane Bernard. Unfortunately, that neat package appears to be a straight widow and father. Definitely not someone an out gay man has any hope of forming a relationship with. Fate and a near tragedy bring Dane, Truman and Seth together, and unbeknown
to any of them, this will be the beginning of a journey that will teach each of them some much-needed life lessons, including owning who you are, and living your life authentically. 

Big Love is a heart warming, heart breaking story about what it means to be gay in modern America. It's certainly not all unicorns and rainbows. In the real world, there is still homophobia, self-loathing, bullying, and confusion. No matter what your age, being gay can be ridiculously hard. Finding your tribe; gay, straight, misfits, allies, the disenfranchised and even popular kids with empathy and a conscience, may be what saves you in the end. 

I absolutely loved that the author dedicated this book to all the Truman's out there. We should all be so lucky as to have such courageous young men in our lives. It does get better, and this book should be essential high school reading. There are many adults who would benefit from reading it as well. In the end, though, it's primarily a brilliantly written, thoroughly riveting book and one I'd highly recommend! 
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