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Big Love

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Rick R. Reed (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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    Rebecca Azizov israel' or akiva 05-07-17
    Rebecca Azizov israel' or akiva 05-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wowww!!!!!!!!!!! loved it so much! ❤❤❤"

    this book is absolutely perfect!!!! I can't explain how much I have enjoyed it!
    it's not a book with sexual act... it's a book about acceptance the story of I lost men and a beautiful kid..... loved it so so much as always the narrator was amazing I'm in love with his voice so much.... im actually looking for books with Michael Pauley because his that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 08-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, better narration"

    (Contains spoilers)

    Dane is a teacher who is married to a woman and has two teenaged children. He knows he’s gay but has never acted on the fact as he and his wife got married out of college but were high school sweet-hearts.

    When his wife dies suddenly, in a car wreck, he feels this release and the need to “be himself” so he tells his children he’s gay and has been hiding it all these years.

    The very next day, one of his students attempts suicide for being bullied about being gay and Dane confesses to the entire school that he, too, is gay to show support to the student, Truman.

    Seth is a new teacher in Dane’s department and he had developed a crush on Dane before he knew he was gay. He helps Dane help Truman and Truman’s mom during the time surrounding Truman’s suicide attempt. This allows him and Dane to get closer and explore their feelings for one another.

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    I have so many divided feelings about this book.

    What I liked/loved:
    Truman- he’s a great character and I loved the message that his story tells (Be yourself, no matter the cost!) I loved his little side romance and the ex, too.
    The way it was told. I liked the alternating POVs. I felt like each man had their own growing and changing to do, and seeing the world through each of their eyes allowed them to all have a representative chunk of the story that was theirs and theirs alone. It felt really complete that way.
    Truman’s mom – she was THE BOMB! I loved how she always knew that simply loving Truman was her best bet even if it might not always be enough.
    Dane’s son- he was so supportive and yet a realistic teenager in that he didn’t go OTT to help out, just quietly supported his dad.

    What didn’t work for me:
    Dane – Is he gay or bi or demi? He says he really loved his wife, but yet never felt complete? I didn’t always understand his character. I really didn’t understand how he just blurted things out to his kids, the school, etcetera – without expecting major blow-back – and I would think being in the closet for all your life and just losing your wife – you might waffle a bit more than 6 months…
    Seth and Dane – their relationship felt from out in left field. They barely knew each other, then their having sex, then they’re saying I love yous… it felt awkward in the grand scheme of things and really unfulfilling.
    Truman – sometimes he acted in ways that felt older than his age – but that could be a function of his situation…
    Coming out – I really felt like Dane would have had more issues coming out than he did.
    Dane’s daughter – I never understood what her deal was and why Dane was virtually ignoring her eating disorder, letting her run around without permission and allowing her to treat him so badly…this bothered me a lot.

    So… the book absolutely kept my attention – Rick Reed is a great writer and he knows how to draw you into a story – but there were several areas that just felt… imperfect to me. I liked it and was glad to have read it, but I had some high hopes that weren’t met.

    3 of 5 stars

    Audio

    Michael Pauley did a really nice job with this. I liked his version of Dean and thought he created nice distinctions between all the characters pretty well. I think this was a great way to experience this story and I enjoyed listening to it.

    4.5 of 5 stars

    Overall 4 of 5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 07-18-16
    Vicki 07-18-16 Member Since 2015

    I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that a fiction book was not realistic...come on now 'really'

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    "BE TRUE TO YOURSELF"

    Truman is a high school freshman in a small town and he's gay. Truman doesn't hide that's he's gay and because of this he endures a lot of bullying from other students. This part of the story made me cry. I hurt for Truman and was angry with the principle for not doing something about it.

    Dean is a teacher. He's married and has a 16 and 12 year old. He's known he was gay since he was a teen but kept it hid. When Dean's wife is killed in a car crash Dean decides to come out.

    Seth is a teacher and openly gay. Seth has moved to get away from a past lover.

    Not giving anything away...Dean and Seth help Truman. Also Dean and Seth become lovers.

    This is a heartfelt story that takes you through an array of emotions. I rated the Overall and Story 4 stars because I think Seth and Dean's relationship was hurried. There could have been more time and detail spent on these two.

    I was looking for something different and I found it. Absolutely worth the credit or $$.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene Caselli Lombard, IL, US 11-28-16
    Eugene Caselli Lombard, IL, US 11-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This is a good love story"

    I liked the way he told the story of to.new gay love and how it grove it to love for both of them

    I think they should have more love making in it but it was a good story

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    Amazon Customer 11-26-16
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    "Actually a YA novel with a M/M sub-plot"
    Would you try another book from Rick R. Reed and/or Michael Pauley?

    I would not purchase another book by this author.


    What was most disappointing about Rick R. Reed’s story?

    This is really a Young Adult novel with a poorly developed M/M subplot. The one sex scene seems like it was written by someone who find gay sex distasteful. The angst ridden teen is really the main character.


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    Wil Sparks 09-11-16
    Wil Sparks 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The story was impacting every emotion."

    The Story line was great. Very intrusive into a school teachers life but on the other hand intrusive to his true self. extremely well written. The narrator sounded like he either needed o2 or was on o2.
    All in all its a solid 4 star book. once you get by the narrator.

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    Tyler Mayeux 09-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator had an odd inflection"

    Story was still great. Lots of unexpected twists. I wish it had gone on for maybe one more chapter to close things up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timmysimms 08-08-16
    Timmysimms 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Rick R Reed Scores Big in Love"

    This is a great coming out story for the young and old-er. Gives hope when you don't think you'll find it and that there is love for all of us. Strength, courage, and love come in small packages if we're just willing enough to accept that we can't do this alone. One of my personal faves so far. I Oved it.

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    Nicole 09-28-16
    Nicole 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice love story"

    I liked this book although I found it in the erotica section, this book was far from it. I liked the story it pulled me in and I felt a great connection with the characters. the title of this book is great for its content it's all about love not just the romantic kind but also compassionate love for people, it got me in the feels.....
    I am not a big fan of the narrator and usually that can make or break a book for me but I guess that me liking this book as much as I did with this particular narrator is a testament of how great the story was.
    good buy or credit.

    I'm Nicole and I approve this message
    *hey its election time lol*

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob H. 09-06-16
    Bob H. 09-06-16
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    "Sophomoric"

    It might be the poor way that it was read but it seemed to me that the story was never really fully developed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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