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.
A new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth is also starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup, and 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.
Sadly, the multiple POVs didn’t work for me because as I started to get a feel of the character or at least, about to enjoy that particular moment by the character, it will immediately be cut off by the succeeding timeline with a different character’s POV altogether. This also feels like there’s two separate stories between Dane and Seth’s relationship and Truman’s struggles at school. I guess, the story just didn’t develop the way I expected it to. I thought there was lack of focus with the struggles of each character making the story flat as a result. I think it’s still an okay read – I may not just be the right audience for it.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
ebook, Published May 18th 2020 by NineStar Press (first published April 4th 2016)
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Rick R. Reed is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction. He is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Entertainment Weekly has described his work as “heartrending and sensitive.” Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” Find him at http://www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA, with his husband, Bruce, and their two rescue dogs, Kodi and Joaquin.
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