A New Normal by William Neale
Former Marine Corps Major Jake Vincenzo had a plan. He was convinced that his son Mark and his long-time best friend Cade were in love but just didn't know it. Forced for years to hide his own gayness because of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Jake had kept a secret getaway - a remote mountain cabin where he now intended to play matchmaker for the two nineteen year-olds. What he didn't count on was falling in love with Cade. How will the three navigate the minefields of potential hurt, jealousy and even betrayal? How will father and son maintain their close relationship without viewing each other as rivals? And how will Cade manage not only accepting being gay but also being in love with the two most important men in his life? For the three, it means redefining everything each had thought was normal. Two will live happily ever after. One will go on with a broken heart. And all must recognize that life will never be the same again - that it now means finding a new normal.
I have fond memories of this book. This was the first book of Mr. Neale’s that I ever read. I read this right before we took our Philly trip back in August 2011. I remember Tyra and Sid being so excited to meet him that I couldn’t stand it any longer and had to move his book up on my to be read list so I could be all excited too! William writes the most beautiful stories. They just flow so smoothly and are so heartwarming. I don’t know how to express it. There’s no paranormal stuff or shifting or off the wall stuff going on just a true to life story. Even if you normally do not read male/male reading something from William Neale would be worth your while. It’s a great introduction to the genre. Even if you read it and it turns out not to be your cup of tea you can still appreciate how well the story is written.
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