Author: Rick R. Reed
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/08/2016
Length: 06 hours 06 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance
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.
Christine reviewed the eBook here.
I wouldn’t rate this quite as high as Christine but I still enjoyed the book.
Like Christine said I felt that the relationships are a bit rushed and would’ve liked to see more emotional elements explored further.
Another issue is that I’m a bit of a POV snob and preferred POVs limited to a few people. There was some head hopping here that was sometimes unneeded.
Overall, Big Love truly is a story with a big heart. Graced with important and enlightening messages, Mr. Reed excels at bringing his characters together in beautiful, poignant moments, allowing the reader into the souls of the people who populate his books. He tackles some hefty subjects here: coming out, grief, and the horrible effects of bullying. Yet, with its focus on family and acceptance in all its forms, Big Love is a story of hope, healing, and ultimately embracing the differences that make us each human and worthy of love. Touching, heart-warming, and brave, it is a m/m romance I highly recommend.
Despite being a prolific narrator I haven’t listened to anything done by Michael Pauley before. He has a strong voice and I got into the story thanks to the great job he did.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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