A New Normal

Carol Lynne
A New Normal
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Release Date
December 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

You never forget your first love, but what if your first love never forgot you...and orchestrated an unconventional reunion?

Less than a year after the death of his wife, musician Charlie Foster agreed to perform at a convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He thought getting away from New York for a few days would be good for him, but he didn't expect to see the first person he'd ever fallen in love with.

Jake Pierson gave his heart to Charlie when he was barely fifteen years old. As best friends, Jake believed he and Charlie would be together forever, but when Charlie took the easier path in life, Jake was left to deal with a future without the man he loved.

Jake knew tricking Charlie into performing at a conference he'd helped organise was low-handed, but he had a promise to keep and a future to build.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Jan 21, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
77 people found the following review helpful
A NEW NORMAL is a not-so-classic tale of first love found, lost, and then found again.

Charlie craves normalcy, and he knows he cannot get that if he is in a relationship with another man. So, despite his love for Jake, he is drawn away by Jen, whom he marries and spends many contented years with. Charlie and Jake remain friends, but after a fast, one night, sexual reunion with Jake, Charlie is so upset with himself that he break all ties with Jake. Now that Jen has died, Jake wants to try to find his way back into Charlie's life, so he tricks him into playing at a conference that Jake is organizing.

Charlie and Jake's reunion is an emotional roller coaster—sad, angry, heated, happy, confused. Charlie is forced to deal with his sexuality, his repressed feelings for Jake, and some new information about his life with Jen.

My only complaint about this story, as with so many other short stories, is that it felt rushed. The reunion between these two characters could have been more emotional if it had been more slowly developed. I would have enjoyed getting to know the characters separately before they were thrown together. All of the emotions Charlie is forced to deal with happens in the span of a few hours. But the reunion is hot, the emotions are real and honest, and the characters are enjoyable. A great, quick read.
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