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Big Love

(Big Love #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  110 reviews
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 c
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published April 4th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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One of my absolute favorite things about reading is when a connection occurs. When something resonates from the story and touches you. A very special young man touched my heart while reading Big Love and I will always be grateful to Rick for bringing Truman into my life.

Technically speaking, there are three main characters here. But it's not a the type of threesome that you might be thinking. They each have their own story or path and when their paths intersect BIG things happen.

I'm a pretty de
5+ stars! “God made you just the way you are, honey. Beautiful. And if you’re one of his creations, there’s nothing wrong in who you are. You just hold your head up and be proud.”

Rick R. Reed’s new book “Big Love” is set in fictional Summitville Ohio, with several plot lines that intertwine beautifully. Freshman Truman Reid’s first day of high school is a harsh reminder that one does not wear a rainbow tee proclaiming “It Gets Better” in small town America, even in 2015. Dane Bernard, beloved En
Learning to love oneself.

This book is less a romance and more an exploration of different stages of self-acceptance from a tormented teen to a middle-aged man remembering and unlocking who he hid away years ago. I was expecting more romance and the surprise suicide issues threw me a bit, I just know way too many f@#king people who've gone down this road, walked it with them, and grabbed hold as they teetered to really enjoy any story that features it--in fact, I generally avoid them. So, my rati
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3.5 Stars

I'll be honest and say I was quite apprehensive to read this. Somehow I mustered up the courage and braced myself for some painful reading. Though there were definitely some hard parts, the overall feels I got from this book were happy ones.

Granted, Truman is mercilessly bullied. There's no sugarcoating that. However, teachers Dane and Seth lend perspective, and Truman realizes that he must accept himself first. Of course, this is not easy nor simple, but certainly freeing and ultimat
3 Stars

Lovely story. I liked the various themes being explored here and the way in which they were tenderly handled.

I liked the three main characters and cared about each of their lives and personal interactions. Though, if I'm being honest, I could have done with more in the way of relationship development between Dane and Seth. There simply wasn't much of a build up there for me to become truly invested in them as a couple; I kind of felt blindsided by their sudden declarations of love at the
This book, y'all!!

There are three primary characters within - Dane, Seth, and Truman. Of the three, I loved Truman most, though I fell for all three of them within minutes of starting to read this book.

First, there's Dane - married with two children, well-liked at the high school where he works as a teacher, carrying the heavy burden of living a lie, a part of himself he has buried deep within himself. You see, Dane is gay, but he grew up believing that gay was wrong, and that he had to throttle
~Mindy Lynn~
2/3 Stars

I'm a little conflicted on my rating for this. If it was a story just about Truman it would get all the stars because he definitely stole the spot light in this story. Although it was suppose to basically be about Dane and Seth becoming a couple and Dane coming to terms with himself as being gay and dealing with the loss of his wife, I felt more connected with what was going on with Truman then I did with what was happening between these two men. That story fell flat. I was more intrigu
Eli Easton
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading Rick Reed, and I finished this book in one day. It's a sweet romance between two high school teachers, one openly gay and one who has spent most of his life closeted. My favorite part of the book, though, was Truman, the teenager at the school who's bullied. He and his mother were both great characters. And the dog!
4 stars, first because this story took me by surprise and then, because it moved me (a lot !!) in a way I was not expecting (and can’t really explain).

The story is actually about 3 characters : Dane, Seth and Truman. Dane is a teacher in a small town in Ohio. The first day of school in August, he gets to help Truman, a 14 year old kid and one of his students who is being bullied for being gay and effeminate, and to deal with his wife sudden death, leaving him with his 2 kids to raise. From there
BWT (Belen)
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mm-fiction
2.5 Stars

The end of this is so sweet I may have to book an early dentist appointment to check for cavities.

Told from the POV of Dane, a married teacher with two children, Seth, a teacher running from a bad breakup with his cheating fiance, and Truman, a freshman student who can't "pass" for straight and is constantly bullied.

The story begins in late August with the first day of school, when Truman is tripped and humiliated before a school assembly. Dane comforts the boy, and afterwards gets a ca
Serena Yates
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2016
‘Big Love’ is a touching novel about self-acceptance, coming out, and love. Not just any sort of garden-variety love – the kind of “big love” that means something. There is romantic love between the two main characters, out Seth and closeted Dane. Then there is Truman, a fourteen-year-old student who struggles with being bullied for who he is, and who has to learn to love himself. And finally there is parental love between Dane and his children, and between Truman’s mother and Truman. With a fan ...more
Arch Bala
Sadly, the multiple POVs didn’t work for me because as I started to get a feel of the character or atleast, 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 stru ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
$0.99 right now at ARe and Amazon US! 5/2/16
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be but what it actually was is a good narrative, if a little bit muddled in my mind about which story it was telling.

I read it because I have an ARC of book two in the series to review, which is Truman's story, and I wanted to read the set up.

This is a super sweet but also surprisingly angsty story which is all about owning your truths. I'm not usually a fan of the wife dying so a gay man can live his 'real life' but it's handled well in this one.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters 4.5
Settling 4.5
Authenticity 4.5
Romance 3
Overall 4

I've been sitting on this review for hours trying to figure out what to say. First of all, the writing was great as always, that is never a concern when it comes to Rick R. Reed books, and I really liked the characters. Anyone that knows me, knows that is all it takes for me to forgive just about anything in the story itself. The MCs which I am including Truman in, were all great (I sort of loved Truman best but who wouldn't?) and watch
Jenni Lea
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I cannot articulate how much I loved this book. There are so many words jumbled up in my head but I don't know how to get them out. The only thing I can say at the moment is how incredibly real this story is.

This is one that's gonna stick with me for a while.
Natosha Wilson
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get out your box of tissues because you are definitely going to need it for this book. I was blown away by how good this book was and how it truly wound its way around my heart.

This book has three main characters in it.....Dane, Seth, and Truman.

Dane is an English teacher who is married with two children. Dane is not comfortable in his own skin. See he has a secret. He has lied to himself for so long that when his wife passes away unexpectedly he finally admits to himself the secret he has kept
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning the writing felt dispassionate, detached. I couldn't really connect with the story. It gradually changed and grew on me. The final four chapters or so were nice and I liked the ending.

Ulysses Dietz
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. A trio of cliches transformed into a fresh and moving story about love that excludes nobody. See my full review at All About Romance...
A.M. Leibowitz
I received a free copy via Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

What an absolutely beautiful book. Right from the first page, I was hooked. I loved everything about this story.

Many of the touchpoints in the novel--death and grief, coming out, bullying, new love--are familiar themes. But the way the threads of these characters' lives intersect are fresh. In this book, it's not so much the big picture as the small details which kept me turning pages.

It would be hard to pick a favor
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dane is a high school teacher, whose wife is killed in a devastating accident on the first day of school, now left alone to finish rearing their two children by himself, and finally in a position to fully embrace the fact that he’s gay, if he can find the courage to do so. Truman is a freshman student at the high school whose mother has always encouraged to be exactly who he is, for which he has been bullied regularly for years. On the first day of high school, Truman discovers that it is going ...more
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It's common knowledge that I'm a huge Rick R. Reed fan. I've read so many of his books I lost count a long time ago. I've enjoyed them all. Each one has affected me for one reason or another. One of his horror books - Penance - will go down in my reading history as one of the most disturbing, yet brilliant, books I've ever read. It's one of the few I know I'll never be able to read again. Not because it wasn't a great book but because it affected me so strongly that
Melissa Mendoza
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Title: Big Love
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher:Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:April 4, 2016
Genre(s):M/M Romance
Page Count:200
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

“When Luke moved that gorgeous face of his in for a kiss, Seth, as always, didn’t know if he could resist. He lifted his face, parted his lips….”

4.5 big stars!! What an emotional book! Grab your tissues, you’ll need them!

Dane has the perfect life. He’s a teacher, a favorite at the high school he wo
What could have been a really good story was cute and shallow. It wasn't a bad story, just wanted more.
El Ma
Diesmal hat Rick R. Reed eine Geschichte geschrieben, die ich für mich nur schwer einordnen kann. Was ich aber sicher weiß, ist, dass dieses Mal ein Nebenprotagonist für mich der Hauptdarsteller hätte sein können / sollen.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WIth a title like Big Love and a synopsis that mentions a relationship between two men who are teachers at the high school and a high school age guy I wasn’t sure what to think but rest assured this is a heart warming story and not a whiff of anything seemingly inappropriate. Some Spoilers ahead.
At the start of the story we are introduced to Dane a High school English teacher who is a deeply closeted man with a wife and kids. And Truman an effeminate and “out” freshman at the high school Dane t
I'm going to write out my thoughts here and then throw up some stars and make them stick.

When this first started I loved it, but then I got lost somewhere. Maybe in the time hops? Maybe in the multiple POV's? I don't know, but this story kind of lost me.

Read the spoilers at your own risk:
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Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Two men and one young boy's worlds all collide at Summitville High School. Dane, an English teacher who had just recently lost his wife, Seth, the new English teacher who has just fled Chicago, and the heartache of his cheating ex, and Truman, a freshman who is bullied and teased for being gay. They all have one thing in common. They are all gay. When Dane and Seth teamed up to try to help Truman deal wi
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april2016reads
At first as I was reading this I thought it was a story about discovery. It’s not. Because these characters, they know who they are. This is a story about being brave! About being you. Coming out, folding in, being free, being brave. Fear lives in every person. But we still need to live… oh God do we need to live. In the darkest moment, when it feels so absolutely hopeless like you’ll be alone and cast out for your whole life; our bravery, it shakes. Truman is 14, gay, and constantly bullied. B ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: onedrive
This is just a story of around 150 pages, but what an amazing read this was!
At first I was a little surprised about the cruelty with which the author got rid of the wife of Dane, who lived a family life with 2 kids.
Truman is one of the kids he teaches English in school and Truman is bullied and harassed because he is obviously gay.
Seth is a new colleague of Dane, and both immediately feel attracted to each other.
After a suicide attempt the 2 teachers team up to help Truman come to terms with
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Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet an

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