Title: A New Normal
Author: William Neale
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Jake Vincenzo, Mark and Cade
POV: 3rd Person
Setting: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Cover Rating: 4
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, 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 reconcile falling in love with the two most important men in his life against the backdrop of a disapproving family? For each, it means redefining normal. It means finding a new normal.
William Neale has written a story about temptation, jealousy, and the ultimate love in A New Normal. Major Jack Vincenzo has promised his son Mark and Mark’s best friend Cade a vacation in the mountains of North Carolina as a graduation gift. Things do not work out as intended for Mark since failing a class means having to take summer school to graduate. After Mark’s major screw-up, his dad prohibited him from joining them on the vacation and he takes Cade by himself.
While in the Marine Corp, Jack had to hide the fact that he was gay even from his son. He has always had his suspensions that his son Mark was also gay and that Mark and Cade were in love with each other. During the two weeks Jack and Cade are together, the attraction between the two men heat up making Jack realize that he could very well be falling in love with his son’s lover.
Things really heat up when Mark graduates and journeys to the cabin to join his father and Cade. Mark realizes that his father has feelings for Cade but he does not know how far things may have gone between his best friend and his father.
These three men find that love is not simple, but can be wonderful if fighting for what you want is important enough.
Reviewed By: Vonda