Title: A Nice Normal Family
Author: John Terry Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 2/8/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 387
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Jackson “Jacko” Smith is dyslexic, but like many people affected by the learning disability, he is highly intelligent. His best friend Sammy Collins helps him get through school and unlocks his potential. Jacko progresses through the ranks of local government until Mother Nature intervenes and the straight boy and the gay boy become a couple.
As Jacko and Sammy start a family and challenge social mores, Jacko enters politics, horrified at the direction the Australian government is taking. With Sammy by his side, he can achieve anything and rises through the ranks to the highest office in the land, driving Australia away from its British colonial roots and engaging with its neighbors in Asia like never before. Economic growth results, and while most Australians are supportive, a small group of extremists might endanger everything Jacko has built—including his life.
Through the love and the strength of their partnership, Jacko and Sammy rise above their ordinary lives. Because love is never ordinary.
This is one of the hardest reviews I have written in a long time. First off let me say that I really liked the plot of this story. I found the concept interesting and insightful. This book is set in the not too distant future Australia with hope for a more tolerant society. My problem was the writing style. It is almost like a journal, but more like a person putting his life on paper stating mainly the facts. There were some emotional parts of this story, but it was still told in a cold impersonal way. The plot of the story is about two men Jackson (Jacko) Smith and Sammy Collins. They met at the age of 10 and became best friends immediately. Jacko is severely dyslexic. He struggles in school and is falling further behind. His mother feels that he is just lazy and the professionals don’t know what they are talking about. No son of hers could have a learning disability. Jacko’s father is much more understanding and find ways to help Jacko behind his wife’s back. Having Sammy a very intelligent child with a flamboyant personality work with his son sets the scene for a strong life long bond. There is strong chemistry between Jacko and Sammy as best friends. It isn’t until Jacko ends his engagement with his fiance and he starts spending more time with Sammy again that their friendship starts to grow. While on a vacation Jacko realizes that what they have is more than friendship and that Sammy has always loved him. I did not love the pacing of this story. Not feeling a connection with the characters, feeling like I was reading a clinical report or a very dry passage in a history textbook. Funny thing, history was one of my favorite subjects. The ending was good. With a happy ever after ending. The story does give a strong character development. Unfortunately, it is was given in a cold unemotional way.