A Nice Normal Family (Natosha’s Review)

A Nice Normal Family
Title: A Nice Normal Family
Author: John Terry Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, best friends to lovers, political, bullied
Page Count: 387 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 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 book is unlike anything I have ever read before and I have read thousands of books. John Terry Moore took an idea for a book and turned into an unbelievably marvelous piece of work. My description of this book would be it is a regular love story but so much more. It is a book were the main characters face so much adversity that it should hold them back but in reality that adversity was the motivator to do so much better then one would ever dream.

Jacko and Sammy become best friends because of Jacko having the disadvantage of have dyslexia. Dyslexia has caused such hardships in Jacko’s life that up until meeting Sammy, Jacko did not really put to much faith in believeing in himself but Sammy changed all of that. Sammy changed how many people felt about themselves and others. It was just Sammy’s way even though he never really even tried to do so.

Jacko and Sammy were inseparable from their first time meeting each other. They were best friends, each other’s cheerleaders, later on lovers, eventually husbands and partners, parents, and eventually they supported one another in slowly changing the thinking of Australians and Australia’s laws and allies through politics.

These two men were truly a power couple. It was like as soon as these two men got around to admitting how they felt about each other and much they loved each other, their lives finally started and the more in love they became with one another the more they was able to help to make changes for the better.

This book is a fiction book that is written in the style of an autobiography by Jacko of his and Sammy’s life. My favorite thing about this book is that John Terry Moore did not try to hide the bad things that happened to these two men but instead he highlighted them in his writing and he wrote it in a way that showed that no matter how much a struggle Jacko and Sammy had at times, they never gave up on each other. John Terry Moore showed the good, the bad, and the ugly in this book and it was done in such a tasteful way that this book resonated the love and heart that John Terry Moore out into each and every word of this book.

I will be recommending this book to anyone who wants to read an amazing book. I was truly impressed. I look forward to reading more books in the future by John Terry Moore in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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