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Brian Stagliano’s life should be pretty sweet right now. Two of his closest friends are getting married, and he’s taking a new, exciting step in his career as a doctor. Most amazing though, his best mate has been given the all clear from cancer. But Brian’s normal has just been tipped A over T and the friendship he’s relied on for years is in danger. All because of five little words.
Andrew Fitzroy should be on top of the world. The cancer that’s haunted him is gone. He can finally get on with his life—except he doesn’t know what that life is anymore. Is he brave enough to come out as bisexual? Should he pursue architecture or stay in construction? Either way, Andrew knows happiness won’t be his until he has what his engaged friends have—love, joy, passion. So, he says those five little words to Brian--I’m in love with you.
Friends since childhood, Brian and Andrew have always been closer than brothers. Best mates. Nothing could ever tear them apart. Except for those five little words. Now, Brian’s not sure about so many things—their friendship, his own desires—and the foundation Andrew’s built his world on feels like its crumbling. But if they manage not to destroy everything they have together, Andrew and Brian might just find a new normal with each other.
This book is a ride through changing feelings and exploring sexual orientation. It’s also about friend through good times and bad. – Kinzie Things
Hayward does a fantastic job of moving the plot along and building tension! There were a couple of things that really ratcheted up the tension and meant that I didn’t put the book down for a while! In short: I really enjoyed this one!
~ Kinzie Things
I really loved this book. Something about the characters and their experiences really resonated and I immediately fell in love with both Brian and Andrew. There is something really special about this story and these characters – it’s the kind of book that I can see myself rereading and recommending to friends.
~ Sarah, Wicked Reads
I loved their chemistry between them when they where friends but there hot when they get together. Hmm the cat get a few spoils too with blocking them lol.. Oh and there's lots of "Fire Trucks" in this..lol sorry you gotta read this..they're adorable. A dramatic ending for a HEA.. I thoroughly loved this and I'll be looking more to read from the author .
~ Faye K, MM Bookworm Reviews
(rating as per Goodreads)
This was an overall good read that explored how a twenty-year-old friendship shifts and adjusts to it's "new normal" when not-so-platonic feelings come into play. I adored Andrew and loved how he was just this great guy who was all heart. Brian was, well, someone who needed to get his head on straight (pun not intended!) and learn to think before speaking or acting. ... In the end, the cast of characters and the story itself worked, and this has me hopeful for what is yet to come in the Gold Coast Collage series.
~ Dog-Eared Daydreams
Hayward is a talented storyteller, which we knew from her previous novels. There’s something fresh about her take on the friends to lovers trope. I truly enjoyed The New Normal and recommend this sweet book.
~ Valerie, Love Bytes