Jealousy, a stand-alone novel
He's the shoulder she leans on.
He worships her.
She shields and protects him.
He watches over her.
They're soul mates for life.
They're not lovers; they're best friends.
Their struggle to find someone who can handle their intense bond is met with a roller coaster of raw emotion, loyalty and heartache.
Follow their journey to find love.
Hailed as Will and Grace meets Sex and the City, two best friends, a straight woman and a gay man, struggle to find someone to love as much as they love each other.
When Heather Cooper married Peter, she thought that she had finally found someone who could handle the inseparable bond she shares with her gay best friend, Justin Perrotta. It's only a matter of time, however, before jealousy rears its ugly head and Peter's true feelings emerge. He starts drinking and his erratic behavior threatens their marriage.
Burned by an ex-boyfriend, Justin refuses to open his heart to love again. Wild relationships and one night stands leave him lonely and unfulfilled, even though he will not admit it. He finds love when he least expects it, but his fear of commitment threatens to ruin the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Can two best friends support one another and still have room for other relationships in their life?
That is pretty much an age old question and one that many people struggle with on a daily basis. It is the human condition to want to be close to another person and not share them... even when you say that everything is okay. That is exactly what Jenna Galicki captures in her book, Jealousy... the struggle to have a bond with a best friend and other realationships. (Oh, and with the relationships accepting the friendship, which is always a task in itself!)
What Jenna manages to capture within the pages of 'Jealousy' is the story of real struggles between friends and lovers. What adds to the relationship dynamic is that they are not just best friends, but best friends of the opposite sex. That leads to problems with Heather's husband, and not just because Justin and Heather are close, but that Justin is a man, a gay man. (If you are a woman who has a close gay man friend, this story hits home! Well, at least it did for me) It is the relationship dynamic that drew me into the pages of Jenna's book, and wondering just how they were going to work it all out, is what kept me reading.
All in all, I would say it was a wonderful tale, and one that hit on so many aspects of having a best friend who is of the opposite sex. It did have those moments of jealousy that some of us have faced, and that is what made the story so real. If you ever wanted a glimpse of what it is like to have the struggle of a best friend of the opposite sex, I suggest you pick up Jenna Galicki's book, Jealousy! You might find yourself smiling, laughing, being frustrated and relating like I did. After all, what are best friends for, other than a wild ride through life!
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Jenna Galicki is a strong advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality. She volunteers with God's Love We Deliver, delivering meals to people with HIV and AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. She actively raises money and participates in AIDS Walk New York and is a proud sponsor of Children International.
She lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and two dogs. She's a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. Elaborate stories and fictional characters are her constant companions. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.