Title: The Perils of Intimacy
office worker, waiter, instalove, romance
SynopsisMark believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, but he’s wrong. Mark has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a lying, conniving thief.
Mark doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone wrong with this fresh-faced twenty-something… but Jimmy knows. Can Mark see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.
Upon a second chance meeting with Mark, Jimmy is no longer the drugged out thief that he once was. Their past is complicated, making the decision of when and how to come clean about his identity an even bigger complication.
The feelings with this one are intense, as the reader is fully brought into this heart-breaking tale. People change, but confessions are never easy.
The issue of addiction is well handled, written with knowledge and understanding. The author expertly illustrates that addiction is never cured; one is always haunted by their demons.
The issue of forgiveness is also well explored, clearly hitting on the difficulties with doing so, and the struggle to deal with one's mistakes. I applaud the author for the way he handles this emotional issue.
And most importantly, the author demonstrates the importance of loving oneself. After all, one cannot love someone if they don't love themselves. And these two men clearly do not love themselves.
The writing is great, full of complex characters and a multi-layered storyline. The pace is well done, flowing easily while drawing out the emotional ride.
Written in alternating 1st person pov, the reader is thoroughly brought into both Jimmy and Mark's minds. With this writing style, the moments are extremely intense and meaningful. There's a plethora of things going on with these men and their lives, as well as their relationships, making for one hell of a complex story.
The Perils of Intimacy is an amazing book. Do yourself a favor and read this Rick Reed book when you're in the mood for your next serious read. It will make you think and feel, as these men deal with confessions, understanding, and forgiveness.
star-crossed lovers, if you will, first encounter the other. It might involve an embarrassing moment, or some great coincidence, or something like a setup, or a blind date that goes horribly wrong and does not bode well for the future. See…it’s like there’s that day where everything changes, often in a funny way, and our two love interests begin their journey toward love.
other side of the joint is a bar that’s even darker—the drinks are strong, and we get a lot of regulars. The pinball machine over there pretty much goes untouched. Same with the TV, which is always tuned to some twenty-four-hours news crap with the sound turned off. No one watches it. Everyone’s too busy nursing their drinks. Anyway, I wait tables in the diner part.
at the rear. Right away, I see the guy is old school, as he spreads out an edition—paper, no less!—of the Seattle Times. He looks around expectantly.
nice aroma coming off him—something tangy, piney, and manly. “The cinnamon rolls come from the QFC off Mercer. You can buy a four-pack for what you pay for one here.”
encounter, which I’ve come to learn he lifted from some old public television kid’s show, means he has his hooks in me.
place on Dexter Avenue.
professional. In the two years since I’ve seen him, he’s hardly changed a bit. A little grayer maybe, but essentially the same guy. I get a quick vision of a big black leather headboard, framed in dark wood. A box on the dresser containing valuables…
this ticket up and write a new one.
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Meet the Author
Real Men. True Love.
Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA, with his beloved husband, Bruce, and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix, Kodi.