Tricks by Rick R. Reed

Tricks

Book Info

Title: Tricks
Author: Rick R. Reed
Published: October 12, 2015 (Originally released October 14, 2010)
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Sean is suddenly a bit lost. His boyfriend of two years has just dumped him. He thought they were more in it for the long haul. He’s out of practice when it comes to dating, and most of the clubs just aren’t really his scene. So even he’s a bit surprised when he winds up at Tricks, one of Chicago’s hottest clubs. The dancers on the bar are almost a bit too much for him, and he doesn’t stay long.

Arliss is one of the dancers at Tricks, and he does fairly well for himself. His real dream is to become a porn star, so he can put the late nights of dancing behind him and be even more successful. But he knows better than to be too trusting of just anyone who might make him an offer…right? Arliss spots Sean in the club and remarks that he looks like someone who could use some company, but Sean is gone before he can make his way over to him. When their paths cross again on the shore of the lake, Arliss strikes up a conversation and the two find that there might be a connection between them. Arliss knows that Sean is a bit more traditional and reserved, so how will he understand what Arliss wants to do with his life? He knows it’s a lot, but it’s been his dream for so long. And when the opportunity presents itself, can he really turn it down?

There’s a lot of complexity in this story, though it may sound like a straightforward plot. The relationship dynamics are certainly complicated, and there are people outside of the couple that have their own agendas. The story has a decent heat level, but it’s nowhere near the only thing this one is about. Communication is key to relationships, as is understanding the other person’s perspective and finding ways to compromise. Relationships often require sacrifice, but those sacrifices can certainly be worth it. These are things that Sean and Arliss learn the hard way…