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Mute Witness by Rick R. Reed

Mute Witness

Book Info

Title: Mute Witness
Author: Rick R. Reed
Published: February 9, 2016 (Originally released October 2, 2009)
Pages: 290
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Sean Dawes is grateful for everything he has in his life. He has a loving partner, Austin, and an incredible son, Jason. Even though things are still a bit fraught at times between Sean and his ex-wife, it’s nothing that stands in the way of his relationship with Jason. But when Jason goes missing, the tensions are quickly raised by his wife’s family. And when Jason is later found, what has happened to him throws everyone’s world off course. Suspicions run high in a small town of people who are a bit conservative in their ideologies. But for those quick to judge, sometimes they miss the threat that’s standing right under their nose.

This one is intense. There’s no denying that. What happens to some of the characters in this book is downright awful. The way some of the other characters behave is similarly reprehensible. But things like this do happen, and I don’t know that we can simply shy away from them and pretend they don’t exist. And Rick R. Reed treats these subjects very sensitively and presents them in ways that don’t obscure the issue but manage to make them accessible to readers. And I’m simply left hoping that everyone is able to find a way to move on with their lives following the events in the book.

Content warnings: discussions/descriptions of sexual abuse, victim intimidation, violence, blatant homophobia

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

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…

Third Eye by Rick R. Reed

23489343Title: Third Eye
Author: Rick R. Reed
Published: November 11, 2014 (originally published 2008)
Pages: 264
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

When Cayce D’Amico goes out in search of his son Luke during a thunderstorm, the most he expect will happen is that he’ll get soaked by the rain. So when lightning strikes a tree causing a branch to fall and knock him unconscious, he already has more than he bargained for. When he wakes, however, he finds that he now receives visions about other people, notably two young girls who have recently gone missing. Because the visions are so vivid, Cayce can’t help but feel he must help them, even though no one believes him. No one, that is, besides local report Dave Newton, who has piqued Cayce’s interest as well.

I did enjoy this even though it’s a bit different that some of the other Rick R. Reed stories that I’ve read before. It’s not so much a murder mystery as the reader knows who is responsible from the beginning and sees their actions parallel to the other characters involved. But it is still very compelling, though I’d have to say it’s not really one for the weak of heart.

Caregiver by Rick R. Reed

12808817Title: Caregiver
Author: Rick R. Reed
Published: October 23, 2011
Pages: 210
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Dan has recently moved to Florida with his boyfriend, Mark, for a new start. When he starts volunteering with the Tampa AIDS Alliance, he finds a fast friend in Adam – and a piqued interest in Adam’s boyfriend, Sullivan. When it turns out the new start isn’t as fresh for Dan and Mark as they hoped and Adam hits some hard times of his own, Dan realizes that the new start might be waiting for him but in different ways than he ever expected.

I laughed, I cried, I smiled – this invoked a whole range of real emotions for me. There’s an authenticity to these characters and the story that I don’t know I see very consistently from other authors. And even though this book is not all sunshine and rainbows, it did leave me with a sense of fulfillment and hope.