The Perils of Intimacy by Rick R. Reed #LGBT #Audiobook #Review #MMRomance

Erryn reviews The Perils of Intimacy by Rick R. Reed. The ebook was released February 3, 2020 and is 203 pages. The audiobook was narrated by David Allen Vargo. It was released August 12, 2022 and is 6 hours and 53 minutes. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Mark 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 20-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.

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My review:

I think most of us can look back at our pasts and say ‘yeah, I wish I hadn’t done that’. (Or been that or worn that or said that…)  I know I have more than a few regrets.  Things I wish I’d done differently.  Decisions I later regretted.  People I hurt – whether inadvertently or on purpose.

Jimmy’s life is full of regrets.  In his previous incarnation – JD – he was a meth addict who stole to pay for the drugs.  He hurt a lot of people along the way, but the addiction kept him from seeing the depth of his depravity.  Eventually, though, he turned his life around.  He went to NA.  He got a great sponsor.

Slowly step-by-step, he focused on building a life he could be proud of.  That means living with a friend and working at a diner.  Not fantastic, but it’s an honest living.  And when he meets a great guy, he’s happy.  Except he knows he hurt this guy.  Or JD did.  And now Jimmy doesn’t want his past to come and bite him in the butt.

Mark’s attracted to the guy at the diner.  There’s a spark, and he’s more engaged than he’s been in a long time. So things are going along great until they’re not.

Discovery was inevitable – although I admit I was surprised how it came about.  Mark’s angry, Jimmy’s contrite – and it looks like that might just be the end of them.

Except this is a Rick R. Reed romance.  Lots of rocky times, but eventually happiness.  I was pleased with the ending, for sure.  And I just want to say how much I liked the secondary characters – including Mark’s older co-worker and Jimmy’s roommate – as well as another lost soul he meets along the way.

On to narration.  David Allen Vargo narrated the piece and he was just perfect for it.  I especially liked his Harvey Fierstein impersonation.  Just so well done.  Glad I listened.

My rating:

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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

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