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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (March 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160272802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602728028
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...combines horror and romance into a story about love, family, choices...and werewolves...a blend of the believable and the fantastic...the werewolf that preys on Seattle is as frightening as any that I have encountered recently. --Bookwenches.com

...if you like horror and want to read a strong, well written, character based book chock full of suspense, romance and tension...this book is for you. --Reviews by Jessewave

...an exhilarating macabre fright saga at its most outstanding... --Literary Nymphs

...the author's ability to bring across the terror in such vivid detail is sure to remind readers of authors like King and Koontz... --Rainbow Reviews

About the Author

In their October 2006 issue, Unzipped magazine said: "You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." And Dark Scribe magazine said: "Reed is an established brand - perhaps the most reliable contemporary author for thrillers that cross over between the gay fiction market and speculative fiction." To date, Reed has 14 books in print, and his short fiction has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. His novel, Orientation, won the EPPIE Award for best LGBT novel of 2009. He lives in Seattle, WA.

More About the Author

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). 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."

Visit Rick's website at http://www.rickrreed.com or follow his blog at http://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/. You can also like Rick on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rickrreedbooks or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rickrreed. Rick always enjoys hearing from readers and answers all e-mails personally. Send him a message at jimmyfels@gmail.com

Customer Reviews

The characters are very realistic.
Ro
Mr. Reed takes his readers right into the mind of this creature that exudes so much malevolence and hunger.
B. D. Whitney
If you like gay romance, or a good werewolf story, I recommend it.
Shannon M.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Whitney VINE VOICE on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
4.5 Review

Recently laid off from his job, Thad Matthews's self-esteem is at an all-time low. With a life that seems to consist of a meaningless routine of watching TV and cruising the Internet, Thad is not only bored, he's lonely. Until he steps through the doors of the Blue Moon Café, that is, and meets the proprietor, Sam Lupino. Sam is everything Thad could want in a lover: besides being handsome and hot, he exudes kindness and caring. And if Thad's dog doesn't particularly care for Sam? Well, she can spend the evenings locked in the bathroom.

At the same time, a serial killer is preying on the gay community in Seattle. Not only is he killing these men, but he is mangling them beyond recognition. Some even believe that the victims look as if they have been partially eaten. The rumor is that the killer is a werewolf, and while the police discount that theory as fantasy, the newspapers are quick to pick it up and run with it.

The happiness that Thad has found exploring his newly-found passion for Sam is tempered with doubt, however. It is bad enough that his lover tends to disappear without notice for days at a time, but Sam's absences seem to coincide with the murders and the full moon. Could Thad's sweet lover possibly be a murderous werewolf? As much as Thad would like to avoid the issue, he needs to know the truth.

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In his novel "Blue Moon Café", Rick R. Reed combines paranormal horror and romance into a story about love and family and choices...and werewolves. This is a blend of the believable and the fantastic, and the werewolf that preys on Seattle is as frightening as any that I have encountered recently.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Indie Reviews on June 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Thad Matthews has lost his job and spends his days surfing the Internet for employment prospects, loving on Edith his Chihuahua and generally feeling sorry for himself. Out of curiosity he checks out a new Italian restaurant for dinner - The Blue Moon Café - and meets Sam Lupino the owner. It's lust at first sight for both, and after Sam feeds Thad a scrumptious meal they spend little time getting naked and jumping into bed. Sam is the man of Thad's dreams - dark, handsome, older and worldlier and he can cook! Unfortunately, Sam is hesitant for anything more and their first encounter appears to be their last.

Jobless and without Sam, Thad licks his wounds and tries to get on with his life by volunteering at Lifelong AIDS Alliance, which provides food and other assistance to people living with AIDS and HIV. There he meets Jared who is the complete opposite of Sam, blond, boyishly good looking, closer in age to Thad's 24 years and looking for fun. Jared and Thad quickly become good friends. Sam re-enters Thad's life and while their relationship is starting to feel like love, Thad becomes increasingly suspicious of Sam's monthly disappearances and is certain that Sam is hiding something from him. Meanwhile, gay men are dying horrific deaths throughout Seattle in the dead of night and under a full moon at the hands of a monster.

In The Blue Moon Café author Rick R. Reed combines horror with elements of romance and erotica to deliver a well written and chilling werewolf tale that is also focused on the characters and their relationships. What makes this story different from the multitude of werewolf stories out there is Mr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tymber Dalton on May 17, 2010
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What happens when a guy meets the man of his dreams...and wonders if he's really a nightmare? That's the scenario facing Thad when he meets handsome, hunky Sam, the owner of the new Blue Moon Cafe. Thad suspects there's more to Sam than meets the eye, but the truth is hard to swallow.

I don't want to rehash the plot or give away spoilers, but I will offer up a warning that this isn't your typical "romance" story. Rick R. Reed has crafted what can definitely be classified as an erotic thriller/suspense story.

Kudos to Reed for staying true to the plot and characters and not trying to rig some eleventh-hour false ending just to pander to those who might want everything tied up with a neat bow. The story makes sense, and the fact that we leave Thad with the promise of a satisfying future for him is enough for this reader.

The action pulls you in and carries you along. Seattle isn't just a setting, it almost feels like a silent character. As always, the characters aren't cardboard cut-outs, they're well-crafted, realistically drawn portraits, warts and all, that the reader can believe in. Reed takes the reader from viciously horrific scenes to panty-dampening erotic trysts and back again. "Blue Moon Cafe" will take you on a journey you won't soon forget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benito R. Corral on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am loving that werewolves are making a comeback in horror fiction! So it was with huge excitement that I plunged into Rick R. Reed's new book, THE BLUE MOON CAFE

Terror has struck the gay community of Seattle. Someone (or something) is killing gay men right in the heart of the gay district of the city and the murders are so violent that the authorites have no clue as to who is committing the crimes...or if the killer is even human.

Thad is unemployeed and single and is becoming dissatisfied with the recent downturn his life is taking. Then one day, he wanders into The Blue Moon Cafe, a new Italian bistro that's just opened. Here he meets Sam Lupino, the restaurant's owner, who is everything that Thad wants in a man-handsome, dark and passionate. The attraction is mutual and after a dinner that satisfies one appetite and whets another, Thad takes Sam home. The sex is rough and incredible and Thad finds himself falling for Sam...but Sam is full of secrets.

Thad also meets Jared who is blond and sexy, and while Thad finds Jared attractive, he is too hung up on Sam and getting to the bottom of where Sam disappears to during the full moon to give in to that attraction...and the violent killings are continuing, and striking closer to home.

This was a great read and that is due in large part to Rick's expert handling and blending of the two storylines he has going here; the romance building between Thad and Sam is fraught with passion but also mystery since Thad feels Sam has secrets he's not telling him. Then there's also the snapshots we get into the killer's mind as it continues it's bloody attacks on the gay men of Seattle.
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