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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC; 1st edition (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602729530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602729537
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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). 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

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I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down, I wanted to read it straight thru....amazing!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Beakey on March 12, 2008
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Wow - what an amazing book! I picked this up with the intention of reading a chapter or two last Saturday morning but was completely swept away by it. I didn't stop reading until I reached the end - and with its brisk language and driving pace that meant just a few hours later. The premise should grab the attention of any married man or woman who has contemplated - even for a moment - the idea of infidelity. The author spins the idea into an extremely frightening Fatal Attraction type of scenario in which the man the adulterous wife decides to bring home is a complete sociopath who sets out to destroy her life. It's an absolutely horrifying - and perfectly written - book. Rick Reed is one of the best thriller writers working today. Readers should also check out IM - which is another one of those oh-God-what-is-going-to-happen now books that completely captivates and chills. If you like suspense, you should put several of Reed's books at the top of your list!
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Beth Walsh has it all. She has the perfect husband. She volunteers at a children’s hospital. She comes across as someone who (as the blurb states) looks like someone you’d meet at a church social. She wears conservative clothing and the world sees Beth as being a good girl, so to speak. Married to Mark for four years, she has the perfect marriage. Mark is a family attorney and works a lot, but he makes up for his time away by spending time doting on his loving wife. Their sex life is amazing and has not gotten stale. By all rights, the marriage is perfect and Beth and Mark have the perfect life together.

Only Beth has a secret life and there’s nothing conservative about it.

When Mark leaves for the office, Beth dresses in her “slut clothes” that she has hidden away from her husband. Short skirts, tight tops, high heels and a lot of make-up and jewelry. Once this Beth persona comes out, she goes out to play. She wants sex and she wants it down and dirty with strangers. No names. No personal details. Just hard, rough sex. Once she gets her kicks, she returns home and changes back into the perfect, demure wife for Mark. On one such morning after Mark leaves for the office, she makes her way to her hunting ground and spots a man so gorgeous she knows she will have him inside her before the day is over. Tall, black hair, blue eyes – the man is perfection. Beth makes her move but the stranger isn’t interested. If anything, he’s angry that she dared come on to him. But Beth won’t be denied. She rubs against him and keeps pushing until finally he agrees to the hook-up with the condition it be done at her house. Beth has never brought one of her men to the home she shares with her husband. That’s hers and Mark’s place. How can she sully it by bringing in one of her random f*cks?
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By Cathy Hudson on March 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The synopsis of the book led me to believe that I was going to reading something a bit racier and horrific than what I actually got. I read it all the way through, only because I truly believed it might get better. However the characters were very one-dimensional and unbelievable....Beth's husband was just a little bit too gullible and naive to be lifelike. I'm not sure where the writer was going with Beth's character. I could neither empathise nor sympathise with her. I found her a shallow, again unbelievable, character. I didn't care what became of her.

Very disappointing.
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By Thomas Patrick Hull on November 6, 2009
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This is one more wonderful tale by Rick R. Reed. I have had the good fortune to read nearly all of his works of art, and have enjoyed each one uniquely. I know he is an artist because he does not simply tell a tale that allows the reader to peek through a key hole and observe life in fiction, but he creates three dimensional characters for whom the reader feels empathy. Both the victim and the perp are equally interesting as each has been etched by the unfolding of their lives. I find Reed's tales to be like parables commenting on the shadow side of human experience
and causing the reader to not simply enjoy the work, but to be reflective on the meaning of human tragedy.

The sensitive and cultivated eye beholds the paintings of George Tooker or the illustrations of Norman Rockwell, and is captivated by the story behind the image, the meaning of the journey of those presented from an instant in their lives. Sometimes one confects a story in the mind to go with the image in the artwork. In Reed's tales the converse seems to be true. The clarity of the prose and the behaviors of the characters invite the reader to form strong images, and connective feelings. Among writers of horror, suspense, and mystery I find Mr. Reed to be one of the very best. It is a puzzle to me why he is not better known and more widely available.

The HIGH RISK tale begins with acting out as any of us might. Many of us take risks in relationships -- as is also depicted in IM, MUTE WITNESS, BASHED -- and hope that everything will work out in due time, be that short or elongated. There is, however, a little voice inside that warns us that this may not be the most prudent thing to do. Its a revelation of experience that not everyone is nice or thinks as I do, for example.
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