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Rent Paperback – September 5, 2012
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Wren Gallagher has just lost his job. He goes to a club named Tricks, wanting to escape from his life just for a little while. He flirted with an older man just to get his bar stool and maybe a free drink. When he gets rid of the man, he discovers his wallet is missing.
Another strange man comes up to him; this one buys him a drink and introduces himself. Davidson Chillingsworth, or Dave as he likes to be called, tells him about this amazing job opportunity he has. He'll be able to meet all the men he wants and maybe find true love along the way. Wren would like to say no; he thinks it over though and ends up calling to say yes. With no job and no home it seemed like the most logical thing to do.
He gets set up in an apartment and gets a trainer named Rufus. Wren likes Rufus from the get-go. When they go on a job where they have sex together he falls in love with Rufus. But Wren decides hooking is not for him. He leaves the business but Rufus promises to remain friends. When the seedier side of the escort business comes to light, Wren will do whatever it takes to save Rufus the man who owns his heart from being hurt or possibly worse--killed.
Rent by Rick R. Reed is a story I really loved. Action, adventure, and a storyline as powerful as any sex scene... Mind you, there is some hot M/M action in here but I loved the story line so much I didn't want it to end. The gripping way this story is spun made me really feel for Wren and want Rufus to have a happy ending too. There are twists and turns you just won't see coming. There is some dark humor in this book, but the emotion and the connection just about jumps off the pages to me the reader. I am going to have this book on my keeper shelf.
By Rick R Reed
Reviewed by Jon Michaelsen
The tag line for Rent by Rick R. Reed reads, "Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love..."
I could not have penned a better one-line mark to espouse the appeal of this new sexy romance thriller if I tried. Reed has returned with the release of his latest in fine form, returning to the murder-mystery, thriller genre fans have loved in his previous novels IM and Tricks, Obsessed, Crime Scene and Reckless, to name a few.
Readers of Reed's earlier novel, Tricks, are treated to a sequel of sorts in that gay go-go bar, Tricks, features prominently within the storyline, with some mentions of previous characters - though not central to the plot. Rent easily stands on its own without reading its predecessor a requisite.
Wren Gallagher wants nothing more than to lose himself within alcohol's nectar to chase the bad day away following his firing from a dead-end job he didn't much care for anyway. Making matters worse, he's somehow misplaced or lost his wallet, but all is not lost when a mysterious stranger steps forward to pay his tab and presents Wren with a rather tempting offer of richness -- and the promise of finding true love.
The stranger is the odd, rather diffident proprietor of À Louer, a male escort agency and he wants the nerdy handsome Gallagher to join his stable of boys for hire. Though initially uninterested, bad news and more unfortunate luck forces Wren to reconsider his financial alternates. He accepts the offer presented to him to become a high-end "whore", as he refers. Yet what Wren did not expect, was to meet the man of his dreams so soon in Rufus, an older, wiser escort who is assigned to be Wren's mentor.
On his first call, Wren is partnered with Rufus to perform for a client who only likes to watch, an opportunity to ease the young man's apprehension, that which becomes the catalyst to the swooning of Wren's heart. No sooner has Wren begun his newfound career of hustling his smooth, trim body for successful, often older closeted professionals, does news of the shocking murder of one of À Louer's escorts stun Wren into quitting, but not before encroaching in the personal privacy of Rufus, an act of suspicion sure to drive the love of his life away from him.
Rent is an outstanding sexy, romantic thriller full of dark, deadly secrets as one after another escort is murdered within a short period. The novel is well-plotted and suspenseful, a surprising thriller that will keep readers on a roller coaster ride through the final pages, with a jaw-dropping shock or two near the end- a trademark Reed eminence in crime fiction.
This heart-wrenching romantic thriller is quite simply brilliant!
Wren's first assignment involves a very hot n' steamy sex show with fellow A' Louer escort Rufus, and a chain-smoking client who just likes to watch. When Evan, another A' Louer escort, is found brutally murdered that same night, Rufus disappears and Wren realizes two things: 1) he is falling in love with Rufus and 2) the life of an escort is not for him.
Anxiously awaiting Rufus' return, Wren hacks into his computer and reads chapters from a novel Rufus is writing ... or is it real life ... about a spiral down into a coke addiction that is equal parts terrifying and heartbreaking. The introduction of this story gives A Dangerous Game its heart. It clarifies how life can change on a dime, how things are not always what they seem, how there are no easy answers and that carries over into the mystery / suspense element of the story as well.
Another beautifully crafted story by Rick R. Reed that holds your interest every step of the way. I definitely recommend this book!
I received an ARC of this book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review