Title: A Dangerous Game (2nd Edition)
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Genre(s): Thriller / Suspense
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love.
On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher wants oblivion when he steps into Tricks for a drink. When a mysterious stranger steps up to pay his tab, he offers Wren the key to fulfilling his dreams of prosperity and true love.
But appearances are not always what they seem.
His savior owns the escort agency À Louer, and he wants the young and handsome Wren as part of his stable of men-for-hire. Down on his luck, Wren figures, why not? He needs the money. When he joins, though, he doesn’t count on meeting Rufus, another escort with whom he falls hopelessly in love.
But their love story will have to overcome the obstacles of not only trading love for money, but À Louer’s dark—and deadly—secrets.
“A Dangerous Game” is a sequel of sorts to Reed’s earlier novel “Tricks” where we met Sean and Arliss, a dancer at Tricks bar in Boystown. Wren meets Davidson Chillingsworth at Tricks and is offered an escort job at A’ Louer (which Chillingsworth tells Wren means ‘to connect, to find love’ when in fact it means ‘for rent’). Despite some serious misgivings, Wren agrees …
Wren thought he should have felt some sort of relief. Instead it felt as though a trap had just snapped shut.
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.