Title: The Perils of Intimacy
Author: Rick R Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, recovering drug addict, conflict, second chances, guilt, forgiveness
Page Count:200 pages
Reviewed by: Bat
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Jimmy and Mark make an adorable couple. Jimmy’s kindness and clean-cut cuteness radiate out of him like light. Mark, although a bit older, complements Jimmy with his humor and his openness to love.
But between them, a dark secret lurks, one with the power to destroy.
See, when Mark believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, 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, long bleached dreadlocks, and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a different person—a lying, conniving thief who robbed Mark blind during their one-night stand.
Mark doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone horribly wrong with this fresh-faced, smiling twentysomething… but Jimmy knows. As they begin a dance of love and attraction, will Jimmy be brave enough to reveal the truth? And if he does, will Mark be able to forgive him? Can he see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers will depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.
I have to be completely honest in saying that this was not one of my favorite books by Rick R Reed. You may ask why that is? In staying with the honest answer, I cannot give just one reason for that opinion.
What I cans say is that Rick wrote a book on a very serious subject that unfortunately too many people deal with in a day to day basis. For this applaud Rick. Drug addiction is a very serious matter. Drugs will do things to people and make them into someone they may have not been before they started using them. For this story the drug of choice is Meth which is a highly addictive drug that once a user starts using it, it is hard for them to stop using it. Meth is a drug that turns a normal individual into someone you will no longer recognize. So Rick writing a book about a character that is a recovery addict is a very commendable thing.
More commendable is the fact that Rick did not gloss overthe subject. He made the character very realistic in the fact that even though Jimmy is recovering, and two years sober, the addiction and the triggers to go back to using is still there. Rick also made Jimmy’s character truly portray what some users are like when it comes to trying to get their next fix and the things they will do and not to mention the fact that when high on Meth, who they hurt does not phase the addict in the least. The most important thing is the next high. So in this respect I will applaud Rick.
What really bothered me about this read is in some parts of the book emotions where really extreme to the point that I could not understand why Jimmy was so upset but in the parts of the book where I felt his emotions should have been that high like what I just stated, well Jimmy was more subtle and not emotional like I felt he should have been U for the circumstance.
I completely understood Jimmy’s need to try and help others in his previous position, but what really through me was Jimmy knowing what happens and how a user is from his own personal experience, Jimmy still left someone who is strung out in his home alone. So that truly made the believeable parts of this book not so believable after all.
So like I stated, there was not just something specific that made me not enjoy this read like I have enjoyed other books by Rick R Reed but it was just Few little things that I felt made the book not my favorite. Regardless it will not keep me from reading Rick R Reeds books in the future because Rick is a great author regardless of how I feel about this book. And I do believe that others may enjoy this read note then I did.
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