M4M (Steph’s Review)

Title: M4M
Authors: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

2nd Edition

Finding and keeping love can be a challenge in the modern world of blogging, social media, and online dating, as one man will learn in this trilogy.

VGL Male Seeks Same

Poor Ethan Schwartz. At forty-two, he’s alone, his bed is empty, and his HDTV is overworked. He’s tried bars and other places where gay men are supposed to find each other, but it never works out. Maybe he should get a cat?

But his life is about to change…


Poor Ethan. He’s received the most shocking news a gay man can get—he’s HIV positive. Until today his life was perfect, with a job he loves and Brian, who could be “the one.” The one to complete him and fill his lonely life with laughter, hot sex, and romance.

But Ethan’s in for another shock. Could Brian have infected him?


Alone again, Ethan wonders if life is worth living, even with a cat. When an old nemesis sends a Facebook friend request, Ethan is suspicious but intrigued. It seems this old acquaintance has turned his life around, and the changes might hold the key to Ethan getting a new lease on life… and love.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.

Part One – 2008
Well, to put it bluntly it sucked. The first part is a lot of his inner dialogue that drove me up the wall. There is very little exchange between him and his coworkers, he doesn’t have any friends outside of work so yeah it was boring. I really wanted to give him a happy pill. It wasn’t until he met Brian for the first time that it started to get a bit better. I never knew I craved so much interaction until I read this story lol.

Part Two – 2009
Starts off six months later with Ethan receiving really bad news. He is abrupt, which is understandable, and pushes Brian away, again I understand, to work how his life will change. So, he ends up creating a blog: Off to see the Wizard of Poz, which I have to say was my favorite part of the book. While again there is too much inner musings, I did enjoy his blog. How he uses it as a medium to help express his fears to others out there and how they in turn reach out and react to him. It was beautiful.

Part Three – 2017
Fast forward eight years later and again with the bad news. Without giving too much away this last book brings Ethan’s life of sorts, full circle. In the end however, there is hope where there was none. Reconnecting with a person from his past, he starts to realize that he is not alone.

Overall thoughts:
I do wish we could have known how Ethan contracted HIV, and how he was doing on the meds he was initially prescribed. Also, did he still keep with his Blog: Off to see the Wizard of Poz. I wondered if he continued with it because I am sure the community he built would help him through his tough time.

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Galley copy of M4M provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.
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