Torn (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Torn
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 21st, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 202
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Ever been torn between two lovers? That’s Ricky Comparetto’s problem.

It’s 1995, and Ricky is making his very first trip across the pond with his best friend. Ricky, hungry for love and looking for it in all the wrong places, finds it in the beach city of Brighton. His new love has the curious name of Walt Whitman and is also an American, which only serves to make him sexier and more intriguing. By the time Walt and Ricky part, promises are made for a reunion in Boston.

But the course of true love never runs smooth. In Chicago Ricky almost immediately falls in love again. Tom Green is a sexy blue-collar beast with the kindest heart Ricky has ever run across.

What’s he to do? With a visit to the East Coast on the horizon and a new love blossoming in Ricky’s home of Chicago, Ricky truly is torn.

The thought of having to pick between two vastly different, both perfect loves gives me anxiety. Fortunately, by the time I reached the end of this story, I was happy with the ‘choice’ as well as the ending.

The first section of this book follows Ricky as he plods across Brighton with his best friend, partying and sleeping with every bloke he makes eye contact with. It’s set in 1995 where you were more concerned with getting off, not as much with what you’d end up catching. And there was some of that as well.

So our Ricky keeps running into Walt, who’s hot and fun and studious. They get on well and decide that they want to see where it goes. After trading addresses and phone numbers, Walt walks away and Ricky lets him go…sadly.

Back at home in Chicago, Ricky meets Tom. He’s everything that Walt isn’t, but they just seem to fit. After spending weeks together, Walt calls and pops the bubble around him and Tom.

As much as I would love to go on there is no way I’m spoiling this read for you. You have to read it yourself to find the treasure at the end, but it was well worth the read. Rick R. Reed knows how to spin a story and give just enough information to hook you in. The specifics of each relationship unraveled at their own pace, giving way to understanding by the reader as you go.

I felt this was well done and a charming tale of a few months of Ricky’s life in which he hoped to find Mr. Right and ended up with some options for the position as well as a few tough decisions.

Effortlessly fun and charming, I really enjoyed this story.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday