Torn (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Torn
Author: Rick R Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Genre(s): Gay romance
Page Count: 202 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 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.

I am sad to say that I did not enjoy this book. Rick R Reed is normally one of my favorite authors to read from but there was something about this book that I did not enjoy.

I was so looking forward to this book because there is just not a lot of love triangle books that I have been able to find in this genre but when I started reading this book, I just could not get into the book the way that I had anticipated that I would. I believe that a lot of that was due to the main character Ricky. With Ricky I just got this vibe off of him being a truly wishey washy type personality. He is one of those people that falls head over heals in love really easily and if the person that he is in love with is not in the fore front with him, then he will once again fall in love with another. This is how the love triangle comes about. Ricky meets and falls in love with one man while on vacation, then makes plans to meet back up again when they are both home again. Then when home again he meets and falls in love with another man.

Though I love a great love triangle type of book, this one was just not the book for me. I love Rick R Reed’s books but sadly this one was not one of them. I do believe that others will enjoy this read more then I did but again sadly I was not one of them. I will continue to read Rick’s future books because one book does not make a bad impression on me. So I know from past experience there will be great books in the future by Rick.

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


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.