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    A Pefect Addition to the LGBTQ+ Genre

    --I received this book for free from NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.-- First I want to say thank you to NinePress for allowing me to read this Advanced Reader's Copy. Now on to the review! Oh, what can I say The Perils of Intimacy drew me in from the first few pages. I think it was the writing style that caught my attention. Each part of the book is written from the character's point of view, and that was very interesting. Seeing what is growing through each of the character's minds during the story was awesome. Jimmy a recovering drug addict is absolutely the stand out star here. Reviewing his past and seeing how much he has grown was inspirational. Sure we all have a past, but Jimmy really has grown in the span of two years. Sure, he still has his moments dealing with addiction. But he is a good person! Mark, I found rather interesting. It seems like Jimmy ( or JD as he was known by then) and his first encounter broke a piece of himself. Through the course of the book, we see his journey of self-discovery. By the end of it all, we seem to have a better picture of him. Overall this book was a great read. But be cautious, as there are themes of drug abuse and addiction. But this book makes a great addition to the LGBTQ+ genre. I am going to have to find more of Reed's books now.
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    authentic and moving

    This novel brought me to tears a few times. Not surprising. This is the third novel of Rick Reed's that I've read and each one of them has been packed with visceral emotion and well-developed characters. Honestly, I'm running out of good descriptive words for how fabulous I think Rick's books are. His voice is a truly important one in the world of LGBTQIA+ writing. Again, these are NOT Gay romance novels. These are "own-voices" novels. They have such authenticity about them, it's remarkable. The characters have so many dimensions and they are always flawed ... just like everyone is. These are characters that I want to get to know. I get angry at them. I find myself wanting to know more about them. Whenever I get to the end of one of Rick's books, I find myself wondering if there's another one. This is a voice you don't want to miss. In this book, two men need forgiveness. They both need to leave something behind them in order to move forward. Sometimes, it's truly difficult to manage to continue to put one step in front of another when things keep smacking into us. Rick really captures the monotony, fear, excitement, relief, and exhaustion of recovery. At the same time he manages to allow the reader into a world of intimacy between two souls... it's captivating.
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    Great book

    A short, sweet book about forgiveness, drug use, sex, and second chances. Jimmy is a recovering drug user that stole Marc. Marc is having a hard time trusting and believing in people. Jimmy feeling guilty wanted to apologize to Marc but instead ends up dating him until the truth comes out. There is romance, angst, some very intense moments and funny moments between Marc and his coworker. I truly enjoyed this book.
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    Good Writing, Less Good Romance

    Book content trigger warnings: Past and present drug use; character briefly under knife point I've been struggling to write a review for this book because it's really difficult to describe my take on it. Okay, so... The Perils of Intimacy is a book unlike others. It quashes a lot of cliches and even has some totally unexpected twists in there. I could tell the author did his research for both the setting and the plotty content. In addition to those things, there were well-developed and interesting side characters, and the writing style was generally easy to read and absorbing. I enjoyed it. I cared about what was happening with these men and their friends. I was impressed by the realistically written issues the main characters have and their personal growth and increasingly healthy thought processes. It was GOOD to see lifelike characters doing their best to love themselves. For all of these reasons, I liked the book. However, there were a few qualms I had about the rest of it. For starters, there seemed to be these small contradictions throughout. For instance, at one point a character was remembering getting off in 30 minutes. Later, it was remembered as 10 minutes. Stuff like that, strewn throughout, that was kind of odd and felt... forgetful. Additionally, I really wanted to feel the romance between Marc and Jimmy, and support it, but I cared more about them as people and their growths separately than together. For one thing, both the few kisses shared and intimate moments were fade-to-black. No present details. You get a little information from a character thinking back on it, but nothing up and close. No senses drawn. For another... listen, I read all kinds of romance, including long and short fanfictions with magical soulmates. Yet this takes insta-love to a whole new level. If it had just been intense feelings ("why can't I get enough of you?"), I would absolutely have been THERE for it. But "I love yous"?? Realistically, even if people FEEL that that early on, like, way too early on as they do in this book, hardly anyone is ready to admit it to themselves, let alone their partner. It was just too much, too fast. I couldn't suspend my belief and therefore was taken out of the story. Which was a bummer because I really wanted to care about these two getting a happy ending, but it was hard to believe. Still, while this book needed some work, I could and can tell that Rick R. Reed has talent, dedication, and loads of potential. If he improves in a few areas, he will excel, and I look forward to seeing what it looks like when he does. **I received an ARC of this book free courtesy of NetGalley/NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review, which did not affect my opinion
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