Rick R. Reed

The R is for Romance

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REAL MEN. TRUE LOVE.

Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning.  Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love.


He's the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 50 works of published fiction, including over 30 novels and dozens of novellas and short stories. He is forever at work on another book. Lambda Literary has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Palm Springs with his husband and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix, Kodi.  


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Ever been two 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.


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Rick's Latest Book: Blue Umbrella Sky  

Milt Grabaur has left his life, home, and teaching career in Ohio to start anew. The Summer Winds trailer park in Palm Springs, butted up against the San Jacinto mountain range, seems the perfect place to forget the pain of nursing his beloved husband through Alzheimer's and seeing him off on his final passage.


Billy Blue is a sexy California surfer type who once dreamed of being a singer but now works at Trader Joe's and lives in his own trailer in Summer Winds. He's focused on recovery from the alcoholism that put his dreams on hold.


When his new neighbor moves in, Billy falls for the gray-eyed man. His sadness and loneliness awaken something Billy's never felt before: real love.


When a summer storm and flash flood jeopardize Milt's home, Billy comes to the rescue, hoping the two men might become better acquainted... and maybe begin a new romance.

But Milt's devotion to his late husband is strong, and he worries that acting on his attraction will be a betrayal.


Can they lay down their baggage and find out how redemptive love can be?


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Bigger Love

Truman Reid is Summitville High's most out and proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he's suffered more than his share of bullying. He's looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he'll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he's ever seen.


Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It's almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike's dad?


Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms. 


See how it all plays out on a stage of laughter, tears, and sticking up for one's essential self....


BOOKLIST says, "A tone of authentic tenderness and yearning, completely without artifice, suffuses Reed's engaging Appalachian tale of high-school gay love."


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Sky Full of Mysteries

What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead, but returned twenty years later?

That's the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D'Amico, he's suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears. 

Where has Rory been all this time? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into the heavens? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it's as though only a day or two has passed. 

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared. 

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars....

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Now in Audiobook:  Lost and Found

On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle's Discovery Park. 

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.


Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there's a problem--who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be--but that's just what Flynn experienced.


A 'shared custody' compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it--and, along the way, they just might fall in love.


Cover Artist: Reese Dante    Narrator: Michael Neeb


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