TITLE: The Perils of Intimacy
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2017
PRICE: $8.32 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
Jimmy and Mark make an adorable couple. Jimmy’s kindness and clean-cut cuteness radiate out of him like light. Mark, although a bit older, complements Jimmy with his humor and his openness to love.
But between them, a dark secret lurks, one with the power to destroy.
See, when Mark believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, he’s wrong.
Mark has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings, long bleached dreadlocks, and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a different person—a lying, conniving thief who robbed Mark blind during their one-night stand.
Mark doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone horribly wrong with this fresh-faced, smiling twentysomething… but Jimmy knows. As they begin a dance of love and attraction, will Jimmy be brave enough to reveal the truth? And if he does, will Mark be able to forgive him? Can he see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers will depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.
Just WOW! This book was simply outstanding. The storyline was so powerful and filled with raw emotion that I had trouble sleeping because I couldn’t stop thinking about it and playing it over in my head. I was completely wrecked from everything my mind and heart went through while reading this story, it really was an emotional roller-coaster.
Written in the first-person narrative with dual POV, I was immediately spellbound from the first paragraph. I felt as if each character was speaking only to me. It was like I was transported into their lives, and was experiencing every smile and every pierce of the heart as if it was actually happening to me personally, not just words that I was reading in front of me. Yeah, this book was something special.
The story is set in Seattle, and is about the two main characters Jimmy Kilpatrick and Marc Kelly (I know the blurb has it spelled as Mark, but all through the book it is written as Marc). Jimmy is a 23-year-old recovering meth addict, who works as a waiter in a diner. Jimmy has been clean for two years, but holds a lot of guilt and shame for the things he did while deep in his addiction. He lives with his friend/roommate Kevin, also a recovering meth addict, in a not too desirable part of town. Jimmy has completely turned his life around, he looks and acts differently now, and will do whatever he can to keep his life straight. With the help of his sponsor and regular NA meetings, he’s getting by one day at a time, and although he doesn’t have much, he’s happier now than he’s ever been. Marc is only a few months away from reaching forty, he’s a shy and introverted man who has very few friends. He works in the communications department for a healthcare company, and sits in his little cubicle all day writing newsletters and updating websites. Marc, although quite handsome, is very socially awkward, and is not good at meeting or speaking to new people. He uses hookup sites to meet guys so that he doesn’t have to speak to them face to face. This hasn’t always gone too well for him, and there have been a few occasions where he felt hurt and betrayed by the actions of some of the men he has met up with, so now he has a few trust issues. When Jimmy and Marc meet in the diner where Jimmy works, there is a connection that both men feel instantly, and although its surprises them, it’s something that they both feel is right, and that they need to pursue. The more time they spend together, the deeper the feelings go, but Jimmy remembers Marc from his past, even if Marc doesn’t remember him. The question is, does he tell Marc everything and risk losing his one chance at love and happiness, or does he stay quiet and hope Marc never recognises that he was the person who destroyed the trust he once had?
I had obviously heard of this author before but never got around to reading any of his books. Now I want to kick and scream at myself for waiting so long because I really feel like I’ve been missing out. Rick R. Reed is now on my list of authors that will be one-click buys whenever there’s a new release. I’m in complete awe of the way his words got under my skin, and how they made me think and feel. There’s one quote from the book that stood out for me the most, and even as I sit here writing this, it is still staying with me, so I thought I’d share it because it’s probably one of the most poignant paragraphs I have ever read.
“We all make mistakes. But I always remember what my sponsor told me—mistakes are the soil we grow from. Every mistake, every bad thing we did shouldn’t be a regret, because everything we do is simply one more step on our journey. Without the mistakes, we’d never grow.”
An absolute must read if you like a book that pulls at the heartstrings, but can also make you smile.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***