Review: Torn – Rick R. Reed

Torn Book Cover Torn
Rick R. Reed
Gay Romance
Dreamspinner Press
May 21, 2019

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.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

In 1995, twenty-five years ago thirty-five year old Ricky Comparetto made his first trip over the pond to England with his best friend Boutros BinBin. It was during that trip that he fell in love with Walt Whitman, not the poet, who also turned out to be American. Ricky fell head over heels for the American and although he was HIV positive they used protection to ensure Ricky’s safety.

Boutros was originally from England and he still had family there, his mother, father, ex-wife and three children but now he lived in Chicago and had no illusions as to his being very gay. During the time that Ricky and Boutros were in England there was no shortage of sex partners, sex in bathrooms, cars, gardens, churches, beaches and even in a bed. There was no getting to know one another it was a look and sex.

Ricky was also married once until he finally accepted the fact that he was born gay and now sex is all that is important to him. When he finally says goodbye to Walt who lives in Boston and doubts if they will ever see each other again he finds love once again in Chicago. It didn’t take long only a few weeks till he met Tom Green and once again they couldn’t get enough of each other.

This story is told in first person by Ricky who tells about the two times he was sure he was in love and who he eventually chose to spend his life with. I have read many gay books but this one was so very explicit and so filled with one sex scene after another that it was hard to concentrate on anything else. It was disheartening to see how Ricky and Boutros went from one sex partner to another and even in an age where AIDS and HIV were coming to the forefront they did very little to protect themselves. Ricky even got Hepatitis but that was not the only time he got something from having sex. I guess I am used to the gay books I have read being more about love than sex but in spite of that I did enjoy the interaction between Ricky and Boutros.

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