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Someone--or something--is killing Seattle's gay men.
A creature moves through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon, taking them, one by one, from the rain city's gay gathering areas.



Someone--or something--is falling in love with Thad Matthews.


Against a backdrop of horror and fear, young Thad finds his first true love in the most unlikely of places: a new Italian res...more
ebook, 182 pages
Published March 6th 2010 by Amber Allure
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Betryal
This book is filled with paralyzing suspense and had me sitting at the end of my seat and I was literally yelling: RUN GODAMNIT RUN!! And for your information I read it during the day and not at night. :snorts: After what I've heard about it how stupid do you think I am?

As Rick's books always do it leaves you with a sense of awe, intrigue and quite frankly will his books ever end without you scratching your head and wondering wait a sec you can't just end it like that?

This one will do that to y...more
Jon

I usually listen to audio books (the unabridged versions) via headphones traveling on hours-long plane rides or driving long trips alone. So when a book I’ve had my eye on was released in audio book format recently, I decided to take a chance and listen while in my car – which proved quite often as I found myself looking for places to go, errands that needed doing so I could listen to Rick R. Reed’s suspenseful, romantic thriller, The Blue Moon Café.

Taken from the blurb for both print and audio...more
Cindi
4.5 stars

Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.

This is not your typical werewolf or shifter story. Most I see out these days show the werewolf in a good light. That is definitely not the case with The Blue Moon Cafe. If you are familiar with this author's work then you know to expect the unexpected. If not, be prepared as this is no sweet and sappy romance. The killings are described and this book has a dark element that some might find disturbing. Me? I absolutely loved it....more
Jenre
The beginning of The Blue Moon Cafe throws us straight into horror territory as we are taken into the mind of a killer. The killer is stalking the streets of Seattle's gay district looking for young gay men to kill. He finds one and we leave his mind just as he begins to tear the man apart. We then move onto our hero Thad. Recently unemployed, Thad is finding the formless days and close confines of his apartment difficult to cope with so he decides to treat himself to a meal at a new Italian res...more
Giovanni Gelati
I have been trying to sprinkle in some different things into the mix the last month or so. The paranormal, zombie , fright type novels have been giving me a case of the chills on occasion and I am more of a goose bump, action, adventure, humor, mystery, OCD type guy. So, when I got a hold of The Blue Moon Café I thought, hey give it a whirl, how bad can werewolves be. I was happy to say it contained all of the above.
Rick R. Reed puts a very unique spin on a plotline that could be become old and...more
Rick
Jan 18, 2011 Rick added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Someone--or something--is killing Seattle's gay men.
A creature moves through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon, taking them, one by one, from the rain city's gay gathering areas.

Someone--or something--is falling in love with Thad Matthews.
Against a backdrop of horror and fear, young Thad finds his first true love in the most unlikely of places--a new Italian restaurant called The Blue Moon Cafe. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of in a man: compassionate, giving, handsome, a...more
Monika
WOW!! An amazing thriller that kept me guessing, a sexy love story that doesn’t quiet end the way I hoped, add in werewolves and you have a really great story that is nothing like your normal everyday shifter book. The shifter aspect of the story is secondary, the books focus is on a serial killer who is targeting gay men.

The connection between Thad and Sam was there from the beginning, but their love was not an easy one nor was it instant and forever. So many questions and a whole lot of suspic...more
Durwood
Feb 16, 2012 Durwood rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: gay horror lovers - esp if you live in Seattle, where it is set
Reed is at his best when describing a scene in such vivid detail that the reader is transported into the story. He does a particularly good job of this in Blue Moon when describing the Italian cuisine served at the cafe - he had me salivating Pavlovian-style.

I loved the perfect blend of culinary delights, eroticism, suspense, and terror. While the plot does not always go where you expect, I was able to anticipate the next immediate event most of the time; this didn't detract from my enjoyment at...more
Cindy (eclecticfirefly)
The werewolves in this story truly are werewolves. Except for one thing. A bite will not "change" someone, being a werewolf is an hereditary thing. The wolf only comes out during a full moon and they usually restrict themselves to hunting animals.

But someone is hunting humans. Gay, male humans.

Thad is at loose ends in his life. He lost his job and hasn't had any luck finding another. He is a likable fellow trying to find his way. I liked Thad. I felt his excitment when he met Sam and his need fo...more
Lexi Ander
Wow, I am not sure what to say. The twist and turns made this book extremely engrossing.

Off the top, I like that this did not revolve around the shifters. Their life and that they exist is not what the story revolves around. The second thing was that the human did not automatically roll over and accept it just because he is or maybe in love.

I flip-flopped between who was better for Thad, Sam or Jared. They both had their merits. I think I was just as indecisive as Thad on this issue. I am happy...more
LdDurham
Jun 02, 2010 LdDurham rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to LdDurham by: Carvedwood
I didn't particularly care for the writing style. It was a bit too conspicuous for me. I kept thinking of this book as a B horror flick written as a novel. It wasn't bad, but the emotions were a little over-acted and I could see what was coming from a long way off.

I found the interludes of the monster's thoughts a distraction and really dropped any sort of intensity level that had been building. I never connected with the main character, Thad, finding him to be silly, wishy-washy, and shallow,...more
Zach Sweets
It earned 3.5 bumping to 4 stars. The mystery part was too predictable and I already figured who did that at the very beginning of the story. I did connect to the character but I feel that there wasn't enough on how their relationship developed or enough on Sam and his family.

I loved the secondary character, Jared. He's a fun person who went through hell.

I have to say...I hated the ending and I really hope the author will do a follow up story or even a sequel. There were too many questions not...more
Holly
Not so much a romance, where love transcends all, as a "have to make do with what's available" novel. But that said, the twists in the plot, trying to second guess the characters and the B-grade scary atmosphere made it an enjoyable read.
K
This is not a typical trope filled werewolf romance.... whilst the main narrator is Thad, a young single gay man living in Seattle, you also spend some of your time in the mind of a werewolf looking for a meal... which he finds in the form of young gay men...

When Thad tries out a new restaurant, The Blue Moon Cafe of the title, he meets Sam, an older bearded man from Italy, as are the rest of his family who live with him. There is an instant attraction between the pair and they begin dating.

When...more
Yvonne
Just a few random thoughts: Good suspense. I found myself skipping ahead in a few places to make sure everything would turn out OK.

This had a little B Horror movie quality due to the villain and in that someone has to be a little TSTL to make it work. It's known gay men are being attacked in hang out spots in the gayborhood. So what do people do but hang out at night with no caution whatsoever. Once the MC finds out the timeframe it's happening, what does he do but go out during this exact timef...more
Alan
Thad Matthews is between jobs, between boyfriends and trying to pull his self-esteem out of the gutter in Seattle’s gay neighborhood, Capitol Hill. But he has to be careful during his nights out clubbing to find a new love/lust interest because there have been some gruesome deaths in the area, gay men mutilated and half-eaten, and it always seems to happen during a full moon.

When Thad decides to try the new Italian restaurant that opens near his apartment, he encounters more than great food and...more
Ryan G
After the disaster that was The Secret Keeper, I was a little gun shy about reviewing anymore gay fiction that was written by an author I was unfamiliar with. I would happily read if for my own enjoyment, but I wasn't sure I would wanted to agree to reviewing a book that I wasn't sure I would enjoy. After a few days of thinking about it, I realized that I was being a little odd about it. Why should I hold back on gay fiction when I wasn't having any doubts about other genres of fiction. If I was...more
D.H. Starr
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Indie Reviews
Thad Matthews has lost his job and spends his days surfing the Internet for employment prospects, loving on Edith his Chihuahua and generally feeling sorry for himself. Out of curiosity he checks out a new Italian restaurant for dinner – The Blue Moon Café – and meets Sam Lupino the owner. It’s lust at first sight for both, and after Sam feeds Thad a scrumptious meal they spend little time getting naked and jumping into bed. Sam is the man of Thad’s dreams – dark, handsome, older and worldlier a...more
Tony-Paul Vissage
Fans of werewolf tales may think they know what’s going to happen next but they’ll find themselves being proven wrong again and again. The Blue Moon Café has just enough deviations from the usual formula to keep the reader guessing and the story taut. The parts of the novel seen through the killer’s eyes are a fluid, eloquent description of aroused, heightened, animalistic senses.

I’ve always congratulated myself on being able to figure out ’way in advance whodunit and how something is going to...more
Brandon Witt
Blue Moon Cafe was such a fun story to read (listen to, actually, as I did this one on audiobook). I think fun is actually the best descriptor of this novel. Though it may be a strange adjective to choose for a book that has a couple scenes with mild descriptions of werewolf killings. It managed to be both cheeky and keep the reader guessing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Mild spoiler----as for those ratings that give it a low number because they didn’t like the ending, I can’t tell you sick I am...more
Dianna
I could really blather on for ages about this book!!
I did $ this for my Kindle DX & was thrilled to find was an amazing thriller
wrapped up in a sexy love story full of heart break & loss....
I loved this story have read 3 times so far & my one wish is that we could have some more
of Sam &Thad set wherever ...just more..I am also a foodie & was thrilled w/ all the descriptions
of all the yummie foods made @ The Blue Moon Cafe...stunning for all the senses !!!!
Yummie men yummie st...more
Georgiann Hennelly
The twists and turns made this engrossing. Someone or something is killing gay men in Settle. It's a very good paranormal / chiller. Something or someone is moving through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon , and killing them one by one from the city's gay gathering areas. Thad finds his true love in a new Italian restaurant The Blue Moon cafe. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of. He's compassionate , giving, and handsome. But as their love grows so do the questions. Why do Sam'...more
Peter Saenz
This is a fantastic book by one of my favorite gay genre authors. The book follows a blossoming relationship where the central character is ultimately forced to choose between the new man in his life or the new friend with potential. Mix in werewolves and a city serial killer centering on gay men and you've got a riviting book with a lot of heart and a lot of thrills. I highly recommend this book and am eagerly awaiting it's sequel. - Peter Saenz
Jen Pinto
I enjoyed trying to figure out which wolf was the culprit. I seesawed back and forth between 2 characters throughout the whole book and then it turned out to be one I didn't think of in that role.

Rick is a great weaver of suspense and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes supernatural mysteries.

Now I'm off to work my way through more of his fabulous books.
Nene
Not a bad story, but not really my cup of tea. I never really connected with the pairing at all, and really don't think enough attention was paid to Sam. It was an interesting read though, with some shifter violence, which is often white-washed, so for that alone, I give it 3 stars.
OkayKim
I'm fast becoming a huge fan of this particular author's work. First, it's a suspenseful page turner. Second, a romance that doesn't follow in the traditional sense.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed the story.
I'm hoping for a sequel?! Oh please, Mr. Reed, do follow up with a sequel.
Rae
I waited ages to read this book, and I've wanted to read it since it came out - no idea why I waited so long. I really enjoyed it, even though it didn't have the HEA ending I normally like (and that's the only reason I gave it 4 stars). It's one I will mostly likely read again :)
Chris
Very good paranormal m/m chiller about a guy who becomes involved with a mysterious restaurant owner who never seems to be available at certain times of the month. At the same time, Seattle's gay community is reeling from a series of brutal murders...
Syfy
Sexy, scary, anything could happen, most of it does happen. Some people get eaten, some people fall in love... there's delicious Italian cooking too.
If you're looking for a read that fits a pattern, nah. Looking for a bit of frightening adventure? Yeah!
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