Rick R. Reed

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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 fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband.

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Rick R. Reed You know, maybe 7 years ago it did surprise me a bit, when I just assumed most of my readers would be gay men (since that was who I was writing…moreYou know, maybe 7 years ago it did surprise me a bit, when I just assumed most of my readers would be gay men (since that was who I was writing about). But I've come to discover that straight women are some of the most devoted and passionate fans of m/m romance and I love them for that. There are also some great female straight writers of the genre, as I'm sure you know. One reader once told me she loved romance, but had grown tired of the power dynamic in M/F romances, which was why she came to prefer the more equal relationships in M/M fiction. Whatever the reason, I'm simply grateful to all of you for reading!(less)
Rick R. Reed Read a lot. Write a lot. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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PENANCE has a new cover!


Here's the cover for the brand-new reissue of the paperback edition (from Untreed Reads) of my novel about Chicago streetkids and the monster who preys on them.

This will be the first time PENANCE has been back in print in decades. For comparison, I'm also showing the original Dell paperback cover from 1991. 


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Bound by misery. Marked by sin. Set free by death.

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Raining Men (Gay & Lesbian)
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Description: Sequel to Chaser The character you loved to hate in Chaser becomes the character you will simply love in Raining Men. It’s been raining men for most of Bobby Nelson’s adult life. Normally, he wouldn’t have it any other way, but lately something’s missing. Now, he wants the deluge to slow to a single special drop. But is it even possible for Bobby to find “the one” after endless years of hooking up? When Bobby’s father passes away, Bobby finally examines his rocky relationship with the man and how it might have contributed to his inability to find the love he yearns for. Guided by a sexy therapist, a Sex Addicts Anonymous group, a well-endowed Chihuahua named Johnny Wadd, and Bobby’s own cache of memories, Bobby takes a spiritual, sexual, and emotional journey to discover that life’s most satisfactory love connections lie in quality, not quantity. And when he’s ready to love not only himself but someone else, sex and love fit, at last, into one perfect package.
Hungry for Love (Select)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: Nate Tippie and Brandon Wilde are gay, single, and both hoping to meet that special man, even though fate has not yet delivered him to their doorstep. Nate's sister, Hannah, and her kooky best friend, Marilyn, are about to help fate with that task by creating a profile on the gay dating site, OpenHeartOpenMind. The two women are only exploring, but when they need a face and body for the persona they create, they use Nate as the model. When Brandon comes across the false profile, he falls for the guy he sees online. Keeping up the charade, Hannah begins corresponding with him, posing as Nate. Real complications begin when Brandon wants to meet Nate, but Nate doesn’t even know he’s being used in the online dating ruse. Hannah and Marilyn concoct another story and send Nate out to let the guy down gently. But when Nate and Brandon meet, the two men feel an instant and powerful pull toward each other. Cupid seems to have shot his bow, but how do Nate and Brandon climb out from under a mountain of deceit without letting go of their chance at love?
Penance (Horror)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: Bound by misery. Marked by sin. Set free by death. Barely into their teens, without homes, they dwell in neon shadows, the violent eddies of urban America. They trade their innocence for money, abuse their hopes, and then a monster comes... A monster without fangs or claws, but more deadly. Because of them, he has lost everything: his wife, his family. And he vows to clean the streets of Chicago...for good. One of the street kids and a man of the cloth form a desperate pact. Together, they will find the madman whose basement has become a chamber of horrors... PENANCE was part of Dell Abyss' remarkable horror line, lauded by none other than Stephen King.
Obsessed (Horror)
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Description: I kill, therefore I am… Voices slam through the corridor of his wounded mind. The words of his dead sister cry out. His parents' taunts fill the silent room where he sits and waits--waits for the murderous rage, filling him with strength, driving him to kill, to touch the cold flesh, taste the warm blood--to feel alive again… A witness has seen him, but his killing only turns her on and now she wants to protect him. His wife suspects him, but the private detective she hired cannot stop him. Joe MacAree fears nothing--except that he may no longer be human. The thirst that drives him is relentless, moving deeper and deeper into his own shattering, private realm, where each murder is a delicious new gift of life, where revulsion is beauty, and the obsession will never let him go. Obsessed was part of Dell Abyss' remarkable horror line, lauded by none other than Stephen King.
Caregiver (Gay & Lesbian)
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Description: SYNOPSIS It’s 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark’s addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that’s how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam. Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original—witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn’t let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail. Each step of Adam’s journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it’s Adam’s lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn’t right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.
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“And really, what is trust other than faith in a clever disguise?”
Rick R. Reed, Legally Wed

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Rick R. Reed, I Heart Boston Terriers

“The fire of their passion for one another darts around the small compartment like a bat, its blood-warmed wings beating helplessly against the smooth plastic walls.”
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message 112: by Rick

Rick Happy holidays to you!


message 110: by Rick

Rick And I wish you the same! Thank you, Helle! All the best in 2016!

Helle wrote: "



I wish you and your family a Happy New Year with lot of love, great health, lot of adventures, happiness, hope and dreams *big hugs* <3"



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I wish you and your family a Happy New Year with lot of love, great health, lot of adventures, happiness, hope and dreams *big hugs* <3


message 108: by Rick

Rick Helle wrote: "

Thanks! And the same right back at you!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with lot of love, happiness and laugh to you and your family *big hugs* <3"



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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with lot of love, happiness and laugh to you and your family *big hugs* <3


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Happy New Year with great health, love, happiness and adventures *Big Hugs* *Happy* <3 <3 <3


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Rick Happy Holidays to you and yours, Helle!Helle wrote: "



Merry Christmas with family, friends, love, happiness and laugh *Cuddle* *Big Hugs* *Kisses* *Happy* Thank you for making this a speciel Christmas <3 <3 <3 My sweet and lovely friend :-D"


Helle wrote: "



Merry Christmas with family, friends, love, happiness and laugh *Cuddle* *Big Hugs* *Kisses* *Happy* Thank you for making this a speciel Christmas <3 <3 <3 My sweet and lovely friend :-D"



message 104: by Helle

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Merry Christmas with family, friends, love, happiness and laugh *Cuddle* *Big Hugs* *Kisses* *Happy* Thank you for making this a speciel Christmas <3 <3 <3 My sweet and lovely friend :-D


message 103: by Rick

Rick Happy New Year to you as well. Only good surprises in 2014! Helle wrote: "



Happy New Year

I wish you a lot of love, great health and happiness xxx <3 <3 <3

Helle"



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Happy New Year

I wish you a lot of love, great health and happiness xxx <3 <3 <3

Helle


message 101: by Rick

Rick Merry Christmas to you too! And happy reading in 2014!
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays

Hugs and kisses xxxxx <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Helle"



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Merry Christmas and happy holidays

Hugs and kisses xxxxx <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Helle


message 99: by Rick

Rick Thanks, Heidi! It was a pleasure meeting you too. Hope to see you again sometime soon.

Heidi wrote: "It was a pleasure meeting you this weekend Rick! I thoroughly enjoyed your reading."


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Heidi Belleau It was a pleasure meeting you this weekend Rick! I thoroughly enjoyed your reading.


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Rick I meant it, sweetheart!
Ije the TweetAway Queen wrote: "Thank you Rick. Thank you so much for the dedication. I will lurve you forever. It came at the right time :)



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Ije the Devourer of Books Thank you Rick. Thank you so much for the dedication. I will lurve you forever. It came at the right time :)

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Rick Princess Brina wrote: "Thanks for accepting me as a friend. I loved Tricks. I just finished it yesterday." Thank you so much! Feel free to be in touch anytime. Glad you liked Tricks. It will be out in audiobook soon. And RENT is a kind of sequel.


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Rick And to you, Monika!
Monika wrote: "Merry Christmas to you and Bruce!



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Monika Merry Christmas to you and Bruce!

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message 92: by Maggie

Maggie Hi Rick! Thanks for the friend invite. Congrats on your upcoming marriage. Best to you both! :)


message 91: by Rick

Rick Thank you, Sage!Sage wrote: "Hey Rick, pleased to meet you! Congrats on the Rainbow Award :)"


message 90: by Cindi

Cindi Rick wrote: "My pleasure. Thank YOU!Cindi wrote: "Thanks for the friendvite, Rick! :)""

You're welcome. I'm still giggling over the last one of yours I read and reviewed. :)


message 89: by Sage

Sage Marlowe Hey Rick, pleased to meet you! Congrats on the Rainbow Award :)


message 88: by Rick

Rick My pleasure. Thank YOU!Cindi wrote: "Thanks for the friendvite, Rick! :)"


message 87: by Cindi

Cindi Thanks for the friendvite, Rick! :)


message 86: by Rick

Rick I love an observant reader.
Syfy wrote: "*psst*
Loved the little personal tells in Chaser.
;P"



message 85: by Syfy

Syfy *psst*
Loved the little personal tells in Chaser.
;P


message 84: by Rick

Rick Hi Monika!

Monika wrote: "Hi Rick!

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message 83: by Rick

Rick Thanks, Mandy! I hope you'll let me know what you think.
Mandy wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite Rick! :)
I bought Chaser this weekend, can't wait to get to it!"



Mandy*reads obsessively* Thanks for the friend invite Rick! :)
I bought Chaser this weekend, can't wait to get to it!


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Rick Pleased to connect on here with you, Em. Em - everybody's got a dark side ;) wrote: "Hey Rick, thanks for the invite ;)"


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Rick You are hereby granted permission to stalk, especially if it's in pursuit of "what to read next."
Syfy wrote: "I cruise your profile so often agonizing over what to read next that I was beginning to feel like a stalker, so thanks for accepting my friend request! Friend don't stalk friends, unless.... *que c..."


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Syfy I cruise your profile so often agonizing over what to read next that I was beginning to feel like a stalker, so thanks for accepting my friend request! Friend don't stalk friends, unless.... *que creepy theme music* hahaha! No, I'm harmless, I promise! Love your work, enjoy your blog, fun on facebook... ;P


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Rick You too! Please let me know if you pick up any of my stuff. I'd love to hear what you think. Karen (Mrs. Northman) wrote: "Hey Rick! Thanks for the add :) a looking forward to reading some of your books! Have a fabulous weekend :D"


Karen **Mrs. Northman** Hey Rick! Thanks for the add :) a looking forward to reading some of your books! Have a fabulous weekend :D


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Rick Let me know if your little nosy unearths anything that piques your interest. Thanks for accepting, Monique!
Monique wrote: "Hey Rick, Thank you for the Friend invite, I haven't read any of your books....so I am off to have a little nosy at them..:) I look forward to chatting with you..:D"


message 74: by Monique

Monique Hey Rick, Thank you for the Friend invite, I haven't read any of your books....so I am off to have a little nosy at them..:) I look forward to chatting with you..:D


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Rick S.E. wrote: "Thanks, Rick! Nice to know you! ~ Sarah"

Thanks for accepting, Sarah. Looking forward to seeing what you're reading.


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Rick Glad to connect with you on here, Melissa!
Melissa wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request, Rick. We're friends in Facebook as well. Have a great week."


Basia Rose Thanks for the friendship!


message 70: by Rick

Rick Thanks, Jessa! You too!
Jessa wrote: "Thanks for the friend request. :) Hope you're enjoying a peaceful weekend!
Nice to 'meet' you,
Jessa"



message 69: by Jessa

Jessa Callaver Thanks for the friend request. :) Hope you're enjoying a peaceful weekend!
Nice to 'meet' you,
Jessa


message 68: by Rick

Rick Very cool!

Untreed wrote: "Rick, wanted to let you know that Crime Scene, Obsessed, Penance and Blood Sacrifice are all now available for purchase through Goodre..."


message 67: by Untreed

Untreed Reads Rick, wanted to let you know that Crime Scene, Obsessed, Penance and Blood Sacrifice are all now available for purchase through Goodreads. Not only that but people can read a preview, so there's one more place you can point folks interested in checking out your work.


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Rick VampireNovelFan wrote: "Thanks for the friendvite!"
You're welcome. Fellow vampire lover here.


VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite!


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Natasha Thank you for connecting with me on goodreads, I look forward to sharing some good books and some not so good books with you -♥- Sincerely Natasha @ Paranormal Goddess [Book Blog] http://paranormal-goddess.blogspot.com


Angelmira Thanks for the friend request :)


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