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The Rare Event

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Hedge fund trader Ricky Santeramo has it all: money, looks, and fellow trader Jonathan Hogenboom. The two couldn't be more different: Jon is from old money, while Ricky clawed his way out of blue-collar New Jersey. Jon hedges his positions; Ricky goes for broke. Jon likes opera and the Yankees; Ricky prefers clubbing. Jon drinks wine with dinner; Ricky throws back a beer. ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by Dreamspinner (first published March 2012)
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Carole Cummings
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I kept thinking of mirrors when I read this book. The funhouse mirror through which Jon saw himself with its skewed view of imperfections that chipped at his image of Self and contributed to the way he allowed his relationship to keep him in a place that prevented growth and a clear self-image. The convex mirror through which Ricky saw himself that allowed him to see himself as larger-than-life and not susceptible to the trials and pitfalls of 'normal humans'.

The too-accurate mirror that reflect
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012, ebook, gay, done
Very good m/m romance about two radically different hedge fund traders before the subprime mortgage meltdown: one takes too many risks in both his personal and professional lives, while the other is far more careful in both. He finally realizes that loving the risktaker, who scoffs at monogamy, is tearing him apart... The heavy focus on the stock market and stock trading details very nearly lost me in the early part of the book, but I persevered and got sucked into the rest of the story.
Eden Winters
An engaging, informative look at Wall Street and the fortunes made and lost there. I must admit that I only had a vague idea about how the housing market took a plunge, and walked away from The Rare Event with a much greater knowledge of financial matters.

Others may not agree with me, but I saw roving Ricky as a very sympathetic character, with his outward swagger but inward self doubts and helplessness when it came to his horrifying boss. He doesn't mean to hurt anyone, and in the end, it's he
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, kindle-leandable

This is another one of those books that you will either love or hate. It's taken me some time to really decide where I fall with this book.

The opening of the book almost had me stopping right away because I thought it was just going to be superficial sex throughout the book, but you have to keep reading to really begin to see the emotions hidden under the layers.

Ricky is someone that just made me shudder throughout the beginning of the book and that I really began to feel sympathetic towards
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, dreamspinner
“Not committed yet” and cheating aren’t the same, and if you can’t see a difference, don’t even pick up this book. You’ll only be unhappy with Ricky, who hasn’t moved past the dating stage even though Jon is ready and anxious for them to be exclusive. PD Singer has started in the middle of the story in The Rare Event, and a jam packed story it is.

Ricky and Jon work together in a hedge fund with a tainted reputation. Their boss Edgar is a social pariah for good reason, and hires his staff from th
Probably doesn't deserve a 5 (perhaps a 4.25), but I had a happy feeling for a while after reading this one.

Being a Cover whore again.

Although the reading felt choppy and confusing for me in the beginning this didn't last very long, later the pace was excellent and I couldn't stop reading. Note a Very Slow Start.

Ricky and Jon are at odds, one wanting monogamy and the other playing the field. This leads to conflict and the eventual break-up. It hard not to break-up if you don't agree on the major
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a few months to read this book, which for me is actually a good thing -- I have a tendency to read books so fast that I don't remember them a few days later unless there was something I REALLY loved. The fact that this book held my interest for that long, that I was able to read it in spare moments here and there, shows how much it actually kept me involved.

It centers around an established (well, kinda) couple, Jonathan Hogenboom, and Ricky Santeramo. They are both senior traders at a
Heidi Mann
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It may come as a surprise to some who know me that I loved this male/male (m/m) romance. Indeed, it came as a surprise to me! But I did... and I think I know why. In fact, the author herself -- yes, PD Singer is a woman, and heterosexual at that -- helped me understand why.

I came across this book on the Savvy Authors website ( and was intrigued because I write and edit for an LGBT-focused webzine, "10,000 Couples" ( I reached out to PD Singer to
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I really liked this story, which was quiet different than the usual m/m books I read. If you're looking for a story that looks at its characters at 360°, this is perfect. While in many m/m books, the focus is all on the romance and the relationship between the main characters, to the point of them kinda living in their own world with very little connection to other people or their jobs, The Rare Event is a lot different: the same focus and attention that is put on the story between Ricky and Jon ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won this book and it's the first book by this author that I've read but I'm really happy that I won it because I discovered a great author and a really good book!(even if the whole terms and explanations should have been at the beginning and not at the end of the book)

First of all it had an engaging story and characters, which made me fall in love with them practically from the first page. I felt for John could have smacked Ricky(but he grew on me), liked Dwight and Kate, hated, hated Edgar an
Becky Condit
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 stars and a Recommended Book!

PD Singer’s THE RARE EVENT is about so much more than Wall Street, investments, and financial matters. This is a book about love, true love, won and lost and what it costs to win it back, if you can.

This is both a plot-driven book (make lots of money, have lots of sex, get revenge), and most definitely a character-driven book. The main characters are men I love and want to read more about. The secondary characters are beautifully developed as appealing and in some
Maggie Simms
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Between 3 and 3.5

I thought that I would like this book more than I did. The concept was good but I ended up skimming a lot. For one, their internal monologues went on for pages. I don't think my disinterest was the book's fault but rather I think that it was just a bad match for me. The writing itself is good.

I never warmed up to Ricky. In a way I thought that Jon would have been better off paired with Davis.
...i think this is my new favourite m/m book :)
J.J. Cassidy
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oddly enough(or maybe not)the cover image for this book initially kept me from reading it. Twinks are not my thing, and the guy pictured didn't seem to go with the blurb. I finally gave in, and I have to say I'm glad I did.

If there's a theme to this book, I'd say it's that sometimes you can't help who you love -- or who you don't. The heart has it's own logic, and you need to pay attention. The author manages to convey this without resorting to saccharine sentimentality, too -- definitely a nice
Maggie Simms
Between 3 and 3.5

I thought that I would like this book more than I did. The concept was good but I ended up skimming a lot. For one, their internal monologues went on for pages. I don't think my disinterest was the book's fault but rather I think that it was just a bad match for me. The writing itself is good.

I never warmed up to Ricky. In a way I thought that Jon would have been better off paired with Davis.
Dec 02, 2016 marked it as 00-mm-horrible-disaster-fail-dnf  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Haven't had a great experience with this author's style of writing, which is a shame because the blurbs themselves are intriguing. That said, I'm parting ways with this author; too much of a risk and I don't want to waste the money on a book I'll dislike, in all likelihood :-/. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

A “rare event” in stock market terms is often referred to as a “black swan event,” something that is both disastrous and whose effects were impossible to predict in advance. A hurricane has a disastrous effect on the economy, but they can’t be predicted more than a few days out, for example.

All you can do is hedge your bets. Have insurance. Or not live in a hurricane-prone area. Or have an emergency evacuation plan.

P.D. Singer’s The Rare Event came down to
Thomaidha Papa
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, romance
What a wonderful book! It blow my mind away and beyond. Very well written and fast flowing I couldn’t let it off my hands from the moment I picked it up. P.D. Singer manages to travel us on a fast train of words through what felt the most realistic romance and exiting adventure I’ve read.
“The Rare Event” introduces us Ricky Santeramo, a hedge a man that has the world at his feet. A job with great prospects, money to spend, looks to kill, a man who adores him and allows him to have a non-exclusiv
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 3.5/5

This is a well-written, well-told story that toys with not being a romance, but ultimately harkens back to romantic roots. The focus of the story is Ricky and Jon, but much of the plot involves finances and stocks, which distracts from the romance, but is a (as far as I can tell) well-researched story of its own.

However, despite how good the financial tension is, I glossed through most of it because while it reflects on the characters and is involved in their development and a
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Don't be scared off by the financial jargon, it's not that bad. All you need to know is that hedge funds take higher risks with their investments than do other types of investment companies, and that things like stop losses, puts, calls, and options are ways to keep you from losing too much money if your stock doesn't go the way you think it will. If you actually want to know what all of those mean, there is a handy glossary at the end of the book which explains financial terms and investing st ...more
I originally gave this book 4 stars, but as I reviewed it, I changed it to 5 because I couldn't really think of anything I disliked about this book, with the exception of Ricky in the beginning.

I really enjoyed this book. I read some of my friends reviews that said they were bored witless by all the stock talk. Okay, I can totally see that, but I found the stock talk really interesting! I loved following the analysts decisions to buy and sell stock and I really enjoyed following their analysis o
Elisa Rolle
This was a rather complex, and well researched book primarily for two reasons: the setting into the trading funds world and the non-exclusive relationship. Now, it’s not the first time I read about non-monogamous couples, but usually it’s something they are doing together, and mostly involving someone else in their relationship on a pretty much steady basis. Here instead Jon is the accepting, if not willing, partner, who is always welcoming back his wandering boyfriend, Ricky. The most appalling ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Rare Event by P.D. Singer is filled with enticing drama, woven weaves, hot passion and a fuel for success unlike any other book I’ve read. This was my first gay romance and based off of what I have read in Singer’s book, it won’t be my last. The author managed to capture my attention with this intriguing storyline and kept it there right on to the end.

While I questioned how much I’d be into the story in the beginning, I soon found that despite all the technical terms for hedge funds, I was e
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
The Rare Event was an interesting read, not what I would call a romance but compelling all the same. It’s like watching ‘Boiler Room’ and ‘Wall Street’, its high octane, lots of pretty boys and lots of drama. But the biggest hurdle is its VERY technical, there are pages and pages of stock talk, and much of which went over my head. I did learn some things though, about stocks and wall-street, and I did still get caught up in the trader madness, rooting and worrying though I might now always under ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A rare event on wall street involves turning a huge profit. A rare event in Jon & Ricky's relationship would involve monogamy. Ricky is a young handsome trader on wall street that could have any man in New York, and does. Jon is loving, faithful, and reluctantly tolerant of Ricky's wondering ways. He would rather have monogamy, but as with any relationship, sometimes people end up wanting different things. The every day stresses of the stock market build the tension at work, with creepy boss Edg ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was addicted to these two guys as this story developed and rolled along. I went from hating Ricky to loving him with a sad and broken heart. Life lessons are hell on the heart when you realize how much your own stupidity has actually cost you the one thing you need and want the most in that life. That's Ricky's story and his realization and fight will tear at your heartstrings. Jon doesn't give him an inch. I love this as well. I hate MC's that have been treated so poorly but just roll over wi ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this especially with my blended background of Finance and HR…….

Ricky was such a 1st class asshole to Jon, and in the beginning I was really disgusted by his attitude and behavior. At the same time Jon had me equally annoyed …..doormat much Jon. I was literally yelling GROW A F***ing PAIR JON!

I don't know how exactly, haven't quite wrapped my head around and I may not ever but at some point Ricky had me feeling so sorry for him…..I wanted to slap myself….

I never really warmed to Davis a
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2013
I enjoyed the story between Ricky and Jon, however I was bored to tears and skimmed the work place chatter around the stock market, those pages will be my new insomnia remedy. Ricky at the beginning is not the most likeable guy but Jon knew what it was like and put up with it for almost 2 years so you can't totally fault Ricky for walking all over him.
There is a lot going on in the story other then just Ricky and Jon's relationship and the stock market ups and downs.
I do like the writing s
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I thought the Mountain series was good! This was phenomenal! I loved this book! Happy about the definitions at the end of the book....THANKS! Now, if only there were a book about Davis...

I did wish that Jon had a chance to meet up with his old lover, would have loved to see how that went, seeing as how he didn't trust him, just believed what was said. Don't get me started on Spencer. Like I said, I wish it had been explored a bit more, get the closure Jon needs.
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P.D. Singer lived in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, one young adult, and seventy-nine pounds of pets. She was a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain PD skied down a mountain face-first, had been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and rethought a novel that included sky-diving.

When not writing, playing her fiddle,

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