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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Life can change in the blink of an eye. That's a truth Andy Slater learns as a young man in 1982, taking the Chicago 'L' to work every morning. Andy's life is laid out before him: a good job, marriage to his female college sweetheart, and the white picket fence existence he believes in. But when he sees Carlos Castillo for the first time, Carlos’s dark eyes and Latin appea ...more
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Published January 23rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
One of the many things I love about Rick’s stories is how honest they are. It’s almost as if an undercurrent of integrity vibrates from the pages. Not to say his characters are flawless, they are as perfect as you and I. But it IS their imperfections that I find so endearing. This story is no exception. You should know that this tale is…personal.
It’s not simply a fictional gay romance, it is laced with reality.

While it is told in two parts by two MC’s, it flows exceptional well. The first part
Ulysses Dietz
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By Rick R. Reed
Dreamspinner Press, 2015
Cover by Reese Dante
Five stars

Well, this one made me cry, and not for the obvious reasons. Here’s a prime example of a book in which the love story is at the core of the narrative, but the purpose of the book is to illuminate bigger things about what it is to be a gay man.

A brief prologue section sets up the story: in 1982, twenty-two-year-old Andy Slater sees a beautiful young Hispanic man on the Chicago El – Carlos Castillo. In spite of his upcoming

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In that instant when our eyes met, the connection was like a pulse that went straight to my heart. It lasted for only a second or maybe a bit longer, but in that short space of time, my fertile imagination pictured an entire future with this man.

But there's something about the guy on the train. He tugs at my heart as well as my loins. Even from the brief glances we exchange, he makes me think there's the possibility of more than just sex. He makes me think, for th
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Second chance at love when there wasn't even a first chance. An emotional read that I read as part of the Make #timetoread on National Readathon Day! It was in the US only, but any excuse to read right ;)

Barb ~rede-2-read~
I literally just devoured this story in the blink of an eye. (Yes, pun intended!)

What did I love most? The author's note that it was semi-autobiographical, the time span of the story, the fact that the MCs are older, the fact that I could actually relate to references to books and music, but mostly, the fact that the ending was not a given. I honestly wasn't sure if the MCs I was rooting for would finally get together or whether they would miss out on a chance for long-term happiness due to circ
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book just touched my heart. It was beautifully written and is still probably my favorite Rick R. Reed book (although Big Love is a very close second). Do yourself a favor - read this book.
Pam Kay
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written story of two lives that touched thirty years ago and now. The story line is strong, and the character development was true to life as you are brought right into the story. Loved the main characters. Is there such a thing as second chances with fate playing a part? These two gorgeous men in their twenties had an amazing attraction starting on the "L" in Chicago which seemed to have ended with a mother's phone call and the obvious guilt that Andy felt, who was getting married ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING BOOK!!! Made me remember two particular instances in my life that I didn't take a chance to speak with a guy that we were making eyes with each other... for me though, they weren't meant to be. All the other relationships I experienced led me to my wonderful husband!!! What I really like about this book is, it is part of Rick R. Reed's own story.... the story just felt so real and probably will for a lot of people reading it. Rick R. Reed just gets better and better - not sure how that i ...more
Accepting one's self veiled as a tale of second chance at love.

First let me start by stating that I absolutely adore Rick R. Reed's writing. He has a way of telling a story that makes you think about what you've read, long after you've turned the last pages. I'm an avid reader but I absolutely abhor writing. I rather talk face to face with people when expressing my opinions os a book but since I am rarely able to do that, I vowed to only write reviews for books that have moved me deeply.
I won't
I enjoyed this book but it really didn't feel like a romance because the heroes didn't even met up again until almost the end of the book.

I love the completive tone of the book as it thinks about dating as an older man. I do like that aspect of the book and all its nuances but I want more of their love story and time together.

We end with a HFN and I think they are both worth more than that.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A second chance/slow-burn story.....full of youthful hopes, indecisions, guilt and loss.....a lot of "what-ifs".......time......time that slips ever faster as you get older.....

This is told in dual POV's and starts with Andy and Carlos's chance meeting in their youth and then continues with the "now", some 30 odd years later with fate finally chucking them in the "right time and the right place".

This was just full of emotion, I bit my lip on more than one occasion wanting and hoping for them to
Joyfully Jay
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Well it can never be said of a Rick R. Reed novel that it does not in some way move me emotionally. This time, his new novel, Blink, moved me to tears. A story of second chances, of first loves, and, most assuredly, of finding that you must love yourself and accept who you are before you can love another.

Reed presents this story in dual point of view, each chapter taken by either Carlos or Andy, and we are privy to their inner thoughts, longings, and anxieties. As t
Shelby P
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
What I liked best about this story is that the characters felt like real people. I was drawn into their world in the early 80s, how innocent things were back then. It was wonderful that Carlos had his Harry. It was a nice change of pace to see a character like Fremont as a possible love interest, gave the story some color, pun intended.

Although I liked that this was a realistic story I also wanted more of a fairytale as well. How is that possible? I wanted Andy and Carlos to spend more time tog
If only...even resolving to live without regrets, "if only" is a question many face at one time or another. As the author shares in his afterword, this book is the story of his "if only". A young man about to be married, and in denial about his orientation, has an almost life-altering connection with a stranger on the L train. The nearly unbearable weight of the decision he faces remains long after his choice is made. Decades later, this fictitious story comes full circle, while the author's lif ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The what ifs....I really enjoyed this story of Andy and Carlos. They encounter each other on the train when they are in their 20's. 30 years later they do meet again and the timing is right this time. I love second chance love stories and hopefully there will be more with Tate and Kelly!
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story I enjoyed it.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful story about how 2 young men, Andy Slater & Carlos Castillo see each other while riding to work on the Chicago L in the year, 1982. Months go by and the men don't talk to each other and we learn some about the two men. Carlos was formerly in the seminary and quit because he was gay. He got a degree and now is a elementary school teacher. Andy works at a catalog house and has plans to be married. Finally, after playing flirty with the eyes, they meet up later, talk, and walk t ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbtq
Spoiler alert - Andy and Carlos don't meet again for the second time until 75% through the story. Until then there is a lot of soul-searching, flashbacks and what-ifs, and discussions of what it means to be HIV-positive in the 21st century. I skimmed through the book to get to the romance, which was too little, too late. YMMV if you are more interested in Andy and Carlos' separate emotional journeys than I was.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
This is a great book, plain and simple. Rick R. Reed crafts a story that's beautiful, tragic, painful and thought provoking while also being hopeful and optimistic. Suffice it to say, the emotional impact of this one is heavy. It seems deeply personal and intimate in the way it's told. Both Andy and Carlos have a lot to shoulder on their journey, and their intense, wildly unsettled feelings definitely elicit a riot of very complex feelings for me. Trying to take it all in, every nuance and subtl ...more
T.M. Smith
Andy Slater wants to have it all. Marriage, kids, white picket fence, that is perfection in his mind. Until the day he sees a man on the L train, and everything changes. Thirty years later he is a divorced dad that has finally accepted the fact that he is gay and that is okay, but the one that got away still occupies his thoughts every day.

Carlos Castillo was hurt when Andy rebuffed him after being so close to claiming him. One phone call completely derailed their would be romance. Thirty years
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a second chance, split over two parts as Andy and Carlos meet on the "L" in 1982 at a time when Andy is engaged to be married and not admitting to anyone he's gay. The pair nearly get together, but an ill timed telephone call sees them walk away from each other. Fast forward over thirty years as you've two single men, Andy's marriage failed but left him with a son he adores, he's never found "the one" but has had a string of failed relationships. Carlos moved on and through ...more
Great story

I really enjoyed this story. Andy and Carlos have a single encounter when they are both young and Andy is way in the closet. Years later, Destiny again puts them in each others sights. Can this be their second chance? Wonderful storytelling, I was pulling for them to work it out. Well done!
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I generally don't like stories where the two main characters spend a lot of time apart. But this book is wonderful. We get to see their lives, their "if onlies," and the knowledge that in the end things worked out as they should have.
Katy Beth Mckee
I love how the chance meeting in 1982 played through to now. I love the idea that Andy and Carlos might have been meant for each other but they also had to have the timing right. The wrap up was perfect.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mature M/M refreshing!

I loved the premise of the story.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very touching. Loved the theme of second chances.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touching story of Carlos and Andy who almost had a liaison in 1982 after flirting on the L. They were interrupted and parted. Thirty years later they meet again.

I loved this story.
Sammy Goode
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Two men glance at each other on the “L” train and there is some sort of flirtations spark that happens. But while one of those men has come to grips with who he is, the other is being torn in pieces, grappling with the need to be the perfect son and the loyal fiancé. The year is 1982 and Andy is engaged to Allison so why does his eye wander one morning and spot handsome Carlos and feel his heart give a stutter? Weeks pass and the chances of seeing the Latino man again fade from possibility so wh
J.P. Jackson
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance, 2018, gay
This is the second Rick R. Reed book I've read this year, and the consistency continues! There's one thing that threads the two together, and I suspect would be a common element throughout all of Mr. Reed's thirty different novels. I have already selected a handful of them on Goodreads to the 'to read' category, and as much as Reed excels in the Contemporary M/M Romance category, I suspect his horror novels are equally as well written.

Here's the thing: Reed's books aren't what I would call fluff
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