NEG UB2 (M4M #2)
Poor Ethan Schwartz. He's just had the most shocking news a gay man can get--he's been diagnosed HIV positive. Up until today, he thought his life was on a perfect course. He had a job he loved and something else he thought he'd never have: Brian, a new man, one whom Ethan thought of as “the one." The one who w
This sequel to “VGL male seeks same” is about HIV and its impact on life. I can’t tell too much about its contents without spoilers. But this is one of the rare books which really describes what it means to be HIV-infected. Mr. Reed knows a lot about it, that it doesn’t have to be a death sentence anymore and that the request “NEG UB2” is cruel and dis ...more
I'm glad Ethan took the time to go and talk with Brian because there was real love there and he needed that comfort and support. And I hope all goes well with Brian!
Kind of a hard read, some sad things to deal with, and the blogging and support from others was truly something he was not expecting but which he very muc ...more
The book's title "NEG UB2" is taken from internet dating site etiquette/ shorthand, it means "I'm HIV-negative and looking for someone who is negative, too"
Ethan doesn't expect to learn he's HIV positive when he goes to his doctor's for a routine checkup. He's even more stunned by the implications that go with the diagnosis than whit the verdict itself; for since he's been almost celibate before he met his current boyfriend, ...more
Poor Ethan Schwartz. He’s just had the most shocking news a gay man can get—he’s been diagnosed HIV positive. Up until today, he thought his life was on a perfect course. He had a job he loved and something else he thought he’d never have: Brian, a new man, one whom Ethan thought of as “the one.” The one who would complete him, who would take his life from a lonely existence to a place filled with laughter, hot sex, and romance.
But a ...more
3,5* - I wish I could give 5*, but damn, I just can't stand Brian...
First of all, I fear my opinion of Brian is maybe not entirely fair, since he was ÜBER creepy in the first book.
So Sweet Ethan and Creepy Brian do it and try this relationship thing together...
After 6 months together, Ethan gets his HIV+ diagnosis. And damn, did Mr. Reed a great job here. Ethan's feeling ...more
Again, I didn't bother to read the blurb, just started reading it straight after the first, so I was gobsmacked at the beginning of this.
I've read a few of Rick's books now that tackle issues not often found in other stories. It always amazes me how well he can put into words the pain and confusion that someone feels, with whatever issue they're going through. And also the need and the love ...more
A very worthy follow up of VGL Male Seeks Same. Brian and Ethan went through a lot and proved that they have that something special that it takes to make it as a couple through the hard times.
Great story and I would recommend it to anyone.
Clever, relevant, personal, real. Loved it!
Not required to read VGL Male Seeks Same, but this is a follow up story set six months after VGL with the same couple.
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 an ...more