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Tricks can mean many things: sex partners, deceptions, even magic. In Rick R. Reed searing love story, it means all three. Arliss is a gorgeous young dancer at Tricks, the hottest club in Chicago's Boystown. Sean is the classic nerd, out of place in Tricks, but nursing his wounds from a recent break-up. When the two spy each other, magic blooms. But this opposites-attract ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by MLR Press (first published October 13th 2010)
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Debra
Full release day review originally posted at Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance

3.5 stars

What started off as a sweet opposites attract romance, morphed into a suspense story that had me on the edge of my seat. The story had its ups and downs for me but I wound up really enjoying ride.

Arliss is twenty-one and has worked as an exotic dancer at Tricks for the past six months. He’s been on his own for a while and has had a tough time of it, but he’s holding his own. Quiet, conservative Sean i
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Cindi

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Everyone pretty much knows my love of this author's work so I won't fangirl too much in this review. ;) I will say that he's written another fantastic book that had me rushing to turn the pages on my Kindle to see what would be happening next.

It starts out with Sean, who'd just gone through a bad breakup, going inside a shady bar called Tricks. He'd seen the bar before but never thought he'd darken the doors of the place. Sean is a straight-laced guy who isn't exact
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A.J. Llewellyn
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
Rick R. Reed’s provocative and completely enticing new novel, Tricks proves that even when this talented author writes about male go-go dancers and gay strip clubs, nothing is at it seems. Sinister forces swirl around the lives of his main characters, Arliss, a former hustler and current stripper and Sean, a first-time patron of the club Tricks, who is nursing a broken heart.
The book opens with a pulsing dance beat and well-hung Arliss doing his best strut.
What should be a typical, horny encoun
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

When Sean ‘s lover of two years dumps him just when he thought they were going to move in together and cement their relationship, his low self-esteem bottoms out. Knowing he’s not the handsome type and that he’s more likely to be referred to as a geek or a nerd, he decides to go out alone anyway, and he finds himself at Tricks, a Chicago club where male dancers make their livi
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Sheri
Okay, here’s the thing. This book made me do something that I never ever do. Yes, I’m taking the cowardly route and putting all of the blame on the story. I…I…flipped to the last page when I was only around the two thirds mark.*gasp* I know, right? I couldn’t take it. I caved, I skipped, I cheated. I HAD to know. My breath was caught in my throat, my hands shook, and I couldn’t sleep. I love and hate this story for that. To be completely honest, I was a bit timid starting this one. I adore Rick ...more
Krissy
My only complaint is that I wanted (view spoiler) ...more
Lexi Ander
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lexi by: pita288
You know what I like sometimes? When I open a book, take a look at the main characters and immediately think "there is no possible way" and then an amazing story unfolds. That is what I like.

Arliss is a 21 year old stripper. Stripping at Tricks is the best thing that has happened to him since he came to the Windy City at the age of seventeen...well the best thing until he met Sean.

Sean is everything Arliss is not and in some strange and wonderful way, they fit. Sean thought he had been in love
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CrabbyPatty
Wow, I really had a difficult time with this book. Until about 60% in, I loved it. Rick R. Reed does a wonderful job of creating memorable characters like Arliss, who has risen above a horrid childhood and created something for himself that he is successful at, and proud of, and justifiably so. I love how Sean and Arliss navigate the rocky landscape of their lives and carve out a relationship that works for then.

Until ..... (view spoiler)
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Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
This was up and down.
At first I was a little disappointed at how FLUFFY bunny it was.
But then I got on the fluffy train and was rolling with it, and enjoying.
Then AHHHHH! Looked like that fluffy bunny was getting scalpelled to death.
It was a little bit of a shock, but I was on the edge of my seat.
Then...

Then...

Fizzle.

It was just to easy of a solution. It was taken to the edge of...whooooo this is gonna be "f"ed up...never really crossed that line though. Right were it should have been pins and
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Joyfully Jay
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


If my life were an episode of Friends, I’d have pulled a Rachel and put this book into my freezer. For those who don’t understand the reference, Rachel put books that scared her into the freezer until she could process them and get over her fear. Tricks gave me that insane terror.

I had to check to inside credits again, just in case Stephan King had adopted “Rick R. Reed” as a pen name. See, this book has a malevolent undercurrent. Weird people turn up and say horrif
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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
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