Title: A Dangerous Game, 2nd Edition
Author: Rick R. Reed
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 3, 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love.
On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher wants oblivion when he steps into Tricks for a drink. When a mysterious stranger steps up to pay his tab, he offers Wren the key to fulfilling his dreams of prosperity and true love.
But appearances are not always what they seem.
His savior owns the escort agency À Louer, and he wants the young and handsome Wren as part of his stable of men-for-hire. Down on his luck, Wren figures, why not? He needs the money. When he joins, though, he doesn’t count on meeting Rufus, another escort with whom he falls hopelessly in love.
But their love story will have to overcome the obstacles of not only trading love for money, but À Louer’s dark—and deadly—secrets.
1st Edition published as Rent by ManLove Romance Press, 2012.
Review: This is my first story by Rick and I can tell you that I am definitely intrigued by it. I have to say though, that the beginning was a bit slow for me and I actually had to walk away from it. The pace was just not fast enough to keep my attention for long. The story itself though was pretty damn good. It had a lot going on in it and I was surprised that it had all these twists to it. When I thought I knew what was going on, well let’s just say I had no clue in the end.
My other thing is I have never been one into stories with rent boys or escorts. They always seem to have the same thing going on. So I was quite surprised that this one was definitely a fresh new tale to me and I enjoyed the characters quite a bit. I admit that the whole story surprised me all the way to the end.
We have some characters with unusual names that are quite different from each other, yet they have this pull to be with each other. Wren has just lost his job and had no real place to go except to continue living with his mother. However it would seem that she had somewhere else she wanted to live so Wren was pretty much on his own. Then Dave approached him with a job offer. To his luck he had just had his wallet stolen so he ended up working for the ass.
David is a forty-nine year old virgin who loves to sell sexy men for sex. He is about as evil as you can find, but he also different. He saves them from drugs and smoking, trying to show them that they can make money by doing something they enjoy. Then one of his rent boys is murdered.
Rufus is to be Wren’s mentor and help him get into the life. His past was filled with drugs that would eventually kill him. Dave saved him from that death and continued to keep him clean. Hi one night with Wren has shown him that he does in fact still feel something more. Too bad after that night Wren realizes he is not cut out to sell his body. The thing is these two seem to want each other, time will tell if it will be enough or not.
Now I loved the mystery that this story had as well as the action, but the journal entries were a bit too much for me. I lost interest in those moments of reading. Other than my issues with this book, I have to say that Rick R. Reed is one gifted author. This story might not have been for me, but I can guarantee that if you love mysteries, action and some amazing twist, then this will be for you.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *