Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sky Full of Mysteries by Rick R. Reed

What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?

That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.

Where has Rory been all this time? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into the heavens? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love the concept behind this book but I’m not sure the writing does justice to the idea. The characters are all likeable, but this is a relatively short book attempting to cover a twenty-year time period from three perspectives. The result is uneven coverage of time and characters. We see too much of Rory in the 24 hours before his disappearance and there is probably also too much time spent exploring Cole’s grief after losing Rory. In contrast, we don’t see enough of the relationship between Cole and Tommy to ever believe in them as a settled, happy couple.

While this is a book about relationships, I don’t think it really works as a romance. The central romance between Cole and Tommy is skimmed over and we don’t see much of them between hookup and twenty-year marriage. And we don’t really get a happily ever after for anyone. The odd thing for me is that this also doesn’t work as a Sci-Fi because readers know nothing about Rory’s experiences during his twenty-year absence. Rory has unusual feelings, partial memories, and vivid dreams but there isn’t really any world building to pull this into Sci-Fi. This is an unusual read that I managed to finish without ever fully engaging with any of the characters.

Real Men. True Love.

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 another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…”

Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their Boston terrier.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sky Full of Mysteries by Rick R. Reed to read and review.

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