Rick Reed has been making quite a name for himself in recent years as a writer of horror and of suspense thrillers. Though Reed’s name would not readily come to mind if one were asked to name some of the better known writers in the field of gay romance, if his latest story for Amber Quill Press, VGL Male Seeks Same, is an indication of things to come from him, readers will soon be recognizing him as one of the premier writers of gay romance.
Ethan Schwartz is a very average, middle-aged Chicagoan who is tired of being alone. Neither his job as a theater publicist nor even the fact that he lives in the Boystown district of Chicago bring him in contact with other men who are looking for the same things in life. Briefly considering and discarding the idea of getting a pet, he decides to give romance one last try when he hears a co-worker praising a local online introduction service. Initially Ethan was honest in his portrayal of himself and he got no responses, causing him to create what he thought was a more desirable persona by submitting a false photograph.
Not only was Ethan deluged with replies from those merely looking for sex, but he received one reply from a man named Brian that seemed genuine and that interested him very much. Ethan soon found himself falling for Brian, but since Ethan’s profile was based on a lie what would happen when the two decided to meet? What does indeed happen is well worth finding out as Reed takes us through the budding romance, at the same time drawing a vivid picture of the life of gay men in Chicago.
With VGL Male Seeks Same, Rick Reed has proven he is not only a master of horror and suspense, he is also a master of the light romance – I use the term light romance in no way disparagingly, but to differentiate it from an angst driven romantic drama. The writing is light and breezy and witty and one does indeed quickly come to care for both Ethan and Brian. There are surprises along the way, especially the ending which will be vastly satisfying to any lover of the happily-ever-after romance. I very strongly recommend VGL Male Seeks Same by one of the bright lights of the GLBT literary world. More info can be found at http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/VGLMale.html .