Blink



❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Blink Author Rick R. Reed – E17streets4all.co.uk Life can change in the blink of an eye That s a truth Andy Slater learns as a young man in , taking the Chicago L to work every morning Andy s life is laid out before him a good job, marriage to his f Life can change in the Blink of an eye That s a truth Andy Slater learns as a young man in , taking the Chicago L to work every morning Andy s life is laid out before him a good job, marriage to his female college sweetheart, and the white picket fence existence he believes in But when he sees Carlos Castillo for the first time, Carlos s dark eyes and Latin appeal mesmerize him Fate continues to throw them together until the two finally agree to meet up At Andy s apartment, the pent up passion of both young men is ignited, but is snuffed out by an inopportune and poorly timed phone call Flash forward to present day Andy is alone, having married, divorced, and become the father of a gay son He s comfortable but alone and has never forgotten the powerful pull of Carlos s gaze on the L train He vows to find him once , hoping for a second chance If life can change in the Blink of an eye, what will the passage of thirty years do To find out, Andy begins a search that might lead to heartache and disappointment or a love that will last forever.Blink

Real Men True LoveRick 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 ofthan 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 You can find him at rickrreedreality Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 200 pages
  • Blink
  • Rick R. Reed
  • English
  • 26 July 2018

10 thoughts on “Blink

  1. says:

    One of the many things I love about Rick s stories is how honest they are It s almost as if an undercurrent of integrity vibrates from the pages Not to say his characters are flawless, they are as perfect as you and I But it IS their imperfections that I find so endearing This story is no exception You should know that this tale is personal It s not simply a fictional gay romance, it is laced with reality While it is told in two parts by two MC s, it flows exceptional well The first part One of the many things I love about Rick s stories is how honest they are It s almost as if an undercurrent of integrity vibrates from the pages Not to say his characters are flawless, they are as perfect as you and I But it IS their imperfections that I find so endearing This story is no exception You should know that this tale is personal It s not simply a fictional gay romance, it is laced with reality While it is told in two parts by two MC s, it flows exceptional well The first part takes place three decades ago and felt like flashbacks or pristine protected memories brought into the light It should also be noted that this isof a journey than a romance Moments become memories and memories piece us together.The story Two young men cross paths and a connection is formed within a blink of the eye Andy is weeks away from his wedding.to a woman It s not a lie that he loves her, but the life he dreams about is not coinciding with life he is living In a lust filled moment of weakness or perhaps truth , he brings the stranger from the train back to his place Yet, fate intervenes and a cockblocking phone call from mother dearest derails their passion before it has a chance to reach its crescendo Andy puts his game face on and steers himself back to the future he believes is best for him Best Such a double edged sword.I found it easy to connect with Andy He is warm, sweet natured and vibrant Though he may not agree, I believe he s a quiet, thoughtful wallflower that sparklesthan he vanishes Carlos was everything Andy wanted I don t think he was at the right place at the wrong time because their magnetic attraction was significant at that precise moment in Andy s life As painful as it was, Andy needed that disastrous hook up to linger, to hold on to, to cherish.Reed is not one to shy around daring subject matter such as HIV AIDS, religion and grieving the loss of a loved one Per usual, they are all handled straightforward but with care I never felt as though there was too much or too little, it was balanced I felt the secondary cast was strong and I m kinda in love with Tate.Fate s hand touches their path onceI for one, very much believe that everything happens for a reason You may not find the answers for years, or decades, but they eventually materialize While it s important to live in the moment, it s also essential to not forget your past We have different seasons in our life and need to treasure every one of them every single one Follow your heart and fate s footprints and you will end up exactly where you are destined to be.Thank you for sharing your story Rick and I m overjoyed that you found your happily ever after 4.5no regrets stars

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    BlinkBy Rick R ReedDreamspinner Press, 2015Cover by Reese DanteFive starsWell, this one made me cry, and not for the obvious reasons Here s a prime example of a book in which the love story is at the core of the narrative, but the purpose of the book is to illuminate bigger things about what it is to be a gay man A brief prologue section sets up the story in 1982, twenty two year old Andy Slater sees a beautiful young Hispanic man on the Chicago El Carlos Castillo In spite of his upcoming BlinkBy Rick R ReedDreamspinner Press, 2015Cover by Reese DanteFive starsWell, this one made me cry, and not for the obvious reasons Here s a prime example of a book in which the love story is at the core of the narrative, but the purpose of the book is to illuminate bigger things about what it is to be a gay man A brief prologue section sets up the story in 1982, twenty two year old Andy Slater sees a beautiful young Hispanic man on the Chicago El Carlos Castillo In spite of his upcoming wedding to college sweetheart Alison, Andy makes an assignation with Carlos That assignation is interrupted by a phone call from his mother, and their lives move on, whatever might have been between them unconsummated The bulk of the story is set in the present, thirty three years later And that s all I ll tell you, because you can guess the main point of the plot But let me tell you, it s not that simple What I will tell you is that here is a romantic gay novel about two men in their mid fifties Both of them are happy, but not completely happy for different reasons Each of them has lived a life that included surviving the 1980s and 90s For me, that s enough to trigger some strong emotions, making me relive my own life over the past 30 plus years It s powerful to be acknowledged in this way in a novel, to have an author remind us that life is not always what we plan or we want Whatever life throws at us, we do have some agency in how it plays out To some degree, our happiness is ours to own Andy Slater and Carlos Castillo are the dual narrators They are not alone in their voyage, and we meet people along the way who illuminate and crystalize their characters I don t want to reveal , because it is a pleasure to meet everybody as they appear, and to incorporate them into our understanding of these two good men It perhaps made itenjoyable for me to read this book because men my age I m actually 61 are largely ignored in modern gay fiction So much of this narrative echoed even indirectly my own voyage as a gay man in a world that has changed dramatically since 1982 If I had one mild irritation, it was the author s insistence on how hot and fit these two fifty five year old are This simply isn t true for most men, gay or not But it s a romantic notion, and I embraced Reed s fantasy at face value We all remember who we were when we were young and slender and had thick heads of hair, even if nobody else does Much of our present lives are filtered through those persistent memories, and Reed catches that beautifully I seem to be a fan of Rick R Reed s stories Surely, he s an author I want to support

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    Full review can be found at In that instant when our eyes met, the connection was like a pulse that went straight to my heart It lasted for only a second or maybe a bit longer, but in that short space of time, my fertile imagination pictured an entire future with this man.But there s something about the guy on the train He tugs at my heart as well as my loins Even from the brief glances we exchange, he makes me think there s the possibility ofthan just sex He makes me think, fo Full review can be found at In that instant when our eyes met, the connection was like a pulse that went straight to my heart It lasted for only a second or maybe a bit longer, but in that short space of time, my fertile imagination pictured an entire future with this man.But there s something about the guy on the train He tugs at my heart as well as my loins Even from the brief glances we exchange, he makes me think there s the possibility ofthan just sex He makes me think, for the first time in my life, that maybe I could love another man. How many of us have looked back to another time, another place, in our lives and wondered what could have been had circumstances been different Maybe it was a missed opportunity or maybe it s your first love Some things you may remember fondly and others may have you living in regret for not following through on something you started This is what happens with Andy Slater.It s 1982 and Andy is engaged to Alison They were college sweethearts and the next step is making their relationship official The wedding has been planned, invitations have been mailed, and all that s left is for the couple to show up and say their vows and they can begin their lives together That sounds like the perfect love story, right And it would be if Andy didn t have a secret a big secret While Andy loves Alison deeply, he s gay No one knows this and hell, even Andy won t admit it to himself There s so much guilt over his feelings, his urges, that he buries them deep inside and doesn t allow those thoughts to enter his mind If they do, he forces them away quickly.Then he sees the stranger on the L train and all those feelings he s been trying to keep hidden hit him in the face hard When a poorly timed phone call unfortunately or fortunately comes at the worst possible time, Andy is forced to make a decision that could impact him for the rest of his life.Told in two halves, Blink begins in 1982 with the second half being the here and now The reader is taken inside the heads of both men, as the story is told in alternating chapters with each character s point of view Andy and Carlos aren t together on every single page and they shouldn t be Their stories are told individually and lead to the conclusion The author could have gone one of two ways with the ending I m very pleased with how everything was resolved.Also, you have to read the Afterword I ve been reading this author s work for awhile and I m aware that he often puts a little bit of himself and his experiences in his books I had not read but a few chapters when I could tell this was one of those stories Read the Afterword and you ll see what I mean.A beautiful love story that s three decades in the making Highly recommended for anyone looking for a beautiful love story and who doesn t mind watching the two men struggle for it along the way and not necessarily together You ll have to read the book to see what I mean I promise you won t be disappointed The end result makes every single word written up to that point worth it This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  4. says:

    .Second chance at love when there wasn t even a first chance An emotional read that I read as part of the Make timetoread on National Readathon Day It was in the US only, but any excuse to read right .Second chance at love when there wasn t even a first chance An emotional read that I read as part of the Make timetoread on National Readathon Day It was in the US only, but any excuse to read right

  5. says:

    This book just touched my heart It was beautifully written and is still probably my favorite Rick R Reed book although Big Love is a very close second Do yourself a favor read this book This book just touched my heart It was beautifully written and is still probably my favorite Rick R Reed book although Big Love is a very close second Do yourself a favor read this book

  6. says:

    I literally just devoured this story in the blink of an eye Yes, pun intended What did I love most The author s note that it was semi autobiographical, the time span of the story, the fact that the MCs are older, the fact that I could actually relate to references to books and music, but mostly, the fact that the ending was not a given I honestly wasn t sure if the MCs I was rooting for would finally get together or whether they would miss out on a chance for long term happiness due to circ I literally just devoured this story in the blink of an eye Yes, pun intended What did I love most The author s note that it was semi autobiographical, the time span of the story, the fact that the MCs are older, the fact that I could actually relate to references to books and music, but mostly, the fact that the ending was not a given I honestly wasn t sure if the MCs I was rooting for would finally get together or whether they would miss out on a chance for long term happiness due to circumstances that could change in a heartbeat If you thinking of reading this one Do not hesitate It s amazing

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    AMAZING BOOK Made me remember two particular instances in my life that I didn t take a chance to speak with a guy that we were making eyes with each other for me though, they weren t meant to be All the other relationships I experienced led me to my wonderful husband What I really like about this book is, it is part of Rick R Reed s own story the story just felt so real and probably will for a lot of people reading it Rick R Reed just gets better and better not sure how that i AMAZING BOOK Made me remember two particular instances in my life that I didn t take a chance to speak with a guy that we were making eyes with each other for me though, they weren t meant to be All the other relationships I experienced led me to my wonderful husband What I really like about this book is, it is part of Rick R Reed s own story the story just felt so real and probably will for a lot of people reading it Rick R Reed just gets better and better not sure how that is possible, he s a gifted storyteller

  8. says:

    A beautifully written story of two lives that touched thirty years ago and now The story line is strong, and the character development was true to life as you are brought right into the story Loved the main characters Is there such a thing as second chances with fate playing a part These two gorgeous men in their twenties had an amazing attraction starting on the L in Chicago which seemed to have ended with a mother s phone call and the obvious guilt that Andy felt, who was getting married A beautifully written story of two lives that touched thirty years ago and now The story line is strong, and the character development was true to life as you are brought right into the story Loved the main characters Is there such a thing as second chances with fate playing a part These two gorgeous men in their twenties had an amazing attraction starting on the L in Chicago which seemed to have ended with a mother s phone call and the obvious guilt that Andy felt, who was getting married to his college sweetheart Carlos, a gay man, left Andy s apartment with a note from Andy explaining how he felt From that point on, their lives went their separate ways with no regrets Andy got married, had a son who he lovedthan anything, divorced, and continued the life, the gay life, he was meant to have Carlos had met a man who he met at the HIV clinic as he was giving Harry his HIV positive results From that point on they were together many years, happily, until Harry died of cancer in his fifties Andy had always thought about Carlos, in his heart and mind, even after 30 years He finally got to the point of looking for him on the internet By chance, Andy went to a party with his son and guess who was there, Carlos Things in life can happen in the Blink of an Eye The two men were now in their mid fifties, 30 years later, and found each other again Beautiful love story that changed their lives in a Blink of an Eye Highly recommend this story A happily ever after

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    Accepting one s self veiled as a tale of second chance at love.First let me start by stating that I absolutely adore Rick R Reed s writing He has a way of telling a story that makes you think about what you ve read, long after you ve turned the last pages I m an avid reader but I absolutely abhor writing I rather talk face to face with people when expressing my opinions os a book but since I am rarely able to do that, I vowed to only write reviews for books that have moved me deeply I won t Accepting one s self veiled as a tale of second chance at love.First let me start by stating that I absolutely adore Rick R Reed s writing He has a way of telling a story that makes you think about what you ve read, long after you ve turned the last pages I m an avid reader but I absolutely abhor writing I rather talk face to face with people when expressing my opinions os a book but since I am rarely able to do that, I vowed to only write reviews for books that have moved me deeply I won t go into depth w summarizing a story I think the blurb and other reviews posted here do an excellent job so why rehash all that right I d rather focus instead on why I felt compelled to write a review and why I think its worth the read if you are looking to sink your teeth into something worth while Please bare with me here as I go off on a brief tangent One of the best line I remember from Anne of Green Gables the movie was when Gilbert advised Anne to write about what you know Anne listened to Gilbert and finally became a published author which was always her dream Why does this matter Well it matters because Rick R Reed s writing transcends words when he writes about what he knows When he writes about reality, his words, raw and honest has a tendency to punch you in the gut That s how powerful the emotional impact was as I read Andi s struggle and his coming to terms with who he is.I read this book a little over a week ago and struggled to find the words that aptly convey how deeply this story moved me I finally understand why it was such a struggle it was a difficult to find the words because Reed already used them while writing this tale which is somewhat autobiographical as disclosed in the author s notes at the end With that stated, here are my thoughts that I wrote during and after reading Blink Ever read a wonderful book and you want to tell everyone how wonderful it is but you can t find with the words Yeah, that was my dilemma a full one week after reading it and still is It was while agonizing over how to write this review that I had an epiphany maybe, just maybe the reason I couldn t find the words were because Rick R Reed, already wrote them Let me start by stating, this isn t a romance novel, This is a life journey That journey to self discovery and actualization The beauty that unfolds when you write about what you know How many times have worn masks to please others To deny who we are out of shame and fear of being shunned by those we loveMy biggest fear then was, if people knew, would they still love me And the other worse fear was my awful wondering if anyone really did love me, because no one knew the real me, that dark part of myself I tried so hard to deny Excerpt From Rick R Reed Blink iBooks When we convince ourselves that what we want who we are is wrong deviant and so we do the right thing the normal thing out of loveThere s a vast expanse between knowing a thing and accepting it, especially when it concerns ourselvesOut of fear and denialSurely being a happy husband and maybe, one day, father would erase these urges that plagued me, would make me whole, would make me normal AndyExcerpt From Rick R Reed Blink iBooksWhen we let opportunities that would allow us to be ourselves slip through out fingersEven from the brief glances we exchange, he makes me think there s the possibility ofthan just sex He makes me think, for the first time in my life, that maybe I could love another man.And that terrifies me Excerpt From Rick R Reed Blink iBooks.And despite all our efforts things fall apart anyway, we reflect on our lives, contemplate a do over and question the what ifs after life throws a few curve ballsI have always wondered, through my marriage, divorce, and two tragically brief live in relationships with gay men, what might have happened had my mother not called that night when we got together Everything could have changed Maybe I would have called off the wedding Perhaps I d be living in contented bliss with the man walking briskly ahead of me Silly notions Maybe not.But then I wouldn t have my son, Tate Lots of things wouldn t have happened Excerpt From Rick R Reed Blink iBooks This material may be protected by copyright.These moments are what makes this story so beautiful.We can all empathize with the characters presented because we all know how difficult it is to risk everything and face our deepest fears Especially when we are not being our authentic selves.And if that wasn t enough, think of this as you read this story because you will notice it as you read it There s an even deeper beauty that lies within the words unwritten yet you sense them You sense them and know they re missing because certain flashbacks end abruptly You feel the pain and devastation yet he rarely wrote the words That is writing magic You know they re there Stark, raw, real Those who battled crippling odds can see them, read them, connect with them, feel the pain and joy of the words unwritten.yet there none the less I think most that find fault with this story will site this but I understand why they are not there This is loosely autobiographical and out of privacy of others some things should be left unsaid and respected This in my opinion makes the story evenimpactful because it doesn t take away from it in my humble opinion I think I ll stop there with my musings If you re in the market for a realistic life journey that does have a romantic happy ending , then read this book Take the journey with Andi Trust me it s worth it S N Thank you Rick, for sharing so much of yourself.This is a beautiful story

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book but it really didn t feel like a romance because the heroes didn t even met up again until almost the end of the book.I love the completive tone of the book as it thinks about dating as an older man I do like that aspect of the book and all its nuances but I wantof their love story and time together We end with a HFN and I think they are both worththan that.

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