Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Review for SUPERSTAR...Four Stars!

Note: The following review was published on ReviewsbyJessewave on November 18. Thanks to Jessewave for the review!


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Title and Link: Superstar
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher URL: Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: short story (12k words)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

When Leon first saw him singing in a dive bar, he was mesmerized. But he didn’t know he’d be going home with the dangerously sexy lead singer that night. He couldn’t have predicted he’d fall in love. But then, Leon never expected his love to be reciprocated. Yet the hot singer with the gravely voice told Leon he loved him; told him he’d come back. So, why, three years after that fateful night, is Leon perched at the edge of a bridge, ready to make a fatal leap?

Superstar is the story of a groupie and the rock star he loves. It’s the tale of a man on the edge, both literally and figuratively…and it’s a timeless story of love found and lost lost, all set to a driving rock beat.

Superstar is about promises made, promises broken, and dreams unfulfilled. And, ultimately, it’s about realizing that love can come along when one least expects it—and in the unlikeliest of places…

That night was a dream … one that Leon lived for three years, culminating in what could be his last night on this earth as he surveys the murky waters below the George Washington Bridge in Seattle, preparing to jump. What brought him to this point? One unforgettable night when he met the lead singer of an up and coming rock band and had sex with him on his living room couch. The sex was the greatest he had ever had and he thought that his lover felt the same way but sometimes one hot night of sex is just that – a one night stand. Mentally moving between standing on the bridge contemplating his next move, and thinking about that night, Leon recounts through flashbacks the events that led up to where he was, about to end it all.

Rick Reed is an unusual voice in M/M romance, and in Superstar he lets us into Leon’s despair, tattered self esteem and his feelings of loss that what he wants will never be – the love of the man of his dreams. The author draws you in as Leon tells his poignant tale, admitting at last that what he thought was mutual love was really only lust on the part of the object of his affections.

Leon became what he never thought he would be, just another groupie who couldn’t differentiate between reality and fantasy. I really felt for him as he relived his one moment in the sunlight, baring his soul to the readers, not looking for anything, since all he wants is to be left alone to do what he came to the bridge to do – end his sorry life in spectacular fashion. But sometimes despair can have a silver lining and it’s up to Leon to decide whether to take another chance on life.

Whenever I read a book by Rick R. Reed he never fails to surprise me with the depth of emotions, and his prose is always wonderfully eloquent and poignant. If you’re looking for an  unusual love story you don’t have far to go – get Superstar. Definitely recommended.

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