Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 10, 2020
Page Count: 250+
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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Rick R. Reed is a successful author with over 35 books (and counting) and his book list is an interesting mix of M/M romance ... and horror. Yup, horror. Reed addresses this interesting dichotomy in his blog, noting "I think that sense of emotional vulnerability applies to both romance and horror. Vulnerability is universal and that’s why people enjoy reading about it."
IM gives us that vulnerability in this tale of Chicago men using Men4HookUpNow and finding death at their door. We really get a sense of what each man is hoping to find (love, romance, sex, kink) and these richly-detailed vignettes make the horror that comes much more terrifying and poignant (although I found the deaths very disturbing).
However, I didn't get as clear a sense of the book's main character Ed, gay former Chicago police detective who seemingly meets a dead man at the scene of the crime and is fired for falsifying his police report.
The rationale for his firing seems unlikely given that other people at the crime scene also saw the supposed dead man and it's a bit of a reach to use this as a plot device to get fired so he could independently work on the case.The unfolding of the intricate plot definitely held my interest throughout, and the victims broke my heart, but the POVs from a multitude of characters seemed like overkill (no pun intended). 3.5 stars for IM. YMMV, so read it and let me know your thoughts!