Author: Rick R. Reed
Book: Bigger Love
Series: Big Love, Book #2
Page/Word Count: 191 Pages, 60K words
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante cover
Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can’t wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.
Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He’s quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman’s directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman’s mother is falling for Mike’s dad?
Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.
See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self.
4✨s – This was a cute book. Truman and Mike were so different from each other. Truman is light, bright, and dances to his own beat. Mike is quiet and not closed off but he doesn’t put himself out there like Truman does.
While Truman is a bit dramatic, he’s not too over the top. He knows who he is and what he wants, getting it is the problem. Their forced proximity from both working together to learning their parents are dating makes things a little tentative between them, but it works. Both Mike and Truman bring something to the table that helps balance the other out.
This was a quick read, but it took me a little while to get into the writing style. It’s starts out kind of stilted and the narration took a minute to get used to. Other than that it was a fun read about learning, love, and coming into yourself.
About Rick R. Reed:
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”
Interview with Rick R. Reed:
- What was the inspiration behind Bigger Love? I suppose the inspiration came from the predecessor to Bigger Love, Big Love, which was published in 2016 and won the PRESIDENT’S GOLD MEDAL WINNER for Romance from the Florida Authors & Publisher’s Association. The original novel was about a closeted teacher and his relationship with a new, out-and-proud teacher at their small town high school. What drew them together was helping a bullied student, Truman Reid, accept himself for who he was (gay and gender-fluid). In the process of affirming Truman’s identity and orientation, they discovered a lot about each other and themselves…and fell in love. I always felt Truman needed his own story and in Bigger Love, he takes center stage and experiences the magic and the pitfalls of first love.
- What is your writing process? I’m a morning person so that’s when I work. I’m usually up at 4, and at the gym shortly thereafter. I come home, eat a little something and have coffee, and then I go to work. My goal is to write at least 1000 words per day and, at that pace, I can usually finish a novel within four months. I need complete silence, so no music. And I don’t share my work with anyone until it’s finished and polished. I generally write from my heart, aka by the seat of my pants. I have a general idea about the story and where I want it to go. I need to love my characters! And they take me on a journey that usually has a lot of unexpected twists and turns—that’s the joy of the process. I have an idea where I want to end up, but getting there is an adventure.
- There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? I’ve actually been published since 1991, when my first novel, Obsessed, was published by Dell. So, I’ve been on this journey for over twenty-five years, with more than thirty books in print. Honestly, I no longer distinguish between full-length fiction I write for the love of it and what I write for publication, because I’m in the fortunate position that they’re one and the same. I’m blessed with a great publisher, Dreamspinner Press, and they’re open and encouraging for all of my story ideas, so I know, when I’m writing a novel, that it will have a home when I finish.
- What advice would you give an aspiring writer? Read a lot. Write a lot.
- What do you think makes a good story? Probably the most important thing is a character or characters we can love and root for. If I can’t emotionally invest in the characters (even if they’re flawed or evil), I get bored. And, in my opinion, the worst thing a writer can do is bore you.
5 Fun Quickies
- Least favorite endearment: Motherfucking, cocksucking whore
- You’re auditioning for a singing competition, what’s your song: Send in the Clowns
- If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be: Neopolitan
- Sleep with your socks on or off: Off, along with everything else
- Ask for permission or ask for forgiveness: I don’t know what this means. How about I just ask for a second cocktail?
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