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Caregiver - Rick R. Reed

Jul 22, 2012
Posted by: gaycity

Caregiver is a multifaceted novel, simultaneously addressing prevalent issues in the gay community and telling a bittersweet love story. Dan, the main character, must deal with a drug-addicted ex-boyfriend, a friend (Adam) dying of AIDs who also ends up in prison, and his inappropriate attraction to his dying friend’s lover (Sullivan). While this seems like a lot of drama, at no point in the story does it become unbelievable. Dan’s character remains relatable and lovable throughout.

Reed’s story telling style is engaging and humorous, but it was definitely his characters that kept me reading. Adam’s dialogue and extravagance often had me laughing out loud, and the interactions between the three main men were simply delightful. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, because I wanted to see how they would deal with it. Watching them grow together was both heartbreaking and breathtaking. I can’t wait for to go back and devour more of Reed’s extensive works of fiction!

by Susan Rees

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