Love Bytes is delighted to host the Exclusive Cover reveal to Rick R. Reed new upcoming dreamspinner Press release: “Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe”.
Sometimes a book comes along where I completely fall in love with the characters. Dinner at the Blue Moon Café is just such a book. Not only is it set in my home town of Seattle (which is a great place for not only a creepy story, but one where new love can blossom and flourish), but Todd and Sam became so real to me, I hated to say goodbye to them (as well as the lovable Jared, and, of course, the irrepressible Chihuahua, Edith).
And I have to add that Aaron Anderson’s moody, dark, and very sexy cover does both the romance and the horror of the story justice. Thank you, Aaron, for another amazing cover!
I hope you’ll take the time to check out Dinner at the Blue Moon Café. It’s the book where I finally succeeded in fusing romance and horror into one page-turning read. I hope you agree!
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A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.
Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!
As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?
The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.
Thad looked around the room and discovered, to his surprise, that it was completely empty, stood a little, leaned over the table, and kissed Sam. What surprised him was how hungrily Sam accepted the kiss, grabbing the back of Thad’s neck roughly to pull him closer. His beard scratched against Thad’s skin, the sensation strangely irritating and hot, all at once. Sam’s tongue forced Thad’s lips apart and dove inside, exploring, making Thad dizzy and giving him a taste of red wine and echoes of garlic and tomatoes. Sam pulled him closer, so that Thad’s upper body lay sprawled across the tabletop. The Chianti bottle candleholder toppled over and crashed to the floor. Neither paid it any mind. The hungry kiss was the culmination of an entire evening of longing glances, double entendres, and fleeting touches, all of them combining to stoke a fire neither knew was being kindled until their lips met and it burst into flame.
Finally Thad pulled himself away, shuddering with the delicious sensations coursing through him. Breathless, he thought if the kiss had gone on just a little longer and with just a bit more ferocity, he would have had a mess in his briefs to clean up. And he wanted to save every drop of that “mess” for Sam.
In the end there were no clever seductive phrases available for Thad to employ. He simply looked at Sam, who was as breathless as he, and said, “Wanna come home with me?”
“Let’s go.” Sam pulled Thad up roughly by his arm. Thad didn’t mind a bit. Sam bit his neck, licked his ear, and whispered, “I’m an animal in bed. Are you sure?”
Dumbly, Thad could only nod and hope his knees would hold out for the short walk to his apartment. His heart thudded in his chest.
Outside, the cold night air was a shock to Thad’s lust-tempered skin. He wanted to hurry and pulled Sam along by his hand. Their first time, he had a feeling, would be savage and over quickly, but they had all night, right?
As they headed to his apartment, Thad’s anticipation was withered just a fraction by an odd sensation. Even though the streets of the Green Lake neighborhood were still at this late night hour, and even though the wind rustled the leaves on the trees, Thad had that prickly sensation that someone was watching.
He glanced all around him and saw nothing.
Thad shrugged and pulled Sam in for another kiss. “It’ll only take about five minutes to get home.”
Sam growled, “Five minutes too long. Let’s hurry.”
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.”
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