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Summary

Mark believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, but he’s wrong. Mark has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a lying, conniving thief. Mark doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone wrong with this fresh-faced 20-something…but Jimmy knows. Can Mark see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.

©2020 Rick R. Reed (P)2022 Rick R. Reed
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The Perils of Intimancy

Wow! All the emotions. Addiction is hard to talk about and even harder to show through writing, but it’s very well done here. It’s a heavy and incredible listen. The story and narration are very well executed.

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Hits Hard

What if the cute stranger you are flirting with isn't a stranger? Or, in some sense I guess you could say he is, because he certainly isn't the man you hooked up with that one time before. That time that started changing both of you. Don't read any detailed reviews of this book, because it will spoil the amazing plot the author has carefully constructed, so full of surprises that will break your heart and make you cry happy tears. Reading this story is amazing, but hearing these characters brought to life by David Allen Vargo is a whole different and amazing experience. This is a story of second chances in a relationship, yes but most importantly it's a story of second chances in individual lives. Chances to grow, learn to accept yourself and change to become a person you can be proud of. It's also a story of the importance of friends. I won't be forgetting this one.

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Another great read by a fantastic author

I think most of us can look back at our pasts and say ‘yeah, I wish I hadn’t done that’. (Or been that or worn that or said that…) I know I have more than a few regrets. Things I wish I’d done differently. Decisions I later regretted. People I hurt – whether inadvertently or on purpose.

Jimmy’s life is full of regrets. In his previous incarnation – JD – he was a meth addict who stole to pay for the drugs. He hurt a lot of people along the way, but the addiction kept him from seeing the depth of his depravity. Eventually, though, he turned his life around. He went to NA. He got a great sponsor.

Slowly step-by-step, he focused on building a life he could be proud of. That means living with a friend and working at a diner. Not fantastic, but it’s an honest living. And when he meets a great guy, he’s happy. Except he knows he hurt this guy. Or JD did. And now Jimmy doesn’t want his past to come and bite him in the butt.

Mark’s attracted to the guy at the diner. There’s a spark, and he’s more engaged than he’s been in a long time. So things are going along great until they’re not.

Discovery was inevitable – although I admit I was surprised how it came about. Mark’s angry, Jimmy’s contrite – and it looks like that might just be the end of them.

Except this is a Rick R. Reed romance. Lots of rocky times, but eventually happiness. I was pleased with the ending, for sure. And I just want to say how much I liked the secondary characters – including Mark’s older co-worker and Jimmy’s roommate - as well as another lost soul he meets along the way.

On to narration. David Allen Vargo narrated the piece and he was just perfect for it. I especially liked his Harvey Fierstein impersonation. Just so well done. Glad I listened.

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second chances

The author has written a great and emotional story here. It is about addiction with all its facets, which is the main focus here. Jimmy is a drug addict who is considered recovered. He has been through a lot, but he has also accomplished a lot. Now he works in a diner and meets Mark there. But he already knew him.
Rick Reed has written a story that you as a reader can relate to. It was heartbreaking to witness what the characters went through. That pain and sadness was palpable, with Jimmy's story captivating me more than Mark's. Still, this one was a good fit as well.
A great story about second chances.

David Allen Vargo is a new narrator for me and he does a good job. He reads with a lot of feeling, so you get the impression that you can feel every emotion. Be it sadness, a smile, anger or just love.

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The Perils of Intimacy is a standalone novel that hit me right in my feelings. Jimmy is a vulnerable character who’s honest about his struggles to stay sober. I felt so much for Jimmy, and was instantly drawn into his story. The author does a wonderful job with Jimmy’s characterization and continued growth throughout the book. Mark, the other main character, was the perfect foil to Jimmy - not because Mark himself was perfect but because he had to acknowledge and overcome his own personal demons. The writing was lovely and I was truly enthralled by this story.

The audiobook was narrated by David Allen Vargo who does a wonderful job. The narrator went the extra mile with his performance- telephone calls really felt like telephone calls. The audiobook production was well done and engaging which made for an entertaining listen.

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Incredible

Going into this one I had amazingly high hopes that the subject matter would be treated with the respect that it deserves. Im happy to say that it was, it was a heart wrenching in places but also heart warming story of two people having a second chance at building something great.

The narration for me added a lot of depth and interest for me I found it easy to distinguish between the main characters and found the flow good. All in all a fantastic book.

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Mark and Jimmy

Jimmy is a recovering drug addict, he has turned his life around. He is now working at a Diner when he encounters Mark, he finally realises that he has met him before, the encounter wasn't a happy one. This book takes you along the journey both Jimmy and Mark need to take to have their happy ending. Jimmy's addiction is the main focus, with the relationship in the background. Well written

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Didn't do it for me

I usually like this author’s stories but for some reason this one just didn’t grab me the usual way. Maybe because its more about a relationship between two people and less of a mystery.
There are drugs and the actions that go along with being a addict in their first meeting. Jimmy has since been in recovery. This story is their second chance. It really deals with the personal actions that go along with recovery, forgiveness and acceptance. It deals with aging, loneliness and the mentality of both men as they get reacquainted and recognize who they are and what they want in the future. It is a good story just not the type I enjoy. I did appreciate the narration by David Allen Vargo.

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Amazing book!

Wow! First of all I want to praise the narrator!!! I loved the sound effects and the way he brought the story and the characters to life. Absolutely fantastic job, well done! One of the best narrations I've ever heard. I'm impressed. The story was beautiful and heartbreaking. I really loved the characters and connected with them. I cared and I wanted them to be happy. I loved reading about their journey. Fantastic book and I highly highly recommend the audiobook!

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Mystery, Romance, Great Performance by D.A. Vargo

Rick R. Reed always finds such unique and interesting ways to explore the human experience, and so it is with Perils of Intimacy. Romance, a thrilling mystery, and two intense emotional journeys flow together in this beautifully written tale.

The characters in the story are dealing with issues such as aging, addiction, and loneliness. Past regrets and missed opportunities keep these two men moving forward, and it’s easy to relate to them as each ponders which step to take next.

The audio version of Perils of Intimacy is beautifully produced. David Allen Vargo delivers a gorgeous performance. I loved the various sound effects, and the range of voices Mr. Vargo comes up with is impressive. What a fantastic audiobook!

an audiobook copy of Perils of Intimacy was provided for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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  • 26-08-22

Sweet story but difficult subject

This is ultimately a very sweet story between Mark and Jimmy though there are a lot of difficulties and heartbreaks before they get there. This book is grittier than some others by this author. If you have triggers, please read the blurb first. I have said before and will say again I'm sure, there is always something that surprises me when I read this author's books, and I like reading him because of this.

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  • 25-08-22

Excellent and emotional story

This was a very intense, emotional, and raw story. There was sadness and darkness here, but also light and hope.
After a rough past and struggles with substance abuse, Jimmy has started a new life. He has a job, and an apartment, a sponsor, and he’s clean. He’s been so focused on his recovery that he hasn’t looked for love, but he does feel lonely and wishes he had someone.
One day, he serves breakfast to an incredibly nice and handsome man. Jimmy realizes he knows this man, but their last encounter wasn’t a great one, and he’s hopeful for a second chance.
Mark doesn’t recognize Jimmy, but he thinks he’s charming and sexy. He’s totally interest, and as they spend more time together, he’s totally smitten. Until he remembers that night…
This is a story of recovery, of change, of learning that your happiness is dependent on you and you can’t find it in anyone else. A story of forgiveness and new starts; a story of hope.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 23-08-22

Emotional and wonderful listen!

There is something about a story that is not only about love and acceptance, but has the ability to realize your own self worth and finding your happiness. This is about Jimmy and Mark. They have met years ago and had a life changing one night stand. It ended under precarious circumstances, and now several years later, they meet again. But when Mark sees Jimmy as a waiter in the restaurant he is sitting in, he has no idea he is the same man. The attraction is there, and now taking the time to get to know each other, they are finding out what love really is. But what will happen when Mark remembers? And the secrets are revealed? Rick R Reed writes about relevant issues that are faced by so many. He doesn't sugar coat any part of it, but also adds an air of compassion for both of these characters. Jimmy is lovable. He has had a tough life, and now that he is on track, I love how focused he has become. Not only taking care of himself, but others too, he has come a long way. Mark, a little older but not a lot wiser took a little to warm up to. He was the scorned one, and it took him some time to see what is right in front of him. It's a fabulous story of love and life and is one that should not be missed.

David Allen Vargo is our narrator, and he has such a good voice, it is always a pleasure to listen to him. He gets to know his characters, picking the best voices and knowing their emotional measure. I love his effects with their inner monologues, letting us hear the characters' thoughts as if we are hearing them. He tuned into Jimmy and Mark perfectly, giving us the feelings of deceit, frustration, fear, grief and love, each using their personality takes and making the listen extremely realistic. This is a must listen!

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  • DLB2572
  • 23-08-22

Wow - Another Wonderful Rick R Reed Story

I am such a fan of Rick R Reed's stories and this is another great one. Both Jimmy and Mark have had deep issues in the past even before their paths crossed the first time and their second chance is almost ruined before they can make a new start. This story is so deep and worth listening to. It shows how things of the past don't always have to define the future. Great narration by David Allen Vargo just made the experience even better.

I received an ARC and this is my unbiased opinion

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  • hussfan
  • 22-08-22

Great Listen

I enjoyed this story and liked following both journeys to recovery and discovery. The secret that was driving this story was a dark cloud over both character's heads and it made for a unique relationship development. I liked Jimmy a lot, his struggle felt so very real that I felt his cravings and yelled at him Don't Do It, author did a very good job telling his story. I found Mark's story less compelling, but together they made sense somehow. Narrator did a very good job telling this story, his voice and performance made this a great listening experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-22

Masterful!

This audiobook was recommended to me by a friend. I don't usually listen to audiobooks and this is the first time I am actually leaving a review. I don't consider myself a qualified critic, nonetheless I can relay my personal experience of this book here and perhaps it will help someone. That being said, this book is about addiction, primarily recovering from addiction, a subject that I closely identify with. I thought it was masterfully presented both by the author and the narrator, both of whom seemed to closely identify with the subject matter as well. The author writes in a very clear and straightforward manner, which I appreciate. The story is well-organized with several very interesting and pleasant plot twists. He's clever and articulate without being showy or pompous (a characteristic I've noticed about many writers). I will definitely be reading more of Rick R. Reed's work. Like I said previously, I don't listen to alot of audiobooks, but if every audiobook had narration like this I would probably listen more. In the past I have found most narrators to be wooden, uninterested in what they are reading, and basically phoning it in. This was not the case here. David Allen Vargo was invested in every single word, thought, and intent of the author. He had clearly done his homework and gave a fantastic performance in every character portrayal. This was not a narration, or a reading. This was truly a performance and as I lay in bed with my earbuds in listening to him, it was like he was right by my side, telling me the story with warmth and genuine care. I'm now a super fan of both the author and the narrator. I'll be back for more.

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  • Nichole R
  • 20-08-22

Recovery

This is a great story of second chances. It was a heartwarming story of how addiction doesn't ever go away and can show in all forms. For me this is a typical story to expect from Rick Reed. He knows how to create a story you can get in engrossed in and so close to reality versus fantasy world. I thoroughly enjoyed it. David Allen Vargo is new to me as a narrator. I thought he did a great job, and his New York accent was fantastic. I did have to get used to the way he portrayed internal thoughts, but all in all he did a great job!

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  • Dmauritzen
  • 19-08-22

Mark and Jimmy

This was a good listen. The storyline was intriguing and has lots of deep. The characters have a long walk before they could Finlay come together. It was interesting and exciting. Good listen the narration was good.

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  • smatchell
  • 19-08-22

Hit me in the feels

This story was sweet, hopeful, heartbreaking, and ultimately full of love-for partners, friends here and gone, family, and for new friends that need a hand up. Recommended!

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  • HEATHER SHAUT
  • 19-08-22

Beautiful ending to a sad beginning

This book was great. Listening to the sadness and pain these characters have gone through in live was heart breaking. Watching where they are now and the mountains they climbed and demons still fighting was heart warming. This M/M was so intense and beautiful at the same time. Watching Jimmy talk to his “first” sponsor then hearing where she actually was had my jaw hitting the floor. I was so glad his “second” sponsor was there to catch him from falling. Seeing Mark finally start remembering his past broke my heart so much but had me cheering him on to work through it for a great happy ending. David read with so much emotion that you felt every smile, every tear, anger and love throughout the entire book. Rick has an extremely well written deeply emotional book here that I will be looking up more of his work. This is a must get M/M romance!

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