Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Wren Gallagher, A Louer
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher loses his wallet, his job, and his security. Can a stranger met in a bar deliver on his promises of wealth and meeting Mr. Right?
Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love….
On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher wants oblivion when he steps into Tricks for a drink. He’s lost not only his job, but his wallet as well. When a mysterious stranger steps up to pay his tab, he also offers Wren the key to fulfilling his dreams of prosperity and true love. But appearances are not always what they seem….
His savior is the owner of the escort agency, A Louer—and he wants the young and handsome Wren to work for him. So down on his luck, Wren figures—why not? He can use the money. When he joins, though, he hadn’t counted on meeting Rufus, another escort with whom he quickly falls hopelessly in love.
But their love story will have to overcome the obstacles of not only trading love for money, but A Louer’s dark—and deadly—secrets.
Want to know what makes this story so damn good? The hint of reality behind it. I’m not even kidding here. Rick Reed writes what he knows, it’s evident in all of his stories and in Rent it’s no different. Perhaps it’s not as heart wrenching as a few of his others but this one here really makes you stop and think…. Wait a minute, I bet there are people going through this experience right this very second. And he doesn’t stop there. If you’ve ever read his stories, and really paid attention, you’ll have noticed the work he puts into description of the scenes he sets up. He literally dumps you right into the book, as if he holds your hand while telling you the story.
In Rent we are introduced to a young man who is very down on his luck. He loses his job, he lives at home with his mother, he’s single, and to top it all off, his wallet gets stolen. So, no money, no bank cards, no ID and this is how Wren’s whole future is changed. He ends up meeting this modern day pimp in a neighborhood bar type place where many gay men hang out. It’s not the best place by any means, but it’s somewhat popular. In that place, poor Wren manages to lose his wallet, of course he orders a beer and when he’s asked to provide his ID he can’t. In comes his “savior” to rescue him… Yet Wren is not a nitwit, he knows exactly what the guy is all about and instead of being rude to the man who just bought him a couple beers he shys off the man’s proposition to “work” for him at the moment telling him he needs to think about it.
Sadly, when Wren goes home he finds out from his mother that he really needs to move because she has found another job and she’s to move soon and there won’t be any room for him. The story of his adult life it seems.
Little else is left for him to do no one is hiring so he trips and calls Mr. A Louer, Mr. Pimp Daddy, as I call him. This begins the second phase of Wren’s adult life. Here is where he meets the love of his life, but things aren’t that easy for Wren. He faces one obstacle after another and he never gives up. The life situations he learns of the guy he loves, is a guy who is also a rent boy, who owes his life to Mr. Pimp Daddy, who refuses to leave the man and the business he’s in, even when the boys working for Mr. A Louer end up dead.
Mr. Reed has done an outstanding job at showing us what possibly could be going on in the lives of many young men and women in today’s big world, in today’s society where money and jobs are hard to come by. He shows us the challenges they face and how one wrong or right move can and will change the course of your life.
Plot: Very well done
Characters: Developed and grew throughout the story
Description: He put me right on the city streets of Chicago
Recommend? Hell yes!
Reviewed By: Lyncx