I received this book for free from NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by NineStar Press on February 3, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, instalove, Romance
Source: NineStar Press
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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 twenty-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.
First I want to say thank you to NinePress for allowing me to read this Advanced Reader’s Copy. Now on to the review!
Oh, what can I say, The Perils of Intimacy drew me in from the first few pages. I think it was the writing style that caught my attention. Each part of the book is written from the character’s point of view, and that was very interesting. Seeing what is growing through each of the character’s minds during the story was awesome.
Jimmy a recovering drug addict is absolutely the stand out star here. Reviewing his past and seeing how much he has grown was inspirational. Sure we all have a past, but Jimmy really has grown in the span of two years. Sure, he still has his moments dealing with addiction. But he is a good person!
Mark, I found rather interesting. It seems like Jimmy ( or JD as he was known by then) and his first encounter broke a piece of himself. Through the course of the book, we see his journey of self-discovery. By the end of it all, we seem to have a better picture of him.
Overall this book was a great read. But be cautious, as there are themes of drug abuse and addiction. But this book makes a great addition to the LGBTQ+ genre. I am going to have to find more of Reed’s books now.