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Tricks can mean many things: sex partners, deceptions, even magic—or maybe all three.
Arliss is a gorgeous young dancer at Tricks, the hottest club in Chicago’s Boystown. Sean is the classic nerd, out of place in Tricks, but nursing his wounds from a recent breakup. When the two spy each other, magic blooms.
But this opposites-attract tale does not run smooth. What happens when Arliss is approached by one of the biggest porn producers in the business? Can he make his dreams of stardom come true without throwing away the only real love he’s ever known? This question might not even matter if the mysterious producers realize their dark intentions.
First Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2010
Okay, here’s the thing. This book made me do something that I never ever do. Yes, I’m taking the cowardly route and putting all of the blame on the story. I…I…flipped to the last page when I was only around the two thirds mark.*gasp* I know, right? I couldn’t take it. I caved, I skipped, I cheated. I HAD to know. My breath was caught in my throat, my hands shook, and I couldn’t sleep. I love and hate this story for that. To be completely honest, I was a bit timid starting this one. I adore Rick to pieces and always get excited whenever one of his books pops up on my email. However I know that his true love does not lie with penning romance and frankly, I’m nervous about the scarier books he’s releasing. But this book looked ‘safe’ and I absolutely love the cover. Soo, here goes.
Things kick off with Arliss at work. He’s a dancer or a performer or…a stripper. He became a street kid at a tender age and was thrown into the ‘do or die’ reality of making it alone. As much as he hates it, strutting his stuff along the bar top at a decent club is far better than what he has done in the past. He’s an introvert and it’s mentally challenging for him to paint on his smile and allow his brain to check out of his body during his work hours. But the fact is, it’s good money and he has no other options. Despite his twenty-something years, he’s grown tired of the ‘scene’ and is looking for more. He is an anomaly among his co-workers because he refuses to fall down the slippery slope of the drugs surrounding him. I loved and admired his strength to just say no.
Then a patron at the bar catches his eye. It’s not a difficult task; he is so out of place he’s flashing like a neon sign. Sean had a bad week. He’s lonely, depressed and looking for a distraction. When a gorgeous dancer floats out to perform, he’s sufficiently distracted. Self-loathing and self-hatred rears its ugly head and he curses his stupidity and races out. Fate isn’t quite done with Sean and Arliss and their paths cross a second time that evening.
Sean and Arliss discover that opposites truly do attract one another and are swept away with the power of love. Arliss has never had a home before and Sean yearns to give Arliss this priceless gift.
And then….the suspense nearly drove me to a panic attack. I was terrified that it was going to fall apart and I just couldn’t take it. Soooo, I held my breath and guilty hit ‘last page’ and almost cried from relief. It was okay. Everything was going to be okay. After I knew this, I swiftly went back and finished the book.
It’s insta-love, age-gap, stripper/porn and fast-moving. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspenseful ride Reed takes us on. I always adore his boys and Arliss and Sean are no exception. Ohhh, and in case you needed confirmation *sheepish smile* it has a HEA.