Orientation

Orientation

Rick R. Reed / May 30, 2020

Orientation Christmas A young man Robert tends to his soul mate Keith who is dying from AIDS Robert tries valiantly to make this a special Christmas for his lover but loses the fight late Christmas nig

  • Title: Orientation
  • Author: Rick R. Reed
  • ISBN: 2940000141380
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Nook
  • Christmas, 1983 A young man, Robert, tends to his soul mate, Keith, who is dying from AIDS Robert tries valiantly to make this a special Christmas for his lover, but loses the fight late Christmas night Christmas, 2007 Robert ventures out late Christmas night and finds a young girl about to fling herself into the unforgiving waters of Lake Michigan He rescues her, andChristmas, 1983 A young man, Robert, tends to his soul mate, Keith, who is dying from AIDS Robert tries valiantly to make this a special Christmas for his lover, but loses the fight late Christmas night Christmas, 2007 Robert ventures out late Christmas night and finds a young girl about to fling herself into the unforgiving waters of Lake Michigan He rescues her, and the two form a bond forged from an odd feeling they share of familiarity, and even love Neither understands it, since Jess is a lesbian and Robert has never been attracted to women But there s Jess begins having strange dreams, reliving key moments she couldn t know about in Keith and Robert s life and courtship Robert and Jess begin to wonder if their inexplicable feelings might be rooted in something much mystical than a savior victim relationship As the two move toward and pull away from each other, Ethan, Robert s younger lover, plots the unthinkable His crystal meth addled mind becomes convinced there s only one way to save himself, and that is through Robert s destruction Christmas 2007 spirals downward to a shattering climax in which both love and lives hang in the balance There s a murder attempt salvation redemption And a new love is born Genres Gay Lesbian Paranormal Mystery

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      • Rick R. Reed

        Real Men True Love.Rick R Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love He s the award winning and bestselling author of than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book Lambda Literary has called him A writer that doesn t disappoint You can find him at rickrreed or rickrreedreality Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their Boston terrier.


    635 Comments

    1. This story broke my heart.The first chapter takes place during Christmas of 1983 and starts out with Robert nursing his lover, Keith, who is dying of AIDS. Robert goes through a lot of expense to have the house decorated and prepares a lavish meal that Keith will never enjoy. Keith dies Christmas night. This chapter was very hard for me to read, as I lost a very dear friend to AIDS in 1995. Robert's pain and suffering was so vivid and heart wrenching. His love and devotion for Keith was so real [...]


    2. From Front Street ReviewsReviewed by Araminta Matthews"I have never read a romance novel. Can't stand the idea of them. I am of the theory that romance novels are for the romance-less, a commodity I have thankfully never been without. Rick Reed's Orientation is a romance novel, but it is unlike anything I ever imagined romance novels could be. It is a feminist testimony, it is an earthquake to the infrastructure of stereotyped sexuality, and it is a blessing to believers in an infinite universe. [...]


    3. ***WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS***To say this book is a really exceptionally physiological, mind blowing mind-fawking written story is an understatement and doesn't do it justice. When I read BASHED I gave it an applause but after reading this story I not only applauded Rick but I also give him a standing ovation and bow down to the MASTER himself.I will admit I have a hard shell to crack, but honest to admit that never have I felt such intense turmoil, emotions, both physical and mental impact me wh [...]


    4. This is my review of this book as printed on Front Street Reviews when I originally read it in 2008. It holds true today:I have never read a romance novel. Can't stand the idea of them. I am of the theory that romance novels are for the romance-less, a commodity I have thankfully never been without. Rick Reed's Orientation is a romance novel, but it is unlike anything I ever imagined romance novels could be. It is a feminist testimony, it is an earthquake to the infrastructure of stereotyped sex [...]


    5. 4.5 heartfelt starsThis is the first book I’ve read by this author, and wow does he have a way with words. The first chapter ripped my heart to shreds. In the 80s I worked with the most awesome man who succumbed to AIDS so this story hit home something fierce.Chapter two begins twenty-four years later, and thus begins the story of Robert, his live-in much younger partner, Ethan, their tumultuous relationship, and the introduction of Jess.While the leading characters in this story are gay, the [...]


    6. It takes a lot of heart to write the kind of books Rick R. Reed does. To riff on the phrase "Life is easy; COMEDY is hard" writing about sex is easy, writing about LOVE can be almost impossible, especially if your heart is not fully engaged in the journey. And you can see Rick's heart on every page. Orientation weaves a tapestry strand by strand - first Robert and Keith, then Ethan Jess Tony. Each life builds upon, and touches, the others. For me, Keith is almost the most vivid character, eve [...]


    7. Simply one of the best gay themed stories I've ever read. Brave and original, Orientation challenges the reader to question what love really is; something physical, emotional, or spiritual? This one deserves to be one of the great gay classics.


    8. In this interesting story, the author separates love and sex in a novel way, and finds redemption for his characters when that seems impossible to achieve.


    9. A harrowing, provocative read. Amber Quill sells this particular story in its romance section, but I have to say I don’t necessarily agree with that appellation. This is a love story, which is far more freeing than the genre definition of romance. More importantly, this is a story about self-identity, about trying to figure out who you are beyond the restriction of conventional labels.The opening chapter is one of the most gutwrenching I've read in recent months, but the emotional tone shifts [...]


    10. Stunning. Obsession on a single theme: our essence? Who we were, who we are, who we want to be and who we become. Oddly or not, this story reminded me of Reed's Fugue in that it makes musical sense. Here, though, the analogy plays more true. A theme explored by every voice: echoing each other, in contrast, transcending and descending, in parallel and at different rhythms. Heartbreak, thrill, hope, horror and over all this: determination. Reincarnation? I don't think we have to believe absolutely [...]


    11. A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsOrientation is like a jigsaw puzzle that begins with the pieces jumbled up in a box. Rick R. Reed gives his readers the foundations of the story, like the jigsaw’s corners and edges, and then slowly the picture comes into focus with a race for the end. We begin wondering about how Robert, Ethan, Jess, and the ghost of Keith can possibly fit together and the build-up of Orientation is slow, with Reed concentrating upon establishing his characters and their motives. [...]


    12. Orientation takes reincarnation into account as the story illustrates well thought out reasoning to the fact that we don't choose who, where, or when we fall in love.Interesting concept, one in which I find no disagreement. If you've ever questioned or are curious about how or why you've fallen in love, read Orientation. It might open your eyes to a new world.Some disturbing depictions of drug abuse and the lifestyle associated with it, but accurately presented. I enjoyed Reed's real to life set [...]


    13. A little bit too gritty for my taste. Anything with more than one detailed description of vomit isn't going to be fluffy! This did have its fluffy moments, but they were more than offset by the reality checks of disease and drug abuse. Very powerfully written, the characters were real, and flawed, and the story a blend of high romance and the seamy side of life. It certainly invoked a range of emotion in me. But I don't think it is one I'm ever likely to read again.


    14. I really don't have the words to do justice to this book. I think Rick has really outdone himself with this one. The story was poignant and heartwarming, but still had suspense and drama. It was balanced very well, but, again, I would expect nothing less from Rick Reed. Thanks, for another great read.


    15. A ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Review. This review can also be found here.Robert and his lover Ethan have drifted apart to the point that they are mere strangers living together. As things between them worsen Robert wonders if he ever truly loved anyone other than his first lover Keith.Then on one particularly lonely night Robert comes across a suicidal girl, Jess but it appears that there is more going on between Jess and Robert than either can guess at first. But what exactly does this sense [...]


    16. I loved how this story made me feel things right along with the characters. There was love, loss, grief, desperation and loneliness. Rick R. Reed is such a wonderful author that these emotions will grab your heart and twist it. His words will put you right in the room with the characters, whether in the bath houses or the kitchen. You see what they see, you feel what they feel, and your heart either soars or breaks right along with them.See the entire review at The Novel Approach: thenovelapproa [...]


    17. You could at least give me Ethan and Robert reborn romance. Or I thought Robert be with Keith in afterlife or smth like this. Well, how the story goes is nice. Very. But Somehow it's not attractively written. 3,5 stars. And that's for Robert.


    18. Incredibly well written story with a very intriguing premise. It is angsty and haunting, but not a romance (which is what I expected when I bought it).



    19. This isn't a romance book, although it is about love. There were some thin spots in the storyline, but I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. Very interesting read.


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