GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 66,916 words
Life can change in the blink of an eye.That's a truth Andy Slater learns as a young man in 1982, taking the Chicago 'L' to work every morning. Andy's life is laid out before him: a good job, marriage to his female college sweetheart, and the white picket fence existence he believes in. But when he sees Carlos Castillo for the first time, Carlos's dark eyes and Latin appeal mesmerize him. Fate continues to throw them together until the two finally agree to meet up. At Andy's apartment, the pent-up passion of both young men is ignited, but is snuffed out by an inopportune and poorly-timed phone call.Flash forward to present day. Andy is alone, having married, divorced, and become the father of a gay son. He's comfortable but alone and has never forgotten the powerful pull of Carlos's gaze on the 'L' train. He vows to find him once more, hoping for a second chance.If life can change in the blink of an eye, what will the passage of thirty years do? To find out, Andy begins a search that might lead to heartache and disappointment or a love that will last forever.EXCERPT:Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
I’ve admired Rick R. Reed’s writing from first encounter, but with “Blink,” he reaches new heights. This novel reassures us about the pluses of age, the perspectives it offers and the hope it can buy.
In 1982, just before his marriage, Andy Slater found himself urgently attracted to a man, Carlos Castillo, who he saw across a subway. They agreed to meet after several sightings. But Andy felt intense guilt towards his fiancé. As Mr. Reed writes of Andy’s thoughts, “I forced myself to think of Alison, to replace the darkly taunting and delicious image of Carlos with her fair hair and blue-gray eyes, the warmth of her smile.”
He wrote a note explaining why he couldn’t go through with the tryst. But, upon seeing Carlos, Andy gave in, only to have their intimacy interrupted by a call from his mother. He thrust the note into Carlos’ hands, and for 30-plus years, Carlos has stood for “what-might-have-been,” especially after Andy’s marriage fell apart as he came out. Meanwhile, Carlos h