Book Reviews

Sky Full of Mysteries by Rick R. Reed at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-August-2018

Book Blurb

What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?


That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.


Where has Rory been all this time? Has he time-traveled? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into outer space? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.


Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.


Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars….


Book Review

‘Sky Full of Mysteries’ is one of those books you have to read and experience yourself to fully appreciate the story, the characters, and the depth of emotions Rick R. Reed is able to conjure up with his prose. The premise alone had me fearing heartbreak, but the reality was so much worse. The focus is firmly on the men’s emotions, their passion, their guilt, and the way they end up dealing with a situation that is impossible – and not just in the scientific sense. What happens is a true test of character for all three men, and as much as I hated the ending on the one hand, on the other, it was exactly what “should” have happened.

The first half of the story is set in 1997 and deals with Cole and Rory, young lovers who are just about ready for a life together when Rory suddenly disappears. Cole falls apart (and I with him) and it takes him a very long time to get to the point where he is emotionally ready to let himself love again. Then, twenty years later, Rory reappears, but while Cole has continued to live his life, no time has passed for Rory. What a mess!

While there is some mystery around what happened to Rory, the focus of the novel is on Cole – dealing with the disappearance and heartbreak, followed by the shock and (misplaced) guilt when the man he loved first suddenly reappears and wants him back. The second half of the book focuses on the total mess these three men find themselves in – with nobody “guilty” of any wrongdoing, yet forced to deal with an extremely unique love triangle.

Cole is truly torn between his first love – exactly like he used to be and expecting to get back together with Cole – and Tommy, the man whom he has married and has built his life with. It is not a case of meeting someone again twenty years after a breakup and both having aged. Rory’s situation is just as horrible, since time has stood still for him, and he expects for him and Cole to continue their life together. Rory not only doesn’t recognize the outside world, he doesn’t understand why Cole is no longer there for him. Rory’s road to acceptance of what Cole has done is not easy. And then there is Tommy, who loves Cole with a passion and while he knows about Rory and the disappearance, how could he have prepared for a reappearance?

Should Tommy “step aside” and let Cole and Rory get back together? While that is probably the ending Rory wishes for, Cole is not the same man he was twenty years ago. Would they even still be compatible? How do you decide which man Cole should choose? Is there even a choice?

If you like novels with a well-defined and excruciating moral conundrum, if you want to see the process three men go through to decide who ends up with whom and why, and if you’re looking for a read that is heart-wrenching, fascinating, and ultimately feels right, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It is by no means an easy read, but I found it very rewarding.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 220 pages/76456 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-August-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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