Caregiver by Rick R. Reed
It’s 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark’s addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that’s how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam.
Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original—witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn’t let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail.
Each step of Adam’s journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it’s Adam’s lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn’t right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.
Dan has moved to Florida to escape his boyfriend’s temptations. Mark is an addict but Dan hasn’t got to the point yet where he realizes Mark is the only one who can help Mark. Shortly after his arrival Dan signs up to be a “buddy” to someone suffering from AIDS. This was the early 90’s when AIDS was a death sentence and still a bit of an unknown for a lot of people. Adam is Dan’s assigned man. Adam isn’t what Dan expects. Adam is a lively man that shows little outside sign of the illness that is slowly killing him. Dan also meets Sullivan, Adam boyfriend, and is blown away. The man strikes his interest right away but both men are involved so Dan suppresses it. What Dan doesn’t expect is how much a difference Adam will make in his life in such a short period of time.
This was a very gripping book. The characters draw you in. You don’t get to know Mark much but he is only a bit of the story. The story revolves around Dan and what happens with him. It really shows how AIDS effected the time and people, especially the gay community but also how they all pulled together to support those with it. I thought this story did an excellent job showing how one man even if not known long can make a much greater impact on a person. The love and devotion that was shown by both Dan and Sullivan was beautiful.
The writing was superb. The author wrote in such a way that you could feel the love, hope, fear, and heartbreak of the characters. The only fault I thought in the book was not really getting to know Sullivan’s character. We really don’t get much of him in the story. We know he loves Adam deeply and some of what goes between them but not enough to really get me attached to his character. It was a lovely story!
Posted on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013, in Book Review, Historical, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Rose Bouquet, TJ and tagged Dreamspinner Press, M/M Romance, Novel, Rick R. Reed, Rose Bouquet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.