Best Selling Author Rick Reed is my guest this month and shares his delightful story of true love.
Rick R Reed Q/A for True Love Tuesday
When and where did you meet the person who has your heart?
Bruce, my husband and I, are a modern couple. We met online on a gay dating site. He responded to my ad, which wondered, “What’s Your Story?” This was in May of 2002, almost twelve years ago. Things have never been the same.
Do you remember what you thought the first time you saw him/her?
Yes. I can still see him sitting on the front steps of his apartment building in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, waiting for me to pick him up for our first date. He was wearing jeans and a dark blue T-shirt with pencil-thin white stripes. At the time, he had a goatee. Even before he said a word to me, I knew I was in love, which is why I devoutly believe in love at first sight. I remember I was coming from the doctor’s office and had just gotten three stitches pulled from my eyebrow from a biking accident I’d recently had and I was worried about how I looked. I guess I needn’t have worried because our first date went very well.
Did your first impression of him/her turn out to be accurate?
It’s twelve years later and we’ve never really been apart. We’re now legally married and looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together. What do you think?
When did you first fall in love?
As I said above, the first time I laid eyes on him. I will admit that we did e-mail back and forth for a couple of weeks before we met in person and he totally charmed me with the humor and intelligence that came through loud and clear in those early e-mails. Big secret: I still have them.
When you fell in love did you know it was for good, or did it take a while to realize this person was the one?
That’s the interesting part. See, when we met I was so not looking. I had just gotten out of yet another failed relationship and, this time, I had decided I was going to be single and love it for a good long time, maybe forever. I found my dream apartment on Chicago’s north side and I was totally enjoying my independence. I got to enjoy it for two months; then I met Bruce. I did put up a token resistance at first to being a couple, but it was hopeless. Love comes along when you least expect it!
How long have you been together?
Almost a dozen years.
What is the thing you’ve loved about him/her from the start?
Because he said yes when I asked, “Can I kiss you?”
What do you love most about him/her today?
His generosity and kindness. He spoils me. And the great thing about that spoiling is not what comes out of it, but seeing how happy it makes him to do it.
Is there anything small that bugs you about each other that you’ve learned to accept or that has become kind of an inside joke?
Oh, we were doing so well. Let’s not be negative. And honestly, I am hard-pressed to think of anything. As Edith Ann said, “And that’s the truth”.
Rick, thank you for being a part of True Love Tuesday and sharing your wonderful love story with us!
Rick R. Reed Biography
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”
Love comes along when you least expect it. That’s what Duncan Taylor’s sister, Scout, tells him. Scout has everything Duncan wants—a happy life with a wonderful husband. Now that Seattle has made gay marriage legal, Duncan knows he can have the same thing. But when he proposes to his boyfriend Tucker, he doesn’t get the answer he hoped for. Tucker’s refusal is another misstep in a long line of failed romances. Despairing, Duncan thinks of all the loving unions in his life—and how every one of them is straight. Maybe he could be happy, if not sexually compatible, with a woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer.
Determined to settle, Duncan forgets his sister’s wisdom about love and begins planning a wedding with Marilyn. But life throws Duncan a curveball. When he meets wedding planner Peter Dalrymple, unexpected sparks ignite. Neither man knows how long he can resist his powerful attraction to the other. For sure, there’s a wedding in the future. But whose?
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