An Alisa Release Day Review: Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe by Rick R. Reed

Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5


A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.


Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!


As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?


The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.


Thad has been wallowing while he has been on unemployment, with pretty much only his dog for company.  When he decides to treat himself and visits the Blue Moon Café he finds much more than he was expecting.


Sam first pushes Thad away despite their connection, but just as Thad begins to look for other options he has to call him while volunteering.  Speaking to each other seems to reawaken Sam’s feelings and they decide that even if it isn’t the right time they can try and make it work.


This story is told from Thad’s point of view, so we know what he is thinking and feeling.  For the length of this book we don’t see these characters together very often, I felt that we saw his budding friendship with Jared more than we saw Sam.  We learned a lot of Thad’s thoughts an doubts, but there was a lot of information that was inferred or was easily assumed.  I don’t know when there are big gaps in time and we are only seeing one person a majority of the time it is hard to connect with the story and how their relationship is building in the background.  I liked that they were happy in the end, but wasn’t sure about how they got there or the way Sam rationalized his actions throughout the story.


Cover art by Aaron Anderson is wonderful and eye catching.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N


Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages

Published: 2nd edition, March 13, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781635332926

Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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