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by Rick R. Reed

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It should have been a perfect night out. Instead, Mark and Donald collide with tragedy when they leave their favorite night spot. That dark October night, three gay-bashers emerge from the gloom, armed with slurs, fists, and an aluminum baseball bat.

The hate crime leaves Donald lost and alone, clinging to the memory of the

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Bashed 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MMRomanceLover More than 1 year ago
Rick Reed's Bashed is an amazingly compelling novel that depicts the brutality and aftermath of a horrific hate crime. In the opening chapter we are introduced to Donald and Mark, an endearingly devoted gay couple who are just approaching the second year of their romantic relationship. They are madly in love, and as they leave a leather bar together that love is confronted by unimaginable hatred. They are violently attacked by a group of three young assailants weilding aluminum baseball bats, and young Mark is killed. This is the beginning of the story. From this point Reed takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride that surprises and frightens. He not only explores the mind and emotions of Donald, the surviving victim, but also Ronny and Justin, two of the bashers. I was in awe of Reed's ability to paint such clear pictures of his setting by describing seemingly minute and insignificant details. I felt as if I understood the emotions and thought processes of each character. I was astonished by Reed's command of the English language and by his impressive and expansive vocabulary. His writing style flowed, and he varied his sentence structure in a manner that skillfully avoided any appearance of choppiness or uncertainty. Initially my reaction to the horrendous crime was to hate the criminals, but by the end of the story I felt compassion and pity for them. It was not so much hatred that fueled their violence as it was fear. They were afraid of who they were. They were afraid of the honesty and openness that Donald and Mark's love demonstrated. I yearned for healing and forgiveness to occur. I wanted Donald to stop hurting and to be happy. I wanted Mark to return. Bashed is a story about love. It is a story about a beautiful, loving couple who are ripped apart by tragedy. It is about the consequences of homophobia. It is about the importance of providing parental guidance to our society's youth. It is about learning how to forgive. It is about having the courage to start over after you've lost everything you cared about. Bashed is a rare find. It is a book that touched my soul, and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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