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Book Review: Come What May (All Saints, #1) – A.M. Arthur [ARC]

Come What MayDate of Publication: May 23, 2016
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: New Adult LGBT Romance
Length: 320 pages, ebook
Publisher: Carina Press
Ebook ASIN: B0176646RS
Characters: Jonas Ashcroft, Tate Dawson

Jonas Ashcroft is a spoiled rich fratboy sent by his controlling father to his aunt and uncle’s after a horrible incident at school led to his expulsion. Jonas doesn’t really give a hoot with anyone weaker than him but deep inside, there’s an insecure boy who suffers from dyscalculia and is almost always looking for his father’s approval. And he is also very much in the closet.

Enter Tate Dawson – he’s everything Jonas’ yearning to be. Tate is confident, caring, responsible, and openly gay who runs an LGBT teen homeless shelter along with his bestfriend Marc.

There’s an instant sparkle of attraction between them that led to something that both didn’t expect but life keeps getting in the way and they may just have to fight harder in order to maintain what they have – come what may.

This was a very quick and easy read. Come What May is a story that feels very current. Perhaps, because the characters are very young and what they have is something that most LGBT young adults goes through life at some point – coming out, dealing with the positive and negative consequences from doing so, making choices and just trying to be themselves.

Jonas is a lovely character whom you want to give a big hug because his vulnerability is palpable on page. There’s the little boy who’ve always wanted to please his parents but to no avail. I’ve said it again and again and I’m still not a parent myself but I couldn’t imagine how you could treat your own flesh and blood, your kid like the way Jonas’s parents had treated him. It’s unfathomable for me although it’s basically, reality kicking me in both nuts!

I loved Tate and I adore his understanding nature. I loved his patience towards Jonas and his voice actually sounded real young than his 24 years of age. I loved that he didn’t push beyond what Jonas is willing to offer.

The story isn’t complicated but it’s the idea of it being very realistic that sold me into it. There’s really nothing new to it but the writing was really good and it was very engaging as well. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pre-Order Link via Carina Press

About A.M. Arthur
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and “bromance” (and “The Young Riders”) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments. You can contact her at AM_Arthur(at)yahoo(dot)com

ARC provided by Carina Press for  an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me #2) – A.M. Arthur

Understanding Jeremy“If your smile warming me inside means love, then I love you. If feeling pride when you stand up for me despite everything means love, then I love you. If wanting to touch you just because you’re standing next to me in the room means love, then I love you. It’s what I know when I’m with you, Jeremy, and I think that’s love.”

What is so good about this series is how the author maintains the POV of her characters. Their voices and consistency are felt all throughout the first book and this one. In this installment, we have Jeremy narrating the story which picked up exactly where it ended in the first book. Jeremy and Cole are now living together but as for their relationship, both are still unsure about it. Cole was still reeling from his asshole ex-boyfriend sudden reappearance but he’s trying to at least move on from that episode. Jeremy meanwhile is still in cloud nine for having Cole with him although he’s still very much wary about Cole’s plan for the future.

When Jeremy’s best friend Bethann asked a favor from him to claim the baby she was carrying, Jeremy has to say no. Bethan has been there for him at his lowest point but he won’t deny Cole and his relationship with him. This didn’t go well though, when Bethan panicked and told a co-worker that Jeremy is the baby daddy. This conversation was privy to Cole so along with the rumor in town that Cole is gay, Jeremy’s relationship with him is also on the rocks.

Fear of losing a loved one yet again is what Jeremy’s most scared of so when Cole decided to break up with him, he knew that he’s got to do something soon to save the relationship and show the man he loves what he truly means to him. I just loved Jeremy’s character here. He’s just too nice and too perfect. His patience towards Cole was just beyond and I loved that he’s not afraid to take risks. The abuse that Cole went through his ex was more detailed here and I feel like killing the guy myself. I mean, I almost wished that he (Martin) was gang-raped to death when the “incident” in the first book happened to him. I mean, Jeremy should’ve at least got to punch him once.

The tone of the story was very nerve-wracking yet romantic. I loved the easy countenance of the premise and the very realistic dialogues in it. I also loved the unpredictability of the story.

This is one of those series that has its own voice and makes you root for a certain character from the get go.

Another great series on my list! Thank you A.M. Arthur for this amazing book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published July 23rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press

Sequel to Unearthing Cole

Discovering Me: Book Two

(I’ve read the first book entitled Understanding Jeremy but I lost the original file of the review and I’m trying to locate it but I also gave it a 5 star rating :))