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Here For Us by A.M. Arthur Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have A.M. Arthur popping in today with her new release Here For Us, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Here For Us

(Us 01)
by

A.M. Arthur

Cris Sable doesn’t walk into popular gay bar Big Dick’s expecting to find more than a casual hookup, so he’s surprised by his instant attraction and intense chemistry with go-go dancer Jake. Jake’s sexy as hell and a firecracker in bed. The sparks between them are undeniable, and what starts as a hookup evolves into something deeper, possibly permanent—until Jake dumps Cris flat on his ass for no good reason.

Angry and confused, Cris finds comfort with his longtime friend and employer Charles “Chet” Greenwood. Cris’s emotional state stirs up Charles’s long-buried feelings for Cris. Feelings he’s denied for eight years, because Cris is his employee and therefore off limits—not to mention two decades younger than Charles. Cris admits he has feelings for Charles, too, but he’s still getting over Jake and both men agree nothing can happen between them while Charles is still Cris’s boss.

Jake Bowden knows he doesn’t have anything to offer a guy. He’s a go-go dancer with no degree and no real career aspirations. He’s also used to everyone who loves him leaving, so it makes sense to cut Cris loose before things get too serious. Cris is kind, passionate and totally deserves a guy like Charles—wealthy, owns a home, successful businessman. Jake can’t compete so why bother? They’re better off together. But when Jake has a serious personal crisis, Cris and Charles unite to pull him back together, and the three men discover it’s possible—maybe even inevitable—to fall in love with more than one person at a time.

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Say It Right by A.M. Arthur Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Say It Right

(All Saints 02)
by

A.M. Arthur

After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.

Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.

Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.

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Come What May by A.M. Arthur Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Come What May

(All Saints 01)
by

A.M. Arthur

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

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Come What May by A.M. Arthur

27731949Title: Come What May

Series: All Saints, #1

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre: New Adult Romance

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Carina Press (May 23rd 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

ISBN: 9781459293540

Product Link: http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781459293540_come-what-may.html

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: This is probably the best book A.M. Arthur has written so far. I loved everything about it! I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting.

Jonas Ashcroft is the jock that all girls drool for. A total ladies’ man who is cruel and mean to those weaker than him. His image should get him the one thing he always craved: his conservative senator father’s respect and approval.

But no matter who Jonas tries to be, his father is never happy with him, and neither is Jonas. Underneath all that cocky exterior hides a vulnerable young man who’s terrified to accept the fact that he’s gay. Who is very unhappy and doesn’t believe there’s anything that great about himself.

Jonas has always struggled with math. He has a severe problem with numbers. I’ve never before come across dyscalculia, nor have I ever heard of it, but it’s a good thing to know. Jonas has dyscalculia and it impacts his daily life and causes confidence issues. Jonas thinks he’s dumb and stupid. I could easily connect with him and sympathize with him in regards with that.

But, Jonas is also spoiled rich kid who doesn’t know what to do with himself without his parents’ financial support. A college hazing gone wrong gets Jonas suspended and sent to live with his uncle and aunt for the better part of a year.

Tate is smart, confident, caring and responsible for his two sisters since he was a teenager. Tate has a huge heart and cares about other in need. And he does exactly that, along with his best friend Marc by running an LGBT teen homeless shelter.

Tate immediately sees through Jonas’s prickly exterior and they become friends. Their friendship becomes more when they both decide to be honest about the feelings they have for each other. There’s chemistry between them that burns slowly, but steadily and Jonas’s first experiences with sex with another man are hot as hell.

Their relationship isn’t easy and Jonas’s constant fear of coming out, especially to his parents brings a few hurdles. But there’s nothing honesty and commitment won’t help them get through.

This story will warm your heart because it’s more than just a love story between two men. It’s about family and friends and acceptance. About helping those in need even when it might put us in danger. About support and dedication to help our loved ones overcome whatever life throws their way.

This was a beautiful story.

I definitely recommend it!
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The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur

the-heart-as-he-hears-itTitle: The Heart As He Hears It

Series: Perspectives, #3

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 253 pages

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 19, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.

While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.

And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.

Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.

Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.

ISBN: 9781619233898

Product Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5775/the-heart-as-he-hears-it

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Perspectives Series collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. Although it can be read as a standalone story.

Sometimes you find an author that just amazes you with their writings and A.M. Arthur is one of those authors. Although I must admit that I don’t much care for stories that has porn in them. I have never really been into those stories, so I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to read this book. The title and cover are the first things that caught my attention, so I was like…go for it.

My first thought from the blurb is that this story was going to be a story full of pain and very emotional with a lot of ups and downs to it. I felt more for Jon because of his past and how he had come out of an abusive relationship that made him very ill in my eyes. He has problems with eating and body issues, so for him the porn industry lets him focus on sex and lets him show off his body.

Then there is Isaac who was completely deaf, due to his father beating him as a child. He had lost his mother to suicide and his father was murdered. The problem was it left Isaac afraid to leave the home. When he meets his grandfather for the first time, he is a bit frightened. However he also got to meet Jon. Their friendship strengthens and they slowly fall in love.

Even after what Jon went through, he helps Isaac see that he is safe with him. I loved the kitten quite a bit.

Isaac’s grandfather’s health issues are troublesome for them both, as Jon thinks of the man as a father to him. You see how they both are affected by it, and how Jon reacts is painful for them both. I absolutely loved how Isaac comes to Jon’s aide when Jon’s abusive ex shows up and it gave me hope that he is healing all the way.

Now other than the porn aspect of the book, this story was tender, well written and heart breaking at the same time. It doesn’t have the full on drama effect that I had thought it would have and for that I am grateful. It has a romance that is slow burn, fully developed story and characters that made it the way it is. I loved the way the story just seemed to flow off the pages.

It was very sweet and I enjoyed reading it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

 

The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur Book Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have A.M. Arthur stopping by today with her new release The Heart As He Hears It, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Aerin’s review. So enjoy the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Heart As He Hears It

(Perspectives 03)
by

A.M. Arthur

While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.

And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.

Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.

Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.

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The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have the wonderful A.M. Arthur stopping by today with her newest release The World As He Sees It, we have a quick interview with A.M., a tasty excerpt, an awesome giveaway and Aerin’s review, so enjoy the post and click that rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The World As He Sees It

(Perspectives 02)
by

A.M. Arthur

Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…

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The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur

the-world-as-he-sees-itTitle: The World As He Sees It
Series: Perspectives #2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Genre: Contemporary/ Disability
Length: Novel
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd (October 20th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
Warning: Contains two damaged but lovable heroes, secret-keeping friends with good intentions, and an abundance of inappropriate food innuendo.

ISBN: 9781619230132

Product Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5605/the-world-as-he-sees-it

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: I’m not gonna lie, I was wary of reading this book, regardless of how much I loved book 1 in this series. After what happened to Shane’s brother, one of favorite characters, I was afraid of the bad-luck and misery that was going to fall upon the poor unsuspecting characters in this book. But hey, I loved it! It wasn’t too dramatic, nor too angsty taking into consideration the fact that it had the potential of becoming angst-central.

We met Gabe in book #1 when he came to Tristan’s rescue, when the acute need to get some sent Tristan to a night club all by himself. We also know Gabe is a porn actor under the name of Tony Ryder, but he’s able to separate his private life from his job pretty easily. His character was believable, because we all know there are many porn stars out there who are able to lead normal lives, so Gabe was a complex, pretty well-rounded character.

However, his reason for doing porn baffled me and made me angry at the same time. His alcoholic mother isn’t able or willing to keep a job, she’s ungrateful, bitchy, and undeserving of Gabe’s hard won money (pun intended! Heh!). She needed dumped on her ass rather than taken care of, but that’s just the way I look at it. But at least Gabe has another reason for doing porn: easy access to regular, safe, consensual sex. That’s the part that baffled me, because Gabe could get that anywhere else, but hey, who am I to judge, right?

Tristan is Noel’s friend, and we met him in The Truth as He Knows It; he was one of my favorite characters, and I really REALLY liked him in this book. After a gay bashing that left him with no short-term memory, Tristan lives his life 30 minutes at a time, while struggling to feel like a part of Noel’s life, instead of a weight on his shoulders.

My heart broke for Tristan. I can’t imagine living like that! When Tristan and Gabe meet again, Tristan remembers Gabe’s eyes, through what Noel calls his Déjà vu sense. The sparks fly between those two, the chemistry is there, the slow burn is a must but welcome nonetheless, and I thought they were lovely together. Except for that little part where Tristan forgets all about Gabe by the next morning.

Even though Tristan and Gabe keep in touch through a series of emails, a relationship between them is nothing short of impossible, until Tristan starts a clinical trial that has the potential to improve, if not heal completely, his short-term memory problem. I have to be honest and admit I have no clue what-so-ever about any stuff like that, and I also can’t tell if this is all possible in real life or if the author made it up completely, but to me it seemed believable and it wasn’t overdone, so I accept it as a possibility.

One thing I didn’t like was the lies, especially the ones coming from Noel, even though I understood his reasons. Still, once Tristan started getting better and his memory improved drastically. There were no more excuses for not telling him Tristan’s parents had no interest in his welfare anymore.

Plus, I thought Noel was a major asshole many times when it came to Gabe; even if it was because Gabe didn’t tell Tristan from the start that he is a porn star, I admit I understand why. Besides, when things got serious between them, and Tristan was able to remember thing better, Gabe was nothing but honest, so I can’t fault him. Maybe Tristan’s reaction to that news isn’t what you’d expect, but to me it was very understandable because I’ve done the same thing myself. *blushes furiously*

The main reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me, aside from Noel, was that Gabe continued to do porn even after his mother was no longer a problem and he was in a committed relationship with Tristan. To be frank, that PISSED ME THE FUCK OFF!!!! There was no more justification for doing porn, because once Tristan became more like his old self. He was an insatiable, horny, devoted lover, so I can’t understand why Gabe didn’t quit. And even more unbelievable was the fact that Tristan accepted it with no problems at all.

Overall, this was a great book, and Tristan was an amazing character.

Stand by You by A.M. Arthur

91XZ8kvwqFL._SL1500_Title: Stand By You
Series: Belonging, #3
Author: AM Arthur
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (231 pages)
Publisher: Carina Press (October 20th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job bussing tables at his friend’s new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He’s working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.

From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex’s abuse, he’s wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far, it’s been easy but Brendan’s feelings aren’t just friendly anymore…

When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy’s friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence his heart.

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Review: Romy Myers has spent the last couple of months recovering from the injuries he sustained at the hands of his extremely abusive ex-boyfriend. While the physical scars are fading over time, the mental anguish is almost stifling. Romy suffers from panic attacks and nightmares, the only time he feels even remotely safe is when Brendan is around. When Rory finally found a way to escape Carlos and the room he was kept chained in, his friend Ezra came to the rescue, bringing his own gentle giant, Brendan.

Brendan Walker is powerful in presence, stature and appearance. Abused himself as a child, he not only recognizes what Rory is going through, he can relate. He has felt drawn to Rory since he carried his small, battered body out of that room, and the pull only grows stronger as the two men get to know each other and become friends. The feelings are foreign to Brendan. He has never been attracted to a man before. Rory is both fragile and broken and Brendan feels this insane need to protect him, shelter him, and love him.

When Brendan finally admits how he feels, that he wants more than just friendship, Rory is scared. All he can think about is how the men he has loved in the past have hurt him, and he doesn’t ever want to be that vulnerable again. Rory will have to let go of the pain in his past, if he stands a chance of having a future with Brendan.

The story was a little slow in places, not connecting from one part to the next, and the angst was a bit maddening. That being said, I enjoyed the parts of the story when the characters did connect. I couldn’t help but understand why Rory was initially hesitant of entering into a relationship with Brendan. There was the secret, the fact that his size sort of intimidated Rory and the shadows of Rory’s past that were ever-present in his present. But once Brendan realized he was in love with the troubled young man, he pulled out all the stops to make Rory his and make sure he knew he was loved, protected and safe in Brendan’s arms.

Overall, it was a good ‘gay for you’ type story line, with that hint of danger from Rory’s ever-present ex. I haven’t read the other stories in this series, but I didn’t really feel like I was missing anything when it came to the focus of this story, Rory and Brendan. Both of their pasts were explained as well as their current situations. If you can get past the angst and the slow start, I think you’ll like the character development and where it takes these two in the end.

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Getting It Right by A.M. Arthur

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Author: A.M. Arthur
Series: Restoration, #1
Length: Novel (245 pages)
Publisher: Carina Press (March 16th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four—because he’s too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.

Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as Tag, he’s the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James’s drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he’s close to becoming the worst version of himself.

After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn’t sorry for the kisses that James can’t remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.

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Review: Psychiatrist James Taggert and Detective Nathan Wolf have been best friends since they were teenagers, and they’ve had feelings for each other about that long as well. Problem is, neither one has ever told the other. When James learns that the guy that raped his little sister and subsequently caused her to commit suicide is released from prison, he ties on a bender and Nate is there to help him pick up the pieces.

Another kiss is shared, but unlike the single kiss they shared in high school, there is a lot more heat to this particular kiss. When Nate finally admits his feelings to James, thinking for certain they’ll be returned, James lies and says he doesn’t feel the same way.

Things just get even further out of control from there. Nathan is attacked and left for dead, but before James can come clean about that little white lie, Nathan flees to his home town with his parents to recoup. Months go by with no word from Nathan, but James doesn’t give up, he calls, he texts and sends emails until finally, Nathan is on his door step.

Over the next several weeks Nathan and James open up to each other and admit their feelings, their fears, hopes and desires. It won’t be easy though. Love and commitment only take you so far when one half of the couple is suffering from severe PTSD and the other half is an alcoholic. And let’s not forget about that pesky serial killer, or the fact that James and Nathan’s friends, a patient or two and possibly a colleague of one or both of them all seem to be connected in different ways.

This book grabbed me on the first page and kept up a steady, intense pace until the last. I loved all the twists and turns in the story, how so many seemingly random people turned out to be connected in some way or another by the end. Most of all though, I loved the completely bent, occasionally broken characters that were James and Nathan.

How generally messed up they were and the only thing that brought either of them peace, gave them a reason to strive to be better, was each other. But there were some very strong secondary characters that kept me on my toes as well, a couple in fact that I hope are the inspiration for the next book in this story. And let me tell you, the ending shocked the shit out of me, did not see that coming.

I’ve just recently begun reading Arthur’s books and I have instantly become a huge fan. There is this ability she possesses to take these broken characters and give them hope. There is always a happy ending in her stories and I could just read her books all day long. If you like your characters raw, real, full of backbone and passion then I think you’ll like this book as well.

The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, today we welcome A.M. Arthur on the last day of her blog tour for The Truth As He Knows It, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and we have review from both Tams and Tina, so enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Truth As He Knows It

(Perspectives 01)
by

A.M. Arthur

Perspectives, Book 1

Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

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Stand by You and Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur Blog Tour, Excerpts, Reviews & Giveaway!

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Hi again, we are now bringing you A.M. Arthur and two brand new releases, Foundation of Trust and Stand by You. There are excerpts to enjoy and there is a great giveaway. We also have reviews for both books from Tams and Lisa, so enjoy the post and then click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~
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Foundation of Trust

David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.

Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.

Warning: This book contains an Australian transplant with a head full of secrets, a party planner with enough baggage to sink a battleship, and a surly teenager who just wants them both to get over themselves.

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Stand by You

Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend’s new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He’s working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.

From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex’s abuse, he’s wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it’s been easy—but Brendan’s feelings aren’t just friendly anymore…

When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy’s friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence—his heart.

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Understanding Jeremy by A.M. Arthur

UnderstandingJeremyLGTitle: Understanding Jeremy
Series: Discovering Me #2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (138 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 23rd, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Tams

No one in Jeremy Collins’s life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn’t think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor–claim he’s the father of her baby so she isn’t ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy’s explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole’s mind that Jeremy doesn’t know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear.
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Review: This is the second book in a series that should be read in order.

Cole Alston finally got his parents house, barn cleaned out, and most of the items sold with the help of his new friend and lover, Jeremy Collins. The two have settled into a routine and as much normalcy as possible, given Cole’s PTSD like symptoms and recurring nightmares after suffering years of abuse at the hands if his ex-asshole. Jeremy’s words, not mine. Martin is long gone, but not forgotten. And to be honest, the scars that he left on Cole both physically and emotionally, may never completely heal.

Jeremy and Cole are trying to settle into a relationship that they aren’t open about while dealing with Cole’s demons, and now they are having to deal with nosey neighbors and rumors on top of their already full plates. You know how small towns are. Jeremy’s best friend is pregnant, and when people assume it’s Jeremy’s, she doesn’t correct them. People in town are whispering about the ‘queer city boy’ that is rooming with Jeremy. More than anything, Jeremy wants to be open and honest about everything. But he understands how secretive and still fragile Cole is, so he respects that and keeps mum about their relationship. And as much as he wants to tell all the Chatty Cathys that it’s not even his baby, he doesn’t want to damage his friends reputation either. So he sits, and simmers, until he’s faced with the very real possibility of losing the person he’s come to love, because Jeremy can’t face his own demons.

There was a reality to this story that hit close to home for me. As someone who lived in an abusive relationship for years, I see a lot of myself in Cole. It’s admirable to me when an author does their research and nails those subtle nuances, things that make you cringe like the breaking glass, things that cause nightmares. All the symptoms Cole suffers are a very real thing and they are portrayed accurately, and that is refreshing, even though difficult to read, I liked the effort Arthur put into this story in that aspect. But then there is the gentle, kind, loving Jeremy who will do anything to make sure Cole feels safe, loved, wanted, and needed. How the two of them balance each other out. And the letter on the computer, that was just pure genius, I loved it!

So, yes, there are some hard parts to this story but it’s also a story about love and being yourself regardless of how crazy that may be. Jeremy even tells Cole, “I already know you’re crazy, and I still love you.” and that was the best damn line I’ve read in a long time. Everyone has baggage, and everyone has an equal out that to help them carry it. This is an also a sweet, sexy love story with a few speed bumps that had to be navigated along the way. Definitely a must read.

Unearthing Cole by A.M. Arthur ~ Audiobook

UnearthingColeAUDLgTitle: Unearthing Cole
Author: A.M. Arthur
Narrator: JP Handler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (04-09-14)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Cole Alston swore he’d never return to his childhood home in rural North Carolina, but when his mother dies, he inherits her hoarded property. He hopes to sell everything and use the money to start over in Canada, far away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. It’s a daunting task, and Cole has no idea where to start. Luckily for him, the local antique storeowner, Jeremy Collins volunteers his services in sorting the hoard. Their professional relationship soon evolves into a personal one, but Cole must overcome his past and his anxiety before he can accept a new man in his life or the possibility of a happy future
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Review: Cole Alston has come home to settle his mother’s affairs after her death. He left home right out of college and rarely came back, he was embarrassed by his parents hoarding affliction. His mother was so far gone that she died in the very house that Cole was dreading stepping back into. Always feeling like his parents loved their material possessions more than their own son, Cole craved the unconditional love he’d always missed. Because of this need, he landed in the arms of a controlling, domineering and abusive man. For 7 years, Cole withstood the abuse.

Jeremy Collins has experienced love and loss himself. Both his wife and his sister have died and Jeremy is pretty much a loner, aside from his sister-in-law, who he has remained close to. No one in their little North Carolina town even knows Jeremy is bi-sexual, aside from her.
There is a small spark between the two men from the start, but Cole’s past assures that he will keep Jeremy at arm’s length. Not to mention that Cole is certain Jeremy is straight. As the days pass and Jeremy helps Cole clear out his parent’s house and sell’s items through his antique business, the two grow closer and eventually the relationship becomes sexual. At the start, it’s a friend’s with benefits type thing, but soon Cole is out of his element when his feelings continually grow into more. When his past catches up with him, will Cole stand tall? Or will he flee again?

This was a short and engaging audio book. The narration left a little something to be desired, but I have heard worse. I did enjoy the journey with Cole as I was given pieces of his back story here and there while he goes about cleaning out his child hood home, with every intention of speeding out-of-town as soon as he’s done. But gradually he begins to fall in love with Jeremy. The best part of this book though, for me, was something that happened at the end. I have never seen Karma come around and give it back before like this, it was fantastic, and I loved it. So that got higher markings. The mediocre narration lost a mark though, with a better narrator, this would easily have been a 5 star read.

I’d recommend this book, but perhaps the print version.

What You Own by A.M. Arthur

WhatYouOwnLGTitle: What You Own

Series:  N/A

Author:   A. M. Arthur

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Novel (200 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (November 29th, 2013)

Heat:  Explicit

Heart:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Eli/Mandingo

Blurb:  For Ryan Sanders, the Paige Community Center is more than a place where he teaches at-risk teens about musical theater. He found a sense of belonging there during one of the hardest times of his life. With the center facing a financial crisis, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the doors open—even soliciting fundraiser donations from Langley-Quartermaine Financial.

Adam Langley has a plan: survive an internship at his father’s company, finish college, get his trust fund, and find his former high school best friend Ryan and beg his forgiveness. In that order, because if Ryan does forgive him, Adam believes he’ll finally find the courage to come out to his wealthy, bigoted father.

Adam’s carefully considered plan is shattered when Ryan appears at the office a full ten months before Adam is ready, and Ryan is just as stunned. Against his better judgment, Adam gets involved with the fundraiser—and Ryan. Old feelings won’t be denied, and as Ryan and Adam reconnect, they realize neither knows the entire truth about the horrific night three years earlier, that tore their friendship apart.

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Review: Okay so let’s get the most important thing out-of-the-way. EXCELLENT read.  Buy the book, support the author, and as the young people say, #nuffsaid!

Now let’s get on to the business of a review.  YA coming of age stories have been done to death and they come in a myriad of forms.  The story line is fairly predictable in YA and so the depth and likability of a story comes from a reader’s empathy with the characters and feeling like you have a stake in the outcome of the young men.  The reader gets that in spades with this story.  I should let you know that you will need to have a device nearby to YouTube the various Broadway songs as they are talked about in the book.  The title, of course, gives the reader a hint, since it’s one of Rent’s iconic songs. The book gives you a two-fer, a great read and some nice ear worms as well.

Adam and Ryan have been through the ringer.  Their childhood friendship and budding romance are shattered first by violence and then by cruelty disguised as love, caring and well-being. These two young men must both learn to trust again, but the love they felt for each other was never lost. What they must do, however, is take control of their lives if they wish to chart their own destiny. This is a lesson that Adam, moreso, that Ryan must learn. Often readers are annoyed with the indecisiveness of their YA characters, but that is central and believable to their current level of maturation, making their fear and inability to commit to a course very believable. What the reader hopes to see is that the character can begin to grow and mature from whatever situation they are placed in. This is done perfectly in this story.

Aligning the book with a Broadway show gives the reader the same sense of anticipation of watching a show and waiting for the climax. The reader is taken along the metaphorical play performance while also watching the story of the two men unfold. The other characters of family, friends and co-workers provide meaningful input into the story and push the two characters along to their inevitable ending. The end of the story is fitting as it culminates in both the benefit performance and Adam coming into his own. 

Bravo!  *Cue curtain call for standing ovation*