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Body Rocks (Off Beat #1) by AM Arthur

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Published on June 28, 2016

Published by Swerve

Categories: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Musicians

Blurb:

Everything is finally falling into place for Trey Cooper: his band has been accepted into one of the biggest music competitions in the country…too bad their drummer just quit to play with XYZ, their biggest rival. When Trey has a mind-blowingly hot hookup with a mysterious violinist, Trey definitely plans to see him again – just not on stage as a member XYZ.

Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?

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Our thoughts:

I’m not sure how I feel about this story. The idea of two members from rival bands falling in love has so much potential and appeal. I picture clandestine meetings and choosing between their heart or their music. Instead, the getting together part seemed easy. Even meeting up was easy. Heck they even had a confidant from the band that knew of their relationship!

What I wasn’t expecting was the angst coming from petty standards! When a guy totally lies about who he is and then gets self-righteous when the in the closet lover refuses to acknowledge him, I had issue with that. It wasn’t a deal breaker, it just seemed like a double standard.

I enjoyed the complexity of Dom’s family. He was loved and supported, Trey didn’t have any of that. However, it felt like too many problems were introduced to keep the story going longer when it could have been a shorter story about them getting together, playing music, and overcoming the odds. I could have done without the car accident, attack, and short break up.

This novel felt more new adult and if you go into it with that thought process, the immaturity and angst is totally fitting. It was a very different type of story from AM Arthur so I’m glad to experience something new and look forward to what else the new series has to offer.

RATING: SNEAKERS

Blog Tour: Come What May (All Saints #1) by A.M. Arthur

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Come What May by A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints Book One
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Pages or Words: 70,000 words, 320 pages (print edition)
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Carina Press
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

Today we’re thrilled to be interviewing A.M. Arthur, author of Come What May for her tour stop with us.
Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hello! I’m an m/m romance author, who mostly writes contemporary but occasionally delves into paranormal. I live in Hicksville, USA with two rambunctious cats and a large collection of horror film DVDs.

My newest release, Come What May, is the first in a new NA romance series with Carina Press. Jonas Ashcroft is suspended from college after a fraternity prank goes wrong, and he’s stuck working in his aunt’s thrift store—his very first job ever. Tate Dawson runs an LGBT homeless shelter nearby, and when their paths cross, sparks fly. So do insults, misunderstandings, and smexy times.

What genres do you enjoy writing in?

The bulk of my writing lately has been contemporary m/m romance. Sometimes I write New Adult, sometimes just plain adult. I’ve written paranormal and have a paranormal WIP (two, actually, come to think of it), so I like the freedom to play with ghosties and beasties. I’d like to write something historical one day, but my current list of projects is way too long.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

A very big part of this book is the issue of LBGT+ youth homelessness. Their numbers are disproportionately high, compared their cis-het counterparts. One of my heroes, Tate, is a co-director of a homeless shelter for LBGT teens. While Tate was never homeless, his best friend and co-director Marc was, so they both have a driving need to give these kids shelter—even if only for one night.

I think the hardest part about writing this particular book was striking a balance between being informative and lecturing. I don’t want the book to sound like a PSA, but I do want to show that there are very real teenagers out there living in awful circumstances, simply because they’re not straight. It’s heartbreaking. A parent’s greatest task in life to love their child, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. That any parent would turn their child out onto the streets for being themselves is appalling to me.

Sorry, rant mode off.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

Jonas. I loved writing him. He’s one of those characters who is snippy and rude, keeping people at arm’s length, because inside he’s such a tangled mess of insecurities. I really enjoyed showing him opening up to Tate, first in friendship, and then in a sexual relationship. Tate helped him learn what true intimacy is, and he gave Jonas the confidence to finally embrace himself.

What cultural value do you see in writing?

Human beings have been storytellers since the spoken word came about. First in solely oral storytelling, and later, the written word. In terms of value, the period when a book was written often reflects the values and traditions of the time period. And often, it’s the popular fiction of the past that is still alive today (Charles Dickens, even Shakespeare, wrote popular fiction). While I can’t imagine what people will think of Twilight a hundred years from now, but hopefully they’ll find something of value in Harry Potter.

What is your favorite positive saying?

I’ve only recently stumbled across this one, but I love it: She believed she could, and so she did.

Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful answers. We hope to host you again soon!

 

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.

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Excerpt:

“It’s small,” Jonas said.

“Better than a cardboard box or foster care.” The sharpness in Tate’s voice echoed in his frown.

Jonas had never known anyone before who’d been in foster care, and saying so would probably make him the biggest douche on the planet. It also took the edge off some of his irritation over the total mindfuck that was Tate Dawson. “It’s way better than both of those things. You worked hard for this place, Tate. I haven’t worked hard for anything in my life.”

“I disagree.”

He blinked. “You do?”

“Yes, I do. I think you work very, very hard to convince yourself and the world that you’re something you’re not. I think you work very, very hard to be perfect when no one is, and the only thing anyone should ever do is just be her or himself. Be true to you, not to what others want from you.”

Jonas’s throat squeezed tight. “I can’t.”

Tate took a step closer, bringing a gentle waft of sweat and something sweet. “Why not?”

He saw the barest reflection of himself in Tate’s glasses and he didn’t like it. He stepped back. Tate snagged his wrist and held him there. The touch sent awareness buzzing across his skin, down his spine and straight to his balls. H needed to pull away before this got out of control.

And then his rebel brain decided it was a good idea to glance at Tate’s pink lips. Lips that Tate, the asshole, licked with slow swipes of his tongue.

Jonas yanked away his hand away so hard Tate stumbled. “I’m not gay, so you can get that ‘fuck the frat boy’ fantasy out of your head right now.”

Instead of being cowed, Tate planted both hands on his hips and said, “Who are you trying to convince? Because it’s just you and me in this room, and I’m not the one who brought up your sexuality. You did.”

Damn him. “Why won’t you leave me alone?”

Tate’s gaze drifted over his face as he sought for words. “Because every time we’re together I can tell you’re struggling with something. You put up this lone wolf front to keep people at arm’s length so you don’t have to work so hard to pretend, but it’s exhausting you. Jonas, you can be yourself with me. Whoever that is.”

“I can’t.” Talking was getting harder around the lump in his throat. His heart was kicking too fast and his chest ached.

“Look me in the eye.” Tate closed the three strides between them, then curled a warm hand around the back of Jonas’s neck. “Look me in the eye and say you don’t want to kiss me right now.”

Meet the author:

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A

Twitter: http://twitter.com/am_arthur

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur

Website: http://amarthur.blogspot.com/

Our thoughts:

It’s a guarantee that I will read every book AM Arthur publishes. There’s something about her writing style, protagonists, and plots that greatly appeal to me. I consider her a tried and true author. She has an authentic voice through her characters and I thoroughly enjoy every novel I’ve read from her. So, if you’re looking for a hard ass review where I rip the book up, just walk away! Pure gushing will now ensue!

What did I loved about Come What May? Where to start! First, I’d have to say I liked Jonas. At first he comes across a bit of a spoiled brat, out-of-place in his new surroundings, but still feeling it out. He was more open than I expected him to be. He was really repentant for the past issue that put him in his current situation.

Being away from his parents pressures and those of the college and frat he was attending allow for Jonas to start some self discovery. He was able to reflect and also just be. Never in his life had he ever been able to just be himself. How suffocating. That would be exhausting as well. The more we get to know Jonas, the more I liked him. Rich kid, yes. Spoiled kid, not really. A kid struggling and looking for love and self-respect? Definitely!

I felt for him and the lack of concern shown by his parents for all his life and especially when he discovers his learning disability and he’s belittled for it. Heartbreaking.

Through all the struggles and self-reflection Jonas is enduring, we have Tate on the sidelines trying to be the most supportive new friend to Jonas. Tate has his act together. He raises his two sisters, runs a homeless shelter, and somehow manages to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. He doesn’t really have time for a relationship, but Jonas is just the guy to make him change that line of thinking. Tate is ‘adulting’ for real. Jonas is just finding himself. They’d appear to be opposites, but the attraction is too great to ignore. Once they get started there’s no stopping the runaway train that is their lust and affinity for each other. Tate is good about being firm with what he won’t do, like go back into the closet for Jonas, without pressuring him. He’s there if and when Jonas wants to come out to his aunt and uncle, and his parents.

I liked how Tate was the responsible, compassionate, mature one of the relationship. He balanced Jonas well and he wasn’t condescending or boastful. He was extremely patient and fell so hard for Jonas—I liked that. He wasn’t infallible and was willing to do what he needs to right things.

There were some background issues going on that help propel the story and cause some drama for our two heroes. Through it all, this was more a story of self discovery and finding true love. It stays an honest romance without a messy breakup or black moment. Just love, understanding, and growth. My favorites!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!!

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The Heart As He Hears It (Perspectives #3) by AM Arthur

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The Heart As He Hears It (Perspectives #3) by AM Arthur

Released: April 19th 2016

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

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.

Warning: Product contains a neurotic porn star with body image issues, a virgin hero with severe agoraphobia, and a fluffy ball of gray cuteness you’ll want to take home and cuddle. Also contains references to past abuse some readers might find disturbing.

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Our thoughts:

I always enjoy sitting down with an AM Arthur novel. I know I’m going to get a full range of emotions and real life struggles. The Heart As He Hears It is part of the Perspectives series. Jon is one of the porn models at Mean Green and a friend of Gabe from the second book in the series,  The World As He Sees It. That’s the tie in. It is not necessary to read the prior two books in the series to enjoy this book. Gabe and his partner, Tristan, are mentioned a few times but it won’t prevent you from keeping up with Jon’s story.

Jon is determined to stay with Henry as his cancer progresses. He’s the father Jon doesn’t have and he will do anything to help Henry be comfortable and cared for. When Henry finds out he has a long-lost grandson, he wants to get to know him. His days are numbered, it’s now or never. The only problem? A big one. Isaac is a recluse and suffers severe agoraphobia and fears from past abuse. He’s also suffered hearing loss from the abuse. For Isaac, life is safer when he is alone, locked inside his home.

Jon and Henry showing up on his doorstep, with his grandmother, is quite the shock. Not as shocking as the attraction Isaac instantly feels towards Jon. In the beginning, Isaac agrees to meet up with Henry again so he can see and spend time with Jon. Eventually they become good friends and with it, a relationship with Henry is born. A win situation for them all.

A large portion of this story involves Jon helping Isaac navigate his issues. Isaac wants to improve and be able to be in the real world. Jon is compassionate and understanding. He’s not without his own faults so he never pressures Isaac. The two seem to rely more and more on each other for comfort and companionship.

Isaac is sheltered but he’s what I’d call a researcher. He isn’t naive at all. He knows the world and educates himself on a wide range of topics. Even Jon’s years as a porn model aren’t upsetting to him. Isaac sees it as an interesting business model and is more intrigued that put off.

Jon helps Isaac break out of his shell. Issac helps Jon see what he really wants out of life. Together they help each other and fall perfectly in love while doing it. Jon’s past comes hurtling back at them and Henry’s health deteriorates more, but together they can get through anything. They’re never going to let go, they’re each other’s home.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Blog Tour and Review: The World as He Sees It by AM Arthur

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The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur
Series: Perspectives, Book 2
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor
Pages or Words: 283 pages, 83,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

A.M. Arthur is back at 3 Chicks After Dark! Always a favorite, we’re excited to hand over space for a little introduction to Tristan.

Author A.M. Arthur:

Hey, all! I’m thrilled to be back here at Three Chicks After Dark to talk about my newest Samhain release. THE WORLD AS HE SEES IT is a book a lot of folks have been waiting for ever since the first book in the Perspectives series came out. This book tells the love story of Tristan Lavelle, the brain damaged best friend of previous hero Noel Carlson. Tristan had no short term memory, and he lives his life in thirty minute intervals, writing his entire life down in notebooks and on sticky notes. But he’s also a fun-loving, twenty-three year old man who’s incredibly lonely—until he meets Gabe Henson.

Writing about Tristan, and from his point of view, was incredibly tricky going in. I’ve never had personal experience with brain trauma, but I have known people with dementia-related illnesses. Not the same, exactly, but both illustrate how very little doctors and scientists still know about that icky-looking gray organ that makes our body do things.

I opened the novel from Gabe’s perspective, because I had no idea how to write Tristan’s. It’s been three years since his injury occurred, so it stood to reason there were thing that he simply knew—what Shane calls his déjà vu sense. Tristan knows he’s no longer in college, that Noel is a police officer, and that Tristan himself lives in an assisted living center. These are the things that are real and repeated over and over enough that it becomes instinct.

When it came time to write Tristan’s voice, it occurred to me that his life is a lot like channel-surfing. You’re on one program for a while, then someone grabs the remote and switches the channel, putting you into the middle of a show you’ve never seen before. I couldn’t imagine living life like that, but that is Tristan’s world.

A lonely world for a formerly outgoing person—until a clinical trial gives Tristan a forty percent chance of memory improvement and a real life. A real life he wants to spend with Gabe….if the drug works.

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…

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Excerpt:

The late hour didn’t diminish the sweltering August heat, and Tristan worked up a good sweat walking. Shane and Noel both looked crazy sexy in their club clothes, and even sexier walking side by side. He was happy for Noel. Happy his best friend was in love and enjoying himself.

He was also stupidly, insanely jealous.

He stuck close with his stupid, insane jealousy because the streets were teeming with people of all ages, heading into and out of the different restaurants and clubs. They turned down a quieter side street that was more like an alley. Halfway down the block a few guys hung out against a stone wall, most of them smoking cigarettes. An industrial door with no sign or markings was being guarded by a big, burly bear of a man in a black leather vest.

“Hey, Officer Carlson,” the bouncer said. He had a deep voice to match his broad body. “Nice to see you again.”

“Hi, Mr. Henson,” Noel said.

“Bear, son. Everyone calls me Bear.”

“Right. This is my friend Tristan Lavelle.”

“A right pleasure.”

Tristan shook Bear’s hand, surprised by the gentle grip. “Hi.” He glanced at Shane, who didn’t seem at all annoyed at being left out. “Um, that’s Shane. Noel’s boyfriend.”

Bear grinned. “Yeah, I know that one all right.”

“You do?” He reached for a notebook he didn’t have, then looked at Noel for answers.

“Shane dances here once a week,” Noel said. “He got the job through Bear’s son Gabe.”

“Oh.” He didn’t bother asking if he’d already been told that. Probably. Every single piece of information that was mildly important to his life had been repeated to him at least, oh, eighteen times. Minimum.

“Enjoy yourselves, boys,” Bear said. “First drinks are on the house.”

“Thank you,” Tristan replied.

Noel pulled the door, and what had been a distant bass became an impressive thumpa-thumpa in Tristan’s chest. The interior of the club was wide and deep, with a high ceiling decorated in strands of red and blue lights. Strobes and other lighting flashed around the dance floor, which seemed to make up most of the floor space. A small U-shaped bar stood to the right. In the rear were what looked like raised platforms. Two hot guys in red short-shorts were gyrating together on one of them.

This is the kind of dancing Shane does? Shit.

He was probably twenty kinds of hot up there.

Someone jostled past them, reminding Tristan to keep moving forward. Noel was hustling them straight for the bar. Tristan couldn’t drink alcohol because of his antidepressants and anxiety medications, and Noel was driving so the only person able to drink much was Shane.

Lucky bastard.

Not that Tristan was going to mourn his dry night. Men. Everywhere around him, a sea of hot men. All kinds of eye candy. Every age, height, weight, shape and body hair amount. He observed and mentally drooled over the flesh on display. The air smelled of liquor and sweat and sex, and good Lord he was starting to get lightheaded from it all.

Noel nudged them closer to the bar. A middle-aged man with gray hair and a pink sequined vest gave them all a big, toothy smile. “Noel and friends,” he said. “Richard Brightman, pleased to officially meet you, Tristan.”

“Hello,” Tristan said. Officially meet you implied they’d interacted before, but the man’s name meant nothing to him.

“I’m Bear’s husband. We own the place.”

“Oh. It’s a great place. I’m pretty sure this is my first time. I like it.”

Noel flinched.

Okay that was wrong. When was I here before?

“So what are we drinking tonight?” Richard asked. “First round on the house. Samuel Adams for you, Shane?”

“Yeah, thanks,” Shane replied.

Richard knows because Shane works here.

“I’ll have a vodka tonic,” Noel said. “Tris?”

“Virgin margarita,” Tristan said. He loved margaritas, and while a virgin wasn’t as good as one with Patrón, he couldn’t mix with his meds.

“Coming up,” Richard said.

The music changed to a faster, sharper beat. Tristan’s hips rolled in tiny motions, instinct bringing out his love of club dancing. Of getting into it with another dude, all writhing bodies and gyrating hips. Arms and legs. Sweat and heavy breathing.

Wonderful arousal stirred in his gut, heating his blood already. He might not be getting laid tonight, but damn it, he was going to have some fun.

“Hey, you guys made it,” said a sexy, sultry voice.

Tristan glanced over his shoulder to see who the voice had spoken to, only to find himself staring into a pair of kind, dark eyes. Kind, dark eyes belonging to a stunningly handsome face. Black hair. Tan skin. Tall and well-built. A walking wet dream who was smiling like they were old friends.

Holy fucking hell, he’s gorgeous.

“Hey, Gabe,” Shane said.

Gabe.

Those kind, dark eyes never broke from his, and Tristan couldn’t look away. Gabe was a stranger, and yet somehow familiar.

His eyes. The eyes I see. We’ve met.

“We’ve met,” Tristan said before he could think twice.

Gabe’s eyebrows twitched. “Yes, we have. Do you remember that?”

“I remember your eyes.”

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Meet the author:

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments).

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AM-Arthur/491929737588757
Twitter: http://twitter.com/am_arthur
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/annearthur/
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Blog http://amarthur.blogspot.com/

Our Thoughts:

I confess. I devour everything AM Arthur writes. I not only devour but enjoy the hard times and true to life struggles portrayed in Arthur’s stories. I totally expected to enjoy The World As He Sees It but I honestly couldn’t have guessed how much. Tristan and Gabe are perfection!! They don’t beat out Ezra but they are a close second for me. ;)

What did I like? Well, the struggle was real but it wasn’t disabling or all-consuming. A lot of times the struggle is financial for the men in Arthur novels. They’re hard-working, lower middle class and stuck in a small town. Sometimes there’s bigotry or abuse. This time, the abuse is minimal. It impacts, as alcohol abuse does to families, but Gabe was strong. He had his fathers for support and he chose to help his mother. He wasn’t trapped. He also wasn’t immune to fact he was being taken advantage of by his mother. He was growing weary of the strain and stress his mother’s alcohol abuse was causing him.

Gabe was smart, well-adjusted, loved and most of all he was okay with his two shoots a month for a porn studio. The money was helpful and he got off safely and without the commitment/love mistakes that were sure to happen outside the studio. His family knew about the porn and he wasn’t embarrassed by his choice. This is huge! Most books with porn models, the models have issues with acceptance so this was a nice change.

I really liked Tristan. We’re do I even begin?! Tristan was stronger than I expected him to be. Having such a devastating brain trauma is one thing, dealing with short-term memory loss since the incident was even harder. He had exceptional coping skills. He was 3 years past the incident so he’d settled into a new normal. Meeting Gabe and starting an experimental drug trial would be life changing for him. Watching him emerge from his protective time shell was wonderful. His internal spark was ignited again thanks to Gabe.

Tristan had every right to be scared and freaked out all of the time but something in Gabe calmed him. Together they were good. It made me feel like their love for each other was what propelled the turnaround in Tristan.

The overall feeling in The World As He Sees It was more hopeful. Less dwelling on the bad things and being knocked down. This was a story of hope, positive change and fulfillment. So perfect!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

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11-Nov

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12-Nov

Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My
Joyfully Jay

13-Nov

Rainbow Gold Reviews

16-Nov

Molly Lolly
Nephylim

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•Signed paperbacks of The Truth As He Knows It and The World As He Sees It
•Matching green/white notebook, notepad and pen set
•Executive pen with wood case
•”I Need to Unplug” notebook
•Set of 3 notebooks
•Assorted sticky notes

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