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Say it Right (All Saints #2) by A.M. Arthur

Say it RightSay it Right (All Saints #2) by AM Arthur

Released on September 12, 2016

Published by Carina Press

Page count: 352 pages

Categories: M/M, Contemporary, Romance

Blurb:

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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Our thoughts:

Anyone who’s read my reviews, knows I’m a big fan of AM Arthur. Her Perspectives and Belonging series’ have always resonated with me. I don’t think there’s a book in the bunch that didn’t receive a ‘BAD ASS BOOTS’ review from me. Reading Say It Right brought back all those warm and fuzzies, especially from the Belonging series, back. I love that this current series and the Belinging series intermingle, with Ezra and Donner being friends with Tate and Marc from the shelter. This tie-in brings me joy! Sometimes we don’t want to let go of the characters we like once their book ends. This way, we don’t have to because the cameos keep them alive and well on new pages, in new stories.

Marc works at the  All Saints shelter. He’s put his heart and soul into this endeavor with Tate and Dave. He’s had a rough life and knows what it’s like to be on that side of things. He can relate more than most with the homeless LGBT kids. He gives the shelter his full attention and wants to expand and offer more for the kids.

His little bubble is popped harshly when he comes home and finds a face he hasn’t seen in years. Madeline is Anthony’s sister and she needs Marc’s help. Anthony is missing and likely strung out on drugs again. See, Anthony and Marc were friends as kids. Growing up together and best of buds. Inseparable. When Marc came out, he was kicked out of his house. Left to the streets, he asks Anthony to come with him but he refuses. That was the last Anthony ever saw of Marc and it haunted him. Haunted him so much that he falls apart in an epic way and eventually gets into drugs.

Marc is successful in finding Anthony and he’s determined to get him clean again. What results are a lot of ultimatums, hard truths, and feelings renewed. Marc hasn’t had an easy life. Anthony hasn’t had it easy either. Now they have to trust in themselves and each other. Marc has to break down some of the walls he’s built and pull-up some of the deeply buried truths in order to completely allow Anthony in. Anthony needs to admit why he fell apart to begin with, accept who he is and move forward. Forward for him is being clean, getting a job and mending the hurt he’s caused.

There’s a lot of hard knocks truths in this story. The men aren’t perfect. Their pasts are dark and painful. The future is pretty bright though and if they can get through addiction, the streets, and more, they can get through anything–especially together.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Finding Their Way (Restoration #2) by AM Arthur

Finding Their WayReleased 20 July 2015

Published by Carina Press

Copy obtained from publisher for review.

Blurb:

Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track–until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.

Donald “Boxer” Boxwood wasn’t looking for anything beyond some casual kink until he peeled Riley off the floor and gave him a safe place to stay. But there’s something compelling about the guy crashing on his couch, and the two forge an instant friendship that eases into unmistakable attraction. Despite Riley’s hesitancy, Boxer knows one thing to be true: he needs Riley in his life.

Riley risked everything to run away and build a new life for himself, and his secrets aren’t something he’d ever wish upon his kind, gentle new friend. But when the past comes to call, he’ll have no choice but to put his trust in Boxer…and believe people can change enough to deserve a second chance.

Book two of the Restoration series

Buy Links: Amazon •  All Romance eBooks Carina Press

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Our thoughts:

Another book in the Restoration series! I always enjoy AM Arthur’s series because she takes a few friends, who are more like family, and leads us through each of their hopes, fears, longings and loves. We really get to know each and every one of them by the series end. It’s fulfilling and extremely rewarding as a reader. The Restoration series skirts the Belonging Series as Donner from Belonging works at The Pot of Gold with Riley. That’s the link, but really Restoration is about James, Nathan, Riley, Boxer, and Elliott (so far). Of course there are other friends in the picture but these guys are a more close-knit family than friends.

When Riley gets into a compromising position, Boxer saves the day. With that comes the start of a beautiful friendship. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true! Boxer is just an all around good guy. He knows what it’s like to live in hard times. He cherishes his friends and the little bit of family he has; he’d do anything for them. When Riley is in need of a place to stay for two weeks, Boxer offers.

Riley can’t help but feel interested and scared around Boxer, all at once. He’s attracted to Boxer but his size is intimidating. In his past, nothing good has come from being around a muscle-bound guy. They usually are most efficient at whooping Riley’s backside. What Riley knows is that Boxer is upfront, honest and genuinely kind. How could he not fall for him? Riley doubts so much because of his preconceived notions and also because of his lack of self-esteem.

Boxer’s confession of a particular kink is just the thing to turn Riley around. By indulging Boxer, Riley finds a new strength he never knew he had. With that comes confidence and a bit of bravery. These two are skirting around the inevitable, they’re falling hard for each other.

As with all AM Arthur books, the guys have baggage. Their pasts are a bit broken and colored with bad things. Alcohol. Drugs. Abuse. Crazy family members. Loss. They will need to stay open and communicating and not let their fears overcome them. If they push towards a common goal, Riley and Boxer just might find that their soul mate is right there for the taking.

I cannot recommend AM Arthur’s books enough. I’d be hard pressed to decide on one to recommend because I feel you should read them all! Finding Their Way is an emotionally charged journey that went too quickly; however, gripped hold and never let go the whole distance.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Getting it Right (Restoration #1) by AM Arthur

Getting it RightReleased 16 March 2015

Published by Carina Press

Copy received from publisher for review.

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.

Sales links: Carina Press • All Romance eBooks • Amazon

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Our thoughts:

A new series from AM Arthur and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. This series ties into the Belonging Series. If you’re wondering how Getting it Right ties in, James Taggert was the guy who had an encounter with Ezra at the Pot o’ Gold bar. He’s also a psychiatrist and eventually treats Romy as he tries to heal from his abusive time with Carlos.

This tie-in with the Belonging Series gave us some behind the scenes from those two books in that series. You don’t have to read those to understand what’s going on, but if you have, it’s just the cherry on top a tasty ice cream sundae. I loved the melding of these two series. It was done flawlessly and in an interesting way.

What I really enjoyed were Nate and James. Two professionals with history together. One gay, one straight. Both fighting long-held feelings for each other. So maybe one gay and one questioning! In a drunken moment they share a kiss and it turns everything they’ve had upside down. Nate professes his long-term attraction to James and James blows him off. He’s so afraid that it will mess up what they are to each other that he lies to Nate.

As if that wasn’t already complicated, Nate is attacked on the job that very night and Nate refuses to allow James in to visit him. They endure a long separation but manage through. Managing through is what they get really good at because now Nate has PTSD from his attack. James has his own demons he must work through as well. These two men really have to man-up, work through some tough life decisions and choices. They can’t just ignore their problems, their past and move on.  Every day is a struggle and a rocky road, but they are strong.

The personal relationship in Getting it Right was perfection. Add in a murder mystery and a bit of suspense and it heightened the enjoyment level even more! I felt like AM Arthur wrote a book that hit every level of interest. One of the most intense books I’ve read by her so far, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this series.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

BLOG TOUR: The Truth As He Knows It (Perspectives #1) by A.M. Arthur

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A big thank you to A.M. Arthur for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit with 3 Chicks After Dark today. I think we like her even more after she addressed our guest post topic… more blue-collar/relatable guys is alway a win. Welcome, A.M. Arthur!

Hey, y’all, A.M. Arthur again, happy to be broadcasting today from Three Chicks After Dark! I’m excited to be here to promote my new book, THE TRUTH AS HE KNOWS IT, which kicks off a brand-new series, Perspectives.

My gracious hosts provided me with a great topic for today’s post (for which I am ever grateful, because I truly do suck at coming up with these things myself). They wrote: In the Belonging series you have abuse, loss of a partner, Street Feed bringing homelessness into light. In Cost of Repairs most of the men had haunting pasts as well. Your men are middle class, hard-working guys who are facing their struggles head-on and trying not to drown in the wake of it all, which makes them very real and relatable. Why the struggles over the ‘fantasy swept away by the Prince’ romance?!

I had a giggle over the combo question mark-exclamation point on the end.

The simple answer is: I don’t like reading the “fantasy swept away by the Prince” type romances, so I’d have a hard time writing them. There is a good market for that kind of romance, and there are plenty of talented authors producing those stories, so no one is going to miss out. The great thing about the m/m world right now is the diversity of folks reading and writing in it.

And the question was kind of answered within the question. I like writing heroes who are “very real and relatable.” I grew up surrounded by blue collar workers and small business owners. People who worked paycheck to paycheck, and who didn’t take extravagant tropical vacations. The folks who go out to dinner once a month because it’s a special treat and too expensive to do every week. Those are the kinds of people I know, so they’re who I write about.

But never say never. I write the characters who show up. Maybe one day some handsome, closeted heir to a fortune will pop into my head and ask for his own romance. If he does (and if he pushes hard enough) I’ll write his story. But for now I’ll stick to the cops, cooks, bakers, and bartenders that I love so much.

What’s your favorite blue collar/service industry worker hero to read about?

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.

Where to find A.M. Arthur:

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.

TruthAsHeKnowsIt-The300 Released 10 February 2015

Published by Samhain Publishing

Cover art by Lyn Taylor

Blurb:

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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Excerpt:

“I want to see you again,” Shane said.

Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”

Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”

“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”

“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”

“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”

Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”

“About thirty hours.”

“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”

“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”

“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”

“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”

He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”

“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”

“Okay.”

Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.

“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome, cowboy.”

Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.

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Our thoughts:

This book really ripped my heart out. By the end, I was a crying mess. It’s hard to read so many pages of hurt, pain, lies and devastation. The happy, breathtaking, light bulb moments really make it worth the journey.

Shane is a broken soul. Seriously broken. He’s one of the most damaged MC’s I’ve read in a while. Hurt and struggles are something I actually like reading. It brings it down from fantasy and cheesiness to real life trials and tribulations.

No one has a perfect life (okay maybe some rich person somewhere who’s living the high life with no stress or worries). That’s one of the big draws for me to AM Arthur books. The people on her pages live in smaller towns, with low paying jobs, and consuming debt. This is more real life than big execs and carefree lifestyles. They struggle and fight to survive. For Shane, his struggles are tough and never-ending. Abuse as a child, bullying, suicide attempts, depression, debt and secrets that are eating away at his grasp on sanity. Also, a warped sense of feeling responsible for all the bad things that’s happened to him and his brother, Jason.

Noel, the sexy police officer he crosses paths with during a job that goes terribly wrong, seems to be an escape Shane would like to try out. What Shane assumes will be a one-off is so far from it! The attraction and desire to actually date overrides Shane’s better judgement and quickly becomes an addiction. One of Shane’s more healthy pursuits, by far.

These two heat up the sheets. Their chemistry is through the roof. They dance a sensual dance in the bedroom with just enough kink and power to make the nights sizzle. Versatile in all aspects, they’re hot, hot, hot. The problem isn’t their lust for each other or their compatibility and ease of conversation. Their troubles are in the secrets and lies that hide all the ugliness that both Noel and Shane have endured.

Just when we think all the issues have come to the surface, been revealed and the guys can move on and enjoy life together, AM Arthur throws one more curve ball and rips our hearts out one more time. Sadness. Loss. After all the pain and hurt, Shane finally gets it. Out of the black comes a renewed spirit and self discovery. The butterfly finally emerges from its chrysalis.

Noel is extremely understanding. He cares for Shane and never gives up on them. Even when he is tested and pushed away over and over, he always comes back around. He is rock solid, someone to put up with Shane’s neurosis, put him in his place when needed but also willing to bend at the right moments.

This new spinoff series from The Cost of Repairs is one I will be tracking. I’m hoping to see more of Tristan and Gabe, they deserve a little happiness too.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

There are a lot of triggers for this book so be aware: adolescent molestation, hate crime, murder, exploitation, and pornography.

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