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Cost of Repairs (Cost of Repairs #1) by AM Arthur

Cost of RepairsPublished 5 June 2012

Published by Samhain Publishing

Copy purchased by reviewer.

Synopsis:

“Fixing the home can heal the heart-if you can find all the pieces. “

Police officer Samuel Briggs is getting to know the people on his new, third-shift beat, but he’d prefer they not know too much about him-or the painful past that drove him away from New Mexico to start fresh in small-town Stratton, PA.

All he wants is peace, a manageable routine, and time to fix up his project home. There’s no room in his broken heart for a new relationship. It’s crowded with too many memories. But there’s something about the Dixie’s Cup short-order cook, who’s flirty one minute, distracted the next, that piques Sam’s interest.

Part-time cook, part-time hardware salesman and full-time handyman Rey King lives to work-but not because he loves it. Relationships? No time. Until one glance at Sam’s haunted eyes sends a plumb line straight to his wary heart.

One afternoon of impulsive, no-strings sex begins to grow into a cautious friendship. But when Rey is seriously injured protecting a friend, the cracks in their already shaky foundation begin to show. Falling in love wasn’t in either man’s recovery plan…and this time, the risk could be too great.

Warning: Contains one emotionally wrecked cop, one angsty short-order cook, a few too many secrets, some meddling small-town folk, and plenty of hot man-on-man action.

Buy links: Amazon • Samhain Publishing  • All Romance eBooks 

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Our thoughts:

I’ve decided to take a series I’ve been longing to read and just go for it this week! Kind of a Thanksgiving treat that also revolved around a recent new release within the series. All this week I will be posting a review for each book in the Cost of Repairs series, Leading up to the newest release Foundation of Trust. Thanks for taking this journey with me! :)

It’s not often I read a 350 page book and have few notes accumulated while reading it. With Cost of Repairs, I think I was so into what was happening that I just didn’t stop reading to make the notes.

There’s so much pain, suffering and tragedy in this book. For Samuel, it’s the brutal attack on his partner of five years. How so many things in his every day life reminds him of Ben and then of that terrible day when he was taken away. We trudge through Samuel’s days as he learns his new patrol beat for the city of Stratton, where he moved from New Mexico to start over. To heal and give himself time to recover from losing Ben.

For three years he was a walking shell of himself. He was living the nightmare and letting it consume him. After almost taking his life in an accident, he knew it was time for a change and new chance. That’s what Ben would have wanted, right?

As Sam starts to familiarize himself with the people and businesses on his beat he starts to develop strong feelings for a few that are just all around good people. Dixie, owner of Dixie’s Cup diner, and her staff are some of his favorites. He enjoys the food and the company. He especially enjoys the hot number at the flat top grill, Rey. It seems Rey also has eyes for Sam and they share few a innuendos and smiles.

Reign (Rey) King is a man of many secrets. No matter how hard Sam tries, he cannot get Rey to open up and share his last name, his stories, nothing. It takes a lot of patience and time before Rey breaks down the walls, brick by brick, to let Sam peek into its inner circle. When the wall starts to crumble, it falls in a devastated heap. Rey has problems and not the kind that can be fixed with a kiss and a prayer. They are problems that will always be in the background, can never be swept aside. Past relationships are always ruined after Rey has confided his secrets and he knows his burdens are his own and he will never find someone to share them. Someone who will stay.

He doesn’t know Samuel’s resolve. Sam can handle it because his problems are just as bad. They both have a lot of hurt and heartache to work through. They just have to decide if they will open up to each other and get the support they both need and crave. To not be alone and suffering, but to be loved and endure.

Very much a love story, Cost of Repairs also has a bit of suspense and drama. Drama that comes back to wreck the happiness Samuel nd Rey have built and it just might be more than they can survive, literally.

RATING: SNEAKERS!

Stand By You (Belonging #3) by AM Arthur

Stand By You

Published 20 October 2014

Published by Carina Press

Copy obtained from publisher for review.

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

The third book in the Belonging series, Stand By You is the story of Romy and Brendan. I’ve read the other books in the series and this book didn’t disappoint.

I’m quite a fan of broken boys and their plights. The reason for that is seeing someone who is downtrodden or hurting (whether mentally or physically) fight through their pain and suffering to come out strong on the other side.  To experience the struggles and torment they endure through their musings and feelings. I just think it’s a beautiful thing to see how the human psyche can endure so much and with love and encouragement, overcome. To be a victor, strong and proud.

In the second book, Maybe This Time , Ezra receives a call from Romy asking for help. Ezra, Donner and Brendan rescue Romy from a living hell. The condition he was in was near death and Brendan swooped in, carried him to safety and never let him go. That’s a moment that will forever stay with both men. Brendan was Romy’s savior that day.

Now, Romy is suffering from PTSD and anxiety after the trauma and horror he suffered. He’s become clingy toward his friends and doesn’t do well with strangers or crowded places. Memories creep up on him and cause panic from a smell, situation or sound. Romy is a walking mess. He’s only grounded when Brendan is around and Brendan is happy to be his safe spot.

The attraction between Romy and Brendan is there but they both have too much to work through before they can act on those feelings. Romy is broken, he needs to heal. He needs help and support to basically put himself back together. Brendan also has to decide of Romy is the one and if so, acknowledge that he’s gay. I wouldn’t say this is a ‘gay for you’ title. Brendan has known he’s been attracted to men since college, he’s just never been able to act on those feelings or tell his family. It’s apparent he’s a man not willing to waste time in something that isn’t true and meaningful.  Those days are over and he’s moved way past that.

The path toward acceptance, healing and happiness is a long one for these two, especially for Romy. I was very pleased with the level of consideration given to Romy.  Letting him set the pace of everything. It was his show, as it should be. A person cannot live through that trauma and not be emotionally scarred and frigging scared when with another person. Kudos to Arthur for having these two not have penetrating sex. It wasn’t necessary.  The lust, love and gratification was simple and beautiful.  It was emotional, slow and sensual.  It was respectful. It’s what a broken soul being mended would need.

RATING: BAD ASS (MENDING) BOOTS