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!
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.
“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.”
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
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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