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

The Heart As He Hears It
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
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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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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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