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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

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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!!