Monday, March 16, 2015

Getting It Right by A.M. Arthur

Title: Getting It Right
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Restoration #1
Main Characters: Nathan and James
Release Date: March, 2015
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
This book had some interesting characters, but I think the most contradictory one of them all was James. James is a therapist and I totally understand how he chose his line of work. His stepfather raped his sister and she committed suicide. That scar on their family has definitely left it's James wants to keep others from hurting that badly. So he became a therapist. But honestly, I can't imagine a more screwed up mental case out there than James. He's an alcoholic who parties and screws around to bury the stresses in his life. If there's ever a poster child for someone who doesn't know how to deal it's James. But somehow, A.M. Arthur makes his character and yes, the very distinct part of him that's a therapist, work. It's amazing. 

The other side of this couple is Nathan. Nathan's a straight detective who's working an unsolved murder case involving a male prostitute. He's also been James's best friend forever. He's the one who goes and picks up James when he's too drunk or messed up to drive. One of those nights, things between them went too far. That confusion combined with the case Nathan's working on results in him making a mistake. A big one. 

This book is about both of them digging out from under their mistakes. It is definitely an angst-filled journey, but for the most part I was riveted by the story and finding out what would happen to these two. There's also a touch of suspense with the serial killer which I loved. (yes, I'm a rom suspense girl!) I had no idea who the bad guy was and was shocked when it all came out. (and, yes, I'll admit that I did suspend a bit of disbelief for that side of the story line, but I can live with is fiction)

I love the friends to lovers trope and am also a big fan of the gay for you genre. This one worked for me and I definitely enjoyed reading about James and Nate finding their way to one another.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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