Monday, May 23, 2016

Come What May by A.M. Arthur

Title: Come What May
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: All Saints #1
Main Characters: Jonas and Tate
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Okay, this is absolutely another A.M. Arthur series to stalk. While this is the start of a new series (which I LOVE) there are some familiar faces who show up in this story from A.M. Arthur's other series (Restoration series...which I also love).

This book really could be classified as New Adult, although I put it under the Contemporary Romance umbrella. Both heroes in this one are very young...Jonas is 21 and Tate is 23, although Tate's life experience is such that he comes across as older. Because Tate has been responsible for taking care of his family since his father died when he was 14. Then when his mother died two years later, he became the head of the family taking on the care of his two younger sisters...after fighting for them through the social system. So, yeah, Tate is coming from a much more settled place than Jonas is. 

Jonas is the typical pampered college kid. He's 21, but he's never held a job or responsibility. He's played at being the partying frat boy for the last 3 years of college because that's what his dad expected of him. Jonas has spent his life trying to live up to his father's very demanding expectations...and failing. So when this latest failure sends him to the other side of the country to live with his aunt and uncle, Jonas is relieved to have some time away to regroup. 

Jonas tries so hard, but because he's trying to be something he's not, he fails over and over again. Tate recognizes that in him fairly early and he wants to get to know the real Jonas. And yes, he is attracted to Jonas, too, but more than anything he wants to be a safe place for Jonas to be able to be himself...someone that Tate suspects is actually gay. 

They were awesome together. I loved how much Tate sees the struggles that Jonas is going through, but although he wants more from the guy, Tate has very set boundaries of what he can accept from someone he dates. He's had very little control in his life, but he knows what he needs and will accept from a partner...but that doesn't make him inflexible with Jonas. I loved how much give Tate actually had while still maintaining his priorities to himself and his family. I loved Tate and his sisters.

Although my heart hurt over and over for Jonas, this book had a fabulous character growth arc for him. I loved how he learned to appreciate who he is rather than hate himself. He finds that within him because of the love and support, not only from Tate, but from his aunt and uncle. They are characters who are very much in the periphery of the story, but provide so much for Jonas in the long run. I loved them and who they are. 

There's also a great theme of charity in the book. Everywhere in this story are characters who are amazing examples of giving back to the community, making it a better place to live. I loved that...from Tate's homeless shelter for teens, to Jonas's aunt's thrift shop, it's an amazing backdrop for this story that makes me want to get more involved with places like this within the community in my own life. 

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

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