Title: Say It Right
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: All Saints #2
Main Characters: Anthony and Marc
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Anthony Romano hasn't seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant's absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he's in love with Marc. Always has been.
Marc swore he'd never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he's always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.
*sob* A.M. Arthur regularly writes characters who've had extremely broken lives, but wow...Anthony and Marc I think are one of the most tragic duos she's ever written. Both their backstories are just heartbreaking. And that's even more so because the two were in love at the age of 16...it's just that neither of them ever knew, and then they went on to make horrible, tragic mistakes.
And this is also why I love to read A.M. Arthur's books. She loves her some good angst in her writing and I love to gobble it up.
In this particular story...yes, these guys were best friends from elementary school. That all fell apart when Marc came out. His parents kicked him out so he moved in with Anthony until his parents found out the reason why he was kicked out. They didn't want him either...and to make matters worse, they also decided to move the entire family. Anthony was devastated and never recovered.
From there the boys took divergent paths that took them on parallel lives of drugs and life on the street...where neither escaped unscathed. In fact that's where this book picks up. Marc finding Anthony in a gutter and taking him home...although they haven't seen one another in 8 years. It's a slow healing for both of them, but wow, I loved getting to go on their journey of revitalization with them.
It's certainly not an easy book, but I love the promise and hope of it. No one is beyond saving. No one. And I do love what they are doing at All Saints, the LBGT youth shelter where Marc works. It was also fun to visualize the rebuilding of the food truck.
This is the second in this series, but one thing I love about A.M. Arthur's worlds is that they intersect so the reader lets little easter eggs of glimpses of other beloved characters. LOVE that.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.