Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur

Title: The Truth As He Knows It
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Perspectives #1
Main Characters: Shane and Noel
Release DateFebruary 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.

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.
Warning: Following on from the Cost of Repairs series, this book contains a closeted cop who’s looking for love, an indebted stripper who doesn’t believe he’s worthy, and a tasteful abundance of dirty guy sex. Also contains references to past physical abuse some readers may find disturbing. 
My Review:
Wow...be warned. You need to read this book with a box of tissues nearby. I literally had to stop reading a couple of times because I was sobbing so hard, I couldn't breathe. This book is that good and that emotional. 

There are two men at the heart of this book who've both suffered in different ways. The first is Noel who's a cop. He's closeted because he's still a young cop on the force trying to be judged for his job and not anything else. In college he and his friend were targeted so he's wary for very good reason. But that's why he's a cop...he wants to protect others from wrongs. And he's doing exactly that when he meets Shane...a stripper tied up at a female's birthday party. 

Shane...OMG. *sob* This guy simply cannot catch a break. From the age of ten every time he's done the right thing, the wrong thing has happened. As a result, he's more than a little broken. And as the book progresses, he becomes even more so. He's trying to find a way out of the hole he caused for his brother and him and everything just seems to work against him...besides Noel. Noel is definitely his only shelter and safe place. 

But Noel is also Tristan's safe place. This book would be incredible without Tristan...but...wow, it was made so much richer by the addition of this heart-breaking character who's Noel's best friend. Tristan is damaged, too. But Noel takes care of him and cares for him...the only person who does. Which is so sad in its own right. He's only 23 and deserves so much more. His loneliness seeps off the page with heart-breaking clarity. I just wanted to bundle him up and take him home with me and make it my job in life to find him someone...Luckily, I hear that the author already has plans for him and yes...Tony/Gabe. Another character I fell in love with. 

So are you getting it yet?? Have I convinced you? This book is so good. And it's not just the romance...it's the friendships...and the family...and the support...that take this book from good to absolutely heart-stopping AMAZING. Bring on book #2...it cannot come fast enough. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book though and fully plan to buy a print copy if it comes available for my keeper shelf.


The_Book_Queen said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Christi -- great review! :) I'm dying to read Tristan's story, and I'm sure it will be just as emotional (and amazing!) as TTAHKI!

creativedeeds said...

Perfect review. Absolutely perfect. And you're right, even without the romance, this book would have been amazing. It did make me feel better about where Shane was... in a lot of ways. I can't wait for Tristan's story either and because it's Tristan's I'm sure we'll see more of Shane and Noel. Ok, so I rambled enough in my review, I don't need to keep rambling in reply to yours. ;)