Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur

Title: The World As He Sees It
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Perspectives #2
Main Characters: Tristan and Gabe
Release Date: October 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications. 

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders. 

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them. 

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…

Warning: Contains two damaged but lovable heroes, secret-keeping friends with good intentions, and an abundance of inappropriate food innuendo.
My Review:
From the moment I finished The Truth As He Knows It, I've been clamoring for this book. Tristan's circumstances broke my heart in the first book, but even with that, I had a hard time seeing how any relationship would really work for him. 

For the last three years, Tristan has lived his life in 30 minute chunks. That's as long as his memory will last after he was bashed outside a nightclub and suffered a concussion. He has to live in an assisted living facility that mainly houses elderly. He doesn't have much of a life anymore outside his friend Noel. He certainly doesn't have any romantic prospects. It's been 3 years since he had sex.

Gabe has lots of sex, but as a porn star, none of it means anything. It's just a physical act. Gabe also has a lot of stress in his life because he's the main caregiver for his alcoholic mother, although his two fathers keep telling him it's time to step away from that situation. That's how he ended up doing porn...he needed the money to provide for her. He met Tristan in the first book on a night when Tristan was fed up about not having a life and he went out...to the gay club Gabe's fathers own. It did not go well, and Gabe has thought about the gorgeous blond ever since. He's attracted even though he knows Tristan's physical problems mean that a relationship can never really happen. 

I loved the way A.M. Arthur wrote this story. It's sweet (which is exactly what Tristan needs) and filled with the suspense about whether or not this is really going to work between the two men. I fell more in love with Gabe in this book. He's just such a good guy who's trying so hard to take care of the people he loves. How can you not love a guy like that? He's absolutely perfect for Tristan. And I loved Tristan's reaction to Gabe's profession. I loved the little glimpses we see of him and how he used to be when he had less to worry about and was just an irrepressible flirt. I love him like that.

I also really loved the complexity of the relationship between Noel and Tristan that came out through the story. They were bashed together, although Noel only has the physical scars left from that event. Since that night, Noel has truly been Tristan's touchstone. He's the one who takes care of him, loves him, and is his entire support system since his parents abandoned him because he was gay (which came out because of the bashing). Even though Noel has his own boyfriend now, it's hard for him to let go of being the center of Tristan's world...something that's shifting with Gabe in the picture now. I thought the author showed that conflict brilliantly without making any of these guys look like the bad guys...even though there were some bad choices made. 

I loved the first book and I definitely recommend this second book in the series, too. Now, I'm really, really hoping Jon has a book to come soon, too. Please...

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

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