Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Book Name: Come What May
Series: All Saints
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Pages or Words: 70,000 words, 320 pages (print edition)
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Carina Press
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.
“It’s small,” Jonas said.
“Better than a cardboard box or foster care.” The sharpness in Tate’s voice echoed in his frown.
Jonas had never known anyone before who’d been in foster care, and saying so would probably make him the biggest douche on the planet. It also took the edge off some of his irritation over the total mindfuck that was Tate Dawson. “It’s way better than both of those things. You worked hard for this place, Tate. I haven’t worked hard for anything in my life.”
He blinked. “You do?”
“Yes, I do. I think you work very, very hard to convince yourself and the world that you’re something you’re not. I think you work very, very hard to be perfect when no one is, and the only thing anyone should ever do is just be her or himself. Be true to you, not to what others want from you.”
Jonas’s throat squeezed tight. “I can’t.”
Tate took a step closer, bringing a gentle waft of sweat and something sweet. “Why not?”
He saw the barest reflection of himself in Tate’s glasses and he didn’t like it. He stepped back. Tate snagged his wrist and held him there. The touch sent awareness buzzing across his skin, down his spine and straight to his balls. H needed to pull away before this got out of control.
And then his rebel brain decided it was a good idea to glance at Tate’s pink lips. Lips that Tate, the asshole, licked with slow swipes of his tongue.
Jonas yanked away his hand away so hard Tate stumbled. “I’m not gay, so you can get that ‘fuck the frat boy’ fantasy out of your head right now.”
Instead of being cowed, Tate planted both hands on his hips and said, “Who are you trying to convince? Because it’s just you and me in this room, and I’m not the one who brought up your sexuality. You did.”
Damn him. “Why won’t you leave me alone?”
Tate’s gaze drifted over his face as he sought for words. “Because every time we’re together I can tell you’re struggling with something. You put up this lone wolf front to keep people at arm’s length so you don’t have to work so hard to pretend, but it’s exhausting you. Jonas, you can be yourself with me. Whoever that is.”
“I can’t.” Talking was getting harder around the lump in his throat. His heart was kicking too fast and his chest ached.
“Look me in the eye.” Tate closed the three strides between them, then curled a warm hand around the back of Jonas’s neck. “Look me in the eye and say you don’t want to kiss me right now.”
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Yes, I actually read this book and I did not like it. Truth tell, I love this book. There are so many real elements in this story, the characterizations are spot on, the character development is beautifully done, and most of all, it addressed the more common issues of young men and the lives they live without giving the readers rose tinted glasses to cloud their imagination.
Jonas is a brat. I'm just laying that out there before I continue on with this review. He is a rich kid who lived the life of a rich kid and used to the privileges rich kids think are normal for all the rest of the world. I know kids like these, heck, I grew up like one. Honestly, reading Jonas made me squirm for it stared me in the face. When life takes a turn and the privileges are removed, the world looks different and life takes a different meaning. What I went through, what Jonas went through, what others will and have gone through, it's a bitter pill to take. But it is what it is and Jonas had to survive this new, unwelcoming world. As he learned , he floundered quite a bit, until the time he recovers his balance and live life as it should.
Tate, now this guy, he's a gem among men. He graduated from the street and found is footing at a very early age. Raising and protecting his two younger sisters when he was barely out of childhood himself tells us of a man mature for his age. A man with determination and perseverance. He needs all these when he falls for Jonas and their journey from friends to lovers is a delight to read. I wish there were more Tates out there for we really could use them in our lives.
As a read, this was steady but light. I agree, there are elements here that can make people squirm but if they use the rose tints, then they should squirm where they sit. This is a hard book to read as the realism can sometimes slap you in the face, then again, it is an easy book to read for it was written beautifully.
Come What May is a story of survival, love and patience. It is a story of Jonas and Tate who never wanted their lives to turn the way they did. Both young men handled the turns differently, some we may agree with, some we may strongly disagree with.
Overall, this is a great story and I couldn't have been happier at the end of it.
Note: eARC provided for by Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Note Note: I am always honest so do honestly recommend this book.
Meet the author:
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur's work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A
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