Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Review: 'The Truth as He Knows It' by A.M. Arthur

Successful author A.M. Arthur offers biographical data on the various sites where her books are advertised. She 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. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" (and "The Young Riders") with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.’

The lady has a strong following and the reason is her ability to write well-considered plot populated with credible character about whom we care. Some may find it unusual that a woman author elects to write gay male love stories, but few in the genre can touch her ability to spin a tale in which we become deeply involved, not only because the story is excellent but because of the way she infuses erotica in a manner that fits the tenor of the point in the story,

She summarizes this complex and moving plot well: ‘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.’

This appears to be the first book in a new series PERSPECTIVES and if the subsequent books are as strong as this one, we are in for a heady roll! Grady Harp, December 15

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