Author: A.M. Arthur

FOUNDATION OF TRUST by A. M. Arthur

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FOUNDATION OF TRUST by A. M. ArthurFoundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur
Series: Cost of Repairs #5
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie

David Weller has spent years trying to rebuild his life after his partner left him with no explanation. He deals with his heartbreak by going home with strangers for risky one-night stands and never allowing himself to get close to anyone. The new catering business he and Rey King have started keeps him busy during the day and on some nights, allowing him to pretend his life is fine. Then his ex comes back into town, and suddenly David’s life is thrown into a tailspin all over again.

 

Owen Hart has never gotten over leaving David four years earlier, but he didn’t have a choice. Now that he’s finally able to come back for David—and come clean about why he left so abruptly—Owen is hopeful that they will be able to start over. Unfortunately, he’s underestimated how much he hurt David. The attraction between them is still as hot as ever, but getting David to forgive him may not be possible.

 

Foundation of Trust is an emotional tale of second chances. I liked David the first time he was introduced, earlier in the Cost of Repairs series. He’s self-destructive and makes bad choices, but he’s also vulnerable. He may treat himself badly, but he’s good to his friends. The loss of Owen, and Owen’s son, who he adored, was a terrible blow he never really recovered from. When Owen shows up unexpectedly, David is shocked at first, then he gets angry. His anger leads him to lash out, hurting Owen. Instead of feeling vindicated, however, he feels terrible, which makes him wonder if he should give the man a chance after all.

 

Owen is a man who spent many years paying for the terrible choices he made as a young man. He didn’t want to leave David, but there was no other option. He’s determined to show David that he still loves him, and that he can be trusted again. That turns out to be easier said than done.

 

Overall, I enjoyed Foundation of Trust. It’s a sweet story that hit the angst note I was in the mood for. Owen’s reason for having to leave David is a bit far-fetched, in my opinion, but I was able to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. Anyone looking for a second chance story with a lot of one-step-forward-two-steps-back will probably like Foundation of Trust as much as I did.

ACTS OF FAITH by A. M. Arthur

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ACTS OF FAITH by A. M. ArthurActs of Faith by A.M. Arthur
Series: Cost of Repairs #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie

Things are going well for Rey King and Samuel Briggs. In fact, Rey’s catering business is going so well he needs to take on a partner. He should be happy, and he is, yet he still has to face the pain of living without his daughter, Faith. Rey deals with the loss as best he can, until Faith’s grandmother dies. Suddenly, he’s being offered what he always wanted.

 

Sam is happy with Rey and with their life together. When Rey gets the chance to spend time with Faith, with the end result of her living with Rey, Sam is happy for Rey. He doesn’t expect their relationship to be rocked by the changes. Bringing a grieving, confused child into their lives is hard enough without Rey’s handsome new business partner, who always seems to be around. Will misunderstandings and resentment destroy Sam and Rey’s love?

 

Not only does Acts of Faith tie up a lot of the loose ends from Cost of Repairs, but it also adds a new depth to Sam and Rey’s story. Both men have been hurt a great deal in the past, and to an extent they both deal with their problems by trying to tough them out. In Cost of Repairs they learned to rely on each other, but when their new normal is shaken up they revert to old patterns.

 

Sam is willing to do just about anything for Rey, including putting up with his hot and provocative new business partner and bringing his daughter into their lives. He doesn’t anticipate how much the changes will actually change things however. Instead of communicating his frustrations with suddenly being a parental figure and dealing with his jealousy to Rey, he tries to keep his emotions internal.

 

Rey is even worse. Above all things, he wants to make his daughter happy. He’s so busy and stressed with work and Faith that he fails to notice Sam’s increasing feelings of disconnection. He makes foolish decisions regarding communication that cause the chasm between them to widen.

 

Fortunately, Sam and Rey love each other enough to persevere. I couldn’t help but love both Sam and Rey in The Cost of Repairs, and they’re still great here. Their communication issues are believable, and neither of them lets things go so far that it gets ridiculous or unbelievable. I also enjoyed the secondary characters from the series—the guys from previous books, Dixie, Rey’s former boss, his new partner, David, and others are all well-written and add a lot of depth to the story.

 

Fans of the series shouldn’t hesitate to pick up Acts of Faith. It’s a sweet, emotional read that left me smiling. Newbies should definitely start with The Cost of Repairs. While you could read this one on its own, the experience would be a lot richer after reading the other books in the series.

WEIGHT OF SILENCE by AM Arthur

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WEIGHT OF SILENCE by AM ArthurWeight of Silence by A.M. Arthur
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-08-06
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie

The wrong secret can poison everything--even if it’s kept with the best of intentions. Cost of Repairs, Book 3Gavin Perez knows he’s a living cliché. He works a dead-end job, shares a trailer with his waitress mom, has an abusive, absentee sperm donor, and he’s poor. So color him shocked when middle-class, white-bread Jace Ramsey agrees to hang out with him. Granted, Gavin is trying to make up for dumping a bowl of cranberry sauce on Jace at Thanksgiving. And boy, is Gavin forgiven, over and over again...until Jace goes back to college for finals and stops returning Gavin’s calls. Back home from the semester from hell, Jace doesn’t want to do anything but sleep through the holidays. It’s easier than coming out to his family—or facing Gavin’s hurt. But Gavin’s ready forgiveness draws them back together, and Jace won’t be able to stay in the closet much longer. Nor will he be able to keep hiding his pain. He trusts Gavin with his body, maybe even with his heart. But can he trust that a devastating secret that’s eating him up inside won’t destroy everything—and everyone—he loves? Warning: This book contains one slightly hyperactive hero from the wrong side of town, a frustrated college student looking for a little life experience, and an unexpected romance amid dark secrets that just won’t stay buried. Also contains references to physical abuse some readers may find disturbing.

Gavin Perez doesn’t expect a guy like Jace Ramsey to be interested in him. After all, Gavin’s poor, he’s hyperactive, he lives with his mom in a trailer, and he works at a dollar store. He’s astonished when Jace agrees to hang out, and even more so when their time together leads to more. Then Jace goes back to college and stops returning his calls.

Jace is tolerating college and enjoying his time with Gavin, but he has to go back to school. Once there, something he did months before comes back to haunt him. By the time he comes home for winter break, Jace is a nervous wreck. He hasn’t been sleeping or eating, and he’s afraid to tell anyone his secrets. The only bright spot is that Gavin doesn’t hold his disappearing act against him. Can he and Gavin form a real connection, or will Jace’s secrets tear them apart?

Weight of Silence is an emotional tale of two young men finding themselves, dealing with issues they can’t control, and falling in love. I adored hyperactive Gavin right away. He’s realistic about himself, yet not in a negative way. He knows he has problems focusing, has a job that isn’t great, and has a less-than-ideal home situation, but he is still very positive about everything. He loves his mother, is kind to others, and is just a generally sweet, funny guy. Jace, on the other hand, broke my heart. When he first meets Gavin, he’s a happy young man. Despite hiding his sexuality, he is willing to look outside his own social circle to see what a great guy Gavin is. Then, something terrible happens to Jace. What it is exactly is not revealed until near the end, which heightens the suspense. Holding the secret in tears Jace apart inside. His turmoil soon begins to show on the outside. It was painful to watch him disintegrate. Fortunately, he has Gavin to help keep him together, and to pick up the pieces when things finally get to be too much. Their relationship builds slowly. I enjoyed the way they got to know each other. There was no insta-love, just trust and true emotion based in a genuine friendship. 

There are several conflicts in Weight of Silence. The main conflict is Jace’s heart-wrenching secret. That particular problem is revealed slowly, first with little clues and then in one horrific scene. It’s a sensitive issue, and I appreciated the way AM Arthur handled it. Another conflict connects to the ongoing storyline in the Cost of Repairs series. In a previous book, someone set fire to one of the buildings in town, and in Weight of Silence, this conflict is finally resolved. Characters from previous books also make appearances or are mentioned, which is always nice, especially when it’s as seamlessly done as it is here.  

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