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.
This latest book by A.M. Arthur, the beginning of an all new series, is definitely worth a read.
At 21, Jonas is a rich frat boy / fuck up, who's never had to work for anything, until a hazing prank is taken too far and he's expelled from his junior year of college, then sent away to his aunt's to grow up.
At 23, Tate is a co-founder of All Saints House, a shelter for at-risk LGBT youth. Since 14, he's been providing for his two younger sisters, sometimes having sold himself to ensure they had food on the table, so yes, he's worked for every single thing that he has.
Jonas initially tries to keep Tate at arm's length and I must admit that Jonas' transition from "I'm straight" to "I wonder if Tate has a big dick" isn't the smoothest that I've ever witnessed, but once I regained my bearings, their romance worked really worked for me.
Jonas is scared to be who he really is, mainly due to the expectations of his asshole political father, but Tate is loving and patient, so Jonas can come to terms with his issues at his own pace.
One aspect of this story that I particularly loved is that there are no cliché "big misunderstanding" or "running away" scenes being milked here. Both MC's are pretty mature and honest with one another, which is refreshing.
There are definite 'sexy times' in this story, if you are curious, but the Drama Llama (which I loathed in Arthur's "The Truth as He Knows It") is blessedly absent, with the conflict not coming across as fake or forced.
I'd guess that the next MC in the series will be Marc, Tate's HIV-positive co-founder of All Saints House, and I'm really looking forward to reading his book.
Overall, I'm scoring this fun and entertaining coming out story at a very solid 4-stars.
My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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