ARC Review: Come What May by AM Arthur

23 May 2016

Book Title: Come What May
Author: A. M. Arthur
Series: All Saints #1 (Standalone)
Release Date: May 23rd, 2016
Genres: M/M Romance, Contemporary
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.

Come What May is the first book in the All Saints series by AM Arthur. This book revolves around Tate, the co-owner of All Saints homeless shelter for LBGT teens in the Wilmington Delaware area. Tate is the guardian of his two younger siblings and lives above a garage in a small apartment. When Tate meets his landlord's young nephew, first impressions were mixed. Albeit beautiful, Jonas was the epitome of spoiled, rich, and in denial. He says he's straight and only goes for the women but everything screams otherwise. And something about this 21-year old troubled frat boy says he may truly need a friend more than a boyfriend...

Jonas gets sent to live with his aunt after his Senator father is painfully disappointed in his stupid hazing prank that made headline news. Always the failure, maybe moving into the basement of his aunt's house and actually taking time off of school to work and learn responsibility will be therapeutic. When he meets his aunt's tenant, Tate sets his world on fire. Deeply in denial of being homosexual, something about Tate is irresistible and time spent between these very different men finds his denial waning and his desires mounting...

Come What May is one of those easy, medium paced build MM reads. Tate, the ever volunteer and responsible guy with very little in monetary things, finds himself a pivotal support person for the kid who on the surface seems to have it all. Jonas found just what he needs in this town- true family and values, giving instead of receiving, and love where it's least expected.

Another successful MM read by AM Arthur. This is an author I can pick up and always know I'll get a nice balance of story, angst, and steam. Characters are usually very different but compliment what the other needs or lacks perfectly. I'm anxious to see who Tate's business partner Marc ends up with in the next installment.

Advanced copy received by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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