Friday, May 20, 2016

[ARC Review]: "Come What May"

Come What May by A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press (May 23, 2016)
Series: All Saints, 1
Genre: M/M Romance -- NA 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.



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Reviews of Arthur's Previous Novels:

No Such Thing (#1) -- TBQ
Stand By You (#3) -- TBQ

The Truth As He Knows It (#1) -- TBQ
The World As He Sees It (#2) -- TBQ
The Heart As He Hears It (#3) -- TBQ

Getting It Right (#1) -- TBQ
Finding Their Way (#2) -- TBQ
Taking a Chance (#3) -- TBQ


My Review:


Although Come What May kicks off a new series from A.M. Arthur, a few of our favorite characters from her previous Carina Press books show up briefly. Obviously this made me very happy, and I hope we see a bit more in the other books as well.



"I like you, too. You also scare the piss out of me."


"What scares you?"

"How out and open you are. How comfortable you are in your own skin and in your life. You're generous as fuck, and you opened a shelter for homeless teens, for Christ's sake. You're like, perfect."

"I am far from perfect, trust me. You have to stop comparing the two of us. I'm more settled in my life because I had to grow up really fast and at a younger age. I had experiences at fourteen that no thirty-year-old should ever have, and I don't wish them on anyone. You've been living in this bubble, afraid to break free, and now you have the chance to. You're still this baby bird who fell out of the nest and landed hard. You can barely walk right now, let alone fly."

Jonas blinked hard several times in a row, leaving his lashes damp. "Will you help me walk? I'm not ready to fly."



When the book starts, Jonas is not yet out, or fully comfortable with his sexuality. Tate is the opposite. Obviously this changes after Jonas is around Tate and gets to know him and fall for him. It takes most of the book before Jonas comes out to his family (they never had the greatest relationship to begin with), but he was never ashamed of his relationship with Tate, so no worries there. Jonas simply knew that his family would not accept his sexuality (spoiler alert -- not: they don’t) and he was afraid to finally cut them out of his life. Oh yes, there’s some angst because of this. When isn’t there in an Arthur book, right? :)  As always, Arthur dishes out the right level of angst.


There’s plenty of chemistry between Jonas and Tate. From build up to teasing to entire scenes. There’s even an unintentional dance floor orgasm (Jonas’s) from dirty dancing/dry humping. Poor Jonas, he was quite embarrassed by his lack of control. Oh, and points for Arthur’s handling of prep before they had sex (anal) the first time. I know it’s not something everyone wants to read, but it’s nice to see it (and see it done well) sometimes rather than just magically sticking it in all the time. ;)



Tate's relief and joy bubbled out on a sharp peal of laughter, and then he kissed Jonas. Hard and tender all at once, sealing a promise without words. A promise to love each other, to take care of each other, and to make each other happy.

Come what may.



I guarantee you’ll love this story, as well as Jonas and Tate. You’ll love seeing a few of the guys from Pot O’ Gold and Half-Dozen, too. I don’t want to leave this world Arthur’s created in these three series, so I’m definitely looking forward to the next book. 


4 STARS! 


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quotes used belong to A.M. Arthur; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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Enjoy!


Until Next Time,


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