Review: The Truth as he knows it by A.M. Arthur

the truth as he knows itSeries: Perspectives (Book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: Mmmh, yes.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warning: Homophobia, (child) rape, drug slipping, suicide attempt

Description: 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.

Review: Do you have tissues ready? Because I am sure, you’ll need them. The Truth as he knows it is technically a sweet love story. Man meets man, they fall in love, there are some problems to overcome. And those problems and the characters’ pasts? They may make you cry. Usually I would say the drama is a little bit too much. But in this case? It’s so well-written and realistic! And Tristan now holds a special place in my heart (his story is told in the next installment of this series and I can’t wait to read it).

There are a few sex scenes in this book and they are the reason why I didn’t give 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, they are very hot. But sometimes they happened too… abrupt? My emotions were not ready for them.

4 replies

  1. Ooh, I see what you mean about the sex scenes. Yeah, it’s hard to transition mentally from a really emotionally-heavy scene to a passionate one. It’s something A.M. does in a lot of books though, now that I think about it. I think she uses sex as a way to “heal” after trauma, maybe?

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