“As I Am” by A.M. Arthur is a beautiful exploration of the challenge of overcoming one’s past while finding a way to live a satisfactory life. I ached for each of the main characters even as I cheered for their small triumphs and was dismayed at their setbacks. I love that there was a gradual progression in their relationship and trust in each other as well as realistic setbacks that accompanied the unfolding of their trust. I wasn’t thrilled about the betrayal and attempt at atonement that threatens to upend everything since it seemed to be even more hurtful under the circumstances, but I understand that it helps tie everything together and makes the story more realistic.
I think this is a great story that reminds us that scars can be both physical and emotional but that the right person can keep one from being defined by them. I definitely will be on the lookout for more stories by this talented author.
This m/m romance with suspense elements is Book 3 of the ‘All Saints’ series and centers on agoraphobic and physically scarred Taz Zachary and abuse survivor Will Madden. Their connection in a chat room gradually evolves into more, but events around them threaten to tear them apart, especially when it becomes apparent there are painful truths that still need to come to light.
Will Madden is healing.
Thanks to therapy and a growing support system, he's taking baby steps into a promising future. One of those steps leads him to an online chat room, where he quickly bonds with fellow PTSD sufferer Taz Zachary.
Despite their virtual connection, Taz is initially freaked out at the idea of meeting Will face-to-face. A sexual relationship may be the last thing on his mind, but his craving for human interaction—and more of the way Will makes him laugh—gives him the courage he needs to take the next step.
In person, the chemistry between them is undeniable. But Will is hurt when Taz doesn't seem to be in any rush to get him into bed. Still, acceptance, love and happiness all seem within reach for the first time in forever—until demons from the past threaten the future they both finally believe they deserve.
Book three of the All Saints series.
This book is approximately 95,000 words
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