This contemporary m/m romance is both poignant and erotic, giving a glimpse of the horror that can result from hateful actions as well as inspiration for all who are willing to work past handicaps and find a way to have a fulfilled life. I was touched by Tristan’s story and found myself cheering for his progress and saddened by his setbacks even as I marveled at Gabe’s ability to care so deeply for those around him, despite the challenges of his childhood and the pain of his past relationships. The various characters are intriguing and, although I had no trouble reading this story as a stand-alone, I suspect that my enjoyment would be enhanced by reading other volumes in the series. I thought the nursing home scandal was a little awkward and I was a little skeptical about how much Gabe’s mom could do about her problems on her own, but the overall story was wonderfully touching and sensual and I would love to read more by this author.
“The World as He Sees It” by A.M. Arthur is part of the ‘Perspectives’ series and centers around Tristan Lavelle, a man who suffers from short-term memory loss and is forced to take constant notes to remind him of what is happening in his life. A chance meeting with Gabe Henson during a traumatic episode has the unusual result of imprinting the other man’s eyes in his memory, and the connection that forms between them inexplicably remains. Gabe has had plenty of challenges in his life, including the drama that he lives with daily, but he never backs down from fighting for what he believes in, and his faith in the mutual attraction he has for Tristan makes him all the more determined to find a way to explore the possibilities for them to have a relationship.
Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.
Perspectives , Book 2
Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.
Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.
Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.
A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.
Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
Warning: Contains two damaged but lovable heroes, secret-keeping friends with good intentions, and an abundance of inappropriate food innuendo.