Title: Come What May
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Release: 23rd May 2016
Genre: M/M (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.
Book One of All Saints, the brand-new series from A.M. Arthur.
My first book by A.M. Arthur who provided me with a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read, but first, I have to be honest to myself and say that the plot for me was not ground-breaking or anything special. What? I hear you all you cry. Jonas, a rich guy with uncaring, unloving parents but with more money and power than you can shake a stick at, who is denying his true feelings meets guy who has had a tough life, lived on the streets, whose parents are also now completely off the scene, but has made good of himself. So for me personally it is mainly a coming out story and finding out that a whole new and better world awaits for you once this step has been taken. As I said, nothing new or ground-breaking in that respect for me personally.
However, as with most things in life, it’s not always what you tell but the way that you tell it. And this for me was the best part! A.M. Arthur’s writing lifts the characters off the page, giving them flight in my imagination and in so doing I was invested from the word go in Jonas and Tate. Two characters to care for, to cuddle, to fall in love with. We first meet Jonas who has been sent away to his Aunt’s as he has been a bad boy at college so to speak. Doing penance at the bidding of his father. Coming from extremely wealthy parents with power, especially an incredibly overbearing father, he has toed the line all his life to try and please them but he will never be good enough or live up to their expectations. Jonas is in serious denial! He knows deep down he’s gay but due to his parental upbringing and always trying to do their bidding, all so they look good in the public eye, the internal battle going on with his demons is heart breaking. You know he could be so much happier if he could just be true to himself but this is always easier said than done. I could understand Jonas so well. Any gay man who has gone through this transition will completely understand. The fear of rejection and losing everything you have keeps you from being the person you really are. So in the end true happiness, love, peace and contentment will never be found and for some it eludes them for a lifetime.
While working in his Aunt’s thrift shop he meets Tate when he comes in to pick up the sheets that she washes for the home he runs with friends. They take care of kids living on the streets because they have been thrown out of their home due to the fact they are LGBT; Tate experiencing a very similar fate when he was a teenager. As soon as these two meet the chemistry is palpapable and Tate will be the catalyst that Jones will need to stand up and be true to himself.
It was this balance between the two MCs that I loved. Tate is street wise and probably a lot wiser than his years due to his experiences. Jonas needs the gentle love and support Tate provides but above all the patience and understanding needed when dealing with someone in the closet. It’s like playing with a scared rabbit, one sudden or move too fast and the rabbit will bolt. Jonas is so skittish at first but once the hormones take over and the flood gates are down, OMG, I could feel the sexual tension in Jonas practically explode in a flood of emotion. It was seriously HOT reading about this, as Jonas now discovers what he’s been denying himself all this time. Had to get my fan out on more than one occasion. This was beautifully and above all tenderly written. As I said “rabbits!” - lol! After Jonas’ first sexual experience with Tate then it was clear to him that he’s gay and there is now no going back.
However, the huge elephant still in the room is Jonas coming out. At first he is too afraid to say anything to anyone, no public displays of affection, no telling a living soul. But bit by bit Tate shows him that although the world is not perfect, coming out can open up a whole new brave world. It’s Tate’s patience with this subject that I loved. He doesn’t push or cajole but gradually starts opening the closet door for Jonas letting him glimpse the light on the other side. I was so in awe of Tate and how he handled this. It’s no mean feat trying to have a relationship with someone who is in the closet and hiding. But Jonas soon realises his feelings for Tate go way beyond the physical and until now he has never experienced a more intense love than the one he has for Tate. When you have a love that is this strong then a lot of things can be overcome and the big fight is still to come for Jonas with his father. Well, all I can say is when Jonas stands up for himself, tells his father he is gay, fights for his rights and love for Tate, despite the inevitable reaction from his father, I was whooping and cheering him all the way. GO JONAS!! YEAH!!! For me there is nothing more intensely satisfying than a bigot getting his just rewards – WOOHOO!! Through this Jonas learns that there are friends and family out there who love him unconditionally for who he is and that is all that matters.
For me a wonderful coming out story, especially from Jonas’ view point. Two wonderful characters that I loved immensely and told with such insight, feeling and emotion that for me is the hallmark of A.M. Arthur’s writing. An uplifting story that left me feeling good and positive about life and the good people in it.
Meet A.M. Arthur
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" (and "The Young Riders") with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments