Come What May, by A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints, Book One
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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.
I confess, this is my first time reading A.M. Arthur. I’ve been meaning to read her work for the longest time, but other books got in the way (you know how that goes). So when the opportunity arose to review an ARC of Come What May, I grabbed it and ran. And I’m really glad I did.
Did the book blow my mind? No. But I thought it represented all of the good things about NA and very little of the bad. Yes, it is a coming-out story that’s been told many times before, but most importantly, as with all truly good coming-out stories, it’s a tale of self-discovery.
Jonas and Tate as a couple really worked for me. From their tentative friendship to their easy sexual chemistry, I was sold on them from the start. I thought that rock-solid Tate was the perfect counterpoint to the sheltered and insecure Jonas we meet at the beginning of the book. I also loved Tate’s story. Although his character mostly served as a steady and calming presence throughout, Tate and his sisters come with a great backstory and have a lot going on beneath the surface.
The author does an effortless job of taking us on their journey as Tate’s quiet confidence allows Jonas to let down his walls and come to terms with his sexuality. Jonas also learns other things about himself, including some of his strengths and his passions, and I like that by the end of the book, his character hits his stride in a quiet and believable way. A lot of his growth can be credited to the people around him, and the author’s message about the value of having a strong and loving support system really shines through.
As much as I enjoyed this book, there were a few things that I personally could have done without. Early in the book, I thought the way Jonas referred to sorority and college girls was a little off-putting and not at all in line with his character. The other passing observation I had was about a late development in the book that felt a little out of place, and as a result, the ending felt a little rushed. Or maybe, I just didn’t want the book to end.
I’m super excited about the side characters in this book, and I can’t wait to read more from this author. If you’re like me and you haven’t read any A.M. Arthur despite your best intentions, I suggest you get on it. You won’t regret it.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.