Release Day Review by Kristie: Say It Right, by A. M. Arthur

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Say It Right, by A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints, Book #2
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 12, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.

Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.

Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary Romance
Second Chances
Drugs & Alcohol
Warnings for discussions of rape and abuse


I’ve struggled with this review. On one hand, I think I’ve maybe over thought this. Maybe I’ve taken too much time to think and brood, consider and toss around all the feelings in my head. On the other hand, upon finishing this book, I really wasn’t sure how I felt.

So, I’ll say that while I did like a lot of aspects of the book, including the writing and characters, what I didn’t like was the too much of everything. I really enjoyed the men, learning their stories and backgrounds. There was just too much sorrow and pain. Too  much of it that was crammed into a couple hundred pages, all to be wrapped up in a nice little bow at the end. I like that there is a happy ending, but getting there was hard.

This is a heavy book. Heavy in content. Heavy in emotion. I love second chances and what those changes bring to the lives of not only the people who need them, but the richness it brings to the people who are there to help them along the way.


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.

You can purchase Say It Right from:
Carina Press
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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