Author: AM Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four–because he’s too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.
Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as â€œTagâ€?, heâ€™s the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But Jamesâ€™s drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, heâ€™s close to becoming the worst version of himself.
After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn’t sorry for the kisses that James can’t remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.
Book one of the Restoration series
If you are familiar with AM Arthur’s series, you may have seen the main character of Getting it Right before. He was last seen as Tag, Ezra’s too rough trick who almost didn’t take “no” for an answer in Maybe This Time (Belonging #2). Right after that disaster of a hook-up is where we pick up with Getting it Right. However, Getting it Right is not a sequel to the Belonging books, it is a spin-off. As such, you don’t have to be familiar with the belonging books to enjoy this one. Though, if you have read book three, Stand By You, you will get to see some more of Romy since James is Romy’s therapist.
If you did read Maybe This Time, as I did, you probably are not going into this book with the best opinion of James. Even if you didn’t read MTT, you know from the opening scene, that James is not all rainbows and flowers. For me, it was an uphill climb for James to redeem himself. But with a series name like “Restoration” I had to give him a chance.
Nate, on the other hand, I loved from his first appearance. When he rides into rescue James from himself after that fateful hookup. Nate isn’t perfect, himself, but you can’t help but feel for him. The only time I got even a little choked up was one of the many times James screwed up, and Nate’s heart had to take the beating. And James? Yeah, and he screws up a LOT.
As I said before, Arthur had a lot of work to do to make James a sympathetic character for me. Every time I thought we might be heading in that direction, he would do something else boneheaded. I was starting to think that this book was going to end with a Happily Ever After that I just couldn’t get behind. The relationship was starting to scream dysfunctional to me. So what changed my mind? James finally manned up. He finally took responsibility for his own failings. It took some tough love and soul searching on Nate’s part, but in the end he did it and did it for the right reasons.
These are not two men who will get it right every time. I forsee many idiotic squabbles and maybe some pretty epic blowouts, but I see them working on what they have and knowing it is worth every second.
I am ready for Boxer’s story and of course I need more Elliot
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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