Author: AM Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/20/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track–until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.
Donald “Boxer” Boxwood wasn’t looking for anything beyond some casual kink until he peeled Riley off the floor and gave him a safe place to stay. But there’s something compelling about the guy crashing on his couch, and the two forge an instant friendship that eases into unmistakable attraction. Despite Riley’s hesitancy, Boxer knows one thing to be true: he needs Riley in his life.
Riley risked everything to run away and build a new life for himself, and his secrets aren’t something he’d ever wish upon his kind, gentle new friend. But when the past comes to call, he’ll have no choice but to put his trust in Boxer…and believe people can change enough to deserve a second chance.
Book two of the Restoration series
Finding Their Way is the second book in AM Arthur’s Restoration series, following Getting it Right. The beginning of this book parallels the timeline of the ending of Getting it Right, so I don’t recommend reading them out of order because you will get spoilers for book 1. However, you don’t strictly have to have read book 1 in order to follow the events of Finding My Way. (Note: The Restoration series is a spin-off of Arthur’s Carina Press series Belonging. While characters from that series, both major and minor, make appearances in FMW, it is not essential to have read that series.)
Our main characters are Riley and Boxer. Two very different men with very different pasts and tastes. However, one near tragedy brings them together. Boxer is tied to the world of Restoration through his friendship with Nate and Tag/James from book 1. Riley is tied into the world as a bartender at their favorite bar, Pot O’ Gold.
For Riley, he has to learn that friendship and relationships don’t have to come with conditions and violence. For Boxer, he needs to show Riley that compassion is free, and not every big burley guy is a threat. They have to show each other that preconceived notions have no place in their bedroom and relationship.
As with most AM Arthur titles that I have read, our main characters have to earn their Happily Ever After. They do not come without blood, sweat, and a few tears. While these stories aren’t terribly high on the angst-meter, they are a satisfying way to spend a few hours. Arthur’s characters are one’s you can’t help but root for. They are three-dimensional and just need love.
The minor characters are introduced organically into the story. They don’t feel contrived merely for the purpose of prolonging the series. While, the ending verged on a little too afterschool special for me, at least for the mood I was in at the time I read FMW, Riley needed the ending as it was or his story would not have been complete.
I will continue to pick up the books of the Restoration series. I know one particular character who needs his HEA…
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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