The Heart As He Hears It by AM Arthur ~ Book Review by Caroline

27880548Title: The Heart As He Hears It

Author: AM Arthur

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/19/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance

Blurb:

Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.

While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.

And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.

Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.

Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.

Warning: Product contains a neurotic porn star with body image issues, a virgin hero with severe agoraphobia, and a fluffy ball of gray cuteness you’ll want to take home and cuddle. Also contains references to past abuse some readers might find disturbing.

My View:

Book 3 in the Perspectives series has a whole lot of feels to pull on your heart strings. I really like the characters that A M Arthur creates and I also like the way those characters grow, usually painfully, throughout the stories. Gabe and Tristan still remain my favourites but Jon and Isaac are now a close second.

Jon and Isaac are both damaged by people from their past. For Jon it was mental abuse that he dealt with from a previous and very toxic relationship, the results of which are still carrying over in to his everyday life. To a certain degree Jon is on the path to recovery but that in itself is tricky. To prevent ever getting back into that situation again he has closed off his heart, nowhere in his future does he see himself in a relationship again. Being a porn star gives him a safe way to have sex and in turn keeps him from having to worry about becoming attached or people becoming attached to him. His spare time is taken up with looking after his friend Henry who is coming towards the end of his life and is probably the only other person in the world that Jon truly loves. Henry has only a few months left when he finds out he has a grandson and that is how Isaac enters their lives.

Isaac is referred to as a shut in. He has suffered untold trauma in his life that has left him with permanent disabilities but more than that it has left his heart and soul broken – he trusts no one. For all the kindness in Henry the same could not be said for Isaac’s father, who is now dead, the two men were like chalk and cheese. Isaac reminded me a lot of Tristan in that I wanted to wrap him up and keep the world away from him whilst at the same time cheering him on for every little bit of strength he showed and he did have strength but it was deeply hidden under fear.

I felt the author’s writing was very sympathetic to the struggles of both men. Their tentative friendship turns to romance and its intimacy is like a balm to both their souls. Neither man is confident in what they have and initially they spend a lot of time testing and pushing boundaries. I’m not sure the stalker added anything to the story except a bit of drama towards the end – an ending that was both happy and sad and left the path open for many more stories in this series.

Links

The Truth As He Hears It on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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