Come What May (Vallie’s Review)

come what may
Title: Come What May (All Saints #1)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 320
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.


GET IN with this book!!!

I think I gave 2 stars and a DNF to previous books by this author but man is my faith restored. I adored this story. I loved every single thing about it. The author must have been on a mission because there wasn’t a thing left unresolved or quickly wrapped up. Just perfect.

First off. Jonas. He’s introduced as @$$hole extraordinaire. Rich kid, sentenced to 9 or so months of modest living with the aunt and uncle he can barely remember. I actually liked his unfiltered, no front attitude. He did not care much about being strictly polite or that he might be coming out as an inconsiderate, insensitive jerk. But this veneer was very thin and it came off quite quickly when Jonas started getting infatuated with Tate.

Tate. Looooooved Tate. For all the good he did (i.e., raising his sisters, running a homeless shelter for LGBT youth), he did not come off as someone with a saviour complex. He was just a good person. A 23 year-old person with plenty of hormones and a healthy sex drive as well. Once the whole “I’m not gay” spiel was lost on Jonas’ part, boy did those two have some fun.

Their relationship was gorgeous. It’s shit like this that keeps me addicted to mm romance. They were emotional, passionate, caring toward one another, and protective of one another in their own ways. The sex was very very very steamy when appropriate and sweet and tender when the situation called for it.

The side characters were all very well drawn, especially Marnie, Tate’s little sister. I appreciated that we learnt about her story throughout the book, little pieces at a time, and that her subplot (not that it took too much page time but it was important) added to understanding Tate’s character. Tate was not just the guy raising his 2 sisters. That part of his character history was developed thoroughly. In so many books, something like that works almost like décor, just something extra to add to a character’s background. This is not the case here. We see how Tate is affected by raising his sisters (although one of them is almost 18 anyway) and how much it takes. It’s not just something that makes him unavailable for sex on certain nights or a restriction of his time. We live Tate’s reality with him and how much emotion it takes out of him to be that solid figure for his sisters. Major points for this part of the book.

I also loved that Jonas went from insecure, lost little rich boy, closed off and unapproachable, to someone who grew a backbone, stood up for himself to his bigot father, and learnt how to love and accept himself. It was glorious! Jonas and Tate’s sweet moments together, how open they were toward one another was absolutely fantastic. No silly miscommunication, even when the situation practically rolled the mat for something like this to happen.

I adored this book and I will most definitely be picking up the next one in the series.

Highly recommend!

All Saints Series


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Galley copy of Come What May provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

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[…] A. A previous experience or something else? The entire story of Come What May came out of my own education on the crisis of LGBT youth homelessness. One of the most recent statistics I’ve seen is that while only 7% of the youth population identifies as LGBT+, these teens make up 40% of homeless teens. These disproportionate numbers are staggering, and there are far too few safe shelters for LGBT homeless teens. So when I was developing a new series for Carina Press, I knew that a homeless shelter for these teens would be a huge part of the… Read more »
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