Title: The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 20th 2015
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.9 stars out of 5
Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.
Perspectives, Book 2
Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.
Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.
Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.
A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.
Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
Contains two damaged but lovable heroes, secret-keeping friends with good intentions, and an abundance of inappropriate food innuendo.
I suppose this book can be read as a standalone but I strongly recommend against it. Like with all A.M.Arthur’s books that are part of a series, the stories are interwined, characters from other books come and go and scenes from a previous book might be important for the next one.
This is the story of Tristan and Gabe. We met both of them in The truth as he knows it. Tristan is Noel’s friend, a gay bashing left him with no short-term memory and he has to jot down everything to stay in the present. One night, he decides to go out all alone but the night ends in disaster. This is where he meets Gabe for the first time. Gabe is a porn star, Shane’s co-worker from the first book. A friendship starts which eventually leads to a relationship.
I don’t usually go for stories with porn stars, but Tristan was a very interesting character and I wanted to read his story. And to be honest, Tristan was the only thing that I trully liked. He was adorable and brave through his struggles. And admittedly, what he went through was heartbreaking.
Lonely. Horny. Scared. Sick and tired of his broken brain. Desperate to be whole again. All of the above. All the time.
First of all, I’m happy to inform you that this isn’t a major angstfest which was my main complaint with the author’s latest books. No unnecessary drama here.
Other than this, my issues with this book were pretty much the same with the previous.
* The lies. Lies again. Gabe doesn’t reveal his profession to Tristan. Actually, they start dating, start a relationship with each other, have sex and THEN Gabe decides that he must inform Tristan that he is a porn star. Btw, unlike Shane, Gabe does porn because he wants to. Yes, the extra money come in hand since he takes care of his alcoholic mother, but he admits that he chose to do this because he likes easy and uncomplicated sex.
*Tristan’s reaction when Gabe told him he does porn. Totally unrealistic, like Noel’s reaction in the first book, at least as far as I’m concerned.
- Is it possible that he wasn’t bothered at all? If not for the porn itself, that he ‘d been lied to for quite some time? And not only this, but Tristan is actually turned on by the idea of Gabe shooting porn and they end up having sex while watching one of these videos.
- In the epilogue it is mentioned that Gabe had a few scenes more to shoot before he retired.
So, even though this started out good, unfortunately it did not meet my expectations.
P.S In this book, Tristan takes part in a clinical trial that will help him improve his memory. And it does help him.I don’t know how accurate this was medically, but it didn’t really matter to me. The author did a good job with Tristan’s medical condition in my opinion.