Title: Say It Right (All Saints #2)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 352
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.
Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.
Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.
Just a FYI, I bought the audiobook for the first book in the series, Come What May, and I really did joy it. However, after reading this book in the series, it clearly blows it out of the water. I have waited to hear Marc’s story since the first book; especially given the indication about his past and the circumstances surrounding it. Seriously, well done A.M. Arthur applause!
I had so many mixed emotions while reading this. I was very angry for Marc, in how his parents reacted to his news about being gay. Not only that, but for how the parents of his best friend treated him as well. Seriously, two lives wouldn’t have been ruined if Anthony’s parents would have accepted and acknowledged a certain fact; even if Anthony wasn’t aware of it yet. I so wanted to seek retribution on their behalf regarding their parents. Then I had to remind myself, that his is just a story. On the flip side, playing devil’s advocate here, if things didn’t fall as they did, then All Saints House might not have come about giving hope and a place for other displaced teens.
A.M. Arthur did a great job with the back story of each character and the chemistry between them. To see how they once cared for one another (not knowing), then to have life events take separate them; causing pain in their lives, to eventually come back to one another (in a not so great and conventional way), was beautiful. Let me just say I was their personal cheerleader throughout the book!Oh, and the details about addiction and recovery…wow! The effects not just on the addict, but on their family and friends as well. Really, you can tell a lot of time and thoughtfulness went into this sad, but inspiring story. Don’t fret, there are some good things that happen for both Marc and Anthony, that gives them hope.
In the end, both Anthony and Marc get their HEA, which they so deserved!
Marc rested his forehead against Anthony’s, their noses touching. “You and me.” “Against the world.” “Like we were always meant to be.”
If you’re like me, you are wondering what book three we will be like. I am hoping it will somehow involve Will Madden. One can hope….