Title: The Heart As He Hears It
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Jon Buchanan, Isaac Gregory
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.
Perspectives, Book 3
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.
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.
Sometimes I am privileged to read a book that really resonates with me as a reader. I admittedly read a lot, so I’m always thrilled when I come across a story that gives me everything I look for in a romance and more.
First, let me warn you…make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to read this book. Why? Because once you start it you’ll be unable to put it down. I was immediately gripped into the thought-provoking story-line and in these characters’ lives. Before I knew it, it was well-passed my bedtime, and I had read the entire book, from start to finish, without interruption. I found myself so caught up within the story these men had to tell and I enjoyed it so much, I truly hated to see it come to an end. This is definitely a well-written, character driven story. Both heroes are definitely flawed, sympathetic characters that go through so much personal and emotional growth, I found myself really becoming invested in the story they had to tell.
Jon is a porn star who enjoys what he does for a living. In his eyes, doing porn is a safe and secure way of having sex. Also, though Jon is a very friendly man, he has a small, secure circle of friends who he totally trusts. Most people do not realize the pain he’s been through or the abuse he has suffered. Though Jon is learning to deal with this pain, sometimes it still haunts him and he slides back onto self-destructive behaviors. *Sorry, no spoilers. You’ll have to read the book to find out what* In many ways, Jon prefers to live in the moment. His best friend, Henry, is dying of cancer and though Jon recognizes this, he has yet to really deal with the implications of losing his best friend and mentor forever. One of Jon’s great qualities was his innate ability to look out for the people that he cares about. Jon is definitely a caregiver, so when Henry wants him to go with him to meet his long-lost grandson, Jon doesn’t hesitate.
When they meet Henry’s grandson, Isaac, Jon’s protective instincts take over because Isaac is pretty much an agoraphobic mess. But, Jon quickly sees the lonely, sweet but frightened man Isaac is, and he is immediately drawn to him. He is thrilled when Isaac seems to surprisingly open up to him and as they continue to get to know each other, both men find themselves opening up to the possibility of sharing something truly special between them.
In a million years, Isaac would have never thought he’d meet and want to trust someone as he does with Jon. Jon doesn’t seem to judge him, instead his unconditional support and friendship draws Isaac into his friendship like a moth to light. Slowly, Isaac find himself craving the friendship and more from Jon, but to do so, Isaac must take a big step and allow Jon into his life and heart.
The Heart As He Hears It is a beautifully written story about the healing power of hope and love. AM Arthur’s characters really touched this reader’s heart and I loved every minute I spent reading it.
The Heart As He Hears It is the third book in the Perspectives series. Somehow, I’ve missed the first two books in the series, but you can bet I will rectify this immediately. I can honestly say that I wasn’t lost while reading this story. I hate not reading books in order, but I can truthfully tell you that this story can definitely be read as a stand-alone in the series. I don’t recommend it because once you read Jon and Isaac’s story, you’ll be back for more.
The Perspectives books in series order are:
The Truth as He Knows It
The World as He Sees It
The Heart as He Hears It
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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