Title: The Truth As He Knows It
Author: AM Arthur
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Noel Carlson, Shane Joseph
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.
Perspectives, Book 1
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.
When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.
The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
Following on from the Cost of Repairs series, this book contains a closeted cop who’s looking for love, an indebted stripper who doesn’t believe he’s worthy, and a tasteful abundance of dirty guy sex. Also contains references to past physical abuse some readers may find disturbing.
The Truth as He Knows it the first book in the Perspective series. Somehow, this series escaped me until I read the third book, The Truth As He Knows it and I totally fell in love with these characters. I’ve read all three books in this series and although they could each be read as a stand alone story, I do highly recommend reading all of these books in series order. Why? Because once you read one book, you’ll become addicted to all of these heroes and you’ll be anxious as I was to see the story they had to tell.
One thing I’ve come to appreciate about Ms. Arthur’s work is her gift of writing compelling, flawed characters that are so realistically written they seem to live and breathe off of the written page. Each and every one of heroes show true growth both as person. As a reader, it’s enjoyable to get lost into her character’s lives. Sometimes I found myself cheering them on and since they are human and far from perfect, there were times I wanted to shake some sense into them too.
I enjoyed the story that Noel and Shane had to tell. Shane definitely has a huge hole he has to dig himself out of. Because of his past, he feels like he’s constantly trying to amend things and get ahead in life, only to take two steps back. When he meets Noel, Shane really doesn’t believe he’s good enough for him and it’s because of this, he pushes Noel away. Good thing that Noel is an understanding man who is determined to be with Shane. He sees the person Shane is inside and Noel hopes one day that he too, will see himself as worthy.
There were times I wanted for Noel to walk away from Shane. Shane can be pretty stubborn and although I liked them together, I wondered how many men would truly put up with him at times. BUT, do not get me wrong. I liked this couple and though Noel is Mr. Fix-it he learns that sometimes things are beyond his control and good intentions. It was good watching these two men work hard to develop something special between them.
A word of warning…this is a tearjerker. This author made me cry the ugly cry and I’m still saddened by one specific thing that happened *read it and find out* Don’t worry though, the heroes get their happy ending…just as they deserve.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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