Title: As I Am
Author: AM Arthur
Series: All Saints 3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 02-13-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Will Madden is healing.
Thanks to therapy and a growing support system, he’s taking baby steps into a promising future. One of those steps leads him to an online chat room, where he quickly bonds with fellow PTSD sufferer Taz Zachary.
Despite their virtual connection, Taz is initially freaked out at the idea of meeting Will face-to-face. A sexual relationship may be the last thing on his mind, but his craving for human interaction—and more of the way Will makes him laugh—gives him the courage he needs to take the next step.
In person, the chemistry between them is undeniable. But Will is hurt when Taz doesn’t seem to be in any rush to get him into bed. Still, acceptance, love and happiness all seem within reach for the first time in forever—until demons from the past threaten the future they both finally believe they deserve.
AM has written an amazing story about 2 very damaged people that find and heal each other. We met Matt in the prior book in the All Saints series when he is a patient of Tag. When I finished that story I always wondered what happened to him. Now we find out. AM has done an excellent job of writing Taz and Matt’s stories. You heart will go out to them from the beginning. Their stories are different but both suffer from PTSD. They start to chat online in a group and decide to meet. The story builds from there and we get to hear the events that let them to each other. Matt is only 19 but has been through hell since he was young. He mother was a drug addict who sold him for money. He has panic attacks and feels he could never be normal . Taz is about 23 and was attacked in college when he came out as bisexual. Both of them are lonely and want to get better but it is hard for them to open up. They feel so broken, but together they want to work through some of their issues. The romance starts slow and I thought that worked really well for the story. You can tell how their chemistry grows from when they first meet. The pain these men have gone through makes me want to fix them myself but with the help and support of each other they will come out the other side. They deserve to be happy and AM gets them on the right track to get there. I would really recommend this story. Hope to read the next book in this series.