Title: As I Am
Author: A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 02-13-2017
Genre(s): M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
(¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤ … ¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★“Don’t let the past control your present. Keep that power to yourself.” ~Dr. Taggert
No more powerful word had ever been spoken in regards to holding onto the integrity and sliver that was your thoughts, your soul, your life.
Once again author A.M. Arthur drug deep inside and wrung my innards dry in this powerful tale of two men who refused to let anxiety and abuse and the world keep them hidden and afraid once they met. I knew this was going to be a hard read. If you have read the All Saints books, then you would realise that you go in one way and come out of the wringer by the last page.
As main characters, I was proud of the steps both Will and Taz endured to be together. Will, ridden with anxiety from years of abuse have found an inner peace that has given him enough to enter into the world with tests and challenges. Taz, disfigured after being true to self, now has a mild case of agoraphobia but willing to step outside his comfort zone. There was no doubt that there was a driving force behind every action and every word, and it was delivered aplomb.
All Saints was a wild ride in discovery and mystery, bringing to light finally Will’s fight to be free from the nightmare that began as a teen but had not been resolved. They both may have thought themselves as weaklings, but both Will and Taz proved that together they were a force to be reckoned with.
On the mystery/suspense side, I give two thumbs up on how it was handled and was left with my mouth wide open at times. I love mystery/suspense stories and this was done well. I will recommend that if you love angst and justice, and happily ever after then choose this series and share. And as I almost always say: This may not be a book for everyone, but you won’t know unless you give it a try.