Title: As I Am
Author: A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 02-13-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368
Heat Level: 3.5 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
This is the third book in the All Saints series, and so good.
This book is about two damaged young men trying to cope in their lives. They have become dependent on each other. Even if it is just online. It is very well written the flow has ups and downs, but I stayed engaged the entire time. My heart literally broke open at times for these two.
I need to start with beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that beauty comes within, and these two have it in spades. I like how the author handles the sensitive subjects in this book. Anxiety and panic attacks are tough to deal with, there is no control when everything spirals out of your control. I thought the author handled it gracefully, and honestly.
Will and Taz meet in an online chat room. Both bonding over their tough life experiences. They have endured things no one person should ever endure. Will, oh my gosh my heart. He has to be one of the strongest young men I have ever read. He had an amazing support system in Dr. Taggert as well as Jennifer and Gloria. They all wanted to help him. Then let’s not forget Taz. Once they meet they are each other’s biggest supporters. Taz has lived some of his life getting a chance to go to college, although it didn’t work out so good. Someone did not like his lifestyle so they took it upon themselves to let him know. He then has problems being around people and not wanting to leave his home. I loved reading about the friendship grow. How they were each other’s biggest supporters. They knew what the other needed. The were open and honest with each other and that was refreshing.
I loved the new friends they meet along the way as well. There’s drama, love, hurt, comfort and two young men who are trying to find their footing in the world, then there is love and compassion. I felt so many things from this book. Join these two on their journey and finding their footing in the world around them.