Author: A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints, #2
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: September 12th 2016
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After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he's giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he's sure is straight.
Anthony Romano hasn't seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant's absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he's in love with Marc. Always has been.
Marc swore he'd never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he's always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.
2 out of 5 stars
I reviewed the first book in this series yesterday, and I have to say that I enjoyed it way more than this one,unfortunately. I thought there were some really important things that were glossed over, and Marc's character was really frustrating.
Marc is extremely closed off and doesn't let anyone close to him, emotionally or physically. When he was younger and he came out to his parents they reacted by kicking him out of the house and forcing him to live on the streets. He did what he had to in order to survive, including prostitution. He ended up on drugs but has been sober for 5 years and is determined to keep it that, so he tells himself he will never date a junkie.
Anthony's life has been in a downward spiral ever since Marc was kicked out and disappeared. When Marc left it broke his heart and he never got to tell him how he felt about him. Years later he is a junkie living on the streets when Marc finds him and takes him in. Marc takes care of him through a home detox but says if Anthony uses again he is done and Anthony has to leave the house.
I liked Anthony's character because he seemed to really want to change his life for the better and move on from his past. I was curious about Marc when we first learned about him in the first book, but I ended up not liking his character so much because he would say that he trusted Anthony but his actions showed that he really didn't at all. I was hoping as the story went one that his character would grow a bit but instead he just seemed to get worse. He has anger issues and actually punches Anthony in the face but it ends up being glossed over like it wasn't a big deal. That's abuse. I don't care if you say "you're sorry and it won't happen again", that's what all abusers say. There was no talk of him going to counseling or anything and Anthony blamed himself, so it ends up swept under the rug. Sorry, no.
** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
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