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    Great start to this new series!

    Come What May is the first story in A.M.Arthur's All Saints series, about a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth and the people who run in it. In this case, it's Tate, himself a gay man. Losing his parents at a young age, he fought the foster care system to have custody of his two younger sisters and cares for them now while he runs the shelter. Having had to do whatever necessary to survive, he empathizes and understands the plight of other gay youth and seeks to help them any way he can. When he meets Jonas, the nephew of neighbours who run a local thrift store, he's smitten but wary. Jonas identifies as straight, and he's only in this small town as a form of punishment, banished by his parents as a result of a college hazing prank that got him suspended. His father is a well known Senator, and a troublemaking son looks bad for his image. Working for his aunt and uncle for the summer is a way to keep a low profile and reflect on where his future is going. When he finds himself attracted to Tate, he must come to terms with his sexuality, front and center. Having a summer fling with Tate, in a place where he can be free to be himself is all fine and dandy, but what will happen when the summer is over? I really enjoyed this story! I found Tate's character to be really appealing. With all he's gone through to get to his early twenties, he comes across as a mature, responsible, friendly man. He is comfortable being gay, and out of the closet. Running the shelter with a friend is a direct consequence of his own experiences on the street as a teenager. Yet even with this knowledge, he has strict rules at the shelter that must be followed for the safety of all. When patrons disobey them, he has to make tough decisions that can have difficult consequences. On top of that, raising his two sisters is a labour of love but can be stressful too, especially with a younger sister who was abused in her foster home and whom he worries about. Jonas comes across, at first, exactly as he is - a somewhat spoiled, naive college student. He made mistakes and he's paying for them now. He's a little bitter, resigned to his summer living with his aunt and uncle and volunteering at their thrift store. When he meets Tate, self confident and comfortable with his sexuality, he's envious. When Tate extends the hand of friendship to him, Jonas accepts at first reluctantly. But as they come to know each other, Jonas finds himself attracted to Tate, and having to admit to himself that the reason he's never been happy with any of the girls he's hooked up with is that he's gay. Tate never pressures Jonas and instead lets him set the pace, resulting in a slow burn but sexy romance as the two of them connect on an intimate level. Jonas's fear of being open about his feelings for Tate gives way to joy at being able to be himself when they are alone together. His aunt and uncle are supportive, and Tate's friends accept him. The challenge comes in facing his parents and his uncertain future. The small town atmosphere, the setting of the thrift store and homeless shelter make for an interesting background to the story. I thought everything fit together really well, and found the story to be a great blend of drama and humour. Tate's nice guy persona blends well with Jonas's more prickly one and it was fun seeing them develop their relationship. They have some super sexy scenes and some emotional ones too. The conflict is internal for Jonas and external with his family, causing some tension throughout that is resolved in a fairly predictable manner. The dramatic scenes don't go too far down the angst scale (no ugly crying!) but still tug at the heartstrings. All of the characters are likable and the series promises to be one worth reading. 4 stars.
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    Jonas and Tate meet through mutual friends. Jonas' family move him to live with extended family who give him his first job. He enjoys running a thrift store and feels pride in what he is learning. Tate runs a homeless shelter across the street from the thrift store where Jonas works. They run into one another time and again. They become friends. Can there be something more? Jonas and Tate learn that there is more to love. This story is full of life lessons, sizzling heat, and a friendship that shines. I found myself quickly turning the pages.
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    I loved Jonas and Tate.

    Tate is out and proud but Jonas is in denial about being gay. He banged all the girls he could while in a fraternity at college. After a “harmless” prank goes very wrong he is expelled from college and sent to live with his aunt and uncle who he barely knows. Jonas’s father is a state senator and has always had unrealistic expectations of his only child. Jonas feels that nothing he has accomplished has ever made his father proud of him. He is sure he will be cut off financially if he comes out. He just wants to finish college so he can get a job and be free of his father forever. Tate becomes Jonas’s first friend in his new hometown but their first meeting wasn’t at all indicative of how things will end up with them. Tate has been providing for his two younger sisters since their parents died a few years ago. He helps run a shelter for LGBTQ teens. He’s attracted to Jonas but knows better than to pine for a straight guy; but he’s getting mixed signals from Jonas and just can’t resist the pull he feels. This book had my emotions all over the place. I felt so bad for Jonas; his father is an idiot. Fortunately he finds love and support with his new family. Tate is wonderful and the way he cares for his sisters is inspiring. A.M. Arthur has written a great start to her new All Saints series and I look forward to reading more of her books. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
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    Great Series Starter. Loose Ends, but No Cliff.

    ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: The purple hues caught my attention, followed by the author name. Cover features two young adult males in a tentatively intimate pose. Cover is simple, but it catches the eye. Synopsis did not immediately sell me on it, but having read a few pieces by Ms Arthur previously, I am willing to give this new series a try. Looking Deeper: Third-Person POV For over twenty years, Jonas had lived a lie... he lied to his friends, his family and even to himself. Living the frat boy, privileged life as the son of a state senator was all fun and games until a prank went horribly wrong and he was sent to his mother's brother to live and work until the next school year. While working at his Aunt and Uncle's thrift store, he met Tate - one of the founders of the LGBT Teen Shelter across the street. Tate and Jonas form a fragile friendship that slowly developed into more. Tate also had more responsibilities at home waiting on him. I loved that the bigger guy was the younger and less experienced of the pair. Most of the secondary characters were enjoyable, some a few were not (intentionally). The dialogue and interaction was appropriate and believable, however I was rather perturbed over the stepford wife qualities of Mrs Ashcroft. The plot was good, there were a few dramatic moments and a touch of suspense. Ms. Arthur's smooth writing style did not disappoint. The conflicts were somewhat managed, but there were a lot of loose ends remaining even with the implied HEA. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the characters and story presented and hope to have the opportunity to read and review SAY IT RIGHT as well. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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