Getting It Right, A.M. Arthur
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This seems to be a spin off from an existing series which I hadn’t read, but that didn’t make anything difficult to understand, and it was an easy to follow stand alone romance.
Cop Nathan has always believed he’s heterosexual, but lately has to admit to himself he really has a crush on his long time best friend James. James is gay and out, and after a close friend dies he’s grief stricken, and has too much to drink one night. He calls on Nathan in despair, when his drunken state allowed him to do something he regrets, and which brings back trauma from his past. He’s in a commiserating, comforting hug with Nathan, and kisses him – and Nathan kisses him back….Then of course Nate has recriminations. James was so drunk he remembers nothing of their make out. After thinking it over, and being conflicted Nate decides he has to admit to his feelings to James. James has been in love with him secretly for years – you’d think he’s be delighted but for some reason he brushes Nathan off and poor Nate is humiliated.
James, all his dreams had come true and yet he couldn’t let himself believe it – he regrets not being honest with Nathan, but doesn’t get to tell him as something happens that stops him
Its a story of love and lust, but also of how things from our past affect us. Nathan has a problem coping after the event that affected him so badly. Its left him feeling so uncertain; where previously he was an outgoing, confident man, now he’s having nightmares, and jumping at shadows. Its a long recovery period, when he and James are separated and that hurt James badly. He thinks how the last thing he said to Nate was a lie and he’s so full of regret. He’s got a traumatic past too from when he couldn’t help a family member, and its left both him and his mum with problems. He’s a psychiatrist, and its partly why he went into the profession, to help people so they don’t end up like his sister, but listening to others terrible problems takes a hard toll on him, and means he drinks more and more and though he won’t admit he has a problem.
Though the events and problems seem unconnected at first they join up and bring both James and Nate into real danger. I had no idea who was behind the murders, and that took me by surprise. The murders also bring in a bit of extra drama and surprise that adds to the novel and makes it more than just a sweet romance. I like the way all the characters seemed very real and their reaction fitted what was happening. No just brushing off great traumas as nothing as too often happens in fiction. Characters come out of hospital after a life threatening attack and then go clubbing full of joy – unreal. I like my fiction to be grounded in reality.
Stars: Four . Its good read, with very real feeling events and characters.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
Getting It Right, A.M. Arthur