Title: As I Am
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.
Author: A.M. Arthur
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Maybe This Time, Stand By You, The Truth as He Knows It, Getting It Right
Series: All Saints
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Come What May, Say It Right
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: February 13, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Thanks to the acknowledgements in the back of the book I remembered reading about Will Madden when he had just started his therapy with Dr. James Taggert in Getting It Right. In book world time that was three years ago. Will is still seeing Dr. Taggert because sadly Will is still a wreck. The years and type of abuse that he suffered isn’t something that one can easily heal. Will is working hard for his health. His anxiety has him living at a halfway house now that he has aged out of foster care. The PTSD makes holding a job difficult. Will struggles. The one happy that Will has is the friend he has meet in a chat room. He knows that he needs real in the flesh friends but there is just something about Taz that has him looking forward to their internet chat times.
Thomas Zachary knows all about social anxieties and PTSD. For the past two years Taz has hidden himself from the outside world. He has managed to find a job that allows him to work from home. His father does all the shopping and errand running for him. In all honesty Taz is so close to becoming a full-fledged agoraphobic. His own problems have prevented him from making any new friends since he relocated to Wilmington. He enjoys his daily online chats with Will. Taz is content with the life he is sort of living. All that changes when Will suggests they meet, in person.
This is such a sweet love story. Taz and Will truly help each other in their healing process. They take baby steps in attempting to do normal dating things while battling the anxieties from their PTSD. They encourage the other to do more activities outside of their normal while offering any support the other could possibly need. They really did make a perfect yet unlikely match.
I was overly pleased with having some page time with several of A.M.’s past happily ever afters. It’s always great to see how the couple is doing in the future. Brendan and Romy from Stand By You have a nice size chunk of page time with Taz and Will. In fact all of the couples from the Belonging series make some cameo appearances.
As I Am EASILY works as a stand-alone book. I have not read any of the other books in the All Saints series. The couples from the previous books did not even have a large enough appearance to make me curious about them. I’m sure at some point I’ll go back and read them as I do love A.M. Arthur’s books.