Title: Come What May
Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn't know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn't want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He's a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn't leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He's smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas's surly exterior. Sure, he's done things in life he's not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he's never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas's old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn't enough—and sometimes it's exactly what you need.
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 #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Say It Right, As I Am
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Coming out as a gay man is not easy at all. Even though it is getting easier as the time goes by, there is always a fear that is brewing inside of us. In her book Come What May, A.M. Arthur is taking us on an emotional journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
What an intimate look we’ve got into the life of Jonas. All his life he wanted to fit in, do what the others expected of him and he has been hiding his deepest desires. It only took one prank that went bad to change the course of his life. He never worked in his life and always relied on his good looks and his fathers money to get by. He was irresponsible and did not care to change it. In fact, he did not care about anything except having some fun. His family is all about materialism and how they look to others. His parents want him to act and react as he is expected and his father is trying to control his life. Working at his aunt Doris thrift store was a first to him and meeting Tate changed his life forever. It is a character that grew on me, feeling the turmoil in his life, we can only love him.
Tate is the opposite of Jonas. He is completely at peace with his sexuality and his is taking care of his younger sisters. He his giving himself heart and soul to make sure that they have everything they need. He is working at a homeless LGBT center, hoping to make a change in the life of those that are going through a rough time. He is someone that deeply cares about others and he has a massive crush on Jonas. He is not quite sure how this story will turn out, but he decided to be there every step of the way to support Jonas in becoming who he truly is. He took a leap of faith that ultimately could pay off.
The support of Jonas extended family is playing a huge role in his decision to be himself and live as a gay man. We tend to forget that when the closest to us are have a hard time accepting who we are, there is always someone available to give us that unconditional love and support. To those still on the fence whether coming out or not, this story will bring them peace and courage. That the strength of this book. A.M. Arthur decided to focus on the positive elements instead of going into all the drama surrounding a coming out. It is that positive outlook that set this book apart.
Personally, the road of self-acceptance has been an emotional rollercoaster and reading this book would have given me hope when I needed it the most. It is a novel, but the emotions are raw and the message is delivered with gentleness. This is the proof that a book does not need to have over the top drama to make it enjoyable and to help others. To be of service is another theme that the author explores in Come What May. The LGBT shelter is at the center of the story, and it is a good reminder of how useful it is to have them in today’s world. When we are in touch with who we are, there is a natural tendency to give a hand and help others in their journey. Tate was the perfect reflection of this heart generosity toward others.
If you know someone that is struggling with self-acceptance or if you want to read an extra special book, this one is for you!
Reviewed by Fredz
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Series: All Saints Book 1
Publication: May 23rd 2016 by Carina Press
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and “bromance” (and “The Young Riders”) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments
Coming out is a big deal for a lot of Gays . What was the message that you were hoping to convey by writing Come What May?
I don’t sit down and intentionally write messages into my books, but sometimes they sneak in there anyway. If I had to name a message in Come What May, I’d have to say that it’s one of hope. After reading the second book in this series, my editor said that I “write love letters to gay teenagers.” And in a way, that’s true about this book, too.
Parents will stand by their children through accusations of rape, assault, even murder. But they will turn away from their child over something as simple and unchangeable as their sexuality? I’m not a parent, but it’s something I simply do not understand. But thousands of gay teens every month experience hatred and abandonment by their family, and it’s heartbreaking.
I suppose I’m sending a message of hope to those teens who are hurt and turned away, that things can get better. That maybe there’s a different, better kind of family out there waiting to embrace you.
How do you envision the future for Tate and Jonas?
You know, the more I think about it, the more I can see a follow-up book focusing on these two. Tate still has his two sisters and their futures to think about. Jonas is still trying to find his place in the world and live life according to his own terms. But I hope that in the future they’re both happy, together, maybe planning a wedding.
Tate is a guardian to his 2 sisters, why did you decide to write about this particular situation in Come What May?
While developing the two heroes for this book, I wanted them to be total opposites, in terms of their histories and experiences. Jonas is a closeted rich boy who wanted for nothing, except his father’s love, and has never even had a job before. Conversely, Tate grew up with a drunk dad who couldn’t work, hit hard and ignored his family, and in turn, Tate started hustling at fourteen to feed his mother and siblings. They were all orphaned when he was sixteen, so he emancipated himself and got custody of his sisters. Unlike Jonas, Tate worked his ass off to keep his family together and to keep his sisters safe, to provide a home for them.
I love exploring sibling dynamics, and I’ve rarely had younger siblings who are so close to the hero to write about. His sisters are an integral part of who Tate is as a person/character, and his protectiveness over them causes some tension with Jonas as their relationship develops. Tate has done and will do anything to keep them safe, which makes Jonas feel like the laziest failure ever.
What was the most difficult scene for you to write in Come What May?
The scene in the limo with Jonas and Meredith. After the symphony. Jonas’s past came back to haunt him in a terrible way, and despite being a relatively short scene, took a long time to write. It had to be subtle, but also obvious what was happening.
Jonas’s story is quite heartbreaking, how emotional was it for you to have his story come alive?
It was definitely a roller coaster ride with him. I started out with this snappy, surly character who’s angry at the world—but mostly angry with himself—and to see him let his guard down and embrace his true self was wonderful. And once he began his journey toward being an out gay man, he was also knowingly barreling toward the edge of a cliff. He knew that by coming out to his parents, he’d lose them, but he had to be true to himself first. It was heartbreaking to write those scenes. I had tears in my eyes for most of the final few chapters. But he’s one of those characters whose depth of strength runs deep, and it’s only buoyed by the love of the people who do accept him for who he truly is.