Title: Say It Right
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.
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 #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Come What May, As I Am
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Genres: M/M Fiction, Male Male Romance
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Say it right is a book that I will be revisiting for sure. It is a masterpiece of M/M romance, I rarely had the pleasure to read a story that was so well crafted. It is not innovative but it is written in a way that is making it unique. AM Arthur was able to stay away from the clichés and melodrama and craft a unique and emotional book. When there are so many sensitive topics that are explored, it would have been easy into these traps.
I feel that it is important to mention the themes/issues that are part of this book. The story is evolving around heroin addiction, a character that has HIV, a rape, and prostitution. As shocking as it may seem AM Arthur was able to convey these topics with tact and respect. In the end, we have a deeply emotional story.
Mark and Antonio were best friends while growing up. When Mark was 16, he came out as gay and his parents threw him out of their home. He ended up living on the street. Not long after, Antonio moved out into another city and they never spoke to each other again. 10 years later, Antonio’s sister showed up at Mark front door and asked Mark to help her out to find her brother. He learned that Antonio became an heroin addict and his family did not het any news from him in the last 6 months. Antonio’s sister thought that he might have decided to come back to their hometown to find Mark. Together they search throughout the city and found Antonio passed out. Mark decided to take him in his place and took care of Antonio. Mark was in love with him when they were teenager, but being an ex heroin addict himself, he vowed to never be in any kind of relationship with another addict. We are following them throughout some of the hardest moments of their life.
I was so happy to see that Tate and Jonah were back into this story and read about their thriving relationship. Tate and Mark are very close and it was a powerful thing to read about their friendship. I realize how important it was to be surrounded with people that are accepting us unconditionally and will do all that they can to assist us when we are struggling.
The shelter for homeless LGBT teenager is again at the heart of the story. It is so amazing to read about the different characters that are giving themselves to offer some support and security to those that needs it the most. We tend to forget all the sacrifices that some individuals are doing to make the world better place.
I was deeply touched and if I only had one book to recommend in 2016, that would be the one.