Title: Stand By You
Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend's new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He's working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.
From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex's abuse, he's wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it's been easy—but Brendan's feelings aren't just friendly anymore…
When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy's friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence—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
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Stand By You, No Such Thing, Maybe This Time
Published by Carina Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 20, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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I knew from the moment Brendan carried Romy out of the nightmare that Romy had been living in for far too long that they would have an amazing story. Arthur did not disappoint. Readers witness that horrific scene in Maybe This Time. Not all that much time passes between books and the romance that blossoms between Romy and Brendan in Stand by You reflects that.
Romy is a mess. He’s been a mess since he was fifteen years old and forced to live a life that no one should experience at any age much less at fifteen. He bounces from man to man (bed to bed) in a clingy dependency that he’s relied upon for far too many years to keep a roof over his head and food in his belly. All that has come to an abrupt halt when a bed partner takes rough to the extreme with a possessiveness that nearly breaks Romy.
Having good friends is an amazing thing. Having great friends who can call on the ex football star gentle giant known as Brendan possibly saved Romy’s life. Brendan has not been able to get Romy off his mind since the day Donner called him about a friend in need. Brendan knows he doesn’t have much to offer Romy. His status as a straight guy is definitely something that will keep distance between him and the object of his affection. He gives Romy what he can, his friendship and protection.
I loved this final installment in the Belonging series. Romy and Brendan made complete sense as a couple. Brendan was the perfect balm to Romy’s broken soul. Brendan was understanding and compassionate to Romy. He encouraged Romy to get the help needed to battle all of his problems. Brendan was the steady rock that Romy needed in his life. Romy is so damaged yet he is strong in the fact that he knows he can’t continue living the way he has been. Romy knows he needs to come out of the dark place that he has been in. Romy also knows that he doesn’t want to go back to the Romy of last year. This is such an amazing story of love and triumph and growth. I absolutely loved it.