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, The Truth as He Knows It, Getting It Right, Finding Their Way
Series: Belonging #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: No Such Thing, Maybe This Time, Stand By You
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: 20 October 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Stand by You by A.M. Arthur was the continuation of a group of friends in the Belonging series. Romy’s story is told, after being rescued from an abusive relationship.
Brendan, heterosexual as far as his friends are concerned, has recruited himself to be Romy’s protector and savior. The two men hit it off, and soon Romy finds a calming peacefulness in Brendan’s friendship and arms.
Ms. Arthur delivered angst and heart ache, as she maneuvered through delicate and heavy topics; domestic abuse and rape.
The characters were well-rounded and complimented each other’s personalities. Writing with such delicacy is an art form, and I believe Ms. Arthur hit the high note.
Stand By You was well-developed and worth the read.