Title: The Heart as He Hears It
Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.
While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.
And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.
Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.
Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.
Warning: Product contains a neurotic porn star with body image issues, a virgin hero with severe agoraphobia, and a fluffy ball of gray cuteness you’ll want to take home and cuddle. Also contains references to past abuse some readers might find disturbing.
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: Extreme Close-Up, The Truth as He Knows It, The World As He Sees It
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: April 19, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Jon and Isaac balance each other out so well. They both have suffered through something that has completely skewed their view on relationships with others, even attempting to allow new relationships to develop. Isaac has locked himself in his home. It is the only place he feels safe. Jon has turned to porn as a career. The Mean Green Boys studio is the only place where he feels like he can find safe, no strings sex. These two men meeting and developing a friendship is an amazing thing. The relationship that turns into a kind loving relationship makes for a great read. I loved this book!
Your heart is going to break for both Jon and Isaac. Jon is losing his best friend and father figure Henry to cancer. Henry has been there for Jon at his lowest times. Henry has helped Jon put himself back together more than once. Jon does not see being by Henry’s side as any type of hardship. He knows that the hardship will come with his far too soon death. When Henry asks Jon to help him connect with his grandson Jon knows there is only one answer, of course.
For the past year Isaac’s remaining family have kept their distance and allowed him his solitude. The day his great aunt shows up on his doorstep with two strangers is beyond shocking to the young man. His home has become his sanctuary, his only safe place. That one step of opening the door for the strangers his great aunt came by with will be the first of many new things for Isaac. It’s the miracle that Isaac has been waiting for. It’s the beginning of two lives being lived when both believed there was no hope.
The first book in the Perspectives series sparked my addiction to A.M. Arthur books. I’ve read many since and look forward to many more. The Heart as He Hears it easily works as a stand-alone. The couples from the previous books have a mention and one couple has a small appearance but nothing in Jon’s life happened in the previous two books that would require a reader to have to read those books. I do highly recommend them as they are excellent reads.
Favorite quote, Isaac to Jon: “I need to feel safe, Jon. That’s why I hide. But you make me not want to hide.”