Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review ~ GETTING IT RIGHT by A.M. Arthur

Getting it Right (The Restoration Series, #1)
by: A.M. Arthur
Series: Restoration
Genre: LGBTQIA Romance
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Carina Press via NetGalley

Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four—because he's too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.

Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as Tag, he's the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James's drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he's close to becoming the worst version of himself.

After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn't sorry for the kisses that James can't remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.

Friends-to-lovers is one of my trusted tropes and when you throw angst, emotional issues and suspense in the mix, it bodes well.  A.M Arthur is a new author to me and is now on my radar after reading Getting It Right.

Psychiatrist, Dr. James Taggart and Detective Nathan Wolf have been best friends for years.  Comfortable, easy and tactile around each other, James has always hidden his true feelings for his straight friend.  A drunken kiss from James results in Nate questioning the depth and true meaning of his own feelings...just as life deals a brutal blow.

"You're drunk and you're hurting and this isn't what you want."

This isn't a flowery feel-good romance per se, but in my world that's no bad thing.  Yes it's steamy, and it's plentiful but it's also full of drama.  Real issues are addressed including alcoholism, abuse and murder, which are at times brought to the forefront and are a little on the heavier side as both James and Nate cope with their vulnerabilities as well as finding their way and progressing from friends to lovers, but equally there were touching moments that lifted it as they supported one another.

"We all have flaws.  Maybe most of mine are on the inside, but when I look at you, Nate, I don't see any flaws..."

These men are far from perfect, but that's what made this the read it was for me.  They aren't young and stupid, they're in their mid 30's with responsibilities and they know results of the choices they make.  And with a cast of secondary characters from all walks of life; James' grief ridden and somewhat paranoid mother, his gay friends including the flamboyant Elliott and Nate's boss, valuable content to the overall storyline was added.

"You do realize we're a bit of an odd couple."

Apparently this is loosely linked to another of A.M Arthur's series, but can honestly say it had no detrimental effect to my following the storyline. Granted I was hoping for a little more to made of the whodunit, but Getting It Right is a good start to the Restoration series and I shall certainly be reading the next offering.

**Copy received courtesy of Carina Press for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4

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