Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track–until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.
Donald “Boxer” Boxwood wasn’t looking for anything beyond some casual kink until he peeled Riley off the floor and gave him a safe place to stay. But there’s something compelling about the guy crashing on his couch, and the two forge an instant friendship that eases into unmistakable attraction. Despite Riley’s hesitancy, Boxer knows one thing to be true: he needs Riley in his life.
Riley risked everything to run away and build a new life for himself, and his secrets aren’t something he’d ever wish upon his kind, gentle new friend. But when the past comes to call, he’ll have no choice but to put his trust in Boxer…and believe people can change enough to deserve a second chance.
Even though Finding Their Way is only the second book in A.M. Arthur’s Restoration series, a few of the characters were originally introduced in her Belonging series. Although it’s not necessary to read one to understand what’s going on in the other, it’s worth mentioning because of the connection. Regardless, you definitely want to read Getting it Right before picking up Finding Their Way. There had been a bit of a time lapse between the time I read the two, but once the connection clicked, my jaw dropped. Not in an ‘I can’t believe that happened’ shocking way. More like an ‘I love the way the author tied these books together’ way. 🙂
Needless to say, I’m becoming a quick fan of A.M. Author and her characters. Riley wasn’t exactly broken, but he was definitely bent. He had escaped from his past, but the shadows were still there. He protected himself physically and emotionally, but as careful as he was, he put his trust in the wrong person. That made trusting Boxer even harder.
And then there was Boxer. I loved this guy. He never thought twice when it came to helping a friend. He would drop everything to be by a friend’s side and it killed him when he couldn’t make things better. That kind of protectiveness is what drew him to Riley in the beginning, but the connection he felt toward him was more than either one of them bargained for.
As with all the books I’ve read so far in these series, the story goes beyond the couple the book is centered on. All the characters play an important role and I love the way this author pulls them all in and doesn’t forget about a previous couple just because they got their HEA. There’s a huge support system between these characters that’s just as strong as a family bond. It was also a great way to show Riley what that dynamic is supposed to be like and give him the strength to face his past demons and build a future that isn’t quite as hopeless as he once thought.
It should be no surprise that I’m looking forward to more from A.M. Arthur and her Restoration characters. In the mean time, I’m still planning on catching up with the books I missed in the Belonging series.