Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.
Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.
Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.
Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.
A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.
Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
I really liked The Truth as He Knows It, the first book in A.M. Arthur’s Perspective series. I loved Noel and Shane’s story, but I have to admit, as much as I loved these two, their story ended with me being even more in love with Tristan and needing him to get his HEA as well. I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen, I just knew it needed to happen. Needless to say, The World as He Sees It made me a very happy reader 😉
Tristan’s story was heartbreaking. He was dependent on others and had no real hope of living a normal life outside of a continual care facility, much less finding the kind of love that Noel had found with Shane. What others told him and the notebooks full of notes were his only source of memory. It would take a special kind of person to be patient enough to put up with his handicap.
Gabe was dealing with his own kind of trap. He took it upon himself to care for a mother who not only didn’t appreciate his effort, but took full advantage of it. He worked several jobs and never knew what version of his mother he was going to find when he finally got home. I felt as sorry for him as I did for Tristan in a way. I also loved them both.
Speaking of which, there was a lot to love about The World as He Sees It. I still loved the unconditional love that Noel had for Tristan. Even though he was a little over-protective at times, he meant well and had Tristan’s best interest at heart. I loved Shane’s understanding and support. I adored Gabe’s dads for so many reasons. I also really liked the approach A.M. Arthur took to making this relationship work. As much as I wanted Tristan to find his HEA, I wasn’t sure how it would happen. The way they eased into it was perfect and believable.
As much as there was to love, there was also a lot that brought out the ‘momma bear’ in me. The gay bashing that changed Tristan’s life was deplorable, but the fact that his parents basically washed their hands of him was just as bad. I just don’t understand that kind of mentality. It makes me understand and forgive Noel for his overprotective tendency toward Tristan. I’m pretty sure I would have been the same way. *sigh*
I can’t wait to see what direction the Perspectives series takes next, but reading these books has also made me even more determined to pick up more books by A.M. Arthur in her previous series. 😉