The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur is book 2 of the Perspectives series. While you CAN read it as a stand alone book, I definitely recommend reading book one (The Truth as He Knows It) to really understand who some of the characters are and their history. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and this post contains affiliate links.
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The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur
Purchase Links: Samhain Publishing
Title: The World As He Sees It
Series: Perspectives #2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 4
The World As He Sees It Blurb: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…
The World As He Sees It Review:
I am a huge fan of A.M. Arthur’s books, although I didn’t read the book immediately prior to this one (The Truth as He Knows It) Everything I needed to know from book one was pretty much provided so I wasn’t lost when reading The World as He Sees It. I definitely want to go back and read that one now, though!
Gabe is determined to take care of his alcoholic mother but is reaching a breaking point. He works multiple jobs and does porn on the side to pay off credit card bills and loans she has taken out. The money from the porn helps but he honestly enjoys the porn, too. The guys are decent people and at least he has a safe sexual outlet to turn to occasionally. He doesn’t want to do it forever but for now, it works. Once he meets Tristan, however, the porn becomes a bit more of an issue. I was pretty much okay with how he presented the porn job to Tristan. I do think he and Tristan were already serious well before he brought up the topic but it was sortof a grey area.
Tristan’s character was both heartbreaking and amazingly sweet. I hated the memory loss that made it impossible for him to just sit back and enjoy a carefree life. He invoked my need to mother him and I am glad he had Nic there to do that. As the book moves along, you start to get flashes of a perky, care free Tristan. The Tristan that used to go to college and flirt and enjoy life to the fullest. I loved seeing those bits develop! I was torn over his reaction to Gabe doing porn. On the one hand, I thought there was no way he would be that mellow about it. Or so excited to see his boyfriend doing a scene with someone else. But, then again…he has lived through a lot in the last few years and maybe he just realizes that some things are not all that important in the grand scheme of things.
In The World as He Sees It we also see a lot of Nic and Shane. Nic annoyed me quite often with his over protectiveness of Tristan. Yes, some of it was sweet and necessary but some of it crossed the line and I’m glad he got called out on it by both Gabe and Shane.
I think the email communication between Gabe and Tristan was brilliant and I loved that bits of that were included in the book itself. It really helped show how their relationship developed at the very beginning.
The World as He Sees It covers some fairly heavy topics. Gay bashing and alcoholism are never exactly fun to read about. But, The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur is well balanced and filled with bits of hope, tenderness and some pretty steamy sex occasionally which results in a very nice romance book.