Come What May (All Saints #1) by A.M. Arthur was one of the best books I’ve read this year. And it took me completely by surprise.
Reading the blurb in no way prepared me for the intensity of this book. It was real and raw in a way few books manage to be, even when the MCs are twice Tate and Jonas’s age. But it wasn’t just an angst-fest. The stuff Jonas and Tate have survived are things that happen all too often.
At the beginning of the book, Tate rattles off a statistic to Jonas: 40% of homeless teens identify as LGBTQ. That isn’t a fake or exaggerated figure. In America, almost half of the teen homeless population are LGBTQ and the number one reason they are on the streets is because of family rejection.
I love when authors aren’t afraid to tackle real world problems in their books. Especially when they are social justice issues I care about.
Tate was easy to love from the beginning. He helped found an LGBTQ homeless shelter for Pete’s sake. Plus, he’s the parent to his two younger sisters–he’s basically a saint without being annoying about it. Jonas, on the other hand, comes off as a spoiled jerk. However, once the frat-boy façade is peeled back you get to see him for who he really is–and that guy is amazing.
All of the secondary characters were fantastic and added depth to the story. I was particularly fond of Jonas’s aunt and uncle. Their hearts are so big–I wish everyone had someone as caring as them to depend on.
This book has layers and subplots, angst and humor–pretty much everything I could ever want. I can’t believe Come What May was my first book by A.M. Arthur, but it surely won’t be my last. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, plus I’ll be checking out her backlist.
Can’t recommend enough!
Trigger Warning: sexual assault (discussion of past abuse and an on-page encounter)
Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.