The Truth As He Knows It

The Truth As He Knows It

by A. M. Arthur


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Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.

Perspectives, Book 1

Officer Noel Carlson isn't out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn't stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can't get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane's about to take to put his brother-and his soul-back in the black isn't quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

Warning: Following on from the Cost of Repairs series, this book contains a closeted cop who's looking for love, an indebted stripper who doesn't believe he's worthy, and a tasteful abundance of dirty guy sex. Also contains references to past physical abuse some readers may find disturbing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619228054
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

No stranger to the writing world, A. M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories.

Guy Locke has been a happy nomad for most of his life, having lived throughout the United States and Canada and adventured across Europe and Asia. A lover of the beauty of language, he is also an avid fan of hockey and baked goods.

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The Truth as He Knows It 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Most depressing book ever. The sole reason for the second star is the hot cover. Everything else sucked. What is it with the good reviews? I don't get it. At all. I generally really like m/m stories because there are no whiny heroines involved but this one is way over the top. I was disgusted that Shane was fu*king other men while with Noel. And for money no less. The drugs, heart attacks, gay bashing, death, stripping, filming porn....God, so depressing and most certainly disturbing. Skip this one, I wish I could UN-read this for sure.
InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
FourStars The things you will do for a loved one. LOVE the cover!! It's intense and you can feel it. This journey with Officer Noel and Stripper Shane pulls you in from the beginning. The author does a phenomenal job of making you feel. I felt like I was in the corner of each page, living it right along with them. I wanted to jump in and hug both Hero's.. many times!! Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family. Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. Shane's two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. When Officer Noel and Stripper Shane meet the first time, there are sparks, but both are "on the job" so to speak. Noel and Shane had traumatic events in their pasts and it leaves them shy to trust someone. What ensues can be described as an intense-sexy hot-heartbreaking-heartwarming journey that you won't soon forget. There are secrets. There is a friend that Noel is standing by after a traumatic beating left him with the loss of his short-term memory. A brother that embodies everything you want in a family member. He made sacrifices for Shane and your heart will break for him. Every aspect of this journey was handled the way we all wish life was. It was tough, but once out in the open, each issue was dealt with in a timely manner. That is not to say that there weren't some really gut-wrenching moments, but I loved the way this author didn't drag out the drama. The sexy time was smoking hot!! A few ugly cry moments that will wrench your heart. A.M. Arthur has a way with words that will stick in your heart!.... everything you want in a romance!!!! My only disappointment, the side story with Tristan was kind of left up in the air. Tears and Smiles!!! If you love vulnerable, masculine sexy men attracted to men (which I am) don't hesitate, read this! I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Kimberley FiveStars Have the Kleenex ready. This book was unbelievably good. It was written so well that once you started it, it just flowed and kept you interested. There were so many emotional events that I was amazed how well everything was handled in the writing. The author tackled several large issues; bullying, abuse, and loss of loved ones. I was impressed with the sensitive way that the author captured how Shane felt when he reported the woman from the party.The love between Noel and Shane was amazing, add in Shane's brother and there was so much caring. So many times I found myself breaking out the tissues, I loved how Noel took care of his friend Tristin and how Shane excepted him. And Shane, so many secrets he needed to keep that I found myself hurting for him. This was a fantastic read! I loved it and highly recommend this book. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sherry
Catsromancereview More than 1 year ago
Oh Wow. Once in a while a book comes around that hits you in the heart. This is one of those. The story could be about anyone you know struggling with so many hidden secrets that eat at them every day. Both of these young men carry those types of secrets. Noel is a young cop from the south that went to college in town and never left. He and his college roommate, first love and best friend were gay bashed leaving his roommate with memory loss that has him in assisted living. He meets Shane when he is called to a noise disturbance and finds a stripper tied to a bed. He is intrigued by the gorgeous man. Then when he runs into him again in a deli they begin talking and go out. They develop a fast moving relationship but Shane has so many secrets could it ever last. Oh Man oh man, was this book good. Both characters are so intriguing as is Noel's best friend ( I hope he gets a story). There is the romance between Noel and Shane, a story with Shane and his brother Jason and several subplots. all are filled with so much emotion and yes you will need tissues. I listened to this in audio but I think it can be enjoyed the same both ways. The narration is good though, quite engaging, and makes the story hands free so you can listen to it all in an afternoon ( you won't want to put it down) while driving, or doing mundane chores. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a really good book as most of hers are. The end caught me completely off guard, in many ways. If you've any of her books set in & around Statton you'll see a few familiar characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plenty of Emotion and lots of love
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
Once again AM Arthur takes us into Stratton where we meet Noel Carlson when he & his partner answer a noise disturbance call where he meets Shane, a stripper tied to a bed. And boy do they make a connection in that short time. The baggage that both carry on their shoulders is heartbreaking and definitely causes trouble for the pair. Watching them both deal with, and sometimes ignore, their issues tugged at my heart so deeply that I thought it might just pump right out of my chest. The story of Shane and Noel had my stomach flipflopping all over the place, torturous at times, but entertaining all the way through. Can't wait to read Tristan and Gabe's story in As the World Sees It because Tristan may have only been a secondary character in The Truth as He Knows It but boy did he burrow his way into my soul.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Noel Carlson keeps his sexuality close to his vest. His past keeps him cautious and with good reason. So when he comes across Shane he makes every attempt to stay ways. But try as he might, he can't seem to get Shane out of his head. He knows Shane is a gamble, but he's drawn to him nonetheless--even when he knows that there's more more to Shane that what he appears to be. Shane and his brother live a life packed-full of struggle. His past is something that he hasn't been able to let go off and it eats at him at every turn. He knows that he's not the right person for a man like Noel, but with Noel's easy manner and sweet understanding Shane is helpless to fight back his attraction. Soon he finds himself in a web of lies of his own making and fearing that everything he knows will soon crumble--breaking him like nothing in his life has done before. Hmmm...I admit I had mixed feeling about this story. I love angst in my romance and after reading the blurb I thought I would be overwhelmed by the drama. Thankfully that was not the case. Yes there was drama, but it was woven in between lighter candid moments and sensual ones too. It helped a lot that the author didn't pull any punches in bringing Noel and Shane's connection and chemistry to the page. I think that played an important part in my enjoyment. ;-) I loved the characters, especially Noel. He was sweet, protective and so very weary of giving into his attraction to Shane. I had my doubts about Shane. I didn't like that he lied so often, but after taking into account his motives I came to understand why he felt he needed to do it. Did it make it right? Hell no, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thankfully he redeemed himself. Then there were the emotions. Again, this is AM Arthur and she never fails to deliver those. I especially liked how she went about bringing them forth. They were in sync with the events that were taking place and served to play an integral part in the story. How else would I have been able to connect with these characters? It was through their portrayal of those emotions that I could glimpse the different facets of their personalities. Serious and intense, flirty and playful, sexy and passionate. Every thing was brought to the page in a way that further enhanced my enjoyment of this story and my love of the characters. I laughed, cried and melted right along with them, which is always a win for me. As the first book in the Perspective series, The Truth as he Knows It worked very well. It not only brought about a great romance between two individuals that allowed themselves the possibility of a future not riddle by lies, secrets and heartache but it also introduced a great cast of characters I can't wait to read more about. All in all, an unexpected and fantastic romance that was as emotional as it was sexy.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
A M Arthur is no stranger to writing novels which address painful subjects and has proved that she is able to create male characters who can love and hurt - hard. The Truth As He Knows It is a perfect mixture of emotion and personalities; a story which we are drawn into so completely that food, sleep, and time become irrelevant. The novel's protagonists are Noel and Shane. Separately they are polar opposites. Noel is placid and motivated; Shane is flawed and temperamental. Together they fit, but it is Shane's deceit which prevents them from moving forward as a couple. Shane and Noel's characters are wonderfully layered and despite the mistakes each man makes, A M Arthur gives them a chance at redemption. It is A M Arthur's storytelling talent which allows us to see past their relationship, at the wider picture of peripheral events, giving us a true picture of who Noel and Shane really are. Both men have suffered past trauma and loss. Noel has chosen to deal with this quietly, accepting a job as a police officer and making weekly visits to see his best friend, Tristan. Shane has taken a different route, working part-time at a deli, part-time as a stripper and occasionally appearing as a porn star to repay not only a monetary debt, but an emotional one, to his brother. The Truth as He Knows It addresses homophobia, child abuse, suicide, manslaughter and death and at times I was a sobby mess, but it is Shane's decision to open up to Noel, which gives us hope for their future. I adored these characters and their story and I know that other fans of M/M Romance will be just a spell-bound. I can't wait to see whose story will be next in the Perspectives series, personally I'm hoping it's Tristan! * I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a wonderful story about these two seeming opposites finding each other and falling in love. A must read.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
This book has four main characters; Noel is a police officer in a small town, closeted because of horrific experience that happened when he was in college and has resigned to live a life of one night hook up and never finding love.  Shane is an out young man working several jobs trying to pay off a debt that he feels like that because of his past mistakes is now crippling him and his brother physically and mentally. The brother, Jason several years older than Shane but has been responsible for him for years and is Shane’s best friend.  And then we have Tristan, Noel’s best friend from college who was involved in that horrific incident. After Noel and Shane meet, Noel can’t stop thinking about him and when Shane finally says yes to a date Noel is on cloud nine. Shane is nervous about ‘dating’ because of his side job and is afraid that once Noel finds out he will leave him. But Noel has a pretty big secret himself. Can these entire secret make them stronger or tare them apart? I normally don’t like giving giant spoilers but if you have a problem with characters being killed off, then stay away. Especially if said killing doesn’t make much since. Other than that I really enjoyed the story. The way that Noel started facing his demon and wouldn’t give up, the way that Shane hated every minute of what he did but out of love and loyalty kept at it. And that Tristan just didn’t accept his fate and wants to be normal again. However, I did feel the end was rushed and of course, hated the fact that someone was killed off. Just don’t understand why, for growth of a character? Maybe it’s explained better in book 2? I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has hot lovin, angst, and is a great read!