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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “The Truth as He Knows It” by A.M. Arthur



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

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.


Wow. Truth? Um, in this book not so much, there are more secrets and lies with truth sprinkled in here and there for flavor.

This was a bit of a mess. I really hate to say that but there was so much going on with all the lies and how easily everyone was forgiven for lying. Usually, it doesn’t make me cringe in books, because it’s a book and it’s not real life but the multitude was overwhelming. I mean, the MC’s whole relationship begins on a lie…

Told in the dual POV’s of our MC’s we learn a lot about each of them but it felt disconnected for me.  We meet Officer Noel Carlson as he answers a call about a loud party he needs to break up and during that call, we meet Shane a bit tied up.  The boys have an immediate attraction to one another but the story continues with them not officially seeing one another again for some time which does give us the chance to get to know each one separately before they hook up. Sadly, even this time didn’t allow me to connect to either MC.

I know about Noel and his friend Tristan and what happened to them. I know he feels awful, because it’s told to me. Most of this it telling and that made it difficult to connect. I know Shane has a lot of aliases and that his brother Jason and he are close AND they have a secret/lie between them. Shane has secrets/lies he keeps from both Jason and Noel. There is just too much to keep up with and with no emotional connection this fell flat for me. I kept waiting for the moment where it all clicked but that never happened.  The emotional connection, the feels I look for when I read romance was not there.The sex was hot but it was just sex, I never felt the deeper connection between Shane and Noel regardless of what name was used for Shane. Speaking of sex… I was floored when Shane comes clean to Noel with one of his last lies which leads Noel to do some cop work and investigate and then gets turned on by what he finds and tells Shane what he did? Shane who was not proud of what that lie meant, gets turned on too? WTAF? I don’t get that. I don’t get how embarrassed and ashamed Shane was to do that only to have Noel get off to it and that made it all okay? Not for me boys.

Oh and that ending? There have been a few books I have read that pull this and I was not pleased. I don’t see the reason behind what happened. It could have gone another way but it seems this book had a check list of every damn horrible situation that could possibly happen and made sure it was all in there. Ugh. This just did not work for me. Nope.

The Truth as He Knows It was my first from this author and though the story was a big miss for me, I am curious about the Cost of Repairs series as a few characters show up in this. I may still check it out. This is listed as book one in a series. I am curious if the next book will be about Gabe, I liked him. I hope he’s story is next and I hope it has to do with Tristan. Maybe?




23358161Title: The Truth as He Knows It (Perspectives #1)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 289
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Purchase Links: Samhain, ARe, Amazon, B&N

About Sara

I'm a runner, a reader and a vegan food eater. I practice yoga and meditation. I live in a house full of boys and rescue dogs. I really need a vacation.

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This entry was posted on January 13, 2015 by in Contemporary, Cops / Cowboys / Military, Reviewer: Sara and tagged , , .

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