Come What May by A.M. Arthur
Review by Lauren
source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
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.
Review: Come What May is the first book in the new All Saints series by A.M. Arthur. I’ve read books by this author before and this was another good one! The one complaint that I could say would be that parts of the book seemed to move a bit too fast, at least in the beginning. Jonas has never really admitted to himself that he’s gay, so his reactions toward Tate make sense. However, Jonas seems to warm up to Tate a bit too quick, but that’s just me. From there, I didn’t have any issues with the book and I would recommend it! I’m curious to read the next one in the All Saints series.
Now, back to Come What May – the title comes from Moulin Rouge – which Tate introduces Jonas too. I loved that they both really liked musicals and Tate could introduce Jonas to something other than the gay world or gay culture. Tate is one of those guys that you just want to help, because he’s so willing to be self-sacrificing. He’s raising his two younger sisters and he also helps run a homeless shelter for LGBT+ teenagers who have nowhere else to go. As for Jonas, he’s hard to like at first, but you warm up to him. His being gay could drastically change his life and you do feel bad for him, regardless of how much you wish he’d be open and honest about himself.
Overall, Come What May was a really good read. There are lot of little “issues” and topics raised throughout, but it’s never too overwhelming. It just shows the reality of life and how having someone in your corner is often all you need to survive the ups and downs.