Friday, February 21, 2014

No Such Thing by A. M. Arthur

I love finding new authors and great books through NetGalley!  This month, I needed some lighter reading with plenty of romance, so I turned to NetGalley.  One of the ARCs that I found was No Such Thing by A M Arthur.  While there is some heavy stuff in this one, the romance and the uplifting themes made it a perfect Valentine's weekend read.

Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent's reputation, he's lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he's back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss's hot brother.

Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he's still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister's diner awakens desires he'd long ago given up on.

The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he's scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro's past forces them to confront their feelings in the present...

Jaime is a lovely character. He has such a great outlook on life after all he has been through but he feels like he has missed out on a big part of his life by not getting to have a normal teenage experience. (Personally, I do not miss those years but I get where he is coming from.) Jaime has no real experience with sex or love and Alessandro has so much. They nearly bungle their chance meeting. It's adorable! I love that Alessandro cares so much for his foster mom that he would give up his life to come home to help her when she loses her husband. He wants so much to be better than the angry teen that he once was. He's just a great character and a great match for Jaime who has been through so much and has the scars to prove it. I was inspired by Alessandro and Jaime's love for each other and how willing they each were to put their life on the line for the other. What a great story! The end of the book says that there will be a second book in the series and I can not wait to hear about it. There is some adult content in this one and it is not for young readers. There is also some discussion of rape, extortion, bribery and past drug use. There are semi detailed fights, a stabbing and a hate crime. If these are triggers for you- be warned.

You can add No Such Thing to your Goodreads by clicking here. A. M. Arthur can be found on her blog and on Twitter. I give No Such Thing 4 Fairies for an uplifting and emotional read that I needed.

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