Oh My Shelves welcomes author A.M. Arthur to the blog with the latest release in her new adult romance series All Saints – Come What May, available now – to share and exclusive excerpt from the book!
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OMS: Hi A.M., thank you for agreeing to stop by the blog. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
AMA: Hello! I’m an m/m romance author, who mostly writes contemporary but occasionally delves into paranormal. I live in Hicksville, USA with two rambunctious cats and a large collection of horror film DVDs.
My newest release, Come What May, is the first in a new NA romance series with Carina Press. Jonas Ashcroft is suspended from college after a fraternity prank goes wrong, and he’s stuck working in his aunt’s thrift store—his very first job ever. Tate Dawson runs an LGBT homeless shelter nearby, and when their paths cross, sparks fly. So do insults, misunderstandings, and smexy times.
Jonas couldn’t stop pacing the shop, even when customers came inside. He was tied up in knots over dinner with his father. The man was intimidating on the best of days—a trademark that had served him well on the election trail and had gotten him into the Illinois senate. He had no reason to think dinner would be dramatic—his father despised public scenes—but he couldn’t put old fears to rest.
He can’t possibly look at you and know you’re gay. You’ve lived under his nose for years. Stop worrying.
At two in the afternoon, the reason for those worries strolled into the empty store. Tate looked around until he spotted Jonas frozen in place next to the bed linens.
“Are you empty?” Tate asked.
Tate flipped the little sign from Open to Out To Lunch, then pulled the front-door shade down.
“What are you doing?” Jonas squawked, hating how his voice pitched high.
“We need to talk.”
“You’ve avoided me for days, and now you want to talk?” Hours before dinner with his father. The timing couldn’t have been worse.
Tate strode toward him. Jonas had never seen him so determined, and it was crazy sexy. “You seemed so uncertain when we parted ways on Monday that I wanted to give you space. And I needed space, too. To think.”
“Think about what?”
“You and me.”
Hope spread though Jonas’s chest. “You want there to be a you and me?”
“Yes.” Tate lifted his hand as if to touch him, then dropped it to his side. “Jonas, I don’t let just anyone fuck me. I’ll get off with a guy I barely know, but what we did? I’ve never felt that way with someone before.”
Some of that determination cracked, allowing vulnerability to peek through. “Like I’d found something really profound and important and it was so fragile I was terrified of shattering it if I pressed too hard. I really like you, and I want us to be more than friends but only if you’re honest about it.”
That lovely hope started to crack. “I felt the same way. I’ve missed seeing you these last couple of days.”
“I missed you too.” Tate shoved his hands into his pockets and rocked on his heels. “But you didn’t comment on my last thing.”
“Yeah. I know the bottle on Monday night scared you but shit like that happens. Not all the time. It’s part of being gay in America.”
Jonas had no illusions that being out would be as easy as saying the words and everyone accepting them. Danger lurked in unexpected places, behind the faces of people who’d smile at you if you were straight and spit at you if you were queer. But hiding who he was ate at his soul a bit more every single day.
“Being open scares the shit out of me,” Jonas said.
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.
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