The World as He Sees It, by A.M. Arthur
Series: Perspectives, Book 2 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 20, 2015)
Page Count: 278 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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I’ve been looking forward to this novel ever since I first read the summary. It’s such a unique take on the hurt/comfort storyline, and from an author that I really love and trust to do right by the characters. In the end, I wasn’t let down at all, and I’ve completely fallen in love with Gabe and Tristan, as well as their friends!
Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.
Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.
Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.
A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.
Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
Tristan is an incredibly fascinating character, and I’ve never had the pleasure of reading someone like him! He’s completely dependent on others, and he only barely gets by with his notebook and post-its, which tell him what’s going on in his life. His best friend Noel (from the first book) is always there to help him, but Tristan wants his old life back. After meeting Gabe, the desperation increases, because he realizes that he has something worth losing if he doesn’t go ahead with the clinical trial.
“We’ve met,” Tristan said before he could think twice.
Gabe’s eyebrows twitched. “Yes, we have. Do you remember that?”
“I remember your eyes.” (Kindle Loc. 291)
Gabe’s patience in this novel was absolutely legendary. He’s patient with his mom, who is an (often violent) alcoholic. He’s patient with his life, which is going nowhere fast. He’s patient with Tristan’s friend Noel, who clearly doesn’t like him very much.
But most of all he’s patient with Tristan himself; he goes above and beyond to help Tristan, recognizing a man he could grow to love under the frustrating memory lapses. Their relationship begins first in email, allowing Tristan to re-read their previous messages, before moving into the real world as the clinical trial begins to work. But at no point does Gabe wrap Tristan in bubble wrap, which was by far the best part. He treats Tristan as a friend, boyfriend, and lover, but never as someone who’s damaged.
“How’s the sex?”
Gabe didn’t even pretend to be surprised by the nosy question. “It’s intense. I know it sounds kind of Bella Swan of me, but I feel connected to him.”
“Sounds like a man in love to me.”
“I think I might be.” His heart thumped harder. “He’s the best thing in my life.” (Kindle Loc. 2235)
The writing was really well done, showing Tristan’s memory lapses and the struggles he and those around him face as he forgets and has to be re-told things over and over. And I loved seeing the progression as he begins to gain his memory back, because it was very well done!
I loved this novel so much. Gabe’s family life and his job add a great point of tension in the plot, and Tristan’s friendship with Noel and his ups and downs on the trial medication were fantastic.
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