Title: The World As He Sees It
Series: Perspectives #2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Genre: Contemporary/ Disability
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd (October 20th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.
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…
Warning: Contains two damaged but lovable heroes, secret-keeping friends with good intentions, and an abundance of inappropriate food innuendo.
Product Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5605/the-world-as-he-sees-it
Review: I’m not gonna lie, I was wary of reading this book, regardless of how much I loved book 1 in this series. After what happened to Shane’s brother, one of favorite characters, I was afraid of the bad-luck and misery that was going to fall upon the poor unsuspecting characters in this book. But hey, I loved it! It wasn’t too dramatic, nor too angsty taking into consideration the fact that it had the potential of becoming angst-central.
We met Gabe in book #1 when he came to Tristan’s rescue, when the acute need to get some sent Tristan to a night club all by himself. We also know Gabe is a porn actor under the name of Tony Ryder, but he’s able to separate his private life from his job pretty easily. His character was believable, because we all know there are many porn stars out there who are able to lead normal lives, so Gabe was a complex, pretty well-rounded character.
However, his reason for doing porn baffled me and made me angry at the same time. His alcoholic mother isn’t able or willing to keep a job, she’s ungrateful, bitchy, and undeserving of Gabe’s hard won money (pun intended! Heh!). She needed dumped on her ass rather than taken care of, but that’s just the way I look at it. But at least Gabe has another reason for doing porn: easy access to regular, safe, consensual sex. That’s the part that baffled me, because Gabe could get that anywhere else, but hey, who am I to judge, right?
Tristan is Noel’s friend, and we met him in The Truth as He Knows It; he was one of my favorite characters, and I really REALLY liked him in this book. After a gay bashing that left him with no short-term memory, Tristan lives his life 30 minutes at a time, while struggling to feel like a part of Noel’s life, instead of a weight on his shoulders.
My heart broke for Tristan. I can’t imagine living like that! When Tristan and Gabe meet again, Tristan remembers Gabe’s eyes, through what Noel calls his Déjà vu sense. The sparks fly between those two, the chemistry is there, the slow burn is a must but welcome nonetheless, and I thought they were lovely together. Except for that little part where Tristan forgets all about Gabe by the next morning.
Even though Tristan and Gabe keep in touch through a series of emails, a relationship between them is nothing short of impossible, until Tristan starts a clinical trial that has the potential to improve, if not heal completely, his short-term memory problem. I have to be honest and admit I have no clue what-so-ever about any stuff like that, and I also can’t tell if this is all possible in real life or if the author made it up completely, but to me it seemed believable and it wasn’t overdone, so I accept it as a possibility.
One thing I didn’t like was the lies, especially the ones coming from Noel, even though I understood his reasons. Still, once Tristan started getting better and his memory improved drastically. There were no more excuses for not telling him Tristan’s parents had no interest in his welfare anymore.
Plus, I thought Noel was a major asshole many times when it came to Gabe; even if it was because Gabe didn’t tell Tristan from the start that he is a porn star, I admit I understand why. Besides, when things got serious between them, and Tristan was able to remember thing better, Gabe was nothing but honest, so I can’t fault him. Maybe Tristan’s reaction to that news isn’t what you’d expect, but to me it was very understandable because I’ve done the same thing myself. *blushes furiously*
The main reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me, aside from Noel, was that Gabe continued to do porn even after his mother was no longer a problem and he was in a committed relationship with Tristan. To be frank, that PISSED ME THE FUCK OFF!!!! There was no more justification for doing porn, because once Tristan became more like his old self. He was an insatiable, horny, devoted lover, so I can’t understand why Gabe didn’t quit. And even more unbelievable was the fact that Tristan accepted it with no problems at all.
Overall, this was a great book, and Tristan was an amazing character.