Title: Say It Right
Author: A M Arthur
Series: All Saints #2
Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: September 12th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.
Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.
Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.
As January snow eased into February deep-freeze, Anthony fell into a pretty good routine. He found an NA meeting he could walk to that started at eight in the morning, every weekday. By the time he got back, Marc was home from the shelter. They had breakfast, and then Marc drove him to Frank’s so he could work on the truck, and then picked him up again in time to share dinner before Marc returned to the shelter.
Weekend days he spent at Half-Dozen learning the ins and outs of a coffee shop business, understanding the needs of the food truck based on the product Ezra wanted to sell, and getting to know people. He genuinely liked the staff. The bus boy, Romy, was skittish but super friendly, and their barista Brandy chatted him up like they’d been friends for years. He even got to meet Alessandro’s other half, a gawky bookworm named Jaime, who was probably the smartest person Anthony had ever met.
He didn’t know anyone else who had a college degree, much less was working on a Master’s.
His favorite thing, though, was mealtimes with Marc. He’d never imagined something as simple as sharing plates of scrambled eggs and scrapple in the morning, or heating up canned soup at night, would be so precious to Anthony. Precious because those times were so fucking normal that for a little while, Anthony forgot he was a recovering drug addict. He forgot he was living in someone else’s home under an invitation that could be revoked at any time. He forgot Marc was HIV positive and that Anthony still didn’t have the balls to go get his own stupid self tested.
Common sense told him he should soon, especially working in a garage around sharp objects. But his balls didn’t itch and nothing looked swollen, so he avoided the clinic.
Until the hearts and flowers and candy started appearing all over the place and every other commercial was about diamond jewelry for the woman you loved, and Marc started getting quiet. Wistful, almost. Like he wanted what everyone else around them had—someone to love.
Anthony couldn’t give him that—yet—but he could do something else to show he loved and trusted Marc. And that Anthony could be loved and trusted right back.
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About the Author
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and “bromance” (and “The Young Riders”) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments. You can contact her at AM_Arthur(at)yahoo(dot)com.