A.M. Arthur – Maybe This Time

maybe Author: A.M. Arthur
Reviewer: Mandy
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary: As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can’t remember the last time someone was…nice. It’s more than he deserves.

Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.

A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra’s been running from himself so long he doesn’t know how to live any other way. And Donner can’t risk his heart just to lose everything again. They’ll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.

Review: “Flaws are only part of a person. Our pasts are another part. But the most important part is our present. It’s the guy you are now, and the guy you’re going to be down the road.”

I think that quote says it all. Both Ezra and Donner have flaws and troubled pasts. They both have pain and issues to deal with, but something about the other man seems to ease them and give them hope.
I adored this story. There was conflict but it was not an angst fest. There were problems but they were not insurmountable or immaturely handled. And there was a dog named Lex Luther.

Donner is wonderful and patient with Ezra, he is exactly what he needs and he doesn’t give up on him, even when he’s pushed away.
He wants Ezra to really start living.
“I need you to stop expecting the worst and start looking forward to the best.”
And Ezra for his part, really sees Donner and what a wonderful man he is.

I really don’t even want to say much more, because it needs to be enjoyed, just that this was a pleasure to read and I can happily recommend it, oh and I’d love to read Romy’s story.


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