Monday, January 4, 2016

Cost of Repairs by A.M. Arthur

Fixing the home can heal the heart — if you can find all the pieces.

Police officer Samuel Briggs is getting to know the people on his new, third-shift beat, but he’d prefer they not know too much about him—or the painful past that drove him away from New Mexico to start fresh in small-town Stratton, PA.

All he wants is peace, a manageable routine, and time to fix up his project home. There’s no room in his broken heart for a new relationship. It’s crowded with too many memories. But there’s something about the Dixie’s Cup short-order cook, who’s flirty one minute, distracted the next, that piques Sam’s interest.

Part-time cook, part-time hardware salesman and full-time handyman Rey King lives to work—but not because he loves it. Relationships? No time. Until one glance at Sam’s haunted eyes sends a plumb line straight to his wary heart.

One afternoon of impulsive, no-strings sex begins to grow into a cautious friendship. But when Rey is seriously injured protecting a friend, the cracks in their already shaky foundation begin to show. Falling in love wasn’t in either man’s recovery plan…and this time, the risk could be too great.

Warning: Contains one emotionally wrecked cop, one angsty short-order cook, a few too many secrets, some meddling small-town folk, and plenty of hot man-on-man action.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Cost of Repairs is the third book I've read by A.M. Arthur. The author’s writing flows easy, is fast-paced, warm and fuzzy, hot, with emotional depth to the characterization. I'm always drawn in from the start, and Cost of Repairs was no different.

Without spoiling by giving out a book report, Cost of Repairs is about a cop with a tragic past and a short-order cook with an equally tragic past. Both men have a hero-complex, neither wanting to lean on anyone else. But together, their relationship strengthens from a friendship and an equal need for support.

At book's end, I was still hungry for more of a specific storyline, and hope the author revisits this couple later on in the series. (It'll be a surprise for me, as I only look at who is narrating prior to starting the novel.) While I was still hungry for a single thread, I was completely sated and entertained across the board.

I immediately started book two in the series, and read until nearly 40% when my eyes finally gave out.

I definitely recommend A.M. Arthur to readers who want emotional depth, solid characterization, and a good storyline. The books do have between-the-sheets action, but probably not enough for readers who enjoy the more erotic of books. A.M. Arthur's books tend to be more realistic than fantasy, which is exactly what I enjoy.

Genre: MM Romance | Contemporary Romance | Series | Disabilities | Cop & Chef |

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.

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Erica reviewed her personal copy of Cost of Repairs (Cost of Repairs #1) by A.M. Arthur for this post.

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