Series: Restoration #3
Author: A. M. Arthur
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Page Count: 262
Published: Carina Press, September 14, 2015
The last time Elliott fell in love, his fiancé cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott’s confidence lags behind his libido—not that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen—from a distance. He won’t risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.
As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house’s tenant, a man he never thought he’d meet—his ex’s other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he’s tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.
Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection—and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible situation. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he’s ever really loved.
I’m not one to usually reread a book, but after finishing this I realized that I can, and probably will be, one to reread a whole series. I got into the RESTORATION series by chance, and it has been a rough ride, an extremely emotional ride, but definitely a worthy one. This final book in the series may mark an ending of sorts, but I feel like this won’t be the last I’ll be hearing from these guys. Just like its predecessors, this one took me on an emotional roller coaster that ended up being a worthy experience.
For those who are familiar with the storyline-and I strongly suggest you read these books in order if you’re considering the series- it was obvious that this was going to be a difficult journey for Elliott and Auggie. Having unknowingly shared a man, they had a chance to finally put things to rest and move on with each other, and theirs was a beautiful story.
I liked Auggie almost immediately. He was charming and considerate almost to the point of too good to be true, but it was so subtle that I could only love him. There are many positive adjectives with which I can refer to this man but I won’t waste your time describing just how perfect-for-Elliott he was because what I really want to talk about is Elliott himself.
Up until this book, apart from anything minor, I didn’t have any connection issues with any of the heroes. But Elliott, I gotta admit, was my most challenging hero so far. This is not to say I disliked him because damn that would be a lie, but it took me more time and effort to get there, to see Elliott the way his friends and Auggie saw him. I’m not going to lie, when we met him in this book, and some parts of the previous one, he wasn’t in a good place emotionally. He was recovering, yes, but his healing still wasn’t complete. And though the two heroes shared the spotlight, for all his inner turmoil and more dependent character, Elliott was the one who truly shone in the end. Having been betrayed by the same man, Auggie was quicker into forgive and forget mode, but for Elliott it took some time and that ended up being the story. I might’ve been confused with Elliott’s dependent and clingy personality at first, but he balanced that out with his joyful energy-when he allowed it through his grief- and his boyish charm. I especially loved his inner strength the last 80 something pages, I think that was when he truly showed just how strong he could be. Despite what he’s been through and his need to be taken care of, Elliott was the perfect match for Auggie’s caring nature. And despite my initial confusion, getting to know Elliott was like gaining a new friend through and through.
Needless to say I loved this book. From its two heroes, to all the emotional turmoil. If you enjoy reading m/m romance and you wouldn’t mind serious obstacles and your heart’s strings played with, then I strongly recommend this series. It’s been a true pleasure to read these guys, and I feel much better knowing I’ll be rereading them.
I’m adding four big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and refuse to say goodbye.
Restoration series by A. M. Arthur:
- Getting It Right
- Finding Their Way
- Taking A Chance