Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Release-Review: AS I AM by Melissa Collins

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Chase Hansen. Broke. College drop out. Male stripper.

My life wasn't at all what I imagined it would be. I should have been finishing up college, interning with a well-respected business, partying with my friends. But instead, I was raising my seventeen year old brother, struggling to make ends meet. Love wasn't even on my radar. Besides, what did I have to offer? A few crumpled singles pulled from my G-string? Defeated and exhausted, I knew I had zero chance of finding someone to love me just as I am.

Noah Carpenter. Angry. Betrayed. Doctor.

Just when I thought my life was going exactly as it should, everything turned upside down. With my final rotation in medical school complete, I finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. What I never expected was to catch the man of my dreams in our bed with the man of his. Beyond infuriated, I struggled to piece together the remnants of my life. Just when I'd decided to give up on love altogether, I found a man who loved me just as I am.

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Carra's Review

The setup for Chase’s situation is a familiar one—young college student on track for a better life suddenly getting thrust into the role of parent, giving up their own dreams (even if temporarily) to take care of a sibling instead.  And Chase fully embraces his role, doing what he has to so he can make ends meet and support his younger brother…he’s the classic selfless, hard-working guy who’s been dealt a crappy hand.

Noah’s situation is also all too familiar—finding his lover in their bed with someone else…made all the more complicated by his lover (well, ex-lover now) being the brother of his best friend’s new husband.  

It’s how the author puts these two men together, with the requisite off-the-charts chemistry, that makes As I Am another great read in Ms. Collins’s lineup.  There’s the just-right blend of angst, family drama, ex-drama, and navigating a new relationship when you’re not expecting one.  I thought this story was actually pretty low on the angst scale, with minimal actual conflict.  It was more about accepting people for who they are, and also feeling accepted in return.

I loved the relationship Chase had with his brother, as well as the support Noah had from his friends.  The supporting characters were as well developed as Chase and Noah’s characters were, and in Noah’s case they made a great family for him as well.

While As I Am is not my favorite M/M book by this author, it was still well worth the time to read it and was a solid 4-star read for me.  To me, it did not read as smoothly as past stories I’ve read by Ms. Collins, but even so I’d still recommend it to any M/M romance fan.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

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Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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