Note: This ARC was provided by Samhain Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ever since the bashing that he and his best friend received three years ago, Tristan Lavelle only remembers things in thirty-minute intervals. He still recognizes his best friend and can recall his life prior to the attack, but he relies on reminders he jots down in notebooks to retain the new memories that refuse to stick in his head. But when he meets Gabriel Henson, Tristan wishes more than anything to remember the moments they share together. From exchanging emails to Skype conversations, Tristan and Gabe forge a kinship that they both hope can translate into something more. The possibility of that becomes greater when Tristan becomes part of a drug trial that could help him with his memory retention, but if it doesn't work out, will Gabe still want to be around someone who forgets what happened half an hour ago?
The World As He Sees It is the second novel in the A.M. Arthur-penned Perspectives series and features Tristan Lavelle and Gabe Henson, both of whom were supporting characters in the first book, The Truth As He Knows It, and wherein they had there unforgettable (at least in Gabe's case) first meeting. Gabe may initially come off as someone who becomes fascinated with Tristan because Gabe's a fixer and Tristan obviously needs fixing. But as they get to know one another via email, they become far more invested in one another and it's clear that Tristan is not just some ordinary guy that Gabe wants to help out. Putting in that much time and effort to become friends and possibly something more with someone who has health issues like memory loss and seeing it through in spite of all the challenges means this meant more to Gabe.
I liked Noel Carlson and Shane Joseph in The Truth As He Knows It and the story that was told, but Tristan and Gabe had me sighing quite a bit with those emails and the protectiveness that Gabe had over Tristan. These two were sweet but goodness, they also had their steamy moments together. Being with Gabe gave Tristan the ability to dream of a life beyond the care facility he had been living at. They gave each other purpose and they simply chose to believe that a life together was possible for them. A.M. Arthur has always been able to write stories with a lot of heart and The World As He Sees It is the latest proof of that. She makes you want that one miracle for Gabe and Tristan but she keeps things realistic while retaining that feeling of hope that everything will work out in the end. This gets 4.5 stars out of five. ♥
Release Date: 20 October 2015
Date Read: 22 October 2015
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