Monday, June 8, 2020

Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me #2) by A.M. Arthur

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No one in Jeremy Collins's life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn't think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor--claim he's the father of her baby so she isn't ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy's explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole's mind that Jeremy doesn't know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear.

My Rating - 4.5 Stars!

Understanding Jeremy is the second book in AM Arthur's Discovering Me series. If you've read Unearthing Cole, this book will help bring about some satisfaction after a HFN ending. 

Personally, I couldn't read it fast enough. Cole and Jeremy continue to grow closer, but still have some issues from their past to deal with. These are two men with some heavy baggage to say the least.

Words cannot express how mad I am at Bethann. I wanted to claw her eyes out for her selfish mistakes, and for being a stereotypical annoying female character. She is an ass for sticking Jeremy in the middle between Cole and herself.

This is a story of small town life at it's finest. Jeremy and Cole are still in a secret relationship, rumors spread like wildfire, and the gossip lines know no end. 

One major issue addressed in this book is that of abuse and it's lingering effects. I appreciate the way the author represents this aspect of the character, from big things to little things. It's all written with a whole lot of knowledge and care.

I love the author's writing style and her ability to dive into some heavy topics without regret. When an issue is introduced, she spares no expense in exploring it fully.

And in the end, Understanding Jeremy is a sweet romance that's entwined with plenty of angst and emotion. For me though, I find it to be a good bridge between books one and three more than anything else. It builds upon their relationship, allows both men to heal some more, and sets up the scene for Uniting Hearts.

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