Us – Book 3
Author: A.M. Arthur
Release date: October 24, 2017 Price: $4.99
Reviewed by Lilith
Cover art: Shows two men on top half of the cover with a bridge on the lower half. Title is printed in a pleasant shade of green with author name in white. Cover art is an excellent representation of the characters and their journey. Cover does not indicate that this is part of a series but it can be read as a standalone without confusion.
Synopsis: Good intro to characters and plot, not too vague and doesn’t give away spoilers. Strikes a very good balance. No warnings are needed for adult content, the couple at the center of this story are asexual. Only a few scenes contain sex and those are often heard more than seen. There is however mention of drug abuse and suicide, as one of the characters is a recovering addict.
Plot: Taro relies on his tightly scheduled routines to cope with his anxiety and OCD. He’s comfortable with himself and the knowledge he is different to most people. He breaks his routine to attend a friend’s birthday party where he meets Dell, the nephew of his friend’s boyfriend, who is also in attendance.
The plot is well detailed and explains the terms well, a help if you aren’t familiar with them.
Main characters: Taro Ichikawa, a 26 yr old openly demisexual man who struggles with anxiety and OCD. He copes by keeping a rigid schedule even down to meal and tv times.
Dell Greenwood, a 21 yr old former addict who moved in with his uncle after being disowned by his family for being both an addict and gay. He’s recovering from a major setback that almost cost him his life. He works as a videographer for his uncle’s porn production company, Mean Green Boys.
Secondary characters: Charles Greenwood/Chet Green, Dell’s uncle and owner of Mean Green Boys.
Cris who is a former model for Chet’s company and Jake who is a gogo dancer. The three are also dating each other.
Benny is a model for Mean Green Boys and becomes Dell’s roommate.
The characters was so well written it made me want to go back and read the previous books.
Editing and flow: Editing was good with just a few missed words here and there, nothing that impeded the story and could very well already have been fixed before release as I was reading an arc version. Story flow was great, steady with no plot holes or unanswered questions.
Conflict and climax: The characters both have their own struggles and they help each other as the story progresses. There is a slow buildup which lends a real feeling for the characters’ anxiety disorders. The hard hitting emotional scenes make your heart for them. At the end you are celebrating with them. An excellent story all together.
Formatting: Formatting is well done, clearly divided chapters and early on their correspondence makes it easy to understand who is speaking.
Summary: A.M. did an excellent job with the characters and their anxiety and OCD symptoms. Both were accurately depicted and no magical cures as in some books. Also an excellent job on explaining the asexual terms. They were explained so there was no confusion for those who might not be familiar with them. An excellent book for those who enjoy a good story or for those who maybe would like to understand any of the subjects in the book. She manages to both entertain and educate with losing focus on the story.
I give this book a 9 out of 10!