The Truth as He Knows It (Perspectives #1) by A.M. Arthur


 Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

Warning: Following on from the Cost of Repairs series, this book contains a closeted cop who’s looking for love, an indebted stripper who doesn’t believe he’s worthy, and a tasteful abundance of dirty guy sex. Also contains references to past physical abuse some readers may find disturbing.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23358161-the-truth-as-he-knows-it?ac=1
This book has four main characters; Noel is a police officer in a small town, closeted because of horrific experience that happened when he was in college and has resigned to live a life of one night hook up and never finding love.  Shane is an out young man working several jobs trying to pay off a debt that he feels like that because of his past mistakes is now crippling him and his brother physically and mentally. The brother, Jason several years older than Shane but has been responsible for him for years and is Shane’s best friend.  And then we have Tristan, Noel’s best friend from college who was involved in that horrific incident. After Noel and Shane meet, Noel can’t stop thinking about him and when Shane finally says yes to a date Noel is on cloud nine. Shane is nervous about ‘dating’ because of his side job and is afraid that once Noel finds out he will leave him. But Noel has a pretty big secret himself. Can these entire secret make them stronger or tare them apart?

 

I normally don’t like giving giant spoilers but if you have a problem with characters being killed off, then stay away. Especially if said killing doesn’t make much since. Other than that I really enjoyed the story. The way that Noel started facing his demon and wouldn’t give up, the way that Shane hated every minute of what he did but out of love and loyalty kept at it. And that Tristan just didn’t accept his fate and wants to be normal again. However, I did feel the end was rushed and of course, hated the fact that someone was killed off. Just don’t understand why, for growth of a  character? Maybe it’s explained better in book 2?