Book Review: Maybe This Time by AM Arthur


Rating: ★★★★☆

Published July 21st 2014 by Carina Press

MaybeThisTimeHurting Donner Davis met Ezra Kelly at a time when he was reeling over the death of his lover, Jacob. Unfortunately, Ezra himself had his own issues, and it was a lot.

I liked the theme of the book: there was the abuse (their friend Romy being in a series of abusive relationship), Ezra himself (being in a previous relationship with a guy who only used him and well, there was his family issues (his family being homophobic and unable to accept Ezra) and I don’t even want to begin about that one. There was also the issue of Ezra being raped as part of his therapy courtesy of Dr. Tanner. [Ezra can give me a run for my money in terms of family issues]). And of course, there was the pain of losing someone (Donner losing Jacob).

It is hard to love someone else when one couldn’t forgive and love themselves. It’s a very long and strenuous process not only for the affected individual but for the people around them as well. That much is true. Eventually, Donner and Ezra were able to sort things out, well, not everything, but it was a start and while their relationship may not be perfect, they were trying.

I personally believe that for one to be able to forgive and move on, one has to learn how to empathize and care for other people which is exactly what Donner and Ezra did. They helped Romy back to his feet, and they continued Jacob’s cause which was the Street Feed.

About Maybe This Time by AM Arthur (July 2014) [Goodreads]



As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can’t remember the last time someone was…nice. It’s more than he deserves.

Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern: living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.

A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra’s been running from himself so long he doesn’t know how to live any other way. And Donner can’t risk his heart just to lose everything again. They’ll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.


About A.M. Arthur

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) and “The Young Riders” with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Contact her at with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (, as well as on Twitter (, Tumblr (, and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). Other titles by A.M. Arthur are available from Samhain Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.





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