Title: Getting It Right
Author: A M Arthur
Series: Restoration #1
Release Date: March 16th 2015
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four—because he’s too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.
Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as Tag, he’s the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James’s drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he’s close to becoming the worst version of himself.
After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn’t sorry for the kisses that James can’t remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.
Although Getting It Right is the first book in A M Arthur’s Restoration series, she is able to overlap the story with Belonging series, which briefly featured James (‘Tag’). This means new readers can enjoy Getting It Right, whilst previous fans of A M Arthur recognise Ezra, Donner, Romy and the Pot O’Gold.
Getting It Right is the heart-warming friends-to-lovers story of James Taggert and Nathan Wolf, who have been best friends since college and even shared a kiss during a game of Truth or Dare. Whilst James is openly gay, Nathan labels himself as ‘straight’, until we witness their next drunken and very passionate kiss, which is the turning point in their friendship, forcing them to address how they will move forward,
“James closed his eyes and slanted his head for a better angle. Nathan moved, warm lips whispering against his. Reaching the most natural act on earth. James parted his lips and gently flicked his tongue against Nathan’s mouth.”
A M Arthur examines each character in depth, allowing us to understand their different personalities and also the similarities between them. They are both stubborn, fiercely loyal and committed to their professions. James has flaws, which were highlighted in the Belonging series. Now we look past these and see how his outlook has been altered by events in his family. There were truthfully times I wanted to kick him in the shins and the next minute, hug him! Some of his best moments are revealed when he is with two of his patients, Will and Romy. He genuinely wants to make a difference to their lives and help them both out of their nightmares.
Nathan’s confusion about their latest kiss is only made worse when he recognises that James has featured in his sexual fantasies for years and is the only man to ever do so. I think this is an interesting point, which I have considered before when reading books of this type and it is more complex than a ‘straight’ man simply “becoming” gay. Friendship can be a strong connection, sometimes deeper than a family bond, meaning that a physical appreciation can easily become so much more.
Nathan also makes mistakes and quickly runs from James and his emotions, but his confidence is shattered after the bodily and emotional trauma of his attack. Yet they both need this time apart to fully admit their feelings for one another.
A M Arthur ties the romance between James and Nathan with an ongoing police investigation. At times, there is a strong atmosphere of tension and though I guessed who the perpetrator was early on, I enjoyed the originality this added to the plot.
Getting It Right is sexy, emotional and touching and I love A M Arthur’s three-dimensional characters, who add a warm depth to her writing! Add this one to your TBR pile!