Book Name: The Heart As He Hears It
Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Pages or Words: 253 pages
Also available in audiobook format with Guy Locke as the narrator
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.
Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.
Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.
The saying chalk and cheese comes to mind with the MCs in this book. Isaac is a total recluse, does not go out of the house at all, and most importantly is partially deaf. Jon is his total opposite and a regular porn star on Mean Green studios, as well as a part time waiter!
Henry (who is like a father figure to Jon), discovers that he has a not only a son, but a grandson that he knew nothing about. Sadly his son has died, but he decides he wants to make contact with his grandson Issac, but only if Jon accompanies him. It is something Henry wants to do straight away, as he is dying.
For someone who is a recluse, Issac is strangely drawn to Jon, and the two begin to build a tentative friendship. Very slowly, as Issac is so wary of strangers, which is explained as you read through the book. When Issac rescues a kitten from his back yard, he needs help and automatically messages Jon.
Jon comes across as someone who has had his fair share of troubles, including an abusive relationship, ending with him suffering from anorexia. It was with Henry's help and guidance that he was able to get through things. He seems to understand that Issac needs handling with kid gloves, and it really came across how sensitive he was to Issac's feelings.
Jon and Issac grow closer, Issac seems to sense that Jon would never hurt him, and bit by bit reveals more about himself. Jon also manages to give Issac the confidence to try and leave the house, always by his side offering silent support.
When Henry dies, Jon hits out at Issac with his grief, and thus causes a rift between them. He ignores any attempt of Issac to contacting him, and also knows that Issac has no idea of where he lives but more importantly could not follow him there anyway. On top of all this, Jon seems to have acquired a stalker too.
Can Issac find a way to contact Jon? Does he also discover the identity of his stalker before things escalate?
This series is another one that is just getting better and better with each new story. I particularly like that AM Arthur has introduced the subject of anorexia in men, which seems to be another taboo subject that nobody will talk about. I sincerely hope that this is not the last book in the series, as I don't want this series to end.