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Cost of Repairs

(Cost of Repairs #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,389 ratings  ·  297 reviews
"Fixing the home can heal the heart if you can find all the pieces. "

Police officer Samuel Briggs is getting to know the people on his new, third-shift beat, but he'd prefer they not know too much about him or the painful past that drove him away from New Mexico to start fresh in small-town Stratton, PA.

All he wants is peace, a manageable routine, and time to fix up his pr
ebook, 342 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

I had a rough time in the first quarter of the story and it took me a minute to get into it. I liked Samuel and Rey, but without Rey's POV in the first half it was difficult for me to feel their connection or really get to know Rey as a character because he was so guarded. Although once Rey was given a voice it all fell together and their world and their relationship made sense.

This is my first book by this author and I must say that I really enjoyed her writing style and how real she m
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Closer to 3.5 stars probably. Rey and Sam were gems and portrayed very realistically. Their relationship developed slowly and naturally, and the bedroom (etc.) scenes were hot.

However, about halfway through I seriously overdosed on Drama and Tragedy and Pain, but I was in shit luck, because all three kept coming and coming and coming. A.M. Arthur packed in one twist too many, me thinks.

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Awesome re-read! I'm going to try and write a review this time.

For anyone how has read this entire series, can I skip right to Sam and Rey's story in book 4? Or are they cover a lot in the next two books.
Jenni Lea
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This was a completely character driven story until the very end. The drama at the end was unnecessary and brought down my rating by half a star. I liked both MCs and the POV switches were done well.

Also, these people seem to heal from injuries awful fast. Either that or there were time jumps in the story I didn't catch.

I would still recommend it as a good read and I will most likely read the rest of the series.

ETA: Dani said it better

Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
Not sure where it went wrong? It started off really strong but somewhere along the way it lost me and started to drag. Even though it didn't work for me I would actually still recommend it. The writing is not bad and I think it's a case of me and not the book. 2.5 stars.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Awesome Kindle freebie, 11/14/13!
3.5 stars

This was a good read with a bit of angst and a lot of drama between two men with some very heavy baggage.

Sam is the new beat cop in the small town where Rey is a cook at the local diner. The two meet when Sam is called to the diner while on duty. They are seemingly opposites but do manage to strike up a friends with benefits relationship. It is soon clear that Rey's life has been spiraling out of control over the past few years, and he is barely getting by. Sam has moved across the coun
Kaje Harper
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
A fast-paced story about Samuel, a cop who moves to a new town two thousand miles away from the traumas of his past to start over, and Rey, a fry-cook who has never caught a break in his life and is fighting to keep his head above water. Their attraction is rapid, and they find in each other a reason to move beyond the past. But sometimes their issues come between them, and eventually the past catches up with them. There is a fair bit of drama and excitement in this story, although it doesn't fe ...more
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Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My most lasting impression after reading this book: Too much drama.

I love it when characters have a dark past and stuff to work through, but Sam and Rey's story was one shipload of skeletons in the closet after the other. At some point their tragedies should have just stopped accumulating to give the reader a chance to catch a breath. 

I don't even want to go into their story in detail because it still makes me shudder. I hope they'll be happy together. I have my personal doubts about their relat
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favourites
Although this story was set in Pennsylvania, it had a somewhat Southern feel to me. Whether it was the name of the Café where Rey works, Dixie’s Cup (Dixie, the owner, was a force to recon, by the way) or the big role Samuel’s back porch plays for the story, whether it was the fact that it’s summer and warm as the story begins or the calm practicality the characters took what life dished out to them, I couldn’t say, but still. Perhaps it was the fact that this story moved slowly and unagitated l ...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I really liked this book. It deals heavily in healing two people that have been pretty emotionally damaged and have had a rough life.

The way this story is written is quite intriguing. While the whole book is in third person, it's segregated into three parts. First part is from Samuel's POV, second part is from Rey's POV and third part is from both POVs. I've seen this style before and it's a style I'm very fond of. I liked getting to know each character in their own time from both perspectives
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mmr, kindle
I liked this book up until the ending which didn't feel like an end at all. The story felt unfinished to me, like there needed to be a few more chapters to tie up the loose ends.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had so many 4* an 5* reviews that I already had a bad conscience for having it still on my TBR. So, finally I started reading, expecting a gripping, entertaining read. Sadly that wasn't the case. It started nice enough, but all this 'I don't do gossip, I cannot ask, he will tell me when he's ready, I want to know, but I don't gossip' it got on my nerves. Long length with hints and then suddenly - information overload! The ending was rather harebrained and the epilogue didn't help. Sorr ...more
Vanessa North
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am surprised how much I liked this--i'm not usually into cop stories, but this really worked for me. Very strong characterization, and i really felt the affection growing between the characters. Really nice.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This novel is depressing. If you’re looking for light and fun and fluffy, look elsewhere.

Brief synopsis: Officer Samuel Briggs moves to Stratton, PA after a tragic incident back in New Mexico. On his first patrol he encounters Rey King, an aloof man lives paycheck to paycheck trying to pay off debts from his own issues.

(Possible spoilers ahead)

From there, it seems like a one-up competition to see who has the most tragedies in their life.

I feel like the characters only get to know each other thr
Trisha Harrington
This was a nice book... There were some really great things in the book and some nice banter and sweet scenes thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the writing. The setting was also nice, I love stories set in small towns, I'm not sure why, but I do. They normally have a funny character or two.

The main issue for me was although I loved the banter. To me, reading this it felt more like Ben would have been a better character for the romance. Rey's wit was great for the story, but Sam and Ben's lov
Heidi Cullinan
I've actually already reread this one. Sweet and makes me feel good when I read it. Will be rereading it again, and I"m hoping to read another book by AM Arthur soon.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
2,5 stars.
I read two of A.M.Arthur's books before and liked them just fine but this one... I really had to push myself through it. I saw it on the list of books with traumatized characters, and boy, it definitely had traumatized characters, and I love-love-love traumatized characters. But it only helped this book just a little. I don't know. It was readable. Neither better nor worse than hundreds of other contemporary m/m - and the problem is that after reading hundreds of them, they really merg
Mandy*reads obsessively*
A beautiful story of redemption and love and moving on with life.
I don't think I have read many books where both MC have had so much hardship, grief and just plain bad luck as Sam and Rey have had, but despite that they want to live and love, even if it takes them a while to figure that out.
I am not a big fan of angst, so to be honest I was a bit worried ,but I shouldn't have been, it was just the right amount to keep it interesting without weighing it down in tortured hero syndrome, even if the
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
Likable MCs, but not together

I liked each of the MCs separately, Sam and Rey

Their backstories that were slowly and tantalizingly revealed. And once revealed, were interesting.

The supporting characters were engaging and added to the story, especially Jennie's subplot. I enjoyed her friendship with Rey and his other friendships.

However, I did not like the pairing of Sam and Rey. There was something off about these two together. I didn't feel any connection between the two of them as a basis for a
4.0 Stars

Police officer Samuel Briggs fled New Mexico after tragically losing his partner of five years. Looking for a fresh start in small-town Stratton, PA, he buys a fixer-upper and starts to meet people on his beat. Although he’s not looking to get involved, he can’t help his attraction for Reign (“Rey”) King – Dixie’s Cup short-order cook and part-time handyman. Rey, however, has a past and problems of his own. One afternoon of impulsive, no-strings sex grows into a cautious friendship and
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This really has everything I look for in a story. Really engaging characters and great storyline.

I love a small town story and throw in a cop, I'm so there.

I enjoyed this but it was almost too angsty for me.

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Rey and Samuel really work together. They have wonderful c
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Slow burning and satisfying... I wanted more at the end... and that is a good thing...
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, m-m
I thought for sure this was going to be a 5 star read from me. It was close, seriously close.

I absolutely LOVED this. 2 tortured souls that find each other and help each other. I laughed, I was in tears, I was angry, I was was perfect.

I loved how this story was told in 3 parts, Samuel, Rey, and together.

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Awilk -never sleeps-
I mainly adored this story. It features two very damaged, but oh so lovable men. The secondary characters were well rounded and added to the story. My heart kept breaking as each new secret of these men was revealed. The steam was hot, and I found myself unable to put it down.

My only concerns was that at times the past traumas of the characters became a little over the top. Pain piled on top of more pain, until it was excessive and ended up taking something away from the beauty of the healing th
Aves Raggiana
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I came into this book not expecting a whole lot, and came away pleasntly surprised. The writing was smooth, fluient, touching, captivating, and arresting in all the places that it needed to be. The love-making scenes stood out for their burnished, lambent grace, and would have earned five stars on their own, had they not ended with that silly business of tying off the used condom at the end. NO, I mean NO guy does that.

As with all well-written stories, the characters stayed with me long after I
DNF at 50% (skimmed to the end). I don't hate this, but it feels like I've been reading it forever, and I'm just not getting the chemistry between Samuel and Rey. There's a fine line between making a character intriguingly difficult and making him inaccessible to the reader. It's a shame, because there's definitely some potential here; the writing is smooth and the love scenes were very nicely done.
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“I’ve never been in love like that.”
Samuel swallowed hard. “Like what?”
“Like everything I was before is destroyed when the person I loved is gone.”
“Officer!” Samuel Briggs pivoted neatly on his heel, seeking the owner of the voice shouting at him. A dozen people littered the sidewalk, coming and going, most paying him no more attention than they might a parking meter or newsstand. He was a beat cop, after all, a fixture they expected” 0 likes
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