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Stand By You

(Belonging #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend's new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He's working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, bu ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Very sweet Out-For-You story but a little over-the-top for my tastes.

I've been dying for this story ever since we met Romy. Poor Romy has had it rough, man. He's been used and abused so many times that I've lost count. I was really rooting for a fabulous story for him, and was salivating at the idea that big, strong Brendan could be his love interest.

In terms of the "aww factor," this book does pretty well. Brendan is irresistibly adorable in his love for Romy, and the slow way that t
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
~Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review~

This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

First thing I have to say is that this book is the 3d installment in Belonging series which I, unfortunately, didn't know before requesting this arc, because there was no mention of it or maybe I unintentionally skipped it, I'm not sure. It doesn't even matter anymore. If I had been aware of it, I would have probably read the series in order, because I prefer doing it the right way, but the posit
Justin Nova
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 This one is a little hard to rate because I liked the first book in this series and loved the second one. This one was just way over the top with the angst and drama. I liked Romy and Brendon but Romy was just so damaged I was more concerned with him getting counselling than I was with him finding love and happiness. The longer the book went on, it seemed like more and more bad stuff kept piling on to him. So while I think the writing and characters were fine, it was just way too much darkne ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff, lgbt-themes
4.5 Stars

This is the best one yet!

I really loved having a story about Romy and Brendan. I was so completely invested in these characters because of their presence in the previous two (Romy) or one (Brendan) book. From the second book, I immediately loved Brendan. I think he's my favorite character so far, which is saying something because Ezra is so wonderful.

This read a lot like a Gay for You without being one... so a realistic gay for you ;p So if that's your thing, you'd probably enjoy this
Jennifer Lavoie
I have been waiting for this book since I met Romy in the first book. And then wanted it even harder when I met Brendan. I've never written a review like this before so please excuse me.

First, when finding out the book was Romy and Brendan

Because BRENDAN.

And then I

And then it was like

And yeah.

I completely neglected the fact that I have not only my OWN CONTRACTED BOOK to finish writing, but also homework for grad class.

Worth it?

Next book with Tag please.
Fernanda Parente
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Romy... so much angst
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
One of Her Best Stand By You is the third in The Belonging series and in my opinion, the best in the series. This time we get Romy and Brennan’s story. At the end of book #2 we discovered that Romy had been seriously abused by Carlos and the guys get together and rescue him. This is about his survival, healing, growing, strengthening, and loving. AM Arthur did not rush the story. She took the time to let these characters think, try, fail, and finally succeed. There is angst but not too much or s ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could this woman write a more perfect book? I will continue to read her wonderful stories to find out! ;D

I was a bit worried how dark this book was going to get and, yes, it crossed the line of my comfort zone, but that is on me and I wouldn't change a thing about the story... it was perfect! IMHO!!!

I don't feel like I could post a detailed review without using a hundred or more "spoiler" tags, so I am just going to say that no matter how bad life is, or how badly you have been beaten down, reme
Oct 20, 2014 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
I'm going to put this one down for now with plans to re-read. I was enjoying the story but put 2 books ahead of it and feel the need to start over. Soon, because I was enjoying these boys.
Denise H.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A. M. Arthur writes some wonderful characters. Deeply thought-filled and emotional people that we love. Brendan helps feed the homeless, works as a janitor, and helps his friends when called upon. He's a big, strong, sweet man who loves his family, too. In the last book he helped rescue Romy. Here we have Romy a few months later, working and trying to cope after his severely abusive ex nearly killed him. Ezra, Donner, and Brendan rescued him back then, and he still suffers from anxiety and panic ...more
I've been waiting for Romy's story having seen bits of it in three books now. Romy has been through hell and here he finds comfort in Donner's best friend Brendan. This one was different, with a slow build as Romy and Brendan are friends first and Romy has a lot of issues to deal with. Brendan is one of the few people that Romy feels comfortable with, and Romy believes he is straight. It did seem at first that Romy's part of the relationship was based on a bit of hero worship, but A.M. Arthur to ...more
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Sometimes a book just hits you in the gut and knocks the wind out of you and that’s exactly what happened to me with Stand By You with A.M. Arthur. This was not an easy book to read there were elements of negligence, abuse, hate, and prejudice. On top of that it’s the story of two men who find each other while one is recovering from a horrific incident and the other is coming to terms with his
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

4 Heart Warming Stars!!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley

We meet both Romy and Brendan in Maybe This Time. Brendan is Donner's straight best friend and Romy is Ezra's old friend with benefits. After horrific circumstances, Romy is broken and Brendan is gutted.

Brendan is so confused, he's never really been gay but there is something about Romy that calls to him and makes him want to take care of him. Romy's trying to heal and move on but he's scared of his own
Christi Snow
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Romy's story is painful...just in the helplessness there is in it. He was on his own...too young...too trusting...too naive. And he got a horrible, awful way. Brendan, although he didn't know Romy before that, was the muscle behind Romy's rescue from the abuse. As a result, Brendan has become Romy's safe place to land. And this kid needs a safe place. He's a poster child for PTSD and is haunted by nightmares.

Although Brendan is almost ready to admit it to himself, he is deep
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, m-m, romance, ebook
I knew from the moment Brendan carried Romy out of the nightmare that Romy had been living in for far too long that they would have an amazing story. Arthur did not disappoint. Readers witness that horrific scene in Maybe This Time. Not all that much time passes between books and the romance that blossoms between Romy and Brendan in Stand by You reflects that.
Romy is a mess. He’s been a mess since he was fifteen years old and forced to live a life that no one should experience at any age much l
3.5 Stars

Not my favorite of the series, but I'm glad to see Romy and Brendan get their HEA. Both characters were well-developed and I appreciated the fact that they were not perfect. It was difficult to read about what Romy went through in his past, but he came out of it stronger than ever. I also liked getting to see more of Ezra, Donner, Jaime, and Alessandro. I'm kinda hoping Tag gets his story soon.

I received a free e-ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle, abuse
Romy and Brendan were adorable. Brendan was swoon-worthy for real. I want a Brendan in my life. So YUM! Everything about him was amazing.

Romy, man, I wanted to wrap him up in a blanket and tell him everything would be okay. My heart broke. I am not ashamed to admit that I bawled my eyes out reading this one.

Again, I was so interested in Street Feed. So awesome.
Dani Elle Maas
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

although i was longing for romy's story
after the brillianceness of part two this was a lot harder to get through

the built up is really slow ( too slow..)

Still a good read and I really liked this series as a total

Rachel Naughton
Aug 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
Just pre-ordered this BOOM!! Bring it!!!!
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love by Remy and Brendan from the start. All that Remy faced before he could ask for help and how protective Brendan became of him since they met.

A great read - loved it
JD Crittendon
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surviving To Be Loved!

The romantic story between Romy & Brendan was intense, heartbreaking, ending in loving survival! Dramatic storyline, well developed MCs along with supportive co-characters, make for an interesting novel.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
Beautiful love story

All Romy ever wanted was to wanted and a man to love him ... and when he least expected to find that, he found him.
Romy & Brendan are everything. This is a story of Romy who is trying to come to terms to what he went through and try to get back to some what normal. Which Romy has plenty of support especially from Brendan who is a silent support. I love how the relationship of Romy & Brendan started for it was friendship for most of the book. Then grow slowly to them having more stronger feelings for each other. This is Brendan's first real gay relationship and this is the first time Romy went into a ...more
Love Bytes Reviews
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 star review by Dan

This was by far my favorite of the series so far. That said, I’m hoping this isn’t the end of the series, because I would really like more! I really like the characters in this series!

In this installment we get to the story of Romy and Brendan. I was hoping this book would be about them. Poor little Romy has been through so much, and big old Brendan is just what he needs to help him work through his issues. But Brendan is straight.

Three months have gone by since Brendan, Ezra
Shirley Frances
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brendan, Donner's best friend, has stood by Romy as he struggles to come to terms with his situation. Romy is determined not to make the same mistakes he's done in the past and that includes standing on his own two feet without turning to hook-ups to find his happiness. However, it seems that Romy can't escape his past but thankfully he has the unwavering support of Brendan, Donner and Ezra. But it is Brendan presence that gives him the most peace out of the three. He feels safe with Brendan and ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was, overall, a very enjoyable read. The plot had just enough strife and self-doubt to keep it going, but not so much that it felt like you were getting bogged down in unnecessary conflict. It addressed many real life problems, such as abuse, self-discovery, social prejudice, and even rape. It was fast-paced but didn’t feel rushed.

The characters were all well-developed, even those that could’ve possibly been described as being a cliché. Through the book you begin to fall in love with B
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Romy is a hot mess. After being held captive, by his abusive ex, he was rescued by Donner, Ezra, and Brendan. He has been living with Donner and Ezra for a few months now, and is now bussing tables at Ezra's new coffee cafe. He suffers nightmares and his scared of his own shadow. After being rescued Romy and Brendan become good friends. Romy considers Brendan is safe place. What happens when Romy realizes he wants to be more than friends, with his straight best friend?

This book was hard. I have
Jenny Wood
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew this one would be my fave and it so was.... My heart broke for Romy having been through so much at such a young age, I love that he had Ezra in his life to look after him after his thing with Carlos, and Brendan.. how endlessly patient and sweet and understanding.. he was a big ol softy I loved that for him.
What I did NOT like, but sadly expected since the other two books were that way too, was why in the world the bad guy gets away with it AGAIN!!! It's like this author likes the bad guy
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very intense read. Romy has been rescued from Carlos, but he has a long way to go in healing the abuse that he has suffered. Brendan is his safe place and they quickly become good friends. But Brendan has been keeping himself in check for years - ignoring his attraction to guys. There is the football player aspect and his family that have kept him from acting on anything or acknowledging anything before he meets Romy.

Of course given the baggage of both guys, you know this will not go smoothly.
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No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance wasn't a thing yet) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and tryi ...more

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Belonging (4 books)
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  • Maybe This Time (Belonging #2)
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