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Getting It Right

(Restoration #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,322 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 f
ebook, 245 pages
Published March 16th 2015 by Carina Press
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2 stars. DNF @50%. Review posted February 15, 2015

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A.M. Arthur is a new-to-me author and I'm sorry to say that Getting It Right got it wrong, at least to me. Plenty of tears, crying and too much drama made it very hard for me to get even through the first half of the book. And since Nate wasn't particularly interesting and I felt a rather strong antipathy towards James, I thought I should cut my losses. Also, the author's writing didn't really appeal to me and the sex was…unimaginative. I mean I'
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~2.5 ~

So much angst, so little romance.

I'm gonna channel some Bella now.

There were a few sexy scenes between James and Nathan, but I never felt the chemistry between the two men. Seeing how the two were besties and Nathan was gay for James, I wanted oodles of romance and tenderness, a sizzling connection.

But nope. What I got was alcoholism and PTSD and family drama and bodily attacks.

There seemed to be some overlap with book 2 of Arthur's Belonging series, which I haven't read.

The writing wa
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I think I need to take a nice long break from A.M. Arthur. On one hand, I really like most of her stuff, but on the other hand, I'm just SO drained! This book was a total angst-fest, and IMO, it became way over the top.

Though this book is billed as the first in the Restoration series, I think it is best read as part of the Belonging series (beginning with No Such Thing). The Belonging series is referenced a LOT, and I think I might have lost some of the dialogue if I hadn't read the whole Belon
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Dammit Goodreads, I really need 3.5 stars to fill!!!

3.5 Stars!

Not that I really knew what to expect. This was my first book by A.M. Arthur and while I did like it, I can't say I loved it.

I think for me, it didn't have enough romance maybe? And I just never connected to Nathan or James.

Nathan and James have been BFFs for a long time. James has always had feelings for his straight best friend. I normally really like the friends to lovers trope but I never really felt the love between James and N
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4 Suspenseful, Steamy Stars!

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Nathan Wolf and James Taggert have been best friends for 15 years. Nathan is a detective and straight...and single. James is a psychiatrist and gay...and single. When a night of excessive drinking on James's part leads to Nathan bringing him home to sober up on his couch, one drunken confession leads to another and James kisses his straight best friend. Too bad he has no memory of it the next day. Nathan, however, can't get that kiss off his mind.

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3.5 Stars

James Taggert, a gay psychiatrist, and detective Nathan Wolf has been best friends since college.

James had always feelings for his best friend but tried his best to hide these, since Nathan was straight and it possibly could ruin their friendship.

But one night, when James was drunk, leads to a kiss and makes also Nathan aware that he harbors more than just friendly feelings for James. But then again admiting these feeling could ruin their friendship.

I normally enjoy the hell out of fr
Feb 23, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf

DNF 40%

I can't, I'm sorry. It was too much drama<--- and I didn't even finish! I think had the story been simplified it would've been a lot better. I'm not a fan of piling drama on top of drama. It's unnecessary.

I also found the chemistry between the characters lacking and didn't much care for James. When you're not digging the MC in the book you're reading, it makes it very hard to enjoy the story.

Due to the fact that I did not finish, I shall refrain from rating it. I'm sorry I couldn't e
Feb 04, 2015 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-ftl-bisexual
After reading reviews, I've decided to skip this one. For now at least. Too much angst for me at this point in my life. I don't want it spilling over in large doses during my reading-for-fun time.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I like the author's writing very much but the angst was too much for me to handle, so unfortunately this didn't work for me at all. This is why :

-There was too much going on. This is not always a bad thing as long as the romance doesn't take a back seat, which in my opinion is exactly what happened. The serial killer case, the release of the guy who molested James sister , the drama with his mom, throw in the assaults, the alcoholism and PTSD issues....ugh, I mean it's no wonder the
3.5 stars

I love angst and drama in my books and A.M. Arthur never makes it easy on the men in her books. In this book the drama and angst take center stage and it was a bit unrelenting. It’s not only the main characters, psychiatrist James Taggart and cop Nathan Wolf who have serious issues, but all their friends and family do too.

Nate and James have been best friends for years. For James, one drunk “truth or dare” kiss at a party in college has left him yearning for his straight friend, knowing
Fani *loves angst*
A great book about a straight guy who suddenly starts seeing his gay friend in a different light. And while said gay friend is already in love with him, life keeps conspiring to keep them apart; sometimes it's their own fault, sometimes the trouble comes from outside sources. There's a killer on the prowl who's going to cause some serious trouble (I liked the suspense a lot eventually, although it took some time to really kick in), there's James's drinking problem, there's Nate's trusting issues ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I finished this book last night but I figured I needed to give it some thought before rating it and reviewing it.

This was my first A.M Arthur book, and while I enjoyed it, I also had some difficulties with it.

The book tells us about Detective Nathan Wolf, and his best friend, the Psychiatrist James Taggert. You see, James is openly gay, and Nate is straight. They have been best friends since forever, but there have always been feelings between them that they decided to bottle up, and ignore.

Vanessa theJeepDiva
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
James to Nathan “Then tell me about Thursday night.”
Getting It Right was a friends to lovers story that really worked for me. The story as a whole worked well and that is saying a lot considering how much I hate reading alcoholics in my books. James and Nathan have know each other for nearly half their lives. This allows for them to say and do things that they typically wouldn’t with an individual they were starting a new relationship with. The hard truths they sometimes throw at each other make
Jan 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: twenty-fifteen, arc, mmr
Thank you Netgalley!!

Pretty please Netgalley, with sugar on top!!!
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, part-of-a-series
Got my ARC!!!! Who-hooo!! ---> that was me 2 days ago!!!


2.5 stars

After all that excitement and exuberance, I deflated like a damaged balloon. I'm not sure why this isn't part of Belonging series, it's about a character we've seen a lot in that series. It didn't really need to be a spin-off, but whatever.

As much as I liked the Belonging series, I cant say the same thing about this book. I never really liked Tag that much before, but that's exactly how it's supposed to be. It's all about
Christi Snow
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This book had some interesting characters, but I think the most contradictory one of them all was James. James is a therapist and I totally understand how he chose his line of work. His stepfather raped his sister and she committed suicide. That scar on their family has definitely left it's James wants to keep others from hurting that badly. So he became a therapist. But honestly, I can't imagine a more screwed up mental case out there than James. He's an alcoholic who partie
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the story overall, but there were some definite issues. The constant misunderstandings got seriously old. These are two grown men, one of them a therapist for gods sake, and they couldn't manage some simple declarative sentences to clear shit up between them? I didn't buy it, and it was boring after a while. Then there was the constant and overwhelming drama. And it was like an epidemic that affected everyone around them. Alcoholism, PTSD, cancer, suicide, anorexia, etc etc etc. Wow. I w ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Getting It Right was an interesting read, but it had a little too much angst for my taste.

Still I liked both our heroes, Nathan a little more than James. But I always liked cops more than psychiatrists ;) so James never stood a chance.
I thought Nathan and James matched each other. I loved the struggle they had when they took their relationship from pure platonic to a romantical level.

The writing was good and easy to understand and I was through really fast.

The only thing that bothered me and as
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, 2016
Three stars... three and a half stars...????

On one hand I couldn't stop reading, on the other it was pretty OTT and James got on my very last nerve.

But I couldn't stop reading. Which is kinda the point of books, right?

I'm sticking it at three stars because it's nice and in the middle. At points it was one star and others five. I'm incredibly indecisive today.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm
Sometimes things go very wrong before you can get it right...

I first encountered the character of James Taggert in A.M. Arthur's series 'Belonging' he interested me. In book 2 he came on a little too strong with Ezra but luckily he got himself in check before things went past the point of no return and he seemed to be sincerely regretful of his behavior so I was intrigued. I like a person who not only recognizes but is willing to take ownership of their mistakes. We all make them, it's how we
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Friends-to-lovers is one of my trusted tropes and when you throw angst, emotional issues and suspense in the mix, it bodes well. A.M Arthur is a new author to me and is now on my radar after reading Getting It Right.

Psychiatrist, Dr. James Taggart and Detective Nathan Wolf have been best friends for years. Comfortable, easy and tactile around each other, James has always hidden his true feelings for his straight friend. A drunken kiss from James results in Nate questioning the depth and true mea
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

Nathan "Nate" is a detective. He has been best friends since college with James "Jay", who's a psychiatrist.

Nate is straight, while Jay is gay. It's never interfered with their friendship, until, while Jay is drunk and vulnerable they kiss. Jay doesn't remember it, but Nate does, and he can't stop thinking about it. Can they try to be more than just friends?

I have read all but maybe a couple of AM's books, and I think this is by far my favorite. This book held me captivated from the moment I o
Veronica of V's Reads
Is is a contemporary GFY romance between two long time best friends, James Taggart, a psychiatrist, and his college BFF Nathan Wolf, a police detective. James has been an out gay man his whole adulthood, but Nathan is only beginning to acknowledge his attraction to James after 15 years of close friendship. James has long held a torch for his straight bestie.

James is an alcoholic--he's personally a mess. At age 15, he witnessed his stepfather raping his younger sister, who later ODed, and his mo
Maria Rose
This romantic suspense thriller is the story of James and Nathan. James is gay and has a hard hitting playboy reputation in his spare time though as a psychologist dealing with abuse cases it's no surprise that alcohol is his friend. Nathan is a straight cop, investigating murder cases and used to dealing with the dregs of humanity. One drunken night things go farther than either expected, making Nathan question his true feelings for James and bringing James's attraction to Nathan out in the ope ...more
2.5 stars

Honestly this book didn't really work for me. I typically adore the friends to lovers and/or gfy tropes. I really thought this would be a book I loved. James is a therapist who is gay and in love with his best friend Nathan. Nathan is a detective who is attracted to James but has never acted on it due to not wanting to risk their friendship as well as not wanting to admit his own sexual feelings. There is also a murder mystery going on through out the storyline that Nathan is working on
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I'm glad I didn't read any reviews before getting this one because with so many saying there was alot of angst, I probably would have skipped it. I'm glad I didn't. I am a sucker for friends to lover stories. While everything wasn't smooth sailing between these two, they both had unresolved issues, I didn't find it too angsty at all. I am looking forward to the other books in this series.
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Enjoyable story. Not a favorite, but I liked. Some of Tag's issues felt...underdeveloped. He clearly had some damage in his history, but I'm not sure the case was made for the choices he then went on to. There's a lot more miscommunication in a relationship where 1/2 is a therapist than I'd expect to see.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Lots of angst. Lots and lots of angst. A little...too much angst.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
3 stars. Good writing, but angst/romance ratio was off for me. Too much angst, not enough romance.

Was this part of another series? I feel like I should of known the secondary characters.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love angst! this is *THE* book for you! I don't get the bad reviews AT ALL because I loved it. Nathan + James = cutest couple ever : ) The GFY plot was perfectly written, too.
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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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