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Finding Their Way

(Restoration #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track--until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.

Donald "Boxer" Boxwood wasn't looking for anything beyond
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

A.M. Arthur loves angst. She loves it so much that she usually doesn't know where to stop, and her characters end up getting murdered while escaping drug addicted mothers WHILE overcoming dyslexia, or something to that effect. There is good angst and there is bad angst, and this author always just steps over the line for me. This book was less angsty (but think about the scale here!), which I really appreciated.

I really enjoyed the slow way that the relationship between Boxer and Ril
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
3.75 Friends-to-Lovers Stars!

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Finding Their Way
was an enjoyable venture back into the MM genre. Riley McCann is a bartender at a local gay bar, 23 years old, and has been on his own for five years. Five years since his dad kicked him out for being queer. He's had a few boyfriends but has some hard limits as far as sex is concerned. When he's taken to a party with his current boyfriend, Brett, he finds himself in need of someone strong and protective to rescue him from something he can't fathom h
Full release day review originally posted at Sinfully...Addicted to All Male Romance

This is book two in the Restoration series and the timeline continues from where the first one ends. Although Boxer was introduced there as a minor secondary character and almost everyone reappears in this book, it can work as a standalone. Where Getting it Right was heavy with the angst and drama, this one was better balanced with more focus on the main relationship without one tragedy after another. Of course t
I skipped the first book in this series, Getting It Right, based on the reviews of my friends. Almost all of them didn't like it, and the over-the-top drama that is apparently A.M. Arthur's preferred method didn't sound fun. While 'Finding Their Way' didn't blow me away, it was an enjoyable read with a manageable amount of drama.

'Finding Their Way' is very much so a relationship-focused book. From the moment that Boxer rescues Riley from an unfortunate situation at a kinky sex party, the story r
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mm
And now a trip to the court of differing opinions...

Riley and Box have barely blipped on my radar before now. Riley is one of the bartenders at Pot O' Gold and Box is friends with James, Nathan & Elliott so he's been around the fringes of the stories. I honestly enjoyed the first part of this story where Riley and Box actually meet each other when Box comes across Riley at a sex party drugged and drunk. Box steps in and keeps Riley safe. In spite of Riley's reservations about Box based str
Denise H.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**** Love A. M. Arthur's delicious characters !!
Beautiful story of love found, and acceptance with deep understanding. Boxer, a landscaper, and Riley/Theo, a bartender find each other at just the right time.
Riley's boyfriend has set him up for sex he doesn't want. Brett drugged Riley and tied him up, gagged him and was about to rape him along with Zach, but Boxer stops the scene.
Boxer saves Riley and takes him home to help him sober up and realize what happened. I nearly stopped reading becau
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
So we all know A.M Arthur has the bad habit of inserting way too much drama in her stories. Her characters suffer more than anyone ever should and a story with a great potential ends up being not so great. That is not the case with this book! I'm happy to say that our main characters are not maimed, shot, kidnapped, tortured...nope, none of that. Granted there's stuff in their past, but their present is relatively tame.

After reading this blurb I thought I wasn't going to like this very much. I'm
4 1/2 stars.

The dedication certainly fit this story.

For those who've taken those first scary steps toward discovering who you truly are inside.

Complex characters with complex situations and relationships. Theo's Mom died when he was young. Theo's alcoholic father couldn't accept his gay son. On his own Theo took bought a new idenity, Riley, and made his own way.

That was Wally Carey's method of teaching - beat it into you with fists or blood or nasty words. Sooner or later, his point was made.

*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*

Note that is not an update for or on the book, but commentary on something I've observed in reviews::

I see how quite a few reviews mention [in their reviews] how a non-consent scene almost happens here, and I am baffled by the need to use the words non-consent instead of RAPE!! It's almost as if people are trying to be politically correct or even 'gentle' about the delivery in terms of what happens, or in this case ALMOST happens!! Even trigger warnings p
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the second book in the Restoration series and can be read as a standalone, though I recommend reading in order.

Riley McGage has a secret--his identity is bought and paid for to keep his angry, gay-bashing alcoholic police detective of a father from ever laying hands on him again. Riley is a bartender at the Pot o Gold bar in Wilmington Delaware, and has met many a sexy man there. He's a no-go for penetrative sex, but his current boyfriend, Brett seems okay with it. Well, until he roofies
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though Finding Their Way is only the second book in A.M. Arthur’s Restoration series, a few of the characters were originally introduced in her Belonging series. Although it’s not necessary to read one to understand what’s going on in the other, it’s worth mentioning because of the connection. Regardless, you definitely want to read Getting it Right before picking up Finding Their Way. There had been a bit of a time lapse between the time I read the two, but once the connection clicked, my ...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boxer to Riley, “The past can ambush you if you don’t know to watch for it.”

Two men fresh out of long term yet trying relationships stumbling through a new and instant friendship that unexpectedly leads to more makes for an amazing read. Finding Their Way is a perfect example of that. Boxer had settled into a relationship that kept him mostly happy but not completely fulfilled. That is what put him at the same party where he would end up rescuing another stray. Boxer recognizes Riley from the ba
Christi Snow
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Riley stole my heart in this book. When you read about his background and what that's done to him, you can't help but feel for the guy. He just can't catch a break...until he meets Boxer. I love that Boxer is nothing like what he looks. He's a tattooed, bald, bear, but that facade hides a teddy bear with a submissive side that guys rarely will indulge for him just because of his appearance. These two work so well together and the thing is they are both coming off bad break-ups. What's
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The second in the Restoration series, Finding Their Way was a fairly enjoyable M/M read, but didn't quite grab me in the way Getting it Right did. This could be because I liked the angst, drama and suspense of James and Nathan's story, and whilst Boxer and Riley's romance did contain some drama and emotion, the nature of their blossoming friendship made it a steadier paced story.

"The bald muscle bear with the badass tattoos is a Gentle Ben with a heart of gold. Do you rescue drowning puppies,
Sammy Goode
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finding Their Way, carries us back into the bar Pot O’ Gold and to one of its bartenders, Riley. Picking up where the first ended, James and Nathan are together and recovering from their horrific assault and their friends are doing everything they can to take care of each other.

Some might remember the quiet yet hulking Donald Boxwood, aka Boxer, who is one of the gang and best friends with James and Elliott. Recently jilted by his boyfriend, Boxer attends a private party where BDSM is the order
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
nice,but I did not feel the love.
both are great guys and I feel for boxer and Riley.
the story was a too easy things comes together.
Oke it is romance and not real live.
but the ending and loose end,wraps up a bitt too nicely.
and despit all that,for me a bit boring.
but nice al the same
JD Crittendon
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding the love that fits!

The story of Riley & Boxer was intense, dramatic, interesting, sweet and charming! I liked the well developed MCs, the pacing and of course the co-characters. Ms Arthur is a very good storyteller!
Boxer was super nice and I liked him. Riley was ok too. Angst seems to be a pattern with this author but overall ok.
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3.5 Balanced Stars!

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

Gotta admit, I'm a huge fan of A.M. Arthur. So far I have quite liked everything that I have read of hers. With Finding Their Way it's part of a series but could be read as a standalone. In her other series the Pot O Gold bar is the gay hotspot. In this book Riley happens to be one of the bartenders there as well as Boxer's a regular patron.

Riley has his secrets but he also has his limits. Boxer has so muc
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Reviewer's notes: First off I want to thank Carina press for a beautiful cover. Secondly, this book deals with domestic violence and some gay-bashing. As we know this can be a trigger to some readers, we are adding this warning to the review.

Some writers just consistently write superior books and A.M. Arthur is one of those authors and Finding Their Way is another fine example of her work. Both characters had some trauma in their past, and wh
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the age of eighteen, Theo Carey has an even greater traumatic experience with his father than the loss of his mother. He leaves home in fear, and changes his name to Riley McCage. He tries to become a different person, but his self-confidence is still a big issue for him, and he finds himself in a dangerous predicament with a detestable boyfriend.

Donald “Boxer” Boxwood has faced family issues of his own. His grandmother took care of him and his brother, and other children. He’s a muscled, tat
I loved this book and I loved the characters. Riley and Boxer were so great together. I loved watching them both learn to trust again after being screwed over by love ones. Boxer was big strong and muscular, but inside he really was a gentle sweetheart who loved hard. Riley was so much more than he appeared and Boxer helped him see that. I was a little surprised at the role Riley in their relationship. But then I wasn't. After all you learned about him, it kind of made sense. Plus it was hot!

3.5 stars

Riley has a job he enjoys and a boyfriend he trusts. Trust doesn't come easily for Riley after being kicked out as a teen by his abusive, alcoholic father. What Riley doesn't know is that his boyfriend is not a good guy and that trust is about to be broken. Boxer has recently gone through a difficult breakup and is struggling with the sense of loss. A night at a bdsm party is just what he thinks he needs. When he walks in on a bad scene he ends up being Riley's unlikely savior.

The stor
Joyfully Jay
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Don’t you just love it when the sequel is just as good as the first in a series—maybe even a bit better? A.M. Arthur’s latest novel in her Restoration series, Finding Their Way, carries us back into the bar Pot O’ Gold and to one of its bartenders, Riley. Picking up where the first story ended, James and Nathan are together and recovering from their horrific assault and their friends are doing everything they can to take care of each other.

Some might remember the qu
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What kind of reader does it make me when I absolutely love a book that has angst pouring out of almost every page, but still yet, I love a book that is so sweet and mushy that there is a fear of getting cavities? I know, I know... I am soooo easy! *grin*

I will admit that I have been a huge A M Arthur fan from the very first book I read of her's and that opinion has yet to change! I live for drama... I love when emotions just reach out and grab you when you are reading a book! Which is always the
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

We've met Riley and Boxer in past stories, and I'm glad to finally get to read their story. This was an enjoyable read. It was low on the angst side, but it had enough to grab you and keep you reading.

Boxer and Riley know each other by sight from the Pot O Gold, where Riley is a bartender. Boxer is a big muscled and tattooed dude, with a shaved head. But under the tough exterior Boxer has a heart of Gold. H
Kirsty Bicknell
Although this is only the fourth book I have read by A M Arthur I feel able to say that she creates rounded male characters who are emotionally vulnerable, with beautiful hearts. Finding Their Way is not an exception to this rule, yet I also think that the story’s tone is different. Riley is indeed keeping a part of his past secret and is dealing with how he was manipulated by his ex – but Riley is not tormented by these emotions. Finding Their Way is hopeful; we know that Boxer and Riley will h ...more
Finally, Boxer and Riley's story! A combination of adorable, sweet, and slightly kinky. Um, YES PLEASE!

Boxer looks like a stereotypical tough guy -- big, muscular, shaved head and tatts everywhere. But he's really a sweetheart who wants to take care of everyone in his life. In other words, he's perfect.

Riley has been running from his past, but now with the support of Boxer, he's starting to find himself.

I loved these two together: the burly, big-hearted Boxer taking care of Riley, while Riley fi
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle, spank-me, abuse
4.5 Stars

Wow. I really loved Riley and Boxer. I loved their relationship. I loved their openness. I loved how they weren't afraid to communicate. These two were perfect for each other. There's no question about that. I loved how they supported each other. It wasn't just one sided.

I cried. I cried soooo hard in this. I cried for Riley. I cried for his feelings. I cried for what he went through. I cried for everything that had to do with Riley. My heart ached for him and his self esteem.

This was p
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
These AM Arthur books are all complicated and messy. They don't muck around with all the happy-happy, and if you have read the first in this series, you know what you're getting into.

So this was a nice surprise. It wasn't as dark, or as tough to read. Yes, sure, bad things still happen, but they seem to happen to people around Riley and Boxer (view spoiler), so we see the boys dealing with other people's pain, and drawing on each other to f
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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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