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The Heart As He Hears It

(Perspectives #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.

While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.

And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mis
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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☆ Todd
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this story quite a bit and, unlike book 1, the fuckery was kept too a minimum, with only a bit of *truly* uncharacteristically bad behavior by Jon toward the end of the book.

However, for one of the MC's to be a porn star, the story was surprisingly light on the sex. It was there in spots, but not too in your face, which was fine.

The story ends with a bit of insane stalker cray-cray, which felt a slightly over the top, but it didn't bother me too awfully so.

Overall, I'd rate this one arou
Denise H.
*** Wonderful A.M. Arthur M/M story !!
Awesome series !! ***
Complex characters, a psycho, a shut-in, a dying friend, finding a true friend and savior, healing, caring, first time sex, and a beautifully written story that will make you happy. Much is happening with Jon,

waiter/porn star, a handsome man who has stayed away from relationships.
His friend is dying and wants to connect with a newly discovered grandson. Jon helps. When Henry and Isaac meet, Jon is there and has an instant reaction to
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
What goods a buddy read without the angst...
This was my first buddy read over on GR with the awesome Christelle. Thanks for the giggles and the occasional ragefest ;)

'The Heart as He Hears It' was the third and probably the final book in this series since Ms. Arthur tends to write her series in sets of 3. Hopefully there will a spin-off series as we have seen happen previously since she left us with more than a couple of characters that we need more information on. There was Jake, who seems to
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-finished
Story 4+ stars. Narration took a while to get used to but not bad, 3.5 stars. I realized I have over a dozen audio books on my Audible account I haven't listened to, so here goes. I enjoyed this book a lot. There is so much adversity facing all of the characters in this story but it wasn't melodramatic or depressing. Despite everything, the story had a hopeful tone throughout and I was so proud of these guys and how they faced their demons. It was a bit unbelievable that Isaac could get as far a ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, m-m
Loved this one, book 2 is still my favorite but this one is a close second.
My heart ached for Isaac, for Jon and Henry too. I'm so happy with the snippets we got from Gabe and Tristan, nothing of Shane and Noel though, I'm hope they're still enjoying their HEA.
Loved the families-of-choice sentiment, as well as the power of love breaking walls that seem impossible to overcome.-
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, on-my-kindle, arc
I was so excited to begin 'The Heart As He Hears It', the third book in A.M. Arthur's 'Perspectives' series. I loved the first two books and having met Jon previously I really wanted to know his story. Even more I wanted him to find the love his best friend Gabe found with Tristan, and to find someone who loved him for exactly who he was.

"Existence wasn’t enough anymore. Isaac stared at the stumbling kitten, startled by the realization that his carefully structured life wasn’t saving him. It wa
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

*I received an ARC of this book from Samhain Publishing via Netgalley in return of an honest review*

This was the first book I read by this author.
The Heart As He Hears It is part of a series but you can easily read it as stand-alone. Characters of the previous books are mentioned in this one but I had no problems following this story because it's centered around two different characters. But after reading this one I definitely want to read the first two b
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, mm
2.5 stars

This book just got on my nerves. I was happy I quit with the audio and started reading, because I was not too thrilled with the narrator. He used an old man’s voice for Isaac, who was 22. And to listen to that for 11 hours...


I’m always curious to see how authors handle one of the MCs being in the porn industry. I was not too happy how things were handled in this one.

I was glad to see that Jon never did another scene once he started dating Isaac, but I felt the whole importance of Jon b
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Not the best writing, but a cute story for my first romance novel. I am concerned about the abundant use of the term "babe," do people really still call each other that?
4.2 Stars

I've been on an angsty, self-reflective and/or mentally ill character book streak and it's a little bit exhausting.

That said, this was really good. I think the agoraphobia, anxiety and eating disorder were handled well and accurately - and with respect. Also, still loving that porn is treated in a mostly positive light for their studio; that Chet considers it a stepping stone for guys to get where they want to professionally and personally, and that he's a pretty decent boss.

I'm not sur
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Okay, seriously?! WTF?! The book was good, I liked the trope, I liked the characters and I liked the slow development of feelings and 'quirky' Isaac.
BUT... Commence rant:
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Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series, m-m, arc
~3.75 stars~

This is book #3 in this series and it can be read as a standalone, although I recommend reading the previous books as well since some of the characters are mentioned a few times, especially the ones from book #2.

I was excited to read this book and it was almost 5 stars from the beginning because I loved most of it. Jon is a porn star (Gabe's best friend if you read book #2) who enjoys his job thoroughly because what's not to like? Safe sex in a nice environment, no judgement from th
Audiobook review

3,5 stars

The Heart as He Hears It is the third book in the Perspectives series. It can be read as a standalone as each book focuses on a new couple. They do appear as minor characters, but you won’t feel lost when they do.

Sadly, I just wasn’t feeling the magic this time around and I can’t really tell you why. I mean the story is a good one. I love dented characters and we got that here, there are plenty of issues going around with everything from eating disorders, anxiety and ag
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars.

A.M. Arthur's writing style is always filled with a slow-burn romance between fully fleshed-out, developed characters, mixed with the reality of tragedy and disabilities. The Heart as He Hears It is no different.

The 3rd book in the Perspectives series is a great addition, following in the footsteps of its predecessors. The past narrators are shown, allowing the readers to stay connected, and no doubt we've met the narr
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jon and Isaac balance each other out so well. They both have suffered through something that has completely skewed their view on relationships with others, even attempting to allow new relationships to develop. Isaac has locked himself in his home. It is the only place he feels safe. Jon has turned to porn as a career. The Mean Green Boys studio is the only place where he feels like he can find safe, no strings sex. These two men meeting and developing a friendship is an amazing thing. The relat ...more
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Seit dem Tod seiner Großmutter hat Isaac Gregory das einstige Haus seiner Großeltern nicht mehr wirklich verlassen. Nur dort fühlt er sich sicher. Als jedoch eines Tages ein Mann vor seiner Tür steht, der behauptet, der ihm bisher nicht bekannte Vater von Isaacs eigenem gewalttätigem Vater zu sein, und der zudem auch noch einen außerordentlich gut aussehenden jungen Mann bei sich ha
I really liked how the romance progressed in this one, but I have issues with how the mental health stuff was handled. I wish Isaac had sought out therapy. I wish the message wasn't that someone just needs to fall in love and they can cure their mental illness. I wish that There had been a little more focus on what Jon was going through, there's a little bit so it wasn't ignored but it just felt unbalanced. So much focus was on Isaac and his traumas. I didn't care for the ending, it felt like it ...more
Lindsay M.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I've toyed with my review for this book for a few days, and I think I'm going to settle with 3.5 stars. While I really liked the idea behind the story, and I really liked the characters, it fell a bit flat. I'm disappointed because, I mean, HELLO! Bear is the cutest thing EVER! But alas, she was not enough to distract me from the corniness when I wanted more depth. So this could be my hang up, but in the end, it felt a bit one-dimensional, and I skimmed the last 20 percent. I'm not sure A.M. Art ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This wonderful story has a trio of main characters - Isaac, Jon, and a relationship-starting kitten named Bear!

Jon is a porn model with serious body issues he struggles every day to overcome. His best friend Henry rescued him from the streets when he was kicked out for coming out, and now that best friend has terminal cancer, which sends Jon reeling. When Henry finds out he’s fathered a child and has a grandchild out there somewhere, he asks for Jon’s assistance in locating them.

Isaac is a parti
Chris Kottner-Kirschner
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seit einem Jahr hat Isaac Gregory nicht mehr das Haus verlassen. Der junge Mann, der schon soviele Verluste, Tragödien und Gewalt in seinem Leben ertragen musste, lebt völlig isoliert und hat längst Ticks entwickelt. Kontakt zu seinen Verwandten hat er kaum und ins Haus lässt er niemanden rein. Selbst den Mann, der seine wöchentlichen Einkäufe erledigt, hält er auf Distanz. Doch dann schleppt seine Großtante plötzlich zwei fremde Männer an, von denen einer behauptet sein Großvater zu sein. Isaac ...more
Caroline Brand

Book 3 in the Perspectives series has a whole lot of feels to pull on your heart strings. I really like the characters that A M Arthur creates and I also like the way those characters grow, usually painfully, throughout the stories. Gabe and Tristan still remain my favourites but Jon and Isaac are now a close second.

Jon and Isaac are both damaged by people from their past. For Jon it was mental abuse that he dealt with from a previous and very toxic relationship,
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4.5 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

**Note this review will be cross posted at and

After getting out of an abusive relationship and getting his life back on track Jon entered the world of gay porn 4 years ago. He felt he could make money and have enjoyable sex, all while having control over his environment. Jon's best friend Henry is dying of cancer. Henry doesn't have much time left,
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I have so enjoyed this series. Each couple has really had to overcome some real difficulties and in this case, Isaac's demons are huge. He's basically agoraphobic and hasn't left his house in over a year. He's lost most of his hearing due to abuse. He's suffered more than any 10 people should in a lifetime. When he meets his heretofore unknown grandfather in Henry, Jon's best friend, and Jon, he is terrified but curious. He seems to have a connection with Jon and while he's still afra ...more
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The third book in A.M. Arthur's Perspectives series is very good; it is emotional, complicated, endearing, and as always from this author, incredibly well written. While I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first two in this series, I wouldn't have missed it for anything.

Porn star Jon will do anything for Henry, the father figure in his life and the man he feels he owes so much to, so helping him track down the grandson he never knew
Joyfully Jay
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

he Heart As He Hears It is the third installment in author A.M. Arthur’s Perspective series. Focusing on the lives and loves of various members of the porn star world, this time Jon, aka Boomer, is the star of the show. Creating fractured characters that find their determination to reach beyond their abusive backgrounds is a skill that author A.M. Arthur not only excels at, but also has cornered the market on. Her men are not just wounded; they hide a vulnerabilit
3.5 stars – BR with Karen

Another addition to the perspective series (can be read as a standalone) : this time, the story is about Jon. Jon’s mentor, Henry, is dying and has just found out he has a grandson, Isaac, who lives as a recluse due to an abusing childhood that left him almost deaf. The pull between Jon and Isaac is immediate, Isaac feeling surprisingly safe in Jon’s presence and Jon wanting to protect Isaac and show him that the outside world can also be a nice place.

This book was quite
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book was a little frustrating to read. On the surface, this story had all the elements that I tend to love--broken/damaged souls, humor, a cute kitten (!), steamy love scenes, and more. But like Adam, I hate "insta-love" stories because they aren't realistic and they're a cop out--it's an easy way for a writer to get from point A to point B. But that's what happens here. It also didn't ring true that both men became healed simply because of their insta-love connection. Without spoiling anyt ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, m-m-read
Book Three of the Perspectives series focuses on Jon and Isaac. This book is similar to the others in the series with one character (Isaac) being fragile and the other (Jon) being devoted to him and lovingly drawing him out of his fear to rejoin the world. The sweetness between these two men was enough to make my teeth ache, it was lovely.

So imagine my shock/horror when (view spoiler)
4 Stars

A.M. Arthur knows how to bring the emotion and that is definitely what happened with this book. Both Jon and Isaac had major issues to get over and they really were able to get through their journeys together. I loved how they communicated throughout the build up of their relationship and never had to deal with any big misunderstandings. I did think the stalker element was a out of left field though it did provide some external drama to a story that was primarily about internal conflict.
I don't know how to adequately say how much I LOVED this story so I won't even try. For me everything from the plot to the characters and all things in-between was perfect. I couldn't put this book down and read it into the wee hours of the night or maybe I should say morning. I so didn't want this story to end, I'm going to miss sweet, darling Issac and ever so patient Jon. While I don't usually re-read books I will be keeping this one to read over and over again.

I've enjoyed all the books in t
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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

Other books in the series

Perspectives (5 books)
  • The Truth As He Knows It (Perspectives #1)
  • The World as He Sees It (Perspectives #2)
  • Their Life As They Live It (Perspectives #4)
  • His Faith As He Finds It (Perspectives, #5)