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Sound of Us

(Us #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Jake Bowden didn’t expect to be settling into a strong, loving relationship with another guy at only twenty-three years old—never mind with two. His chemistry with Cris is as strong as ever, while things with Charles are more like a simmer than a heavy boil. Charles says he’s perfectly content to go at Jake’s pace, but Jake isn’t sure slow is what he wants anymore. And whe ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2017 by Briggs-King Books
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Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
Quite enjoyed being back with these guys but I didn't enjoy this as much as book 1. For me I kept getting distracted, so maybe I wasn't in the right zone!
Denise H.
*** We are continuing from the previous book, about the wonderful, yet intense story, of a male ménage finding their happiness.
Jake and Cris haven't quite captured the concept of no more hiding and to face up to what they want and feel. The men are getting stronger and more loving as they move along,
and Cris, 29,

has an upset from his past that threatens the men he loves. He gets drunk and needs to be taken home by Chet, 48, and Jake, 23.

Together they talk and understand what happened. Cris h
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Shouldn't have read it. I was not that impressed with the first book and liked the second one even less. Ok, just gotta say that the biggest dislike is the sudden evolution into a D/s relationship for one of the couples. Just felt out of left field and also awkward. Also if Charles could stop saying "love" that would be great. Chet is in his 40s not 60s and talking to his grandkids.
On a good note I liked Jake's growth as a character a lot. I also found less emphasis on the other side c
Caroline Brand

Sound Of Us picks up immediately where Here For Us left off which made perfect sense as Chet, Cris and Jake’s story was definitely left unfinished. At the start of this book they are certainly together but they are not completely settled and at least one of the new triad is hiding secrets.Jake is the youngest and the one that seems to be struggling the most. Chet is a bit of a mystery to him, he is fierce about becoming independent again which sees him living separately f
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

If you enjoyed Here for Us, the first part of Cris, Jake and Charles/Chet’s story, you’re going to enjoy this one as well. The books need to be read in order as this is a continuation of their story, building upon issues raised in the first book.

There are two main plotlines outside of the general furtherance of triad: there’s Cris dealing with the past he thought he escaped and Jake trying to become more independent before fully committing to the triad. Both
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
This is the sequel to Here for Us which needs to be read before this one. I did enjoy seeing more of the development of this ménage relationship and the way the characters issues were handled. Actually, the only ones with true issues were Jake and Cris; Jake is still learning to cope with his bipolarism and Cris's past catches up with him. Charles/Chet is the oldest and most level-headed and I liked the way A.M. Arthur made him a strong guide for both Cris and Jake. He didn't become a creepy dad ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked the first book very much, so I had high hopes for this one. Sadly it couldn't keep my interest.
In the end I have to say: too much sex and not enough story.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

I was looking forward to catching up with Jake, Cris and Chet again. Things were a little slow to start but once the story got going it was enjoyable.
Joyfully Jay
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Sound of Us is the second book in the Us series and a direct follow up to Here for Us. Although we get some background here on what has been going on with the guys, this book is best read after the first story.

At the end of the first book, the guys were coming together officially as a threesome, and now we see them a short time later. The two conflicts they are facing now are the secret from Cris’ past and his instinct to hide it from the other guys, and Jake’s feel
Amanda Marie Stambaugh
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book even more than the first one. This one dealt with a little bit more darker issues and the way the characters dealt with them was inspiring. The way the author portrayed the problems was very realistic. Also the way the characters reacted to the obstacles that were thrown their way was very realistic and refreshing. This series has proved to be a very realistic representation of life and the struggle everyone faces now and again.
Denise GremoryKohta
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I love these guys. Unique individuals who find the strength in themselves as well as each other to go into an amazing triad filled with love, respect, and beautiful passion. I am really loving this series and look forward to reading Taro and Dell's story. I think that one is really going to show just how talented A.M. Author truly is.
Jess A Jaye
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great read from AM Arthur. Great to see Jake, Cris and Chet move forward in their relationship and address their own personal issues.
I love getting glimpses of previous loved MCs and getting to know others who I hope will eventually get their own stories.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-from-author
These three love each other so much!

Sound of Us is book 2 in A. M. Arthur's new series called Us. While you probably could read book 2 without reading book 1 first I strongly recommend that you start with book 1. First off, it's a great book and second, book 1 gives you a lot of the background information about Cris, Chet (Charles) and Jake.

Here for Us ended with a HFN (happy for now) but Sound of Us digs deeper into the relationship between the three MCs (main characters).

Cris has been keeping
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, m-m-read
This is so petty but just like the first book, Charles' patterns of speech made me crazy. It was so stifled and obviously an attempt to make him sound older than the other two. It kept ripping me out of the story.

But the story... it was nice. Fine. Not a lot of drama and what there was, was resolved quickly. This book had a laundry list of things in it so it read a little bit like something that was produced less to tell a real story and more to check the PC boxes of a book in this genre being
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok

This is a continuation of Here for Us and does not really stand on its own. Although it would not be impossible to skip the first book as there is enough quick rehashing parts to help a new reader settle in. The three main characters are Charles, Cris, and Jake and they are in a newly formed three way relationship. The first book saw them getting together and this one sees them getting used to the new relationship and trying out new ways of expressing their love both sexually and non-sexuall
Friendly Pilot
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've read several AM Arthur books and I enjoyed Cost of Repairs and Perspectives. This one didn't work for me.

Pluses for erotic descriptions, discussion of Jake's bipolar issues, Ned

Minuses for rushed and poor editing, repetitiveness, confusing names (Chet/Charles/Cris/Christian -- I constantly had to check who I was reading about), boring go-nowhere red herrings (Booker's threats, Cris's parents), making Chet/Charles talk like Yoda instead of a real person (one more "do you consent?" and "you a
This book was just mostly predictable and frankly uninteresting.
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The Sound of Us follows the triad that we met in A.M. Arthur’s Here for Us as they come through one crisis and begin to establish the parameters of their unique relationship. Lots of emotion, a whole lot of hot, steamy sex, mixed with some serious conversations, a bit of BDSM play and talk of the future all are rolled up into the second book in this series.

As Jake gets stronger and a better understanding of his bi-polar disorder, he makes a decision that while his lovers Cris and Chet understand
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again we get to see into the lives of Jake, Charles, & Cris who are now learning to navigate their way around a polyamorous relationship that they began in Here for Us. Sound of Us sees the boys shortly after Here ended. Cris' past comes back and not wanting to bring his lovers into the sordid world he grew up in, Cris keeps the troubles to himself. Safe to say that doesn't sit too well with Charles and Jake once they find out. Jake has felt abandoned so often that despite his love for his ...more
Faye K
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dom-sub, ku-read, m-m-m
Wow.. I love this book, a beautifully written story with 3  amazing guys. Cris is a beautiful guy with struggles as well as Jake. Thank goodness they have Chet there for them. Between the three of them they make a fantastic trio.. This has some really hot scenes and bravery and courage and mental health struggles.
 Life continues with Cris, Jake and Chet being all together from the first book in this series.
Their relationship is still new and not many of their friends know yet.. Jake is moving
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Erotically sweet, this one is a study in contrast

There's lots and lots of smexy times in this one but they're never superfluous and they work perfectly within the story narrative.

I love how AM Arthur always has her characters talking throughout their relationship, not just when things have gone wrong.

There's a bit more angsty in this one as we get the full story of Cris' crime family past and also see how Jake's bipolar continues to affect his emotions and behaviour.

I've enjoyed this duo of book
Sharon Swietek
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three very different men find the strength to love each other

This book contains graphic mmm sex scenes and is for 18+ readers.
I loved this book! Charles(Chet), Cristian(Cris), & Jake are an unlikely triad. Charles thinks he's too old for this kind of love. Cris is hiding a secret that may pull them apart. Jake is dealing with bipolar. You will ache for them. Laugh with them. Feel pride when Jake conquers his fears & goes after his dreams. The minor characters are rich & well thought out.
I go
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: average-read
Normally I give all A.M.'s books at least 4 plus stars but this one I liked but didn't love it just didn't blow me away. I was frustrated and sick of Jake's self-esteem issues with the relationship and feeling like a third wheel because he wasn't in friendship/relationship that long. Like I said I thought it but good but wanted more. I did like when more characters were involved in the story like Chet's Nephew Dell and his issues and new budding relationship, It made things more interesting. The ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love it

I love to read about my three favorite guys. I was scared that jake recent diagnosis would break them all apart or Chris secrets would rip them into different directions. But it didn't. I feel like Chet words knew how to keep everyone leveled and that each person in the relationship brings something to the table that each one needs from the other. I was thinking no this is going to end very bad. I wish we knew more about Chet pass. I wanted to know what Dell went through that night but k
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I don't think I've ever read a bad story by A M Arthur. This one does not disappoint, continuing from here for us. This book takes the story of chet, cris & Jake to the next level, with the boys striving to make their relationship work despite depression, the FBI and a visit to jail. Thoroughly recommended but read here for us first or better still the 2 for runner series cost of repairs & perspectives you will not be disappointed.
Victorias' KeepinitReal
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good! I liked part 2 and the story came together as it continued this interesting triad story from part 1. I got a better feel for Jake in this story and his emotional connection to Chet was solidified. I worried about Jake's true feelings in part 1.....but no more. Cris, Jake and Chet worked through their emotions verbally and physically and arrived at a comfortable and very satisfying relationship that was pleasing and gratifying to all 3 men. Good conclusion!
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored these three men.

There is so much emotion in this book. These men all have pasts to overcome and scary presents to deal with but they find something in each other to help build a future together. I loved all the secondary characters and hope to see them get their happy future.
♥~♥❇ ★~Lyne~★ ❇♥~♥
Very disappointed by this installment. The first installment had me turning page after page and couldn't wait to find out what was coming next. The second book started off well 1/4 into the book things became repetitive and some paragraphs lag & stalled. It was torture, but I somehow preserver through the end. ...more
We Will Face Life Together

The best thing about this book...besides the plot, the loving, the growing trust among the men and the wonderful explanation of bipolar the wonderful dialogue.

At no time is it forced or stilted. All exchanges came across fluid and natural. So did their reactions in every situation.
I love the series. The characters are great, well fleshed-out and complement each other.
There's lots of relationship building and deepening going on, lots of small, personal "dramas" that help them get closer together.
Also, lots of very hot sex. Considering the rather slow tempo in the first book, they advance by leaps and bounds in this one.
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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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