Chase Hansen. Broke. College drop out. Male stripper.
My life wasn’t at all what I imagined it would be. I should have been finishing up college, interning with a well-respected business, partying with my friends. But instead, I was raising my seventeen year old brother, struggling to make ends meet. Love wasn’t even on my radar. Besides, what did I have to offer? A few crumpled singles pulled from my G-string? Defeated and exhausted, I knew I had zero chance of finding someone to love me just as I am.
Noah Carpenter. Angry. Betrayed. Doctor.
Just when I thought my life was going exactly as it should, everything turned upside down. With my final rotation in medical school complete, I finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. What I never expected was to catch the man of my dreams in our bed with the man of his. Beyond infuriated, I struggled to piece together the remnants of my life. Just when I’d decided to give up on love altogether, I found a man who loved me just as I am.
As I Am is my first book by Melissa Collins, and I can tell you that I loved this book so much, the characters,the plot and the love story between Chase and Noah left me breathless. Over the few past months I had hard time finding a M/M romance that can keep my attention, for now I have few M/M Romance authors that I follow religiously, and plan on adding Melissa to my list. Because with this book she easily made me love her writing and everything.
AS I AM is a book about healing, moving on and finding someone who will love you with all your flaws and imperfection. And that’s what this book does, it makes you feel so many emotions,it’s not like some other M/M romances that only concentrates on sex,it’s more emotional and more heartwarming than the rest, but it still has it’s sexual aspect. This book has it’s flaws and imperfections, but those flaws in the end build the plot to be better and more emotional. I am hoping that Melissa will write more books that are as great as this one, and that she will continue to write in the M/M romance genre. As I Am is imperfectly perfect story about characters that are also imperfectly perfect. Both characters with it’s own flaws and both of them striving for the same thing, pure love, they are both looking for someone that will love them for who they are and not try to change them.
Chase was a happy guy with a full ride to college,the world at his feet, but all of that changes after an car accident that claims the life of his parents, driving him to quit college at his last semester so he can take care of his younger teenage brother. When the insurance of their parents runs out, Chase turns to his best friend Gavin, who helps him find a job, he thought he would never step his foot in, male stripping. Chase knows that he needs money to take care of his brother and himself, even though it meant put his pride aside, he accepts the job. What he didn’t think it would ever happen to him, is finding love in a strip club. And he does, when sees Noah for the first time hes completely captived by him, he deep inside knows that he has to have him. Oh and he does, he falls madly in love with Noah. Noah helps realize that he can still do what he always wanted to do. With Noah’s help he becomes the man he always wanted to be
Noah was broken, betrayed, hunted by the past that doesn’t want to leave him alone. Cheated by the boyfriend that he thought he loved. He does everything in his power to be a good man, for himself and for the others around him. But after the betrayal he’s left in pieces, struggling to pick the broken parts. But when he meets Chase all of that changes, somehow, slowly Chase helps him realize what true love is, and that all he ever longed for, he was able to find with Chase. Noah, as a person is very caring and very down to earth guy, he cares so much for the people who mean something to him. I love that part of him, I love that he was able to be there for both Chase and Benny.
“You’re all I ever ask for.”
Chase & Noah are a couple that were meant to be. They are there for each other through thick and thin. They have great chemistry, they fit together perfectly. They know that they can lean on each other, when they couldn’t do that before. They love each other more than they ever loved before. Being together felt right for them, simply like it was written in the stars that they should be together and have a happy future together, which they do.
“He was the strength I needed, the warmth I never thought I’d have.”
Overall, I loved this story so much, and the characters that play a major part in this book. Both Chase and Noah deserve a lot of love, and I hope that you will give them a chance to woo you and make you love them as much as I did. AS I AM is a standalone and as far as I know its not a partof a series. So I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good emotional M/M novel.
Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.