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Audiobook: Dare to Hope (All Coks #4) by T.M. Smith

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Blurb
Tristan is the second oldest of the Brennan brothers and the odd man out. Most of the Brennan men have careers in law enforcement, but as a psychiatrist, Tristan chooses to help people in a different way. Quiet and restrained, he is content to hover in the background of his more gregarious brothers. Then he meets two men, each broken and damaged from losses beyond their control.

Gabriel Simenson is mourning his lover’s death. The random act of violence that took Gio’s life has left everyone at All Cocks reeling. The only thing keeping Gabe from drowning in misery is the friendship he’s forged with Micah, the newest model at All Cocks. He continues to struggle, and at the urging of his All Cocks family Gabe agrees to counseling with Tristan under one condition: Micah must go with him.

Micah Solo can relate to unbearable loss, having lost his leg and so much more in Iraq. The past two years he has been alone, adrift and vulnerable — the memories of war haunting his dreams, spilling over into his daily life. At All Cocks, Micah has found the acceptance he craves and the family he lost, but still he yearns for happiness and peace within.

The friendship between the three is instant, the mutual attraction evident. They circle each other, wanting more, yet unsure if it is truly possible. Is life the mundane reality they’ve each come to accept for themselves or do they dare to hope?

The All Cocks Stories is a series set within the world of online gay porn.

Review

Story:
This was a very convincing, heartwarming m/m/m romance with enough love to go around for all three MC’s. I really liked that it built very slowly from friendship to love and that none of the MC’s issues, Micah’s PTSD and Gabe’s mourning of his partner Gio, were quickly swept under the rug but instead were handled with care and sensitivity, laying the groundwork for an enduring, loving relationship.

Throughout the story, we get a good feel for who Tristan, Micah and Gabe are and how they fit together. There’s some angst and insecurities to overcome and the potential of their bond dawns on all of them at different speeds, which to me made everything seem even more realistic. I loved that Gabe got to have a moment of closure, of sorts, with Gio, and that it helped him move forward with Micah and Tristan.

I always love books with a strong supporting cast and this book definitely has that, thanks to all the friends from All Cocks and Tristan’s family.

Narration:
Joel Leslie’s narration was amazing as always. He truly is incredible with accents and I loved his interpretation of the voices of all three MC’s. The emotion he brings to his performance is pure and so convincing, really bringing these three men to life. I was especially moved by his performance of Micah and Gabe’s anguish at certain points in the story, when dealing with the tragic events in their past.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4.5


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Audiobook: How to Deal All Cocks Stories, Book 3 By: T.M. Smith Narrated by: Joel Leslie

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Blurb

Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy who can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD detective.

Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a facade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next 10 years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks cockiest model.

These two strong-willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their love.

Review
Story
How To Deal is the third book in the All Cocks Stories series. It can be listened to as a standalone but I suggest listening to these in order because there are reoccurring characters in each book.
The thing I loved the most about the story was getting to know the real Kory. In the previous books he comes off cocky and brash and quite the jerk. In this story we find out that is just a shield to protect himself from the trauma he experienced as a child.
Jon is a great partner for Kory. He’s laid back and quite easy going but he is strong enough to keep Kory in line when needed. There are some great scenes between Kory and Jon that show just how strong their bond really is. This story has the perfect blending of drama and emotion that I like.
Narration
How to Deal is narrated by the amazingly talented Joel Leslie. He always brings so much to the characters he voices. There are a lot of secondary characters in these books and they all have distinctive voices.

5 stars for both story and narration

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Audiobook: From a Jack to a King By: Scotty Cade Narrated by: Kenneth Obi

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Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/from-a-jack-to-a-king-by-scotty-cade-9718-b

Blurb

New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity – at least on the surface. In public, he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice – gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.
Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.

Review

This was a fail for me. I didn’t enjoy the MCs – I wanted to like Bay as a geek/loner and King as the confident opposite but it felt forced and not at all realistic. Which is fine – but not what I was after. I thought the self help stuff was interesting and unique from a “romance novel” standpoint but I didn’t connect with King and as a result I didn’t find his story compelling.

I think others have enjoyed this but I couldn’t get behind the characters so I wasn’t attached to their relationship.

I found the narration to be only ok, nothing to make me want to keep listening when the story wasn’t enough.

I think a lot of this is personal preference versus poor writing or bad narrating. None of this jumped out at me and had it not been on my review list I’d have stopped reading/listening.

2.5 of 5 stars overall


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Coming Soon!: From a Jack to a King by Scotty Cade

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Blurb
New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity-at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice-gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.

Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play

Review by Mary
I do like Scotty Cade. There is a gentleness to his work that makes it a pleasure to read. This story is about two men with similar childhood experiences that continue affect them in very different ways. Bay became an introvert who pulls on the invisible armour of his fictional character whenever he goes out. King developed an addiction to sex and ultimately found work as a porn star and high end escort. Their meeting was skilfully created, especially Bay’s reaction to meeting King and King’s reaction to how Bay behaves. There is a rocky start but Bay’s sincerity is not something King had previously encountered. Together they grow and change and over the course of the story find strength in each other they didn’t know they were missing. Initially I wondered if it was going to be a Gay for you scenario but realised that’s an outdated way to think. It’s more natural for characters to embrace their bisexuality or pansexuality when faced with an unexpected attraction to someone. I appreciated the depth of detail in this story. It’s all to easy to gloss over important issues. Their childhood history shows how events can trigger ultimately harmful coping mechanisms. I especially appreciated understanding more about sexual addiction. I would recommend this story if you are looking for a different romance with no angst just two people getting through the best they can and ultimately winning.

4 of stars out of 5


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Review by Dee

This is my first book by the author and I quite enjoyed it. A porn star with a sex addiction and a shy, retiring writer could not be more opposite, but the story works.

Bay, the writer, lives almost like a hermit. When he has to promote his book, he channels the persona of his most popular book character – Jack Robbins. The only other time Bay willingly goes anywhere is to gamble, even then he’s more or less in character.

King is more outgoing and works as both a porn star and an escort. Funnily enough, the professions alongside being able to check out these free adult videos and others help him manage his sex addiction, in a way.

When Bay first meets King, it’s not under the best of circumstances and both have preconceived ideas about each other – King thinks Bay may be in denial/the closet; Bay thinks King is only interested because he’s being paid.

Both men meet again and, after few misunderstandings are cleared up, they begin a tentative friendship that slowly becomes more. They address King’s addiction; Bay tries to be more outgoing. Together they become each other’s rock.

 

I liked how Mr. Cade touched on sex addiction – not in depth, but not glossed over either. It allows readers to research more if they are so inclined.

A nice story with a good HEA.

 

3.75 stars out of 5

 

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