Sunday, April 23, 2017

Release Blitz: Choices and Changes by TM Smith (Review + Giveaway)

Love - Loss - Friendship - Family
The All Cocks stories

There comes a time in every man’s life where he has to make a choice between what is right and what is easy. 

Born and raised in Fort Worth Texas by open-minded parents, Dean Anderson realized early in life he was attracted to both sexes. Equal opportunity, he picked his lovers based on personality and common interests. He met Maggie in college, fell in love, got married and started a family. And they were happy…until they weren’t. 

Adam Chase’s mother is South African, his father American military working at the US Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. His parents’ positions in the South African and American governments awarded Adam dual citizenship, and he attended University in America, at Berkley. In America, Adam is lives openly as a gay man, something that could get him killed in his mother’s home country. He met his husband, Patrick Carter, at college and they too were happy…until Patrick died. 

Two lives converge, and it would seem fate is giving them each a second chance at happiness, together. Dean stays in New York and moves into the apartment his son, Dusty, shares with his boyfriend David. He and Adam are quickly welcomed into All Cocks’ vastly growing family. And then one phone call changes everything. 

The men of All Cocks learn that death is just another part of life, a road everyone travels eventually. Choices are made, decisions that change their lives irrevocably. They rally together, drawing strength from each other as their close-knit family experiences the best and worst life has to offer. But that’s what families do, right? 

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Series reading order 
Gay for Pay book 1 
Fame and Fortune book 2 
How to Deal book 3 

Dare to Hope book 4 

Live for Love book 5 
Hide and Seek book 6 
Choices and Changes book 7

What others are saying about Choices and Changes...

The chemistry between them was immediate and often entertaining. Dialogue and interaction was strong and suitable for the given situations. The plot was dynamic and had several secondary things happening in the background. There is a tragic twist, so be prepared if you are a more sensitive reader and/or crier. Some new characters were added on top of the entire All Cocks cast. There were a few conflicts that were managed maturely and in a timely manner. Predictability was low. The conclusion was solid and satisfying. Adam and Dean are given their HEA and many others also find additional happiness. 
Tina from Happily Ever Chapter

This series continues and we get to see everyone from the past as don't forget they are a Family. I love this family!
Jen Reilley

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*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

This is Book 7 in T.M. Smith's All Cocks Stories series. Listen, these books really need to be read in the appropriate order to really understand this story. The All Cocks series has a lot of characters, and they all make an appearance in this story. I've read and listened to the books in this series multiple times, and it's still a lot for me to keep up with everyone. I couldn't imagine the difficulty if you just decided to jump in with this one. And every story in this series is enjoyable and many will bring tears. An example of how these stories connect, Dean Anderson (MC#1) is the father of Dusty who works for All Cocks and Dusty's story was Book 6; Adam Chase (MC#2) is the Doctor of Beau who is partnered with Will, a former All Cocks employee and their story was Book 5. See where I'm going with this?

I knew a little about both of these MCs going into this book and was really looking forward to their story! They're both likable, sweet guys that you want to see find happiness. Nothing in this story changed that feeling. I learned a little more about them and saw how much they cared for each other and all of their friends and family. I loved seeing how their life was coming together, and how their relationship built so quickly. These are two men who both were married previously, they're adults that have no interest in playing games. They know what they want in life and are willing to work to get it. All of these characteristics are some of my favorite reasons to read books with "older" MCs.

What I was a little disappointed about was that this felt less like their love story and more a collection of stories about everyone involved in the All Cocks family. They were overshadowed by the everyday lives of everyone else, and then even more so by the tragedy that was written. I felt like I knew what was going to happen in this tragedy, and I hoped I was wrong, but sadly I was not. And yes, regardless of how I felt about this tragedy, I still cried when it happened because the author can wring a tear from a turnip with her writing, but I still didn't like it!

In the end, Dean and Adam found happiness, a house big enough for their boys and close to their new family. The many other characters in this story found happiness in their situations, except for the poor people affected by the tragedy, of course. This was another great addition to the All Cock Stories and we have plenty to look forward to!

Rating: 4 stars

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

Author links: Amazon || Smashwords || Website || Facebook || Twitter 

Catch up on the series...

Gay for Pay
An All Cocks story, book 1 

Fame and Fortune
An All Cocks story, book 2

How to Deal 
An All Cocks story, book 3

Dare to Hope
An All Cocks story, book 4 
Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE 
Smashwords | B&N | iTunes

Live for Love
An All Cocks story, book 5
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Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE
Smashwords | B&N | iTunes

Hide and Seek
An All Cocks story, book 6
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Smashwords | B&N

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the new book. Thank you for the review!