Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review & Giveaway: CHOICES AND CHANGES by TM Smith-Includes Teaser Excerpt!

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? 

Buy links: 

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon AU

Series reading order 

Carra's Review

Stories that feature young singles and couples in their twenties and even thirties are what make up the bulk of what I usually read—primarily because that is the age range where the majority of romance stories are concentrated.  So, when a story comes along that centers on older characters in their mid to late forties or thereabouts, it always piques my interest—particularly as I get older myself.  The fact that Choices and Changes is part of the All Cocks Stories series that I already love is just icing on the cake.  Author TM Smith didn’t let me down with this installment of the series, and Adam and Dean fit very easily into the All Cocks family.

While this story is not a second chance romance in the traditional sense where the main characters were together early on, split and got back together again, it’s more like each man gets a second chance at romance-and another happily ever after-with someone new after experiencing love the first time around with someone else and losing it for one reason or another.  What the two of them have learned from their first loves made it feel like this time—with Adam and Dean—was comfortable, easily intimate, and full of much deeper feeling now that they have known love previously.  It seemed like it was so easy and natural for the two of them to slip so quickly into their relationship as if it was meant to be.

The physical intimacy between Dean and Adam is incredibly intense, passionate and oh so very HOT.  The two of them coming together-not just physically, but emotionally as well, seemed as simple and right as if they had always been together.  I do love a good angst-ridden story, but when two people come together so easily like Adam and Dean—it feels more like fate which to me is just as alluring.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t any drama or turmoil in this story…you will find that, and the cause is upsetting…but it does serve to draw not just Adam and Dean closer, but the entire All Cocks family.

I really enjoyed Dean and Adam’s story, as well as visiting again with all of the other characters from the series.  They all really are one big, wonderful family and I love to see them grow with each book that comes out.  Choices and Changes was a 4.5-star read for me, and Adam and Dean hold a special place in my heart simply because I can relate quite easily to them due to their ages.  While you might be able to read this on its own, I strongly recommend reading all of the stories in order as they continue to build on events in the past books—it really will heighten your enjoyment of the story to read them all in the order they are listed.  As with the other books, this one is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.

Tour schedule and links: 

May 8th
All In One Place {Spotlight only & This or That}
Gay Media Reviews {Review & Spotlight}

May 9th
Making it Happen {Review & Excerpt}
Bike Book Reviews {Review & Spotlight}

May 10th
Wicked Faerie’s Tales andReviews {Review & Author Q&A part 1)
Love Bytes {Spotlight & Exclusive Excerpt}
Books Laid Bare boys {Review & Spotlight}

May 11th
MM Book Escape {Review & Deleted scene}
Open Skye {Spotlight & Would you rather?}
Foxylutely {Review & Spotlight}

May 12th
Happily Ever Chapter {Review & Guest post - Trope Trends}
Diverse Reader {Review & Author Q&A part 2}

May 13th
Sik Reviews {Review & Spotlight}
Cathy Brockman {Review & Author top 10}

May 14th
Bayou Book Junkie {Review & Playlist}
Two Book Pushers {Review & Spotlight} 
Smashly Bookalicous {Review & Author Q&A part 3}

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: 
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