#Review — Choices and Changes (An All Cocks Story) T.M Smith

Title: Choices and Changes

Series: All Cocks Series #7

Author: T.M. Smith

Publisher: Self

Publication Date: April 24, 2017

Page Count: 200

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

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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review

Choices and Changes, book seven, in the All Cocks series, is about second chances and not taking life for granted because, in the blink of an eye, it can change...drastically—potentially tilting your world upside down. 

Adam Chase and Dean Anderson know all too well how life can alter their entire existence and it's up to them if they want to continue to just be in the moment or take life by the reins and live it up. 

Book seven can be read as a standalone, however, my advice would be to read the entire series, in order, because the back history and characters from each book carry over. All the pertinent details from past are relevant to the present giving the reader a feeling of family and contentment as each book adds more to the fold. 

We met Adam, Beau's doctor, previously, and Dean, Dusty's father, as well. Both of these men are around the 50-year age mark, and both have been married, previously. Adam now widowed, and Dean divorced. 

It's been ten years since Adam has been interested in anyone seriously and Dean is slowly learning to live his life as a newly divorced bisexual man. Their attraction was instant...their chemistry—hot, passionate, and sizzling.

What I loved about this story...the acceptance, the angst-free drama. Adam and Dean, have loved and loved well and are/were loved in return, but they still have a lot of years left and they want to live those years, happily and sharing each and every day with the love of their life.

Whether it was fate or just circumstance, they belong together and the know it. They also know time is sometimes unkind so to deny what they have is futile.  

They have fun together and are eager to explore life and even though Adam may not have been looking for a ready-made family it feels right and he accepts it, and is accepted in return, with open arms. 

“This is fine, Dean. I haven’t been on a double date since college. It’ll be fun.”

— ADAM

“I hadn’t been on a date since Ronald Regan was president until last week, so I’ve got you beat.”

— DEAN

 

I, also, love the open and carefree relationship Dean and now ex, Maggie, have together. Regardless of their own journey together, not working as husband and wife, they are best friends and stay true to that fact and can easily joke and tease about the men in their lives, yet switch over to parent mode if necessary. 

As the blurb states, tragic events take place and even though Adam and Dean's relationship is angst-free, the story itself is far from it. There are a lot of characters that make up the All Cocks family and they prove time after time why they are a close knit group.

As they stand together in solidarity, protecting each other, in love and comfort, you will cry for what they've lost but in the next breath, you can't help but smile for what they have gained. 

Another great addition to the All Cocks series expanding family, friends, and new generations. 

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4.5 Stars

* Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review *

 

about the author

 

 

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AUTHOR T.M. SMITH

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!

 

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