HIDE and SEEK
AN ALL COCKS STORY - BOOK SIX
I have followed these guys from the very beginning, watched a lot of them find their one true love, watched as some of them lost their partner and crumbled in a heap of tears and heartache as desperation took over and life as they knew it would never be the same again.
And that’s where we find Dusty, in the hospital visiting Jon, who’s been injured in a shooting the night before, by a deranged man who was made up of hate and so much evil that he tried to kill his own brother, David, who lay in the next room over.
Dusty is torn between his obligation to his friends and this uncontrollable need that is pulling him to stay by David’s side and offer him some kind of support and strength since he has no one there for him, not even his own mother who has rejected him like the plague over his sexuality.
When David wakes up from his coma he feels like he knows Dusty, although he’s never seen him before now, but he feels a connection too him and recognizes that he has been talking to him, day after day, while he lay unconscious.
A friendship form quickly between these two and they refer to each other as “D” which in the context of reading did get a tad confusing at times, but for the most part it flowed smoothly because the author mainly uses the abbreviation during their private moments. And speaking of private moments, TM Smith writes hot and intense sex scenes that leave you as well as her characters,
BEGGING, BONELESS, & BREATHLESS
As David and Dusty get closer and really start working on their relationship, Dusty worries about his friends and how they are going to react and accept David once they find out who is brother was. He’s kept their relationship and everything about David a secret because he is trying to save hurt feelings on both sides, but is he wrong to hide David from them?
In Hide and Seek, we get to see Tristan step in again and offer his counselling to David and help him try to reconcile his past and look toward his future with a new perspective. From the moment David woke up out of his coma he has memory issues but as the dreaded night, that almost killed him—comes back to him in full color, will he be able to get past the hurt and move on with his future?
Dusty also has to deal with some shocking news from his father that he was not expecting and I haven't decided if it's a new story arc or a can of worms but it was an eye-opener to say the least.
The All Cocks Stories are a family that overlap in each book and in my opinion why it’s important to read each one. Yes, each book can be read as a standalone, but you miss out on all of the back history, all of the shared stories and tidbits of information that make each story unique and more special.
I think you would have a much better experience reading the books in order and knowing the couples/triads as they do make appearances in each book. Finding out that past characters are now engaged or are adopting always add smiles in places you least expect and it’s a big part of the extra special goodness that comes with this series. A great series to read starting with the first book and working your way through each one.
Author TM Smith brings current, real life issues in her stories meaning they aren't always easy to read, sometimes they are heartbreaking, and most usually there is a tragedy to overcome. She puts her characters through their paces and they have to work for whatever it is they are aiming for but through compassion and understanding of the entire all cocks family that surround them they always work out a solution and find themselves in a much stronger place by the end of the story. 4.5 Stars
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. *
Dusty Anderson left his hometown in Justin, Texas for the Big Apple not long after graduating high school with dreams of becoming an actor. A year later, no closer to realizing his dream but pretty damn close to being broke, he comes across a flyer in a local gay bar that provides a solution to his dilemma. Six years later, Dusty has all but forgotten his dream to be an actor. The family he gained when he went to work at All Cocks and the job itself are enough for him, for now at least.
David Thompson is barely twenty-one, high on life and starting his second year at NYU as an Art student. Now that he is old enough to enjoy the city’s night life, David finds his first crush at a local hot spot in the village, The Monster Bar. Young love is laid to rest though, when David comes out to his mother and older brother with disastrous results.
A tragic incident at the hands of David’s brother changes the course of all of their lives and brings the two together, but is it coincidence or fate? Regardless of unlikely circumstance, Dusty is inexplicably drawn to David, who suddenly finds himself alone in the world. Protective of David from the start, Dusty realizes his extended family at All Cocks and his best friend Kory will not understand this new relationship. Fearing the worst, Dusty plays a dangerous game of hide and seek, risking everything to keep David safe and sheltered.
But hiding can only last for so long, and David and Dusty aren’t the only ones dealing with uncertainties. The Dimir men find that the one thing they’ve longed for might be within reach and Dusty’s father, Dean, arrives in town unexpectedly with secrets of his own. Truths come out and trust is put to the test. Can the All Cocks family find the happiness they deserve?
This is the 6th book in the All Cocks stories series, the series would read best if read in order, but each book can be read as a standalone story.
About the Author
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!