Audio Review: T.M. Smith – Live for Love (All Cocks #5)

Author: T.M. Smith
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Summary:

Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.

William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.

The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?

Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.

Review:

This was a nice story, made even better by the multiple unique voices provided by the very talented voice actor, Joel Leslie. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked Bo’s voice—the French Cajun accent was a bit difficult to parse, however, I realized that it was likely written that way, and Joel was bringing it to life the way the author intended. After that, I got into the rhythm and really enjoyed it. His other voices were all wonderful as well and I especially enjoyed the voice of William’s mother. I would swear it was a woman’s voice, but that can’t be true so all I can say is Wow!

William is a big, muscular, thirty-one-year-old bottom for All Cocks, a gay porn film company. He previously was a model, male entertainer, and personal escort and has settled into life in New York where he enjoys his job at All Cocks and all the friends and family he’s come to love from his job. There are quite a few characters in this book, many of whom have previously had their own stories so it takes a little while to get into the meat of the story. As the book opens, there’s a lot of banter between Victor, Mattie, and Andrew, all of whom who have apparently been featured in previous stories, and William who is known by the name Connor at the studio and is training a new actor named Jacob. Honestly, to listen to these early chapters was difficult. There were so many different characters it was hard to establish who was who in the story.

And then there’s Beau who not only owns and operates a bar, he’s also the head of an LGBTQ Center that he founded as a nonprofit. Beau is also friends with Victor and others in the All Cocks group and so he meets William a few times informally and is the focus of William’s flirtations, though he works hard to keep his distance. Beau is holding a secret close to his heart and, in fact, is also holding his love for his deceased husband near to his heart, leaving no room for anyone else. But it’s been fifteen years since he passed, and William refuses to be shunned, so the two eventually do get together when Beau gives in to his sexual attraction to William.

There’s a lot of angst with both Beau, who is resisting William so hard, and William, who can’t understand Beau’s rejection. It’s understandable once the secret is revealed but it certainly took quite a while to get there. That all being said, once the men get to the point of commitment, they finally have sex, and as usual, Joel Leslie does an outstanding job in firing up my imagination. Sometimes listening to his narrations seems remarkably like watching a movie. Very vivid. Very realistic.

The story is well-written, and certainly well-told, so I highly recommend this one for several hours of listening pleasure. The audiobook version is a definite must.

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  1. Thanks for the great review!

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