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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 book. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William's.
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By H. Martin on 10-10-17
Live for Love
Live for Love is Book 5 in the All Cocks Stories by TM Smith. This is a series that absolutely, must be read in the appropriate order. This series involves A LOT of reoccurring characters and storylines and I couldn't imagine trying to just jump into the series in this book. I've read all the books in this series, and have listened to all the ones available in audio. Both versions are fantastic, so regardless of which medium you like, you should give this series a chance!
I couldn't wait for Beau and William's story after reading book 4. They had chemistry that burned the pages, and I knew there was a reason for Beau's reluctance to give into the attraction. And just like every other book in the series, there's a heartbreaking story to go with Beau. But Beau is a strong, loving, caring man and he finally accepts what’s between he and William.
William is a man who knows what he wants. From the first moment he sees Beau, he wants him. And he’s no holds barred, all in. William gets a little more than he expected when Beau finally shares while he held back but William already loves Beau and like with everything else, William just accepts it and educates himself.
And like every story in the series we have all the supporting characters and their stories being woven with Beau and William’s story. Sometimes it’s almost overwhelming the number of characters in this series and how they continue to grow. I need to have a cheat sheet available when I’m reading, of each of the characters and their relationship just to give my memory a nudge.
The narrator of this story is Joel Leslie and he does a remarkable job with this. He does a good job of trying to give individual voices to each of the characters, but let’s be honest, that has to be a difficult feat. The narrator has a easy to listen to voice, keeps a good pace, brings the characters and their emotions to life. It took me a while to get used to the voice used for Beau, but I imagine it was the exact voice the author wanted for the character.
As with all the books in this series, serious topics are involved and handled appropriately. And I love that the series has become more about what happens in the characters lives outside of filming. This is a series that you really should check out!
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By Neta_BER on 10-08-17
An easy fun sexy read
This book was very sweet, and even though it had some angst it was not overpowering in the story. In any other book I might have felt it was sort of sweeping conflicts under the rug but I found the book flowed nicely and it was fitting and appropriate to the story. I believe it has much to do with the wonderful narration by Joel Leslie (as always, he is one of the best narrator I know). His talented depiction of the characters, complicated New Orleans accents and all, has made this book a fantastic listen and I am certain that had I read it in e-book format I would not have liked it or not been able to ignore some of the small inconsistencies in the story. As an audiobook it is just a great M/M, not too long so you can finish it in one sitting, and the funny banter and playfulness on the relationship between Beau and Will keeps the smile on your face throughout the book. Joel brings them to life in a trilling way, you feel each emotion, attitude and character as if you watching a movie. He has made this book better by his narration.
This story has some difficult themes, and it manages to deal with them in respectful realistic manner without making the story heavy and angsty. I loved that about this book, there are not many stories that deal with HIV positive characters (I have only found one or two books, in the M/M genre) and I find it is important and wonderful that the author managed to incorporate it into a romantic erotica. The relationship between Beau and Will is sexy, steaming and funny, they deal with their problems and don't let things stew for too long after they get together. It had some second chance and friends-to lovers vibe, the sub genres I love the most in romance. I felt like Beau's youth center was a bit of a prop, after the beginning of the book made it appear as a much more central part of the book but it did not bother me too much. I felt like I was missing a lot of the info about the other characters, somethings I would have known had I read the other books first. BUT It was just enough for
me to be very curious about them without it being frustrating or interfere with the story.
I loved this book and am planning on getting the other books in the series.
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By Becky L on 10-02-17
Beautifully emotional book, brilliantly narrated
This was a great story, full of emotion and love, that holds the attention throughout the full audio. The narration was incredible and completely brought the story to life. The range of distinct voices that Joel Leslie uses to bring the dialogue is truly stunning, especially when you are able to pick out voices from previous All Cocks books that he has already narrated. The way the author deals with one partner being HIV positive in a fully loving relationship came across as sensitive and realistic, and I got a sense of honesty in the way the various related issues were handled, and that it was ok to pause and think about something so serious between the two MCs. I learned a lot but never at once felt preached at.
A lovely instalment in this series and yet again a truly wonderful Joel Leslie narration making for a great combination of story/author/narrator.