Reviewed by JustJen
by T. Title: Dare to Hope
Author: T.M. Smith
Series: All Cocks #4
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: April 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon and ARE
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Tristan is the second oldest of the Brennan brothers and the odd man out. Most of the Brennan men have careers in law enforcement, but as a psychiatrist, Tristan chooses to help people in a different way. Quiet and restrained, he is content to hover in the background of his more gregarious brothers. Then he meets two men, each broken and damaged from losses beyond their control.
Gabriel Simenson is mourning his lover’s death. The random act of violence that took Gio’s life has left everyone at All Cocks reeling. The only thing keeping Gabe from drowning in misery is the friendship he’s forged with Micah, the newest model at All Cocks. He continues to struggle, and at the urging of his All Cocks family Gabe agrees to counseling with Tristan under one condition: Micah must go with him.
Micah Solo can relate to unbearable loss, having lost his leg and so much more in Iraq. The past two years he has been alone, adrift and vulnerable — the memories of war haunting his dreams, spilling over into his daily life. At All Cocks, Micah has found the acceptance he craves and the family he lost, but still he yearns for happiness and peace within.
The friendship between the three is instant, the mutual attraction evident. They circle each other, wanting more, yet unsure if it is truly possible. Is life the mundane reality they’ve each come to accept for themselves or do they dare to hope?
Review: This is a bit of a continuation from some of the previous stories. Micah was introduced not long ago into the porn family. He has taken to it quite well, despite his amputation, though some guys handle it and him better than others in that regard. He is also dealing with PTSD, in addition to his amputation. I liked him from the start and was excited to see more of him in this story.
Micah became friends with co-worker Gabriel, and even more so after Gabriel lost his lover in the club shooting. He is still dealing with that loss, and the two are there for each other as they share in their respective grief. They’ve also each been seeing psychiatrist Tristan, who is a friend of the porn family through his brother, a policeman who is now dating one of the other porn actors.
As Tristan helps each of the men, their feelings each grow into more, but it takes a while to get over some hurdles – Tristan being their treating psychiatrist, for one. Once they realize it is possible for them to be together as a threesome, their relationship really begins to take shape.
This story is about their relationships, as much as about the healing of Micah and Gabriel and the three of them helping in various ways to make that happen. They each made up an integral piece to the puzzle, which is what I love to see in these types of relationships.
I definitely recommend you read the previous stories to fully enjoy this one, as you will get a much better understanding of what these guys are going through and have already endured to get to this point. Most of the other characters make appearances as well, so it helps to have a handle on who all the players are, although there is a handy guide provided in the beginning of the book. I’m definitely a fan of this series and already looking forward to the next one.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*