Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Live for Love
Author: T.M. Smith
Series: All Cocks #5
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 192 Pages
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: June 30, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 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?
Review: This is the story of Beau, the sexy Cajun bartender we met briefly in the previous books, and William, one of the porn actors at All Cocks. William made a move on Beau at the end of the last book, but it sent Beau running and slamming walls in Williams path.
Here, the story focuses mostly on Beau, who lost his partner to HIV/AIDS quite a few years prior but who still lives with the grief of that loss, as well as now living with HIV himself. Fearing he is unsafe for anyone else and doesn’t want anyone to have to go through the loss that he did when Izzy died, he has lived a life of solitude, not allowing anyone to get too close.
But William is a persistent bugger and continues to push Beau for more. He slowly chips away at Beau’s walls until he’s made it through to that big Cajun heart. But before Beau lets anything go too far, he must tell William his secret and risk him walking away.
This is one of my favorite books of this series. There isn’t much to not love about Beau, and I’m a total sucker for that sexy Cajun accent. From the man himself, to the work he does at the LGBTQ center he runs, there is so much more to him than meets the eye. Thankfully, William sees this too, as they are a really good match. We also get to see how things are progressing on the All Cocks front with the lead trio making more adjustments in order to start a family of their own, and the growing family of employees (new and old) making appearances as well.
This was a heartbreaking story that warmed my heart in many ways. It did a very good job with the sensitive yet important topic but never felt like a tutorial. It was nice to see things evolving, and I’m excited to see where things go from here and am looking forward to more from this series.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*