Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Choices and Changes
Author: T.M. Smith
Series: All Cocks #7
Heroes: Dean Anders/Adam Chase
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: There comes a time in every man’s life where he has to make a choice between what is right and what is easy.
Born and raised in Fort Worth Texas by open-minded parents, Dean Anderson realized early in life he was attracted to both sexes. Equal opportunity, he picked his lovers based on personality and common interests. He met Maggie in college, fell in love, got married and started a family. And they were happy…until they weren’t.
Adam Chase’s mother is South African, his father American military working at the US Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. His parents’ positions in the South African and American governments awarded Adam dual citizenship, and he attended University in America, at Berkley. In America, Adam is lives openly as a gay man, something that could get him killed in his mother’s home country. He met his husband, Patrick Carter, at college and they too were happy…until Patrick died.
Two lives converge, and it would seem fate is giving them each a second chance at happiness, together. Dean stays in New York and moves into the apartment his son, Dusty, shares with his boyfriend David. He and Adam are quickly welcomed into All Cocks’ vastly growing family. And then one phone call changes everything.
The men of All Cocks are about to learn that death is just another part of life, a road everyone travels eventually. Choices are made, decisions that change their lives irrevocably. They rally together, drawing strength from each other as their close-knit family experiences the best and worst life has to offer. But that’s what families do, right?
Review: The All Cocks story continues here in a bit of a different way. This time, it’s about two older men who we met recently, Adam the doctor, and Dean, Dusty’s father. Choices and Changes overlaps the previous book for a bit, but this time we are getting to see things from the other side. For example, we know from the last book that Adam and Dean meet when Adam comes to the house to check up on David after he was attacked. There are a few other events that are shown from Adam and Dean’s side as they occurred previously as well. I really enjoyed seeing it from this perspective.
Back to the guys though. Adam is the sexy doctor who has finally decided to let himself love again after losing the love of his life to HIV almost ten year previous. Dean is starting over relationship-wise as well after splitting with Dusty’s mom (they remain best friends which was a nice change). He is bisexual but it never became a factor as he was happily (or so he thought) married for years.
What I found refreshing was seeing two older men who felt an instant attraction and decided to get to know one another. There weren’t any games, no going back and forth about their feelings, etc. They clearly felt the same way and were enjoying their time together. One thing that was different here was that most of their sex happened off page, but it didn’t detract from understanding their feelings or how much they came to love each other.
I’ve been a fan of the All Cocks family from the beginning, and that family has grown quite a bit since then. They all come together here to support one another and welcome Adam and Dean into their family with open arms. There is some turmoil/angst towards the end, but the strong support system helps them all through. It is always great to see the other characters again and there are a lot of them at this point, but it isn’t difficult to keep everyone straight, who is with who, etc. I can’t wait to see where this story is headed next and look forward to seeing these guys again.
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*