Sunday, April 16, 2017

Audiobook Tour ~ Dare To Hope by TM Smith (Review + Giveaway)

Audiobook Tour ~ Dare to Hope by TM Smith

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?
The All Cocks Stories is a series set within the world of online gay porn. Micah's PTSD is told in detail, including flashbacks to his time in Iraq.
©2016 TM Smith (P)2017 TM Smith

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*Audiobook provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my listening pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Dare to Hope is Book 4 in T.M. Smith's All Cocks Stories series. This series needs to be read in the appropriate order for full enjoyment. There are A LOT of characters in this series, they appear in multiple books and some storylines continue in other books. For example, this book is about Gabe, Micah and Tristan. Gabe's introduction and his story begins in Book 1 and continues from there. Micah is introduced in a previous book and provides important character information. Tristan appears in a previous book because his brother is in a relationship with a co-worker of Gabe and Micah. See, it's already getting busy with only five characters, add in all the others and you'll understand why you need to start at the beginning. Look, I'm only thinking of you and your reading enjoyment right now. :)

This is a complicated tale between three men, two who have issues that have led to therapy to try to move forward. Gabe's story was heartbreaking because we were with him and Gio from the first meeting, and then the author decided to break Gabe and our hearts with his death, sending Gabe into a spiral of depression and misery. Micah is new to All Cocks, but from the moment he first met Gabe, he is smitten. Micah's trying to put together a life outside of the military, deal with the loss of his limb, and his PTSD. He and Gabe share the special connection of two men being at their lowest points, who has found the person that will understand. When Gabe's depression gets out of control, the guys press him into meeting Tristan and considering therapy. Gabe agrees to this, as long as Micah will also be with him and talk to the therapist. Jon brings his brother Tristan to meet and help the men.

While I love the pairing/tripling of these three men, I did struggle with Tristan being Micah and Gabe's therapist and having first a friendship, then a relationship with them. When I first read the book, this really distracted me throughout the book. In listening to the audio, I made myself a promise to be open-minded and maybe consider that it wasn't an official doctor/patient relationship. But it was an official doctor/patient relationship, so the friendship really bothered me. Tristan did transfer Micah's therapy to another therapist after they decided to have a relationship, which is the correct action but before all of this, I felt the relationship between Gabe and Micah and their therapist was on the line of inappropriate.

I've read all the books in this series, but I jumped to listen to the audio. Joel Leslie has narrated Books 2-4, and I thought he was the perfect person to take on this cast of characters. For some reason in this book, I felt some of the voices were off from what I expected. And I know that's completely my bias, as well as the challenge of providing voices to all the characters in the story. The narration was well paced and interesting to listen to, but I never settled into the voices throughout the story like I have in the previous audiobooks. Maybe it's because of how well I felt I knew these characters before this story even started? Regardless, this is completely my bias and I don't think any other person would be bothered by this.

Overall, I still love the All Cocks Stories and read and listen to every one of them whenever I can! And, I can't tell you strongly enough that you should be reading this series and getting to know all of these men for yourself!

Overall: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars

Tour schedule

April 10th

TTC Books and more (Schedule & links)
Open Skye (Review & Spotlight)

April 11th
The O’Raven Chronicles (Spotlight only)
Hearts on Fire (Review & Excerpt)

April 12th
Happily Ever Chapter (Review & Spotlight)

April 13th
Love Bites and Silk Ties (Review & Exclusive Excerpt)
MM Book Escape (Spotlight only)
Cathy Brockman (Review & Spotlight)

April 14th
All In One Place (Spotlight only)

April 15th
Making It Happen (Review & Excerpt)
Wicked Faerie’s Tales (Review & Playlist)
Love Bytes (Author Interview)

April 16th
Two Book Pushers (Spotlight only)
Bayou Book Junkie (Review & This or That)

Triple A (Spotlight only) 

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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

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