Cat’s Meow~~#Reviews That Purr~~Dare to Hope~~An All Cocks Story By T.M. Smith

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Good morning everyone, and thanks for stopping by today to see what Cat thought of Dare to Hope. I decided to share a song from the playlist for the book. Lost Stars by Adam Levine of Maroon 5. I love this song so much – I’ve used it on more than 1 playlist. For this book I bet you are all thinking it’s for Micah; that would be wrong. This song just screams Gabe.

Gabe is still in mourning over the loss of his lover in a senseless act of violence. There are several verses in this song that really hit close to home for the situation for Gabe. He misses Gio something fierce, to the point of thinking he is betraying Gio’s memory if he moves on.

Reaching out for someone I can’t see – Cupid’s demanding back his arrow. Gabe feels like he got dealt the short straw, losing his lover just when they were starting a life together. Searching for meaning – this is why Gabe goes through the therapy with Tristan, he is trying to make sense of what happened, why it still guts him a year later when he thinks about Gio.

But don’t you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow – Take my hand, let’s see where we wake-up tomorrow. About mid-way through the book, Gabe has a dream brought on by his still fragile psyche and witnessing a kiss between Micah and Tristan. In the dream, Gio comes to him, tries to reassure him that he will always be with him, but it’s time to move in. Holy shit, I balled like a baby while I was writing that chapter. It’s very moving and real and heart breaking, yet, beautiful.

Ultimately, Gabe finally realizes that the only way he can move forward, is to let go of the past. For so long he didn’t think he could hold onto his memories of Gio if he moved on, it takes a while and whole lot of love, patience and devotion from Micah and Tristan for Gabe to finally close that door and open a new one.

Please don’t see

Just a boy caught up in dreams and fantasies

Please see me

Reaching out for someone I can’t see

 

Take my hand, let’s see where we wake up tomorrow

Best laid plans sometimes are just a one night stand

I’ll be damned, Cupid’s demanding back his arrow

So let’s get drunk on our tears

 

And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young

It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run

Searching for meaning

But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

 

Who are we?

Just a speck of dust within the galaxy?

Woe is me

If we’re not careful turns into reality

 

But don’t you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow

Yesterday I saw a lion kiss a deer

Turn the page, maybe we’ll find a brand new ending

Where we’re dancing in our tears

 

And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young

It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run

Searching for meaning

But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

 

And I thought I saw you out there crying

And I thought I heard you call my name

And I thought I heard you out there crying

Just the same

 

And God, give us the reason youth is wasted on the young

It’s hunting season and this lamb is on the run

Searching for meaning

But are we all lost stars trying to light … light up the dark?

 

And I thought I saw you out there crying

And I thought I heard you call my name

And I thought I heard you out there crying

But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

Are we all lost stars trying to light up the 

 

I’ll leave you with a little snippet from Dare to Hope. Remember to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a $25 giftcard. Thanks for hosting me today Cat!!

Excerpt from Dare to Hope, Chapter 12 Not Wanting to say Goodbye –

Warning, grab a tissue!

“I’m dreaming, aren’t I?” Gabe asked. 

“Yes. It was the only way I could talk to you, to tell you it was okay, to tell you it’s time to let me go.”  

“No.” Gabe choked on a sob.  

Gio, his angel, his ghost — whatever it was ignored Gabe’s choked out word. “Now you have to open your heart to them, you have to let them love you Gabriel, then you won’t be sad anymore.”  

Gabe spun around to face Gio. “Them? Baby, what… who are you talking about?”  

“The doctor and the soldier, don’t you feel it, Gabe? The three of you are already woven together, and yet, you all fight it so hard.”  

Gabe opened his mouth to protest, silenced by Gio’s lips as he bent and kissed him. It was gentle and full of warmth and love. Gabe stood still, eyes still closed as Gio pulled away from him. “I have to go now, just remember, I will always be with you Gabriel. I will always love you.”

OH Man T.M. That was a tear Jerker!  

Dare to Hope Play List

 

 


Dare to Hope
 an All Cocks Story book 4
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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 t 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. 

*Warning* Micah’s PTSD is told in detail, including flashbacks to his time in Iraq. 

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myreview
 5 meows 5 purrs
Dare to Hope is a beautifully written story with just a touch of humor to balance to the angsty storyline. Gabe has been dealing with the loss of his lover Gabe after a fatal shooting. Gabe wasn’t doing well until he started therapy with Tristan and met Micah, a newer model at All Cocks. Micah is dealing with PTSD from a stint in Iraq that cost him his friends a lover and his leg. He still has brutal nightmares.  Tristan is quiet and laid back. He has built an outside friendship with both men as well as his therapy with them.  The more time they spend together, the more each man wants the other. Both others.
What I loved most about this story is the not only the dealing with the loss which was very well written but the slow build up of this threesome. They don’t just jump into bed. They don’t just look at one or the other and start having sex. No.T. M. takes each man on a solo trip with each of the others. Then Gabe and Micah’s friendship builds into more since they are roommates, Then they realize something is missing in their relationship. A binder to make them whole…Tristan.
There are some amazing scenes here, but This dream scene above is so heartwrenching you will need tissues.  Then later when they finally get together, there is another tear jerker.  Heck, this story is filled with some so be sure to have tissues on hand.
If you like stories that deal with PTSD, emotional loss, rebuilding your life, sexy ex-soldiers, cute porn stars, some hot sex scenes( they are porn stars) and a very heartfelt romance with a touch of humor this is for you!
Dare to Hope is book four, and you can read it alone but I suggest you read the series or at least book 3 to get a better grip on what is going on and the characters. I cannot wait for the next book!
Read the other books in the All Cocks Series…
Gay for Pay – Book 1

 

 Fame and Fortune – Book 2
How to Deal – Book 3
 All Cocks Series Box Set 
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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!

Cat’s Meow~~#Reviews that Purr~~Spring Affair by B.G.Thomas~~#romanceinbloom

Hi, Y’all! Welcome back to  Cat’s Meow Reviews that Purr.  Our theme this month is romance in bloom. This week we have a fabulous M/M romance by the talented B.G. Thomas. Season’s of Love is one of my favorite series, and I was thrilled when B.G. agreed to stop by for a visit!.  I asked B.G. the inspiration behind this enchanting series.

So the adorable Cathy asked me where I got the idea and how I was inspired to write the Seasons of Love books. And it was a lot of different things coming together that made it happen. One is that I am in love with the movie “The Broken Heart’s Club.” It’s all about a bunch of very close gay friends and it is just so real it’s unbelievable. And part what makes it so real is that sometimes you can’t imagine *why* people are friends—you’d think they would be enemies. I couldn’t get the whole concept out of my mind and realized it was a dynamic in lots of people’s close friendships. That was the big inspiration. But then, there was also this great Donna Summer album years ago about the seasons…and that helped. And there were the Samoan people at work and I knew I wanted a part of their rich culture in a story. And acting! I love the world of acting. And one thing led to another and there is was! All coming together to make Seasons of Love. I believe it’s the best thing I’ve ever written!

I also asked B.G what his favorite spring flower was. Instead of telling us, like the great writer he is…he is showing us. These are pictures of B.G’s yard.

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B.G. told me these are also the inspiration of  Sloan’s Yard.

 

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SPRING AFFAIR

Seasons of Love: Book One.

Author: B.G. Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 350 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover: Paul Richmond 

Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back. Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason…. When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?

You can find the entire Seasons of Love Series here: (Winter is coming soon I hear)

My Review

                                                                                                                             Meows 5  Purr 3 (moderate)             

It’s the beginning of spring. The flowers blooming all over the yard bring back so many memories to Sloan, not all good. He is sad and lonely after losing his mother a month ago to cancer. He does have three very unusual yet close friends that have been there for him, each in his own way.

The fabulous four, as their friend Wyatt, dubbed the group, meets every first Saturday of the month for Porch day, they have this as a can’t miss.  They also meet up on other days, but those can be optional.

Each of these guys are unique, intriguing characters. Wyatt is a short and slightly chubby bear of a man and very flamboyant. He is also Pagan or a witch and works at a new age store. He adds a lot of humor and fun to the group and story. Scott is ordinary and very much a romantic, searching hard for the one true love and doesn’t believe in any God. He seems to be the go-to guy of the group. Asher is very confident, cocky and a real slut. Sometimes I wondered why they guys kept him in the group at all but it all falls together at the end— and they do it for Sloan.

Sloan, you can’t help but love.  He is going through hell with the loss of his mother and a bitch of a supervisor. He has lost the love of his job with the changes the supervisor insists upon.  And he still holds his love for Asher wishing the day would come that Asher would love him back.

Sloan meets his sexy new neighbor and is attracted to him. The trouble is that he is married and straight.  Max has a secret and though he has denied himself all these years and been always a loving husband, meeting Sloan and finding out he is gay brings his denial to the forefront.

Spring Affair is a beautifully written, poignant story of loss, love, friendship, finding yourself, coming out and life in general. It is written with such a witty, fun style you can’t stop once you start. I laughed. I cried. I cheered on Sloan, wanted to slap Asher and hug Max.  I loved the end and wanted more of these men. (Yes I am reading the next book right now)

This story struck home with me with all of Sloan’s feelings about the loss of his mother; I too lost my mom, even though it was some time ago, the timing of reading this story was perfect for me. I loved how the author wrote the story in both Sloan and Max’s views, and we also get internal thoughts from each guy.

I highly recommend this to everyone. If you’ve been considering a M/M book but your still a little unsure if it’s your thing! It’s not about sex( though there is a little, it’s not real explicit and of course, the men to talk about cocks a lot), its life, love, happiness, and friendship!

If you love romance, friendship, are dealing with the loss of a loved one, are pining for a love you know you will never have, harboring a secret, just want to escape to a fun world and have a good laugh and a cry, I highly recommend this!

Meet B.G.

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B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions since he was fourteen years old and has been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was child; it is where he finds his joy.

In the nineties, he wrote for gay magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days.

“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”

Stalk—oops—Follow B.G.

website and blog .

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If you would like to see more books by B.G  Thomas you can find his Backlist Here:  Thanks for stopping by The Cat’s Meow~~Reviews that purr! I hope to see you back soon!  ( If you dont want to miss any Meows..sign up(*points to above right*) for my blog to be delivered to your email. (*waves*)

I hope you enjoyed the post and either buy a copy or at least add to your To read list. I plan to invite him back for  Summer and Autumn as well.

And remember…If you can dream it~~~You can do it.

 

 

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