Hide and Seek (Stories From the Sound: All Cocks Stories) by T.M. Smith #Audiobook #Review #MMRomance #Contemporary #LGBT

Erryn reviews ‘Hide and Seek (Stories From the Sound: All Cocks Stories)’ by T.M. Smith. This book was released by the author on September 2, 2016, 186 pages.  A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. The audiobook was released February 12, 2021.  It was narrated by Mackenzie Brennan and was 7hrs and 7mins.

Why I read this book: I love this series. 


 

Truths come out and trust is put to the test. Can the All Cocks family find the happiness they deserve?

Dusty Anderson left his hometown in Justin, Texas, for the Big Apple not long after graduating high school with dreams of becoming an actor. A year later, no closer to realizing his dream but pretty damn close to being broke, he comes across a flyer in a local gay bar that provides a solution to his dilemma.

Six years later, Dusty has all but forgotten his dream to be an actor. The family he gained when he went to work at All Cocks and the job itself are enough for him – for now, at least.

David Thompson is barely 21, high on life and starting his second year at NYU as an art student. Now that he is old enough to enjoy the city’s night life, David finds his first crush at a local hot spot in the village, The Monster Bar. Young love is laid to rest, though, when David comes out to his mother and older brother…with disastrous results. 

A tragic incident at the hands of David’s brother changes the course of all of their lives and brings the two together, but is it coincidence or fate? Regardless of unlikely circumstance, Dusty is inexplicably drawn to David, who suddenly finds himself alone in the world. Protective of David from the start, Dusty realizes his extended family at All Cocks and his best friend Kory will not understand this new relationship. Fearing the worst, Dusty plays a dangerous game of hide-and-seek, risking everything to keep David safe and sheltered. 

But hiding can only last for so long, and David and Dusty aren’t the only ones dealing with uncertainties. The Dimir men find that the one thing they’ve longed for might be within reach and Dusty’s father, Dean, arrives in town unexpectedly with secrets of his own.

Note: This book was previously released in the All Cocks Stories series. This book is intended for mature listeners due to adult content.



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My Review

A while back I listened to the first few All Cocks books and then the series sort of fell off my radar.  I own all the audios, and I plan to listen to all of them at some point, but life kind of got in the way.  When I had the opportunity to listen to this book and review it, I leapt at the chance.  So let me start by saying you don’t have to have read the other books.  Does it help and provide context and backstory?  Yes.  Is this book compelling and complete on its own?  Also a yes.

Dusty has just undergone a tremendous tragedy, and although he’s affected, he wasn’t personally injured.  But people he cares about have been hurt and that’s enough to pique his ire.  Yet there’s another offshoot of the tragedy and something compels him to dig deeper.  He finds the younger brother of the perpetrator of the violence only to discover not only is the young man hovering near death, he’s all alone in the world.  Dusty is moved.  He is, as I said, compelled.  He doesn’t yet understand why, but he starts to care for David – a young man he’s never met.  But there’s a long way from the injuries David has suffered to some kind of recovery.

David has undergone profound physical and psychological trauma.  He meets the man he considers to be his angel who has been by his side this whole time, yet he knows he doesn’t know the man.  This Dusty.  But alone and facing a harrowing recovery, David accepts help.  Every day is a struggle but every day things improve.  And when it’s time to leave the hospital, he accepts Dusty’s offer of a place to stay.  Because, truthfully, he has no where else to go.

My heart broke for David.  My heart sang for Dusty.  That the men came together under such tragic circumstances cemented their friendship, although the relationship – to David anyway – never feels equal.  He has to rely on Dusty for just about everything and that doesn’t sit well.  That I can relate to. 

Dusty is hiding things from people.  To David, he doesn’t share that he’s a gay porn star.  To his friends, he doesn’t share the fact David has become his someone special.  There will be ramifications for this deception, and the question was whether Dusty would lose those closest to him.  Then his father comes to town and things get really crazy. (A subplot I loved, btw.)

There are plenty of emotions and feels in this book – as I expect from T.M. Smith.  The book just worked for me and to see others living in their happily ever after was pretty sweet as well.  I love when previous characters make cameos and you get to see what their lives now look like.  Finally I’ll mention Mackenzie Brennan.  I loved the previous narrator and was a little trepidatious about taking on a new narrator.  He did a good job.  I expected more Texan from Dusty and his dad, but since Mackenzie was solid with all the other characters, it wasn’t a big deal.  Overall I think it was a great ending to a great series.

My Rating:

10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars


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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