Live for Love by TM Smith ~ Book Review by Caroline

30346839Title: Live for Love

Author: TM Smith

Publisher: TTC Publishing

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/30/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance


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?

Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.

My View:

This is book 5 in the All Cocks Stories series and for me it had a bit of a different feel about it to the previous books. Although still set around all the guys who work for All Cocks it took a step back from the porn and concentrated more on family and support. It also dealt with having a partner who was living with HIV – and the key word there is living.

Live for Love begins bleakly looking back at a time in Beau’s life that was painful and desperate as he buried the love of his life. Over a decade later and Beau is still very much in love the man who was cruelly taken from him and he also lives with a heavy dose of guilt and of course his diagnosis of being HIV positive. He does have counselling sessions with Tristan where he can let loose but he doesn’t have any close friends that he opens up to about his life. Beau has got into a habit of keeping secrets which in turn makes him seem standoffish and he long ago gave up on finding love again.

William blows into Beau’s life like a small tornado. Oblivious to Beau’s secrets he is determined to get his man but it is months after a quick grope and earth shattering kiss in the back of the bar that he makes any headway. First of all they must become friends but slowly and surely William chips away at Beau’s walls until the only thing left is the need for complete honesty.

The author did a great job here. Beau was a character who lived with a great deal of grief but handled himself with dignity. He threw himself into everything he did and as he slowly opened up to his self-made family you could almost feel him getting lighter as he bloomed into the man William loved. I think Beau may be my favourite character of the series so far. So many characters that could have stories – I look forward to the series continuing.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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