Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man. But it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught a teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.
Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life; he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his 13th birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.
They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together; a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the Internet at that time. After 10 years together, they were still perfectly happy, but they didn't even realize something was missing until they met a broken young man that needed a family.
Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless, and broken. He'd been on his own since he was 16 when he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several other young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?
Matthew has deep-rooted scars that aren't usually visible on the outside. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew see them, they also see him. Can three men that didn't even realize they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness together?
©2015 TM Smith (P)2016 TM Smith
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
I really liked this installment in the All Cocks Stories Series. What I liked best (besides the narration) was the setup, as there's some really good hurt/comfort here with Matthew's past, and even though we get lots of hot sex I was happy it focused more on the relationship between Victor, Andy and Matty than how many times they could have sex.
That being said, this is a short novel that encompasses over five years, which means that while the focus is on their relationship, it's at the expense of relationship development. We're told about milestones rather than getting to experience many of them, which, I'll be honest, I would have preferred a few more chapters if it meant getting that backstory.
That could also be because I love Joel Leslie's narration. Once again, Leslie doesn't disappoint. His character voices, pacing and timing were all terrific and just made me want more.
Though this is book two in the series, the story actually begins long before book one (Gay for Pay) and continues through the timeline of book one until after...so while you could ostensibly read this out of order, I wouldn't recommend it. Definitely start with book one and then move on to Fame and Fortune.
Bottom line: This is a thoroughly entertaining story with lots of emotion, hurt/comfort, hot sex, and terrific narration. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the series, especially with Joel Leslie in the narrator's seat.
3.5 rounded up for the narration.
I enjoyed this sweet MMM story. Victor and Andrew are an established couple who met in college and have been together for 10 years. They have established a successful gay porn business where they treat their models like "family"; so kind of like The Johnnies series, but much lighter. Matthew is a homeless 18 year old who ran away from home after being attacked at 16 and his parents being a**holes about it. He makes his way to the porn office to audition to be a model and meets Andy and Vic and the romance begins.
As I said it is a sweet story with lots of romance. However, it is told from the 3rd person POV; not really my favorite. Sometimes I had trouble following b/c the POV changes so quickly. Also, despite a very dark subject like rape is introduced, I thought it really was superficially addressed. The first half of the book covering the "falling in love" is well developed. But then the story goes lightning fast. It covers five years into the relationship in about 15 mins. There is a little drama that didn't really make sense to me and the introduction of what I presume are other men for future books. Although this is the 2nd book in the series, it is a stand alone. I didn't read the first book, but I don't think I missed anything.
Joel Leslie really made this story enjoyable for me. Man, can he perform the hell out of a sex scene; so hawt, whew! Anyway, he does a wonderful job with these men. Overall, a good listen.
I didn't read the print version before listening to the audio. I like Joel Leslie as narrator so I jumped on board.
Hmm. Hard decision, because I definitely liked Victor, Andrew and Matthew, in different ways. Matthew was a puppy I wanted to cuddle and take care of. Andrew was a nurturer, sweet man. Victor a big, burly protector. Really liked all of them. If I absolutely have to choose, I'm going for Matthew. I really liked how he kept moving forward, growing.
My favorite scenes were the two older men taking care of Matthew, giving him back the life he'd been torn out of. I loved Matthew when he was happy.
Oh yes, definitely. And I did. I loved it.
You really can't lose with Joel Leslie as narrator and a writer like T.M. Smith, who nurtures and develops the characters so beautifully. You'll like it.
Victor, Andrew and Mathew...what can I even say? These three compliment each other so well and you can honestly feel the intensity between them. Loyalty, love and lust, the perfect recipe for this "throuple."
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
I'm not new to reading M/M but pretty new to listening to it. So its taken me a while to accept that. Totally different experience.
So, I've never read from this author before, and that meant I was digging into this series without knowing anything. I prefer to do it that way, and I don't usually read synopsis or reviews either.
What started out as a tale of a young man, scrounging for food and a place to sleep, turned out to be a very touching and emotional story about the reasons why. There was so much hurt, and pain and then acceptance, healing. I found the book resonated with real raw emotion that could well have been an experience of many. That made me very sad. I've a lot of gay friends, and bullies suck.
I think my only comment on the writing was the fact that towards the end a lot of the story starts to get almost kind of glossed over. This is the part where it's a writers job to stop and either leave that to the next book, or just our imaginations. There's only so much being told things after all you can take. For Ex the first trip they take 3 weeks away, wow that would be awesome for some drama and soul searching. Oh well, it is my only gripe, maybe the author is saving it for another time :)
The narration was just great, Joel does a fab job of bringing all the guys to life. From the emotional upset of Matty to the calm and collected Andrew. Don't get me started on Vic, he's just delicious! looking forward to more, and now I've someone else to follow around the net and wait for more audio books to listen to. Thank you both.
Disclaimer - I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review and all thoughts are valid and my own.
Yes would sure recommend this title to everyone who loves M/M audiobooks. It was so sad and happy at the same time. Their stories weaved into each other just perfect.
Boy, this was a toss up but I got a big kick out of Dimir. Loved when he cussed out Matthew"s family.
Again a toss up between Andrew and Matthew. Both were so touching and real to me. You could 'feel' all their joy, anger and pain.
I stayed up all night listening to this one. I kept trying to put it down, but no luck had to finish it.
I want to go back and get All Cocks One. And got my fingers crossed there is a 3. AND of course Joel Leslie !!!! By the way he is fast becoming one of the best readers out there.
love it this all cocks books series, i recommend you read this series, especially things to Fortune.
I don't know where to start... I already loved the book (the series really), but add Joel Leslie as the narrator and wow! Joel did a brilliant job giving Matty his voice - innocent, despite the hardship he'd endured, Victor sounded just the way I had imagined (I laughed many times at how Victor expressed certain phrases).
The book itself is great, I loved how their story spanned over about 5 years, so you get to see Matty grow more confident before he lets Victor and Andrew know that he wants to be with them. I have all 5 books (I hear there is a 6th???)
I am so hoping that Joel narrates the rest of the series.
After reading the first book in this series, I was truly intrigued by the characters of Victor, Andrew and Matthew and how their relationship came about. Here in Fame and Fortune, we get to go back to the point at which Matthew entered their lives and see exactly how they meet and evolve together...which turns out to be a very interesting tale.
You can't help but feel for Matthew after finding out everything he's been through in his life. I wanted to give his parents a very large piece of my mind, and as for his "friends" from high school--I don't see how anyone who reads this wouldn't want to just rip them apart.
There's a lot of emotion in this story, along with a lot of compassion once Matthew is brought into the All Cocks family. Too see what he goes through, even as he is starting to heal, pulls at your heart and gives you a lot of food for thought. It's quite satisfying to witness how he makes his way into Victor and Andrew's lives, home and hearts.
The one thing that continually stands out is how carefully Andrew and Victor handle Matthew's situation once they hear his story, and how they thoughtfully manage his entry not only into their business, but into their lives and hearts.
Fame and Fortune is another great story in the All Cocks series, and I'm looking forward to many more enjoyable books to come with these characters. 4 strong and emotional stars for Fame and Fortune, recommended for M/M fans 18+ due to explicit sexual content as well as the sexual assault scene in the blurb's warning.
Audio Notes: I really enjoyed Joel Leslie's audio narration, he did an amazing job voicing the characters, especially Matthew who sounds young and innocent-exactly the way he should. I also loved Victor's voice, between that and the way he delivered Victor's lines I laughed out loud a few times as I thought "that is SO Victor!". The pacing was perfect, and the voices consistent...I've already listened to this more than once, and know that I'll be queuing this up again soon!
We met this “throuple” in book one, so we “know how it ends” ;)
We get a very short back story on how Victor and Andrew met but the majority of the story is Matthew meeting the guys and his story.
I loved the background information and thought that the author did a fantastic job of showing us the love between Andrew and Victor without fixating on it, that way when we introduce Matthew it seems like a really solid triad without feeling like he was just an accessory.
For the most part I love how Victor is portrayed – protective, alpha, a bit “European” – but sometimes I think the way his speech is denoted feels a bit juvenile and less like someone who is learning a new language and more like someone who is learning to speak at all.
The other thing I don’t love about this series is the author lacks contractions in her writing. Natural speech and writing uses contractions almost all the time and this stands out as missing in this series.
I love the sense of family we get with All Cocks and the continuing thread that connects each story to the other.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and I think books one and two are my absolute favorite.
The audiobook for book one was fantastic and I hope we see more of them turned into audio format.
4 of 5 stars
Joel Leslie did such an amazing job with this! I love his Victor so much! It was a joy to listen to and I was so glad to see him doing the narration!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
"What a throuple!"
This is quite a fast paced story covering five years of the relationship between Victor, Andrew and Mattie. Whilst it is book 2 I didn't feel I missed out on not having read book 1. It works as a standalone. The story has got me interested in the rest of the series so I will be moving on to book 1.
Andrew and Victor are an established couple who have set up their business, All Cocks porn site, the basis for the series. Mattie is homeless and seeks a job with the company. All the characters are really well defined, Victor strong business man, Andrew more artistic side, which compliments Victor, and Mattie who is given a chance to grow. They are all lovable characters but I was draw more towards Mattie who brings an innocent joy and enthusiasm to the story. Mattie's traumatic past is only one of the central themes, the story is also how the 'throuple' build their relationship.
Joel Lesley is a very skilled narrator, he really brings the drama and action in the story to life. His characterisations are excellent. He makes the personalities of each main character shine through.
I would recommend this book. It is fast paced and interesting enough that I would definitely listen to it many times.
I was given a copy of this audio by the narrator in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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