Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn't need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn't much time for dating, much less finding a guy who can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD detective.
Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a facade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next 10 years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks cockiest model.
These two strong-willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory's door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other - or their love.
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After the overly brash and cocky attitude I had come to expect from Kory based on the first two books, I was curious as to how his story would play out here in How to Deal. But while I was expecting a nonstop smartass, I got to see the rest of Kory's personality instead. It was actually pretty entertaining since all that self-assuredness flew out the window when it came to interacting with Jon and Jon's family.
Jon is a fantastic character--laid back, easygoing, but then very alpha and assertive when it's called for...which makes for some pretty interesting scenes between him and Kory (who you'd expect to be the dominant top based on the first two books). Jon knows exactly how to handle Kory, no matter how Kory tries to short circuit their relationship.
There's drama and strong emotion-something I've now come to expect from this series (I'd be disappointed if it was missing)-which really drags the other side of Kory's personality to the forefront and lets us see him in a whole new light. Seeing his reaction to events that happen with Jon and how that really opens Kory up to emotion was moving and showed even greater depth to his character. He and Jon work extremely well together, giving us another strong match to celebrate in the All Cocks family. Because yes, they are all definitely a family.
The only thing that bugged me about this story-and the only reason this is 4 stars for me instead of more-is how things played out at the end with the sub-plot of Kory and his sister. In my opinion, how this is resolved is based way too much on coincidence which for me diminishes the believability of the situation's resolution.
How to Deal is another success in the All Cocks series, and just keeps me wanting to hear more and more about the characters in this unique family. 4 stars, recommended for fans of M/M romance 18+ due to adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.
How to Deal is another in a long line of exemplary narrations by Joel Leslie. He brings so much to these characters, and the accents and individual voices are magnificent. The character voices are consistent, and also match the voices for the same characters in the previous book in this series he narrated. Joel expertly infuses the narration of each character with emotion, which made it very easy for me to slip right into the All Cocks world while listening. 5 stars for Joel Leslie's audio interpretation for How to Deal!
This is another nice installment to the All Cocks series. Kory and Jon are a very different couple. Although there is a lot of love, almost instalove, there is also a lot of volatility. Kory grew up in foster care and has some demons because of it. Jon grew up in a loving big Italian/Irish family that didn't care that he was gay. Also, Jon is an out and proud NYPD detective that get along with his colleagues for the most part. So I really enjoyed both those aspects of Jon's life, it was a refreshing change from the regular homophobic story arc. That said, I found most of the conflict between Kory and Jon very superficial and there is a lot of telling of the story instead of feeling the story. The big time jumps didn't help my lack of empathy for the couple, their romance moves very fast. There is a tragedy in the story that introduces up to the next MMM relationship, that I look forward to listening to.
I say listening to because what really made this more enjoyable for me was the range, dialect and emotions Joel Leslie brought to the story. He does a great NY accent and Irish brogue. He also revived his wonderful Victor accent from Book 2. Overall, I really good listen.
From the earlier books in this series we know Kory is kind of a big drama queen. He’s hard to work with and struggles to make friends. When there’s trouble and the police get involved we meet Jon – Tristan’s brother from book 4.
Jon is a cop and doesn’t put up with a lot of drama. He puts Kory in his place but with a gentle hand.
There’s a lot of drama in this story – it’s about Kory after all!- but there’s also a lot of sentimentality and sweetness.
I had a hard time with how Jon and Kory relate to one another - sometimes with violence. That's just a trigger of mine and it made me uncomfortable.
I thought the Cass part of the story was a little to good to be true, but lovely nonetheless.
We get to see how the throuple is doing as well as catch up with the guys from book one.
This wasn’t my favorite in the series, but it’s still an excellent addition to the other books and I really liked it.
3.5 of 5 stars
Joel Leslie had a tough job here. He had to switch back and forth from a NYC accent to a Southern Drawl – over and over and over! He did a great job! I loved Jon’s accent (his whole family’s really!) and can’t wait for Tristan’s story in audio as a result! Kory’s accent was fab too and I know it had to be hard to use such distinct voices then add in Irish too! Gah! It was really well done. Joel is great with the emotion and the non-dialog parts as well. Highly Recommended!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.25 of 5 stars (rounded to 4.5)
*Audio copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my listening pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
How to Deal is the third book in TM Smith’s All Cocks series. It’s possible to read or listen to this book on it’s own, but seriously, don’t do it! Take the time to read or listen to the first two books in this series, you’ll thank me! In this book, our bad attitude, cocky and abrasive finally meets a man he can’t chase off! We finally get to see who Kory is and what he’s been hiding with his behavior. But don’t think he’s going to fall easy, he makes Jon work for everything! Jon met Kory and many other All Cock guys in Book 2. He was the police detective that responded during the attack on Matty. Jon immediately notices Kory, his favorite porn star and gives him his number. And he’s up to the challenge of dealing with Kory.
A lot of this book was about family. Jon’s large, loud, in your business family. Jon’s family has a long history of being on the police force and he never considered any other kind of career. He’s never had to hide that he’s gay, it’s just who he is. We get to see a lot of interaction with Jon’s family, and see Kory’s insecurities as he learns to deal with them. Kory’s long-lost sister, who was lost to him when he was eight. Once Kory lost her, he lost all his remaining family and grew up in the system with no real family. And, thanks to the keen observation of Tristan (Jon’s brother), Kory gets his sister back. And of course, All Cocks, Kory’s chosen family, though he still protects his heart from them. This story is about Kory’s acceptance of himself and his past, and his healing and allowing his family to support him and letting love in.
Jon and Kory’s relationship was explosive at times. This was not an instalove story. Kory and Jon dated, and didn’t even rush into sex. They dated, got to know each other, and sometimes fought like cats and dogs. In some ways, they were opposites, but both men are stubborn and hard-headed. And though Kory seemed to be a dominant person in the previous books and on screen, he is not with Jon. With Jon, we get to see the insecure, heart-broken, lonely Kory that makes him act out and Jon stays strong and provides the support Kory needs. Once sex does happen, it is HOT!
This story is narrated by Joel Leslie and he does an excellent job! He narrated Book 2 in the series and does such a great job with the timing and pace of his narrating. He doesn’t have long pauses and moves the story along so it’s easy to follow and to stay involved in the story. And he brings the characters to life.
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Kory is one of the All Cocks models and if you have read any of the other books you met him and probably disliked him a lot. I know I did. But I love a story that takes a bad guy and gives them a chance to change our minds. This story is a fantastic example of that.
Jon is adorable from the first meet, and his family is hilarious especially his grandma. They add a much-needed touch of humor to the angst, drama and passion of the story.
How to Deal is a great read. However...
Joel Leslie brings it to life. Both Jon and Kory have accents and Joel captures them both well. He also does a great Grandma. Joel is a fabulous narrator. He doesn't just read the story but acts it out. He puts in every deep breath, sigh, excitement, and passion.
If you like sexy cops, hot porn stars, drama, love and some hot men sex, I highly suggest you check out this story. I also recommend the Audio version for a trip or doing chores this will surely take your mind off the tedious tasks!
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
T. M. Smith offers up another entertaining story in the All Cocks Stories Series.
The story begins when Detective Jon Brennan is called in to help with the investigation of the club incident that happens at the end of Fame and Fortune and follows from Jon’s meeting of his favorite star of the All Cocks site, Hayden Cox, or Kory White when he isn’t performing, through their entire relationship from the first few moments until their HEA.
Told from both Kory and Jon’s POV the story follows the same construct of the rest of the series with the focus on the relationship ins and outs, a huge dose of insta-love, and all kinds of hot, sexy times, then some drama towards the end to keep readers/listeners on the edge of their seats. There’s also a sprinkling of hurt/comfort as well.
I loved Jon and Kory together. They were loving, volatile, and real. I know couples that behave the way they do. I recognized them. I loved getting to see the other All Cocks guys again and getting a glimpse of the next story in the series.
My only small complaint is I didn’t particularly love that there are, once again, time jumps where a lot of time gets packed into the story. However, this time around I didn’t feel like we lost relationship development with the time passages. The timing worked well and Joel Leslie was able to transition from period to period easily.
I love Joel Leslie’s narration. Leslie does another great job with his character voices, pacing and timing all being on point. Leslie doesn’t disappoint with his performance.
Sweet relationship story with some deep emotion, some hurt/comfort and great narration, How To Deal ticked off all my boxes for a good listen. I’m looking forward to continuing the series with Joel Leslie at the helm.
I mostly enjoyed this story. Mostly. There's a lot more angst in this one than in book 2, and I had a little bit of a "yeah, right" moment toward the end when a dangling plot point was resolved WAY too conveniently, but from a story-telling perspective, I had an okay time.
My main issue is that I really struggled to be sympathetic with the "volatility" of the relationship the blurb mentions. I get the reasons for Kory pushing people away, I was basically on board the empathy train for his issues, but when both men's POV talk about the fights getting physical like it's okay and normal, and semi-violent sex without a conversation is talked about like it's both a legitimate discussion tool and hot....I'm not down. These guys needed a couple's counselor. Had one of this pair of men been a woman, the problems with this dynamic would have been obvious to every reader. The fact that they're both men does not make those problems go away, even if it does kind of hide the problem under a cloak of testosterone. Just because they're both hard headed and stubborn (per the blurb), that doesn't give either one a pass on getting violent in a fight. And while we don't ever see one throw an actual punch at the other, it's talked about a couple times like it's a given that it will happen, and that's supposed to be fine. Not to mention the grabbing, shoving, yelling, throwing things, etc. And if it ever got addressed in the story like a problem or something they needed to work on together, I would have been okay. But the accepting tone of the book just turned me all the way off.
Joel Leslie does a good job with the narration. Kory's southern accent was a little thick and abrasive for my taste, but that's just because the accent itself is a bit harsh, not an issue with the narrator. It's well executed, so if you're a fan of a little south, you'll like it. The emotions are well done, narration is easy to listen to, and characters are successfully differentiated. I have no complaints on this front. Based on his excellent performance, I'd recommend getting the audio over the ebook. I think his work made me enjoy the story more than I would have had I read the text.
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book.
Jon is a NYPD police detective. He meets Kory when dealing with a case. Jon knew who Kory's alter ego is. But Jon didn't want to get to know Hayden Cox, porn star, he wanted to get to know Kory, the man who suffered so much as a child, losing his mum, and his sister. Both men are stubborn, but they both know, they will have to learn to deal with their issues, or lose each other. And that really isn't an option.
This is book 3 in the All Cocks series. I have listened to book one, but not read/listened to book two. I don't think it matters. I didn't miss anything except a more in depth knowledge of how Victor, Andrew and Matthew came to be together.
I enjoyed this one much more than I did book one, but I'm still not sure this troupe of books is for me! And I don't know why!
I again didn't like that we got some of Kory's work. I *think* this might me my biggest problem, that one of the main characters is having sex with someone else. I dunno, maybe it's just me.
I liked that Jon knew up front who Kory has as an alter ego. I liked that he made it clear he did not want to know Hayden, but wanted to know Kory. I liked that Kory fought Jon tooth and nail, all the way! I cried at Kory's past, what happened to him and his sister. Loved how that tuned out!
Also loved watching something happening between some of the other guys at All Cocks.
Joel Leslie narrates.
Although he did not narrate book one, my issues remain the same. Leslie dips his voice in places, making it hard for me to hear, even with the iPod turned right up. Wasn't as much as the narrator did in book one, but it still made me rewind a little to try to catch what was said. I also found the Brennan brothers voices all very similar, bar Tristan, making it hard to judge who was saying what in multi person conversations.
I'll not write Leslie off just yet though. It might just be this particular recording. I'll give him another go, maybe with a different author's piece of work.
I'd also like to READ (rather than listen to) another series by Smith. I like the way their mind works and how they tell a story.
Because I liked both the story and the narration more than book one, but still have some issues...
4.5 for the story
4.5 for the narration
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"How to Deal"
As always T.M Smith knows how to weave a tale with twists and turns. Kory is an abrasive character with a troubled past. Jon Brennan is a Detective from an Irish Italian family of policemen. Not a likely pairing but it works so well, bumpy but that's what makes it interesting. The Brennan family are great, loving, accepting and crazy. Gran is wonderful. I must admit I did miss Victor at the beginning but he does make a couple of appearances.
Gran doesn't appear for much of the book and I think it's Joel Leslie's narration that makes this eccentric character so charming. His narration emphasised Jon and Kory's strength of character making Kory more likeable as his story unfolds. I have come to trust that when a book is narrated by Joel Leslie all the characters, both main and peripheral, are given the same attention to detail: which provides a more rounded listening experience.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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