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 th..Show More »e 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!
The story: 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 stor..Show More »y 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.
The narration: 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!