Fame and Fortune by TM Smith ~ Book Review by Caroline

26094033Title: Fame and Fortune

Author: TM Smith

Publisher: TTC Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/29/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

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 thirteenth 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 ten years together they were still perfectly happy, 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 sixteen 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?

*Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.*

My View:

After reading book 1 I was hoping for Victor, Andrew and Mattie’s story so was over the moon to find it already available! Time wise this actually feels like it should be the first book in the series but it fits well in the story arc and we see some of the events from the previous book here but from a different point of view.

Victor and Andrew met over a decade ago on the first day of college. It took just six hours before they were in bed together and they haven’t been apart since. The author provides us with a little bit of information from the backgrounds but it is the present that is important. After gaining their degrees, trying to work in the 9-5 world and hating it, they almost stumble into their current careers. Posting an online video of them in bed together is the start of their future porn business. All Cocks is born and over the years grows to be very successful for them.

This story has a different feel to Gay for Pay in that it is more about the people and not so much about the porn. Victor and Andrew don’t star in the videos and although Mattie wants to it doesn’t really happen, at least not well, what we actually get is the story of how two become three and it’s not a quick or easy process.

Mattie is young, only eighteen when he walks through the doors of All Cocks determined to pass the interview and try and get his life back on track. Having survived an extremely vicious assault which his parents blamed on his ‘gayness’ he leaves home at sixteen and doesn’t look back. He’s done a lot of things in the last two years he’s not especially proud of but he’s done it to survive. He has no job, no home and only the clothes he stands in. Mattie is broken and alone and this is something Victor and Andrew both recognise when they first meet him.

Instead of offering him a job Victor and Andrew offer him dinner and somewhere to stay and an untrusting Mattie agrees. Days turn to weeks which turn to months and slowly but surely Mattie starts to trust his saviours. He also starts to feel safe with them, he gets back a bit of the sass and attitude we saw from him in book 1 and he even starts a bit of unsubtle flirting.

Andrew and Victor don’t discuss with each other how they feel about the young man that has been living with them for months but it is obvious on page that both men feel something. After Mattie attempts a shoot on film, determined to earn his own living, things come to a head when he freaks out and finally tells the two men the rest of his past. They are supportive, caring and find him a counsellor and make it very clear they will do everything in their power to help him heal. They are there with him every step of the way. They are also aware that something has changed in their relationship dynamics and all three men need to sit down and talk.

T M Smith makes this story feel real, emotional and worthy. There is no easy way to bring another person into an established relationship, especially a person that has had such a traumatic past. Things weren’t rushed but they felt honest and all three men were very open with each other. I loved that Victor came across as growly but cherished the path that both his men walked on. Andrew was much more at ease with his feelings and went a long way to making Mattie feel safe before they moved on to anything else.

This was a great second book in the series and I can’t wait to read book 3.

Links

Fame and Fortune on Goodreads

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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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