Fame and Fortune by T.M. Smith ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

FameTitle: Fame and Fortune
Series: All Cocks, bk 2

Author: T.M. Smith

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Publisher: TTC Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 07/25/2016

Length: 04 hours 26 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

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?

Story Review:

Caroline reviewed the ebook here.

I didn’t love it quite as much as Caroline but I still enjoyed the story.

I hadn’t read the first book in the series so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to jump in here. That wasn’t a problem at all. I had no issue figuring out the characters and getting to know them. Even Caroline said it feels like it could be book one in the series.

I wasn’t sure about the gay for pay/porn angle because when it’s done well it’s great but when it’s done bad it’s absolutely horrible. Smith did a good job with it here. As Caroline said:

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. 

I’ve never read a T.M. Smith book before but I’ll be sure to check her stuff out in the future.

T M Smith makes this story feel real, emotional and worthy. 

Narration Review:

Joel Leslie is an absolute treat to listen to. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to several of his audiobooks and the more I hear his melodic voice the more I love it. He did a great job here and there are a ton of characters in this book. He did especially well with Mattie and making his severe emotions clear through tone and timbre.

Links

Fame and Fortune on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

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

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