Author: TM SMith
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 11/04/2016
Length: 04 hours 30 minutes
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
How to Deal
An All Cocks Story book 3
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 that 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 mirage, a façade 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 ten 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.
I first read How to Deal earlier this year when it was first released and reading over my review very little has changed for me. Here is what I originally wrote:
Kory White, or Hayden Cox as he is known on screen, is probably the character most readers won’t have connected with yet. Aloof and distant he is also not a favourite with his co-stars but as so often is true the persona he presents is not really the person he is. His childhood wasn’t great and when it was cruelly ripped from him he ended up in the system until he was a young teen. The walls he has built up around himself are for self-preservation out of fear that everyone will leave or be taken away.
Jon Brennan is the big burly and often outspoken cop we met in book two when Mattie ended up in hospital. Brought up in a loud and brash Irish/Italian family he followed in his father’s footsteps when he put on the uniform. He loves his family, he loves his job and he has a soft spot for Hayden Cox when it comes to his porn but what he really wants to do is get to know Kory, the man who he senses is very different to his alter ego.
This pair together are feisty and there are a lot of heated arguments with a strenuous make up when they are done. Jon’s family were fantastically written and a real hoot. It was refreshing to find a family of cops who not only accepted their son but didn’t blink an eye when they found out what Kory did for a living and when Kory got his Christmas gift from Jon’s gran I was crying with laughter.
Jon really gets under Kory’s skin in a way nobody has managed to. He is a stubborn man and it’s clear he’s in for the long haul even when Kory is doing his best to push him away. The danger of Jon’s job is an issue for Kory and it becomes an issue on page for a while and leaves the entire group with a deep sense of sadness. There are a couple of other surprises along the way but I will leave you all to discover them yourselves.
My last wish would be to see more of Tristan further on in the series and I’m left wondering and rather excited about whether we will see another throuple.
Joel Leslie is spot on with his narration and gives a stunning performance that really brings Jon and Kory’s voices to life. When a story is so easy to listen to it becomes an absolute pleasure and that is exactly what happens here. If Joel decided to sit and read a dictionary I would volunteer to listen to it!
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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