Audio Review: Fame and Fortune by T.M. Smith

Reviewed by Susan65

31345685Title: Fame and Fortune
Author: T.M. Smith
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Series: All Cocks #2
Heroes: Victor Dimir/Andrew Jones/Matthew Carlson
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 4 Hours, 24 Minutes
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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 13th 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 10 years together, they were still perfectly happy, but 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 16 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?

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Review: Jen reviewed the book here.

This was a short audio but it felt like it lasted forever. I think it was because I struggled with Matty. Sadly, it felt like he was playing the role of a woman in a MFM instead of a MMM. I hate to say that because I loved Andrew and Victor in the first book, but for some reason, they seemed older than their ages in this one and Matty sounded like a kid…which he really was and I was struggling with that a little bit. I also hated that Matty came across like the glue that binded Andrew and Victor together and that just made me sad. Matty was always in the middle. Grrrr…I know he had a horrible past but I so much prefer an equal relationship across the board.

The voice of Joel Leslie is animated and he does perform the story admirably, but his fine attempt at bringing the story to life fell a little short for me. I really liked the first book, and was thinking this one was going to be a winner, but for some reason, I struggled to get through it and a it took me way too long to finish a four hour audio.

Ugh, I hate when I don’t love a story and I don’t want to not recommend anything, but for some reason this one didn’t work for me. But maybe it was because it was an audio and I didn’t actually read the book? I don’t know, but it won’t stop me from going to the next book. Many series that I have read have a combination of three to five star ratings from me so I am hopeful that I will love the next book.

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*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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