Dana reviews ‘Fame and Fortune’ (An All Cocks Novel, Book 2) by TM Smith (Published by TTC Publishing, August 27, 2015, 165 pages) An ebook was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To read my review for Gay for Pay click here.
Why I read this: I loved book 1 of this series, and how the author came up with the concept. I was really excited to be asked to review book 2.
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 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, not realizing something was missing, until they met a broken young man that needed a family.
Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. At sixteen he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several 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 visible on the outside to most. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew can see the darkness in his eyes; they also see him. Can three men that did not know 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.*
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and how the author was inspired to write it after talking with a real life gay for pay porn star. She even named one of the secondary characters after him. I was eager to see how she tackled the story of the men who ran the gay porn site featured in the series. It bears mentioning that they do resemble the committed threesome that runs a very popular gay porn site in real life. I’m really not sure if there are any other similarities between the characters and the real life throuple but the job and relationship status are comparable.
Let me start out by saying that I love m/m/m romances. I am totally behind the idea of three people all in love with each other. As the story starts off we meet Victor who is estranged from his parents because of his sexuality and Andrew who is his college room mate. It takes almost no time before they hook up and become a couple. Not long after that they start up their company and hire on gay and straight men to act in gay porn. Their relationship is enough for them and they are happy.
When Matthew applies to be one of their entertainers, both Andrew and Victor can see that he is adrift and needs someone in his life who can take care of him. Victor seems to have a protective nature, and Andrew has a nurturing way about him, so the two of them bring Mattie home with them. Only to take care of him, and get him off the street. Mattie has something in common with Victor; his parents were not accepting of his homosexuality, and worse, they abandoned him after a very traumatizing incident. It is definitely not a insta-relationship between all three of the men, Victor and Andrew definitely see Mattie as someone to take care of not take advantage of. Eventually they do all realize there are feelings.
I do feel the story was a little bit rushed. Not all events need to be lingered on, but a few scenes could have lasted longer for me. There was a lot of time covered from beginning to end, but I think once the threesome got together it could have slowed down a bit more. Also, while I could feel for the characters, I wasn’t able to really connect with them. It was missing a personal connection for me as a reader, an opportunity for me to walk in the characters shoes. I felt like the characters innermost thoughts and emotions could have been explored further so that we could feel how they did.
I did really liked the plot,though. And I loved the characters. I could really believe that the three of them formed a deep and honest relationship and the ending was great, going just beyond the ending of Gay for Pay. The group of secondary characters that mostly make up the porn stars and a few friends of the mc’s in book 1 are great. I really look forward to reading the books still to come in this series. There are a lot of interesting characters whose stories are waiting to be told.