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We met this “throuple” in book one, so we “know how it ends” ;)
We get a very short back story on how Victor and Andrew met but the majority of the story is Matthew meeting the guys and his story.
I loved the background information and thought that the author did a fantastic job of showing us the love between Andrew and Victor without fixating on it, that way when we introduce Matthew it seems like a really solid triad without feeling like he was just an accessory.
For the most part I love how Victor is portrayed – protective, alpha, a bit “European” – but sometimes I think the way his speech is denoted feels a bit juvenile and less like someone who is learning a new language and more like someone who is learning to speak at all.
The other thing I don’t love about this series is the author lacks contractions in her writing. Natural speech and writing uses contractions almost all the time and this stands out as missing in this series.
I love the sense of family we get with All Cocks and the continuing thread that connects each story to the other.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and I think books one and two are my absolute favorite.
The audiobook for book one was fantastic and I hope we see more of them turned into audio format.
4 of 5 stars
Joel Leslie did such an amazing job with this! I love his Victor so much! It was a joy to listen to and I was so glad to see him doing the narration!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
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I really liked this installment in the All Cocks Stories Series. What I liked best (besides the narration) was the setup, as there's some really good hurt/comfort here with Matthew's past, and even though we get lots of hot sex I was happy it focused more on the relationship between Victor, Andy and Matty than how many times they could have sex.
That being said, this is a short novel that encompasses over five years, which means that while the focus is on their relationship, it's at the expense of relationship development. We're told about milestones rather than getting to experience many of them, which, I'll be honest, I would have preferred a few more chapters if it meant getting that backstory.
That could also be because I love Joel Leslie's narration. Once again, Leslie doesn't disappoint. His character voices, pacing and timing were all terrific and just made me want more.
Though this is book two in the series, the story actually begins long before book one (Gay for Pay) and continues through the timeline of book one until after...so while you could ostensibly read this out of order, I wouldn't recommend it. Definitely start with book one and then move on to Fame and Fortune.
Bottom line: This is a thoroughly entertaining story with lots of emotion, hurt/comfort, hot sex, and terrific narration. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the series, especially with Joel Leslie in the narrator's seat.
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This is quite a fast paced story covering five years of the relationship between Victor, Andrew and Mattie. Whilst it is book 2 I didn't feel I missed out on not having read book 1. It works as a standalone. The story has got me interested in the rest of the series so I will be moving on to book 1.
Andrew and Victor are an established couple who have set up their business, All Cocks porn site, the basis for the series. Mattie is homeless and seeks a job with the company. All the characters are really well defined, Victor strong business man, Andrew more artistic side, which compliments Victor, and Mattie who is given a chance to grow. They are all lovable characters but I was draw more towards Mattie who brings an innocent joy and enthusiasm to the story. Mattie's traumatic past is only one of the central themes, the story is also how the 'throuple' build their relationship.
Joel Lesley is a very skilled narrator, he really brings the drama and action in the story to life. His characterisations are excellent. He makes the personalities of each main character shine through.
I would recommend this book. It is fast paced and interesting enough that I would definitely listen to it many times.
I was given a copy of this audio by the narrator in exchange for a fair and honest review.