Fame and Fortune

  • by T. M. Smith
  • Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 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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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic menage - excellent narration

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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- Morgan A Skye

Really happy Joel Leslie's taken over!

Any additional comments?

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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- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2016
  • Publisher: TTC Publishing