Title: How to Deal (All Cocks Stories #3)
Author: T. M. Smith and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: November 4th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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 who 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 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 10 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.
T. M. Smith offers up another entertaining story in the All Cocks Stories Series.
The story begins when Detective Jon Brennan is called in to help with the investigation of the club incident that happens at the end of Fame and Fortune and follows from Jon’s meeting of his favorite star of the All Cocks site, Hayden Cox, or Kory White when he isn’t performing, through their entire relationship from the first few moments until their HEA.
Told from both Kory and Jon’s POV the story follows the same construct of the rest of the series with the focus on the relationship ins and outs, a huge dose of insta-love, and all kinds of hot, sexy times, then some drama towards the end to keep readers/listeners on the edge of their seats. There’s also a sprinkling of hurt/comfort as well.
I loved Jon and Kory together. They were loving, volatile, and real. I know couples that behave the way they do. I recognized them. I loved getting to see the other All Cocks guys again and getting a glimpse of the next story in the series.
My only small complaint is I didn’t particularly love that there are, once again, time jumps where a lot of time gets packed into the story. However, this time around I didn’t feel like we lost relationship development with the time passages. The timing worked well and Joel Leslie was able to transition from period to period easily.
I love Joel Leslie’s narration. Leslie does another great job with his character voices, pacing and timing all being on point. Leslie doesn’t disappoint with his performance.
Sweet relationship story with some deep emotion, some hurt/comfort and great narration, How To Deal ticked off all my boxes for a good listen. I’m looking forward to continuing the series with Joel Leslie at the helm.