Monday, July 2, 2012

The Brook Street Series by Ava March

I received review copies of books 1 and 3 of Ava Marches' Brook Street series from Carina Press on NetGalley.  Brook Street is a series of historical M/M romances.

London, 1822 ... It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hell is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart. It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times — select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets. With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Living with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, Cavin knows there's no place for him in a gentleman's life. Yet Benjamin isn't about to let Cavin—and love—continue to slip away from him
London, 1822 Two of London's most notorious rakehells, Linus Radcliffe and Robert Anderson, are the best of friends. They share almost everything-clothes, servants, their homes, and even each other's bed on occasion. The one thing they don't share: lovers. For while Linus prefers men, Robert prefers women...except when it comes to Linus. As another Season nears its end, Robert can't ignore his growing jealousy. He hates watching Linus disappear from balls to dally with other men. Women are lovely, but Linus rouses feelings he's never felt with another. Unwilling to share his gorgeous friend another night, Robert has a proposition for Linus. A proposition Linus flatly refuses-but not for the reasons Robert thinks. Still, Robert won't take no for an answer. He sets out to prove a thing or two to his best friend-yet will learn something about the heart himself.

These two e-books from Ava March were great. I really enjoyed Thief because it really tugs at your heart and you feel for all of the characters.  Cavin is a man with a good heart who is stuck in a bad place through no fault of his own.  He's not used to people caring for him without expecting something in return.  He has a heart of gold and your heart breaks for him sometimes.  Benjamin is a lovely soul.  He has come to terms with who he is and who he wants to be.  He's dealt with his demons and now he just wants to be true to himself.  It's a lovely thing for any character but for a Victorian nobleman?  Even more profound.  Benjamin is just such a beautiful character.  I loved every moment of his story.  He has to convince Cavin that he can help and that they can still have their happily ever after even while minding society's constraints.  Just a lovely story of love against all odds.

Rogues is a story that features one character trying to figure out what he wants, how to get it and what that means for his identity.  It's an all out battle for Robert to prove his sincerity to Linus.  Linus just doesn't want to get his hopes up for something that he can never really have.  He wants to move on and find some small happiness in his life and honestly, he deserves it.  But Robert comes to grips with what he needs to do and who he is and he goes after his man.  This story reminded me that love is not always easy but it is so worth fighting for.  A great story.  I would love to read more from Ava March.

You can find out more about Ava March and her work on her blog and on her website.  You can click here to find the Brook Street Series on Goodreads.  I rate both of these with 4 Fairies.

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