Friday, November 15, 2013

All In With the Duke (Gambling on Love #1) by Ava March

I was so excited to see a new offering from author Ava March available on NetGalley! I've read most of her other works in her Brook Street series and have loved them.  A good quality historical is one of my favorite things and Ms. March writes some of the best!  Here is the cover and Goodreads blurb:

London, 1822

Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.

Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted. Yet Tristan knows he'll never have the choice to leave the brothel and submit only to Max.

So when Max invites him to be his guest at his country estate, Tristan eagerly agrees to his terms—days to do as he pleases while Max tends to the dukedom, and nights spent together in wicked play. But when the "business arrangement" begins to deepen into something more, Tristan must face the fact that he has no true place in Max's life—or in Max's guarded heart…
This book is another excellent example of Ava March's writing prowess.  The entire piece is interesting and correct for the Regency time period that it is set in.  I really enjoyed reading the story and found that the characters really pulled me into their story.  Max was amazing to read.  He was just such a fully rounded character and we saw lovely little snippets at his life, his past and how he sees his place in the world.  He just wants to live quietly in the country, run his lands the best he can and eventually pass it all on to one of his cousins.  He is not going to force himself to marry or produce an heir because it's just not something he wants to do.  He is content to see the Dukedom pass to a cousin.  I find this refreshing.  It may not be 100% historically accurate but I like that he is willing to be himself within reason.   There is a misunderstanding between them (as with many relationships) but watching them resolve it is the best part.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for readers of M/M romance.

You can click here to add All in With the Duke to your Goodreads.  You can find out more about Ava March and her writing on her Facebook Page, her website, her blog and of course, you can follow her on Twitter.  I give this one 5 Fairies for a great historical romance with lovely characters.

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