Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Sharp Love
Author: Ava March
Series: Gambling on Love #2
Heroes: Jack Morgan/William Drake
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 77,000 words
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 9, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: London, 1822
William Drake has lived among thieves, bastards and beggars all his life, doing what’s necessary to survive. As a young orphan, that included looking after his best friend, Jack Morgan. But as they grew older, Jack took the honest path, leaving Will behind to fend for himself the only ways he knows how.
When an unsavory errand for his employer brings Jack back to London’s underbelly, he needs Will’s help. It’s there, among the alleys they ran through as children, that the love he’s always felt for Will returns. As their nights together grow hotter, Will discovers something new about his old friend—Jack’s need to serve extends into the bedchamber.
Will has never fully abandoned his dream of escaping London with Jack. But what could the Duke’s driver want with a dishonest cheat like him, beyond a bit of rough sex? It takes the gamble of Will’s life to find out if he can win Jack’s heart…
Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: D/s theme and elements, and male/male sexual practices.
I just love a good Regency romance, and Ava March is my go-to author whenever I’m in the mood for a little added kink.
We met Jack Morgan back in the first book, All in with the Duke, working for the Duke of Pelham, so I already had some pretty strong suspicions about what he had been up to in that hotel room while he was watching over Tristan. Sharp Love picks up when Jack has been dispatched to London on and errand for the Duke and searches out his long time friend, William Drake, for assistance. It doesn’t take long until they are back to fumbling in the dark with each other, but this time, they will take it further than they ever have before…and put their heart on the line.
I think what makes this story different from this author’s usual, is that this time, the romance involved two working/lower class heroes. Neither Jack nor Will are aristocrats or nobles. There’s no wealthy man rescuing the prostitute or two rich best friends falling for each other. Instead, you have two orphans who came from the gutters and the trenches together: one moved up and gained respectful employment, the other is still working his way out by gambling and cheating. And there remains the conflict: judgements made against each other’s life style…
What’s not new? Will and Jack are both stubborn arses who couldn’t figure out and admit their feelings for each other. The “he doesn’t want me like that” thoughts got old really fast. And even when an “I love you” is said, there was still some confusion!! So I found that a bit frustrating, but I forgive them for being so daft since they are so perfect for each other.
*sigh* Jack and Will were absolutely yummy together! There was some good sexual tension there for a while when Jack was fighting his desires. I liked how their early encounters were not perfect and Will had to figure out that Jack was a submissive and not comfortable in his own skin. I do feel that Jack’s submission could have been furthered explored; and while they do get their HEA, these two could definitely use a followup short story. Maybe thats just me being greedy, but I loved these two together.
The timelines of All in with the Duke and Sharp Love run concurrently, so you get to see Jack’s view of Max and Tristan’s relationship. I think Sharp Love could be read and appreciated as a stand alone, but it would totally spoiler All in with the Duke. I recommend reading them both.
Now all I can do is sit back and wait for Rawling and Tilden’s story in Viscount’s Wager coming later this year.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*