Book Review: Convincing Arthur by Ava March

Reviewed by Heather C

convincing-arthurTitle: Convincing Arthur
Author: Ava March
Series: London Legal #1
Heroes: Leopold Thornton & Arthur Barrington
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 85 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A holiday in the country to indulge his wildest fantasies…

London Legal, Book 1

Arthur Barrington knows exactly what he wants. A practical man. Someone who values discretion. Commitment. In other words, someone like himself. His old friend, Leopold Thornton, an overindulged son of a wealthy viscount with a reputation for vice and debauchery, couldn’t be less of a good candidate.

Yet when Leopold extends an invitation to his country estate, Arthur agrees. Perhaps a holiday with the sinfully beautiful man will help him get over a recent breakup. Then he can return to his thriving London law practice and resume his quiet life.

Ten years ago, Leopold learned the hard way that patience doesn’t always have its rewards. Now that he has Arthur all to himself, he isn’t going to let a second opportunity pass him by. And he certainly isn’t above using pleasure to tempt Arthur into his bed.

Leopold has only a few days to open Arthur’s eyes to the possibility that he’s the man Arthur is looking for. That his love is genuine—and he’s worthy of Arthur’s heart.

Product Warnings
Includes a gorgeous bad boy who’s been in love with a conservative solicitor for a decade. Indecent acts in a forest between two hot men. Angst. More explicit sex. And expectations turned upside down.

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Review:

The first two London Legal books (Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold) have been on my TBR list for years, but once I saw there were plans for a rerelease, I decided to wait.

Leopold Thornton has been secretly in love with his friend Arthur Barrington for the last 10 years!  Before Leopold had a chance to make his feelings known, Arthur had already involved himself in a 10 year “relationship” with another man.  Now, Leopold has invited a recently heart broken Arthur to his country home…to woo and seduce him.  The problem:  Leopold has a terrible reputation of being a man whore…and Arthur is looking for a man he can commit his heart to.  Arthur agrees to spending a few days with Leopold, knowing that his heart is safe as Leopold will never change his ways and stay faithful to one man.  Or will he?

I really liked the premise of this story:  two potential lovers never in the right place in their lives to be together…until now.  It’s not a long story so Leopold doesn’t wait long before he begins implementing his plans of seduction and the two men get kinky within minutes of sharing the page.  Not much happens other than sex, Leopold doubting Arthur really likes him, more sex, Arthur doubting he could ever hold Leopold’s attention for long, more sex, and then the big predictable ending…that I won’t spoiler.

Overall, I liked the story.  It’s a nice erotic short without a whole lot of depth with all the angst being created in the characters’ heads.  It doesn’t rate too high on the kink-o-meter that I’m used to reading when it comes to one of Ava’s story, but still has a good amount of heat.

What’s next?  I’m looking forward to Convincing Leopold because I am NOT yet convinced of Arthur and Leopold’s HEA.

Overall Impression: I Liked It

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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