Title: Convincing the Secretary (London Legal #3)
Author: Ava March
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Page Count: 138
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.30 stars out of 5
Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.
Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of manner, Edward tempts Gray like no other. Yet the young man barely notices him.
Edward Fenton tries to be a good secretary, but being in Lord Grayson’s hard, commanding presence rouses Edward’s most forbidden desires. Wicked, naughty desires no gentleman should consider giving in to, let alone with his new employer.
Gray is more than willing to mix business with pleasure. But convincing Edward to take a chance on a future with him? That might be the most challenging case Gray has ever taken on.
Warning: Includes buttoned-up gentlemen who become undone, improper use of a desk, spankings, and a big bad lord who has a soft spot for his virgin secretary.
And we have a winner!
This is undoubtedly my favorite book in the London Legal series. I liked Convincing the secretary a lot more than the first two books, and I think it’s obvious that Ava March has matured a lot as a writer.
We met Edward in Convincing Leopold, as Arthur’s secretary. Now he works for Arthur’s partner, Lord Grayson Holloway and, sadly, his office skills haven’t improved one bit. But now we kow why. Edward is an artist and his heart is in painting. The reason he works as a legal secretary is to please his family. A family that doesn’t care about him, and doesn’t even see him.
But Gray does see his new, blushing, shy and awkward secretary that wouldn’t even look him in the eye. He sees him, and he wants him! Little does he know that Edward has naughty thoughts and fantasies about Gray.
“So you like being watched. What else do you like?”
“To be punished,”[…]
“To be told to do illicit things,” Edward said, voice above a whisper, stronger than before.
Yeah, he’s naughty all right.
The first spanking scene was done to perfection. No sex, no clothes off, just a delicious punishment.
The first sex scene was beautiful, realistic and very emotional. Edward is so beautifully responsive and Gray is the right combination of aggresive and considerate lover.
There is romance too. It was a pleasant surprise that the MCs actually dated.
Edward might be mild-mannered and shy, but he stood his ground and was no doormat when he felt that Gray was being unfair to him or treated him bad.
The HEA is true to the time period, but very satisfying, and not overriden with angst, when the era provides plenty.
Overall, this was one of my favorites from this author and a great addition to the series.