Title: Convincing Arthur
Author: Ava March
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Page Count: 85
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.3 stars out of 5
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.
Warning: 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.
This is a previously published work. This second edition has been edited with minor changes. For readers who purchased the original edition, this second edition is not substantially different.
Review for the second edition.
Convincing Arthur was about….well, Convincing Arthur. It’s short, light and very very steamy.
Leopold has been in love with Arthur for the past decade, but he never managed to make his feelings known. Unable to find love in any other man, he develops a rather bad reputation. He frequents brothels, he drinks too much and is totally indiscreet about his affairs. But now he gets a second chance. All he has to do is Convince Arthur.
Arthur just got out of a serious relationship. He is looking for a discreet and serious man who isn’t afraid of commitment. But first, he decides he should have some fun, and his old friend, Leopold is the man for it.
Ok, Arthur irritated me a lot. He was too standoffish, too judgemental and too quick to jump to conclusions. Also, he could be a bit of a prick.
Leopold: “I’m good enough to fuck, but that’s all. Is that what you’re telling me?”
Me:“Noooo….that’s not what he means. He can’t be that much of an asshole.
But both characters have redeeming qualities; Arthur might be uptight, but he’s a very giving lover. And I loved how fierce and assertive Leopold got, when he thought he was losing his chance with Arthur.
There is too much telling here, instead of showing. Arthur and Leopold think things to death, and when they ‘re not thinking they ‘re having sex.
I consider the ending to be a HFN and I wanted to see more relationship development. BUT, there is a sequel, which I’m definately going to read, so I expect to find all the things that I missed here.
Overall, an enjoyable, light and steamy historical.