Title: All in with the Duke (Gambling on Love #1)
Author: Ava March
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Page Count: 314
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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…
I am just NOT a fan of historical gay romance. At all! And that is probably because there is such a teeny, tiny chance of a HEA for the heroes in the story. There was no such thing as equality for ANYONE other than white, heterosexual men 100+ years ago. It’s just too darn depressing to read about. But my GoodRead friends were singing All in with the Duke’s praises SUPER loud and I just had to read and see what all the fuss was about. And I’m so glad I did because Ava March gave us a glorious HEA that was incredibly plausible and left me with a crazy, stupid grin on my face, along with a few happy tears.
If you normally avoid historical, gay romance, don’t let this one scare you off. If you like wickedly hot sex between consenting adult males, slow, sizzling sexual tension, watching two men fall in love, a wonderful groveling session that is totally deserved and a HEA that includes birds singing and children dancing, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND All in with the Duke. Imagine that! A realistic gay historical HEA that isn’t a fairy tale! How refreshing.