Title: Brook Street: Thief
Author: Ava March
Narrator: Charlie Belmont
Publisher: Carina Press
Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart.
It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times–select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets.
With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Cavin lives with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, and he knows there’s no place for him in a gentleman’s life. Yet Benjamin isn’t about to let Cavin–and love–continue to slip away from him.
My View – Story:
This is one of the very first of Ava March’s stories that I ever read (sometime early last year) and one of the earliest historicals in the M/M world. It’s a pretty delicious way in which to encounter both for that first time. I recently picked it up in audio in prep for a road trip and I’m so glad that I did. I still love this story and oh my goodness, what a narrator. More on that later.
This isn’t a grand, detail-heavy historical. There is enough to easily picture the few settings, hear the sounds of hackneys clip-clopping along the brick streets, and smell that kidney pie, whether you want to or not. Instead, it’s very intimate in that it centers around not much more than four or five characters with any significant page time. Benjamin wants to find out once and for all if what he feels is what he thinks he feels. (Ya follow? LOL) Cavin is doing his best to survive, including taking care of his little “brother”, a younger kid who he’s taken under his wing. It’s not easy at all in 1822 London.
Some may consider this insta-love but it doesn’t feel that way to me. I understand instant connections, whatever the type or relationship that may develop. That’s what this feels like between Benjamin and Cavin. Neither was looking for anything more than what those first moments held. Little did they know that so much more was in store for them.
Their personalities are distinct and aren’t compromised in any way to advance the story. This always makes things much more believable and easier to feel like you can invest in the characters and their world.
There is definitely heat between these two, sometimes sweet, sometimes needful, sometimes cozy and sometimes a bit animalistic. It works every time.
I actually read this as part of the trilogy called Brook Street and I definitely recommend doing that if you’re going to be reading. However, for the audio, it definitely feels standalone and you should be fine starting with just this story, if you so choose. However number two, I bet that won’t be the case. These are fun. 😉
There are a few small gaps in between scenes that could have been tightened up, but they are even less noticeable when listening to the story. Why? The narration, YO. Yeah, let’s get to that…
My View – Narration:
My gosh, Charlie Belmont. I could listen to you ALL. DAY. LONG. So well done!
For every character, they had a unique voice. I never had trouble following who was talking. And remember that heat I mentioned? Belmont doesn’t just give us the words, he gives us the breathy deliciousness, the gravely passion, and exclamations of desperation.
There were times when Cavin was speaking that it sometimes slipped into almost an American sounding voice, the lilt in the accent dropping out. This only happened a handful of times and didn’t really affect the overall experience.
If you come across any other books narrated by Charlie Belmont, I definitely recommend trying them. I know I will!
Writing this makes me want to listen all over again. 😉
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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