Author: Ava March
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
Never get between a reformed rake and his lover.
London Legal, Book 2
Three months ago, Leopold Thornton gave up his old, indulgent lifestyle to follow the man he loves to London. But now that he and Arthur Barrington have settled down, doubts are creeping in.
Arthur is spending more and more time at his law office—with a handsome new secretary. And Arthur’s ex-lover wants him back. Desperate not to lose Arthur, Leopold resorts to the only trick he knows to convince him to stay—pleasure.
Arthur knew that life with Leopold would never be boring. But recently their evenings—and afternoons and mornings—have become decidedly more vigorous. Being with Leopold is amazing, but juggling demanding clients and a demanding lover leaves Arthur exhausted and worried perhaps he and Leopold aren’t suited after all.
As business keeps Arthur later and later at the office, Leopold’s demons begin to haunt him again. To heal their rift, Arthur will have to let go of his own past—and pull his lover back from the brink.
I adored Convincing Leopold immensely. It’s a much stronger story than book one, Convincing Arthur, there’s more meat on the bones so to speak. More angst, more tension and a total lack of communication between the two men that at times I felt like shouting ‘just talk to each other’, but of course they didn’t.
Leopold is frightened he’s losing Arthur, all he sees is Arthur spending more time at work being lusted over by his new secretary Fenton. Leopold is desperate to hold on to Arthur, to what they have, what they’ve begin to build together, but he doesn’t know what to do other than offer his body. Sex is becoming a battle between them, Leopold pushing for more, Arthur pushing Leopold away because he is too exhausted by work, the long hours, and the need to supervise Fenton all the time, which certainly wasn’t his plan when he hired the man. To make matters worse Arthur has no idea how insecure Leopold feels, he just sees his restlessness and what seems to Arthur Leopold’s boredom, if anything Arthur thinks Leopold is tiring of him, wanting someone less boring with time to spend with him.
The angst is built up nicely, quite gradually, and I loved how we got to understand more about each man’s motives, what makes them the way they are. I felt the characterizations were spot on and loved the glimpse into why Leopold is the way he is and it explained why Jones, Leopold’s butler, was so protective of him. My only slight disappointment with the story is I felt it could have been longer, some areas such as Leopold’s answer to the problem and his resolve not to lose Arthur without a fight could have been expanded.
Reading both Convincing Leopold and Convincing Arthur back to back is the best way to appreciate both books and to understand the two men, and I’m really looking forward to Convincing the Secretary as I have the feeling Fenton is about to face his own match.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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