Author: Ava March
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/08/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.
London Legal, Book 3
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.
Convincing the Secretary is the latest story in the London Legal series by Ava March and it comes hard on the heels of Convincing Leopold. It can be read as a standalone, all you need to know is that Arthur Barrington has passed his very attentive secretary Edward Fenton onto his new demanding and exacting partner Lord Greyson Holloway.
Edward is a likeable, submissive, and dutiful young man. He doesn’t want to be a solicitor but family duties have propelled him down that path and Edward has no reason or will to challenge that. Edward is drifting and rudderless. He knows he likes men but has no experience at all, he’s never even kissed another man.
At first Edward was besotted with Barrington, but not with the man, more with what he had. Edward saw how possessive Barrington’s lover Thornton was. How loved and adored Barrington was, and that’s what he wants, for someone to want him like that, to cherish him and put him first, in a way no one, not even his family, has ever done.
Edward is drawn to Lord Greyson from the beginning and this makes him anxious and eager to please, what he doesn’t realize is that Greyson has noticed him too. Edward fantasizes about Greyson, has erotic daydreams that feature him being taken in hand, being spanked. Greyson makes Edward feel wanton, wicked and depraved, and he wants that.
Greyson in turn is intrigued by Edward, he sees the man’s devotion to Barrington and wants that devotion turned on him. Greyson is both frustrated and tantalized by Edward in equal measure but he’s also a dominant who recognizes the submissive in Edward, all he needs is the time and place to make his move.
Greyson and Edward together are a perfect match. Their encounters are hot and steamy but also full of passion and tenderness. Greyson knows just how to handle Edward and his needs. It’s not a one-way thing though, both men need to give and be honest for their relationship work and I loved how Edward grew during the story, how his time with Greyson gave him the courage to choose his own path in life, it was like watching a chrysalis unfolding.
In Convincing the Secretary Ava March gives us a beautifully intense erotic period romance. It’s also my favorite of the London Legal series.
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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