From the blurb:
You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?
Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn't above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.
Gabriel is as gorgeous and reserved as he was when he broke Anthony's heart seven years ago. But they were only adolescents then…surely Anthony won't hold the incident against him. And especially not when the attraction between them is stronger than ever.
Gabriel came to London in search of distraction, and a teasing Anthony is impossible to resist. As Anthony introduces Gabriel to the pleasures that can be found in the city—and in his bedchamber—their bond deepens into something more. Yet both men are hiding secrets that could pull them apart forever…
Ava March, my sweet, sweet Ava March. You are usually so spot on! Perhaps my own personal feelings came into play here but I wanted to SLAP Gabriel for most of the story!
I'm the kind of girl who doesn't forget easily. You screw me over and I'm going to glare at you for the next bazillion times that we see each other. Now, I'm too much of a wimp to actually say or do anything, but you can bet I'm telling you off inside my head. Harshly.
When Gabriel broke Anthony's heart as a teenager, I was ready to see some serious groveling the next time they met face to face. I was almost gleeful waiting for it. It never came. When Anthony sort of sucked it up and was friendly to Gabriel, giving him another chance so easily, I was like WHAAAAA?? I would have been one cold lady in those same shoes.
Gradually my ire wore off. Gradually. But I still didn't like how Gabriel played hot and cold with Anthony, and I have no idea why Anthony put up with his crap.
In terms of their secrets, I thought that Anthony's was a pretty clever plot element, but I was irritated by Gabriel's excuses and borderline abusive behavior.
As usual, Ava March's writing was extremely readable and her sex scenes were hot (though less kinky than usual). I liked this story, in many ways, simply because Ava March wrote it and she is such a queen of historicals. But in terms of this series, this one was fairly lackluster.
**Copy provided by the publishser in exchange for an honest review**
Catch ya later!!