Monday, January 18, 2016

ARC Review: Convincing Arthur (London Legal 1) by Ava March


Blurb:
Arthur Barrington knows exactly what he wants. A practical man. Someone who values discretion. Commitment. In other words, someone like himself. His old friend, Leopold Thornton, an overindulged son of a wealthy viscount with a reputation for vice and debauchery, couldn’t be less of a good candidate.

Yet when Leopold extends an invitation to his country estate, Arthur agrees. Perhaps a holiday with the sinfully beautiful man will help him get over a recent breakup. Then he can return to his thriving London law practice and resume his quiet life.

Ten years ago, Leopold learned the hard way that patience doesn’t always have its rewards. Now that he has Arthur all to himself, he isn’t going to let a second opportunity pass him by. And he certainly isn’t above using pleasure to tempt Arthur into his bed.

Leopold has only a few days to open Arthur’s eyes to the possibility that he’s the man Arthur is looking for. That his love is genuine—and he’s worthy of Arthur’s heart.




Dani's rating:




I read the first editions of Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold a couple years back. Most recently, I read Convincing the Secretary (the third book in this series to be published March 2016), and I liked it so much, I reread the second editions of the first two books, which, as far as I can tell, don’t contain any significant content changes (although the new covers are hella sexy!).

Leopold has been in love with Arthur for a decade, but Arthur, ever loyal and steady, was with another man. When that man, who's a cheating cad, suddenly decides to marry a woman, Arthur is left single.

Leopold pounces on the opportunity to be with Arthur. He invites Arthur to his country home and proceeds to seduce him with his skillful tongue and hands. And dick.




Arthur doesn’t think Leopold, known to frequent brothels and gambling hells, can change his wicked ways. Even after Arthur gives in to the physical attraction, he keeps an emotional distance from Leopold, which was rather cruel.

Leopold does all the work, while Arthur discounts him over and over again. The final scene has Arthur finally relenting, but I still don't think Arthur was fully convinced.

This is a very steamy read with a HFN ending.

Convincing Arthur can be read as a standalone, although it’s really half a book. Convincing Leopold, which should really be called Convincing Arthur, Part Two, continues Arthur and Leopold's story and ends with a HEA.




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