Title: Convincing Arthur (London Legal #1)
Author: Ava March
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Expected Publication: January 12th, 2016
Genre: M/M Romance, Historical
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Note: review is for the second edition
“Please, let him find something, anything, worthy in me.”
I don’t know why I waited long to read this story. It was the sort of heart-tugged one, the end left me in a sniffling mess. In a good way of course.
Told in alternate third person POVs, Convincing Arthur was about two estranged friends reunited. Ten years ago, a turn of event forced Leopold to walk different path, lamenting over his tardiness by imbibing in carnal pleasures and spirits. Now he had a chance to make it right. Inviting Arthur to take a few days off to his country home in Yorkshire, Leopold planned to do his best to convince Arthur they were meant to be together.
To be honest, the beginning of the story felt like being shoved in the middle of an ongoing plot for me. It started with the day of Arthur’s arrival at Ramsey House and Leopold worrying over his plan.
For a nearly thirty year old gentleman of that era, Leopold Thornton stroke me to be a rather man-child. Him indulging for ten years to drown his sorrow didn’t impress me at all. Oh I pity him. But his anxiety whether Arthur would accept that he’s changed, that now he’s a reformed libertine, was of his own making.
Arthur Barrington was no better. The long years of passable relationship and his broken heart had bern the results of him taking the easy way out; taking what was there instead of looking for the best.
Admittedly, these two produced some heavy and steamy scenes. Boy did they ever! Indoor or outdoor, standing up or laying down, they practised all the carnal manners known to man. Not that I was impressed with Leopold tactics though.
Then I got to the last two chapters where I got my heart twisted, teary-eyed, and ended up hiding in bed for I became a sniffling idiot! Those two chapters moved me, had me tear-up while Leopold fight to win the man he loved. It’s like the final battle where two opponents faced off with barely last ammunition left. And it got BAD before turning up better.
Just… if you’re a soppy sod like myself, have a box of tissues nearby. Or whatever handy.
It’s an absolute “Yes” that I’ll be reading the next installment and enjoy more of Arthur and Leopold. I am so looking forward to it.
ARC is kindly received from the author for the exchange of fair and honest review.
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.
Warning: Includes a gorgeous bad boy who’s been in love with a conservative solicitor for a decade. Indecent acts in a forest between two hot men. Angst. More explicit sex. And expectations turned upside down.
This is a previously published work. This second edition has been edited with minor changes. For readers who purchased the original edition, this second edition is not substantially different.