Series: Brook Street #1
Genre: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, M/M Romance
Published by: Carina Press on March 19, 2012
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London, 1822. It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart.
It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times—select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets.
With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Cavin lives with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, and he knows there's no place for him in a gentleman's life. Yet Benjamin isn't about to let Cavin—and love—continue to slip away from him.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Gentleman meets bad boy thief in this sweet and scandalous historical romance!
Lord Benjamin Parker has struggled with his sexuality for years, wondering if a man will satisfy him more than any woman has. He decides to put an end to his curiosity one night and visits Clements, a gambling establishment of questionable repute. There he meets the handsome Cavin who wins him over with a sexy smile and flirtatious personality. As a thief, Cavin initially sees Benjamin as an opportunity to fill his pockets with a little money. Sparks fly between the two and soon Cavin and Benjamin share a night of passion that changes them forever.
I love a smexy M/M romance and Ava March delivered exactly that, ten times over with THIEF!
Benjamin and Cavin start off as a simple one night stand that turns into a sweet romance. They come from different worlds, Benjamin is a lord of wealth and privilege and Cavin lives in the darker streets of London with his band of thieves, but both men see past their social status and help each other become who they want to be. Cavin is comfortable in his skin and when he learns of Benjamin’s inexperience, he’s surprised and touched that Ben has chosen him to be his first, throwing his initial intention of stealing from him out the window. Ben’s first sexual encounter with Cavin is spectacularly written, equal parts sexy and sweet. It was extremely hot to watch these two come together (pun intended!) and quite believable, no smoke and mirrors here!
One of my favorite aspects of this book is the friendship between the two characters, there’s no insta-love (hurray!). Ben and Cavin’s personalities mesh perfectly well and while they are extremely attracted to each other they also share personal details with one another, building a solid friendship before the romance. There are some obstacles each must overcome before the HEA, especially Cavin. He doesn’t feel worthy of Benjamin’s love, which makes him somewhat of a tortured leading man, which I absolutely love. Their romance also brings a sense of self-worth for both Ben and Cavin that they’ve struggled with in the past. No matter how hard they tried to stay away, they managed to find a way back to each other. I couldn’t get enough of these two!
THIEF is a beautifully written story filled with sensuality, compassion and a sweet forbidden romance that will tug at your heart strings and have you in need of a cold shower…all in the same chapter! Benjamin and Cavin’s chemistry is off the charts and left me wanting more (thank goodness it’s part of a series). Ava March is a brilliant romance author who knows how to deliver a heartfelt story with compelling characters and just enough steam to keep you turning the pages! I’m an offical fan <3
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