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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Convincing Leopold by Ava March

Convincing Leopold by Ava March
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Mr. Leopold Thornton finally has the man he’s loved for a decade, yet he can’t believe his good fortune. A reformed rake and a conservative solicitor? Can it possibly last? To add to Leopold’s worries, Arthur’s spending more time at the office...with a handsome new secretary. Desperate not to lose Arthur, Leopold does the only thing he can think of -- use pleasure to keep him.

Mr. Arthur Barrington truly wants their relationship to work. Sinfully beautiful and devoted to him, Leopold’s the opposite of Arthur’s staid ex-lover. And Leopold’s given up his old vices, putting those concerns to rest. Yet lately, all Leopold wants is sex -- in the study, in the carriage, and at Arthur’s office, no less. The sex is amazing, but juggling demanding clients and a demanding lover leaves Arthur exhausted and worried perhaps he and Leopold aren’t suited after all.

It takes one disastrous night for Arthur to realize how much Leopold means to him. But convincing Leopold he loves him, all of him and not just his body, proves difficult. For Leopold’s disappeared and Arthur hasn’t a clue where to find him.

Life has a way of getting in the way of love. At least it seems that way to Arthur. His soliciting business is booming and he’s busier than ever, which means he has less time to devote to his lover, Thorn. Since Thorn stopped all his vices at Arthur’s request, he’s been craving more and more time with Arthur. Yet Arthur’s business seems to constantly be in their way despite Arthur’s promise not to let it. When small misunderstandings pile up and come to a head, the two men may need to reevaluate exactly what they want out of life and each other.

Convincing Leopold is a fitting sequel and interesting story. You should read the first book, Convincing Arthur, before reading this one to understand the history of the two main characters and their relationship. This story picks up a few months after the abrupt ending of the previous book and small life issues are starting to take their toll on Arthur and Thorn’s relationship. Thorn is feeling restless and insecure about his appeal while Arthur is increasing exhausted from his work. Despite promises to put Thorn first, Arthur has lapsed into previous behavior of focusing on his business first and Thorn a distant second, at best. The third person narrative shows how Thorn and Arthur grow increasingly distant due to conflicting impressions of the other’s behavior.

The writing is once again very good and shows how the couple let small issues gradually build up until they become much bigger. It’s a very realistic and nice touch (rather than the big misunderstanding trope) and helps keep the story moving quickly. The characters continue much in the same vein as they did in the previous book with Thorn very open and giving about his love for Arthur, while the latter is much more reserved and withholding. Some of this creates an issue since Arthur doesn’t seem to appreciate Thorn as much as Thorn loves and appreciates Arthur. Though thankfully this does change by the end of the novella, I still spent much of the story not understanding why Thorn is so desperate to love someone as cold as Arthur which affects my enjoyment of the story some.

Overall, this is a good sequel and one that is very similar to the first book. Fans of this author or the series will easily want to continue and the steamy erotica and quick pace make this a fun story to read. It’s one that you don’t need to put down but be sure to have read the previous book in the series first. Then pick up this one and enjoy.

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